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22 August 2015

Canaries midfielder reflects on Stoke City draw

NORWICH City’s Graham Dorrans believes a goalkeeping clinic from Jack Butland was the key factor in his side being held to a 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw by Stoke at Carrow Road on Saturday.

The Canaries were forced to settle for a point after Butland produced a string of fine stops, following Russell Martin’s first half leveller cancelling out Mame Biram Diouf’s early opener.

Dorrans himself was denied on more than one occasion by the Potters number one, and after the match he told Norwich City TV: “I felt we played really well, and controlled the game after we scored.

“We probably should have gone on to win but Jack Butland had an unbelievable game. Some of the saves he pulled off were incredible, and if it wasn’t for him we’d probably have got three points.

“We’re a little bit disappointed but we’ll go again in mid-week against Rotherham.”

The result leaves City with four points from their opening three games, and Dorrans added: “We’ve talked in the changing room about how we should have at least six points, but the Premier League is a tough place to be.

“If you don’t take your chances to score goals, then you won’t get the results you deserve. Four points is a solid start though, and we’ll take it from here.

“We can certainly compete at this level, which we’ve shown. Hopefully we can continue to do that in order to pick up as many points as possible.”

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