Chris Hughton expects no let-up from Norwich City in tonight’s latest pre-season friendly at League One MK Dons (7.45pm).

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The Canaries have been tested by two of the biggest names in European football so far this summer, but more than held their own against Celtic in Glasgow and then Dutch champions Ajax at Carrow Road.

A double header on the road, starting at Stadiummk and followed by next week’s trip to Championship Hull may not carry the same cache –but Hughton knows both games are invaluable staging posts towards the Premier League kick-off.

“They are a good team and the same applies when we go to Hull next week,” he said. “We’ve just come off the back of playing Ajax but I can assure you in pre-season you don’t get easy games. Nor do I want any; that is why we have lined up this level of opposition. We have two tough away games coming up and we have to use them the best way we can.

“You want different tests during pre-season and playing the likes of Ajax is a test whenever you face them because you are up against different qualities. You can try and play an open game but if we had done I think most people realise that sort of game would have brought a different result. We had to focus on other characteristics. We are going to play both here at Carrow Road and away from home against better teams in the Premier League – that is how it is – better teams on paper with better players than us. What you have got to be able to do is be resilient against those type of teams and look for the opportunities when they arrive.”

Defender Steven Whittaker (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of pre-season. Jacob Butterfield has yet to feature for the Canaries as he steps up his fitness bid from a long term knee injury. Fellow midfielder David Fox (knee) is back in light training but tonight’s trip is likely to come too soon in his recovery as Hughton aims to learn more about the personnel at his disposal.

“I think when you go into a new club you can be learning right the way through pre-season and even the start of the season,” he said. “Players’ form goes up and down, some players may not get the same amount of time to show what they can do. I would like to think by the end of pre-season I will be a little clearer in my own mind, which I will be, but you want players to change your mind and push for places.

“We brought the new lads in to give us competition all over the pitch and you hope as a manager that brings the best out of players. Come the start of the season I have to pick 11 players and I want that job to be a difficult one. In some ways, perhaps it would be better if it was an easier job because that means there are 11 who have forced themselves into my thinking and it almost becomes a natural choice.”

City midfielder Anthony Pilkington underlined his quality with a superb free kick in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw against Ajax. The 24-year-old senses the Canaries’ are building well towards the Premier League opener at Fulham later this month.

“It’s always good to score but we have to focus on the all-round performances,” he said. “You can’t really look into the sharpness because teams like Ajax are ahead of us by two or three weeks but you’ll see in the next few games, the sharpness will start coming back, and in training and when we start playing more games. I think at the moment we’re sitting nicely and we’ll be ready for the 18th.”

27 comments

  • do a search on google for ascii code tables

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    kevin

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I'm well aware of the Birmingham fans you're talking about, I have been reading the articles and comments on here for a long time, but, only recently decided to get involved... :P Trolls are a strange type of mental deficiency, I agree. This is nothing, some trolls give people grief on FB about family members who pass away and post terrible videos and pictures. It is truly beyond belief.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • It is the clean sheets which are not of the linen kind Hoots has already achieved.C'mon you parrots.

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • I found the Arthurian Codes by Google, kevin. Information interchange-subject to approval by die Grosskontrolleren. So far I don`t get an umlaut when I do code 148, I get a tilde. Now forgotten how to even do that! ö no I haven`t. Gosh, I`m getting clever! Not. Ar-chant Social Communication & Information Interception.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • The starting line-up that Scrimmage suggested on another board looked pretty sound. As did the options "on the bench", with the glaring exception of spare Full-backs: WHAT spare full-backs? Is Benno the Smaller about to ply a new trade? That area is a worry, to me anyway! I still can`t work out how to do umlauts & suchlike on my `pooter, Swiss! I can`t even work out how to access the Euro symbol even though it`s on the same key as the $! Computercretin of the Year, I am. That young whippet Steve Bruce is in charge of Hull now, isn`t he? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • I remember the Birmingham fans and conversations you are referring too. I've been reading articles and comments here for a long time. Just recently decided to get involved... :)

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Hey up Norwitch. Lads in Leeds feel sorry for ya. Cheer up it will be tougher in the CHAMPIONSHIP next season! AHA

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    WackyJacky USA

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • And you`ve already added a whole new dimension, Scrim. Not least to my feeble PC skills ;-) IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • Definitely time to start laying down some markers against MKD and Hull. We need to see a starting XI emerging. It does not seem that long ago that Hull were making a good fist of it in the Premier League. The rhetoric is that everyone is fighting for a place, injuries are frustrating but we need to be accelerating now with the finished article ready to take on Borussia Möchengladbach on the 11th. They were 4th in the Bundesliga and are Liverpool's best mates, definitely the sort of challenge that we will need to be up for. OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Hi Mad Brewer due to our time difference you didnt see my last comments. Yes I knew Martin Foulger we were boys in Banham he was a couple years older than me a good bloke. About the away shirts I commented we have very small green tree parrots here of about that colour. Perhaps the team should be called "The Parrots" when wearing the away strip instead of Canaries.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • ö is acheived by holding down the Alt key and typing 148 on the numeric key pad. Its one of the ASCII codes.

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    kevin

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • ASCII? Is that Arthur??

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • They are font specific so if your PC has a different default font that could change things. Although i like your version of ascii it actually stands for "American Standard Code for Information Interchange".

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    kevin

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • Foiled again Scrim. Yet to take `ctrl`. Tried twice but re-vetoed twice. God knows why. You`ve added an extra dimension to these boards, Scrim! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • If it gets ethered, once you paste the comment with 'ctrl v' you need to reread through for anything that might be causing the ethering. Doesn't even need to be a swear word, for example, s*atch with an 'n' will ether you. Not necessarily lady parts, could be theft or grabbing away, but, it still gets you ethered. Silly, eh? I just want to assist because you're a funny guy with valuable ideas and it upsets me to see you getting annoyed at your posts not getting through. Also I want to read them haha

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012

  • Not as tough as was in League one a few seasons ago! I'm not so sure I want Hughton to start playing a regular 11 & tactics in preseason, wanna keep a few tricks up our sleeve!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Just please no injuries! Pretty please. I thought Stadiummk was a small town near Helsinki. I bet Hoots` comment "better teams on paper with better players than us" will set a few off to prove that only the "on paper" bit is true. Sly old fox, Hoots!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • The € is easy MB, press Ctrl & Alt together with the 4 key! ;)

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    kevin

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • Or try pressing "Alt Gr" and the 4 key.

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    sad canary

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • I am sure there is a way to do umlauts on a Word document and copy it in but that is a pain in the behind. I have Swiss-German keyboards so that makes it easier, though I accidentally bought a new computer at home with a German operating system that has defied any attempts, including one from a friend in IT security at a bank, to convert it to English - it fries my brain.

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    Swiss Canary

    Friday, August 3, 2012

  • And zebbee! How many Canaries does it take to teach a Mad Brewer how to use his PC?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • It's probably an Ip s**t fan in disguise, pretending to be Leeds in order to stir up trouble. Best idea is usually to ignore. Don't feed the trolls.

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • õ. That`s NEARLY an umlaut! Where do I find Arthur`s ASCII codes? €. é. Learning! Thanks to sadcanary, kevin & Crab. TVM. OTBC. €:-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • I wonder what caused the bilious eructation of our latest troll? The transatlantic twerp. Or just a new alter-ego for an existing one, poor sad creature.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 5, 2012

  • Scrim, I do find it odd or rather, weird, that people WANT to troll in the first place. I have looked at newspaper articles in other Regional papers online, but only to find out what is happening ref transfer activity etc. Yorkshire Evening Post was the best source for the Snodgrass stuff, for instance. EDP not! But I`d never dream of putting trollery on their message boards. What`s the point? We had two Birmingham fans on our boards recently but it was all good stuff, proper chats about football, specially wrt Hughton coming to Naaaridge etc. Beaubleu & Madame Bleu Nez, I recall. Very civilised folk! That`s great. But nasty little twists of bitterness not good.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 6, 2012

  • The Canaries were tested at MK Dons, did anyone pass?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

  • 3 wins and 5+ goals please! Also no injuries!!

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    Scrimmage Canary

    Friday, August 3, 2012

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