Chris Hughton puts Premier League survival on hold ahead of Fulham FA Cup tie

Norwich City teenager Josh Murphy will get another chance to impress in the FA Cup third round replay at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City teenager Josh Murphy will get another chance to impress in the FA Cup third round replay at Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
7:18 AM

Chris Hughton is urging Norwich City to finish the job against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

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The Canaries’ boss felt his side should have progressed at the first attempt after dominating the original tie, which finished 1-1, but Hughton expects Fulham to respond following a weekend Premier League defeat to Sunderland.

“If we were in their position I know we would look to recover,” he said. “Our responsibility after a spirited finish to the Everton game is to take those positives into this cup tie. We felt we should have finished the game off at Carrow Road and, irrespective of the competition, to win would give us a lift. The morale here is still good but we are very conscious of how competitive the Premier League is and this could give us a boost. I would have preferred to be in the next round but this is the next best thing and I would much rather still be in the FA Cup.

“We know Sheffield United await but we found to our detriment last season it is not always the fancied team who go through so I wouldn’t see an away tie at Sheffield United as anything but a difficult game, but we need to focus on making sure we put ourselves in a position to get through.”

Hughton has pledged to use his squad again after making serial changes for the Carrow Road tie, but the likes of Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back) will miss out and the game comes too soon for Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington, who returned to training over the past few days.

“They have both trained for the last three days and the decision we have to make now is whether they have done enough to be ready for Hull,” said Hughton. “They have had a good rehab but it is now about getting them ready for matches. Someone like Alex has been out for quite a while.

“We haven’t picked up any fresh injuries from the Everton game but Michael and Jonny will not be involved. It is a frustrating one with Jonny. We are still waiting for his back to settle down and it hasn’t done and I expect him to be out for a period of time and Michael has a significant hamstring pull, so that is a matter of weeks.”

David Fox and Josh Murphy impressed in the original FA Cup tie and Hughton is mindful of a crucial Premier League test against Hull this weekend.

“At the moment Fulham is a game I want to win and that is my main priority, but I am conscious we have a very big game at Carrow Road on Saturday, and that is only three days after Fulham,” he said. “There is no doubt the biggest thing for us is to make sure we do well in this Premier League. That doesn’t take away from the fact a win at Fulham can give us some more confidence and give us a lift.

“Josh is certainly in the squad and I thought he was excellent in the first game. He is a young lad who is maturing well. Fulham would have done their research for the first game but they will definitely know him a little bit better.”

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8 comments

  • There's a joke somewhere in your last sentence, DaveG... I feel sorry for the band of brothers going tonight, I really do. H the H.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I would imagine that he meant there are three full training days between Fulham and Hull. Beyond that, Fulham game will finish a little after 21.30 tonight, a few minutes later depending on how much extra time there is. Kick off for Hull is 15.00 saturday, which means there are 3 days, 17 hours and 30 minutes between the fixtures, minus a few minutes for injury time. Still less than four days. I'm slightly amazed the comments have got to the stage of using counts of number of days to undermine the manager though.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The magic of the cup is dead. As long as teams simply see it as a chance to play the players they refuse to play in the league games it will never be magic again. Shame as I dream of telling my little 2 year old how daddy went to Wembley and saw NCFC win the cup. I certainly wouldn't exchange survival for it right now though but thats just my opinion. Personally the Premier League is where you have to be from a money POV all the way down to silly things like highlights being on at stupid o'clock, traveling to away games a million miles away on a tuesday night, blah blah blah. Shocked me when I spoke to a few Wigan fans the other week on the train who said they wouldn't swap the FA cup win for staying in the Premier League. Maybe thats what a fair few years of just surviving in the Prem does?

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Oh I agree in part buddy. I will always be there. My missus knows better than to plan a wedding, to party or anything on a NCFC match day! I will be there whether were Premier League, Champions League or back down in League 1 (or worse). Use to be an away season ticket holder but a sub zero, freezing cold night at Luton where we were 4-0 down to Luton of all teams at Half time broke me! lol. Since then I usually attend 7-9 away games a season but they are very much chosen on the location and night out rather than whether we will win, lose or draw etc. Still got home season ticket mind you. I dream of being able to tell my son tales of us winning the cup or even taking him to Wembley but I just dont think i'd exchange at expense of getting relegated. Premier Leagues the place to be in my eyes and I still cling onto the dream of us improving over years gradually however far away that dream seems under Hughton.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I note that the game is live on the 'wiz'.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I see the match is live on BT sport so many more fans will get to see the evidence of how they perform.We have to beat this Fulham hoodoo.They are a very difficult to team to hate but then again they did give us Jimmy Hill.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • By my reckoning, Tuesday to Saturday is actually 4 days! Put out a strong team and go for a good win to boost morale. With a possible match against Sheff Utd next, we have a chance of a good cup run. One of the most disappointing things about last year was that we had a good chance of getting to Wembley in a cup final with a lot of the big teams out already and gave up on it. The players are supposed to be athletes, if they can't run 10k in a match tonight and be ready to go again on Saturday afternoon, then something is wrong with fitness levels. Paula Radcliffe used to run 100 miles a week when 7 months pregnant!

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Matthias, I would swap staying in the league for an FA Cup win. I love my club and will watch them every chance I get (and that's not as many as I'd like as I live in Belgium) but my best memory ever from football was 1985 and the Milk Cup run and final win. We've been up and down plenty of times since then but that was the best. Second would be the many promotion seasons. At the moment it's simply grim survival. I want us to stay up desperately still but would also dearly love a cup run. Took my eldest son (now 5) to the whole league cup run last year and thought he might get a wembley final in his first season just like I did in '73 but we simply weren't up to it against villa (again).

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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