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HUGHTON ON NEWCASTLE DRAW

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22:30 28th January 2014

by Norwich City Football Club

Manager reflects on stalemate at Carrow Road

CHRIS Hughton says a draw was a ‘fair result’ as he reflected on his team’s 0-0 stalemate with Newcastle United at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.

City’s boss rued his team’s first half performance but says they improved after the break, with the final result leaving the Canaries 12th in the Premier League after 23 games.

“We were poor in the first half period, but Newcastle were very good. They were sharper to the ball than us and better on the ball than us,” he said when speaking to Norwich City TV after the match.

“We better in the second half. We addressed it, and managed to get ourselves into positions, even if we didn’t create as much as we’d like to.

“It seemed like it was going to be a really tight game. I thought we’d got it just at the end with Robert Snodgrass’ chance, which for us certainly was the best chance of the game.

“We hit the crossbar too and pushed, but overall I think it was a fair result.”
 


Midfielder Bradley Johnson was sent-off in the 80th minute after a coming together with Loic Remy, who was also dismissed – but Hughton feels the former red card was soft.

“I think if Remy doesn’t get sent off, then neither does Bradley Johnson. Has he pushed him in the chest? Yes he has. Is it aggressive? Yes, to a degree but it’s something you see week-in, week-out,” he added.

“It was incredibly soft. We’ll look at it again and make sure we make the right decision (on whether to appeal).”

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