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Chris Hughton looking for one 'big performance' to help secure Norwich's Premier League status

Updated: Sunday, 12 May 2013 10:17 | Comments

Chris Hughton earlier denied there is a get-out clause for record signing Rickie Van Wolfswinkel if Norwich are relegated.
Chris Hughton earlier denied there is a get-out clause for record signing Rickie Van Wolfswinkel if Norwich are relegated.

Chris Hughton has called on his Norwich players to invoke the spirit which beat Arsenal and Manchester United with one more "big performance" to move a step closer towards Barclays Premier League survival with victory over West Brom tomorrow.

The Canaries kick-started a superb run of 10 matches unbeaten when they overturned Arsenal 1-0 at Carrow Road on 20 October, which was followed up a few weeks later with a similar hard-earned triumph over Alex Ferguson's men.

However, after that record came to an end with defeat at West Brom on 22 December, Hughton's squad have managed only two victories in 19 and have been sucked back into the relegation battle.

Following last weekend's late 2-1 home defeat by Aston Villa and former manager Paul Lambert, the Norfolk club cancelled their planned end-of-season awards dinner and have been doing some training sessions at Carrow Road ahead of what is now a crucial final home appearance.

Hughton, though, sees no reason why it cannot be another memorable one.

"We will need a big performance," he said. "We have a good home record, have beaten a lot of good teams here and all of those positive moments will come into our thinking.

"We will be reminding the players of the good things we've done here this season."

Hughton added: "We have had some really good results and when you get those results everything's fine with the team and the tactics.

"We found it difficult to sustain that good run, but these are all things that come with the territory.

"Any criticism I have to accept and hopefully get through these two games and move on."

Hughton knows all too well the need for the Norwich to retain their place in the top flight, with next season's bumper television deal one which would safeguard the long-term future of the Norfolk club, who not so long ago were languishing near the foot of npower League One and on the brink of administration.

"There is nobody more than myself that knows what Premier League status means to us as a club as individuals and as players," said the former Newcastle and Birmingham boss, whose brief on being given the job at Carrow Road was to keep them up at all costs.

"There isn't one player in the squad that doesn't want to be playing Premier League football next season and that's why we continue to fight and will make sure we give absolutely everything.

"Everybody's aware of the ramifications of going down and it's not something we want to think about because we want to think very positively.

"We're not in that bottom three and there's a fair bit of work to be done to make sure we stay out of it."

Norwich have signed Dutch forward Rickie van Wolfswinkel from Sporting Lisbon for next season in what is understood to be a club-record £8million deal.

The Canaries were close to prizing Gary Hooper away from Celtic in January, but in the end were not prepared to match the Glasgow club's valuation.

Goals have since proved a problem for Hughton, with last season's top scorer Grant Holt only managing six.

"I have had very good support from the board and from the club and it's my responsibility to put out a team that's going to win enough games," he said.

"You have to work with what you have.

"Yes there are teams able to spend far more money than we were to bring in players at pivotal times, but that never guarantees success."

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