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Chris Hughton applauds the travelling Norwich fans after defeat in the FA Cup. Picture credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Chris Hughton applauds the travelling Norwich fans after defeat in the FA Cup. Picture credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Chris Hughton applauds the travelling Norwich fans after defeat in the FA Cup. Picture credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images

CHRIS HUGHTON does not rate Norwich's eight-game winless streak as his toughest run in charge at Carrow Road.

The beleaguered Canaries manager remained defiant in the wake of last night's 3-0 FA Cup third round defeat by Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Darren Bent, Ashkan Dejagah and Steve Sidwell fired Fulham into the fourth round and a trip to Sheffield United.

Hughton said he fully understands the pressure of his situation, but does not fear the sack.

"My only concerns are doing the job to the best of my ability and getting results for the team," said Hughton.

Norwich sit 15th in the Premier League table, just two points above the relegation zone.

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Hughton defended his side's scenario, claiming one or two results can spin everything around. They face Hull at Carrow Road on Saturday.

"Do I worry about not getting results? Yes, because that's the business we're in," he said.

"But we're also three points away from 10th place.

"So sometimes we have to look at what the reality is. It's a tough period, but I wouldn't say it's my toughest period.

"You have to remember we finished 11th last season, but with three games to go we were one of seven or eight teams that could have gone down."

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen praised fit-again captain Brede Hangeland's steadying hand on his side as they hit back from Saturday's 4-1 league humbling at home to Sunderland.

"It's a big, big boost for us to have him back," said Meulensteen.


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