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Humiliation will drive Norwich City on against Manchester City

PUBLISHED: 08:47 04 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:11 04 February 2014

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington looks dejected after a 7-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City midfielder Anthony Pilkington looks dejected after a 7-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Chris Hughton insists the humiliation of Norwich City’s 7-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City is all the motivation his squad need ahead of facing the title favourites’ at Carrow Road.

The Canaries are just one of a number of top flight teams who have felt the full force of Manuel Pellegrini’s dazzling array of attacking talent, but Hughton admits the scale of his side’s November pummelling still rankles.

“Man City was my lowest point. I would suspect it was the same for the players,” he said. “The main motivation for the players will be the fact we are going home on the back of a really disappointing (Cardiff) result and we need to make sure we get those points, but I hope what happened at their place acts as some extra motivation. I would be very surprised if it didn’t. The facts are they have done that to quite a few teams this season already, not just us, but we have to use whatever we can. We are up against one of the best teams in the country. That has to be the challenge. If you look at the goals they have scored then you would say they would be the best attacking side at the moment.”

Pellegrini’s men may have drawn a rare blank in Monday’s 1-0 Premier League home defeat to Chelsea but the free-scoring Blues have plundered more than 100 goals in all competitions and Hughton is under no illusions they will prove formidable going forward.

“The statistics are incredible. There is no doubt they are a wonderful offensive side and playing as well as anybody in the country when you look at the options they have got,” he said. “What they have been able to do is go from strength to strength. Confidence is such a big thing in football and they look like not only will they score in every game, but that they will score a lot of goals. That is the mark of a team playing at such a high level.”

Hughton was without Robert Snodgrass for that November trip to the Etihad but the Scot was on target in the weekend’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff.

“Robert showed in his performance what he is all about. He is a whole-hearted player,” said Hughton. “We had that situation (against Newcastle) and he was big and brave enough to front that and apologise.”

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