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, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Chris Hughton deflected the praise for Norwich City’s battling 2-0 Premier League win at West Brom firmly onto his players after surviving a second half onslaught.
Gary Hooper struck before the interval from Leroy Fer’s pass before the Dutch midfielder sealed the win in the final seconds to earn the Canaries a second Premier League win on the road this season. Hughton was delighted with the collective response to fresh adversity after a 5-1 Premier League midweek defeat at Liverpool.
“It was the ideal response and it had to be from the players after the Liverpool game because you do not have much opportunity to prepare,” he said. “I don’t know if it was the perfect away performance because that would be not to have put ourselves under so much pressure in that second half but in some ways, yes, especially with a clean sheet. It was the type of game in that second period where they would either get a draw or a win or we were going to break away and get that second one and that is how it panned out.
“I was delighted with the clean sheet. They have a lot of forward players and it was a really difficult period after the interval and when you have that you are looking for people to stand up. I felt we always had that. We had plenty of opportunities to break as well, particularly through Nathan (Redmond), and we were always capable of getting a second one but the longer that didn’t come you put yourself under pressure and they were always going to go for it.”
Baggies’ boss Steve Clarke was left to rue his side’s lack of precision after laying siege to John Ruddy’s goal following the half-time introductions of Shane Long and Saido Berahino.
“We created a lot of chances but we didn’t get the goal and we made it a difficult afternoon conceding the first goal which came from a throw-in in the Norwich attacking third,” he said. “It was a soft goal and it gave them something to hang onto. We created enough chances but we never got the goal that would turn the game in our favour.
“I made the changes at the break but I still thought we had a good control of the first half and created chances, if not as many, as we did in the second half. It is always easy to sit back with hindsight and say you should have done this or that. The team that started was good enough. We had to risk a bit at half-time and that is what we did. The game started as we felt it would. It was two teams who had not been in the best of form. You had two teams feeling each other out but Norwich got the first goal out of nowhere and that put us on the back foot and set us back.”