Manager delighted with showing in Sunderland winCHRIS Hughton lauded the performance of his players after they comfortably saw off the challenge of Sunderland with a 2-0 win at Carrow Road on Saturday.
First half goals from Robert Snodgrass and Alex Tettey – the second an incredible 25-yard volley – secured a crucial three points and City’s boss was delighted after the game.
“I thought we were excellent from start to finish. When you put in a performance like that in the first half and you get the goals, you know that the opposition have got to do something about it,” he said when speaking to Norwich City TV after the game.
“It’s difficult to sustain that for 90 minutes, but I thought we did. I thought our work-rate was very good – I can’t think of a really good chance Sunderland had. It’s been a very good day for us.”
Results elsewhere in the Premier League went the Canaries way too, but Hughton insisted his message to the players was to focus on the quality of their own performance.
“You have weeks like this – we had a poor week last week. The most important result and performance, however, is the one that we showed today,” he added.
“Sunderland have got good movement up front and players that can really threaten you, but our movement was very good too and we just got confidence from the way we were playing.
“We’ve had performances away at West Ham and away at Cardiff where I thought the level was very good, but there’s no doubt that goals give you a lift and a spring in your step as they did today.”
On Tettey’s wonder-strike, he commented: “I think in a game where Alex scores a goal like that, you know he’s going to have to be on the winning team. He’s not going to score many like that, possibly the odd one in training!
“It’s a goal that he’ll really enjoy and look at again, and I thought it capped off a really good performance by him.”