Hughton not feeling the pressure

The Canaries boss feels that he is under no more scrutiny than normal despite his club not having won for seven straight fixtures, but is aware of the side's attacking shortcomings

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton insists that he is not feeling the heat of a relegation battle, despite Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Everton leaving his club only two points above the Premier League drop zone.

Goals from Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas consigned Norwich to their seventh consecutive game without a win, with the Canaries now sitting 15th in the Premier League - four places below last season's finish.

But despite slipping to a morale-sapping loss at Goodison Park, Hughton believes that he is not under any more pressure than usual to produce results.

"There is always pressure on managers at whatever stage of a season because we want to be winning games and we want to be winning football matches," Hughton told reporters.

"So there's no greater pressure on myself than there's always been.

"We want to do well and we're striving to do as well as we can, that comes very much with the job."

Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel failed to fire on Saturday after being paired up front for the first time and the former Newcastle United boss admitted his concern at a poor goal return from his frontmen.

When quizzed on his side's lack of firepower, Hughton replied: "That's something that we're aware of.

"We're on the back of a very good 45 minutes against Manchester United at Carrow Road.

"When you have these moments, that's when you've got to be scoring your goals and, unfortunately, if you're not able to do that, then of course you put yourself under more pressure.

"With the way the league is at the moment, we need to start winning games and that means scoring goals."