Norwich City will not suffer stage fright at Manchester United

Chris Hughton is confident Norwich City will not fear a trip to Manchester United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Chris Hughton is confident Norwich City will not fear a trip to Manchester United. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton is relishing the prospect of trying to cause a Capital One Cup fourth round upset against Manchester United.

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The Norwich City chief insists their will be no inferiority complex from his squad or a large travelling contingent ahead of a trip to the Theatre of Dreams.

“There’ll be no fear factor and I don’t think there can be,” he said. “What you have to expect is we will be underdogs and if you walked into the bookmakers I’m sure they would tell you not too many expect us to win. That takes a percentage of any apprehension away, but I have a group who want to play these games. The aura is still there about Old Trafford.

“I’ve been asked the question whether it is a welcome distraction and I feel it most definitely is because it means we are still in the cup. Would we rather stay at home training or go to Old Trafford to play a cup game? Certainly the latter and we are very much looking forward to it.

“We are taking a very good following and we have to appreciate they are travelling a long way and we will look to win this game. The moment you don’t relish a game at Old Trafford there is a problem.”

Hughton is urging his players to show a killer instinct against the Red Devils after a frustrating Premier League stalemate at home to Cardiff.

“First and foremost, I want us to perform in a manner that shows we have not just gone there to make up the numbers,” he said. “What we can’t let it do is affect us because we are creating chances. I think if we weren’t it would be more of a worry. If we not had played as well on the ball and got into goalscoring opportunities that would be far more annoying. Possibly in those crucial moments when you want that bit more quality or composure it is not happening. That is frustrating and you have spells like that. On another occasion you have that same bulk of possession and you get an own goal or a deflection or their keeper makes a mistake and that 1-0 can turn into two or three, but perhaps the longer it went they became more resilient and the harder it gets to break them down.”

13 comments

  • Apparently those Suffolk Morons have bigger Financial problems than we first thought! Some local suppliers have still not been paid again......is Administration looming?

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    dave123

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Do these Prancing Donkey fans only come on here because they have nothing to cheer from a club mired in debt, promise maybe of Div. 1 football, small crowds, manager wanting to manage an Irish team, in it's self an ambition, all we need now is the prize clown himself to appear - Ged Steroo and the entertainment will be complete. Shame the boys from Portaloo Road did not enter this year's competition!! Stevenage? What division are they in? Better for them to concentrate on their relegation battle.

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • How is stage fright relevant? We play there every season so we are used to it. Come win or lose tonight its a great time to be a City supporter. Debt free, a board who genuinely cares, a good manager, a strong squad - everything is positive at CR!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • That really was a poor match.We didnt seem to have clue.We would not have scored if we had been there all night.United always went forward with the ball wwhile we seemed to go backwards all the time.Not a very good team selection,I dont think CH had any intention of wanting to progress in this competition and may have done his tenure as manager no good at all

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    Trevor Sadd

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Be brave Chris and play two strikers, I would also play Howson in the support roll so that leaves two choices. Either go with the diamond formation or three centre backs. I would also give young Josh a run out in the second half if we are still chasing the victory. OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • In today's Independent: the 5 worst ever Prem teams: Watford, Derby, Sunderland (twice) and...Ipswich. Lol!

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    GW

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Oh Hi Liz. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwnn....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • a little deflection from the true problems at budgieville will be welcome I suspect. I doubt Man Utd will be taking this micky mouse competition too seriously though. Gives your "loyal" fans something else to Booooooo no doubt !

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    Liz Knott

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • This Cup is the only thing this team could ever win, So play a full strength team againt the Man U reserves and Winning this Cup could be possible

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    billythebookie

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Interesting article in today's Independent: the five worst teams ever to "grace" the Premier League. Watford, Derby, Sunderland (twice) and...Ipswich. Lol. http:www.ftbpro.compostspaul.websell437559the-five-worst-premier-league-teams-in-history

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    GW

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • start josh and redmond and let them run man ure's defence ragged.Both can strike a good ball so who knows.Nice to see this article has shown interest from the portaloo road has beens!Of course they now all about loyalty down there.All 15 thousand of them!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Is this the same Mickey Mouse Competition where your donkeys were kicked out 2-0 by Stevenage (who) in the first round ? Great to see the trolls out - we will play Man Utd twice more after that this season - so get used to it ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

  • Same old story another 4 goals conceded against _Man U reserves and please take note everyone we still cannot score. We are heading in one direction only and that's the championship, you had better be realistic and face the facts. Do we continue with Ch or do we need a change you tell me. I'm totally fed up with the performances.

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    Essex yellow

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013

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