Jacob Murphy confident Norwich City can take advantage of being the Championship play-off hunters, starting with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday

Jacob Murphy looks set to sign for Newcastle in a �12.5m deal according to reports. Picture: Focus I

Jacob Murphy looks set to sign for Newcastle in a �12.5m deal according to reports. Picture: Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City will be in full hunting mode this weekend – and they plan to ramp up the promotion pressure on Sheffield Wednesday.

Jacob Murphy of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Sky Bet Championship match

Jacob Murphy of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 24/09/2016 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Canaries have come under pressure again following their stumbling Championship run of two points from their last three games, leaving them six points off the play-off pace as well as sixth-placed Wednesday.

But last season's beaten play-off finalists are in a sticky patch of their own following back to back defeats, and a run where performances have been equally unimpressive.

So while City have had to deal with increased scrutiny as the missed opportunities continue to stack up, they have the chance to dish a bit of that out themselves when they travel to Hillsborough on Saturday (3pm).

That is, providing they can banish their away day blues.

Jacob Murphy of Norwich and Jonas Knudsen of Ipswich Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship

Jacob Murphy of Norwich and Jonas Knudsen of Ipswich Town in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 26/02/2017 - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

'We've got a massive game at the weekend and we've got to nail our game plan then,' said Jacob Murphy, the man whose goal at least earned a point of East Anglian derby rivals Ipswich Town on Sunday.

'Every game will be (massive) from this point in the season. It's going to be crucial that we go up there, get the game plan right and get the three points.

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'Of course we are still upbeat about our chances. We know we have got a good chance, we have got an amazing squad here and come Saturday, it's a really good opportunity to close the gap.

'It's more about us than them. We are chasing them but it's better to be the chaser, rather than being the hunted.

'We have just got to keep applying the pressure and we have got to start that pressure from this coming weekend.

'We can make the points up. Teams will drop points and we've got to start by closing the gap on them come Saturday.

'It's going to be a tough one but we know we're capable of it. We've got the squad to achieve good things here.'

City's current tally of 52 points leaves them eighth in the Championship table – with Wednesday on 58 and Fulham sandwiched on 53, but with a game in hand on both sides.

With a dozen games remaining in City's season, history shows they will need at least 23 more points – or eight wins – to extend their season beyond May 7.

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