Norwich boss Chris Hughton believes his side will need all of their new-found resilience to extend a seven-game unbeaten run tonight believing Saints fans generate “a wonderful atmosphere.”

The Canaries have been reborn since the October international break, with victories over Arsenal and Manchester United.

Norwich head south to face Saints on the back of a battling 1-1 draw at Everton, secured by a last-minute goal from Sebastien Bassong.

However, Saints have also found form in recent weeks, beating Newcastle to record a second successive victory which lifted them out of the bottom three – until Aston Villa’s 1-0 defeat of Reading last night sent them back into the drop zone – and to within four points of Norwich, who are 13th.

Southampton are a team playing well at the moment, they are at home, and we will need to give a good account of ourselves to get something,” said Hughton.

“It is about going into our game the way we have of late, showing our confidence, and trying to nullify the quality that they have got, but also play our own game.”

Hughton added: “At home they create a wonderful atmosphere and are a team playing with confidence.

“They are on the back of a good win at Queens Park Rangers, and I think they took that into the game against Newcastle, so it will be a tough one.”


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