Chris Hughton maintains there will be no psychological hangover when Norwich City face Aston Villa in a critical relegation match next weekend.
The Canaries boss was responding to questions about his Norwich side’s 4-1 demolition at the hands of Villa in the Capital One Cup back in December, since when City’s form has nosedived.
The spectre of former Carrow Road boss Paul Lambert hammering a nail into City’s coffin this season is already beginning to haunt Hughton after his side’s away defeat to Stoke on Saturday leaves them just six points above the Premier League relegation zone.
Hughton concedes this is “a nervy time” with his team having won just two league games since mid-December, and with only one win in their past eight, they are displaying relegation form.
But the manager is adamant that that Cup defeat, which ended a 10-match unbeaten run, will not play any part in the build-up to Saturday’s crunch home clash.
“It’s a massive game for us because of the fact we are playing a team around us, so there is a little more significance in the game,” said Hughton. “As for the game back in December, I don’t think it has any bearing on the one coming up.
“You might have seen the away game [a 1-1 draw at Villa in October]. I don’t think there is anybody who saw that who didn’t think we were the better team on that day, so the cup game is irrelevant.”
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