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'I COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR ANY MORE'

PUBLISHED

18:00 26th October 2013

by Norwich City Football Club

Hughton left frustrated after Cardiff performance left unrewarded

CHRIS Hughton believes Norwich City’s players gave their absolute maximum and were unfortunate not to earn three points from their 0-0 draw with Cardiff City.

The Canaries managed 31 shots, the most of any team in any single Premier League game this season, but couldn’t get past former City goalkeeper David Marshall between the sticks for the visitors.

Hughton was keen to emphasise the quality of the performance once again, but is fully aware that points are now what’s required.

“I couldn’t have asked any more with regards to the opportunities we had on goal and the efforts we made, particularly in that first half where I thought we were excellent,” he said when speaking after the game.

“It seemed as the game went on that it would be one of those ones where you need a fortunate goal or an own goal, or a deflection. We kept pushing away but it was frustrating.

“We had as many chances here as we have in a good while, but we need to put them away.”

City’s manager is keen to take all the positives from the encounter into a busy week, where his team face two trips to Manchester to face United in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and City in the league next Saturday.

“We’ve got a very tough next couple of games, but I have to really think about the level of performance,” he added.

“Did we put out a team and philosophy of play to win the game? Absolutely we did. Within what we did, we got the players into really high positions but it just didn’t happen for us today.

“I think you have to give them credit, Cardiff. They defended very well – they threw their bodies in front of a lot of our shots and they goalkeeper obviously had a very good game.”