NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton was thrilled to see his side advance into the last-16 of the Captial One Cup with a dominant display in a 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers.
Almost 14,000 fans at Carrow Road saw Alex Tettey’s stunning first-half strike seal the win and set up another home clash against Hughton’s former side Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round.
Hughton told Canaries Player afterwards: “I’m delighted. I thought we made a little bit hard work of it because we had some good chances in that first half period, but we were up against a very determined Doncaster Rovers side that wanted to win.
“They made it difficult for us, got bodies back behind the ball, and maybe we needed to get into a few better positions.
“I thought we had a few chances before half time that if converted would have given us a real lift, but the objective was to give players valuable time on the football pitch, and to come away winners, and we’ve managed to do both of those.”
On Tettey’s strike Hughton added: “At that stage it was going to need something special, because Doncaster put bodies behind the ball and defended well.
“It has been difficult for Alex [Tettey] because he’s been away on international duty, so to get 90 minutes was important for him, and to get the goal was nice.”
With the next round set to take place in the week commencing October 29, Hughton is pleased to have been handed another home tie in the cup – their third Carrow Road cup tie in a row.
“We knew there were big Premier League teams in the draw,” said Hughton. “When our name came out of the hat at home, we knew it was going to be against one of them.
“The important thing though is that we’re at home. I’m sure it will be a good atmosphere here and hopefully we’ll have a big crowd for a big occasion, and we’ll want to progress again.”
On a sour note for the Canaries, loan striker Harry Kane was withdrawn on the 50 minute mark through injury.
“We’ll find out on Thursday about Harry Kane. It’s always concerning when somebody goes over, but we’re hoping it’s good news. It was a problem with his foot, he felt a pain in it and we hope it’s not too bad.”
City’s also players donned black armbands as a mark of respect to former Norwich Manager John Bond, who sadly passed away, as well as an impeccably observed minute’s silence before kick off.
The current Manager paid tribute to Bond, adding: “I have come across John Bond on numerous occasions.
“There have been some great manager’s here at the football club, and he’s certainly a name that comes to mind when you think of great Norwich managers.
“I know his son Kevin very well too and I knew that he wasn’t well. It was a wonderful mark of respect before the game for him, and I applaud the Doncaster crowd too, who were very respectful of him.”