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Hoolahan: It was good to get the win

8 August 2017

Wes Hoolahan was pleased with City’s first-half performance in the 3-2 win over Swindon Town which sent Norwich through to the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Hoolahan, who was given the captain’s armband by Daniel Farke, scored City’s second and set up James Maddison for the third as the two combined to thrilling affect throughout the game.

“Madders is a great player,” Hoolahan says. “He’s only 20 but the way he moves the ball is great, and he’s very clever with his movement and passing. He’s a joy to watch, and I’m just amazed at how good he is.

“We get on well and I speak to him about things – he has a good head on his shoulders and he wants to learn. You can see that in training – his attitude is spot on.”

Norwich conceded two headed goals from free-kicks and Angus Gunn pulled off a couple of outstanding saves late on, but City should have been clear by half-time. “We had a few good chances in the first half, and we started the second half a bit sloppy and conceded from another set-piece,” says Hoolahan. “But we did well to hang on and get ourselves into the next round and that was the important thing.”

Much like they did against Fulham at the weekend, Norwich had spells of slick possession seen throughout pre-season. It is a gameplan that suits Hoolahan perfectly, and he says he’s revelling in the new way of playing under Farke. “It’s all about possession,” says Hoolahan. “He want us to keep the ball and for us to move it quickly. And I think that suits us because we have those sort of players in the team.

“It’s a different structure from before and I’m really enjoying training every day, and all of the boys are enjoying it and we’ve got a really great team spirit here. You’re not going to get it right every time, but we won today and that’s the main thing. We’ve won one and drawn one and that’s a good start to the season.”

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