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HUGHTON KEEN TO BOUNCE BACK

25 January 2013

Manager looking to Luton clash

CITY boss Chris Hughton is looking for a positive response from his side at Carrow Road on Saturday when they take on ‘giant-killing’ Luton Town in the FA Cup with Budweiser Fourth Round.

The Canaries were beaten 5-0 at Anfield last time out, and Hughton is hoping they can display the sort of resilience they have shown throughout the season after suffering similar defeats.

He told Canaries Player: “After any loss like that you just want to close down the game, and most managers will be the same, and we’ve done that very early after the game on Monday so we’re now looking forward to this next series of games.

“It’s now about putting in a performance that’s going to get us through to the next round of the cup and getting points in the league thereafter

“It was a bad day for us [against Liverpool]. We’ve been here before though, as have most clubs at our level, and there’s only one reaction that you want and it’s to bounce back from it.

“We’ve already been there this season, on the back of a couple of big defeats and we’ve managed to bounce back from it. We just want a good reaction.”

Despite the fact that City will be heavy favourites going into the fixture, Hughton is keen to stress that it will be a difficult task against a spirited Luton outfit, who took the scalp of Championship side Wolves at Kenilworth Road in the third round.

He added: “You can only prepare the best way that you can. Although they are a conference team, we see them as a league outfit - they’re a big team with a big history and they still get very good support, and at that level have very good players.

“We’re conscious of what may happen, but it’s the same as when we played Peterborough, although that was away from home.

“We’ll be the favourites on the day irrespective of what team we put out, but there’s always that possibility [of an upset], and that’s the reason that we’ve seen some of the results that we have recently – that’s what cup football is all about and we have to be very guarded.

“I shall be making changes. It will be an opportunity for Andrew Surman, so he will play, and Declan Rudd will also play in goal.

“I’ll make a decision on the starting XI, but it will be a strong squad. Whatever changes I make, they will all be players that have been involved in first team squads this season.”

On Luton boss Paul Buckle, Hughton said: “We’ve played together [at Brentford], I’ve followed his career, and we’ve met quite often along the way, so we’ve certainly kept in contact.

“He was always going to be involved in football, was always very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, so it’s no surprise for me to see him go into management. Apart from on Saturday, I very much wish him all the best.”

To watch the full press conference with Chris Hughton on Canaries Player, click here.

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