Norwich City boss Chris Hughton dismisses growing Aston Villa hype

Grant Holt celebrates his goal in Norwich City's 2-0 Premier League cruise over Aston Villa on the final day of last season in Paul Lambert's final league game in charge before his switch to the Midlands. Grant Holt celebrates his goal in Norwich City's 2-0 Premier League cruise over Aston Villa on the final day of last season in Paul Lambert's final league game in charge before his switch to the Midlands.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
10:35 AM

Chris Hughton has dismissed any notion this weekend’s Premier League trip to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa will be a grudge match for those players he left behind in Norfolk.

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Lambert’s successor is confident the bigger picture and the hunt for more league points will be the main motivation for his squad after a superb first televised top flight win of the season against Arsenal at Carrow Road.

Hughton believes the confidence boost from toppling the Gunners will ensure they travel to Villa Park in good spirits for the Canaries’ much-anticipated first meeting with Lambert since his departure.

“I think they will see it as just another game. It’s another three points to play for and I’m quite sure from the other camp they would say exactly the same,” he said.

“I have to say morale has always been good and I think probably what helps a little bit is the fact that although we haven’t picked up the points we’d like, there has always been a group of teams around us as well so it’s not as if the fact we haven’t got the wins has seen us separated from the rest of the division.”

City’s Carrow Road win over Arsene Wenger’s squad was portrayed in many quarters as a result of the visitors’ perceived failings, but Hughton denied the charge Arsenal’s stars paid for any complacency.

“No, they are far too professional an outfit and they have far too much quality to treat anybody lightly,” he said. “I just think it’s on the day – if you play well enough on the day and you restrict their chances enough or have a fair bit of luck or you have a goalkeeper that has a blinder, they know they can lose any game.

“But you need things to go for you and what went for us was the performance was good enough.”

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11 comments

  • Chris - I am sure the Villa fans will welcome an ex-Brirmingham manager with open arms.

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Sorry, Chris, the players will not see this as 'just another game'...... nor do us fans......and, please, no more sycophantic stuff this week. This game is a 'six pointer'! Let's go get 'em!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Little Benno will put in a match-winning performance, Lobbo, ol` pal! ;-) A few City players may feel let down at being recruited then abandoned by PL. Benno, Pilks & Bradley J in particular? Also Howson & Big Benno. I expect the team to be fired up. "Egg-shaped & common-senseless" Wessi and "Too Old, watch what you eat" Holty will need no extra incentive either. Newcomers like Bassong & Tettey look the "business" too. Go for it Hoots! Don`t let Mr. Freeze chill you out of it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • I hope that CH is winding them up in private. We need the points and the result. OTBC

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    JMH

    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

  • As our dear friends from The Land That Time Forget stubbornly make their way down the divisions to play non-league football, this is our new derby game. Lets get stuck in to 'em ! We beat Arsenal + this lot ain't Arsenal.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Of course it's a grudge match

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Another Channel Change.... If Mr Hughton is of the opinion that this match has no more importance than just another three points, he has not fully integrated into the club. This is the equivalent of our Local Derby in many ways, and “bragging” rights by most of us concerned, players and supporters alike. There is a score to be settled, and nothing short of 10-0 will be accepted!

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Did it originally say "predecessor", shefcanary? Looks like the`ve corrected it now. Hope you get a proof-reading fee. Don`t hold your breath! Ungrateful lot. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Predecessor - don't see any comment from Gunn in the article - think you mean successor! And of course, who is raising the hype? Still I'm off to VP to add my twopennorth in person - looking forward to it.

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    shefcanary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • I am sure that this fixture will remain special for many years to come. Let's face it, 1300 years, we were building earthworks to help keep that lot out of East Anglia.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

  • Hughton stop assuming that the players and supporters have no feelings or opinions, if that was the case no one would bother to turn up. We had three brilliant seasons with Paul Lambert and we were dissapointed when he left. But we are over it now and would like to see him get his a**e kicked. Come on you Yellows.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

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