Hughton: Norwich should beware of Stoke

Norwich City

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton calls for caution from his Canaries ahead of Saturday’s clash at Carrow Road.

Norwich recorded an emphatic win over Tottenham Hotspur in their midweek Capital One Cup thriller.

Hughton and his players will no doubt be buoyed by their 2-1 comeback after going a goal down to a Gareth Bale strike from just outside the area.

But the Canaries boss has urged his side to beware the beast that is Tony Pulis’ Stoke City.

“We’ve a real tough game here on Saturday,” said Houghton, who took over at Carrow Road earlier this year. He continued,

“Stoke are really tough opposition, and they are a club that has improved every year since being in the league.”

Stoke currently sit 13th in the Premier League just two points ahead of Norwich who sit uncomfortably close to the relegation zone in 16th.

“The quality of the players that they have brought in is good. They are a hard-working, well-disciplined team with good quality in their side.”

Stoke have won just one game in the Premier League so far, whilst notching up 6 draws in their 9 games. Pulis will feel his side have combatted well after it seemed the fixture list had conspired against them.

They have played Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United – and managed to hold on for a point in three of those games.

They’ll feel galvanized by their strong performances and deserved results in those games and will go in to Saturday’s game as the favourites.

But Huughton stressed his side’s win over Spurs has given him food for thought in terms of his selection.

That result saw young Canadian striker Simeon Jackson score the late winner in the 87th minute. Perhaps he’ll get a run out on Saturday – he’s made 4 appearances from the bench this season.

“Wednesday night’s game does give me something to think about selection-wise ahead of Stoke, but that’s what I wanted. I was very keen to stress before the game that the changes that I made were not young aspiring players, they were experienced players that have played a lot of games at this level.”

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