Chris Hughton is acutely aware Norwich City need to pick up the Premier League pace again to avoid becoming embroiled in the heat of a gathering relegation battle.

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City’s 0-0 home draw against Newcastle was their first point in 15 after a tough festive season, but the Canaries head to Liverpool still residing in relative mid-table security.

Hughton knows how quickly that can change with every club below them, bar Paul Lambert’s struggling Aston Villa, earning tangible reward for their efforts over the weekend.

“Absolutely, there is a danger (of being sucked down),” he said. “There are certainly more positives than negatives at the moment but we have to play well enough to get the points to stay clear of that at the bottom.

“If you aren’t able to then it is not only us but anybody can get dragged into that. If you take the positives then that is certainly the clean sheet. I felt we deserved that because we were up against a team that always scores goals; a team that has been to Old Trafford and scored three goals and scored three at the Emirates.

“You look at the quality they have got when someone like (Yohan) Cabaye came come off the bench, who is one of their main providers. As a team and a unit we defended really well. I can’t think of a save that Mark Bunn has had to make.”

City’s defensive resolve was in stark contrast to their fitful attacking thrusts at Carrow Road.

“The thing that disappointed me and frustrated me was we got into some really good areas in that final third,” said Hughton. “I think if our quality had been there and we had shown that little bit of composure you would have seen us win the game. We didn’t test the keeper often enough, but I certainly felt over the game we were the better team. You need to score goals to win football matches and we were not able to do that. If we weren’t able to win the game we had to make sure we didn’t lose it because we have had a tough Christmas and we wanted to get back to winning ways.”

Hughton also pinpointed the collective failings of Norwich’s usual deadly accuracy from set pieces against the Magpies.

“I was disappointed with our set plays. The delivery has been very good but they let us down,” he said. “Was there any reason for that? No, unfortunately it was just one of those days. Newcastle were the same. It certainly wasn’t down to a lack of endeavour. Probably the best chance of the game was when (Anthony) Pilkington had a shot and Tim Krul showed what a quality keeper he is.

“There was possibly a lack of confidence in our attacking play. At times we needed to show more quality with that final ball but where I am happy is that we did get into good areas.”

Hughton, however, insisted City’s lack of precision at the sharp end was not a cause for underlying concern with stiff league tests on the horizon to come at Anfield and then Champions League-chasing Tottenham at home.

“I would certainly be a lot more worried and a lot more disappointed if we were not getting into those type of areas,” he said. “There was a few times when we got into a three versus two situation and it was the final ball. In that second half period we might have got Robert or Wes (Hoolahan) through on two or three occasions, but we were up against good defenders and I thought their centre halves defended very well. They played quite a high line but there was still three occasions when it looked like we had got ourselves in.”

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  • I`m trying to stay positive, but wouldn`t it be great if we were perceived as having one or two players who are a genuine goal threat? Michu, Graham, Ricky Lambert, Benteke; clubs we are jostling with have such players. Scoring does wonders for confidence - and for getting points! We`ll survive and move on to the next stage of the project - NOT worrying about relegation all the time. Hopefully. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Some of you need to get some perspective here. Do you really think no-one at the club is working towards trying to bring in 1\2+ new players? Or are they sitting at home with their feet up collecting their salaries? Fact is very few transfers have been completed so far and very few will be, until the last few days of the window, No club in England (at least) will agree to sell a player until they can bring in adequate replacements, so relax and chill people :) OTBC

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    NorthCity

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Doc, I`d like to have it on record that my comments are deeply thought out piffle - but I still can`t get a job at Ar-chant! ;-). Btw when DOES the "Window" slam shut? stayingup implies end of Feb but I thought it was Jan? Have I got that wrong? IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • 1 point from 15, tough games ahead, distraction of a cup run . . . it all points towards a slide down the table and panic on the streets of Norwich.

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    blue tractor

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • its -10 down here in sunny wivenhoe, but no slough of despond here, just had some windsor soup and discovered no new stories about transfers anywhere but Colchester are getting 4 in this week and rumour has it a local prem team may be supplying 2 of them!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Posted on a different story, but applies here too......If there is one thing that is missing at present, it's a decent left winger. We have one on the books, but our manager wants him to play as a ramrod through the middle. This has the effect of cutting out our strikers, who seldom get a ball from either wing, and have to make do with receiving a through ball, more often than not when their back is towards the goal. It needs sorting!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Not related but can I draw your attention to this http:www.change.orgen-GBpetitionsthe-english-fa-and-the-premier-league-cap-away-ticket-prices-in-the-premier-league-at-30

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    Cannock Canary

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I never thought I'd see the day that Canary supporters would be reduced to hysterical panic over a draw with Newcastle while sitting comfortably mid table. Little bit disappointed? Sure, on normal form it should've been ours, but it wasn't. 1 point closer to safety anyway. I suppose it must be a sign that Norwich are going up in the world if everyone just expects to walk over Newcastle though.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • OR! ICEBURGER. Brrrrr!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Many have lamented on this site of the two things Norwich are short of: namely firepower and a plan B. I don't want to hear Hoots on 1st February bleating on about running out of time and making due with an inexperienced teenage reserve player on loan. It was not acceptable on 1st September and won't on 1st February.

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    waclor

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • These sites exist for people to post their comments, good bad or indifferent! Lets face it what ever we say will have little affect on CH's decisions. A bit of banter with the idiots gives us a chance to let off steam OTBC.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I remember a special beer being brewed to celebrate 1p5wich`s last (sorry, not last - most recent) relegation. The label depicted a tractor slithering, uncontrolled, into a slough of despond. It was called "Oh So Blue".

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Yes I agree, we are not scoring nearly enough goals and cannot rely on 1-0 wins (as we have previously), especially without Ruddy. A striker please!

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    Henry

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • How long might it be before the Trawlerboys overtake the Tractorboys?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • stayingup - you are living in disneyland- look at the games coming up and the form of the teams below us. Ladbrokes think we are a good bet to go down at 111. we need reinforcements urgently

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    andys

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Even if there was panic, which there is not, it would still beat being in the monotonous graveyard that is Ipswich

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    vintage633

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Civilised manner!

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Hoots has NOT stopped the rot. Davitt is still putrefying.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Can't understand why Hoolahan is not getting his share of the grief on here. He has been totally anonymous over the last 6 games doing nothing but pirouetting into trouble and losing the ball. This means we are playing with 10 men every game. Time he had a rest to find his early season form and we went two up top (at home at least!!)

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    john doe

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Even the Guardian has NCFC after Hooper from Celtic now.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Apparently, " Norwich are watching Swedish striker Marcus Berg, 26, after he was told he could quit Hamburg."

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Even though our manager might "insisted" that our "lack of precision at the sharp end was not a cause for underlying concern", it certainly worries me.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • We were poor in the last third & in decision making in front of goal. This should be sorted out on the training ground. We still need a good striker as well, though. It is ridiculous to rely on Holt to be "the key" per another story.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I wonder if Colchester is Cushy Butterfield`s next destination? When is one of our young goalies going to get that important loan spell? Rumours of Lee Camp coming to Naaridge???

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • We urgently need a quality signing upfront such as a Michu or Lukaku that the other clubs the same size as us have . The form of the bottom clubs is improving all the time we need to show more urgency both on & off the pitch.

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    spark

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • I`m trying to stay positive, but wouldn`t it be great if we were perceived as having one or two players who are a genuine goal threat? Michu, Graham, Ricky Lambert, Benteke; clubs we are jostling with have such players. Scoring does wonders for confidence - and for getting points! We`ll survive and move on to the next stage of the project - NOT worrying about relegation all the time. Hopefully. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Stop the PR pontificating....recognise the root cause....and BUY A STRIKER!!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Little bit of dampness and the gloom merchants, trolls and all the nasties come out from under their stones! What on earth the Prancing Blue Donkeys from Portaloo Road have to look forward to I fail to fathom, surely after so many years of obscurity and envy all they can look forward to is more of the same!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Agree we need a top class striker but give CH a chance. He bought in several players at the start of the season, few knew about them before they arrived and most of them have proved to be good. Just because we have heard nothing does not mean he is not trying. There are a few players we need to lose as well by 31st.

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    andy

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Palace for Cushy! Let`s have Glenn Murray in exchange.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • staying up! getting up would be nice this weather. How can we tell the difference between 'piffle' and your following comment?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Is Hughton rearly the ritte man?..I ask, because at the momento he seems to be trying to open a tin of beans with a hammer, when it's cummon knowlidge that it's Dynamite that's required. Or at last a can opener!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • If you got points for style in the middle of the park we'd be top. Get some decent firepower up front Hoots. We can't rely on the horse forever.

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    Timbo

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Oh Blue Tractor there be Snow on the streets of Norwich not panic. And on strikers Berg from Hamburg, could be, and we could call him hamberger

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • A shame that people have to clog these message boards with such inane piffle. If you`ve nothing intelligent to say then keep quiet Yes, a disappointing Christmas & New Year. Should have got at least 34 pts. Injuries haven`t helped & yes you would have thought that players capable of playing football at this level would be able to execute a simple pass or put a set piece together. Again yes the problem on the field appears to be the decision making. I assume they can do all this with their eyes shut on the training pitch so why not under match conditions Cool heads chaps please. Having said that its been through the hard work before xmas that we are where we are . injuries etc have not helped and yes we need another striker to play alongside GH. Norwich have never broadcast their dealings in the transfer market previously which is why you rarely see anything on the BBC football website. Give the guy a chance. If we don`t sign anyone by the end of Feb then yes I think we are entitled to ask questions. OTBC

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    stayingup

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Ples excuse the spilling, but i have wun of thes Al Ftesco computers and it's snewing like crazzy as i sit hear covered in the white stuff Freeezzing!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Without a new class striker we will get dragged into a relegation battle. We are toothless in the final third.

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    andys

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Just remember that one man's piffle is another man's deeply thought out comment. Staying Up, there is absolutely no need for insults, if you disagree with something try to answer it in a civilised menner. As far as clogging up the site, by a very crude measurement (a ruler against the screen) your posting is more than twice as long as the next longest, now who's clogging up the site?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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