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HUGHTON PRAISES FANS

7 January 2013

Boss thanks fans for their support at London Road

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton has paid tribute to the travelling Yellow Army for the part they played in a 3-0 FA Cup with Budweiser win away to Peterborough United on Saturday.

Over 5,000 Canary fans packed into the London Road stadium to support their team, and were rewarded with a resounding victory – goals coming from Elliott Bennett, Simeon Jackson, and Robert Snodgrass.

The result means City advance to the fourth round where they face a potential banana skin against Paul Buckle’s giant-killing Luton Town at Carrow Road – the Blue Square Bet Premier team having famously dumped out Championship side Wolves 1-0 at Kenilworth Road at the weekend.

Hughton told Canaries Player: “It was almost like a home game.

“I think we were fortunate to be able to give the supporters something to cheer about, because it’s been tough of late. 

“We’ve been close but we’re on a run of defeats, so it was really nice to play in front of an away support that was as big and as vocal as what it was, and I think that lifts everybody.”

Hughton made eight changes to the side that narrowly lost to West Ham on New Year’s Day, and was delighted to see the performances he had hoped for all over the pitch, as City showed menace in attack whilst restricting the home side to minimal chances.

“I thought the front two [Elliott Bennett and Simeon Jackson] were a threat. 

“I’d made up my mind a couple of days ago that they were both going to play, and it was just a matter of where I wanted to play Elliott. 

“I felt that the fact they [Peterborough] played three at the back, meant if we had his pace we could work the channels and work the shoulder, we might benefit from it. Both he and Jackson were excellent today.

“All the lads that came have all been in contention, that’s why they train hard every day and are knocking on the door. 

“More so [I’m impressed with] the players that maybe haven’t had the minutes on the pitch that others have – players like Ryan Bennett, Marc Tierney, Leon Barnett, David Fox, Elliott Bennett, Simeon Jackson, and of course Simon Lappin who has been out on loan. 

“There wasn’t one of them that I could fault today. Their attitude and what they gave the game was great.”

Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough were in fine form going into the match – winning four of their last five, which included wins away at Wolves and Championship leaders Cardiff.

That made it all the more pleasing for the Manager to see his team make such a strong start to a match, the result of which was rarely in doubt throughout the 90 mintues.

He added: “As we know it’s about what happens on the day and our approach, and I thought we approached the game in the right manner. We made quite a few changes, but I thought all of those changes were excellent today. 

“I had a feeling that in the early part of the game if we got the goal we could make it a little bit more comfortable for ourselves and we did.

“Irrespective of their league position, Peterborough are a club that do ever so well. They’re on a good run at the moment in which they’ve beaten some big teams, and they’re a team playing with confidence.

“We all know that if you’re the more fancied team away from home, it can give the opposition a lift. I thought early in the game though we set our stall out well and I was delighted with that.”

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

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