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Chris Hughton is confident that Norwich City can stave off the threat of relegation but is not thinking about the number of points it will take to stay up.

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Chris Hughton: Confident Norwich can stay in the Premier League

Chris Hughton: Confident Norwich can stay in the Premier League

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The Canaries have collected 24 points from as many games this season and are two points clear of the relegation zone in 15th place.

Just six points separate all the teams in the bottom half of the table, but Hughton is not concerning himself with such matters.

He wants Norwich to focus on their own performances and show that they have the stomach for the fight, as well as the quality to survive.

Speaking about how many points might be needed, Hughton said in the Pink Un: "There might be times you do think about it but we just don't know. All your efforts and what you do on a day-to-day basis must be focused on the games.

"I don't know what it will take, but I am still confident and you have to be. It is important that no-one here panics.

"We were in a similar position towards the end of last season and we managed to finish in 11th place. That shows you when it's tight what can happen.

"There was a period towards the end of last season when it was equally tight and at one stage I think any of seven clubs could have gone down.

"It is only us who can get ourselves out of this position. We just have to make sure we show the good things about our play and we need to because the games won't get any easier.

"It will always be about the teams who are more resilient and keep their nerve and have belief in each other.

"You need quality, you need to be able to put the ball in the net but you also need those qualities as well."

Hughton had been encouraged by Norwich's recent progress prior to a 2-1 loss to Cardiff City on Saturday, and they must now try to bounce back at home to title hopefuls Manchester City.

"It is a shame because we had been on the back of two clean sheets, albeit we didn't get the performance we wanted in the first half against Newcastle, so that was unlike us in recent games," said Hughton.

"Probably parts of the game sum up our season. It was one that has got away from us and I am left scratching my head how we let it happen.

"You have to look at the positives. We made two errors but attacking-wise we showed some quality and certainly created chances and got the ball into the right areas.

"There was no lack of effort or determination and we will need that for the rest of the season."

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