Norwich City boss Chris Hughton - We’ll do it our way
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Chris Hughton is not envious at the spending power of some of Norwich City’s Premier League rivals.
City have lodged multi-million pound January transfer window offers for Celtic striker Gary Hooper and Swansea’s Danny Graham, but the Canaries do not possess the financial muscle of the majority of their top flight rivals.
Liverpool’s £12m acquisition, Daniel Sturridge, proved his class in the Reds’ 5-0 Premier League weekend win at Anfield with his third goal in three games since a recent high-profile Chelsea switch. QPR’s £8m French recruit, Loic Remy, also opened his goal account on his English debut at West Ham after snubbing Newcastle’s interest to spearhead Rangers’ survival bid.
Hughton accepts the disparity that exists within the elite, but the City manager is convinced his club will do everything they can to try and bridge the divide in the remaining days of the window.
“That is where they are and what they are able to do and a group of clubs can do that. We have to do things our way,” he said. “It is never that easy but we’ll keep going right the way through. It is something that we want to do, but perhaps people don’t understand how difficult it is.
“If you look at what Liverpool paid for him (Sturridge) I would imagine that will be money well spent. It wasn’t just him but if I looked at the quality that Liverpool had, even looking at their bench they had so many offensive options. You look at QPR spending big money bringing in Loic Remy, who scores on his debut, and that is another example of what these clubs are capable of doing.”
Hughton may have identified high-class attacking reinforcements to bolster Norwich’s Premier League prospects, but the City chief also knows Liverpool exposed defensive frailties.
“We’re always conscious we’re not a Manchester United or Arsenal or Chelsea and we’re going to have bad days,” he said.
“It’s the nature of our league and where we are, but when it’s a team in good form there is always that fear that it is going to be a big one. Even at 2-0 we had a decent period and then the third one went in, and if I look at the goals, the disappointing ones, the second goal was a really disappointing one for us.
“I thought it was awful defending. The third one was their first goal in the second half, which got them going again, and the last one I thought was another poor goal.
“There is always that fear. Sometimes it’s very difficult when they’re in a flow like they are. Ultimately you try to do what you can to stem that flow, but sometimes you also have to hold your hands up and say, ‘I thought they were excellent’. They would have given anybody a really good game.”