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HUGHTON - 'ALWAYS GOOD TO WIN'

29 July 2012

City Manager pleased by 2-0 win over Peterborough at London Road

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton was delighted with the way his squad dealt with the challenge of Championship side Peterborough United in their 2-0 win at London Road on Saturday.

Striker’s Steve Morison and James Vaughan scored the goals that gave Hughton’s side a deserved win, and another pre-season clean sheet following last week’s 1-0 victory over Celtic.

With back-to-back friendly wins under their belts, there were plenty of positives to take from the team’s display.

Hughton told Canaries Player: “Some of our play at times was very good, and we dealt with the threat very well. 

“We possibly could have had a little bit more end product with some of the positions that we got into, but it was a really good exercise for us.

“It’s very good to have a clean sheet again against a decent Peterborough side that play an attractive brand of football.

“I’ve seen a lot of them over the past couple of seasons, and they are a very offensive side so they will test you. You need to make sure that you have got a good enough shape and are resilient against them.

“It’s always good to win any game, whether it be pre-season or not, because you get that winning mentality, and at this moment I think we’ve come through unscathed injury wise which is always important.”

Hughton was able to make wholesale changes to his side in the second half, with eight substitutions just after the 70 minute mark, including goal scorer Vaughan and Grant Holt, who combined for the second in the 86th minute.

He added: “I would have thought if you were Peterborough, the last thing you want at that stage of the game is to see a player come on that plays on the shoulder and has a bit of pace about him [Vaughan]. 

“It was a good combination between the two front players for the second and a good time to score the goal.

“It’s nice when you have the majority of your squad fully fit, because you can give them all minutes on the pitch.

“If you can work a pre-season where you have an equal amount of time on the pitch for most players, then at the end of it, you hope that you’ve got enough lads that can go into the season at a good level.”

On the injury from, Hughton gave an update on the fitness of summer signing Steven Whittaker, who picked up an ankle injury in the first half at Celtic Park last Tuesday night.

“We’re still assessing it,” said Hughton. “Hopefully it’s not too bad, but it’s a blow for him because as a new player you want to do well, and the last thing you want is to be injured. 

“We’re hoping he won’t be out for too long, but we’ll certainly know more over the next couple of days.”

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