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8 August 2012

City Manager reacts to 0-0 draw at the KC Stadium

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton was happy to take the positives from his side’s 0-0 pre-season draw with Hull City at the KC Stadium on Tuesday night.

With a four clean sheets in their previous five friendlies games, City have been looking solid going into the opening day of the Barclays Premier League season on August 18.

One pre-season fixture remains for Hughton’s side, against German side Borussia Monchengladbach at Carrow Road on Saturday, August 11, and the Manager is hoping to make it through that match injury free.

He told Canaries Player: “It was certainly a good exercise, and Hull are a good team. 

“They fared very well last year, and they still had a lot of the qualities they had last season, so we knew it was going to be a tough game and a good workout for us. 

“There were certainly far more good things that I saw I the game than there were negatives. 

“An area that we would like to improve on in this pre-season period is our goals tally. 

“It’s not that we are not getting into good areas, it’s that perhaps we need to be a little more decisive in making that clinical pass, but there are a lot of positives. 

“It’s always difficult in pre-season because you’re concerned about players coming back in and picking up injuries, because you want to be able to start the season with a full complement of players.”

The game presented another chance for fans to see summer signing Michael Turner in action. The centre-back played another 60 minutes for the Canaries against his former club and once again impressed along with his team-mates.

Hughton added: “I was pleased for Michael, and he gives us that extra bit of experience. 

“I was pleased for him to come back here as he was obviously well thought of. It was another good hour from him. We looked solid as a unit, and had the better chances, certainly in that first half.

“We have good players that have scored goals in the Premier League. We looked very solid as a unit and we got into good areas, but it would have been nice to see a couple of goals. 

“I’ve been involved in many pre-seasons where the final preparation game goes well or it doesn’t. 

“It’s a little bit of a barometer as to where you are, but some will hit the ground running on that first day against Fulham, and some will take a few weeks to get into the stride, but it’s about putting consistency together throughout the season."

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