Striker nets stunner in 1-1 draw at RotherhamGARY Hooper outlined his frustration after Rotherham United struck late to restrict ten-man Norwich City to a solitary point at the New York Stadium on Saturday.
The Canaries substitute had put the visitors in front with a stunning strike on the hour-mark, only for Jordan Bowery to bring the Millers level with four minutes remaining.
The result dented the hopes of Alex Neil’s side securing a Sky Bet Championship automatic promotion position, and after the game Hooper told Norwich City TV: “Everyone is gutted to concede before the end having held off all that time.
“We needed to win, basically. After the game we found out Fulham had won, so we know we could have gone second.
“We’ll see what happens on Monday in the Bournemouth game then kick on again Saturday. You never know in football, but if we do end up in the play-offs then we’ve got to win them and get promoted.”
Having seen forward Lewis Grabban dismissed in the first half, Hooper praised City’s collective attitude in testing circumstances, commenting: “We’ve got to keep our heads high because we did well with ten men.
“Our focus was on getting the three points, and I thought we held Rotherham off really well. The last ten minutes were the toughest on the squad; we didn’t hold on long enough and they scored.
“It was tense because Rotherham are fighting for their lives, and we’re going for promotion. Having ten men was tough and you could say we’re happy with a point but we needed to win.
“We’ll look to Fulham now and try to kick on.”