Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Hughton denies Carrow Road turmoil

Chris Hughton wants Norwich to seal their survival this weekend

Norwich manager Chris Hughton maintains there has not been "turmoil" at Carrow Road as he prepares his beleaguered squad for a showdown with West Brom which could all but secure their Barclays Premier League status.

Following the last minute 2-1 defeat at home to Aston Villa, the Norfolk club cancelled their end of season awards dinner set for Monday evening in a bid to focus all of their efforts on getting the required points to stay up. Wigan's subsequent defeat to Swansea left the Canaries three points clear of the drop zone heading into the final two matches.

With a trip to Manchester City to round off the campaign, Hughton knows Sunday provides the perfect opportunity to put the situation beyond any reasonable doubt, with the Latics set to head to Champions League-chasing Arsenal just 48 hours after their FA Cup final at Wembley. "Turmoil is certainly the wrong word," said Hughton.

"We know we are playing in a very competitive division, there are clubs around us who are bigger than we are, with bigger budgets, and that is a reflection on how difficult this league is. It is certainly not turmoil, it is the ups and downs of the game.

"Is it a time of frustration? Yes, because we don't want to be in the position we are in. Is it an anxious time? Of course it is, but it is only us who can do something about it. We need to make sure that by the end of these two games that we have the required points."

After going unbeaten for 10 games at the end of 2012, Norwich have managed to win just twice in this year, a drastic dip in form which has seen them fall back into the battle for survival. As a result, Hughton's squad has put in some extra training sessions at Carrow Road this week to fine tune preparations.

"For us it was very much about closing down the last game and the reasons why we did not get the results we wanted to get, then you concentrate on the next one," said Hughton.

"It is about making sure the mood among the players is good, and it has been from the disappointment of the last game. It can only be us who puts it right. There is no doubt the lads know what this game means, and how badly we want to win this game, so it wont be through lack of effort.

"It is about us getting the results we need, we don't know what the other results will be on Sunday, then also on next Tuesday or the last day of the season.

"We have to make sure it is very much in our hands. If we get the results we need, then you don't have to rely on any of the other results around you."

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