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Hughton hails togetherness

Chris Hughton insisted everyone at Norwich are "pushing in the right direction" after Sunday's 1-0 win over Tottenham.

Robert Snodgrass secured three priceless points for the Canaries with a 47th-minute winner at Carrow Road.

His clinical left-footed finish past Hugo Lloris eased the pressure on Norwich manager Hughton, whose future came into the spotlight after chief executive David McNally recently admitted he has names in mind if the time to part company with Hughton arrives, with Neil Lennon's name linked.

That had triggered suggestions time could soon be up for Hughton, but a win over high-flying Tottenham in Super Sunday's Premier League tussle should lift some of the pressure.

Asked about McNally's remarks, Snodgrass said: "He's got a job to do. The points are what he wants. He wants points on the board and we haven't done that. I'm delighted, it's a massive three points today."

Snodgrass made the second-half breakthrough with a fine finish, and team-mate Bradley Johnson hit the underside of the Tottenham bar with a thunderous free-kick late in the game.

"Every one of the boys were terrific," Snodgrass said on Sky Sports 1HD. "The performances in the past three to four weeks have been terrific.

"All the lads have been scratching our heads because we've been shooting ourselves in the foot with silly goals we've conceded."

If there was any sign Hughton is feeling the strain, perhaps it came in a post-match interview as the former Tottenham defender spoke of this being Norwich's "first season back in the Premier League, so we know it's tough".

It is their third successive top-flight campaign, and they are eager to stretch that run.

"We all feel it at this football club. We don't want to be in the position that we're in," Hughton said.

When it was pointed out to him that McNally looked emotional in the stands after the final whistle, Hughton added: "Everyone at this football club is pushing in the right direction.

"We only want results. If we show the character and quality we had today then we've got a chance.

"Let's hope this is one step towards getting a few more points."