Chris Hughton is confident Norwich’s recent revival will help keep them out of a Premier League relegation battle.

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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.”

24 comments

  • Did Kristafa get out of the grumpy side of bed this morning?

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Is it me or do you find it suspicious Ged is always one of the first to comment? Would the real Archant employee please stand up???

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Brewer, are you confusing the song with 'I won't let the sun go down on me' by Nik Kershaw, who is from the fine town of Ipswich!

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Whats with the cloud of doom and gloom? 3mins thats 180 seconds, it takes one second of right place right time to score a goal, I still think we will see Kia, Kai, Kei Kamara play more wide allowing Holt\Beccio Becchio to stick more central.

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    MBA Marine

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Not really Trakka-boy. We've not lost as many as the teams around us, and a win or two will put us straight back into the top 10. Ipsh1te on the other hand, worse goal difference and lost more. There's a relegation fight...

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    danpez

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Talking of jokes, have you heard this one? Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg is leaving the club, it has been announced today. Simon Clegg to leave Ipswich Town Was Simon Clegg’s tenure at Portman Road a success? Owner Marcus Evans made the surprise announcement this morning. Clegg will not be replaced, and it is understood that Evans himself will take a more hands-on role. Some of Clegg’s salary, believed to be about £150,000 a year, will be available for manager Mick McCarthy as he aims to build a first-team squad capable of challenging for promotion from the Championship. What on earth will they buy for that?

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Oh, well, another forward to warm the bench and be let loose for three minutes?

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Some more news- Kei Kamara has now been granted a visa so he should be available to play this weekend against Fulham. Would be nice if Special K could get the revenge against them after that 5-0 defeat months ago. COYY!

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    Grant Wright

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • So people getting excited about a striker from a Mickey Mouse league with the standard of about Lge One here ! ... Still it gives the keyboard nerds to post & call him Kai instead of Kei , just like Hughton ,Houghton or Morison, Morrison and more recently Becchio as Beccio ! !

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    Kristafa

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Good point Mustafa.

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    danpez

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • OOOOPS! finger slipped, that should read Yarco.

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I would take £150k for C Martin! Talking of jokes, what the hell is going on at Forest? 4 managers in 8 months!

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Was it the Kinks who sung, "As long as I gaze on Portaloo sunset, I am in Paradise"?

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    atlanta canary

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Someone needs to whisper into Hughton's ear that he is already in a relegation fight.

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Simon Clegg.. Any relation to the character from Last of the Summer Wine?? Compo might ake a difference to that lot.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • What is happening at Potaloo road .Reminds me of that Status Quo song Down Down Deeper And Down..........

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    yarco

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • What is happening at Potaloo road .Reminds me of that Status Quo song Down Down Deeper And Down..........

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    yarco

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Kei could become a Key player Kristafa. I like the Portaloo Sunset song. It was indeed the Kinks, atlanta. Originally it was going to be called Liverpool Sunset (allegedly) but Ray Davies came to his senses. Elton John\Bernie Taupin had a song "Don`t let the Sun go down on me". That sounds a bit kinky, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • danpez I admire your optimism bearing in mind that it is nearly two months since the last league win. I wish you luck.

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    blue tractor

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • What is happening at Potaloo road .Reminds me of that Status Quo song Down Down Deeper And Down..........

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    yarco

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Morning MBA Marine ! I can see you are gonna have fun with me , with u deliberately misspelling players names to wind me up ! however I am over 60 and shouldnt get stressed ! Have a nice day.

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    Kristafa

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Apparently Mick McCarthy has been asked to buy a whole new team with that £150,000 and bring some change back with the Nectar points!! Poor old Brew gets ethered but Yarci triple posts, how is it done? Wheres the normal trolls comments?????

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • good one danpez ! Made me larf or should that be laugh ! ! He-he.

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    Kristafa

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Time to give the new strikers there chance at home again Fulham as Grant still keeps score blanks in front of goal.

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    DOBBY1970

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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