Hughton happy with just deserts

  • Last Updated: November 8 2012, 18:32 GMT

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is pleased his side have managed to turn performances into points in recent matches.

Chris Hughton: Hailed his side

The Canaries struggled at the start of the campaign but are now in the midst of a four-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.

Arsenal, Stoke and Tottenham were all defeated in that run and Norwich will be looking to continue that form when they travel to Reading on Saturday.

"There have been different types of performances," boss Hughton said.

"The home performance against Arsenal is one that, of course, that gave everyone that little bit of confidence.

"I think when you're beating a team of the stature of Arsenal it is also a great one for the supporters.

"Equally as tough was the win against Stoke. We had to win a different way.

"You have to be able to compete in a different way but it is just about getting those valuable points on the board.

"The biggest frustration for us earlier in the season were games we felt we could have got more than what we did we didn't get those valuable three points.

"At the moment we're on a decent run and what is has done is give us that little bit of confidence. More importantly it has given us points on the board.

"But every game for us is a very tough game and we know the level of performance we have to get the points that we need."

John Ruddy will start in goal for Norwich at the Madejski Stadium this weekend and was today called up to Roy Hodgson's England squad.

While Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass have not been included in the Scotland squad, City defender Steven Whittaker has been called up despite only making two appearances since a serious ankle injury.

"I am delighted for him," Hughton said. "I think we all know how frustrating it is when a player is out through injury, particularly when you're coming to a new club and you want to impress.

"I like to think he is in the squad because of the quality he has got but perhaps more so the form that he showed in the last few games. He has done very well and I am delighted for him.

"On the other hand I feel very sorry for Russell, who was an ever-present up until this latest injury, which is not too far away.

"He has played a big part this season and that is the difficult part for him so good news for one, not so good the other.

"He is very close, he has not trained this week. We'll see how he is tomorrow, whether he is in a position to train then.

"If he doesn't, then he won't make the weekend. If he does, then of course he has a chance."

Michael Turner and Javier Garrido are both fit and in contention, although midfielder Jacob Butterfield will not be available after joining Bolton on a one-month loan today.

"It was a tough decision, because we brought Jacob here in the summer, and he has been involved in squads but hasn't had the minutes on the football pitch that he would have liked," Hughton said.

"He's quite a way from having played regular football so it's a really good opportunity for him in a short period of time to get some games under his belt, and then of course come back here even stronger."


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