Norwich City have slipped closer to the relegation zone after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Swansea during the weekend. After the match, manager Chris Hughton admitted that his team were in danger of being sucked into the relegation dogfight in the final few matches of the campaign. They are now six points ahead of Cardiff City, who occupy the final relegation spot. However, a run of just one win in the last five matches coupled with defeats against relegation threatened opponents has put Norwich in a precarious position according to its manager.
Hughton has been under pressure for most of the campaign, but two wins in the month of January and February have helped him get some breathing space. They are yet to achieve the magic 40 point mark, which usually guarantees safety. They are eight points behind this tally with only six matches left. Hughton is aware that Norwich have a difficult end to the campaign with matches against title chasing teams like Manchester City and Chelsea yet to come. He says that he is trying out every aspect like new formations and tactics in the hope of improving the team’s form.
The match against West Brom next weekend could prove to be the vital encounter, is yet another defeat will slip them further closer.
“We have chopped and changed things and we have tried different formations. But we are finding it very difficult. There is a nervousness about us and a lack of confidence. It also means we are heaping more pressure on our home games. Thankfully we have been able to get results at home when we have needed them. Nobody wants to be in a position where we have to win all of our home games, just to stick in there,” said Hughton after the Swansea match.