Chris Hughton hopeful Capital One Cup run will kickstart Norwich's Premier League campaign
Thursday 27 September 2012
Chris Hughton hopes Norwich's advance to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup can help them kickstart their Barclays Premier League campaign against Liverpool this weekend.
The Canaries paid tribute to former manager John Bond, who has died aged 79, with a minute's silence before kick-off against Doncaster at Carrow Road last night.
And Norway midfielder Alexander Tettey marked his debut with a fine strike midway through the first half which proved enough to see off Dean Saunders' npower League One side and set up a home tie with Tottenham.
Norwich will now look to record their first Premier League victory under Hughton when Liverpool come to Norfolk on Saturday.
"Winning football matches is a nice habit for a club like us, it is difficult to win lots of games because of the division we are playing in," said Hughton.
"You hope there is a feel-good factor you can go from one game to the next, and all of our efforts will now be on trying to get a win on Saturday."
Hughton felt last night's win was a fitting tribute to Bond, who was in charge for a seven-season spell from the mid-1970s, leading the Norfolk club to the League Cup final.
"When I came to this club in the summer, the first name you think of as former managers is John Bond. If I am able to be at this club anywhere near as long as John was, then I would be incredibly lucky. He will be thought of very fondly by a lot of people," said Hughton, who was part of the Tottenham side which played against Bond's Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup final.
"It was fitting that Norwich won, but also there was a nice respect from the crowd for a minute's silence."
Although there was a start for captain Grant Holt, who has yet to score this season, Hughton made the expected sweeping changes, with recent signings Jacob Butterfield and goalkeeper Mark Bunn all coming in. On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane also started before being carried off in the second half with an ankle injury.
Norwich created plenty of chances, but were thwarted by Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods and some last-gasp defending.
"At 1-0, they are still in the game, and then it can become a bit tense, so we could have made life easier for ourselves," Hughton said.
On the next cup tie against his former club, Hughton said: "It will be tough, but it will be a great occasion with a big crowd here against a quality Premier League team."
Norwich hope Kane's injury will not prove too severe.
"There was no contact with the keeper, he just fell as he went for the ball," Hughton said.
"We are hoping the news in the morning will not be so bad."
Doncaster almost snatched an equaliser with two minutes left after full-back James Husband darted down the left and his low centre was stabbed goalward by substitute David Syers, when better contact would have seen the ball in the net rather than the grateful hands of Bunn.
Rovers boss Dean Saunders felt the South Yorkshire side had done enough to get a positive result.
He said: "It was an upset waiting to happen. We created the chances, but never took them."
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