Hughton: We've turned the corner

  • Last Updated: February 12 2013, 17:00 GMT

Manager Chris Hughton feels Norwich have "turned the corner" as he looks to slowly guide his team towards Premier League safety.

Chris Hughton: Feels Norwich are on the up
Chris Hughton: Feels Norwich are on the up

The Norwich squad jetted out to Abu Dhabi for a short warm-weather training break following Saturday's goalless draw with Fulham.

The point against the Cottagers, in a match which was devoid of any real spark, extended Norwich's unbeaten run to three matches.

While his men have yet to record a league win since beating Wigan on December 15, Hughton is confident of having steadied the ship following a dismal run of form when they lost all four matches over the festive period.

"In terms of results we have turned a corner," said Hughton, whose side had been on a remarkable 11-game unbeaten run before their recent slump.

"We have had some wonderful highs this season and we have had some lows as well, but that would be expected of a club where we are.

"We just have to make sure we keep accumulating points and while we would like the wins there is only one objective and that is to make sure we are in the Premier League next season."

Norwich have a six-point cushion over the relegation zone, some much-needed breathing space which Hughton knows his side will have to work hard to protect as they prepare to take on Champions League hopefuls Everton in 10 days' time.

"For clubs like us, you can't perform at that level all of the time and you just hope that when you're not at your best you can still pick up results," he said.

"A few weeks ago we were not doing that when we were not at our best.

"At this moment, we are still not at our best, but we are not losing.

"You hope the other results go for us and they haven't been too bad, but we have to do it ourselves and we now have two weeks to work and be refreshed for Everton at home."

Norwich have scored just once in the last six games, with both their last two matches ending goalless.

Hughton handed January signings Luciano Becchio and Kei Kamara, on loan from Major League Soccer side Sporting Kansas City, home debuts against Fulham.

While neither forward was able to make a breakthrough, midfielder Robert Snodgrass is confident they can have an impact.

Scotland international Snodgrass was a team-mate of Becchio's at Leeds and said: "You need to get up to the speed of things and Luciano has not really played many games in the last few weeks, so I think you will see the best of him in the next three or four weeks.

"I have seen him score a hat-trick out of absolutely nothing against Middlesbrough, so I know what he can do.

"You have just got to get the ball in the right areas for him to score."

Snodgrass added: "Kamara has shown us what he can do when he came on for his little cameo.

"He is big and looks strong, he will attack things and I think that is what we need.

"If we start taking our chances we will be fine."

Captain Grant Holt was forced to pull out of the squad against Fulham after suffering a back spasm on the morning of the match, but is expected to be in contention for the visit of Everton.


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