Manchester United’s visit is all the motivation Norwich City’s players will need to bounce back from a Boxing Day to forget against Fulham.

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Chris Hughton insisted on Fridaythere was no time for recriminations after a 2-1 Premier League defeat to the Cottagers with the reigning champions heading to town.

“It is never difficult to pick players up. The reason they do what they do here is because they are good professionals,” he said. “Defeats hurt so I don’t need to give them harsh words but just point out the reality of the situation. Yes, we had a de-brief but it was more about Manchester United. You have to look forward. It is not difficult to pick them up and particularly when a game comes around against Manchester United in a couple of days. We are all disappointed, but you know defeats happen. We are conscious of where we are in the league and also more importantly where we want to get to. You are always concerned but at this moment we are three points clear of the relegation zone and three points from being in 10th place; that is how close the margins are. We saw on Boxing Day three of the bottom clubs all win away from home and we are striving to make that gap below us bigger. We don’t particularly want to be in the position we are, but we must concentrate on these next series of games.”

City suffered no fresh injury concerns against Fulham with midfielder Jonny Howson again the main doubt after missing the festive period with a back injury. He is one we are continually assessing but, yes, he is doubtful although we have not given up hope.”

Hughton will be forced into one change with Michael Turner suspended. Ryan Bennett and Russell Martin are in the frame to replace the centre-back.

“Obviously Michael is out and he was on four bookings for a while so perhaps we got more games out of him than we might have expected,” said Hughton. “I always say it is an opportunity for someone else. Russell can do a job there for us. He is always in my thoughts. It goes without saying the options we have are Ryan Bennett who has played there and certainly done well in a couple of games and Russ. They would be my two options.”

9 comments

  • if the players are not motivated for this then there is no hope!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • The reason Hughton dismisses motivation is that he hasn't a clue how and when to use it with the squad. He really hasn't a clue what it means - he just used the word because he heard someone else use it. When they lose today I just hope the board get rid of him.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Oh dear Victor. Got out of bed the wrong side? Keep the faith matey. Beautiful day for a beautiful game. On the ball City

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Oh dear Victor. Got out of bed the wrong side? Keep the faith matey. Beautiful day for a beautiful game. On the ball City

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I expect the crowd will wake up today & make plenty of noise, shame they can't be trained to do that against the likes of Fulham. I think the players respond to crowd noise rather than crowd having the excuse of having to be entertained first. It's always been the same at Carrow road .

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    spark

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • What motivation ?

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Off to the game now. At least I'll enjoy the Fat Cat & Canary. Rarely felt so down before a game.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Ah yes Stew...in the immortal words of former Scunthorpe manager Alan Latchley.." Football is about Motivation, Motivation, Motivation. The 3 M's.."....

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    Timbo

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • …..Motivation!..Motivation!..Motivation! ...that's the fellow we need....anyone knows what position he plays in?....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

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