Norwich boss Hughton acknowledges comparisons with Southampton

The Canaries' boss accepts the similarities between his side and the Saints ahead of Saturday's encounter but insists his team must keep their noses ahead in the Premier League

Chris Hughton has accepted there are similarities between Norwich and Southampton ahead of their clash at Carrow Road on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino took over in January from the side that has mirrored the Norfolk outfit's own success by earning back-to-back promotions from League One, a feat that had not been repeated for over a decade.

Hughton admitted that both clubs have shared a similar road to where they are now and revealed how he has observed other previously promoted clubs to help him achieve his targets at Carrow Road.

"I think they fall into the same category as us last season and perhaps even this time round as well," he told Norwich Evening News.

"We are both playing in a tough division and they are still going through the learning processes of what it takes. I think the two clubs share a lot of similarities.

"Geographically, they both have strong local support and of course the pathways of the two clubs on the pitch have been very similar.

"For the likes of ourselves we looked at perhaps West Brom, Stoke and Wigan who have had stability at this level over a number of years and perhaps looking even further beyond those three to the likes of Everton who are an incredibly well-run club, with stability from the manager that brings consistency every season.

"We are certainly striving for the same things."