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28 December 2013

City boss says his team deserved more

CHRIS Hughton admits his team were made to rue not scoring when on top as Manchester United eventually edged Saturday’s game at Carrow Road 1-0.

City were the dominant force in the first half, with Russell Martin and Gary Hooper forcing saves from David de Gea, but it was United’s Danny Welbeck who netted the game’s only goal soon after half-time.

“In that first half period we were excellent against the quality that they’ve got, but when you have your dominant moments in the game, you’ve got to capitalise on them,” said Hughton when speaking to after the game.

“It was frustrating two days ago because it’s a result that we didn’t want and the performance level wasn’t to the standards that we expect, but it certainly was today.

“They were quick on the counter-attack but we limited them to minimal chances, and of course it’s a very fortunate goal that they score.

“It’s hard to take because we certainly deserved more than what we got.”

Gary Hooper was withdrawn midway through the second half, and City’s boss revealed afterwards that the striker had complained of an injury at half-time and that he was taken off as a ‘precaution’.

“He’ll be ok. It’s something that he flagged up to us at half-time,” he added.

“We think he’ll be fine, but it was very much a precaution. If we hadn’t of taken him off, it could have got worse and kept him out for a period of time.”

Hughton also confessed his concern at his side’s profligacy but says they can still take plenty of positives, saying: “If we’re not getting into the area then I think that’s perhaps a lesser concern, but when we are we need to start making things a little bit more comfortable for ourselves.

“We’ve certainly lost the momentum with regards to winning games and getting points, but we’ve picked up momentum with our performance today because anyone who was at the game today will have seen that, particularly in the first half, we were excellent.”

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