Norwich City boss Chris Hughton confident his signings will prove their worth

Sebastien Bassong finds the target in Norwich City's Carrow Road win over Sunderland in December. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Sebastien Bassong finds the target in Norwich City's Carrow Road win over Sunderland in December. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
10:13 AM

Chris Hughton believes the quality of player he has been able to attract to Norwich City can only improve their prospects of Premier League survival.

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City’s starting line-up for the goalless draw against Fulham featured seven of his signings, with the likes of Sebastien Bassong and long term target Robert Snodgrass proving to be two of the Canaries’ most consistent performers during this campaign.

Norwich may have been frustrated in their attempts to recruit Celtic’s Gary Hooper and Sporting Lisbon’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel last month, but Hughton feels City are well-equipped for the run-in.

“This season for us was always going to be a difficult one after last season, but if we can keep chiselling away and, looking at the players who have come in, generally I’ve been delighted with them,” he said.

“I don’t like to go back to before I was here, but I think that’s been the case every summer over the last three seasons, where there have been a fair amount of additions to the club and, of course, the purpose of that is to try to keep improving the squad.”

Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara did arrive in January and Hughton is confident Norwich have added wisely to a frontline which has struggled to weigh in with goals this

season. Kamara turned in a vibrant cameo in the closing stages of last weekend’s 0-0 draw against the Cottagers and Hughton insists the Sporting Kansas City striker will offer something extra.

“I hope so. He is different to what we’ve got,” said Hughton. “Becchio is somebody who needs service in and around the box. We all know what Grant (Holt) gives us inside and outside the box.

“Simeon (Jackson) is a smaller, brighter player that has a little bit of pace and Kamara is one who has that bit of pace as well and he’s very, very good in the air but he can also play in a wide position so he gives us a good option right across the front.”

City’s squad will step up their preparations for Everton’s Premier League visit when they return from a warm weather training camp in Abu Dhabi later this week.

“How are we going to come out against Everton? I know we’re going to have a group of players who will try very, very hard,” said Hughton.

“But it is always a difficult thing (after a break). In our game you don’t know. You hope we come out firing and playing fantastic football, but these are the things you have to keep working on, week in, week out.

“If things are not right after one performance you have to strive to make it better for the next one and the next one after that.

“These type of games are maybe slightly different when you come up against the real good sides, but I don’t think it is necessarily true to say we seem to raise it even though we have done well against the likes of Arsenal, (Manchester) United or Tottenham.”

51 comments

  • If Chris Hughton wants the new signings to prove their worth, he will have to play attacking football and not keep passing the ball backwards - to win games you have to score goals - fact!!

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    Mel Lacey

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Hughton is doing it his way, and is never going to be the gambler Lambert was. Get used to iteverybody. To a man, I think everyone was disappointed by the showing against Fulham, but I think that is how it is going to be until the end of this season at least. Based on last night’s performance, it was a good job we didn’t pay the Celtic ransom for Hooper. He looked like a poor man’s Grant Holt, but played like one of Grant little girls. Money well saved

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • On the whole his signings have been great. Still wondering what the whole point of Butterfield was though!

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Hi, el dingo (x3!). I can`t remember which of the illiterati @ Ar-chant first referred to posting fans as "Keyboard Warriors". But recently Prolix Paddy cut & pasted a piece which aimed jibes like "Critics, detractors and those on the periphery". Arrogant, or what? Reminded me a bit of that old Cher song; "Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves". You not only played at a higher level, el dingo, but you write at a higher level, too. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • silly me. You're not your

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Wactor :) I take on board your and others comments that opinion should not be selective. I was trying to point out,there apart from the impostors from Suffolk who post on here and have their own agenda,there does seem to be an inordinate amount of "I know best" type posters on our sites,coupled with the "the half empty glass" brigade who only post negativity ( some seem to thrive on that)..If your doctor,who should've spent at least 4 years at medical school,followed by on the job training as an assistant,Did not identify your medical needs by that time,either by further tests,consultant or referral, then perhaps ,only perhaps,this is a statement on the health of the NHS, under the present regime?

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    alan clark

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • So it's official then... Jacko's brighter than Holty. Must be exam time at The Carra. Question 4b: How do you put the ball in the net? Hi MB: I understand that Divot has been complaining about keyboard warriors - bet I played at a higher level than him, he he!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Watched the Celtic game last nite + it took me a while to figure out whether Hooper was on the pitch. So much for the Bhoy sounding off on our board the other week ( pay up, pay up). On that showing @ least, the average Premiership back 4 would have the little chap in their pockets every week. The Hoops are now Popeless + Hopeless....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Alan C. thanks for the response. I don't think any of the genuine supporters, and I think keyboard worriers is a very apt description el dingo, post these comments for pleasure. I would imagine that frustration is much more the motivation. This is exacerbated when, having watched Hughton fail to solve the goal scoring problems now in two transfer windows, we read that he rues the dropping of two points against Fulham and puts in print that the number of goals scored is not good enough. He makes these comments as if the problem is nothing to do with him and his tactics. On the plus side, I think Becchio and Kamara are good signings as is the off loading of Moro. Snodgrass, Bassong, Whittaker also look to be good deals. I am not sure that Rudd would not be doing as good a job as Bunn so give him the benefit of the doubt on that one and I am sure he signed Camp with good intent. I am not an advocate of sacking Hughton although I would like McNally to be giving him some grief over his negative tactics, his rubbish PR and possibly his coaching team.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Hooper must be regretting his situation - he could have been looking forward to playing Man Utd in a few weeks, instead he's going to be away at St Mirren. I missed the game last night - how did he perform? Did he look up to it against top European opposition?

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    Surrey Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Eventually one day our club will not have to shop at ALDI but we could do our shopping at WAITROSE .

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    yarco

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Didn't see much of the match but what I did see Hooper certainly looked solid - either that or he was wearing 6 vests under his shirt :) . Anyway I'm glad our manager is confident that his signings will prove their worth - I would rather hope that he would think that of anyone he signed. I thought Kamara looked exciting, pacy and strong ,just what we need if he can keep that level up across a game and more.

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Kei to get some game time against Everton? Could be worth a shout as he looks like he could cope with the physical nature of their play.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Erps, reference H0-0perman, spot on! Looks like a smaller version of Morison. I watched the Celtic game really hoping he was going to be a class act. Not so.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • So it's official then... Jacko's brighter than Holty. Must be exam time at The Carra. Question 4b: How do you put the ball in the net? Hi MB: I understand that Divot has been complaining about keyboard warriors - bet I played at a higher level than him, he he!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • My reason being he beat the Midianites and maybe he could help us beat the ManUnites

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    cutty

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Despite being frustrated about the current impotence of the team, I do feel that we are going to make it to the finishing post this season without dropping into the meat mincer and being burgered or lasagned. Given the time that was available when CH arrived, I think we got some pretty good buys along with some slightly mysterious ones, but that's all we can afford. Bassong is not quite the inspired buy that Michu was, but is certainly up there. Several of the teams that we play will have a subs bench that cost way more than our entire squad let alone the weekly wages. It is going to take time and I prefer that to a foreign sugar-daddy's endulgence. The defence is an improvement, and the wisdom of buying the Bunn-fighter is now clear to us keyboard warriors, or is that worriers? I do, however, subscribe the the well voiced "too little, too late" school of thought about our current attacking formation and substitutions.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Btw, Timbo - have you applied for the vacancy at the Vatican? I was thinking of doing so but apparently you must belong to a strange minority cult religion like Toc H or something. Oy vey Maria! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Message to Hoots, it's not your signings we are worried about its your inflexible tactics

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Why should this season be any more difficult than last season? City finished last Season playing well as a team. Only major changes in the playing staff were the the DEPARTURE of Whitbread, and the ADDITION of Snodgrass...... The more significant change was in MANAGEMENT. Fans this season had every right to expect improvement..Not one excuse after another Lambert had gone, the official reason being he resigned. Culverhouse could have taken the reins, but must have decided against that.... It was not just luck that Hughton had been in the frame from about mid-March, and took over almost seamlessly..... However in MY opinion, it has not been a roaring success story, and is unlikely to be in the future!...But what do you expect if you appoint to management ex-defenders—Gunn, Roeder, Grant, Worthington...that's right negativity!! and excuses.

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Interesting that after the Leeds defeat to Middlesborough last night, Neil Warnock blamed the fact that he was forced to sell Snodgrass to City for his team's failure to be in the play-off zone of the Championship ...

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • That just can`t be true, Stew. How could B Liar apply for the job as his own assistant i\c Earth? He created the Universe, so just Earth is a come down. Anyway, he`d need to split into two, a bit like Ged! Hang on though, anagram: Ged Steroo = Stereo God. Timbo has no chance. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • When you typed that out, did you think it was clever?

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    Steady On

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • oh jeez - ArCant's revenge I guess. I swear I only posted twice

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Not so sure a Pope at Carrow Road would be such a good idea as even Jesus had trouble putting a first eleven together.

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    cutty

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • It`s his opinion, Steady On. Why should that be a problem? You`re a tad averse to "clever" aren`t you? Unsettles you? Alien territory for you, perhaps.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Gideon an anagram of "I no Ged". Hmmm...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • So it's official then... Jacko's brighter than Holty. Must be exam time at The Carra. Question 4b: How do you put the ball in the net? Hi MB: I understand that Divot has been complaining about keyboard warriors - bet I played at a higher level than him, he he!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Glad we didn't splash out on Hooper , why ,when he kept getting thrown out of the way by the rugby defender , did he not try something else . Move to another part of the box , if the defender follows and still cuddles him , go down like a sack of spuds and tuck the penalty away shortly after . Idiot !!

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • The emphasis on defensive "holding" midfielders has marginalised the likes of Howson (once seemed so promising) and the creative David Fox. At the end of the season if this cautious, and often tedious, tactic keeps us up, we`ll all hope for a fresh approach to progress next season. If we fail by a couple of points to avoid the drop, we`ll all look at the missed opportunities vs QPR, WHU and Fulham with some regret. There`re lots of gettable points left on offer. Just need to go get `em! I am so glad we landed Snodgrass. And missed H0-0per.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • cutty

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Waitrose is over rated , Tesco is where it's at , and besides " Every little helps "

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    mjc75

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • steady on.... Your not one of the old Barclay End Boots Boys, are you? ie. always looking for fight.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Pa, you never let the facts get in the way of a good argument. Some of our most successful managers have been defenders or goalkeepers - John Bond, Ken Brown, Dave Stringer, and Mike Walker for example. And then there was a certain defensive midfielder called Paul Lambert ... Waclor, thanks for putting me right on another thread about 1960 and 61, they were good years for women I seem to remember, but bad ones for football ...

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Well, we had only limited joy shopping at Morrisons. But the Leeds cash and carry is doing all right for us. And i believe we're now experimenting with K- mart

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    Canary Wurst

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • If Chris Hughton wants the new signings to prove their worth, he will have to play attacking football and not keep passing the ball backwards - to win games you have to score goals - fact!!

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    Mel Lacey

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Where's all this copy coming from! Has Paddy Davitt been down to the local fancy dress shop, hired himself a camels outfit and caravan-ed himself over to the middle east?

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • my system has decided to update itself so I withdraw my last remark. Gideon would be a good choice.

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    cutty

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Let`s hope they`re allowed to perform.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Kei to get some game time against Everton? Could be worth a shout as he looks like he could cope with the physical nature of their play.

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    Preston Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • According to The Mail, Tony Blair was first to apply!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • I am delighted that we have at least one brighter striker. Those stupid ones don't seem to be scoring many goals at the moment.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • A mere typo, Lobbo! Like Elite Bonnet on the left wing! ;-) Calderdash probably does the Team Sheet on his Loganberry, or whatever gadget it is he fiddles with all the time.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • i to was not very impressed with hooper,glad we did not pay seven million for him.i know he was up against better defenders,but he looked no better than l b did against fulham.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • No worries Yarco, we are already doing on-line shopping in Kansas City.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Btw, reference Keyboard Warriors; I`ve booked studio time to record a new version of that old Cher song renamed "Critics, detractors and those on the Periphery". Hell of a job to get that to fit the tune. I bet Divot will want his share of the writer credits (and $s). ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Reply to Stew multiply ethered. We need to hear from Timbo on the Vatican issue. I susect he`s putting up a (white) smokescreen over the issue. Well , that would be an ecumenical matter - YES! Football:-Well reasoned arguments, waclor. I agree 100%.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • I think you'll find the little gadget that Calderdash plays with is Hughton :-s

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Btw, Timbo - have you applied for the vacancy at the Vatican? I was thinking of doing so but apparently you must belong to a strange minority cult religion like Toc H or something. Oy vey Maria! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Richard - no, Hooper was pretty quiet to non-existent. Said all along he should have forced the move if he wanted a chance with england (as they were never going to beat Juve). Now it just looks like he had no ambition to play at the highest level, as one CL round doesn't constitute ambition. Looked far too pricey at that level for what we offered...the board made the right choice by not being bullied by that ugly fool Lennon. I bet Hooper is kicking himself for not forcing a move.

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    JimBob

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Jgl...Good size fish in a small pond.. JB like Lambert made progress in the lower leagues, but did not excel at the top. Some were able to pop their head above the dross, but were the exception.They all had one thing in common, in that they were all both blessed with FORWARDS who had that little something extra. Names that come quickly to mind include Mc Dougall, Fleck, Sutton, Holt...So rather than shooting my observations down, I think you have re-infoprced my point of view.

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

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