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27 August 2012

Chris Hughton looks ahead to the Scunthorpe clash

AHEAD of Tuesday’s Captial One Cup second round clash with Scunthorpe at Carrow Road, Norwich City Manager Chris Hughton has revealed that he will be rotating his squad for the fixture.

Fresh from a 1-1 draw with Queens Park Rangers in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday the Canaries face a tricky test against their League One opponents ahead of next week’s trip to Tottenham Hotspur.

Hughton told Canaries Player: “David Fox will be involved, and I will certainly be making significant changes. Declan Rudd will play too.

“David has been involved in two development games, and played almost 90 minutes in the last one.

“It’s good to see him back, and it’s a shame that he missed the start of pre-season.

“The league cup is a good opportunity for us, and we’ll use the competition that we’ve got in the squad. 

“We have real competition for places. If you look at our first two games, there have been changes, We’ve got a healthy squad without too many injuries, and I’ll be using the squad for our benefit.”

The Canaries exited the league cup at this stage last season, with a shock 4-0 defeat at home to MK Dons, however Hughton is hoping for no repeat of that against the Iron, who triumphed on penalties against Derby in the last round following a sensational 5-5 draw.

“I regard this as an important competition. It’s a competition that we would like to make progress in, and we’ve had the advantage of having a home tie which is what everybody wants, and it gives us the opportunity to perhaps even get some supporters in that haven’t been able to get to the league games. 

“I’m aware of the MK Dons result from last season, and the players told me how well they played on the day we faced them in pre-season. 

“We’ve all been on the back of difficult cup days where you’re the favourites but don’t excel, and they are the pitfalls of cup football.

“We have a lot of lads that take penalties if it goes that far, and we tend to do some extra work and some finishing afterwards. 

“You don’t want to get to that stage, and you’re hoping the performance has been good enough to warrant a win, but we know what can happen in cup football.”

One man who is unlikely to be involved on Tuesday night is new signing Alexander Tettey, who joined the Canaries from French side Rennes on Friday.

“At this moment Alex’s international clearance has not come through,” said Hughton. 

“I think it’ll be very close, but we’re not expecting it to come through in time, which is a shame because it would have been a good introduction for him to English football, but I don’t think it will happen but he will of course be available for the weekend against Tottenham.”

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