Norwich City boss Chris Hughton wants no let up to avoid being dragged into relegation danger
14:08 05 February 2013
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Chris Hughton is confident Norwich’s recent revival will help keep them out of a Premier League relegation battle.
The Canaries’ boss is demanding no let up ahead of Fulham’s visit to Carrow Road this weekend after back-to-back top flight draws against Tottenham and QPR maintained their current seven-point gap to the bottom three. The City boss believes Norwich have enough quality in their ranks not to become embroiled in a tense finale to the season.
“It’s nothing that’s been mentioned. There is no talk about it. We’re a very honest football club and a very honest group of lads,” he said. “When we had the good run, there was definitely no getting carried away with that. The poor run we had, it’s about the possibility of getting out of that spell. We knew we were going to have those dips. So no, there has been no talk of relegation but you have to fight every single game. There isn’t one game we go into that we don’t think is going to be a tough game.
“I think trying to keep that gap is always crucial. Once you go through a difficult period it is about re-assessing and doing all you can to come good again. Even though we are not picking up three points we are off the back of two decent draws, but I know you have to get wins in this division. The value of a gap to us and the bottom three is very important.”
Norwich’s battling draw at Loftus Road was their 10th of a Premier League campaign where Hughton’s squad have routinely proved their fighting credentials.
“Draws keep up the points tally and also there is the mentality that goes with it if you’re not losing games,” he said. “The first thing you want to know, once you’ve played your game, particularly if it’s at a different time, is the other results. Sometimes they can go in your favour, sometimes they don’t. But it’s really about looking after our own business.
“Probably if you spoke to the people at Queens Park Rangers, they have increased their opportunities to stay in the division by their form of late. They will not give up, so you just hope you can have that little gap between yourselves and those below us.”
Norwich’s difficult festive burst brought tests against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, but Hughton warns it would be dangerous to seek solace in a potentially generous run of league fixtures over the next two months.
“You could look at it that we have just come through a tough run of fixtures but every time I look at the next fixture, whoever it is, there are reasons for thinking it is a difficult game,” he said. “We still have to go to Arsenal away and the two Manchester clubs and they are going to be tough. But we have to look at it that we can get points out of every game. We now have a fixture period to the end of the season with no cup games and we need to make sure our consistency levels are good enough to get the points we need.”