Chris Hughton reflects on San Jose matchCITY boss Chris Hughton reflected upon a 1-0 pre-season defeat for the Canaries to San Jose Earthquakes at the Buck Shaw Stadium.
“It was a tough test, but we very much expected that,” said Hughton. “They’re a team midway through their season, and of course this is only our second week of pre-season.
“So we expected it and that’s how you work your pre-season to progressively play tougher games over that period and tonight was a good challenge for us.
“I thought we had two very good chances in that first half period and what we did do was give a very sloppy goal away, which is very unlike us - and so that was disappointing.
“With any of these games you don’t like to lose them, but you have to learn from all these experiences – and this I why we came here because of the quality of the opposition and their levels – and it was a tough challenge today.”
New Dutch signings Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Leroy Fer made their debuts for the Club, each playing a half against the Earthquakes.
“Both of them played 45 minutes and I thought Ricky looked really sharp and Leroy was prepared to get on the ball and show some of the qualities of his game, but there were a lot of pluses.
“And I was really pleased because we had a really good support here which was quite surprising, some of which have travelled and some that live here, and on behalf of myself and the players we’d like to thank them for being here and we very much appreciate their support.”
Midfielder Jonny Howson missed Thursday night’s match but returned to action against San Jose, but the Canary boss confirmed his midfield partner Bradley Johnson would not feature on the tour: “Bradley went over on his knee a few days ago now – the good news is that it’s not going to be a problem but he will miss these games, which is a little bit of a blow for us.
“Jonny missed the last game through illness but back again today and will play a part again on Wednesday, and we expect Wednesday’s game against Portland to be equally as tough.”
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