Relegation-threatened Norwich lack a goalscoring edge, admits Hughton

The Canaries manager bemoaned his lack of a clinical striker after watching a Gabriel Agbonlahor-inspired Aston Villa inflict a 2-1 defeat on his side on Saturday
Norwich manager Chris Hughton has admitted that his team must find a way to solve their goalscoring woes if they are to secure Premier League survival.

Gabriel Agbonlahor scored a late winner to earn Aston Villa a 2-1 victory over the Canaries at Carrow Road on Saturday and leave Hughton's team only three points ahead of 18th-place Wigan, who have a game in hand.

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Norwich have scored more than one goal only twice in their last nine fixtures and last scored three in the league in December, and the former Newcastle boss acknowledged the need to find a solution.

"We're not scoring a lot of goals and we've got to work round that and find a formula that allows that to happen," he told reporters after the match.

"We had a lot of play in the final third against Villa but we haven't got what Villa have got, real clinical finishers in [Christian] Benteke and Agbonlahor."

Hughton made the striking department a priority during the January transfer window but conceded defeat in the pursuit of the likes of Gary Hooper before signing Luciano Becchio from Leeds and loaning Kei Kamara.

Kamara proved a surprise package, making an immediate impact, but scored only one goal before returning to Sporting Kansas City, while Becchio has not started since February 23.

"We pushed as hard as we could in January - you have to work around what the circumstances and finances are," he added.

"It didn't happen and now we have to make sure we finish these last two games in the way we would like."