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'WE WANT TO BUILD'

27 January 2014

Manager in positive mood ahead of Magpies test

CHRIS Hughton hopes Norwich City can carry some positive momentum into Tuesday night’s meeting with Newcastle United as they chase back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

The 1-0 triumph over Hull City last time out ended a run of eight matches without a victory, and Hughton admits there’s been a good atmosphere around the Club since.

“Irrespective of who the opposition were tomorrow, it’s an opportunity for us. We want to build on our last home performance,” said the Canaries’ manager when addressing the media on Monday afternoon.

“I personally didn’t feel the scoreline was a true reflection of the Hull game. We had some really good periods and we wish we could have made it more comfortable for ourselves, but it was a game we won.

“There’s a good feel at having done that and we want to extend that, and we have a good opportunity to do that tomorrow.”

Former Newcastle boss Hughton has been impressed with his old employers’ campaign which has seen them accumulate 36 from their 22 games up to now.

“They’re doing well. They had a very good run before a poorer run, and then a very good result at West Ham. What has been very good has been their away form, so that we’ll have to be conscious.

“We’re up against a good side but we’re at home and we’re concentrating very much on what we would like to do”

With the news that Michael Turner and Jonny Howson will be missing for a further ‘few weeks’, he insists that the Club is doing all they can behind the scenes to add personnel with the transfer deadline approaching.

“The rumour mill is going around, but we do make phone-calls and enquiries to see whether players are available or not.

“Amongst all that, there’s always going to be some speculation. We’re looking to improve the squad, there’s no doubt about that, and we are working very hard to try to do that.”


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