Hughton wants to maintain run

  • Last Updated: November 9 2012, 14:37 GMT

Manager Chris Hughton admits it is a good feeling to be at Norwich right now - but warned that will change quickly should his side fail to produce the required performance at Reading on Saturday.

Chris Hughton: Hoping to sustain period of good form

The Canaries head to the Madejski Stadium as a team reborn after the international break, having beaten Arsenal and then Stoke at home as well as knocking Tottenham out of the Capital One Cup to reach the quarter-finals.

It is a marked contrast to just one month ago, when Norwich were stuck in the bottom three after no wins from their first seven league games and having shipped 17 goals.

Hughton, though, insists his men must not lose focus for Saturday's clash against a team who are still looking for a first league victory, albeit having lost just once in five games.

"There is always a better feel when you have a few points. We went through a frustrating period and this is a nice one, now we need to sustain it," said Hughton.

"At the moment we are on a decent run, are in good form and we want to capitalise on that, but to do that we need to replicate what we have done in this period.

"We are on the back of a really good win against a tough Stoke team, but as soon as that goes you prepare for the next one."

Norwich face Manchester United and then Everton later this month, but otherwise do not tackle one of the leading teams again until the visit of Chelsea on Boxing Day.

Hughton, however, maintains the Canaries cannot head into any game with different expectations.

"For us, there are no easy matches - irrespective of the opposition, we have to be on top of our game," he said.

"We have to perform at a level which keeps us in the game and gives us an opportunity to win."

Hughton added: "Tomorrow we will be up against a team who are similar to ourselves in many ways and Reading generally don't change too much with their ethic or style of play.

"Yes, they have had a tough start, but they can score goals - If you look at the first-half performance [in the Royals' 7-5 defeat to Arsenal in the Capital One Cup] you can see what a threat they are and we will have to be guarded on that."

Norwich ground out a 1-0 win over Stoke last weekend at Carrow Road.

Scotland winger Robert Snodgrass provided the free-kick from which Bradley Johnson headed in the decisive goal.

The Canaries may be renowned for their slick passing game, but Snodgrass feels they also must make the most of any set-pieces.

"It is something the gaffer has been working on, deliveries into the box. You can only put them into the area and it is up to the lads to get on the end of them," he said.

"We have got finishers in Grant Holt, Steve Morison and Simeon Jackson, if we get the balls in the box, and we have got some big defenders who we hope can get their head on it, like Michael Turner did against Aston Villa.

"We have been attacking set-pieces and I hope we can keep doing that if it is going to pick up results."

Norwich reserve goalkeeper Jed Steer has joined Blue Square Premier side Cambridge on a one-month loan deal.


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