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'LET'S FOCUS ON OURSELVES'

15 March 2013

Boss keen to concentrate on City's own results rather than others

CHRIS HUGHTON says Norwich City’s focus will remain on their own results during the Premier League run-in… as he aims for his team to be the masters of their own destiny in the fight for survival.

The Canaries opened up a nine-point buffer over the relegation places with just nine games to go after the 0-0 draw against Southampton last weekend.

Although City’s manager admitted that he keeps a keen eye on Premier League results from elsewhere after each game, he feels if his side keep concentrating on gathering their own points, then they will generate enough needed for a third year in the top flight.

“For as much as you’re looking at other results, and obviously when your game finishes that’s the first thing you look at, what hits home more than anything is that you have to look after your own results,” said Hughton at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

“If they are good enough over a period of time, and of course for us that’s over the next nine games, then you don’t have to worry too much about the other teams around you.

“I think you do have to look at it that way because there are so many results that can go against you.”

City make the trip to Sunderland for their televised encounter on Sunday afternoon, with the hosts without a win in their last six and three points and a place behind the Canaries in the table.

Despite this, Hughton realises this is a game that a home crowd he describes as ‘passionate’ will expect to get something from given the two clubs’ proximity in the league.

“It’s going to be a tough fight because it’s a tough place to go. Irrespective of form, they are a very good side,” he added.

“They’re playing at home so they’ll have a passionate crowd behind them, so any team that goes to the Stadium of Light knows that they’re in for a tough game.

“There are expectations up there because they are a very big club, a massive club. Their form isn’t the best at the moment, but they are a team playing at home against a team around them.”

Hughton did confirm that winger Anthony Pilkington will miss the trip to Wearside after picking up a hamstring injury against Southampton, while he also gave updates on the conditions of Alexander Tettey and John Ruddy.

“Anthony’s got a hamstring injury and will be out for between two to three weeks, while Alex will miss Saturday’s game but he’ll be available for the match against Wigan,” he explained.

“We’re still looking at the end of this month for John Ruddy. He’s done a lot of individual work but he hasn’t trained with the team yet. That will happen within the next couple of weeks, and we’ll see his progress there.”

He also confirmed that talks are ongoing with Derby County about extending Chris Martin’s loan, and said that a similar deal for Leon Barnett to Cardiff City will benefit the central defender.

“There are talks going regarding Chris, which is good news because he’s done well there. I think the clubs are speaking at the moment.

“It’s a good opportunity for Leon, and it also helps us that he’s gone initially for a short period of time.”


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