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'ALL FOCUS ON FULHAM'

23 December 2013

Manager keen to take it one game at a time over Christmas

CHRIS Hughton is determined to have his team’s focus entirely on the Boxing Day clash with Fulham despite a hectic Christmas schedule on the horizon.

Thursday’s visit of the Cottagers to Carrow Road is the first of four games in ten days for the Canaries, but City’s boss says that at the moment there is no game more important than the first.

“All our efforts and concentrations will be on getting a result,” said Hughton when addressing the media at Colney Training Centre on Monday morning.

“We’re going into two fixtures at home, which we’re delighted to be doing over Christmas, and of course the first one is our game against Fulham.

“It’s very much about us. Whoever we were playing on Boxing Day, it’s a home tie and we’ll go into every match certainly trying to get a result.”

When opining on City’s opponents, who sit second from bottom in the Premier League, Hughton said that performance, if not results, have improved since the appointment of Rene Meulensteen as boss.

“It’s been a difficult period for them and of course they’ve had a change of manager, but they’ve got some very good players which is something that hasn’t changed,” he added.

“Of course for them, it’s about trying to get the right formulae to get results. Their level of performance in their last few games has been good, but they’ve found it harder to get results.”



Jonny Howson and Russell Martin missed the Canaries’ 0-0 draw with Sunderland last Saturday, and Hughton gave an update on their condition heading into the festive period.

“We’re going to assess Jonny over these next few days. He felt his back during the week before the Sunderland game and he was certainly too sore for that one, so we’ll just have to see how that settles down over the next couple of days,” he explained.

“Russell’s absence was a little bit more of a precaution. It was ankle that he felt – at a push, he could have been involved against Sunderland but we thought with the amount of games coming up that it was important not to take any risks.

“He’ll be fine – he’ll train today and will be available for the next few games.”

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