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Hughton impressed by Norwich comeback

SoccerNews in English Premier League 24 Nov 2012


Chris Houghton was full of praise for his Norwich City side after they snatched a point against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Norwich conceded an early goal to Steven Naismith but fought back to score in the last minute through Sebastien Bassong in a result which sees them extend their unbeaten run to seven games.

When asked whether his side deserved a point, Houghton said, “I thought we did.

“Over the 90 minutes we had a long time to get back in the game.

“From our standards of late, we conceded a very soft goal and in that first half we didn’t keep the ball well enough.

“Everton were the better team over that first 45 minutes.

“But when you are 1-0 down, you have to chase it and ask a little bit more of the players. I think we got that.

“I thought we responded really well. We showed great character.

“I don’t think there was masses in it. It was quite a tight affair.”

Everton manager David Moyes was less impressed with his side, bemoaning their inability to kill the game off when they had the chance.

Everton continue to sit just outside the top four but have won just one of their last seven games, with a sixth draw of the season a source of frustration for Moyes.

“That was pretty hard to take,” he said after the game.

“But they were always in the game while it was only 1-0, that is the nature of the Premier League.

“I thought we played well for 25-30 minutes.

“We started well and controlled the game. Norwich grew into the game, give them credit, they had one or two opportunities.

“I thought we had got through the spell and we probably looked more likely to make it 2-0 than for them to equalise.

“But they did and that was it. We came away with a point.”



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