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MANAGER ON UNITED TRIP

28 October 2013

Hughton embracing the challenge of Capital One Cup tie

CHRIS Hughton wants to reward the 2000-strong Canaries’ support for tomorrow night’s Capital One Cup trip to Manchester United with progression to the quarter-finals.

City’s boss is under no illusions about the difficulty of doing that, but says the competition is certainly not a sideshow for his team.

“The question is whether it’s a welcome distraction, and of course it is because it means we’re still in the cup,” said Hughton when addressing the media on Monday morning.

“Would we rather be staying at home training or going to play a cup game against Manchester United at Old Trafford? Certainly we’d rather be going there.

“We’re taking a very good following and we have to appreciate our supporters who have to travel all that way. We’re delighted about that, so we’ll be looking to win this game.”

Hughton will assess the fitness of Mark Bunn, who missed out on a squad position for Saturday’s draw with Cardiff City, and Alex Tettey, who picked up a knock to his ankle.

He also confirmed that Josh Murphy will be a part of the squad after the impression he made in the last round against Watford – his introduction being one of a few changes for the match.

“I will use the squad, but we’ve got a really competitive squad at the moment,” added Hughton.

“Yes there will be some changes, but I want to put out a team that can go to a very difficult place and try and get a result. That’s what we’ll certainly be attempting to do.”

On the Red Devils’ difficult start to life under David Moyes, City’s boss said: “They’re so used to being in the two of the table – but I think it’s a reflection on how competitive the league is at the moment.

“Starts not what matters; what does is how your season goes as a whole and where you finish at the end, and I have no doubts that Manchester United will be right up there.”


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