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Hughton: Canaries can fly high to get date at Wembley

CHRIS Hughton was contemplating the prospect of a trip down Wembley Way after his Norwich team dumped Tottenham out of the League Cup last night.

Spurs seemed on course for a narrow win at Carrow Road thanks to Gareth Bale's opener, but two goals in five frenetic minutes at the death gave the hosts an unlikely 2-1 win.

The Canaries, who last made the quarter-finals of the competition 17 years ago, will now play Paul Lambert's Aston Villa and Hughton thinks his team have a chance of making the final.

"If you are in the quarter-finals you are not so far away from a final," Hughton said.

"It's a competition that some clubs will choose to rotate squads so I think this competition is suited to teams like us."

A rather dull game was being played out at Carrow Road until Alex Tettey's shot flew in off Jan Vertonghen and Simeon Jackson pounced on an error by Hugo Lloris to put Norwich 2-1 ahead with three minutes left.

There was to be another twist in the tale, however, as Kyle Walker went down under Marc Tierney's challenge to earn Spurs a penalty.

But Mark Bunn, making his second start of the season, was equal to Clint Dempsey's spot-kick.

Afterwards, Hughton said the England right-back may have gone down too easily.

"I thought (Walker) certainly made a meal of it," Hughton said.

"Marc Tierney said he didn't touch him.

"On the angle I have seen you can't tell if there is any (contact)."

While the League Cup is not top of Andre Villas-Boas' list of priorities, he will have seen this as a good opportunity to make his first trip to Wembley with Spurs.

Instead, he was left to reflect on yet another game in which Tottenham's defence crumbled in the dying minutes under pressure.

"It is something that is in our mind at the moment," Villas-Boas said.

"It is difficult but the further you train for these situations, sometimes the worse it becomes.

"You cannot match the emotion and concentration players face during the game.

"We obviously have to do better and try to improve things for the next game.

"It's a pity to see the game slip from our hands. We had a good performance."

Lloris was one of seven changes Villas-Boas made to the XI that returned to winning ways at Southampton last weekend.

The Frenchman performed well throughout until he dropped Holt's header just before Jackson lashed home.

But Villas-Boas refused to criticise the France international goalkeeper for the costly mistake.

"He did extremely well in the game. He had a good solid performance," the Portuguese said.

"It is difficult for goalkeepers in situations like these."


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