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HUGHTON: "WE WERE PUNISHED"

12 February 2014

Manager speaks after West Ham defeat

NORWICH City played well enough to beat West Ham United on Tuesday night but were once again punished for their profligacy in front of goal, says manager Chris Hughton.

James Collins and Mohamed Diame scored in the last six minutes for the hosts to secure an unlikely 2-0 victory after some poor finishing and inspired goalkeeping from Adrian had cost the Canaries.

“We had enough good chances to win the game,” said Hughton when speaking to Norwich City TV after the final whistle at the Boleyn Ground.

“It only takes one goal, and if we’d have put one of those chances away, West Ham will have had to open up a little bit more and maybe we could have capitalised on that.”

City’s boss felt his side coped well with the Hammers’ threats but let themselves down in the final ten minutes.

“We were up against a West Ham team that were very direct and very physical, but I thought we coped with that very well. They had minimal chances in the game,” he added.

“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb. You’ve either got to be scoring goals, or you’ve got to defend like we did for the large majority of the game.

“We make life very difficult for ourselves if we’re not putting the chances away. It’s not a question of not creating - similarly to the Cardiff game, where we created enough good chances, but if we’re not putting them away it’s very difficult.”

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