Hughton upbeat despite slow start

  • Last Updated: September 16 2012, 14:08 BST

Chris Hughton is determined to focus on the positives as Norwich continue their quest for a first Premier League win following Saturday's goalless draw with West Ham at Carrow Road.

Hughton: Confident first win will come soon

The Canaries were left frustrated after failing to make the most of their chances against a well-organised Irons side.

Hughton's men have drawn three successive matches since being thrashed 5-0 at Fulham on the opening day after they failed to beat inspired West Ham keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.

The Finn, once set for a move to Carrow Road before joining Bolton in 1997, produced a fine double save in the first half, before tipping over Simeon Jackson's 51st-minute drive and then turning away two stoppage-time efforts from substitute Harry Kane and Robert Snodgrass.

On another day, Norwich could also have been awarded a penalty just before half-time when James Collins unceremoniously scythed through Andrew Surman as the winger skipped into the penalty area, but referee Chris Foy correctly ruled the challenge had taken place just inches outside the box.

The Canaries must now pick themselves up for a trip to Hughton's former club Newcastle next weekend, which is the start of a run of tough fixtures.

"We will certainly make sure the players are very aware of what the positives are," said Hughton, who replaced Paul Lambert in the summer.

"It was a clean sheet against a side who you can see scoring goals because of the way they play with strong, physical players.

"You have to be able to cope with that and match it, which we did.

"Some of our possession in the middle of the park was very good with Bradley Johnson and Jonny Howson, and we kept probing.

"If we keep doing that and do that for long enough, then the results will come."

After Newcastle, Norwich host Liverpool, with dates against Chelsea and Arsenal also coming up in October.

Hughton, though, will meet those challenges head on.

"The last four were tough as well, as will the next three after that," he said.

"For us, every game will be, but the positives are we have not lost for three games, or here at Carrow Road.

"We keep mentioning these big games coming up, but we mustn't go into those games with any fear.

"If we can show the type of commitment that we have shown in these game, then we have a chance of getting points anywhere."

West Ham, meanwhile, recorded a third clean sheet from their four games back in the Premier League, and showed few signs of the defensive nightmare which saw them ship three at Swansea in the last away game.

The visitors also created several openings themselves, with Carlton Cole's early effort blocked on the line, before England keeper John Ruddy saved from Kevin Nolan.

Substitute Matt Jarvis, a £7million signing from Wolves, saw a late chance deflected wide.

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce feels his squad can be confident of maintaining momentum.

"The start we have had will take the pressure off us a bit with seven points out of 12," he said.

"We were not able to get the win at Norwich, but tried very hard to do it. We just did not have the right quality in front of goal.

"However, we have got some quality players, with strength in depth, which will stand us in good stead."

West Ham hope on-loan Liverpool frontman Andy Carroll will not be set for an extended spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem picked up on his debut before the international break.

"The leg is improving rapidly," said Allardyce.

"Day by day we will assess the situation and the minute we think we can get him back, we will."