Wilson gives Norwich City the big thumbs-up
David CuffleySwindon Town boss Danny Wilson labelled leaders Norwich City "the best footballing team in the division" - but felt his players thoroughly deserved to take a point off them at the County Ground.David Cuffley
Swindon Town boss Danny Wilson labelled leaders Norwich City "the best footballing team in the division" - but felt his players thoroughly deserved to take a point off them at the County Ground.
Skipper Gordon Greer's stoppage-time header secured a draw for the fourth-placed Robins after Grant Holt's 28th goal of the season looked to have set the Canaries up for a fourth successive away win.
"I don't think we got something we didn't deserve," said Wilson. "I thought we really pushed the game, we took the game to them, in the second half in particular.
"I'm disappointed to lose the goal as we did, as you would be but, saying that, we showed great character to come back against a team of the quality of Norwich. Maybe it was about the right score - certainly we didn't deserve to lose it. It was a game of chess, and we have come out all level at the end of it. But I will say it was two very good footballing sides there.
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"When they get their noses in front like that it is a very difficult job from our point of view, but I thought we stuck to the task great."
Wilson said Paul Lambert's team were top of the table on merit.
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He said: "They are the best footballing team in the division, there's no doubt about that. To come away from home, to come to our place at this moment in time and to have the confidence to play like they did, that shows a team that's on top of their game.
"I'm sure they're disappointed they didn't win the game, particularly late in the game, but I think if you look at the big picture it was a fair result."
In stoppage time, Fraser Forster's superb save from Jonathan Douglas looked to have guaranteed three points for City, but the equaliser came from the resulting corner.
"It was a top drawer save, wasn't it? That was one of the best saves you'll see all season, no matter what league you are playing in," said Wilson.
"Jon has caught it fantastically well, with the outside of his boot, and it's flying in with curl and everything, but somehow Fraser has got his hands to it - but I think that's his 6ft 7in frame that's helped there.
"But still, we didn't get disappointed. From the corner we concentrated, we put a terrific ball in by Alan (Sheehan) in the block where we know we can attack it and as soon as it went in and Gordon began to rise I knew it was in, a fantastic header."
Swindon had one penalty appeal in the first half when Michael Nelson challenged new loan signing Frank Nouble, but referee Scott Mathieson was unimpressed. Wilson said he was accepted the decision.
"It was a penalty, that was my view," he said. "The referee's view was that the boy played the ball on to him, and that's why the direction of the ball didn't change, it went to the 'keeper. I like Scott, the referee, a lot so I won't argue with that. If that's what he's seen that's fine by me. But where I was standing at the time I didn't think it was anything but a penalty."
Wilson was disappointed with the goal his side conceded seven minutes into the second half as Holt headed home from Michael Rose's cross.
He said: "I think we let the cross come in too early. They got down the back of us and it caught us off our guard."