Quickfire Hughes glad to make mark

Stephen Hughes took just three minutes to take out his frustration on Southampton and earn the Canaries a vital League One point. The Scottish midfielder has started just two of City's last 13 matches in all competitions through a combination of injury, international duty and the form of others.

Stephen Hughes took just three minutes to take out his frustration on Southampton and earn the Canaries a vital League One point.

The Scottish midfielder has started just two of City's last 13 matches in all competitions through a combination of injury, international duty and the form of others.

But he quickly made his mark by grabbing the 75th-minute equaliser in the 2-2 League One draw at St Mary's Stadium.

He said: “It's probably my first touch and I managed to hit the back of the net so I'm delighted - delighted to get the point.


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“All I can keep doing is working hard in training and, when I get a chance like today, try to play well. Obviously when I get a goal it can help a bit. It's a big squad and there's good competition for places and the confidence is high.

“The team has been playing really well - there are a lot of players who need to bide their time, but it doesn't take anything away from it, we are all wanting to play and I am no different. But it's good I got on and getting the goal was ideal.

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“It was end to end, both teams went for it. Even in the last 10 minutes both teams were trying to get the three points, but I think a draw was probably a fair result.

“It is very important for us that we keep it going. We've not been beaten a lot, it is important for us to come away to clubs like Southampton and if we don't get the three points we make sure we get a good point. Then we can go back up the road and look forward to Tuesday's game against Brighton.”

Manager Paul Lambert said of Hughes: “We needed a wee bit of legs because lads have been going week in, week out and he came on and did great.

“He has been unfortunate - he was in the team and then got hurt against MK Dons and then he went away with Scotland so he's been unfortunate with that side of it. I think by Stephen's own admission he is probably not 100 per cent match fit at the minute, but the team's been picking itself.”

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