There is a lot of talk lately about the style of play that Chris Hughton has been using at Norwich City. It seems that many fans expect the team to play a more expansive form of football. I think this is partly because of the sort of football that Paul Lambert treated the home crowd to.
Obviously, the game against Fulham was disappointing from an attacking sense. Therefore, fans have a right to question Hughton’s approach. The club’s run without a league win is beginning to become a problem. It is the sort of run that often leads to teams being dragged into a relegation battle. Fans have become yet more concerned now the team is just six points clear of the bottom three.
There is certainly the view that Norwich might be in a better position if they were to take a few more chances in an attacking sense. However, it’s important to maintain an element of perspective in what was always going to be a very hard season. It’s certainly not easy to win any game in the Premier League.
The way I saw the weekend’s game was two sides that aren’t currently in the best of form. However, I still think that both Norwich and Fulham will survive in the league with an element of comfort. There seems to be a suggestion that the club will fail to win another game for the remainder of the season.
However, I certainly don’t share this view and just think that next win is around the corner. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if that win arrived in the next home game against Everton. Like others, in some ways I would like to see a more exciting brand of football.
But I think the criticism of Hughton has gone a step too far. The defensive style has served the team fairly well this season and can still lead to further results. It should also be noted that the defense has improved hugely since last season. The latest clean sheet is really testimony of all of that.