Chris Hughton admits the sense of anticipation is building ahead of the Premier League kick-off with Norwich City wrapping up their friendly action on the road at Championship club Hull tonight.

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The Canaries conclude with a Carrow Road date against German Champions League qualifiers Borussia Monchengladbach this Saturday before the real business gets under way at Fulham.

Hughton detects positive signs of progress, but knows the pending trip to Craven Cottage will be the first serious test of his tenure.

“We lost the first game in Austria but since we have come back you want a good run. The results are not the most important thing but it is about being ready for that first game of the season feeling we are in good shape,” he said.

“You hope some of the momentum of pre-season will be a benefit for us. How well-prepared we are is something you probably won’t know until the Fulham game actually comes around. All you can do is work towards your programme and feel you have got it right. We have restricted the injuries you can pick up – if you look beyond Steven Whittaker in the Celtic game we are okay injury-wise. That is always a good sign. We think we are on course but we will certainly be able to tell come August 18.”

The likes of Grant Holt, John Ruddy, Jonny Howson and Russell Martin are all expected to return for City’s trek along the east coast this evening after Hughton opted to split his playing resources for the most recent friendly game at MK Dons.

“We have a programme during this pre-season period and we have to make sure that all the boys get the right minutes,” he said.

“The ones not at MK Dons were all involved in the Ajax game during the previous week and the ones not involved on Friday will be back for Hull. The challenge is there for everybody and we are very much looking forward to the season.”

Hughton blooded both Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner from the start at stadiummk, and the City chief believes his new boys can make a serious impact in Norfolk.

“I thought they both did well; Michael for a shorter period of time and Snodgrass probably just tired towards the end of the game,” he said. “He missed a few days of training during the period of time between leaving Leeds and coming to us, but what I think he did show was some of the qualities that he does have on that right-hand side.

“I think he will be a very good addition for us. He is great at coming inside on his left and he showed that – whether it is from a wider area or more central. I’m quite sure there is a lot more from him to come and with Turner his experience is going to prove invaluable to us.”

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17 comments

  • I would like to see cover dome in for Tierney - don't believe Lappin is a long-term option and also a defensive midfielder. I'm happy to start with the strikers we currently have and buy in January if 'goals for' is a problem. We can rely on quite a few goals from the midfield.

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    Mr Ed

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I think the MK game gave a run out for some of the possibles and tonight it will be the probables back in action. CH is giving everyone a fair chance.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • It will be good to see what CH settles on as a starting XI. The attack looked somewhat disorganized in front of the MKD goal and I feel that Holt would have buried the chance that van Morison got at the end, a replay of his gaol aginst Swansea when even the multi-talented Vorm had no chance.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Agree still a work in progress. Need cover at LB - Naughton would be ideal if we can get him back, and a proven striker. Would also like to see a solid, ugly defensive midfield destroyer of the tackle-and-pass variety. If Hughton could unearth another Chiek Tiote for us, that would be brilliant!! And I'd take Lansbury back in a heartbeat as well if there's anything doing there - I don't think he's figured at all for Arsenal this pre-season? Injured?

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I wonder if Christophe Berra really was spotted in Billy & Benny`s riverside eatery with Calderwood? Getting some good old health food down `em; fries, crisps and game chips. I hope also that there is a recall clause for Ayala. Overall, a bit uneasy about this development, unless Hoots has a berra, berra plan.... (sorry Cilla). I read yesterday that, among others, Naughton is being let go by Spurs. GET IN THERE, HOOTS!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, August 8, 2012

  • I am also up for a defender and an attacker and the defender needs to be a FB. Things seemed to be going OK with Whittaker, and hopefully the drama about his transfer has gone away, but he got crocked pretty quickly and we are in the doldrums again. Vaughan is the only forward looking sharp at the moment, though Holt does have the uncanny ability to hit form at exactly the right moment. I don't think that we have the finished product yet.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • It would be interesting to know what has happened to Korey Smith, missing in action since the Hertha Berlin gig in Austria. Even George Francomb appeared at MK Dons, but no Korey...

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    Michael D

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Starting XI and formation will be interesting, Super Wes has to start. Creativity will be needed just as much as blood, sweat and tears. Pre season friendlies not a pointer to league form, just an indication that the guys are getting fit, Match fitness will only come with games in the Premier League. It's going to be tough but fingers crossed this season will be as good as the last 3!

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    RoadWarrior

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • There is surely a recall clause. I was doom and gloom when whatshisface left and initially Hughton's appointment didn't inspire me with confidence. Having said that, he has impressed somewhat since then. Let's hope it all comes together nicely and we start as we left off. OOOOOTTTTTTTBBBBBBCCCCCCC woot woot

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Barnet & Wardy are not exactly Premier League big guns. Ryan Bennett is still very young, Whittaker is crocked and Ayala is a supposed loan target. I say we need at least one or two first class central defenders in and we need quality, cover and competition at both Right & Left Back positions. We need to firm up our defence big time or we'll be shipping 66+ goals again this season !

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I'm not sure we need as many as 3 defenders Dubai Canary. Turner looked useful at MK & Ryan Bennett played well at Peterborough. Agree re. the striker, we may need more than Vaughn, Morison and Jackson to help Holt.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • I see Huddersfield have turned down over 5m for Rhodes offerd by Blackburn. I cant believe we are gonna be bidding that high and i doubt he is worth a 3.5m plus Vaughn bid.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Notts Forest have just announced the signing of Ayala on a season loan. I wonder what CH's game plan is...

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • wow, nothing then three at once.......

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Bottom Line - we still need 2-3 Quality Defenders and another Quality Striker ! Without a sound defence we are going to leak goals again this season. We shipped 66 goals last season and along with QPR that was the most in the PL save for the relegated clubs. I know there is a change of management but really WE NEED TO ADD QUALITY IN DEFENCE. IHWT OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Bottom Line - we still need 2-3 Quality Defenders and another Quality Striker ! Without a sound defence we are going to leak goals again this season. We shipped 66 goals last season and along with QPR that was the most in the PL save for the relegated clubs. I know there is a change of management but really WE NEED TO ADD QUALITY IN DEFENCE. IHWT OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Bottom Line - we still need 2-3 Quality Defenders and a Proven Striker ! Without a sound defence we are going to leak goals again this season. We shipped 66 goals last season and along with QPR that was the most in the PL save for the relegated clubs. I know there is a change of management but really WE NEED TO ADD QUALITY IN DEFENCE. IHWT OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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