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Adam strike drags Norwich into mire

Stoke assistant boss Dave Kemp believes people within the club can start leading normal lives again in the wake of this latest win that has further eased their relegation worries.

Midfielder Charlie Adam's first goal since November was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Norwich at the Britannia Stadium, providing the club with back-to-back wins for the first time in four months. Stoke have now hit the 40-point mark long heralded by boss Tony Pulis as enough to clinch safety.

"You are always pleased when you do hit 40, but we can't relax," said Kemp, standing in for Pulis at the post-game press conference. "I don't like setting targets. There is a danger in thinking 'well, we've got to 40 we can relax, we can take out foot off the gas'. As far as I'm concerned there's still work to do."

Norwich's latest slice of away-day misery – they have only won once on the road in the league all season – should have been tripled but for Peter Crouch missing two embarrassing second-half sitters.

Norwich now find themselves just six points above the relegation zone. Manager Chris Hughton said: "You know what you are going to get when you come here, and I don't have too many complaints. It's something you have to deal with. But to concede so early in the second half really hurt us, and with this defeat it means we've still work to do."

Irish Independent