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SURMAN ON WEST HAM

16 September 2012

Midfielder reflects on 0-0 draw with Hammers

NORWICH City midfielder Andrew Surman was pleased with the team performance after making his first Barclays Premier League start since the opening day of the season during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with West Ham.

The 26-year-old impressed on the left side of midfield against the Hammers as City put in another impressive display at Carrow Road that deserved more than a point.

City are now four games unbeaten in all competitions, however with Newcastle United up next, Chris Hughton’s side are still searching for that first league victory that their performances have warranted.

Surman told Canaries Player: “I think the performance was great, as it has been for the last three games. We just not taking our chances at the moment. 

“I think the positives are there – we’re creating chances and keeping clean sheets. The performances are good, we just need to convert some chances and I’m sure we’ll be all right. 

“We’ve got a big squad with good players, and I am looking to build on last season on a  personal level. 

“I thought I had a decent first half, and it was my first 90 minutes in the Premier League for a while, so I started to get a bit leggy towards the end. I was pleased with my performance though, and I think it’s important that when you are given a chance to take it.”

Hughton’s side certainly created the better of the chances throughout the 90 minutes against Sam Allardyce’s men, and Surman could have been forgiven for thinking he’d won a penalty in the first half following a foul by James Collins.

Referee Chris Foy gave it just outside the area however, a decision that, on closer inspection was the correct one – the offence taking place just inches outside the box. 

“I did think it was a penalty at the time,” said Surman. “I could see the referee when I landed, because I went about five feet in the air. 

“I saw him look, and at the time I thought it was a penalty, but I’ve been told it was just outside the box. Some decisions you get, and some you don’t. On another day the referee might have given the penalty and we’d have won 1-0.

“It was quite end-to-end. They got a foothold in the game in the second half, tried to hit us on the counter attack, and brought on Matty Jarvis who is quite quick and dangerous.

“It’s difficult to keep them under wraps, but still we created chances. The goal could have gone in at any time, we were just hoping it was for us, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.

“We’re looking very good defensively. We’ve got a very good shape about us, and the good thing is that we’re still creating chances with that shape. 

“We’ve just got to keep it going, keep believing in what we and the Manager are doing here, and if we convert these chances, we’ll be all right.”

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