Chris Hughton wants a flying finish from Norwich City

Chris Hughton believes there is plenty to look forward to over the closing weeks, with Norwich City

Chris Hughton believes there is plenty to look forward to over the closing weeks, with Norwich City now firmly on course to secure a third consecutive Premier League season and the club's Under-18s gearing up for an FA Youth Cup final against their Chelsea counterparts. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton is challenging his Norwich City players to raise their sights over the Premier League run-in.

The Canaries' 2-1 weekend win over relegation certainties Reading eased their own fears of becoming sucked into the battle for survival, ahead of the club's remaining four league games. City head to Stoke on Saturday currently in 13th place, seven points clear of third-from-bottom Wigan, and Hughton has backed his side to finish the campaign strongly.

'I never doubted that we had wins in us, never doubted that for one moment,' he said. 'Of course when you only had one win in so many games, life becomes a little bit anxious, a little bit nervous. I hope we can have a decent end to the season. Apart from very early on, we've not been in the bottom three. I think that indicates that overall it's been a fairly decent season. We now have to make sure we finish it well.

'It's such a tough league and we've found it hard to score the goals we've wanted and it is trying to make sure you get that right formula and that has proved difficult because of the quality of the teams you're up against.'

Hughton insisted there was never any trace of panic inside the camp despite only managing one league win in 16 games prior to overcoming the Royals.

'Nobody has been panicking. Every game we've gone into, we were looking at the opportunity to win the game and every time we haven't, we've looked at the next game.

'Certainly there has been no panic here,' he said. 'I'd have to say it hasn't been difficult (to stay calm). We have a good group of players here who look at what the facts are. The facts are we started the (Reading) game in 14th place, now we're in 13th place, so the league table doesn't lie.

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'We have been on a poor run by our standards but equally, earlier in the season we went on a fantastic run for a club of our size, where we went 10 games unbeaten, which is very, very tough in this division. So if we can just perhaps get a little bit more consistency it will certainly be a little bit better for us.'

Hughton believes there is plenty to look forward to over the closing weeks, with City now firmly on course to secure a third consecutive Premier League season and the club's U18s gearing up for an FA Youth Cup final against their Chelsea counterparts.

Norwich's first team squad will again be in attendance at next Monday evening's Carrow Road first leg after playing their part in the recent thrilling semi-final success over Nottingham Forest's youngsters.

'That gave everyone a massive boost at the club,' said Hughton. 'I spoke with the players the day before about the (Forest) game and them going to the match, but they had already organised it.

'Every single one of the first team squad was at the game and I think that shows the spirit in the group of players, and also shows they know what it means, not only to the club but to that group of players. To have all the senior squad there was a real big plus for them.'