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HUGHTON ON MAN CITY

17 May 2013

Manager wary of task but wants to 'finish on a high'

CHRIS HUGHTON says it will be nice to complete the season on a positive note… even though he appreciates the challenge of a trip to second-placed Manchester City.

City’s manager was in relaxed mood at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon after his side confirmed their Premier League status with last week’s resounding 4-0 win against West Bromwich Albion.

However, he insists the Canaries won’t be letting up with just one match of the campaign remaining and wants to try and get a result from Sunday’s clash against last year’s champions, who recently parted company with manager Roberto Mancini.

“We’ve had some good periods this season, but also some tough periods. It would be nice to finish on a high,” he said.

“Looking at Man City’s performance against Reading – it was excellent. Whatever the circumstances there, what doesn’t change is that they have world class players.

“I think the manner of the game doesn’t change, and nor does the difficulty of the game. Irrespective of when it is, though, we’ll always try to go there and get some sort of result.”

Hughton doesn’t think a managerless City will make them an easier proposition because of the proximity of the fixture in the calendar.

“There will be no bearing. The players are quality, and because it’s very late in the season, they’re already guaranteed second place,” he added.

“They don’t lose many games at home, and with the quality they’ve got they can really punish teams, but we’ll certainly be going there looking to get something from the game.”

City’s boss said there had been a feel-good factor around the camp, with Monday’s night FA Youth Cup triumph adding the euphoria after Sunday’s result.

“It’s certainly a nice feeling,” he added.

“Certainly we have to applaud the players on last Sunday’s display – under that type of pressure, to pull out a performance like that speaks volumes for the group of players that we have.

“It (the Youth Cup win) was a magnificent achievement. With what other clubs are spending on their players, for us to come out of that was a good team effort. We have got some players who can make the difference.”


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