City boss looking to continue unbeaten run
The Canaries go into the game on the back of a hard-fought and well-deserved 1-0 home win against Stoke, whilst Brian McDermott’s Reading side are still searching for their first league triumph.
However after putting five goals past Arsenal in a remarkable 5-7 Capital One Cup defeat at the Madejski Stadium recently, Hughton will be wary of Reading’s threats.
He told Canaries Player: “It’s always a good feeling when you’ve got a few points, so it’s a nice period for us at the moment, but it’s about sustaining it and replicating those good things, and for us there are no easy games. We have to perform.
“Whoever the opposition are there is plenty of good reason why we have to be on top of our game.
“The reason this week is that we’re up against a team that had a wonderful season last season and have a great work ethic. They generally don’t change their style of play too much and it’s a matter of time before they start getting points, and that’s what we need to guard against.”
With that in mind the Manager had good news in regards to injuries to two of three sidelined defenders, adding: “Javier Garrido and Michael Turner are fit and available, and Russell Martin is very close.
“He hasn’t trained this week, and we’ll see how he is on Friday. If he trains then he’ll have a chance. He had been an ever-present until this injury and has played a big part this season, but he’s not too far away.”
The last few results have seen an added air of confidence surrounding the side, and with good reason, as the team’s displays have begun to yield the points they have deserved.
Hughton added: “The home performance against Arsenal is one that gave everybody that bit of confidence and when you’re beating a team of the stature of Arsenal at home it’s also a great one for the supporters.
“Equally as tough though was the win against Stoke, where we had to be able to win and compete in a different way.
“But it’s just about getting those valuable points on the board. The frustrating thing early in the season was not getting those. At the moment we’re on a decent run and it’s given us that bit of confidence.
“Reading can score goals and if you look at the first half performance against Arsenal, you can see what a threat they are.
“They’ll possibly look at us as one of a group of teams they need to get their points off at home, and we need to be mindful of that. We are in good form at the moment, and we want to capitalize on it.
“The only way you can do that is by trying to replicate the things that you have done so well in recent games that have got you the results.”