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The Canaries boss also commended Mark Bunn's performance following John Ruddy's thigh injury, and urges caution ahead of the visit of under-performing Sunderland on Sunday

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has hailed his side's determination and resolve in recent weeks to claim draws after conceding first.

Sebastien Bassong's last-minute equaliser against Everton preceded Robert Snodgrass' free kick in first-half injury time against Southampton to earn the Canaries two points after going a goal down in both games.

"The players deserve everything that they have had from recent games," Hughton told the club's official website.

"They wouldn't have been able to get these results without putting the work in.

"The last two games have been away from home and we’ve gone a goal behind and got ourselves back into the game, which means we’ve had the ability to finish strong in games, that's always pleasing.

"We know what we have to put in to get results in this division, and we’ve shown that in abundance.

"As long as you’re accumulating points, which we are, then we're doing well."

Mark Bunn featured against Nigel Adkins' side following a thigh injury to John Ruddy ruled the first-choice goalkeeper out for three months.

And Hughton has spoke of his admiration for the 28-year-old's display, and backed him to continue to shine in Ruddy's absence.

He added: “This is the reason why we brought Mark Bunn in - he is a 'keeper of experience and his involvement so far has been very good, and it’s a good opportunity for him.

"At this moment we’re still looking at approximately a three month period of absence for John Ruddy.

"It is a severe thigh strain, but we’re still assessing it and we’ll know after the weekend the course of action – it will need a small operation or just a period of rest and recuperation.

"It’s disappointing, but in Mark Bunn we’ve got somebody that has come in and done very well. Injuries are part and parcel of the game."

Norwich host under-performing Sunderland on Sunday, with the Black Cats securing just two wins from 13 Premier League games so far this season, but Hughton is wary of Martin O'Neill's side.

"I think Sunderland probably haven’t had the start that they would have liked," said Hughton.

"They seem a very tight unit. They conceded at home to West Brom the game before last, but they’re not a side that looks like conceding a lot of goals.

"Perhaps similarly to ourselves in the early part of the season they’ve found it difficult to get the amount of goals that they’d want.

"It's about trying to find the balances, but they’ve got a lot of good footballers, and certainly with Steven Fletcher up front they’ve got someone that’s very exciting and very clinical, and I have no doubt with Martin at the helm they will start picking up the points that they want."

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