Hughton hails win and survival as highlight of managerial careerNORWICH CITY manager Chris Hughton declared Sunday’s 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion and subsequent survival in the Premier League as the ‘proudest moment’ in his managerial career.
The Canaries put on a scintillating display when it mattered most to thrash Steve Clarke’s Baggies and move onto 41 points – a total that guarantees another year of top flight football next season.
Strikes from Robert Snodgrass, Grant Holt and Jonny Howson, plus an own goal from Gareth McAuley, saw City over the line in emphatic fashion, and Hughton couldn’t deny that it was his managerial highlight to date.
“I think so. I’ve been involved in a Newcastle side that got promotion and a Birmingham City side that got to the play-offs, but I think so because of the magnitude of this game and this season,” he said.
“It’s such a massive season to be staying in the Barclays Premier League, and I think there was more pressure on this one than there was on any other game.
“There were so many good performers out there today and on a day when it really counted.”
Hughton admitted Holt’s goal to make it 2-0, after Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster rushed off his line but missed his clearance, was the moment when he thought the tide was in his side’s favour.
“I think the second goal was pivotal. Certainly when that one went in, you started to think it would be our day,” he added.
“I’m pleased and extremely proud. There’s no doubt that going into a game like this, a home game against a team who have had a really good season, there’s always going to be nervousness and anxiety because the prize at the end of it is so big.
“That’s the pressure on all of us, so for the players to put on the performance like they did today, be that brave in possession - that’s testament to this group of players.”
City’s boss also made a point of recognising the Carrow Road faithful, who created a spectacular atmosphere and were able to congratulate the players and staff when all went on a lap of honour after the final whistle.
“It’s a relief really. Our supporters have been so brilliant all season. They were anxious and nervous because they want to be watching Premier League football here next season,” he said.
“The whole place was like that, so at the end, to be able to go round and thank the supporters for the support they’ve given us, all season home and away, is something that’s really pleasing for us.
“It was nice to even enjoy that last five minutes of the game.”