Premier League - Safety first for Hughton

Chris Hughton's priority remains making certain Norwich are difficult to beat as former Canaries boss Paul Lambert prepares to bring Aston Villa to Carrow Road.

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Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton (PA Photos)

Following the loss at Tottenham, England goalkeeper John Ruddy called for the Canaries to play more positively to make the most of their talents in comments which could be interpreted as a slight towards his manager Hughton.

But the Canaries boss, whose side drew 14 of their 38 games last term, was unfazed and maintains his approach is the right one.

"When we don't win football matches we always look at the reasons why," Hughton said.

"You generally don't hear too much when we win games, (like) after a very good performance against a very good Southampton team at home.

"We are always conscious that you want to win a game and you want to win a game in different ways.

"You still have to make sure that you are a tough team to beat.

"You hope with the quality you have you can work off that and get the goals that you need.

"It's about us, not over four games, over a season doing well enough and making sure we get the best out of our players.

"We've got players we've got to bed into the system, bed into the team."

Like Ruddy, Hughton wants a response from the Spurs loss.

"We're on the back of a defeat and I'm looking for a reaction from the players," he said.

Norwich augmented their attacking options over the summer, spending more than ever before to recruit Gary Hooper from Celtic and Ricky van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon, among others.

Dutch striker Van Wolfswinkel has one goal from four Premier League games, while Hooper is yet to make his competitive debut due to injury but is now fully fit.

Hughton added: "It was a conscious effort from us in the summer to improve the offensive options that we have.

"Sometimes that clicks straight away, sometimes it doesn't.

"I am confident (it will click), but it's very much a work in progress for us."

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