Norwich City 0 - 0 Fulham

Match info: Premier League at Carrow Road

Date: 09/02/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: H Webb Att: 26,816

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  • Last Updated: February 10 2013, 11:14 GMT

Norwich manager Chris Hughton admitted his side lacked a cutting edge in attack as their barren run continued with a goalless draw against Fulham at Carrow Road.

Hughton worry over lack of goals

While a point will edge both sides closer towards safety, with results below them maintaining a healthy gap over the relegation places, there was little creative spark.

New Norwich signing Luciano Becchio, in for injured captain Grant Holt who suffered a back spasm on Saturday morning, saw an early effort saved and then headed a couple of half-chances wide.

Even the return for Dimitar Berbatov from a hamstring injury could not inspire Fulham, with a 25-yard effort from midfielder Steve Sidwell at the start of the second half about the best of the visitors' few chances.

Norwich have now found the net just once in the past six league and FA Cup games, having been beaten 1-0 at home by Luton in round four.

However, after only conceding two in that run after shipping five at Liverpool on January 19, Hughton will try to remain upbeat about his team's chances of staying clear of being dragged into the battle for survival.

"Fulham have a lot of quality in their side, but we are disappointed because we are at home and the emphasis was to look to get three points," said the Norwich manager, who is set to take his squad off for some warm weather training in Abu Dhabi next week.

"We did not have enough in the final third and lacked that bit of quality, but it is a point and if you cannot win these games, you certainly have to make sure you do not lose them."

Hughton added: "It [lack of goals] is a concern, and it has to be, but we also have to look at the positives.

"We have managed to stop a poor run, albeit not with wins."

Hughton revealed Norwich had tried to get Holt fit for action after the striker reported a freak injury earlier in the day.

"Grant's back went into spasm when he got up this morning, which was a fare blow for us, but these things happen and you have to be able to adapt," he said.

"There have been circumstances where the physio can release it, but in the end it was quite obvious he was not going to be any good for us."

Hughton felt Becchio, a deadline day signing from Leeds, had worked hard for the team.

"I cannot fault his endeavour, but he is player who thrives on quality into the box and we lacked that today," Hughton said.

Norwich sent on Sierra Leone forward Kei Kamara in the closing stages after international clearance on a loan move from the Major Soccer League had arrived earlier in the week.

Hughton said: "The worst thing for us would have been if we played him earlier and he had picked up an injury and we are kicking ourselves because he is out for the next three or four weeks, but I liked what I saw."

Fulham boss Martin Jol, meanwhile, had his preparations hampered by players coming back late from international duty and also a virus hitting the squad.

"Bryan Ruiz only came to us yesterday at the hotel, Stanislav Manolev was not even here, he was in London and had to come up in a cab this morning," Jol said.

"Sascha Riether had to leave [with illness], Chris Baird also had the same problem with a bug, and so we had two players making their debuts.

"We lacked a bit of momentum and tempo, so we could not hurt them, especially in the first half."

Berbatov had to go off to the changing room to have stitches in a blooded nose after being caught in the face by high boot from Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson inside the first few minutes.

Jol was not impressed.

"I get very irritated by that, when someone kicks you and you have to go off for five minutes. Later Hugo [Rodallega] was also kicked and he had to go off, and they played again with 11 against 10," he said.

"We have got to change that because it is an awful rule, you should send their player away as well for five minutes and play 10 against 10."