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8 March 2014

Manager speaks after clash with Potters finishes all square

CHRIS Hughton refused to blame the penalty decision given against his side after the 1-1 draw with Stoke City at Carrow Road.

Sebastien Bassong was adjudged to have brought down John Guidetti, with Jon Walters converting from 12 yards – but City’s boss says his side should have done more before Walters was then sent-off for a high tackle on Alexander Tettey.

“When we were 11 v 11, we should have done better to either get the extra goal that we needed or not concede,” said Hughton when talking to Norwich City TV.

“There would be some referees who wouldn’t have given it (the penalty), but we shouldn’t have allowed ourselves to get in that position.

“It feels exactly what it is – it’s two points lost. We were up against a Stoke side that caused us problems, but more so in the first half. We had to defend well, they’re a physical side.

“Having got the lead, I was very confident at that stage that we would certainly hold on it and go on and extend it if we could.

“At the time when they scored their goal that was the point where we dealt with them the best. The manner of the goal we conceded – it was a soft goal from the referee’s point of view.”

Hughton believes having the Potters going down to ten men was actually more of a hindrance than a help to his side given Mark Hughes’ decision to condense his formation to defend.

“When you’re against Stoke, as big and physical a side as they are, it becomes tougher because they’ll put a lot bodies back behind the ball,” he added.

“Unless you’re getting into the areas behind the defence with real quality, you end up putting balls into the box and having long-range, which is what happened.”

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