December 21 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Chris Hughton labelled the penalty that sunk Norwich City at 10-man Hull ‘soft’ - but the Canaries’ boss admitted his side failed to make the most of their numerical advantage at the KC Stadium.
Robbie Brady’s 22nd minute spot kick clinched the Tigers’ first Premier League win of the new season after Michael Turner was adjudged to have fouled Yannick Sagbo. The powerful striker capped an eventual afternoon when he was then red-carded barely five minutes later for an apparent head butt gesture in the vicinty of Russell Martin. The Canaries only sporadically threatened Allan McGregor’s goal with the Scottish international foiling Ricky van Wolfswinkel with a superb reaction stop midway through the second period - but that was a poor return for Hughton.
“We had to show more quality in the final third,” he said. “We certainly had enough possession and if I look at the areas we got into then it was certainly more than Hull did but you would expect that with them down to 10-men for a period of time. It looked in the second half that it would be a matter of time before we broke them down but we came up against a very resilient Hull team. That can happen when you are down 10 and they make it difficult for you.
“I thought it was an incredibly soft penalty. Anyone here would have seen an incident before that one involving Curtis Davies and Michael Turner that was certainly a bigger incident for a penalty. If you are going to give the one against Michael then you must give the one also moments before involving Michael when he was pushed at a corner by Curtis Davies. If the lad was about to head the ball in the back of the net then maybe you look at it but the lad was never going to get to the ball. Is there some contact? Yes, there is but you see that in every game and in lots of moments during games.”
Tigers’ chief Steve Bruce hailed the spirit of his newly-promoted squad.
“We had to defend for our lives really,” he said. “I think our goalkeeper had to make a couple of saves but Norwich didn’t really create loads of chances despite obviously having a lot of the ball. I’m delighted with that. It is a big boost for us. I haven’t seen a replay of the penalty incident but you see them given and you see them don’t. I actually thought some of the other decisions he made were really baffling. Maybe we got away with a big decision today.”