Chris Hughton - Norwich still have plenty to play for at Manchester City
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Chris Hughton will urge his players to turn on the style at dethroned champions Manchester City.
The Canaries' stirring home finale to sink West Brom last weekend clinched Premier League survival and dramatically reduced the threat levels from a last day excursion to the blue half of Manchester.
Hughton wants no repeat of the Baggies' laboured efforts at Carrow Road from his own men as they look to finish a stressful season on an upbeat note.
'Yes, the pressure is off and it's certainly a nice feeling,' he said. 'The fact that we are safe will not alter what I want to do and that is to go there and get a result. The odds are very much against us. They don't lose many at home and they can really punish teams, but we will go to try and get something. Of course if we reflect on the season there has been a lot of positives, but the last month was fairly anxious. That is normal. I was always confident that we would have enough to see us through, but we have to applaud the players for last week's display under that type of pressure. It tells you everything about the character we have in the group. The manner and the way we did it was pleasing. There was always a belief among the staff and the players but until you get the points you need you are never safe. That performance last Sunday was magnificent and it was nice with it being our last home game that we were able to leave the supporters with such a good feeling.'
Hughton is convinced the sudden dismissal of Blues' boss Roberto Mancini following on from a shock FA Cup final loss to Wigan does not lessen the degree of difficulty.
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'It doesn't have any bearing. It can be a plus or a minus. The players are still quality players and whatever the circumstances they have excellent players,' he said. 'There'll want to win the last home game, irrespective of who plays. The performance at Reading (in midweek) shows the qualities they have. I have to say I was surprised, yes, that the manager left and I know the FA Cup defeat was a major surprise for most people because I think the majority expected City to win. 'From what I hear and what I see there seems to be a fair bit of stability at Manchester City and with the plans they have for the stadium and the surrounding area it would suggest those owners are there for the long haul. That is a good sign for our game generally. I don't expect a hangover from the cup but, of course, only those involved can answer that. For me it is their last home game of the season and they will certainly want to finish well.'
Defender Michael Turner has been ruled out with the groin injury that brought a premature end to his first season at the club. Hughton's desire to build on last weekend's West Brom win is likely to be reflected in the personnel he has on duty.
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'What is in my mind is to get something from the game. If that means freshening it up by one or two then so be it but there certainly won't be big changes,' he said. 'The decision I have to make is whether we make one or two changes to the squad.
'We were hopeful regarding Michael for the last game but we have had a couple of days training and he has not quite made it. It's about him now making sure he has a good summer and a good pre-season and start from scratch, but there is no surgery involved.'
Hughton will welcome the chance to recharge his batteries after a testing first season at the helm.
'Perhaps over the last month and with us still being in a tough position, it has been difficult,' he said. 'The longest week for me was between the Aston Villa and West Brom games. That seemed like it went on for ever.'