Carrow Road

Next Game

Norwich v Nice

Monday, 28 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Last Game

Braintree T 1 - 6 Norwich

Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 19:45

Friendly Match

Hughton hoping for points

Norwich manager Chris Hughton hopes his side can banish their nightmare Christmas to keep themselves clear of the relegation scrap in 2014.

Last Updated: 01/01/14 at 15:17 Post Comment

Chris Hughton: Norwich boss hoping to complete the double over Palace

Chris Hughton: Norwich boss hoping to complete the double over Palace

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Canaries head to fellow strugglers Crystal Palace on New Year's Day following successive home defeats to Fulham and Manchester United which have dropped them back to within just three points of the relegation zone.

Hughton said: "Would I prefer to be higher in the table? Yes, I would. We know we are three points from being in a position we don't want to be in and the same applies to the top 10.

"We need points to make life a little bit more comfortable.

"We managed to finish in a good position last season after we had a difficult Christmas.

"We lost all four games this time last year so that is proof this period doesn't define the season, but we would like to have picked up more points."

Norwich beat Palace 1-0 on November 30 in what was Tony Pulis' first full match in charge and Hughton is hoping to complete the double.

"They have felt the effects of a new manager coming in with different ways, and they have made themselves harder to beat, which we found at Carrow Road," added Hughton.

"Tony is somebody that is used to this division, but it has to be about our philosophy going into the game and we have to make sure we give ourselves every opportunity like we have done in recent games away from home."

The Norwich manager also stressed there were no plans to allow the likes of Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan to leave in January, with Aston Villa and Swansea both said to be showing interest.

"The talk normally around this time is of players coming in and that generally is all we are interested in," said Hughton.

"You can never anticipate what deals happen in a window, but our focus is on decisions we need to make regarding players coming in, certainly not going out.

"I expect to be busy with phone calls and watching plenty of DVDs, but we will only do anything if it is right for us in any position of the squad to strengthen to secure ourselves going into the end of the season, then we will do.

"But we won't bring players in for the sake of it and those are the assessments we make."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

International news: Costa Rica head coach Jorge Luis Pinto quits position

Costa Rica’s popular head coach Jorge Luis Pinto has quit despite their run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger rues 'impossible' pre-season schedule

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has criticised his side’s hectic pre-season schedule as bordering on the impossible.

Transfer News: Hibernian capture young midfielder Scott Allan from West Brom

Hibernian have signed former Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan from West Brom.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

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