CHRIS Hughton is looking for a positive reaction when his Norwich City side visit Southampton this weekend.
The Canaries’ manager knows the team didn’t get the outcome they wanted against Stoke City last Saturday and wants them to channel their frustrations into getting a result on the south coast.
“We were very disappointed with the result at home to Stoke, it was one we felt we should have won, so we now have to react in the right way,” he said when speaking exclusively to Norwich City TV.
“Southampton have had a very good season, but we want to put ourselves in a position where we can creep away from where we are at the moment, and the only way we can do is through performances and more so, results.”
Alexander Tettey was substituted against the Potters but Hughton insists there are no further issues from the challenge that saw Jonathan Walters shown a straight red card for Mark Hughes’ men.
“He’s fine. He’s trained, so there are no problems at all for Alex,” he added.
“We’ve been encouraged by some of the injured players, who are either back now training or very close to training. Elliott Bennett will hopefully be training with us next week, while Michael Turner and Jonas Gutierrez trained with us on Wednesday so that’s the good news.”
Hughton said that this weekend’s trip to St Mary’s will come too soon for that trio, however, while he also offered the latest on Leroy Fer, who has missed City’s last two matches with a hamstring injury.
“He was outside doing a bit of running on Wednesday – we’ll keep trying to give updates on his progress but he’s still going to be a few weeks away.”
On the impressive season for City’s opponents, he added: “I’m not sure what levels we expected, but we knew they were going to be good and offensive because they’ve got players that can score goals.
“They recruited well and they’ve had a really good policy of bringing through a few of the younger ones. In Luke Shaw, they have someone who’s very much going to be a star over the next few years.
“They’ve had some good periods and they’ve had some periods this season where they perhaps haven’t done so well, but we have to make sure we’re focussing on our abilities to do well.”