December 5 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich had finally got their season up and running after hammering Bury 6-3 in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup second round tie at Carrow Road.
Johan Elmander struck a brace and his Swedish international team-mate Martin Olsson was also on the mark along with Anthony Pilkington, Leroy Fer and Steve Whittaker as City responded perfectly to a weekend Premier League reverse at Hull.
Team captain Sebastien Bassong also made his first competitve return of the new campaign after early summer knee surgery along with the fit-again Pilkington featuring prominently in the first nine-goal haul at Carrow Road since back in April 1995 when this weekend’s league opponents Southampton triumphed 5-4.
“I’m sure the fans will have had plenty of entertainment. It was certainly an enjoyable game for the supporters,” said Hughton. “I have to say I thought the quality of the goals was excellent. Bury’s last one was superb as well. I thought at 3-0 up we were very comfortable so with that comes some disappointment, but any team coming here is not going to lie down. I was delighted with Johan. He has got quality and he is a player who I think has changed his game a little bit now with experience. There were certain moments and touches that showed that. He has good game awareness.
“Getting Seb and Anthony back was another positive. Certainly after the Hull result I decided I wanted to go strong in terms of who we put out. It was good for those who got 90 minutes under their belt because they needed it. Leroy is still finding his feet, and Martin, and there was a lot of intent. I wanted to respect the competition because I wouldn’t possibly have gone as strong if we had not had a poor one at Hull. Ryan Bennett got a knock on his knee which was a slight concern, but he is a tough character and we hope that will be okay. its one of those we’ll see how it settles down in the morning but I have just been in (the dressing room) now and I think he’ll be ok.”
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