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The 55-year-old insists his team side enough quality to beat the drop, taking heart from a late fightback that saw two goals in the closing stages almost salvage an away draw

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton remains confident his side will stay in the Premier League despite losing 4-2 against Southampton on Saturday.

The Canaries sit just four points above the drop zone after the defeat, with fellow relegation contenders Fulham, West Brom, Sunderland and Crystal Palace all picking up points.

BATTLE AT THE BOTTOM
Team

13. Hull
14. Swansea
15. Norwich
16. West Brom
17. Crystal Palace
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18. Sunderland
19. Cardiff
20. Fulham

Played


29
29
30
29
29
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27
30
30


Points

30
29
29
28
28
........
25
25
24

GD

-7
-5
-24
-10
-19
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-16
-29
-35
However, the 55-year-old insists his team has enough quality to keep their place in the top flight, suggesting that he was able to take spirit from his side's late fightback at St Mary's.

"Yes the side is capable [of staying up]," he told reporters. "We know it's tough as our form has been very up and down and very inconsistent. But we certainly have enough capabilities.

"They were certainly far better than us today. We conceded three poor goals and gave ourselves a mountain to climb. but we did get the to late goals. So if i'm looking for [positives] we showed character to get back in the game irrespective of whether we deserved it."

Pressure is growing on the Norwich boss after just one victory in their last eight, with the fans making their feelings known through chants of "you don't know what you're doing" when the manager made a treble substitution.

Hughton said of the chants: "It's never nice but I understand. We had more than 2,000 supporters travel dow to watch the game, It's their club. They want to see a Norwich team competing. It's never nice, but as a manager you have to take it."

The Canaries have eight games remaining but with Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal making up their last four fixtures many have suggested they must pick up enough points to be safe before then.

But Hughton insists they must go into each game until the end of the season believing they can win, adding: "I don't think you can think that way.

"If those games came at any other stage we wouldn't be going in in a defeatist mode. We still have to look at it as eight games to go to get the points."

Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino admitted that he was disappointed his side almost threw away a 3-0 lead, though insisted these types of games will help shape his players.

"Yes [I'm disappointed]," he said. "It's a great lesson we have to learn. We're a young side and still growing. The lesson from today it that it's not finished until the final whistle is blown."

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