Hughton: No need to panic despite poor Norwich start

The Canaries manager urges his side to remain calm and trust in their ability ahead of Sunday's trip to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium in the Premier League
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says there is no need for his side to panic despite taking just four points from their opening five games.

The Canaries have won just once in the Premier League this season, against Southampton in August, and needed extra time to see of the challenge of Watford in the Capital One Cup in midweek but the 54-year-old urges calm ahead of their visit to Stoke City on Sunday.

"We would want to be better placed than where we are but we also have to realise that we're just five games into a new season and there are five teams who are only one point better off than we are," he told reporters.

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"It's not a time or stage to panic. You have to stay calm through this period and have the belief in the abilities of the team. We're very early in the season to be making judgements.

"Every game that we play – at home or away – is an opportunity to get three points and that's the way you have to look at it."

Hughton hopes to have Sebastien Bassong fit for the game and also confirmed that Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Josh Murphy, who impressed against Watford, are also in the squad.

"Bassong's doubtful but we're going to give him right up until the last moment," the Norwich boss explained. "The good news is that it's not quite as bad as we thought it might have been at the time.

"Ricky van Wolfswinkel is OK though, he's trained [on Friday] morning so he'll be fine. "Josh will be in the squad and that's probably on not only the performance [against Watford] but also his form before Tuesday. He's had a good season with the development squad and was with us in America [in pre-season]."