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HUGHTON HAPPY WITH CLEAN SHEET

11 November 2012

City Manager reacts to 0-0 draw with Reading

CITY boss Chris Hughton was pleased to see his side keep another Barclays Premier League clean sheet on Saturday as the 0-0 draw away at Reading stretched their unbeaten run to five games.

The result also saw the Canaries keep their first clean sheet on the road in the top-flight since a 0-0 draw at West Brom back in October 2004.

Hughton’s side never looked like conceding in a scrappy game against the Royals, and maintained a five-point gap between themselves and Brian McDermott’s 18th placed side, although Hughton felt City might have snatched it late on.

He told Canaries Player: “We were the team that was away from home and I thought in the last fifteen minutes if any team was going to win it, it was going to be us as we began to open them up a little bit more. 

“What they had was a style of play that was effective and caused us problems. They played off the front two, turned us a lot, and supported from midfield. 

“But I can’t recall a really clear cut chance that they had over the 90 minutes. They had a lot of corners and lots of free kicks, and that was an aspect of the game they did very well. 

“I felt we didn’t keep the ball well enough at times and we didn’t create as much as I’d have liked.”

After leaking nine goals in just two games against Liverpool and Chelsea, Hughton’s men have responded brilliantly – conceding just two goals in five games – one against Aston Villa and one against Tottenham Hotspur.

“It’s a reaction from the poor result that we had at Chelsea, which was two poor results on the spin after Liverpool,” said Hughton.

“They’ve shown a great reaction and there’s a little bit of consistency that we’ve been able to have in the team recently, as we’ve been fortunate not to have many injuries. I played the same team that won against Stoke City, and that always helps. 

“We’ve a lot of lads that are really pushing for places so the competition is really great at the moment. One good result can sometimes lead into another, and that’s what’s happening at the moment.

“The best teams are good at both ends, and that’s why they’re the best teams and that’s why they have the best players. We know where we are.”

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

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