17:30 30th January 2014
by Norwich City Football Club
Manager speaks to press ahead of Cardiff trip
CHRIS Hughton says the looming deadline for January transfers won’t distract him from preparing his team properly for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.
The Canaries’ boss won’t rule out any business up to the 11pm cut-off point on Friday, but is happy with the options currently available to him.
“It’s the same as everybody else. We’re still working hard, and will continue to do so right up until the last moments,” said Hughton at his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.
“If we’re able to do something then that would be great, but if we’re not then we have a competitive squad, and as I’ve said before we’ve got players who have been reintroduced to that squad.
“Anthony Pilkington and Alex Tettey were both involved on Tuesday, and of course there are always going to be other players coming back into the squad from injury over the course of the season.”
Opponents Cardiff are yet to win in the league under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - Hughton has recognised the Norwegian’s desire to make a mark with the South Wales club, though.
“You generally feel that they’ve got a manager who wants to put his own stamp on the club, but ultimately it’s about getting results and that’s what we’re all judged on,” he added.
“What they have done is they’ve brought in new players in the last few weeks, so what changes they make and how they’ll set up I don’t know. They’re certainly playing well, if I look at their level of performance.”
Robert Snodgrass spoke to the media before Hughton, and City’s boss praised his winger for opening up to questions regarding his verbal altercation with sections of the Carrow Road support during Tuesday’s draw with Newcastle United.
“Fair play to Robert. For him to want to do that today shows what it means to him,” he said.
“What you want is players of enthusiasm, players of passion and you want players who the game and the results mean something to.
“Around all of that, we all make mistakes and as always the most important part of making mistakes is being prepared to hold your hands up.”