Boss looking for momentum
HARNESSING the good feeling from last weekend’s win over Sunderland into a positive performance against Swansea City is the target for his team, says manager Chris Hughton.
The Canaries opened up a seven point gap to the relegation places after their 2-0 triumph at Carrow Road but they are yet to put together back-to-back victories in the Premier League this season.
“There’s always a little bit of a better feel the week after a good result, but we need to make sure we take that feel into the next game and every game we play,” he said when talking with Norwich City TV before the trip to south Wales.
“You look for every psychological boost that you can. The biggest one for us, of course, is that we’re on the back of a good win and performance on Saturday, but we have fared well against Swansea in the last couple of years and hopefully we can use that.”
Hughton was in attendance at the Emirates Stadium for the Swans’ impressive 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday night, but he expects Garry Monk’s side to play differently on Saturday.
“They played very well, but it’s very difficult because you can’t be as expansive as you’d like to be because you’re up against a Champions League team,” he added.
“We would expect them to pay a bit differently, a bit more expansively, as they normally do at home. They have goals in the team.”
On the injury front, Hughton confirmed that no issues have arisen from training this week, while he also gave an update on the progress of Leroy Fer, who has been missing for a month with a hamstring injury.
“We’ve had a good week’s training. For some of them it was a little bit more about rest and recovery, and making sure that we get it right with them,” he said.
“Leroy Fer’s coming along very well, he’s at a good pace with his running at the moment. We’re probably still looking at a couple of weeks but at the moment there have been no setbacks with him, and of course that’s good news.”