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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Chris Hughton insists there is plenty more to come from Norwich City after a second consecutive friendly success of the week against Championship club Peterborough at London Road.
Steve Morison and James Vaughan struck in either half to round off a positive few days for the club following the midweek win at Celtic and the arrivals of new signings Robert Snodgrass and Michael Turner. Neither of Hughton’s latest recruits featured at their neighbours, with the City boss confirming afterwards they could play some part in Tuesday’s Carrow Road home opener against Ajax after meeting their new team mates later this weekend. The City boss was satisfied with the outcome, but expects his squad to sharpen up after dominating possession for long spells at London Road.
“We’ve come through unscathed up against a very good Peterborough team who I know very well from last season. I knew we wouldn’t get an easy game,” he said, “It is another clean sheet, which is nice, and we added to our goal tally. You like to think as pre-season progresses, our sharpness in the final third can improve because I thought we got into some good areas again. It is about a 90 minutes work exercise for the team and you don’t expect them to be right at it or to be as sharp as they will be in a few weeks but it will probably be a typical game at this stage.”
Hughton admitted Vaughan had certainly looked in the mood since the summer recess with a thumping late finish from Grant Holt’s pass building on his brace against Hertha Berlin last weekend.
“He is taking his chance so far,” said the City chief. “We made a lot of changes in those last 20 minutes and I guess with defenders the last thing you want is a striker who can play on the last shoulder with a bit of pace to get in behind. It was certainly a good time to bring him on and we benefited.
“I think we’re trying to make the most of what I have got. I’ve got five strikers so rather than play two and leave players out I would rather ensure they get the right amount of minutes at this stage of pre-season. It’s getting a feel for the players and adapting to what I have got. We fielded all of the first team squad apart from the new signings and one or two minor injuries.”
Steven Whittaker (ankle) is expected to miss both this week’s games against Ajax and MK Dons with the club’s medical staff still assessing the extent of the injury that forced him off at Celtic Park. Midfielder David Fox is back running after a knee problem that has hindered his pre-season preparations to date.