Canaries travel to Loftus Road to face Rangers
AFTER a busy week of fixtures and transfer dealings City boss Chris Hughton is now looking ahead to a trip to Loftus Road to face Harry Redknapp’s in-form Hoops.
Although bottom of the table, QPR have performed well in their last four Barclays Premier League games seeing a victory over European Champions Chelsea followed by three draws against Spurs, West Ham and champions Manchester City – a 0-0 draw which Hughton was there himself to witness.
“I think they're a team in good form at the moment, they're a confident team and the players they've brought in are very good players. And irrespective of anything they've got a quality squad and hence their results.
“I was at the game on Tuesday against Manchester City and QPR had a system of play that was very effective, and of course up against the quality that Man City have got. So I think they'll be in confident mood.
“We need to go into the game with the same spirit and determination that we had in the last game against Spurs, where certainly in that first period I thought we were excellent. Difficult to sustain that for the 90 minutes but we need to show what we showed in that Spurs game.”
With the January transfer window having just closed the City boss explained the last minute speculation surrounding City’s interest in Celtic striker Gary Hooper.
“We put bids in and they were substantial bids certainly by the levels of this Football Club. But he is a Celtic player.
“All of the conversations we had with Celtic were very good conversations. And I think in the end they were very clear that they had a big valuation of him and they didn't want to lose him.
“But certainly from our point of view they were substantial bids, but as I said the dealings with Celtic were always good and very amicable.”
However, Hughton was pleased with the work that was done in the last week to freshen and strengthen the squad going into the last half of the Premier League campaign – Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara (subject to international visa) joining the Canary fold.
On Becchio, Hughton added: “He's a player that is in good form this season. I think that's important as much as possible you want someone that will make a difference and hit the ground running and give us something, if that's in a starting position or whether that's from the bench, but more importantly as part of a squad.
“He's in the squad for Saturday and the pleasing thing is that throughout this work in the window - I think he missed the last Leeds’ game - but apart from that he's been playing and been in good form and scoring goals.
“With that one we're delighted it's gone through and with Kei Kamara he's one we're probably going to have to wait a few days for, and we look forward to his arrival as well - we're hopeful that will be finalised over the next few days.”