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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton admits referee got the big calls correct

PUBLISHED: 11:57 17 September 2012 | UPDATED: 16:16 17 September 2012

Chris Hughton has a word with fourth official Jonathan Moss. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Chris Hughton has a word with fourth official Jonathan Moss. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Chris Hughton had no complaints with referee Chris Foy after City were denied a first half penalty against the Hammers.

The Norwich boss backed Foy’s real-time call that Andrew Surman was inches outside the West Ham penalty area when he had to take emergency action to avoid James Collins’ crude sliding challenge. The Welsh international was cautioned in the aftermath before the Canaries’ spurned the resulting free kick, but Hughton insisted Norwich were not the victims of any injustice.

“There were possibly two incidents in the first half in their box and having seen the second one again I do think that was very close, but on the line,” he said. “On another occasion and another ref then that is given. I think he had two penalty calls to make and he got both right in that period.

“He booked the lad as well and my first thoughts now are he probably got it right. Surman had done well to go a touch wider, but my first impressions at the time were it was a yellow card and probably not a red one. I thought he had a very good game today. He got the big decisions right and probably the two that didn’t go our way were a couple of offsides involving Simeon Jackson.”

Hughton planned to field the same line up as the battling draw at Tottenham before the international shutdown, before Anthony Pilkington felt a slight groin problem on Friday.

“That was a big blow for us because the intention was to keep the same team that had done well in the last couple of games,” said Hughton. “He had a fitness test before the game and it wasn’t sufficiently good enough for him to play. It was a slight one and he was able to try it out so now it is a case of how it settles down over the next couple of days. I thought Andrew Surman came in and did very well. Considering he played in that first (league) game and not the next two, maybe he just tired a little. I thought about taking him off but against a big team like West Ham you need to keep some size on the pitch.”

Hughton also confirmed after the game midfielder Elliott Bennett is targeting a return to training next week after injuring his knee at Fulham on the opening day of the season.

Young academy graduate Korey Smith joined League One promotion hopefuls Yeovil on an emergency three-month loan deal prior to the weekend. Smith played the final 30 minutes of their 1-0 defeat at MK Dons on Saturday.

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