Norwich City boss Chris Hughton praises Gary Hooper’s ‘special’ goal in 1-1 Swansea City Premier League draw

Swansea's Jordi Amat diverts Michael Turner's goalbound header against his own bar in Norwich City's 1-1 Premier League draw at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Swansea's Jordi Amat diverts Michael Turner's goalbound header against his own bar in Norwich City's 1-1 Premier League draw at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, December 15, 2013
5:33 PM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton labelled Gary Hooper’s Premier League leveller a ‘special’ goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Swansea.

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Hooper lashed his third goal in four top flight games with a stunning 25-yard volley that cancelled out Nathan Dyer’s early opener at Carrow Road.

“It was a fantastic and very special goal,” said Hughton. “Gary is a finisher, technically a good striker of the ball so always gives himself a chance.

“It was set-up very nicely for him by Johan Elmander, but you still have to produce that. We conceded a poor goal and needed to get back into the game, we needed someone to produce something and thankfully Gary did. At the moment I am disappointed we did not get the win, because we know what it would have meant to the league table. But it is so tight and there are a very large group of teams outside of that top seven or eight can beat each other, and I don’t see that changing. We are just pleased that at this moment we are on a decent run and have been able to pick up a few points, but we have to keep that going.”

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup felt the game turned on Dyer’s first half injury exit with a suspected broken right ankle after Sebastien Bassong fell on the midfielder following an aerial collison.

“I think the game changed in two ways with the injury. Things like this are part of football, even though we don’t know how bad it is yet, but everybody could see it was not good when you get carried out like that,” said Laudrup, whose squad lost defender Neil Taylor for most of last season when he fractured his ankle in three places. “You just go from playing one second to being out for you don’t know how long. We will wait to see the X-ray and then in a couple of days have an MRI scan to know if it is bad or really bad. Let’s wait and see. We’re hoping that if it is bad, it is not too bad.

“We are all human, the team had 10 minutes where they suffered a bit and tactically we also lost our main threat with the runs from the second line, like when he had scored the goal. In the end 1-1 I think at the end of a very difficult run of games, we can look at the positive things, even if it is a bit difficult with the injury today. We have reached 20 points now and are among the last 32 in Europe for the first time ever and will see on Monday what the draw will bring us.”

18 comments

  • Agree Algarve. I hold my hands up on the Hooper deal. I thought the Bhoys had hood-winked us but Hooper is really begining to look he's worth the cash. I somehow doubt if the same can be said of The Phantom Toe-Stubber Of Old Amsterdam, but if he knocks a sackful in this season I'll take it back...( LOL yeah right). I do think that RVW has some talent, but he's the wrong type of striker for City. We need a powerful hustler upfront who can create his own chances. On current form Edam is one for the end of season garage sale.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Having heard Harlow being described as a cultural desert, it was hard to imagine that it might one day produce a masterpiece of some distinction. Today that changed, its most famous son showing them the way forward; the continuation of this theme being articulately expressed by Algarve Canary, or to put it another way, 'I couldn't have put it better myself'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • It was a special goal in a not so special game that gave us an average result that will keep us going in the right direction, which is away from the gravitational pull of of Ipswich, not that I'd want to repeat myself, myself

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Panic.....I've read some b*ll*cks on this site....even produced some of it myself.....but really!! The positive is that Hooper does appear to be the "real deal" The jury has to remain out on "sicknote" Van Wolfswinkle, but I'm sure he will be a big improvement over Elmander, and give us a strikeforce reminiscent of the MacDougallBoyer days. There is no doubt that we were awful again for the first 45 minutes today, and need to improve. I hope I detect green shoots. Ask me again after the ChristmasNew Year

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • This is what's so frustrating about watching the team at the moment Trevor, we are simply not playing to our strengths, and while we did ok, you can't help feeling it could have been three points, and unlike Swansea, Fulham and Sunderland will be giving it some welly. I do wish Chrissie would pay more attention to your posts. Looks like half an hour to go for the Suarez massacre class. I think its fair to say we'll be third on the bill

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • On a different note .. will Johan Ellmander receive as blank a reception as Henrik Mortenson, if he ever appears at a half time entertainment?

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Just about got away with it today, Fer was great last weekend playing on the left but that was a one off Hughton and he was well off his best in the middle. Happy to see a few minutes of Becchio but apart from some defensive headers he is not screaming out for a starting place. Best wishes Nathan Dyer hope the injury is not as bad as predicted.

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    THE_LOWER_BARCLAY

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Norwich city a championship side at best. Even when we win we look lucky. CH needs to have already gone now we are doomed. It's so sad to see a man being paid a very good wage to commute from London once a week a destroy what could be a great football team. It appears at first glance to be that CH brief from the directors is, "get relegated at all cost" Good luck Norwich city.

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    Panic

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Tiny bit disappointed with a draw, but Swansea is no pushover. There Possession based approach is always going to be tough playing 442. Possession aside it sounds like we were the the more potent team that missed out from some quality from their goalkeeper and a bit of a blunder from Bassong. Look forward to the highlights later.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Listening to the radio on the way home from the game, I wonder what game they actually attended. For Forbes to state that Howson had a brilliant game and deserves an England call up simply baffled me. Our midfield was non-existant for too much of the game and Howson simply cannot play in a holding roll. Fer looked totally lost on the left wing as he has no real pace, he is a terrific centre midfielder and surely must be played in his correct possition. Had we started with Hoolahan on the left, then perhaps Hooper would have been given a few decent chances to win the game, it was there for the taking second half but still Wes simply sat on the bench. Once again the substitutions baffle me and those supporters around me, Elmander was playing well with Hooper so why take him off, likewise after a poor first half, Redmond was just getting into the game so we take him off.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • for the third game in a row. sloppy.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Why oh why does anybody bother to respond to obvious trolls such as the initial post on this thread - ignore it and allow a tumbleweed moment to emerge

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    Croydonary

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Norwich city a championship side at best. Even when we win we look lucky. CH needs to have already gone now we are doomed. It's so sad to see a man being paid a very good wage to commute from London once a week a destroy what could be a great football team. It appears at first glance to be that CH brief from the directors is, "get relegated at all cost" Good luck Norwich city.

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    Panic

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • I agree LYB I'm feeling a little disappointed too. Should have beaten Swansea today but hey, another point on the board. I do though think we would have had more possession if Fer was played in his true position rather than on the left wing. Swansea did look tired after 70 minutes and thought Hoolihan would have run them ragged at the back if he had been given his chance instead of Becchio. Hoopers goal though........sublime!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Although the Swansea match was by no means our best performance this season, we did not play bad at all. With a bit of luck we could have won 2-1 when taking into account that their goalkeeper pulled off a great save from Hooper in the 2nd half, and their defender got a little lucky after Turner's header that hit the crossbar. Also, Swansea would not have won the league cup if they were not a quality team.

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    NYC-Canary

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • A message to the CH knockers - not that you'll listen or take heed. Sure, we've endured some painful drubbings this season - but put it in perspective? NCFC are not alone, taking a hit from the very same 'big guns'. With the quality CH has at his disposal, I doubt anyone would seriously surpass him.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Well, on a positive, that was the first time we have gone 2 games unbeaten in the league this season. The team though looked unbalanced. Granted we have 3 wide players out injured, but it was obvious Fer did not want to be playing on the left. Was a diamond formation beyond CH? Or 3 at the back, with Whittacker & Olsson as wing backs? That would have allowed us to be more competitive in the middle of the park. There are worse teams than us, but we need to get at least 4 points from the next 2 games ...

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

  • Timbo, people like you never learn. You slagged off Hooper and now accept you were wrong but then get abusive about RVW. You'll be proved wrong but of course, all you need to do us "hold your hands up" and you can move on to your next target. Pathetic

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    Canary on the moon

    Sunday, December 15, 2013

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