15:00 5th December 2013
by Norwich City Football Club
Manager switches focus to West Bromwich Albion trip
CHRIS Hughton is relieved that his Norwich City side have a chance to bounce back from Wednesday’s 5-1 defeat at Liverpool when they take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.
The Canaries travel to the Hawthorns just three days after the heavy reverse at Anfield, and City’s boss is looking for a positive reaction.
“I think we’ve got to be pleased and grateful that this game has come around as quickly as it has. It gives us an opportunity to right some wrongs,” said Hughton at his pre-match press conference on Thursday.
“We’re hurting from Wednesday night – I certainly want to see a reaction from the players and I want to see a performance that gives us a good chance of winning the game.”
Hughton was honest when assessing his side’s away form – the Canaries have only three points from a possible 21 on the road – but insists the players and staff are determined to put things right.
“The stats speak for themselves. We’re on the back of big defeats at Manchester City and Liverpool – we have to as a team defend better, and we have to eliminate the individual errors that are costing us,” he added.
“The only way we can do that is by working hard on the training pitch, being organised and making sure that we’re making it a lot tougher for opposition away from home.”
Hughton praised the job Steve Clarke has done in his season-and-a-half with the West Midlands club but is focussed purely on his own side ahead of Saturday’s meeting.
“He’s done a very good job there. This is his second year in management and he’s doing very well, but he was a coach for a long while before that of course,” he said.
“West Brom are one point in front of us and have been spoken about in very good terms. It’s an opportunity for us now – we have to make sure we get that right reaction from the team. It’s a game that we must look forward to and we must do everything we can to win.”