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HUGHTON - 'FANS WERE MAGNIFICENT'

20 October 2012

City Manager praises supporters after Arsenal win

NORWICH City Manager Chris Hughton has thanked the Yellow Army for the role they played in a fantastic victory over Arsenal at Carrow Road on Saturday night.

Grant Holt’s first half strike saw Hughton’s men claim their first Barclays Premier League win of the season and move out of the relegation zone into 15th position ahead of next week’s trip to Aston Villa.

The commitment of the players was matched by the fans who created a wonderful atmosphere to spur their side to their first home win over Arsenal since 1984.

Hughton told Canaries Player: “This has always been a wonderful place and the fans were magnificent today. 

“At the end that’s when we needed them the most, and that’s when they were at their most vocal. I’m really pleased for the fans, they deserve it.

“I’m feeling good. If you can’t feel good after a win like that then you’re in the wrong business. 

“I feel good because I thought we deserved it. We’re on the back of some poor performances and bad luck, but we got a performance that was worthy of winning the game – that goes for all 11 players that were on the park today.

“I don’t like to single anybody out, but I’m really pleased for Michael Turner. He missed a good chunk of pre-season, it’s been hit and miss for him so far, but we brought him in for his experience and we needed that today – I’m really pleased for him.”

Holt hit the 19th minute winner after Alex Tettey’s 25-yard effort was spilled by Gunners ‘keeper Vito Mannone into the top scorer’s path, who made it three goals in three games.

There were heroic performances all over the park for the Canaries however, whose search for a first Premier League win came against an opponent of the highest quality.

Hughton added: “When you’re up against a team with the quality that Arsenal  have got, you think about putting fresh legs on, but you don’t want to stop the momentum that you’ve got.

“I thought we looked quite fresh towards the end. You know that they can open you up, but we were able to restrict them to minimal chances, and that was key today.

“It’s about the points. It’s about accumulating points. Our biggest frustration is not the games we’ve lost - because we’re going to lose games, the frustration is not picking up points when we should have done. 

“If you can get a win, with a performance, against one of the big teams, that will lift the players and the supporters.”

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