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Hughton ready for Villa test

Norwich manager Chris Hughton admits his side now have a crucial game against Aston Villa on Saturday following the 1-0 defeat at Stoke.

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Chris Hughton: Massive game for Norwich boss against Aston Villa

Chris Hughton: Massive game for Norwich boss against Aston Villa

The reverse left the Canaries six points above the Premier League relegation zone with three matches remaining and Hughton concedes it is a "nervy time".

Since mid-December, Norwich have won just two league games and their demise arguably traces back to a 4-1 Capital One Cup loss to Villa at Carrow Road that ended a 10-game run without defeat.

Hughton, however, is adamant that match will not be a factor for the return visit of Villa and former Norwich boss Paul Lambert.

"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.

"Regardless, it's a tough game at this stage of the season whoever it is against."

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