Chris Hughton "surprised" by Andre Villas-Boas's Gareth Bale comments

Proud poppy-wearer Chris Hughton
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Norwich City manager Chris Hughton says that he is "surprised" by Andre Villas-Boas's comments regarding the protection of Gareth Bale.

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has admitted that he is "surprised" to hear Tottenham Hotspur boss Andre Villas-Boas complain about the Canaries' treatment of Gareth Bale.

The former Chelsea boss has called on match officials to protect the Wales international after he was almost the victim of a lunging tackle from Alex Tettey during last night's 1-1 draw with Norwich.

"I'm surprised by [Villas-Boas's comments]," ESPN quotes Hughton as saying. "There didn't seem to be much wrong with [Bale] as he went past everyone."

Meanwhile, the Canaries are expecting to complete a deal for Leeds United striker Luciano Becchio before tonight's deadline.

Spurs winger Gareth Bale celebrates his equaliser against Norwich on January 30, 2013
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