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HUGHTON DELIGHTED WITH WIN

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19:00 23rd February 2014

by Norwich City Football Club

Manager speaks after 1-0 victory at Carrow Road

CHRIS Hughton highlighted the ‘massive performance’ of his players after they secured three vital Premier League points with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Robert Snodgrass netted two minutes into the second half for the game’s only goal to earn the combative Canaries the victory, and City’s boss was full of praise for his squad.

“I’m really delighted with the group of players, because they have worked very hard,” said Hughton when speaking to Norwich City TV after the final whistle.

“It feels like a big win. I think we’ve had a good level of performance over the last three games, and I think we should have got more from them.

“There’s always the chance that level of performance drops which gives you less of a chance, but there was certainly no indication of that today. I thought the team were excellent.”

City defended wholeheartedly when they had to against a talented Spurs outfit, earning a fourth Premier League cleansheet at Carrow Road on the spin, with John Ruddy in particularly fine form denying Emmanuel Adebayor and Nacer Chadli.

“We endeavoured to try and win the game, but when we had to defend, we defended really well because they’ve got some really talented players that are going to test you,” added Hughton.

“I think if you give them time then they can hurt you. They’ve got good quality, but we had to play to what we feel are our strengths. In the second half the game became more open that perhaps what we’d have liked, but I thought we showed great spirit.

“Everybody’s pulling in the right direction. We all want the same things and as manager of this football club it’s my job to lead this group of players. You have to accept the ups and downs and look forward to the next game.”

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