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HUGHTON PRAISES YELLOW ARMY

26 July 2012

Manager thanks fans for their support against Celtic

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton has praised the City fans that made the long trip to Celtic Park on Tuesday night to support the Canaries in their 1-0 win over Scottish champions Celtic.

A Grant Holt goal just a minute from time meant City came out on top, much to the delight of the yellow corner of Celtic’s famous stadium, where the Yellow Army made themselves heard all evening to create another great atmosphere between the two sides.

Hughton told Canaries Player: “They certainly made themselves very vocal from start to finish and I think you’ve got to applaud them.

“It’s a long way to come up for a midweek game, and wouldn't have been cheap.

“We’re very appreciative of them coming, and that’s why the players, as soon as the game has finished, were right over there to show their appreciation.

“We hope they enjoyed the win and we look forward to seeing them on Saturday against Peterborough.”

The result was Hughton’s first win as City Manager, after his side were edged out 3-2 by German team Hertha Berlin in Austria on Saturday – Norwich’s first game of pre-season.

However both the performance and the result against Celtic were pleasing factors for the boss, as he prepares his side for the big Premier League opener against Fulham at Craven Cottage on August 18.

He added: “Even in pre-season it’s a  good win, and again we’re up against a team that are ahead of us in regards to their pre-season programme - I think they even play a Champions League game in a week.

“I was a really good run out for us. You always want to win football matches, but at this stage of the season it’s not the be all and end all, it’s really about coming through it and making sure you get some good work in for the next game, and hopefully not picking up any injuries.

“I think you look for something in every game, and our work on the ball could have been better at times. In that second half we had good possession in the middle of the field, and maybe just weren’t clinical enough with that final pass, which I think would have seen us have more opportunities.”

“He enjoyed it because he enjoys scoring goals,” Hughton said of Holt’s late winner. “I don’t think you can underestimate a win here, because it’s a stadium that probably most of the lads wouldn’t have been to before, certainly most of them wouldn’t have played here before.

“After a good week in Austria, we were a little disappointed with the Hertha Berlin result on Saturday, but this was a good game and a good arena to lift us, against good opposition.”

There was at least one piece of bad news for Hughton however, as new signing and former Rangers defender Steven Whittaker was forced to withdraw after 23 minutes with an ankle injury.

Hughton said: “It’s a blow for us because he has picked up an injury.

“How bad it will be we won’t know until the next couple of days. He’s hurt his ankle, and we hope it’s not going to be too bad, and for me, that’s probably the only downside of the game.

“It was a game that meant a lot to him, playing here, and up until then I thought he was playing very well.”

 


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