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HUGHTON ON VILLA

25 October 2012

City Manager previews Saturday's clash

CITY Manager Chris Hughton has called on his side to keep doing the same things that helped them earn a win over Arsenal when they travel to Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Grant Holt’s first half strike sealed a memorable win at Carrow Road, and the Canaries will now look to take that momentum into Saturday’s clash against former manager Paul Lambert’s Villa side.

Last weekend’s victory saw City rise to 15th position in the league table, a point above Villa who sit in 17th on five points, and Hughton knows his team will need to be at their best to take anything away from the game.

He told Canaries Player: “You can only ask them to do the same things, and that’s to work hard, be as disciplined as possible, and be a threat at the opposite end. 

“So much of what happens in a game can be the rub of the green, but what comes before that in training is from a strong work ethic that can help give you a chance. 

“Working hard gives you a better opportunity to get a result. We need to keep the basics right, and we got the basics right in the last game against Arsenal.

“Generally morale here is good, but there’s always a better feeling after a win and of course it was a well-deserved win for us. 

“Very quickly it gets down to the next game and making sure you do the business. Every game is a stiff test and this will be no different.”

Similarly to the Canaries, City’s opponents have found wins at a premium so far this season, and suffered back-to-back away defeats at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham.

Hughton added: “I think in some ways they have been similar to us. We’ve seen a fair few of their games and there generally hasn’t been a great deal wrong with their performances. 

“We watched them at Fulham and I think they would have been disappointed to have lost the game. It looked like it was going to be a draw and they were in the game for large periods. 

“Their energy has been good. They are a side that has made changes and they’re adapting to that.

“We’re up against a good Aston Villa team that are playing at home and will have a big support behind them. The fact Paul Lambert is a former manager is a small detail. The bigger detail is that there are three points to play for, and I’m quite sure from Paul’s point of view it’ll be exactly the same.

“I don’t think there is any added pressure for anybody. There are 11 players that will face 11 players come kick off.

One of the many positives from the win over Arsenal was the continuing emergence of midfielder Alex Tettey, who joined in the summer from Rennes. 

The Norwegian international netted on his City debut against Doncaster Rovers, and had the shot that led to Holt’s winning goal against the Gunners.

“I’ve been delighted with Tettey,” said Hughton.

“Circumstances meant he missed a few games with Rennes and then went straight away on international duty, so it took a while to get up and running, but I’m delighted with his progress and what he has shown in recent weeks.

“I knew of his abilities and capabilities but it’s about producing it on a regular basis on a football field and at the moment he’s playing with a lot of confidence.”

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