Chris Hughton remains a firm fan of the FA Cup despite ‘embarrassing’ exit to Luton Town

Norwich City's FA Cup exit to non league Luton Town last season was a low blow for Chris Hughton.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's FA Cup exit to non league Luton Town last season was a low blow for Chris Hughton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, January 4, 2014
8:30 AM

Chris Hughton certainly does not share his predecessor Paul Lambert’s dismissive view of the FA Cup.

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The Aston Villa boss claimed ahead of his side’s third round tie against Sheffield United many of his managerial contemporaries view the world famous knockout competition as an irritating aside to the real business of Premier League survival. Hughton won the FA Cup twice as a player at Tottenham and readily admitted on the eve of Fulham’s Carrow Road visit Luton’s giant-killing act last season was the most sour result of his tenure since succeeding Lambert.

“It was the lowest point,” he said. “It was incredibly embarrassing for us last season and rightly so with the manner we went out against the level of opposition. It was really embarrassing. It is something that is there and we can not deny that now, but we are up against good Premier League opposition. People might talk about putting things right but the opposition is completely different.

“I don’t necessarily feel it affected our league form because if anything the knock-on effect can get players going in the other direction and all these cup games are very much a one-off. We didn’t deserve to lose but when you do it is a feeling of embarrassment.

“The big thing about this game is you have to move on. We had an important league campaign to get on with last season but I won’t take anything away from Luton. It was their day and a wonderful day for them but it was certainly one of the toughest parts of last season.”

Hughton had a sharp retort when pressed on whether he would he sacrifice FA Cup progress to focus on Premier League matters.

“No I wouldn’t,” he said. “No doubt the biggest priority is doing well in the Premier League, but I think it is a good distraction. Do we want to make progress? Yes we do. There is no doubt about that one. We all look forward to the FA Cup. There isn’t anybody here that doesn’t enjoy the feel of this competition. Every game has a pressure on the performance to do well. The difficulty will be making sure we have enough players who have come through to field a team I would like. It is trying to get the right balance.”

Hughton has already confirmed Ricky van Wolfswinkel will start but the Norwich boss has limited options in other areas through both injury and suspension.

“That makes it a little bit more difficult for me, but we still want to progress,” he said. “We have lads who will feel they have waited for an opportunity. and I don’t anticipate making wholesale changes. What I do know is we will have a fantastic support behind us again. I know the club have worked very hard and cut the prices to try and encourage supporters to come along and I also know they want us to go through because of what this competition stands for.”

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12 comments

  • It was interesting to read the Wroxham managers thoughts that excuses are for weak people or those who do not want to succeed - enter Hughton stage right.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Like it 'DJ_FRAMBOISE'.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • At least Luton are already out this time !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Who knows Lobbo. Probably just wishful thinking. Hope he does set up to attack with Wolf Becchio together. Maybe he'll stumple on a formation that works. Let's see what Becchio can do or get rid. Pointless having him and not using him. Last time I saw him, his 15 minute cameo last home game of the season looked promising. Spent the afternoon with a huge Hatters fan last week - far too much conversation re. that match.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • "We didn’t deserve to lose but when you do it is a feeling of embarrassment." At the risk of being accused of Hughton bashing, or needing to move on..... Sorry, but I can't let that one pass! Didn't deserve to lose?! We totally deserved to lose, it was one of the worst performances in our recent history! I had moved on, but to try and paint over it as one we were perhaps unlucky in is disrespectful to Luton and the poor saps who had to pay to sit through it (including me)! Aah, thats better (perhaps i havent moved on after all eh). He brought it up, not me......

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    Smudger75

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Call me old fashioned but I'd love to see a good cup run ( perish the thought a Cup win..?). Fond memories of our 80's triumph. Loved the Cardiff play-off as well ( not a cup game but it had all the atmos of one). Looks like mere survival is our only ambition in the Premier, so we may as well have a go in the Cup. I'm not that interested in playing Everton in a league game tbh, important as the result will be.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Timbo, with you re. cup success. I was on the only double decker amongst hundreds of coaches back in '85 and even though it wasn't a classic will still rank as one of the best days of my life (maybe just after the night with the Austrian twins). Even better given the semifinal matches. We did go down that season too but that's all forgotten. The final (and the whole run will never be). Remember a freezing midweek drive from Nottingham where I was a student to Grimsby and partying late into the night in Cleethorpes afterwards. Driving From Nottingham and back for the Notts County match. Great memories.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Get ready for a Norwich City goal fest. We will obviously unshackle our men and let them play with gay abandon against a miserly Fulham who have recently been well and truly thrashed by Hull.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • National embarrassment. A Premier league club properly prepared should never lose to non-league.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Paul Lambert was not dismissive of the FA Cup. He was asked his thoughts of other Premiership managers in general...sadly the FA cup is in demise and it was started by Fergie when he shocked everyone by pulling out of the FA cup some seasons ago.

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    Watton Warrior

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • I am not really all that bothered about the FA cup. I hope that Hughton plays ALL our squad players and not our 'misfiring PL stars'. We need them firing for Everton which is a far more important game than Fulham in the cup.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Personally i would swap places with Wigan any day to have won a major trophy even at the expense of championship football. There can't be many sides in the top two divisions who have not won the FA cup now but we have won FA .

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    spark

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

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