Hughton: Norwich can turn things around
Norwich boss Chris Hughton says he believes his side can turn their campaign around after a dismal run that has seen them lose five out of six Premier League matches and crash out of the FA Cup at home to non-league Luton.
Hughton had steered his men to a run of six wins and four draws from ten league games after a poor opening to the season, but they have slumped since beating Wigan 2-1 at Carrow Road shortly before Christmas.
A 5-0 defeat at Anfield in the last Premier League outing preceded the 1-0 reverse against the Hatters and, with Spurs at home coming up on Wednesday, Hughton knows 13th-placed Norwich need to improve.
"It's been a tough week, but when you're playing at the level that we're playing you have to be able to ride these poor weeks, this poor run of form,'' he said.
"We are, at this moment, in a good position in this division. At the beginning of this poor run we were 10 points clear of the relegation zone. We're now seven points clear.
"You can't afford to get carried away when you're on a good run - certainly we didn't do that here - and you can't afford to let it get you down too much when you're on a bad run.
"We just need to get back to winning ways and picking up points again."
Former Spurs player Hughton said the defeat to Luton was one of the lowest points of his managerial career, but added: "We're quite pleased the [Tottenham] game has come round as quickly as it has.
"We can't underestimate the quality that Tottenham have, because it's there to see by their league form.
"We've had good performances against Tottenham this season [drawing at White Hart Lane in the league and winning at Carrow Road in the Capital One Cup]. It's an opportunity for us to get back to winning ways.''
Hughton has been linked with moves for a host of strikers as he looks to increase Norwich's firepower before the transfer window closes, but said he had been "frustrated" so far.
"The search is ongoing,'' the manager said. "We've been linked with 40 to 50 strikers. There are so many phone calls, so many agents pushing players. You don't even know if they are available, and probably most of them are not."
He knows improvement is needed at both ends of the pitch, saying: "We're not scoring the goals that we would like to score, and at Liverpool we conceded five goals. It's for us to address those concerns.''
But the Canaries should be boosted in defence by the returns of Sebastien Bassong and Steven Whittaker, who had suffered calf and hip injuries, respectively.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report