Of course, a win would have been nice, but it’s hardly the travesty that some make it out to be. Some fans have even called for Chris Hughton to be sacked due to his defensive tactics.
To be honest, I don’t even know what to say about that since the Canaries are very nicely placed in the Premier League. Therefore, I thought I would put a slideshow together on all the reasons to trust Hughton.
I’m getting sick to death of hearing that playing one striker up front doesn’t work or that Norwich need to play 4-4-2.
Look around world football these days and tell me how many teams still use 4-4-2? It certainly won’t be many.
In fact, the 4-2-3-1 system has arguably become the formation of choice.
Chris Hughton may elect to change the system now that he has more forward options, but that won’t be because he feels the current tactics don’t work.
It amazes me that people think it doesn’t work when it was good enough to beat Arsenal and Manchester United at Carrow Road. It’s also managed to position the team in a comfortable place clear of the relegation zone.
There is certainly more than one way to stay in the Premier League. Norwich City managed to do it in a very expansive way last season, but Chris Hughton has decided a more cautious approach is required this season.
Supporters don’t seem to like this, but it’s all about finding a formula that works. It would be nice if Norwich scored a few more goals, but it’s not as important as some people seem to think.
There is nothing wrong with winning a game 1-0 or even battling out a 0-0 draw. I think it’s important for teams to play this way to establish themselves within the Premier League.
The only thing that matters is staying in the Premier League. If Norwich have to play defensive football in order to do that, then so be it.
I think we would all agree that some of the players who have come in have made a massive difference to the side.
In particular, I would point out the impacts from Sebastien Bassong, Alexander Tettey and Robert Snodgrass. The incoming January additions of Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara could well be crucial as well.
However, the point here is that the squad has some real top quality. This quality will ultimately play a massive part in keeping Norwich in the Premier League and is yet another reason why the Norwich City faithful should support Chris Hughton.
I always thought a successful strategy was to win the majority of games at home and hope to nick a point away. This is certainly the way that I see Chris Hughton going about his business.
Of course, it doesn’t always work. However, in the Premier League it’s not necessary to win all the games at home.
But a certain number of points need to be secured. Fans may talk about the fact that Norwich have only won one away game all season. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the Canaries could get the job done entirely on home games, so it seems like a pretty decent strategy to me.