Football - Hughton wants players to focus on Canaries

Norwich boss Chris Hughton has called for his side to quickly accumulate the points required to ensure Barclays Premier League survival.

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The Canaries have 33 points ahead of Sunday's match at Sunderland and, in a congested lower half of the table, Hughton hopes his side control their own fate in the final nine matches of the season.

"It's about looking after your own business," Hughton said. "You hope that if you're able to get good enough results you don't have to worry so much about other results.

"We're all in there fighting; everybody's desperate to get points. It is a tough part of the season where you can get unexpected results. There is so much football to be played still.

"Teams are striving to get out of the bottom three and teams not in the bottom three are striving to push further away.

"Everybody has objectives at this stage of the season, and as the games are ticked off it's even more important you're in the position you want to be in."

Norwich have just one win in 12 Premier League matches - against Everton last month - and one away success all season.

The Canaries, who have kept nine clean sheets this term, to the delight of Hughton, have drawn four of their last six, including last week against Southampton when Grant Holt was unsuccessful with a late penalty.

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