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Norwich City's survival hopes hanging in the balance after Southampton defeat

Sam Gallagher seals the win for Southampton. Photo: PA

Norwich City face a nervy end to the season after defeat to Southampton left their survival hopes hanging in the balance.

The Canaries slipped to their fifth away Premier League defeat in a row after being swept aside 4-2 by the Saints.

Southampton players embrace Jay Rodriguez after he scores against the Canaries. Credit: PA

To make matters worse, fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion and Fulham both picked up valuable wins over Swansea City and Newcastle United respectively to close the gap on Chris Hughton's side.

Ashkan Dejagah celebrates scoring Fulham's winner against Newcastle United. Credit: PA

Norwich still sit four points above the relegation places, but third from bottom Sunderland have three games in hand and come to Carrow Road next in what is sure to be a pivotal encounter.

In truth, the Canaries were never in the game against Southampton and found themselves behind within the first five minutes thanks to Morgan Schneiderlin composed finish.

Morgan Schneiderlin opens the scoring. Credit: PA

Some poor defending allowed substitute Rickie Lambert to double the advantage, before fellow England striker Jay Rodriguez swept home a third.

Rickie Lambert adds a second. Credit: PA

The Saints did their best to let Norwich back into the game as they gifted Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass two goals in the closing stages to set up a thrilling ending to the game, but Sam Gallagher's late breakaway goal sealed the points.

Johan Elmander scores his first Premier League goal for Norwich City. Credit: PA

The abject performance even sparked angry scenes in the away end with some supporters venting their anger at manager Chris Hughton.

Norwich must now regroup quickly in order to pick up as many points as possible in the next four games before a nightmare run-in which includes games against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

Failure to do so, and the prospect of a return to Championship football next year looks a very real possibility.