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Hughes hoping his first cap is followed by Canary recall

PUBLISHED: 07:00 17 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:45 06 July 2010

Stephen Hughes' feet are firmly back on the ground after a whirlwind week.

A full debut for Scotland ended in defeat in Japan, but Norwich's win at Carlisle more than made up for it - even if Hughes needed some help to find out the result.

Stephen Hughes' feet are firmly back on the ground after a whirlwind week.

A full debut for Scotland ended in defeat in Japan, but Norwich's win at Carlisle more than made up for it - even if Hughes needed some help to find out the result.

“My phone wouldn't work over there so I said to one of the boys who was there to keep me updated as soon as the whistle went. So I found out straight away and was delighted, for myself getting a cap and even more delighted that we won,” said Hughes.

“It was a bit of a whirlwind week. I was playing against Gillingham one minute in the Johnstone's (Paint Trophy) and the next minute I was on a plane to Japan. It was a good week for me.

“I think the journey to Carlisle was up there with Tokyo, the length it took - it was a long way to go, but it was really worth it with me getting my first cap.

“As soon as the game finished I was delighted with the score because I thought that was a big game for us. If we did win that it would get us into the play-off position in sixth place and it keeps the momentum going because we're on a good run at the minute, The confidence is high and when it's like that sometimes you can go to places like Carlisle where it's hard to pick up three points and it's good.”

Hughes says his absence for a weekend has no bearing on his club commitments.

“It's not a worry because the manager knows,” he said. “He captained the national team and there are not many higher honours than playing for your national team - I think probably everybody in the squad if they had the chance to go and play for the national team they would do it. At the end of the day it has worked out well, the team have won and now it is just up to me to try and get back in the team. “There's competition for places, but whether I was away or not it was still going to be the same.”

City travel to unbeaten League One leaders Leeds on Monday, with Hughes hoping to start his first league game since picking up an injury in the defeat at MK Dons in mid-September.

“The boys have been playing well and all I can keep doing is training well and hopefully the manager can see that,” he said.

“There is a big squad here and everybody is trying to be at the top of their game to get in the team so whether I am playing or whether I am on the bench and I come on it doesn't matter. Whatever 11 goes out there, we need to go up there and try and win the game.

“When the fixtures came out it was a game that I looked for. It's going to be a hard game, but one of the games everybody wants to play in. There's going to be a good atmosphere. Obviously the TV cameras are there so it's a great game and everybody is looking forward to it.”

Hughes has good memories of Elland Road - he was part of the Leicester side which won 2-1 there in October, 2006.

“It's a fantastic place to play, a great atmosphere and they get right behind their team and I'm sure we will take a good few fans up there anyway who will get behind us,” he said. “It's going to be a great game and one we are looking forward to.

“We won 2-1 - I'll take that again.”

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