Norwich managed a stunning 1-0 win over Hull City that helped them move away from the relegation zone and also ease the pressure from manager Chris Hughton. The club has been coming under intense pressure from the fans to get rid of manager Hughton, who has the experience of working at several clubs in recent years. The team has been finding it very hard to score goals and it has been partly because of the form of summer signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, who was brought to the club for a record £ 8.5 million. However, he has not scored in the last 14 matches.
His first goal for the club came on the opening day of the season. Scoring goals has been a problem despite the presence of Gary Hooper, who was brought from Celtic for a large fee. The former Celtic man had scored a lot of goals with the Scottish outfit, but he has been struggling for form in the Premier league. However, he started the match alongside Wolfswinkel and played a major role in the victory. Both strikers, however, did not get on the scoresheet since it was Bennett who scored the winner in the 87th minute.
He managed to convert the corner from Robert Snodgrass to give massive three points for the home team.
“I’m very conscious that I’d like to play two up front, I’d like to play a midfield attacking schemer, I’d like to play two wide players that can both tuck in and score goals. The unfortunate thing is you can’t do all of them. It’s trying to get the balances right. Of course it’s [Wolfswinkel form] a concern. He’s someone who is used to scoring goals. He’s playing in a different league — sometimes that takes a little bit longer,” said Hughton after the Hull victory.
Norwich City’s 3-1 victory against West Ham United propelled them to the 15th spot of the Premier League standings claiming their 3rd win of this season. The head coach Chris Hughton said that the club has to build on their latest win and forget about the past disappointing results.
Manchester City hosted Norwich City at the Etihad Stadium and the team of Manuel Pellegrini overcame Norwich with a resounding 7-0 victory but Hughton believes that his side should just focus on the upcoming matches and spoke about their match against West Ham.
Hughton told Sky Sports: “We got a very good reaction from the players in the second half, we were more urgent and put West Ham on the back foot.
“What we have said to the players after the game is we have to build on this. We had a similar thing last season, when we didn’t start so well but then won against Arsenal and it was a spring forward.
“There’s a feel-good factor at the moment and it’s nice to go into the international break with a win.”
They were hit with a big blow when Anthony Pilkington picked up an injury during Norwich’s last match that will leave him unable to play Republic of Ireland’s next match and in doubts for his club.
Norwich fell behind in the 1st half after Morrison gave West Ham the lead at the 32nd minute but the home team recovered after the break and blasted 3 goals that gave them the victory and the important 3 points that keeps them away from the last bottom spots of the Premier League as they want to keep the momentum going for the rest of the campaign.
Chris Hughton’s Norwich City suffered a 2-0 defeat against Tottenham at White Hart Lane during the weekend. It was a match that was very one-sided because Tottenham dominated the entire encounter in all areas of the pitch. They had a remarkable 70% possession, while also creating a lot of chances as well. Hughton could only praised his opposition after the match because they were extremely brilliant. Tottenham came into the match on the back of the 1-0 defeat against Arsenal in the previous encounter. This was a very difficult defeat for Andre Villas-Boas because he paraded a number of his new signings.
Tottenham have spent more than £ 100 million in this transfer window, although they have recovered most of the money following the sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. Despite the new signings, it was Gylfi Sigurdsson who managed to take the plaudits with two goals. He scored on a visit of the break to give Tottenham all three points. Hughton, though, reckons that it was largely down to the second goal in the 49th minute that his team were unable to come back into the match. It was very difficult to motivate the players after conceding so early in the second half.
Hughton will be hoping that his players recover soon for the visit of Aston Villa.
“They have got an awful lot of quality on the pitch. There are no complaints with the result. We needed to get a foothold in the game for longer periods, but we were up against a very impressive Tottenham team. We had better spells in the second half and we threatened more, so it was one that really hurt us. It is always going to be very difficult coming here, but it wasn’t to be and we need to dust ourselves down and be better next week,” said Hughton.
Norwich city recently managed to bring in the highly rated Martin Olsson from Blackburn Rovers. The 25-year-old has been linked with several clubs in England including those in the upper echelons of the Premier league table. The defender has been signed from Blackburn for £ 2.5 million. He stayed with the Lancashire club for one season in the effort to get them back into the Premier league. However, Blackburn were unable to put up any title challenge in the Championship and will be spending another season in the second division of English football as a result of it.
Olsson has said that the presence of former Newcastle United and Tottenham assistant manager is Hughton was crucial in him coming to Norwich city. Norwich only recently came back into the Premier league under the management of Paul Lambert, who left for Aston Villa at the start of last season. Hughton, who was appointed as his replacement, managed to help the club finish in a comfortable place in the Premier league. They have spent heavily over the course of the summer in order to preserve their Premier league status and Olsson is one of the big-name rivals.
Olsson has been playing for Blackburn for the last seven years and this is his first major move.
“My dream was always to play in the Premier League again. I went down into the Championship and it was a good lesson for me as well. I learned a lot of things. But I’m at a new club now, so I’m looking forward to being with the players and enjoying my time here. I had a few other clubs interested but I think Chris gave me a good idea of how he wanted to play and the ambition of this club,” said the 25-year-old defender after sealing his move to Norwich.
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has said that he is looking forward to establishing the club as one of the regular fixtures in the Premier league. Norwich were recently promoted to the Premier league under the management of Paul Lambert. However, the second season in the English top division appeared to be a struggle for Norwich after Lambert left the club at the start of the season. The arrival of Chris Hughton, who has done a good job with the likes of Newcastle and Birmingham in the past, has worked in favour of the club.
Norwich struggled with the threat of relegation only in the last few weeks of the campaign, but even that was eroded following the 3-2 win over Manchester City on the final day of the season. This victory helped the club bounce from the 16th position in the table to an 11th place. They have also managed to secure the £ 4 million prize money as a result of this huge bump up. Hughton has said that he does not want to have any threat of relegation next season. He wants Norwich to be a regular Premier league club as the likes of Sunderland and Stoke City have become over the years.
“There were some really good stats this season. The facts are we had 10 clean sheets and in addition to that out of 38 games, we had 22 we either drew or lost by the odd goal. Those aspects we got right. What we needed to address is getting those additional goals that turn draws into wins and those defeats into draws and we found it difficult,” said Hughton. He is prepared to enter into the transfer market in order to strengthen the team. He reckons that the next season will be even tougher than the current one.
Norwich City has been defeated by West Ham United in a Premier League match played at Boleyn Ground on Tuesday. West Ham won the match by 2-1. This was West Ham’s seventh victory in the ongoing Premier League. With the help of this win, West Ham managed to maintain its 11th position in the points table. West Ham currently has 26 points in 20 matches.
On the other hand, this was the 8th defeat for Norwich City in the competition. However, the defeat didn’t take Norwich City down in the points table. Norwich City is still at the 12th position in the points table.
The West Ham players were playing on their home ground and they didn’t disappoint the home fans who turned up in large numbers. They were thoroughly professional in their approach and provided a lot of entertainment to their fans.
West Ham United was off to a blistering start in the match. The Irons earned a penalty in the 3rd minute of the match and Mark Noble didn’t make any mistake in capitalizing on that chance. He outthought the Norwich goalkeeper and smashed the ball into the net. The Norwich goalie dived in the wrong direction.
The Irons doubled their lead in the 26th minute of the match. It was Joey O’Brien who scored the second goal for West Ham. Noble passed the ball to Carlton Cole who set it up for O’Brien. O’Brien got into a good position before sweeping the ball into the net.
Norwich City managed to reduce the lead to 1-2 towards the end with the goal of Russell Martin, but, that was too little, too late. West Ham played sensibly in the remaining few minutes and walked away with the win.
Norwich City’s next match will be a FA Cup encounter against Peterborough United on Saturday.