Originally Posted by Noithasn
CH will either set the team up not to lose or go for the win. You can see by the last few games of the season how dangerous Norwich can be when they're more attack minded and creative but if he sets them up not to lose again like the majority of last season, they will go down.
This is a great assessment in all honesty. Hughton is negative as fuck and completely changed the tactics/set up of our attacking squad last pre-season without needing to, we had loads of momentum when finishing 11/12 and going into pre-season 12/13 with our attacking style. There's a misconception that we only took 3 points in the first seven games last season because of "second season syndrome", but in reality Hughton fucked about with the tactics and tried to make an attacking side into a defensive one during pre-season. Outside of the ten game undefeated streak (which I still think was a fluke and more about other teams such as Arsenal failing to turn up) we were generally garbage last season, a relegation side in all but name, at one point we had 1 win in 19 games. The players proved what they're capable of against Everton at home when they went against Hughton's wishes and played for a win:
"Once you are 1-0 down and you get back to 1-1, you have to be honest and say you settle for that. But the lads wanted something different and showed great drive and determination to get the winner."
They also proved it against WBA and Citeh in the last two games when our full backs were actually allowed past the half way line and Hughton allowed us to commit extra men into the opposition area due to desperation over needing a win which was soon followed by the freedom allowed by safety. In all honesty we beat a Citeh side who gave no fucks. Still, we've played many teams who gave no fucks this season but only ended up with a draw at home, that includes QPR, West Ham, Newcastle and Fulham. You can only beat what's in front of you. The only other time where we played like we did under Lambert was against Swansea away where we were gung ho as fuck and won 4-3. We were actually 3-0 up at half time but Ruddy was injured and Bunn almost tried to throw the game away with a couple of howlers.
With Ruddy in goal that day we would have battered them. Ruddy's first game back from injury was the WBA home game when we won 4-0, by the way. He does make a hell of a difference in all fairness to Hughton. If we keep him fit for the season we won't be in as much bother.
It's weird because if you look at last season's table you would think that we had a good season because we finished 11th, but we actually finished with less points than the previous season with a better squad. One of two things will happen next season, Hughton will buy a load of new players who suit his dullard style and we'll be okay, or he'll fail in the market and we'll continue to be found out playing football that doesn't suit the squad that Lambert built on an attacking ethos. Well, there is a third option, which is going back to how we played before, but that's highly unlikely. Regardless, we shouldn't be in a position where we have to worry about impending relegation, especially now that Hughton is being given the biggest budget any Norwich manager has ever had. £8.5 million for RVW, we spent less than that in 11/12 and our previous transfer record was £3.5 million!