Hughton to accommodate Hoolahan

  • Last Updated: October 30 2012, 9:16 GMT

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has admitted to changing his tactics to accommodate Canaries playmaker Wes Hoolahan.

Wes Hoolahan: Has the backing of Hughton

The Republic of Ireland international, 30, has been an integral part of the first team since he moved to Carrow Road from Blackpool in 2008.

He played a key role in last season's 12th-placed finish but did not seem to have a place in Hughton's starting line-up when the former Newcastle boss replaced Paul Lambert as manager in June.

However, Hughton has revealed he has always appreciated Hoolahan's ability and that opinion has not changed in the first four months of his tenure as Norwich boss.

"My view of Wes hasn't changed. Before I came here I knew he was a good, influential player," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"Wes is a good player. He was a good player before I came here. So he's certainly not going to become a bad player overnight."

Hoolahan is clearly relishing playing just behind striker Grant Holt and impressed in Saturday's 1-1 draw at at Aston Villa.

Hughton revealed afterwards the formation he introduced when he first took over did not suit the Irishman.

"There's no doubt he's best used in a central position because he's somebody you need to get on the ball," he said.

"In pre-season and perhaps at the start of the season I was looking more at playing two strikers. It's always a bit more difficult to fit him into that - Wes is as good a player as I thought he was."

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