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Hughton: My call on Hoolahan

Norwich manager Chris Hughton has admitted that he pulled Wes Hoolahan out of his squad to face Newcastle after turning down a transfer request.

The 31-year-old wants to link up again with former boss Paul Lambert at Aston Villa, but had featured for the Canaries after making it clear he is keen to leave Carrow Road.

Hoolahan was not in the squad for his side's goalless draw with Newcastle on Tuesday, after which Hughton told Sky Sports: "He is still very much a Norwich City player. It was my decision to leave him out of the squad.

"The facts are that there has been a bid for him, he has put a transfer request and both have been denied.

"He was included in the last two squads, and it was my decision not to today."

The draw with Newcastle saw Canaries midfielder Bradley Johnson sent off after a clash with Loic Remy, who was also dismissed by referee Chris Foy following the incident.

Remy appeared to aim a head-butt at Johnson after a shoving match between the pair, but Hughton felt his player was badly treated.

"(It was) very, very harsh. I am presuming he (Johnson) has been sent off for an over-aggressive push, but that is the type of push that you will see in every game," he added.

"Is it a sending-off offence? For me, absolutely no, he put his hands to his chest, yes, but it is the heat of the moment. For me, it certainly does not warrant a sending off.

"Bradley's been a big player, very consistent so it is a big miss but thankfully Alex Tettey is now back fit and raring to go."