December 11 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich City had no answer to a dominant Tottenham in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at White Hart Lane.
Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brace was the bare minimum Spurs deserved after controlling the contest although Hughton felt the hosts’ were fortunate not to have French international keeper Hugo Lloris dismissed for a clear handball late on.
“We had no complaints today,” said Hughton. “We were beaten by a very good side today and we needed periods of possession on the ball. We didn’t do that well enough. Tottenham are too good with their movement and they can hurt you. They will definitely be up their challenging come the end of the season.
“I must admit I haven’t seen the referee to have a proper chat, but we had a similar circumstance, albeit a few yards outside the box, last season up at Sunderland when Mark Bunn was sent off. What I am sure of is the goalkeeper’s intentions were to play the ball and he knew his momentum would take him out of the box.
“It is a clear handball. The referee then has to make decisions around that. For me it has to be intentional but whether it is also about other players in covering positions I will have to think about that. My thoughts at the time were that he wasn’t going to give a red card. I just had a feel. It wasn’t a particularly good day for us in that respect as we had two players booked earlier in the game.”
Spurs’ counterpart Andre Villas-Boas predictably backed referee Lee Mason’s decision not to send off Lloris in the closing stages.
“I think it was not a situation of danger for our goal so it was a wise decision. I am not sure Chris will agree with me but I agree with Lee Mason,” he said. “The defence was back and dropped. The keeper has done it in the past. He is a goalkeeper that has this style and it was a mistake.
“It was a very good performance from the team today. We were outstanding. It is always difficult to play these fixtures straight after the international break and to play at such a high level of quality was great. Physically we dominated and tactically we were also impressive.”