Hughton impressed by Swansea displays

Manager Chris Hughton knows Norwich will have their work cut out to stop Swansea's exciting brand of football when they aim to go 10 games unbeaten.

Swansea striker Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer

The Canaries have flown up the Barclays Premier League table since the October international break, beating both Arsenal and Manchester United at home as well as securing a place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

However, Hughton knows that impressive form will be put to a severe test against Michael Laudrup's side, who recorded a 2-0 away win over Arsenal last weekend with a late brace from in-form Spanish frontman Michu just a few days after beating high-flying West Brom at The Liberty Stadium.

"There was a very good platform for Laudrup when he took over, but he has tweaked the formation and brought in some very good players," Hughton told a press conference.

"I have been very impressed, not just with the run they are on, but also with the style they are playing which is an exciting brand of football, as well as anybody in this division.

"There have been no fluke results, they have earned them. It is not about one player, it is about the quality they have got.

"At this moment they are doing very well and all look real good [summer] purchases, particularly Michu, who is scoring the goals.

"We will have to make sure we are as resilient as possible, but also have a threat ourselves."

Both sides maintained their top-flight status last season having come up from the npower Championship.

Following a dismal start to the new campaign under Hughton - who took over when Paul Lambert left for Aston Villa in the summer - the Canaries looked relegation fodder.

However, Hughton remained confident results would improve.

"Even in the earlier part of the season the performances were not so bad," said Hughton, whose side last lost 4-1 at Chelsea on October 6.

"However, on the back of two heavy defeats there was a conscious effort we needed to tighten up as a unit and to put some wrongs right. It is still all about getting consistency and putting down a marker."

With England goalkeeper John Ruddy sidelined because of a thigh injury which needed surgery, Mark Bunn is again set to deputise.

Hughton has looked to maintain a settled side whenever possible, naming the same 10 outfield players for a spell of three games in eight days.

"Everybody wants to play at the moment, I haven't got anybody who feels like they want a rest or a player we particularly want to rest," Hughton said.

"The decisions will be solely based on a particular team for a game.

"We have got a competitive squad at the moment and certainly have no fear about making any changes because any changes I did make would be because I felt it would make the team as equally strong."

Midfielder Jonny Howson has seen his chances limited by the consistent performances from Republic of Ireland international Wes Hoolahan, who is revelling in his support role behind Grant Holt.

The former Leeds captain, though, has few complaints.

Howson said: "Wes has been first class, his retention of the ball and the things he creates...he is up there with one of the best I have ever played with in my career.

"You can see no matter what teams we have come up against, he has always caused them problems, so it would be very difficult to take Wes out of there.

"But it is all about the team and the lads are doing terrifically well."

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