Late Bassong leveller delights Manager
A DELIGHTED Chris Hughton praised the resilience of his team after they came from behind to secure a last minute Barclays Premier League point in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Everton.
The result sees the Canaries extend their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions, although they left it late at Goodison Park – defender Sebastien Bassong heading Norwich level in the 90th minute, and grabbing his first goal for the Club in doing so.
Steven Naismith had earlier put David Moyes’ side ahead, but a much improved second half performance from Hughton’s men gave them a thoroughly deserved point to take back to Norfolk.
Hughton told Canaries Player afterwards: “We were 1-0 down, and when you’re 1-0 down you have no choice but to push to get back in the game.
“We had to be better, certainly offensively. It was really about a belief and being better on the ball.
“I felt if we were better on the ball then we’d be able to get into some better positions. I think what we saw was that Everton became a little bit more direct in that second half, which opened up the game a little bit, and we were able to exploit it.
“Of course it took a last minute goal for us to be able to do that, but I thought as the away team we showed enough to get back into it and we deserved it.
“They are a spirited group. When you’re 1-0 down you have to go on and push for the goal, and you either get that equaliser or you don’t. I think our play warranted it.
“Goals do feel good when they come that late, because generally when they come that late it doesn’t give the opposition too much time to get back into the game.”
There were fine displays all over the pitch once again for City, including goalkeeper John Ruddy, who made a great stop to deny Leighton Baines in the second half before being substituted for Mark Bunn.
Hughton however had good news on the injury front as far as the England international ‘keeper was concerned, and was keen to concentrate on another valuable away point won ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Southampton.
He added: “John Ruddy has just felt his thigh; I don’t think it’s too bad, but at that stage of the game if he can’t kick the ball then the last thing we want him to do is to make a mistake, so we made the change. We’ll see how he is.
“I was pleased for the team, and as well for Ryan Bennett, who did well after coming in for Michael Turner - the back four are playing well.
“We were here at Goodison Park and it’s a real tough place to come for obvious reasons. They’re a team that’s in really good form and any point here is a really good point.”