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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Hughton: Too early to talk of Euro spot for Canaries

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THE heady days when Norwich City were a top-three side capable of conquering Europe's mightiest have long since past, but under Chris Hughton's guidance, the club are again rising back into some rarefied air.

Not since the inaugural Premier League season in 1992-93, have Norwich finished higher than 12th in the top flight.

Back then, they came third in the league before embarking on a UEFA Cup campaign that included a famous victory over Bayern Munich.

Now Hughton's men are at least on course to provide Norwich with their best season since that memorable era.

Saturday's win over Wigan extended their club-record unbeaten league run to 10 matches, propelling them to within touching distance of the European places. Talk of Europe is not welcomed by Hughton, however.

Different

"I'm honestly not thinking anything apart from the next game, and I don't think we can be any way different to that," insisted the product of Belvedere.

Hughton had nothing but praise for Wes Hoolahan after the Ireland playmaker celebrated signing a new contract with the winning goal, a rare header, having set up the first for Irish aspirant Anthony Pilkingon.

"The only way you can earn contracts is by performing, and performing well enough. Wes has certainly done that," said Hughton.

"I am probably more pleased for him, because it was never a question of his future here, it has all been about getting a longer deal and we are delighted with that." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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