Hughes looking to bounce back against Swindon
PUBLISHED: 18:44 21 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:49 06 July 2010
Norwich's Scottish international Stephen Hughes insists midweek heartache at Leeds will not derail the Canaries' League One promotion push. Fraser Forster's errant goal kick gifted Jermaine Beckford the chance to grab all three points for the Elland Road outfit but Hughes is adamant spirits remain high ahead of Swindon's weekend league visit.
Norwich's Scottish international Stephen Hughes insists midweek heartache at Leeds will not derail the Canaries' League One promotion push.
Fraser Forster's errant goal kick gifted Jermaine Beckford the chance to grab all three points for the Elland Road outfit but Hughes is adamant spirits remain high ahead of Swindon's weekend league visit.
“We've played a good Leeds team and at times passed them off the park, so I don't think it's a step backwards,” he said. “We're still confident. We're looking to Saturday's game to bounce back. We've been beaten 2-1 but our confidence will remain high and we'll look forward to Saturday and trying to get back to winning ways. I've not played a lot of football - not as much as I'd like this season - so it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt and I hope I've done enough to keep myself in the team for Saturday. Leeds took their chances and they're top of the league. We can only worry about ourselves. I think we're going in the right direction. We'll be there or thereabouts. It's a long season and there are a lot of twists and turns still to happen.”
Hughes revealed he missed Beckford's match-winning strike after being substituted seconds earlier as Paul Lambert's side looked to see out a bout of late home pressure on Forster's goal.
“I never even saw the goal. I'd just come off, turned round and the ball was in the back of the net,” said Hughes, recalled to the starting line-up in place of the injured Korey Smith. We're disappointed, absolutely gutted. I think we dominated a Leeds side who are now top of the league.
“I think anybody who watched the game would tell you we were the better side and we felt comfortable. We felt we could go on and win it. At the end we would have taken a point - that's a good result. But it's unfortunate they managed to nick it, which I thought was a bit harsh.”
Hughes was restored to Lambert's starting line up after missing City's previous away success at Carlisle to make his full international debut in the Far East friendly against Japan. The proud Scot admitted it was an easy decision to put country before club after getting Lambert's blessing.
“There's not many higher honours than playing for your national team,” he said. “I think everybody in the squad, if they had the chance to go and play for their national team, then they would do it. It worked well because I went away and played, the team won, and now it's up to me to keep my place in the team.”