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22 February 2013

City boss looks for creativity ahead of clash with Everton

CITY boss Chris Hughton has called for the Canaries to show their attacking flair against Everton at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Canaries' return to action following a two week break since their last encounter with Fulham at Carrow Road, and now go in search of their first win since a 2-1 victory over Wigan in December.

"It's a key game because it's the next game." said Hughton, "We now have 12 games through until the end of the season, we perhaps need to start turning some of our draws into wins. 

"We need to make sure that the gap that we have had between ourselves and the bottom three is something we can maintain. We can do that by getting the wins we need and Saturday's the first game that we can do that in. 

"It's a home game, it's one we really want to win and we'll do everything we can to win the game."

City are currently on a three match unbeaten run in the league following a series of draws against Tottenham, Fulham and QPR, but Hughton now wants to see his side push on and come out on top in what often can be very tight affairs.

"We've looked solid as a unit and I can't fault the lads work ethic.," said Hughton, "Everybody is putting in a real shift for the team and from that aspect I've been delighted. 

"But we perhaps just need to be that little bit more creative, we certainly need to be taking our chances and perhaps need to be a bit more of a threat in the final third.

"I'm realistic enough to know that at points this season our attacking play has been good, but for a club like ours it's difficult to sustain that in this league, week-in-week-out. There will be ups and downs. You just have to hope that when you get the good period you get the points to go with it."

And City's frontline has received a boost following the news that skipper Grant Holt has shaken off a minor back injury that kept him out of their clash with Fulham last time out.

"Grant is available which is a plus." said Hughton, "It was a very short-term injury, something that he could've probably have played if the game was three days later.

"It was something he felt when he woke up and we couldn't risk him. But he's back now and is well and truly available."

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