Wembley

Last Game

M'boro 0 - 2 Norwich

Monday, 25 May 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship Play-Offs Final

Hughton set to face friend

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is excited to face Luton boss and former team-mate Paul Buckle when they go head-to-head on Saturday in the FA Cup fourth round.

Last Updated: 26/01/13 at 14:10 Post Comment

Chris Hughton: Looking forward to Saturday's fourth round FA Cup tie with Lu

Chris Hughton: Looking forward to Saturday's fourth round FA Cup tie with Lu

Hughton played alongside Buckle at Brentford and the duo have maintained their friendship throughout their managerial careers.

Buckle's Blue Square Premier side pulled off a shock 1-0 win over Wolves in the last round of the FA Cup, and Hughton has no intention of Luton claiming another scalp when the two teams meet at Carrow Road on Saturday.

"We played together and I followed his career, we have met quite often along the way and kept in contact," Hughton said.

"Paul was always very enthusiastic and knowledgeable, so it is no surprise to see his path go into manager, so aside from Saturday of course, I wish him all the best.

"Although Luton are a Conference team, they are a big name and a team with a very good history, they still get a very good support and at their level have very good players.

"We are very conscious of what can happen, but it was the same when we played Peterborough in the last round.

"This is what cup football is all about and we have to be very guarded."

Norwich's win at London Road has been their only success in the last seven, losing five Premier League games in that poor run.

Hughton is seeking a positive response from last weekend's 5-0 defeat at Liverpool, and said: "We have been here before, as most clubs have been at our level, there is only one reaction you want and that is to bounce back from it.

"We have already been on the back of a couple of big defeats this season and managed to do it.

"It is about knowing where you are and that occasionally these things are going to happen.

"It is not about what happened in the past, now it is about putting in performances that are going to get us through to the next round of the FA Cup and afterwards some points in the Premier League."

Concentration

Hughton, meanwhile, admits it is proving a frustrating transfer window for the Canaries as he looks to bolster his side ahead of the deadline.

"You are spending an awful lot of time speaking to people in the game and watching DVDs, when really most of your efforts and concentration wants to be on the games

"But you just have to work around it the best way you can."

Hughton added: "If we bring no-one in, we have a very good squad here who have fared reasonably well this season.

"It is all about getting enough points to be where we want to be. We don't lose sight of what is important, but it is difficult."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company