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Norwich City Manager calls for perspective following damaging Fulham defeat

Norwich City were beaten 2-1 by Fulham. Photo: PA

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has urged his players not to panic, despite yesterday's damaging defeat to Fulham leaving the Canaries just three points above the relegation zone.

Scott Parker's late strike sealed all three points for the struggling Cottagers at Carrow Road who are now within touching distance of Hughton's side.

Fulham's Scott Parker celebrates victory at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

It means that Norwich go into tomorrow's game with Premier League champions Manchester United knowing that defeat could see them slide even further down the table, but Hughton has called for some perspective:

"We are in a position in the league that we don't particularly want to be in, but we are also two points away from tenth place."

– Chris Hughton, Norwich City

It promises to be a tough ask for the Canaries to bounce back against David Moyes' outfit, with United coming into the fixture on the back of a sequence of five wins on the bounce.

Manchester United have won games in a row. Credit: PA

However, City will have fond memories of United's last visit to Norfolk after Anthony Pilkington's second-half header claimed a famous victory just over a year ago.

Norwich's bid to repeat the feat will not be helped by the absence of several key men, with centre back Michael Turner the latest man to be ruled out.

Michael Turner is suspended for the visit of Manchester United. Credit: PA

The 30-year-old picked up his fifth booking of the season against Fulham, and will be replaced by either Russell Martin or Ryan Bennett.

Jonny Howson is facing a fitness test. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, in-form Jonny Howson will again face a fitness test to determine whether he has recovered from a back injury, whilst Anthony Pilkington, Elliott Bennett and Alex Tettey will all be missing once again.