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HUGHTON ON SPURS

30 August 2012

City Manager Chris Hughton previews Spurs clash

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton has told his players to ‘have no fear’ when they travel to Champions League chasing Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Hughton spent 28 successful years as a player and coach at the White Hart Lane club and is looking forward to putting his current crop of Norwich City stars to the test against Andre Villas Boas’ men.

White Hart Lane was also the scene of one of last season’s most famous wins for the Canaries, when Elliott Bennett’s winner sealed all three points, and the current boss would love to see a repeat performance.

He told Canaries Player: “I have great feelings for the club and great memories. I have been back in a coaching capacity and there is always a nice feeling going back. 

“I think when you go back in a different role, you want to do well, put on a performance, and enjoy it too. I want to enjoy our performance, and hopefully if we can get a result it'll make it an even better day.

“The benefit we have is that people will not expect us to go there and win, particularly with the quality they have, and with a couple of days to go they might bring in some more. 

“But we will have no fear. 

“You have to give yourself the best possible chance, and the only way you can give yourself that is to have no fear, go in with a game plan, be brave in everything that you do, and see where it takes you.”

“I think Spurs will have a good season. With what they have brought in, there is no doubt that they have a competitive squad. 

“They've got great quality, but if you can't enjoy this type of challenge, then you shouldn't be in this game. 

“Fortunately I have a group of players that do enjoy the challenge. We've put a bad result behind us and now we look forward.”

After a shock 5-0 defeat away to Fulham on the opening day of the season, Hughton’s side put in a drastically improved performance against Queens Park Rangers last weekend to earn a 1-1 draw, although the Manager felt his side did enough to win the game.

He added: “I was disappointed not to have the win. In this division points are hard to come by, and against QPR it was a really good opportunity at home to gain three points. 

“But I was delighted with the performance. I think if we'd hadn't created the chances and things don't go your way, you can accept that, but after the disappointment of the opening day we wanted a response, and that we certainly got. 

“We need to make sure we continue that in every game, because we can't afford to be how we were on the opening day.”

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