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Hughton: Canaries win a fitting tribute

27 Sep 2012 06:48:17

Hughton: Canaries win a fitting tribute

Chris Hughton felt Norwich had paid a fitting tribute to former manager John Bond as they booked a place in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup with a 1-0 win over Doncaster at Carrow Road.

There had been a minute's silence before kick-off in memory of the Canaries legend, who was in charge for a seven-season spell from the mid-1970s, leading the Norfolk club to the League Cup final. Alexander Tettey marked his debut with a fine strike midway through the first half which proved enough to set up a home tie with Tottenham.

"When I came to this club in the summer, the first name you think of as former managers is John Bond," Hughton said. "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."

Hughton was part of the Tottenham side which played against Bond's Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup final.

He added: "It was fitting that Norwich won, but also there was a nice respect from the crowd for a minute's silence, and we also have to applaud the Doncaster support for that as well."

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 both coming in, along with on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who was 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.

"We should have had a few more goals, but it is not as if we had clear-cut chances," said Hughton. "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."

Ghana-born Norway midfielder Tettey was signed from Rennes, but had to wait for his chance to showcase his talents.

"The 90 minutes was probably more important for him than the goal, and I was pleased for him because he did very well," said Hughton.


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