Chris Hughton hails Alex Tettey’s thunderbolt in Norwich City’s 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland
17:51 22 March 2014
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Chris Hughton hailed Alex Tettey’s wonder strike that sealed Norwich City’s priceless 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland at Carrow Road.
The Norwegian international unleashed a stunning 30-yard volley past Vito Mannone to double the Canaries’ first half lead after Robert Snodgrass had earlier slotted his fourth goal in the midfielder’s last eight matches.
Norwich’s win in front of a raucous Carrow Road support moved them seven points clear of the Wearsiders - who were reduced to 10 men deep in stoppage time when Marcos Alonso was sent off for a second bookable offence - and also struggling Cardiff with bottom club Fulham a point further adrift in the battle to beat the drop.
Hughton insisted City’s league win was fully merited, capped by Tettey’s thunderbolt, which sparked wild celebrations in the vicinity of the home technical area led by the Norwich manager.
“I think everybody would have enjoyed that second goal and it could not have happened to a nicer fella,” said Hughton. “He is a good individual and professional and that was probably why there was that type of response. Alex is not going to score too many like that in his career. When you are a player and you score that type of goal and you know it is going to be shown over and over it is a really nice feeling and the lads are delighted for him.
“I thought we were excellent. We wanted a reaction from last week. We didn’t shy away from the fact we knew this was a big game today because of who the opposition were.
“I thought we were excellent from start to finish. I think that was one of our best performances of the season. We have had good ones before. I remember Manchester United here for 45 minutes we were very good. How we didn’t beat Cardiff I don’t know. We have had better performances but you have to score the goals at the right time and in that first half period when we were good we got those goals.”