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BASSONG - 'WE KEPT THE BELIEF'

25 November 2012

Defender reflects on Everton strike

NORWICH City’s Sebastien Bassong couldn’t hide his delight after netting his first goal for the Club in a 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

The summer signing from Spurs rose highest to meet Javier Garrido’s beautifully struck free kick at the far post with 90 minutes on the clock to give City a well-deserved point.

Steven Naismith had put the Toffees ahead after 12 minutes, however Bassong’s leveller ensured City’s remarkable run was extended to seven without defeat in all competitions.

After the match he told Canaries Player: “A football game is never over until the referee says it is, so we kept the belief and the more you believe the more likely the goal will come, and it came today.

“To come back from 1-0 down and score in the last minute is a really good feeling. 

“I think we can be proud of the run we’re on. We put a shift in today and did really well and it’s a result of the work we’re doing in training.

“We knew what to expect when we came here, that is was going to be a tough game because Everton are a decent team. 

“The Manager told us to carry on fighting because we were still in the game, and that we should have been better in possession of the ball and used the ball better, and that made a difference.”

Both Bassong and skipper Grant Holt wheeled away to celebrate the goal, however replays showed that the ball had crossed the line before the captain made sure with a follow up.

“I’m claiming the goal!”, joked Bassong. “I was like ‘it’s mine, it’s mine!’ It was a great delivery from Javier Garrido and I was there at the back post, just closed my eyes and the ball went in.

“It says a lot about the spirit, we’re working hard every day and I think that as a team we need to be at our best to get the results, and we were today.”

Bassong’s pride at the run of seven games without defeat was extended to Manager Chris Hughton, who was the man who took charge of the defender’s first training session in England when he arrived at Newcastle back in 2008.

He added: “I think he deserves it. He puts a lot of energy into things, and everything that happens is good for the us and for him as well. We’re a team and we stick together, and this strength will lead the team to success.

“He’s a good man and he can he can keep his emotion inside, but he was quite happy at the end. 

“The games are now coming thick and fast and we have to cope as best we can. It’ll be a tough battle with Southampton on Wednesday.”

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