Norwich City have to 'Win Ugly' according to the club manager Alex Neil in his media conference following the 3-0 defeat at home to Sunderland on Saturday
Norwich had distributed paper 'clappers' and 3,000 inflatable canaries to fans in the hope that a positive atmosphere might prove decisive in the same way it seemed to help in the previous home fixture versus Newcastle, but Neil warned they may have to "win ugly" to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
"If we're going to stay up we're going to have to do it the hard way. It's about winning games, performance is secondary," he said.
"We've got four games remaining and we need to win at least two."
Norwich's next match is not for a fortnight when they will play Arsenal and with Newcastle and Sunderland both playing before them City could find themselves in the bottom three by then.
Midfielder Gary O'Neil says the pressure of the relegation battle can play on the club's rivals as well.
"Today was a terrible result for us. We had the chance to put destiny in our own hands and take a big step towards safety," he said.
"We are still in front though, they still have to win points and their games are not easy.
"Those two teams are down there because they have not been winning games, same as us. It is going right to the wire."