Carrow Road

Next Game

Norwich v Reading

Saturday, 29 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Carrow Road

Last Game

Norwich 3 - 3 Brighton

Saturday, 22 November 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Hughton ready to turn nasty

Chris Hughton is prepared to turn nasty in an attempt to guide his struggling Norwich side up the Premier League table.

Last Updated: 06/12/13 at 16:00 Post Comment

Chris Hughton: One of football's nice guys

Chris Hughton: One of football's nice guys

He appears a relatively calm and quiet manager, and is known as one of football's nice guys but crushing defeats by Liverpool on Wednesday and Manchester City, last month, have left him losing his cool.

Hughton takes his side to West Brom tomorrow and insisted he is not shy of ramming home his message as bluntly as anyone else.

"There is no doubt that at moments you need to be emotional and you need to shout and criticise, " he said. "I am very happy and capable of doing that.

"It's a man's game and you have to be prepared for that. On occasions when you need a calm head then that's what you would prefer to be.

"If there is something that I see that I don't like to see then 'Can I shout? Can I be aggressive?' Yes, of course, it's part and parcel of the game."

Hughton has no new injury worries following the Liverpool game but he is still missing key personnel such as £8million signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

The Dutch striker is running without pain again after an obdurate toe muscle injury and could return in time for the Swansea match next weekend.

Midfielders Anthony Pilkington, Robert Snodgrass and Alexander Tettey are also out injured.

Hughton is aware the statistics are beginning to stack up against Norwich, not least the fact that his team have lost 18 of their 26 Premier League away matches since he took charge.

However, their defensive form will be his primary concern now his struggling team have the joint-worst defence in the Premier League, with bottom-placed Sunderland, after conceding 28 goals this season.

Hughton blames that record on failures at set-pieces, especially corners.

"Up until a few games ago we had defended them well," he said.

"But a high percentage of goals in the game come from set-plays and when you concede it is usually someone's individual responsibility. It is something which has hurt us in the last two away games and we have to tighten that up.

"We have to find the solution and we are working hard. We need to be more concentrated. We're going through a period where every mistake we make is being pounced upon.

"The only way to bounce back is to continue to work hard and believe in what you do."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

M

eanwhile, England's best U21 players playing with those most likely to be in the senior team from 2020 onwards might increase their chances in those tournaments to a point where they could actually be potential winners. Unlike 2016.

shagwa
Wenger warns Hodgson

I

m not a doctor, but the cause is likely to be crap dancing after scoring. My prognosis is we may need to take that leg off.

GVMUFC
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

F

or the time being we just have to focus on the players we do have, Rodgers said. We have to make the best of what is available. Jesus wept!

rodger's gusset
Rodgers reveals Sturridge woe

Footer 365

Premier League: Tottenham's Christian Eriksen secures dramatic win at Hull

Christian Eriksen snatched a late winner as Tottenham fought back to claim a 2-1 victory over 10-man Hull.

Premier League: Crystal Palace come from behind to stun Liverpool

Liverpool endured another forgettable afternoon at Selhurst Park on Sunday as they were beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace.

Premier League: Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino disagreed with Hull boss Steve Bruce on red card

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino disagreed with Hull boss Steve Bruce's opinion on Gaston Ramirez's red card.

Mail Box

Oh Arsenal. Why Oh Why Oh Effing Why?

We have plenty of fallout from Arsenal's latest display of outrageous incompetence, plus the question of why every team seems to be getting worse. Plus, another Garcia ghost goal...

A Funny Mail About Line Dancing & More

We have some great responses to young Jack's question about how readers first got into football. Plus, finally some intelligent thoughts on Dave Whelan's outburst...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property