Hughton eyes Capital One Cup semis berth

Norwich boss Chris Hughton is looking to progress in the Capital One Cup and keep the club's recent run of good form intact.

Grant Holt, Sebastien Bassong, Norwich City

The Canaries are currently on a 10-game unbeaten run and face Aston Villa at Carrow Road in the quarter-final of Capital One Cup.

Hughton is keen to keep the club's spirit high and reach the semi-final stage of the competition.

"It's an important trophy for us and it also keeps the momentum going," he said.

"When you're on a run you don't want the run to finish, and we've used this competition very well in the games that we've played, and we hope we can take that into tomorrow's [Tuesday] game."

A 4-3 win at Swansea on Saturday in the Barclays Premier League took Norwich to 22 points so far this season and the added goal threat from Hughton's players has pleased the former Newcastle manager.

"The thing that's pleasing me most is that we're getting points on the board. We've had good periods where we haven't been able to do that," he said.

"I think goals tend to come in cycles and it has certainly come with a confidence in the team. We had to make ourselves more difficult to beat, and we've gone some way towards that and with that comes confidence.

"It was wonderful for us to score four goals away from home, and in this division that's a real feat."

Norwich drew 1-1 when they travelled to Villa Park in the league earlier in the season and Hughton will not under-estimate Villa on Paul Lambert's return to Carrow Road.

He said: "We're at home, and Villa are also in good form. They're a young, very energetic team, and we've seen the energy they put into games.

"We played well at their place and perhaps should have got a better result. They have good players and options, but we're in good form at the moment, and if we can play with the confidence we have done in this run then we will give ourselves a good chance."

Hughton has been consistent in his team selection of late with only injuries forcing him to make changes to his starting XI.

Ryan Bennett and Alexander Tettey missed the win at Swansea and will still be unavailable on Tuesday night but Hughton is certain whatever side he names will fight to progress.

"The competition gets more important the closer you get to the final," he said.

"What we have done is change the squad throughout the rounds, and it's fared us well. Irrespective of any changes, as soon as the whistle goes there's always a great desire to win and get through to the next stages."

On a busy day for the Norfolk club they also released a statement confirming they had reported four separate allegations of racial abuse towards defender Sebastien Bassong.

Hughton revealed midfielder Jacob Butterfield's loan deal at Bolton has been extended into the new year and explained it was game-time that led to the decision to allow him to stay at the Reebok Stadium.

"The thinking behind that one was the opportunity for him to get games," he said.

"Because the first 28 days of the original loan have now come and gone it means we have a 24 hour recall on him so certainly at any stage if I felt we needed to bring him back I would do."



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