Football - Hughton focussed on bigger picture

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is not bothered how his team edge towards Barclays Premier League safety - so long as they do.

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The Canaries played out a goalless draw with Southampton in atrocious conditions at Carrow Road on Saturday, where captain Grant Holt saw his controversial stoppage-time penalty saved by Artur Boruc.

It was the third Premier League stalemate in five outings for Hughton's men, who have refound their resilience if not a magic touch in front of goal.

While there were plenty of groans of frustrations which greeted the final whistle, Hughton has his target firmly focused on the bigger picture and keeping a safe distance over the bottom three.

"Our responsibility to our supporters is to make sure we are in this division next season," Hughton said.

"But we are what we are - we are a team who are striving to be the best we can, and if we were good at both ends then we would probably be six or seven places higher and pushing for Europe."

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