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Hoolahan ready to hit his stride

The Norwich City players rush to celebrate Wes Hoolahan's goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

The Norwich City players rush to celebrate Wes Hoolahan's goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Goal hero Wes Hoolahan believes the Canaries adapted themselves well to the rigours of top-flight football on the opening day of the season but believes his side has a lot more to offer.

Hoolahan’s strike in injury time at the end of the first period sent the travelling 4,500 City fans into raptures and once again underlined the spirit within the Norwich camp after coming from a goal down.

City more than matched their established Premier League opponents and created several threatening attacking situations which on another day could have seen them snatch all three points.

But Hoolahan thinks that having got the opening fixture out of the way and proved to themselves they belong in the Premier League, City can now kick on starting against Stoke next weekend.

“It was quite intense being the first game of the Premier League season so the players are a bit rusty going into it,” said Hoolahan.

“But we adapted ourselves well and hopefully in the next couple of weeks we will get into our stride.”

Hoolahan struck in injury time at the end of the first period to preserve a point for City after Ben Watson had fired the Latics ahead from the penalty spot in the 21st minute.

Despite having to withstand a Wigan onslaught in the last 10 minutes, Hoolahan believes City were unfortunate to leave the north-west without all three points.

“It was entertaining. The two teams had a lot of chances and I thought it was an entertaining game.

“We had chances to win it as well at the end and I don’t think anyone could complain if we had got the victory to be honest with how we played.”

Hoolahan hailed the part played by Steve Morison in the build-up to his goal with the former Millwall man’s cross being parried by Ali Al Habsi before the Irishman lashed home.

“Morison did well down the wing, he had a great game, and crossed the ball in and the goalkeeper dropped it and I put it in.

“Morison was a real handful and for his first game in the Premier League he did really well.

“But all the lads did well and we’re really pleased with our overall performance.”

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