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HUGHTON ON HAMMERS TRIP

10 February 2014

Manager knows his team's destiny is in their own hands

CHRIS Hughton insists his squad won’t get distracted by looking at the fortunes of other teams around them in the Premier League table.

The Canaries’ boss says all eyes are focused on his side’s final 13 games – with the first of those coming up against West Ham United on Tuesday evening.

“I would be lying if I said we weren’t looking at other results, but that’s not the priority. By far the biggest thing for us is to make sure that we get the points that we need,” he said.

“It’s a position that we were in towards the end of last season with another group of teams, and hopefully going through that experience will be a factor this season.”

City are level on points with Sam Allardyce’s Hammers, but is refusing to dress their encounter up as a ‘six-pointer’.

“We can speak about ‘six-pointers’ but the reality is that it’s for three points, although it is a big game,” he added when speaking at his pre-match press conference on Monday morning.

“Any game at this stage of the season, against a team who are around where we are, is of course a bigger game. We’re conscious of that, but the period from now through to the end of the season will be full of these type of games, not just for us but for the teams around us too.”

Hughton offered an update on the current players in his squad missing through injury, and while Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Bennett are likely to miss the trip to Upton Park, there was more promising news on winger Robert Snodgrass.

“We’ve got a chance with Robert. He, of course, missed the Manchester City game but he will have a fitness test on Tuesday. He’s looking a little bit more promising,” he said.

“Jonas Gutierrez and Ryan Bennett, who both missed out on Saturday are both likely to miss this one too, but we have some news with regards to Jonny Howson – we’re hoping that he will start training with the team next week.”
 

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