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OUR FOCUS ON CUP - HUGHTON

13 January 2014

Manager hoping win against Fulham can provide boost

NORWICH City’s focus is entirely on progression in the FA Cup for now despite a Premier League against Hull City on the horizon, according to manager Chris Hughton.

The Canaries take on Fulham at Craven Cottage on Tuesday evening in a replay of their Third Round tie that finished 1-1 last Saturday, and Hughton says his team will be going out to win and make their mark on the competition.

“I will use the squad, but I’m very keen to win this game,” said City’s boss when speaking to the assembled media at Colney Training Centre on Monday afternoon.

“It is a replay – we felt we should have finished it off in the first game at Carrow Road, but we’re still very much in the tie, we know what awaits us if we are able to go through, so it’s definitely a game that we want to win.

“There are some thoughts on Hull but it’s certainly not dominating my thoughts. At this moment, the FA Cup game is my main priority but of course we know we have a big game at Carrow Road on Saturday.”

Norwich will play the Cottagers for the third time in 19 days, and Hughton is hoping familiarity will breed confidence in his team.

“You always do learn things. The only thing we don’t know is what eleven they’ll put out,” he added.

“They made quite a few changes in the previous game, but we hope that we learned enough that will allow us to make a good account of ourselves on Tuesday.”

On the return to fitness of Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington, Hughton commented: “It’s too soon for both of them, but they’ve trained for the last three days.

“The decision will be whether they’ve available for the game against Hull City on Saturday. They’ve had good rehab and they’ve trained well, but they’ve been out a fair amount of time.”

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