Doherty motivated by 'nightmare'

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Norwich captain Gary Doherty claims the "nightmare" of the Canaries' relegation from the Premier League will be all the motivation he needs ahead of Sunday's crucial East Anglian derby at Portman Road.

This season has been a massive disappointment for one of the division's best-supported clubs, and Doherty, who came down from the top flight with Norwich in 2004-05, is determined it should not reach a new nadir with relegation to the third tier.

"That summer and for a long time really it was bitterly disappointing," he said of the 2005 close season. "We went into that last game of the season only needing a draw and to get stuffed (6-0 at Fulham) was a real nightmare for us, so we don't really want to get into that position again."

He added: "We've got two games to put it into our own hands and that's what we really need to do as we don't want to be going into the last day needing something."

Doherty added on "Experience is everything, if you've been through it and you know how to cope with these massive games. Even last season we weren't really safe until the second to last game of the season so I've had it a few times since I've been at Norwich.

"So it's something I'm prepared for and preparing the younger lads in the squad for, because if you do go down it's a terrible feeling."

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