There is nothing wrong with Chris Hughton’s defensive football

By James Kent


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It amazes me that fans seem to be in some sort of despair about Chris Hughton’s defensive tactics. Following Norwich City’s 0-0 draw against QPR there were even fans that were calling for the manager to be sacked. This is something that simply astounds me with the team seven points clear of the relegation zone.

In my mind, Norwich City’s season is going exactly according to plan and Hughton is working out a dream. However, fans remember Paul Lambert’s spell in charge and think they would want to return to a more expansive style of play.

Nevertheless, one of the first things that the manager had to do when he was appointed during the summer was to improve a leaky defense. Some people might point out that the team still has a less than impressive goal difference. But there is a reason why statistics are seen as lies and it’s largely because they send out a very misleading picture.

The fact of the matter is that the Canaries have had a few games this season when they have conceded a lot of goals. But that has usually been against the bigger clubs in the league and overall Norwich have defended very well.

There is no doubt that signings like Sebastien Bassong, Javier Garrido, Michael Turner and Steven Whittaker have all made a significant difference. It’s also fair to say that the players have accepted the manager’s philosophy. Of course, fans are a little frustrated that the team doesn’t seem to be scoring many goals.

But the problem is you’re never going get a perfect situation. The way that Hughton has set his team up this season has worked and I’m 100% confident that Premier League survival will be secured. Then, maybe next season the manager can look to find a slightly more expansive way of playing.

Honestly, I think fans that are calling for Hughton to be sacked should be ashamed of themselves, it’s clear to see that he is the right man for Norwich City. Therefore, let’s get behind him as we secure those last few points towards Premier League survival.

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