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HUGHTON ON SWANSEA

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10:00 7th April 2013

by Ben Mouncer

Manager pleased with rejuvenated second-half performance

CHRIS Hughton says the response of his players was ‘excellent’ after City’s hard-fought 2-2 draw with Swansea City at Carrow Road yesterday.

Following on from last weekend’s disappointing reverse at Wigan, the Canaries started slowly and Michu deservedly rifled the Welsh side into a first-half lead.

However, Robert Snodgrass soon equalised as City rallied and after a much-improved second period, Hughton hinted at a tinge of disappointment that they managed to get only a point out of the match.

“We didn’t start the game too well – Swansea are a very good footballing side and we found it quite difficult,” Hughton said when speaking to Canaries Player after the game.

“I thought the response of the players was excellent because you could sense a little bit of anxiety, and I think that’s normal – it’s a home game – but I think we coped with that really well.

“We got into the lead 2-1, and at that stage – even though a good Swansea team had good possession of the ball, I was very comfortable that we were going to go on and win the game.

“For a team like ourselves who have found it a little more difficult to score goals, I thought we looked a threat but I was disappointed with the goals we conceded.”

The League Cup-winning visitors were more comfortable in possession throughout the game, but Hughton was pleased that it didn’t see his team lose any desire even if they didn’t control the game as much as they would have liked.

“You prepare the team and you’re desperate to win the game,” he added.

“If that ball’s not bouncing well enough for you – you can’t accuse the team of not putting in that effort because they are, but sometimes things don’t go as well as you want.

“The timing of the goals was good and the effort of the players was excellent.”

One negative for City was the injury picked up by returning goalkeeper Mark Bunn early in the first-half, but Hughton hopes it won’t keep the stopper out for too long.

“Mark has felt his groin. I’m not sure it’s so bad, but certainly it was bad enough for him to come off,” he said.

“That’s another thing – when you get that disruption early in the game, it’s a bit of a blow for you. It also affects what you’re able to do with your substitutes, but I thought Campy came in and did really well.”

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