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HUGHTON ON SPURS CLASH

21 February 2014

Manager looking to recreate Carrow Road atmosphere

CHRIS Hughton hopes there can be a repeat of the performance and atmosphere from the Canaries’ last match at Carrow Road when they welcome Tottenham Hotspur this Sunday (4pm).

His side held title-chasers Manchester City to a 0-0 draw a fortnight ago and City’s boss wants more of the same.

“We had a tremendous atmosphere in the last match at Carrow Road against Manchester City. I think the supporters appreciated what we achieved that day,” he said.

“Everyone is very conscious that in the last few games we haven’t got the results that we wanted to get, but the level of performance has been good.

“We want to turn performances into wins and that is very much our focus at the moment.”

Hughton issued positive news on Jonny Howson, who has been missing since December with a back injury but who has been in full training this week.

“We have a decision to make. He’s done a really good week’s training Jonny, and he’d done a fair bit before that, albeit not with the team. It’s good to see him back on the training pitch.

“Ryan Bennett will miss out this weekend but we’re very hopeful for him for the Villa game, and Michael Turner is still a few weeks away.

“Jonas Gutierrez is still a couple of weeks away, and with Elliott Bennett we’re still looking at some time in March.”

Spurs lost 1-0 to FC Dnipro in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 match but Hughton believes the overall quality of their squad makes his former team sure-fire potentials for the Champions League qualification places come the end of the season.

“They made some changes from their last game at Newcastle, and they are able to do that because of the squad they’ve got,” he added at his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon.

“I think they are top four contenders because of that. They have a lot of depth to the squad, but they’re up against a resurgent Liverpool and Everton.”


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