Belfast Telegraph

Boss urges Canaries to rise to occasion

Chris Hughton has challenged his struggling Norwich side to be inspired when they tackle Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The Canaries head to west London without a win from their first six league games and seeking a response from last week's 5-2 home demolition by Liverpool.

While facing the in-form Blues might not be exactly what Norwich need as they try to turn the tide, Hughton, who took over from Paul Lambert in the summer, said: "The inspiration for the team should be walking out against quality international players. What a wonderful stage to go and apply your trade."

"I would be incredibly disappointed if there was one player who was not looking forward to that challenge," he added.

"Whether it is this week, next week or next month we have got to play them."

Norwich had recovered from their 5-0 thrashing at Fulham on the opening day and - before being taken apart by Liverpool as Luis Suarez stroked in a hat-trick - had been hard to beat, battling to a 1-1 draw at Tottenham last month and playing well enough at Newcastle before losing 1-0.

Hughton continued: "It will be a tough task, but it would be that whether we were on the back of a defeat or in the middle of a good run.

"It is a difficult place to go. You know that before you go there.

"You just have to set up the team correctly and give a good account of ourselves."

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