City manager praises players after Man City drawCHRIS Hughton was as pleased with the performance as he was with the result as his team battled to a 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Carrow Road.
A point moves the Canaries onto 25 in the Premier League, but it was the way they got there that pleased City’s manager most.
“Firstly you’re looking at the result, which is important, but you’re also looking for a performance, and I think there so was so much good to our performance today,” said Hughton when speaking to Norwich City TV after the final whistle.
“You have to be happy with the point. When you’re playing a team like Manchester City, who have scored goals at ease in so many of the games they’ve played.
“We certainly worked hard as a team, and against these you have to work even harder, but we also gave ourselves three of four really good opportunities too.
“When Nathan Redmond went through at the end, I think his cross went through Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s legs. We’re getting things right defensively, but we’ve got to be scoring more goals.”
Robert Snodgrass, Ryan Bennett and Jonas Gutierrez all missed out on the game through injury, and Hughton gave his assessment of what has been a tough week in that regard.
“We hope Robert’s is not too bad. I had a big decision to make. He felt his groin earlier in the week, and was then still feeling it towards the end of the week,” he added.
“It’s one that I probably could have taken a risk with, but there was today’s game and then there’s 13 more games afterwards. As important as today’s game was, I needed to make sure that he’s right for them.
“Ryan Bennett felt his thigh on Tuesday, which was a blow because he’s a player that’s been playing very well for us. Jonas Gutierrez felt his calf in literally the last part of training yesterday, so it’s been a difficult week as you can imagine.”
There was a better prognosis for Gary Hooper, who was withdrawn midway through the second half after taking a knock while challenging for the ball in his own area.
“I think he’s ok. I was taking Gary off anyway, he was working really hard and we needed some fresh legs in that forward area,” said Hughton.