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Norwich manager Chris Hughton admits he would settle for a scrappy victory as they look to end a winless streak when they face Everton at Carrow Road on Saturday.

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Hughton's side have gone nine Premier League matches without victory but a positive start to the season means they remain six points clear of the relegation zone with 12 games remaining.

Even so, he is keen for them to return to winning ways, regardless of how they achieve it.

"Whether it is a classy performance where you are creating a lot of chances or a scrappy one-goal win it doesn't matter," he said.

"What you have to have is a team who are fighting hard for each other and are a disciplined team who are a threat.

"I think you have to dig deep in every performance. We are what we are, a team who have to scrap for every result we get and it will be no different in the last 12 games we have.

"We went through a spell of 10 games where we didn't lose. Are we doing anything dramatically different to that? No, we are not.

"However that win comes, whether it is by a stylish performance or a fortunate own-goal, it is part and parcel of the game."

Norwich earned a credible 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture earlier in the season and they are boosted by the return of influential striker and captain Grant Holt, with Hughton keen to deny suggestions he has fallen out with the player.

"He is available, which is a plus," Hughton said of Grant. "It is absolutely not true (that they have had a falling-out). I'm very, very surprised to hear that.

"Grant has been an integral part of what we have done, not only this season but in the past three seasons he has been here. Any suggestions are way off the mark and I'm not sure where they come from."

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