12:59 14th April 2013
by Ben Mouncer
Manager wants frustrations to motivate players
CHRIS Hughton is hoping his Norwich City players can harness their frustration from Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Arsenal and use it to help accumulate the points needed for Premier League survival.
The loss was shrouded in controversy following the Gunners’ equaliser from the penalty spot - a decision that Hughton thought went against them at the Emirates Stadium.
However, City’s boss believes such a perceived injustice can often spark a reaction on the pitch.
“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,” said Hughton after the final whistle.
“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 the level of performance from the Canaries, he bemoaned the luck his side have had with decisions this campaign.
“We’ve had one penalty all season, and we’ve had some really poor decisions given against us in terms of penalties,” he 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.”
Hughton confirmed that Bradley Johnson’s withdrawal was down to a dead leg after a collision with Bacary Sagna, while also adding that Wes Hoolahan’s absence was down to allowing the Irish attacking midfielder a break from his 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."