Dion Dublin casts doubt over Norwich City's survival hopes

Norwich City, Newcastle United and Sunderland are fighting it out at the bottom.

Former Aston Villa player Dion Dublin has cast his doubts over Norwich City’s survival hopes after they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United, the BBC reports.

The Canaries started the day in 19th position in the table having lost three league games in succession, yet victory would have seen them momentarily leapfrog both Sunderland and Newcastle United.

Alex Neil’s men have generally been quite good against the league’s better teams at Carrow Road this season, and they had a great opportunity to apply the pressure on Newcastle and the Black Cats.

However, in all-too familiar tale, a lack of real quality in the final third coupled with a defensive error saw United’s Juan Mata score the only goal of the game and condemn Norwich to a fourth straight defeat.

With the Magpies picking up another point and Sunderland beating Chelsea 3-2, Dublin suggested on BBC Radio Five Live that it’s curtains for Norwich as he laments their lack of genuine quality upfront.

"I fear for the Canaries, my old team. I can see the body-language of the players now at Carrow Road and it isn't good. They now have to win their two remaining games, but I doubt their character,” Dublin explained.

"There are three teams fighting relegation. With someone like Townsend, Newcastle have a player who can do something special. So have Sunderland. Norwich just don't."

Norwich end the season with a midweek home match against Watford before facing Everton on the final day.

With four points now separating them and Sunderland, the Canaries must hope that Sam Allardyce’s men fail to beat Everton on Wednesday otherwise they will be down regardless of what they do this coming week.

Newcastle end the season at home to Tottenham Hotspur, and they are also reliant on Roberto Martinez’s men picking up a positive result at the Stadium of Light.

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