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HUGHTON WANTS CUP PROGRESS

30 October 2012

City boss hoping to get past Spurs in Capital One Cup

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton believes his side have the confidence to tackle Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs in the Capital One Cup last-16 at Carrow Road on Wednesday night.

After dispatching Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers in previous rounds, Hughton’s side head into the match against the Champions League chasing Londoners on the back of an away draw with Aston Villa and a sensational home victory over Arsenal.

Hughton's for side Spurs meanwhile have been in fine form themselves, however City did take a point from White Hart Lane with an impressive display earlier in the season – something Hughton is no doubt hoping for a repeat of on Wednesday.

He told Canaries Player: “I think the fact that we were able to go to their place, perform well, and give a good account of ourselves will certainly give us confidence that we can do it again.

“It will be different tomorrow to the game at their place – we’re at home and we’ve got to make sure that we give our fans enough to cheer about.

“We’re confident, we’ve always had that confidence, and if you’re able to beat the likes of an Arsenal at Carrow Road then certainly that will give you something. 

“Last week as well, it was a good performance at Villa, and one that should have been a winning performance.”

Summer signing Jacob Butterfield is set to be involved on the night, as a place in the quarter-final beckons for the winners, but defender Russell Martin will miss out.

Hughton revealed: “Russell is the only one missing. He came off at half time against Aston Villa with a back problem. He is still pretty sore at the moment so he will miss the game, but apart from that everybody else is fit and available.

“We don’t know what side Spurs will put out, but they are on the back of a good result at Southampton and results are going very well. 

“But ourselves, we’ve got a lot of consistency in the team and quality too.

“We know where we went wrong in poorer performances. We leaked goals in those games and that doesn’t do us any favours regarding the goal difference, but we were always confident because of some of the positive performances that we have had.

“We’ve got real competition for starting places at the moment, and it’s experienced competition. 

“Jacob Butterfield will probably be the youngest lad that’s involved tomorrow. So we’ve got experienced competition and we will use that to try and progress.

“We know that there aren’t many teams that are going to win a cup this season, so if you have an opportunity to progress, it’s a big plus for the Club.”

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