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HUGHTON PROUD OF PLAYERS

9 December 2012

Boss delighted with his team after Swansea win

CITY Manager Chris Hughton spoke about his team with pride after guiding them to a sensational 4-3 Barclays Premier League victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

Goals from Steven Whittaker, Sebastien Bassong, Grant Holt, and Robert Snodgrass sealed the win, which extends City’s unbeaten run to nine games in the league – their best top-flight run for 23 years.

After going 3-0 up at half time, the side showed great resilience to fend off a Swans fight back in the second half, and as a result the Manager had nothing but praise for his side.

He told Canaries Player: “I’m proud of these players full stop, regardless of any runs. That’s because they’re the ones that are out there getting results, they’re the ones that are out there working and doing everything that it takes.

“In that first half period I thought we were excellent, against a team that are very tough, particularly here and on a great run. 

“They showed in the second half why they’ve had such a good start to the season with the quality that they have got, and at 3-2, people that weren’t here and were just looking at the results would possibly have expected it to end up 3-3 or 4-3 in their favour, it happens so many times that way, so the fourth goal was important for us, it was a wonderful goal.

“The end product is that we’ve got a very good result here, but we made life very tough for ourselves, particularly conceding so early in that second half, although I thought we gathered ourselves after that.

“What we did have was enough character and enough quality at 3-2 to dig in there and make sure that we didn’t concede a third, as well as having enough quality to score a fourth ourselves.

“The fact of the matter is that we’ve scored four goals away from home. That’s no mean feat. 

“Again we had four different goal scorers, which is always nice. I’m pleased for Holty because he’s working so hard leading the line up front. It was a really good header for his finish, and it’s great to spread the goals around.”

The duo of Russell Martin and Jonny Howson returned to the side for the match, with Ryan Bennett and Alex Tettey missing out.

On their fitness Hughton revealed: “Ryan and Alex were both out with injuries, but minimal injuries. 

“Alex felt something a couple of days ago – it was one where we could have taken a risk and played him. 

“Ryan hasn’t trained since the Sunderland game, but none of the injuries are bad, and it’s always a good feeling when you can still get a result without two players that have been doing really well.

“There is real competition in the squad with Ryan Bennett and Alex Tettey not making it, but we’ve got Jonny Howson and Russell Martin, both wonderful players, coming in and doing well.”

To watch the full interview with Chris Hughton on Canaries Player, click here.

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