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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich City let Fulham off the hook in a 2-1 Boxing Day Premier League defeat.
Gary Hooper’s fifth goal in eight Premier League games was the perfect start for the hosts and the former Celtic striker spurned another clear opening with Fulham toiling defensively but Pajtim Kasami and Scott Parker struck either side of the interval to inflic a third home league defeat of the season on the Canaries.
“We’d built a little bit of momentum. We’re a bit like that. Once we make a couple of steps forward it’s a step back today. It’s tough at the moment. We’re tested in that midfield area with the injuries we have,” he said. “We got the goal and had two other very good chances, but conceded a very poor goal just before half-time that gives them a lift.
“We got a lot of balls into the box, but they’re a good side with good players. The game became a little bit open and they capitalised on that.
“It was probably a game in that second half that could have gone either way. We’ve made some poor decisions, we perhaps haven’t created enough-clear cut chances, but it’s not a question of the players not giving enough.”
Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen insisted the Cottagers’ away win was a major boost in their survival battle despite wins elsewhere for fellow strugglers Crystal Palace and Sunderland.
“You can keep looking at it and you have to in some ways, but you need to focus on your own tasks, making sure there is good quality in your work and performances are at the right level,” he said. “If you look too much over your shoulder you forget what you need to do yourself. I’m delighted with the points - very important. It could be a very significant goal but we can only tell when weeks and weeks go by,” added the former Manchester United coach.
“I’m delighted with Scott scoring the winner because his character and leadership on the pitch has typified the sort of performances we’ve had over the last couple of weeks. The first touch set him up and - boom - he hit it straight on the trigger. It gave John Ruddy no chance.”