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Monday, October 22, 2012
Chris Hughton insisted Norwich City’s vibrant 1-0 win over Arsenal proved beyond any lingering doubt you would be foolish to write off the Canaries’ Premier League survival chances this season.
City’s display swept the Gunners’ aside in front of a energised Carrow Road home crowd who generated an atmosphere the equal of any witnessed during the club’s rise from League One.
Grant Holt’s first half close range finish settled a contest that could have tilted even further in the home side’s favour with Michael Turner’s bullet header and Holt’s impudent second half chip at Vito Mannone.
The experienced Hughton is well aware City will need more of the same to pull themselves clear of the scrap towards the lower reaches over the long haul.
“We probably accept that we are not going to be in the top ten and for us, every game is tough. But if we do it right we have enough quality to do well enough. Definitely,” he said. “There is no going away from it, the thrill of getting the win at Carrow Road in front of our supporters is a really good feeling. I have to say I thought the support was excellent, particularly in that last 15 minutes when we really needed it. The most satisfying thing is that this has been a long time coming because I felt some of our performances this season had warranted it.
“This is an unforgiving division and if you don’t produce when it matters, the rewards don’t come. I’m really pleased and delighted for all the team to get the result. We know where we are. We are going to have more good days like that, we are going to have to work as hard to get results.
“We’ll enjoy this one, that is out of the way now and we move onto the next game. We need to start showing that form.”
City may have had to concede territory and possession to Arsene Wenger’s side, but Hughton was in no doubt the first Premier League win of his Norwich tenure was fully merited.
“It was a huge result for us and what was more pleasing was we deserved it. There was no fluke or luck involved,” he said. “The result probably surprised a lot of other people, but we are a determined group here. This was a real, quality Arsenal team and I felt we could have maybe got a goal or two more.
“They had to open up and I felt we could catch them on numerous occasions on the counter and perhaps if there is one disappointment then it was we didn’t make it a touch more easier for ourselves towards the end of the game.
“I thought we restricted them to minimal chances, which you have to do. You have to be a threat yourself. Keeping a clean sheet was important, but more so was the three points. We have got that now and we have deserved that by our play this season.
“You can talk about the clean sheet but when you face a good team like Arsenal you cannot go throughout the game without being a threat in the opposite direction.”
Michael Turner was restored to the centre of defence alongside the excellent Sebastien Bassong and rewarded his manager’s faith with his best shift in City colours.
“Really pleased for him because he has had a difficult time with the games he has been involved in and consequently that has meant he has not been in the team,” said Hughton.
“It is all about consistency. The reason we brought him in was his experience and his game was good today but it is about levels of consistency. That applies to the team, because of where we are we recognise it is going to be a tough season and we have to show that level more games than not. You have to get the balance right.”