Norwich boss Hughton wary of 'tough' Stoke test

The Canaries manager saw his side defeat Tottenham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening but admits they face an entirely different prospect in the Potters
Norwich manager Chris Hughton has described Stoke as "tough opposition" ahead of Saturday's clash between the sides at Carrow Road.

The Canaries were boosted in midweek as they came from behind to beat Tottenham 2-1 to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup.

But, despite his side's recent upturn in form after a slow start to the season, Hughton is wary of the threat the Potters can pose.

“We’ve a real tough game here on Saturday,” Hughton told the club's official website.

“Wednesday night’s game does give me something to think about selection-wise ahead of Stoke, but that’s what I wanted.

"I was very keen to stress before the game that the changes that I made were not young aspiring players, they were experienced players that have played a lot of games at this level.

“Stoke are really tough opposition, and they are a club that has improved every year since being in the league.

“The quality of the players that they have brought in is good. They are a hard-working, well-disciplined team with good quality in their side.”

Hughton rung the changes for his side's win over Spurs and is delighted by the competition for places in his squad, especially with defender Russell Martin set to return.

“We have very good competition at the moment and Russ Martin was the only one missing with a back injury on Wednesday," he added.

"Russ is in with a chance of playing on Saturday, it depends how his back settles down – he’s made big improvements.

The former Newcastle boss also feels his side will have to be at their best to cope with the physical challenge Tony Pulis' team pose, especially in the form of gangly striker Peter Crouch.

He added: “They are a big side, but what they also do is mix their play up. For all the passages of play that are direct, there will be some other types of play mixed in.

“They also have a striker in Crouch who can score different types of goals.”