So what is going wrong for Hughton and his struggling Norwich side
21:24 GMT, 16 September 2012
No wins in four, a shortage of goals and, during the 0-0 draw at home to West Ham on Saturday, there were boos directed at Chris Hughton after one of his substitutions.
Yet Norwich were superb last season under Paul Lambert, both in terms of performances and results, and finished 12th.
So, by comparison, this is not looking good. But they've drawn three, so it can't be all bad, can it
Upbeat: Hughton watched his side draw for the third time in a row
True, and against West Ham they kept a clean sheet, which is something they did only three times last season.
But, aside from a 1-1 draw at
Tottenham, they have underachieved significantly, drawing winnable games
at home against QPR and West Ham and getting battered 5-0 by Fulham.
Hughton has admitted he is worried. What did he have to say 'Is there frustration that we haven't got more points
Yes, because I think if you go away to Tottenham and get a draw, it is a very good result.
But against QPR here and West Ham here I felt we should have taken – and deserved – three points from both.
Yes, there is a concern and a bit of a frustration that we haven't got more points.' So where is that win going to come from
It's hard to say because Norwich's
forthcoming League fixtures are brutal. They travel to Newcastle on
Saturday, ahead of games with Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
It's going to be tough. And the worry is that they are simply not scoring.
Struggle: Norwich have found it difficult to find their feet so far in the Premier League
What's up Hughton's side are sat in 16th in the league after another draw with West Ham
Their tally of two goals is jointly
the lowest in the division and that is largely down to the form of Grant
Holt, their 15-goal striker from last season who is yet to get off the
mark after a turbulent summer.
He was poor against West Ham and was subbed with 20 minutes remaining, having managed only one shot on target.
He has looked badly off the pace, but
Hughton said: 'I can only speak as I find and he has been very focused
in games and in training. I have not seen any lack of hunger.'
Is there a wider problem Yes.
Tactically, Hughton's Norwich seem a
little predictable. Lambert frequently changed formations and personnel,
but Hughton has persevered with two banks of four so far and appears
determined to keep that rigid frame.
Defensively, it's helped, but it could
be limiting their attacking potential. On Saturday, most of their
attacks came down the flanks and West Ham sussed it out pretty quickly.
High hopes: Norwich defender Russell Martin hurdles a challenge from Joey O'Brien