Norwich City boss Chris Hughton reiterated on Thursday afternoon the focus is on claiming three points against Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend – not points-scoring ahead of a first reunion with former manager Paul Lambert.

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Hughton insisted at Colney the Lambert factor had not dominated his build-up as the Canaries seek to emulate last weekend’s vital opening league win of the season over Arsenal.

“Certainly from our point of view, it doesn’t make any difference,” he said. “We are up against a good Villa team who are playing at home and will have a great support behind them. Whether we are fighting for three points at Aston Villa or anywhere else, once that whistle goes we know only one thing matters. Of course it is different in some ways because of the previous manager. It is a very, very small detail. The bigger detail is it is three points to play for and from Paul’s point of view I am sure it will be exactly the same.

“I think in some ways they have been similar to us. We have seen a fair few of their games and there hasn’t been anything wrong with their performances. We certainly watched them at Fulham and they would have been disappointed coming away thinking they had lost the game, because for large periods they were in it. I think their form has been good, the energy in the side has been good and of course they are a team who have made changes over a period of time and it is adapting to that.”

Hughton admitted City’s preparations ahead of the trip to Villa Park had been buoyed by their victory over the Gunners.

“Generally the morale has been very good anyway. Of course there is always a better feeling after a win, and a well-deserved win for us,” he said. “Very quickly it is about getting down to doing the business again, learning all we can from the last game and remembering again perhaps what we had not done so well in the previous games. Arsenal was a stiff test and this will be no different. You can only ask them to do the same things, which is to work hard and be as disciplined as possible to cause a threat at the opposite end. So much of what happens on a match day itself can be fortune and luck and getting the rub of the green but what comes before that is you have to have a work ethic that gives you a chance. If you have the quality on top of that then of course you have a better opportunity to get a result. We need to keep the basics rights and we did in the last game.”

Hughton confirmed he had no fresh injury concerns following that Arsenal success. Keeper Mark Bunn is targeting a possible injury return next week against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup. Steven Whittaker could also feature against Spurs after coming through a 90-minute development outing earlier this week at Reading. Hughton will decide over this weekend whether the Scottish international steps up his recovery from an ankle injury in another scheduled U21 development game on Monday or against Andre Villas-Boas’ squad. Hughton also revealed City’s Spurs loanee Harry Kane is well on course to be back into the fold before Christmas after foot surgery.

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9 comments

  • 12-45 it is Drunky... By 3pm it will be done and dusted, and we will have a big improvement to our goal difference. Perhaps at that stage Mr Hughton will be fully on board and not looking unnecessarily over his shoulder... What will P..Lambert do then poor thing?. Like the robin, he will go to the barn to keep himself warm, and hide his head under his wing-poor thing!

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • The fans see it differently CH there's a score to be settled and we want it to be a big one in our favour

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    cutty

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Pa Snipps - I think it's a 12.45PM kick off as it's on SKY. But I'm sure CH is just playing it down to the press, I doubt he wants to fire up the opposition.

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    ImDrunky

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • @Headless Chicken - Ed Balls was born in Norwich, and lived here for a few years at least. As to whether he was free loading or actually buys tickets I couldn't say, me not being him...

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    CiaranC14

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • This is, I know, a very random question, but I feel the need to get it off my chest. What are Ed Balls' credentials for "supporting" NC? My politics are pretty left wing, but the sight of Mr Balls (who comes across as almost as unpleasant as his opposite number on the Tory bench) "freeloading" with Delia on Saturday made me feel quite unwell.

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    Canary on the moon

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • @Headless Chicken - met Ed Balls at quite a few away games during the League 1 (and at some of the championship games) season oop here in the north so he is no johnny come lately Premier League fan. Came of his own volition and his own expense and brought his two sons along too. Passionate fan of the mighty yellows, even if his politics are usually based on shifting sand.

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    shefcanary

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • He's not on board yet, but he may well be by 3pm on Saturday

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

  • Really looking forward to watchin the match liveon Sky Sat, got the beers iin the fridge and my mates at the ready, so looking forward to a really goodd performance and of course a wi, just 1 goal would be good, need to be climbing up the table....

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    Colby Army!

    Friday, October 26, 2012

  • Too late me lad.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, October 25, 2012

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