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HUGHTON ON REDS CLASH

3 December 2013

Manager looking to build momentum after Palace win

CHRIS Hughton is grateful for the chance for his side to build momentum with Wednesday night’s clash against Liverpool coming soon after the weekend’s victory over Crystal Palace.

Two of the Canaries three prior Premier League victories were followed by a fortnight’s international break, but now they face the Reds and West Bromwich Albion within seven days.

“Sometimes you want to get straight back into it and after that feeling from not what was only a good result, but what was a very good first half performance,” said Hughton at his pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon.

“There are no new injuries so nothing has changed from where we were before the game on Saturday. That’s a plus for us.

“It was a much needed win and we need to take that confidence into these next couple of games.”

Hughton has acknowledged the difficulties his team have faced on their travels this season but is determined to put things right, starting this week.

“We want to make amends because apart from a very, very good performance at Stoke we’ve been disappointing away from home,” he added.

“The Liverpool match is a game where arguably they don’t come much tougher, but it’s another challenge for us and our away form needs to improve and there’s no better opportunity than the next opportunity.”

Brendan Rodgers’ side slipped to a surprise 3-1 reverse against Hull City on Sunday afternoon, but Hughton believes it won’t overly affect the way his team approaches the match.

“I don’t think it matters because psychologically you turn it in whichever way you want,” he said.

“The fact is they lost, and you can look at just that, or you could say that they lost so they’ll want to bounce back, be even more fired up than before and to get a win.

“We have to concentrate on what we want to do, and it’s an opportunity for us to build on a good performance and a good win.

“It’s always tough at Anfield, but it’s also a great place to play. The surface is always very good and you want a team and group of players to enjoy playing there.”

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