Is Norwich City Manager Chris Hughton Ready to Attack for Survival?

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There was certainly more frustration at Carrow Road on Saturday, but not entirely of the same sort that we have been used to. The one big thing that has irritated fans is the overly cautious approach that Chris Hughton has used. The lack of attacking intent has been evident in both home and away games, and playing one up front is seen as a negative approach.

It looked to be more of the same in a first half that was dominated by Swansea, and fans must have been expecting the worse when the Michu scored. However, Norwich City responded by quickly getting back to level terms.  The second half proved to be a decent performance from the home side as they took the lead and created further chances.

But that quickly turned to frustration when Swansea managed to hit back to secure a draw. It’s ironic in many ways that the day the Canaries score twice the defence doesn’t operate so well. Nevertheless, bearing in mind the difficulty of the team to score goals recently there are some positives from this performance.

Playing a defensive game of containment has got Norwich so far this season. But sometimes it’s necessary to take a bit more of a gamble in search of a priceless win. No Norwich fan needs reminding about the run of form the team has been on lately.

It might not be necessary to secure another win this season, but it would make everyone feel a lot more comfortable. In fact, a few wins before the end of the season would be an entirely different perspective on the end of the season. Hughton may decide in order to end things on a high he needs to attack for survival.

Time will tell, but such an approach would appease a lot of Norwich fans who seem him as negative. What is vital is the club remains in the Premier League, and if they can do that with something to spare then so much the better.

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