Last Updated: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 12:49
Wes Hoolahan hailed Norwich's point in the 1-1 home draw against Wigan by claiming the side have moved 'one step closer' to survival.
The Irish midfielder was on target to put the Canaries in front at Carrow Road after just 10 minutes of Sunday's televised fixture against the Premier League's bottom club.
But, any hopes of Norwich going on to seal a comfortable win which would have moved them to within two points of the magic 40 total which usually guarantees safety, were shattered when Wigan came back strongly to defy their lowly position in the table by dominating for long spells.
And, despite Victor Moses hitting the target to hand Wigan a deserved share of the spoils, Roberto Martinez's men were left ruing several missed chances as they were desperate for a win to ease their drop fears.
City fans might feel it was a missed opportunity to finally put to bed any small fears of relegation, but Hoolahan claims the point edges them closer to this season's ultimate target.
He told the Pink 'un: "We're one step closer to safety and that's what we set out to do at the start of the season. We want to stay in this league and we're one step closer to that.
"It's been a great season so far and it's been successful so far. You've got to look at the bigger picture.
"I don't think anyone would have expected us to have 36 points at this stage of the season when we started. We're doing well and we just need to keep that going."
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