Arsenal defeat will provide motivation, says Chris Hughton
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton believes Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Arsenal will motivate his players until the end of the season
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton wants his players to use Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Arsenal as motivation for their remaining five games.
Hughton was frustrated with the result at the Emirates Stadium and wants his squad to be fired up for this weekend's home game against relegation-threatened Reading.
City took the lead in the 56th minute when Michael Turner headed home a Robert Snodgrass free-kick, but Hughton believes the game changed when Arsenal were awarded a controversial penalty with less than 10 minutes to
The Canaries boss told reporters: “I think we can gain a lot from it. Sometimes if you feel a little bit aggrieved, that can generate something in the group of lads.
“We have three games at home. Generally we’ve been good at home, so they’re opportunities for us but we have to take those opportunities. We are one in a group of teams around us that are also capable of winning football matches.”
While admitting how pleased he was with his side's spirited performance, he bemoaned the luck his side have had with decisions this season.
“We’ve had one penalty all season, and we’ve had some really poor decisions given against us in terms of penalties,” Hughton added. “One thing I have to say is that it’s a very difficult place to come with the quality that they’ve got, and I have to say – apart from some naivety at 1-1 to allow the second goal – I thought we were excellent.
“It’s difficult to come here and achieve a balance in the game. For a period of time, I thought we were spot on for the way we wanted to play. I certainly can’t fault the endeavours of the team.”
Norwich were dealt a blow when Bradley Johnson was taken off with a dead leg after he collided with Arsenal's Bacary Sagna, while Wes Hoolahan was still missing from the Norwich first-team due to having a busy schedule.
“It’s a dead leg for Bradley. He’ll be sore for a few days but then he’ll be alright. We just felt it was the right time to give Wes a rest. He’s played a lot of games."
Norwich City's next game will be crucial to their Premier league survival - they host relegation-candidates Reading this coming Saturday knowing it's a must-win to pull themselves away from the bottom pack.
Their last remaining five games start with Reading (Home) this Saturday, before Stoke City (Away), Aston Villa (Home), West Brom (Home), and Manchester City (Away).
The Canaries should be able to pick up at least 10 points before their last game of the season away to Manchester City, while relying on other results to also go their way.
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