Premier League: Norwich boss Chris Hughton trying to stay upbeat

Chris Hughton: Knows he needs to start picking up points

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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton believes his side can take positives from their Everton defeat, but admits the tide must turn.

The Canaries saw their Premier League winless streak stretched to six games at Goodison Park on Saturday.

A 2-0 reversal on Merseyside has left them just two points above the drop zone and starting to sweat on their Premier League status.

Hughton is, however, of the opinion that Norwich are showing signs of encouragement - with two spectacular strikes required to down them in their latest outing.

He said: "It was a tough game today. We knew it would be against a team that you know will have more possession than you because they have in every other game, generally, this season.

"I can certainly take pride from the fact that in the last half an hour we made a real good game of it."

Chris Hughton

"We finished the game, I thought, in a good way and showed character - particularly having gone behind with the two goals - the first one a wonderful strike and the second one, I felt if we could turn it a little bit in our favour in the second half then we might get something from the game, but the second goal was another wonderful strike.

"At the moment, that is perhaps the difference. I didn't think they created as many clear-cut chances as they would have liked, but in the pivotal moment they showed that quality."

Hughton added: "I can certainly take pride from the fact that in the last half an hour we made a real good game of it.

"We didn't shy away from trying to get back into the game and having opportunities. We had one through Ricky van Wolfswinkel - if that goes in against the run of play, we could have got back in it.

"There is a bit of frustration that we didn't show as much in the first half as I would have liked, but we went in 1-0 down and you know from that the game can change. For the amount of possession they had, they never really tested John Ruddy to the degree that they would have liked."

Asked how quickly he now needs to turn promise into points, Hughton said: "Very quickly. That's something we are aware of. We need to start winning games and that means scoring goals."

One man who could help to carry that goal-scoring burden, or goal-creating burden, is Wes Hoolahan - a player Hughton insists remains part of his plans despite interest from Aston Villa.

He said: "There is no situation. He is a Norwich City player and was very much in my thoughts to play today and is a strong part of the squad."