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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton can handle the heat of a Premier League survival scrap

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has been linked with French-based striker Cedric Bakambu. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has been linked with French-based striker Cedric Bakambu. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Chris Hughton knows Norwich City’s winless run has put him in the firing line after the latest 2-0 Premier League defeat at Everton.

The Canaries have now failed to win any of their last seven matches in all competitions and are just two points above the safety mark with the scrap for survival hotting up after weekend wins for strugglers West Ham and Sunderland.

City face an FA Cup replay at Fulham on Tuesday followed by Hull City’s crucial Premier League visit to Carrow Road and Hughton is under no illusions he has to arrest the decline.

“If you can’t do that you put yourself under more pressure but the way the league is we have to start winning games,” he said. “If I go back to the Manchester United game we had a very good 45 minutes but in those moments you need to be scoring your goals. We know results have to change and they have to change very quickly. That is something we are aware of. There is always pressure on managers, whatever stage of the season so there is no more pressure on myself. That comes with the job. Yes, Hull is a big game but it seems right now they are all big games. We are at home, the onus is on us to win and we will be striving to do that.

“Home games will always be important for clubs like us, but there had been an improvement away in recent games and for me what I take away from Everton is that we didn’t lie down in the final quarter.”

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