Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Chris Hughton is confident Norwich can still hit the 40-point mark widely regarded as the barometer for Premier League survival.
No club has been relegated from the top flight in the last decade with that number of points, and City moved onto 28 with 11 games left after a 1-0 weekend win over Spurs at Carrow Road.
Hughton is keeping his own target under wraps, but the City boss believes the Canaries must go flat out to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation dogfight.
“I think we’ve all got our own private thoughts but no-one really knows what it will take,” he said. “That makes you want to go full tilt at every game. As much as I say it is about our own results you are conscious of the results around you and for one weekend when they might go well for you, on another it can turn again so we have to make sure we look after our own business. I think that (40 points) is attainable and you always have to believe it is possible. What it will ultimately take, points-wise, I do not know. We will go into every game feeling we can get something. Last season in our two highest pressure games we delivered when most would not have expected us to.”
Hughton is convinced Norwich’s squad have the quality to secure another season of Premier League football.
“Do I have any doubts we are good enough to stay up? I don’t think you can,” he said. “I think you have to have that belief. It is a great challenge for us and also those eight or nine other teams in these last 11 matches. If we show that character and quality we showed against Tottenham then we have a chance. Certainly I would be more concerned if the level of performance hadn’t been what it has been in recent games.”