We'll keep chasing our dream - Hughes

PUBLISHED: 13:37 20 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:17 14 September 2010

The significance of this Friday night's Coca Cola Championship match against struggling Burnley at Turf Moor, in front of the Sky TV cameras, increased massively following the Canaries' 2-1 win over Sheffield United - a result which will surely have one or two teams in the top six looking anxiously over their shoulders.

The significance of this Friday night's Coca Cola Championship match against struggling Burnley at Turf Moor, in front of the Sky TV cameras, increased massively following the Canaries' 2-1 win over Sheffield United - a result which will surely have one or two teams in the top six looking anxiously over their shoulders.

And City midfielder Andy Hughes was today already looking forward to the game in the hope that if City can continue their current run of good form and get a result then the pressure really would be on fellow promotion contenders Cardiff, Preston and Wolves to do likewise the following day.

Play-off dark horses City are now up to ninth in the Championship following the win over the second-placed Blades but remain seven points off the top six with trips to Ninian Park and Deepdale and a home match against Wolves still to come.

“It was an important result today as we were unlucky and disappointed by the way the Leeds game finished last week,” said Hughes, who looked full of confidence against the Blades following his goalscoring performance at Elland Road the week before.

“We wanted to keep the home form going and try and maintain the momentum. It was an all round battle today and I think that everybody enjoyed it.

“It's nice to have them games and I think that the fans really enjoyed it too. They were like the 12th man out there and everyone stuck together and it goes to show what we can achieve when we're as one,” he added.

The Canaries, based on the last six matches, are the form team in the Championship at the moment having taken 13 points from a possible 18, closely followed by Wolves who have managed 12 points from their last six games.

Preston, in the all-important sixth place in the table, on the other hand are fading fast and have only picked up five points from a possible 18 and are likely to be without star striker David Nugent for the rest of the season who has a broken metatarsal.

Cardiff, five points ahead of Norwich in eighth spot, picked up a win against Plymouth at the weekend but that gap could be closed when the two teams meet in the penultimate game of the season - it's to be hoped that the Canaries still have everything to play for by then.

Hughes was certainly remaining optimistic, he said: “You never say never. We are going to stay positive and keep going there's no doubt about that.

“We have still got a long way to go before we are where we want to be but if this is the start of things to come then there's plenty to look forward to.

“We are working very hard to get ourselves to where the manager wants us to be and we will get there.”

He added: “It's only a run of form if we have 13 out of the last 15 games. That's a run of form. Until then we have got to take each game as it comes.

“We have got a massive game on Friday night against Burnley. It's a TV game, they are struggling at the moment, and they are going to be at it at home. We'll just keep on grinding away the results.”

Hughes, who appears to be more settled in the side that at any other time during the season, insists he has always enjoyed playing for the Canaries and is confident that the best is yet to come.

“I always enjoy my football wherever I've gone,” he said, “wherever I've been, whoever I've worked with I have always enjoyed my football. The players and the staff here are great and there are a lot more people worse off than me I can tell you. It's a pleasure to play for this club and the manager and best is yet to come.”

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