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Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Norwich City's Wes Hoolahan at Carrow Road, Norwich. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

CHRIS HUGHTON has praised the attitude of Wes Hoolahan with Norwich City in recent weeks.

A peripheral figure for the Canaries for most of the season, Hoolahan has managed to recover from the controversy over his hoped-for move away from Carrow Road in January and has started the last two games for Norwich, also impressing in his starting role for Ireland in their defeat by Serbia last week.

Hughton substituted Hoolahan early in the second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City, but the Canaries boss insists it was just a case of tired legs from the Dubliner.

"I think we all know it has been a difficult time for Wes not playing the games he would like and with the bid from Aston Villa, but from the day that window closed, Wes has been excellent on the training pitch," said Hughton. "I thought he did well away to Aston Villa, I watched the Republic of Ireland game in midweek and he was excellent and that is the reason why I played him in this game, but Wes has not been involved so much this season."


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