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Patrick Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Chris Hughton admitted he would love to emulate the late John Bond’s achievement and guide Norwich to a Wembley final after edging past Doncaster 1-0 tonight to set up a Capital One Cup last 16 tie at home to Tottenham.
Hughton praised both sets of supporters for the respect shown towards Bond’s memory prior to kick-off and insists the Canaries’ current vintage will do all they can to match his side’s run to the final in 1974/75. Norwich have already drawn 1-1 with Spurs at White Hart Lane in the Premier League this season and Hughton predicts another special night under the lights at Carrow Road.
“It is a tough draw, very tough,” he said. “I am delighted for the club because I think those type of occasions at home against what we regard as the big quality teams in the Premier League is fantastic for the supporters and I am sure we will have a big crowd for that one. The main thing is we are at home. It seems I keep playing against my old teams at the minute. By the time we came out in the draw there was still the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal still to come out as well. It will be nice for me but more so for the club.
“It will be difficult to do what John’s side did and you would have to say we are not going to be favourites with the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal and Manchester United and Chelsea still in. We’ll go into the next round trying to go through. We are at home and you would like to think that should make it less tough but we will do what we can to make progress.”
Hughton revealed Bond’s success at Norwich in the 1970s had left a lasting impression on him when he took over during the close season.
“When I came to this football club in the summer the first name you think of in terms of managers, and there has been some wonderful ones, was John Bond,” he said. “If I am able to be at this club anywhere near as long as John then I will be incredibly lucky. I was just reminded that John was the manager of Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup final that I played in for Tottenham. John is somebody I met on a few occasions. I know his son, Kevin, and he will be remembered fondly by a lot of people. It was fitting we won and also what was really nice to see was the respect for the minute’s silence. I think we all know these days it is not always respected in that way and clubs sometimes go a different route. We have to applaud Doncaster’s support for that as well.”
Alex Tettey’s superb first half strike ended Doncaster’s brave resistance but City’s cup win was marred by an injury to Tottenham loanee Harry Kane.
“We’ll have to assess him in the morning but we are hoping it is not as bad as it looked,” said Hughton. “He just went over on the foot really. It wasn’t the result of a challenge with the keeper and he said he felt something so we didn’t want to take any chances.”