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Though, historically, teams with at least as many points have been safe from relegation, the Canaries boss is wary of assuming that such a tally would be enough this time around

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton refuses to be tempted into setting a points target for his side to secure Premier League survival.

The Canaries moved to 32 points with a 2-0 victory over Sunderland on Saturday and are now seven clear of the relegation zone.

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In past seasons, 40 has often been highlighted as a magic number to stay up but Hughton is wary of being premature and wants to focus on individual games, with tough tests against Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal still to come in their final four matches.

Asked by reporters whether Norwich would be safe should they make it to 40 points, he replied: "On averages [looking at past seasons] that can be the case but, at this moment, I don't think there is anyone who knows what that number [to avoid relegation] will be and I don't think too much about what it may be.

"Nobody can predict next week's results so we just need to continue to try and get the points we need to make sure we stay clear of it.

"It's important to have as big a gap as possible from where we are to the bottom three.

"We've got three valuable points [against Sunderland] and we need to make sure we get more."

Norwich's next three Premier League games come against sides below them in the table - Swansea City, West Brom and rock-bottom Fulham.

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