Norwich City rely on home security to put them out of danger
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Manager Chris Hughton is banking on Norwich City's home security to see them to Premier League safety after another fruitless afternoon on their travels.
A 1-0 defeat at Stoke City means the Canaries have taken just two points from the past nine away games, putting added emphasis on their final two home matches, against Aston Villa on Saturday and West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, May 12.
City are unbeaten in seven home league games since their 4-3 defeat by Manchester City four months ago, and have taken 28 of their 38 points at Carrow Road.
They go into the Villa game six points clear of Wigan, who are third from bottom with a game in hand, but may need another victory to finally eradicate any risk of relegation.
'We have two home games coming up which I'd like to think is a plus for us,' said Hughton. 'It is about other results around us as well, for as much as it is in our own hands, other results affect us.
'We've got a good home record overall. We've lost at home three times this season, and that was against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool, so our record is good but it will need to be because I'm quite sure that the Villa side will come as they have done away from home to try to win the game.
'It is a massive game for us because of the fact we are playing Villa, a team around us. So I suppose there is a little bit more significance in that game but we now have three very big games.'
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He added: 'I'm confident we'll be OK, but there is no doubt we are in a position where we're not safe yet, and until you are mathematically safe, there is always a little bit of anxiety around the club and the supporters.'
Hughton has a choice of viewing tonight with Villa at home to Sunderland in a relegation six-pointer, but important business for the club's youngsters closer to home.
'I've got a big decision to make because we have a semi-final of the FA Youth Cup at Carrow Road and we're expecting about 17,000,' he said.