Manager gives his thoughts ahead of Baggies clashCHRIS HUGHTON believes his players need little reminding of the significance of Sunday’s final home match of the season against West Bromwich Albion... but says they’re approaching the game in good spirits.
A positive result will put the Canaries on the cusp of a third straight season in the Premier League, and their status will be secured for definite if Aston Villa lose to Chelsea on Saturday and City manage a victory at Carrow Road.
As ever, Hughton is fully focussed his own team’s performance and says they will be putting everything into getting the win.
“The mood has been good. The lads, no doubt, know what this game means,” he explained at his pre-match conference at Carrow Road on Friday afternoon.
“They know how badly we want to win this game, and certainly it won’t be through lack of effort. It’s about us making sure that we get the result that we need.
“We don’t know what the other results will be. We have to make sure that is very much in our hands. If we get the results that we need to get, then you don’t have to rely on other results.”
Hughton admits there was disappointment in the camp after the 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa but he hopes it can fire them to a victory this weekend.
“There was a real disappointment after last week’s game against Aston Villa because we felt the performance shouldn’t have seen us losing,” he added.
“We’ve had a good week’s training, and we’ve certainly picked ourselves up from last weekend. We know the job in hand against a very good West Brom side.
On the Baggies, Hughton said: “They have the offensive tools to hurt teams and they’ve showed that throughout the season.
“He (Steve Clarke) changed the team a little bit against Manchester City – he’s done that in the last few weeks. They’ve had Premier League security for a while, but they have some very good options.”
City’s options at the back remain restricted with Michael Turner set to miss out once more with a groin strain, but Hughton confirmed Robert Snodgrass will be available for selection despite limping off against Villa.
“Snodgrass is fine, it was just a little bit of cramp. He’s trained this week so there’s no problem. At this moment, Turner still won’t be available though.”