Norwich manager Chris Hughton explains delay in handing Wes Hoolahan start

Wes Hoolahan: Back in the Norwich starting line-up

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Norwich manager Chris Hughton has admitted it has required a change of formation to accommodate Canaries playmaker Wes Hoolahan.

The 30-year-old was an unused substitute for three of Norwich's first four games of the season and played just 13 minutes of the other as the new boss overlooked the fans' favourite.

But the Republic of Ireland international has now started three consecutive games and stood out in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Aston Villa.

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Hughton insists Hoolahan has not had to win him over, claiming instead that it has just been a case of finding the best way to use his talents.

"My view of Wes hasn't changed. Before I came here I knew he was a good, influential player," said Hughton.

"Wes is a good player. He was a good player before I came here. So he's certainly not going to become a bad player overnight.

"There's no doubt he's best used in a central position because he's somebody you need to get on the ball.

"In pre-season and perhaps at the start of the season I was looking more at playing two strikers. It's always a bit more difficult to fit him into that - Wes is as good a player as I thought he was."