Manager hopes team gives supporters something to shout about
CHRIS Hughton hopes his team can reward the Canaries’ loyal support with three points when West Bromwich Albion visit this weekend.
The Yellow Army roared the team onto victory against Sunderland last time out at Carrow Road, with City’s boss recognising the impact of the fervent atmosphere generated by the home crowd.
His comments come in the week that his squad refunded the admission prices for the fans that made the lengthy trip to Swansea City for last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat.
“It was a wonderful gesture, and I think it’s one in whole for the season. It’s a real appreciation because of where we’re based here in Norwich, there are so many long trips,” said Hughton.
“The atmosphere at Carrow Road has been excellent - it’s been a difficult place for teams to come, and we have to make sure it’s the same on Saturday.
“They’ll get behind the team anyway, they always do, but to create that type of atmosphere we’ve got to be playing well enough and be determined enough for the supporters to like what they see.”
Ahead of the game, Hughton says that a decision will be made late on the availability of Joseph Yobo, who missed the trip to south Wales with a calf injury.
“He’s going to be out on the training pitch on Thursday. He’s been ok this week, so I we’re quite confident that he’ll come through that and on Friday,” he added when talking exclusively to Norwich City TV.
“Michael Turner’s in the squad. The decision last week was that Ryan Bennett was perhaps a bit more up to speed than where Michael was, but he’s been training well for the last few weeks and he also comes into contention.”
Pepe Mel’s Baggies have only won once in their last 11 Premier League matches, but the Canaries’ manager is wary that everyone is up for the battle for survival.
“They’re a team that’s fighting with us to keep a good position in this league, and they’ve got some very good players so we can’t afford to underestimate them,” he said.
“We are at home, so whichever way that we do it it’s three points that we want and need. It’s at Carrow Road so we haven’t got to worry too much about the opposition.
“The Club has done great in their preparations for these games, but of course the really important thing is that we as a team give the supporters enough for them to get behind us.”