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Norwich City defensive analysis: Canaries may need to change style in tough season

Chris Hughton’s side are having difficulty in attack, and may need to change style in order to stave off relegation.

Norwich City
League position:12th (23 points)
Goals conceded: 35 (16th)
Shots conceded per game: 16.3 (16th)
Percentage of shots conceded from outside box: 44% (14th)

Norwich’s problems are in attack, having only managed to score 18 goals in 22 top flight matches.

Chris Hughton’s men have only scored two or more goals in a game on three occasions this season – the opening day of the season’s 2-2 draw with Everton, a 3-1 defeat of West Ham United in November, and a 2-0 victory at West Bromwich Albion in December.

They have also lost half their games in the Premier League games, but their average of just over a point per game is keeping them in midtable.

The Canaries can be hemmed in by opposition – only Cardiff City and Stoke City see more of the ball played in their own half than Norwich, and no team has the ball less in the middle third of the pitch.

Given that Hughton’s side’s record in aerial duels is a mere 12th in the Premier League, perhaps Norwich’s direct style of play needs evolving – and quickly.

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