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21 September 2013

Manager speaks following 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa

CHRIS Hughton felt Norwich City deserved something from their meeting with Aston Villa after his side slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road.

Libor Kozak’s first goal for the visitors was enough to earn Paul Lambert’s men three points, but City missed a penalty after six minutes and spurned further opportunities to get something from the game – something the manager regrets.

“Generally, when you don’t deserve to get something from the game you hold your hands up, like we did against Tottenham last week, but today we deserved to get something from it,” said Hughton after the final whistle.

“We had a couple of really good spell in the first half, and then a longer spell of pressure in that second half period and we got into good areas, but it’s the goals that change games.

“On the balance of the play and with the amount of chances we created, we were the better team but results are determined by being able to put the ball in the back of the net, and we weren’t able to do that today.”

  • Watch the full interview with Chris Hughton on Canaries Player HERE.

Hughton believes Robert Snodgrass’ spurned spot-kick gave the Villans a boost but still feels his side reacted well in what was a free-flowing first half of football.

“The missed penalty probably gives them a little bit of a lift, but we certainly showed plenty of endeavour after but we lacked that little bit of luck and quality in front of goal,” he added.

“Our response after the penalty was good. We still managed to get decent chances but that’s the frustration – it’s not a game that deserved to lose.”

On captain Sebastien Bassong’s injury in the first half, Hughton added: “Seb had to come off with a hamstring injury and we’ll see how that is the morning.”

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