Standards must not drop - Norwich City boss Chris Hughton

Norwich City defender Michael Turner rises above Jon Walters against Stoke as manager Chris Hughton warns his players they must maintain their recent high levels of performance. Norwich City defender Michael Turner rises above Jon Walters against Stoke as manager Chris Hughton warns his players they must maintain their recent high levels of performance.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012
10:06 AM

Chris Hughton has warned his improving squad not to let their standards drop ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Reading.

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Hughton admitted after the club’s latest 1-0 top flight win over Stoke at Carrow Road the Canaries’ recent results in league and cup combat have produced plenty of selection headaches.

The Norwich boss made ten changes for the Capital One Cup success against Tottenham, with only Michael Turner and Robert Snodgrass retaining their place in the starting line up for Stoke’s league visit.

Hughton insists City’s long-term prospects hinge on maintaining that level of consistency.

He said: “It was hard to pick a side for Stoke and I hope it will be hard the next game, and the next game and the game after that because that means they are all putting in a shift, training with intensity and making it difficult for me.

“The Spurs team showed that. They were in on merit and Michael was the only one to start both the previous league game and the cup tie. They know if they are not doing a real shift then there is every chance they won’t play. The longer you are involved in this division and what the players have put in, you have to do that because the teams in this league are too good.

“With the quality of the (Manchester) United’s, City and Chelsea in this league they can produce something out of nothing. We have to fight and earn our points and we have started to do that.”

Hughton conceded City’s positive response since heavy league defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea prior to the last international break have taken a huge collective effort.

He said: “It has been a tough couple of weeks. It feels like we are a lot longer into the season than we are, but we know where we are as a football club.

“We know how tough and demanding it is going to be and any three points we can pick up is a valuable three points.

“It’s nice to have the wins. We know we are going to have plenty of losses but it is just so important to get the points. The real frustrating part for me was not the opening game, when we didn’t get the result, it was not getting what we deserved after that.”

Stoke counterpart Tony Pulis certainly felt short-changed after he claimed the Potters were on the wrong end of contentious refereeing decisions at Carrow Road. Pulis renewed his calls for the officials to receive retrospective help after Premier League games to try and adjudicate on potential skirmishes. Hughton believes innovations like goal line technology are a better starting point to improve the game at the top level.

He said: “We might get to a point where that might happen, but probably not at this moment. Things like goal line technology might come before that, but it is a subject on people’s minds. I am quite sure if the authorities need to do something about it they will.

“The problem is the cameras pick up every angle and sometimes things in the past that wouldn’t have been seen are now being seen and that adds to the debate a lot more.”

8 comments

  • Yes, but I only recycle my rubbish once a fortnight into the grey bin. Trash is emptied into the green bin daily. Disposed of alternate weeks. How is everybody? I'm busy plucking pheasants!

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • That vacuity business Brew..Ma says Iv'e got one of them between my ears.

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Good posting Pepper. Certainly made me chuckle. Yes, there's a definite formula isn't there? Also don't forget the side bar articles, usually by "Iwan,Iwan" titled something like " Why City are great + 1p5wich are rubbish" ( sub-titled "Please don't forget about me cos I'm coming back to managecoachrun the cheese-burger wagon @ this club one day"). Usually attracting no comments whatsoever........poor old Iwan !

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    Timbo

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • So divided loyalties against the Royals?

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Brewer!..... It's not something we talk about a lot. There was a slight mix up at the place she was born, and we are not sure if her mother got the right one back. We believe it could be Windsor, or the like. Anyhow she is the spitting image of that woman on our coins and banknotes, and about 3 years younger.

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • I have worked out the system Mad...it goes something like this: Monday - Review of weekend fixture, interview with Man of the MatchGoal ScorerHughton. - Easy! Tuesday - All the best stories were written yesterday so let's fill a few gaps with a positive outlook from current playerHughton - A little tougher! Wednesday - Former Canary (usually Adrian Forbes) on why NCFC will survive this season. - Struggling now! Thursday - See Tuesday - Really Struggling! Friday - Or TFI Friday as it's called at Archant Towers - At last we can focus on the weekend fixture! Repeat Monday and add infinitum!

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    PepperJ17

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Hi Pa. Tried to reply to, and concur with, Pepper`s considered comment. Guess what...... Ma Snipps?? Now what was your good lady`s maiden name? I suppose vacuums are things to be a voided? Watch this space. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

  • Does the Press Association or whoever do a "Vacuity of the Year" Award for space-filling "journalism"? I suppose it keeps the local scribblers out of the Woolpack. A bit.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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