Scottish Premier League

Fenlon rules out Thomson return

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Fri, 22 Feb 2013 18:02:00

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton wants to ease any concerns of being sucked into relegation trouble by earning a first Premier League win of 2013 against Everton on Saturday.

The Canaries have not collected three points since defeating Wigan Athletic on 15th December and that form has seen the club drop to 14th in the table.

Four draws, including their last three successive matches, have kept Norwich six points clear of the drop zone but Hughton knows a win on Saturday at Carrow Road would be a huge boost.

"Particularly at this stage of the season, three points are so valuable," said the Norwich manager.

"That is the area that has probably been a bit disappointing for us. We have picked up some good results and, in this difficult league, a draw is generally a decent result, particularly if it is against one of the bigger teams.

"But we need to start picking up a few three points."

Hughton added: "Clubs below us at the moment are all capable of winning games and that has to be a part of your thinking.

"But a bigger part of your thinking is that we want to do well ourselves."

Norwich will wear the logo of charity Railway Children on their shirts against Everton to lend their support for sponsor Aviva's United Kingdom charity partner and raise awareness of the fact one child runs away from home every five minutes in the UK.

Along with fans, Norwich director Stephen Fry will show his support via Twitter to help raise much-needed funds for the charity.

For every tweet or retweet posted on Twitter on match day including the hashtag #1every5, Aviva will donate ?1 to Railway Children.

And Hughton is delighted to be involved in the campaign: "We are proud to join long-term club sponsors Aviva in supporting Railway Children during this weekend's clash with Everton.

"As a father myself, I cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like to have your own child run away from home.

"To think that 18 children are estimated to run away from home during Saturday's game says a great deal.

"We hope to raise as much awareness as possible from the activity on the day to help support children who may run away from home."

For more information on match day activity and for a chance to win one of the signed limited edition shirts, please see www.railwaychildren.org.uk/ncfc

The 28-year-old, capped three times for Scotland, has joined up with the Easter Park outfit in a bid to keep himself fit after being released by Middlesbrough at the end of January.

However, manager Pat Fenlon insists he simply does not have the money to offer the former Rangers player - twice a SPL winner with the Ibrox club - a return to his former Leith stomping ground.

The Hibs boss said: "We have used up our budget in relation to players. We have given Kevin the facilities to come in and train and that's all there is.

"There are loads of players we would like to bring in if we had the money for it. Kevin is an ex-Hibs player and has been in training with us for the last few days and we're delighted to help him out but at the moment there is nothing more than that.

"So he's only here to train. He is obviously looking at his own career. He has been here before, still has a good relationship with people at the club so we wanted to help him out."

Hibs travel to Tannadice on Sunday to face Dundee United looking to re-establish themselves as serious contenders for second place in the SPL.

The Edinburgh outfit had climbed to such lofty heights before the festive period but one win in the 10 games preceding their narrow 1-0 victory over St Mirren last Saturday left them fearing a drop out of the top six altogether.

However, their win in Paisley - just five days after losing meekly to St Johnstone in a 3-0 home defeat - has moved them back up to fourth in the standings and just three points off Motherwell in the runners-up slot.

Now midfielder Tom Taiwo claims the confidence produced by the win over the Buddies can spark a push for Europe and that 'best of the rest' tag behind runaway leaders Celtic.

He said: "The mood in the changing room is a lot more upbeat. After the St Johnstone game, the training ground wasn't a brilliant place to be, with a lot of unhappy faces.

"But that showed we need to develop a lot more consistency and that made the St Mirren game even more important.

"All the teams in the top six, apart from Celtic, are struggling for consistency.

"The side that can start to string together two or three wins more often will be the ones who finish second and we believe that can be us."

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