16:00 17th October 2013
Manager tells players to be fearless ahead of Arsenal clash
CHRIS Hughton is urging his players to embrace the challenge when taking on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium this weekend.
The Canaries’ boss is hoping to draw encouragement from the lively display against Chelsea last time out when facing up to Arsene Wenger’s league leaders on Saturday.
“What you can’t do is you can’t go to the Emirates with any type of fear. You’ve got to go there to do your best to get something out of the game, and it’s a good opportunity for us to do that,” he said.
“It’s exciting. It’s a challenge for us – we’re off the back of a disappointing defeat to Chelsea, especially after the manner in which we played.
“What we need to do is take all the good things from that performance into the game at Arsenal, but we’re aware of what the task is because of how well they’re playing at the moment.”
City’s players filtered back from international duty this week, and Hughton confirmed that, even though the fortnight was largely successful for the Club’s representatives, two players picked up injuries.
“Anthony Pilkington came back early after feeling something in training. He’s one that we are assessing but we’re hoping that he’ll be ok. It’s the same for Johan Elmander too.
“There’s a good feel generally though because most of them have returned on the back of good performances and good results.”
Hughton masterminded a victory over Arsenal at Carrow Road a year ago, and was close to achieving the double before the Gunners struck three times in the last five minutes to abruptly end any hope of victory.
He admits that the games where expectancy levels are at their lowest can sometimes be the ones where points can be generated.
“We were fortunate enough to play very well there last season, and we felt that we were unfortunate to not get something out of the game.
“Sometimes in these games where you’re not expected to win, you can surprise a few people. You have to look forward to these games more than to fear them.”