Chris Hughton admitted City’s medical staff could be the most important members of his backroom team this coming week after victory over Sunderland capped a gruelling spell of Premier League combat.

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The Canaries picked up seven points from trips to Everton and Southampton, alongside the latest Carrow Road success over the Wearsiders – but Hughton believes such exertions must inevitably take a toll on his playing personnel.

Hughton opted to name an unchanged line-up from the midweek trip to St Mary’s and the City boss paid tribute to his men’s staying power for repelling the Black Cats.

“I came out of the treatment room at the end of the game and there are a few with knocks and bruises – which is probably a consequence of so many games and the players have had a tough time, but I don’t think it is anything too significant,” he said.

“I thought we were excellent in the first half and it is difficult to sustain that for 90 minutes, particularly when you play a third game in a week. I know it was the same for them, but they had an extra day (to recover) and some of the things you question is whether do you need fresh legs.”

Hughton confirmed afterwards England keeper John Ruddy had undergone successful surgery over the weekend on the torn thigh injured at Goodison Park that will sideline Norwich’s number one until well into the New Year.

“Yes, he has and the surgery has all gone very, very well – which they always do these days with the expertise,” said Hughton. “Now it’s about recovery. Hopefully the time limit will be about three months and we are looking forward to him getting back with the squad.”

Mark Bunn’s impressive displays have so far limited the potential damage of Ruddy’s long term injury absence, with City’s deputy keeper playing his part in helping to continue the club’s Premier League revival.

“Confidence is the key,” said Hughton. “We had two bad ones against Liverpool and Chelsea, but the form wasn’t so bad. We knew we had to do something. We had to get back to basics and make ourselves hard to beat. That was a good foundation and we have added some goals on top of that now.

“This does feel a big win, but we are a club and a team who know what it takes to get results. Any win is a big win in this league. We are always looking at the next one so if you can plan for a result and it comes then it makes the next one that little bit easier.

“Yes, it was a big one. We are at home and we know we are going to need to have a decent home record. The only stats that are really enjoyable are the ones at the end of the season.

“What it says is we are in good form right now and we are a confident team. It is wonderful for the lads because they deserve it.”

15 comments

  • Putney, I think the reason that they were trying long shots is they couldn't get past the back four! Having said that there were times in the first half where I wish we'd had a toe poke too.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Female Redbacks have recorded 14 human fatalities. It may be different for Scots......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Theokalamitos, now in-goal for Brisbane Roar - currently bottom of the A-league. Should be No.1 in our Hall of Infamy!

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Putney...he was clearly unsighted on the goal which was an excellent shot. He looks to me to be a good shot stopper and his positioning will improve as he gets to know his defenders better. If you look at the game statistics ne saved a lot more goal-bound shots than his opposite number. He looks as if he could be another in a long line of superior Canary goal-keepers.

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    canary_canuck

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Female Redbacks have recorded 14 human fatalities. It may be different for Scots......

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • I was surprised the Aussie Flapalotikos didn`t go further; shave his head, suck a lollipop and rename himself Kojak. Shot-dropper with a gob-stopper!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Am I the only person who wasn't impressed with Bunn? He made a couple of good saves - but Sunderland clearly seemed to think he was dodgy at long-shots (which was why the kept trying them). He should have stopped the goal and was lucky with two rebounds (one skied and one offside). On another day we'd have conceded three and they would all have been (at least partly) his fault.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • When a certain Mr Foster departed the hallowed Carrow Road and a cetain Mr Ruddy arrived I seem to remember a certain uneasiness over his purchase. A few games in and we had the comeback Foster campaign, either I need to get my ears cleaned and hearing aid battery replaced or HAVE the doubters gone away or should I say they have been rebranded! As a club we have some of the most, if not the most, passionate supporters around but we do not like change! I thought Bunn was little flat footed for the goal but for the remainder he played his way into the game and I fell we should be supporting him and geting his confidence levels up. I also seem to remember a certain Mr Hughton was not trusted or could I be worng on that score also ! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • More of a gob-smacker as I remember him Brewer. We stared on in disbelief thinking " Strewth Cobber, tie me kangaroo down sport, can anyone really be that bad???".

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • 7 points from the last 3 games ...thats a bonus..is it 5 for a win or 2 for a draw now

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    mac'n'boyer

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • I thought that Bunn played really well: apart from their goal, which ruddy would have probably tipped round the post, he seemed very confident, and caughtdidn't spill many shots, such as rose's in the 1st half, Sessegnon in the second, as well as the FK in injury time. He actually saved their bif free kick as well, replays show it was going in until it was tipped onto the post. In Bunn we trust!

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    JerryJ

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Correction, those Aussie Redback Spiders (female, of course) have only been recorded as killing 14 human beings. Different criteria may apply to Scots.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • The Hall of Infamy is an old outside thunderbox on Halvergate Marshes, single occupation, reserved for a Previous Leader. And maybe one of those lethal Aussie spiders for company?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Bunn looks ok (ish) to me. I think we all need to see more of him to judge TBH. We can't expect Ruddy-style form, from a guy who's only just come into the team. Talking of cr*p goalies, I see Michael Theoklitos has changed his name to Michael Theo these days. He's dropped the klitos. Why not? He drops everything else...

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    Timbo

    Monday, December 3, 2012

  • Infamy! Infamy! They've all got it in for me! - Carry on Theo?

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    canarydownunder

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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