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Mario Vrancic: We fully deserved the point

28 December 2019

Norwich City midfielder Mario Vrancic says the Canaries were fully deserving of Saturday evening’s 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur.

“We were close to getting all three points and went ahead twice, but we shouldn’t forget we played against a really decent side who played in the Champions League final six months ago,” he said. “To gain a point is quite good for us.

“We were prepared for their build-up and knew they would play through the centre. We could have scored more.

“Grant Hanley and Christoph Zimmerman made some great blocks today, especially in the second half. They’re big fellas so that’s their job to do.

“We can build from this because our performance was great, even though we didn’t have much luck. With Teemu Pukki’s goal, normally we’d have gone 2-0 up but VAR went against us. We fully deserved the point.

“It’s not my job to comment on VAR, but it’s very unfortunate that it always affects us in the wrong way. I don’t think we’ve had any penalties from it so far. I wasn’t sure about awarding Christian Eriksen’s free-kick because of a foul on Jamal Lewis.”

The draw came just two days after City fell to a 1-0 defeat away to Aston Villa – another game in which the Canaries had the lion’s share of chances only to come away empty handed, but the players didn’t dwell on it for long.

“We were very disappointed after the Aston Villa game,” Vrancic said. “We analysed it straight away and talked about it before focusing on Tottenham.

“We can really build on this point, so we’re going to analyse Crystal Palace to be well prepared and hopefully get a win.

“It’s very important to believe we’re good enough to stay in the Premier League. I know we’re at the bottom but there’s no point giving up. We’ve proved many times that we can be competitive. Hopefully, we’ll have a few good results in the next few weeks.”

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