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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Monday, December 16, 2013
Chris Hughton revealed there will be an inquest into Swansea City’s soft opener when the dust settles on a hard-fought 1-1 Premier League draw at Carrow Road.
The Norwich City boss admitted captain Sebastien Bassong would be ‘disappointed’ with the manner of Nathan Dyer’s opener after failing to deal with Ashley Williams’ raking pass despatched by the midfielder. Hughton was more concerned with attempting to build on Gary Hooper’s predatory finish during the interval than any recriminations towards the powerful centre-back, who signed a contract extension during the week.
“Seb will be disappointed, but it is not something I have spoken to him about,” said Hughton. “We are in Monday and we will go through that. It’s part and parcel of the game. He is a defender and sometimes they make errors of judgement and you just hope they don’t lead to goals. We have to move on and we showed great character to come back after the early goal. We spoke about the goal we conceded very briefly at half-time but at that stage we had to focus on how we go on and try to win the game. We needed that bit of brilliance to get us back in the game but I felt we went for it in the second half even if Swansea were always a threat. There was an opportunity for us here. We needed a bit of quality or guile to get a winner and if there was going to be one side who went on and won, I felt it would be us. It most certainly wasn’t a case of sitting back and getting a draw.”
Hughton did not share Swans’ counterpart Michael Laudrup’s assessment Dyer’s first half injury exit tilted the game back in the hosts’ favour with Ashley Williams denying Leroy Fer with a superb reaction header on his own line before Hooper volleyed Norwich level.
“No, I don’t think it changed the game,” he said. “You just don’t know the answer. On most occasions a break in a game tends to favour the away team. They had a keeper booked for time wasting and that was an accumulation of many incidents in the first half. I just hope the lad is okay. It was important to go in at half-time 1-1 because we had conceded a poor goal for us and that was something we are aware of. We needed to get back into the game because irrespective of the week Swansea have had they are a very good side who move the ball around so well. It is difficult at times to get as close to them as you would like. You need someone to produce something and Gary did.”
Hughton was happy to accept referee Michael Oliver’s decision not to award Norwich an early first-half penalty when Fer’s far-post header struck Angel Rangel on his outstretched arm.
“No. I have seen the incident again and I think Leroy has jumped with him and yes it did hit his hand but not a penalty for me,” he said. “You are always frustrated when you don’t win at home but certainly with how the results also went this weekend it is a home game we wanted to win.
“Swansea play a style of football where they are very well-drilled and when you go behind so early like we did you are just trying to get an opportunity to get yourself back in and then you build from there. That is how it went.”