Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has asked for patience both on and off the pitch - ahead of his side's clash with West Ham this weekend. 

The Canaries will be looking to respond to their 7-0 hammering from Manchester City last week, which happened to be their sixth defeat of the season - raising question marks over Hughton's job security. 

With Norwich currently sitting in 18th place, the match against West Ham seems to have increasingly greater pressure than should be expected for the 11th game of the campaign.

But with West Ham drawing their last two outings, Hughton's expecting a tough ride at Carrow Road. 

Hughton told Sky Sports: "Yes, possibly there will be times during the game when it might be difficult to break down a side like West Ham, who have been defensively very good, and that is when we might need a little bit of patience,

"That applies to the team as much as the supporters,

"We can't be throwing players forward at will. We have to get things right tactically so that might mean there are periods or lulls in the game which might lead to some frustrations.

"All I can say is I know our supporters have been right behind us this season and that will not change this weekend - we will need them again."

The former Newcastle manager is currently thought to be the next Premier League managerial casualty of the season, closely followed by Fulham's Martin Jol.

Despite this the former Ireland international doesn't see the need to hit the panic button, yet.

"There is no need to set the alarm bells ringing," he said.

"If we win on Saturday we go above West Ham and it changes the perceptions a little bit. What we can't do is look at the negatives. For me, they are in the past.

"We made sure we closed down last week's game as quickly as we could.

"I am convinced I will get the time to turn it around. We are possibly one or two results from being in a half decent position in the league, so it is not as if we are bottom and cut adrift."

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