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Teemu Pukki: We could've done better and used our chances

29 December 2020

Norwich City forward Teemu Pukki says the side should have used their chances to take all three points against Queens Park Rangers in their 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

The Canaries were on top for majority of the match, but could only find the back of the net once through a Teemu Pukki penalty, seeing QPR convert a penalty of their own in the 84th minute to equalise and take a point.

Speaking in his post-match interview, the striker says the team should have done more to finish their chances, adding that they shouldn't rely on the other unsuccessful penalty appeals.

"You could say we should've got the win, but in the end you get what you deserve," he said. "It was a tough, tough game, we fought a lot to get the lead and, of course, we're disappointed to get a draw out of it.

"We could've done better and used our chances and get the win, but that's football sometimes, it's not always easy.

"It's hard to say, I haven't seem them [the penalty appeals] again. Through the game I felt like there could've been a couple more penalties, but it's hard to say when you haven't seen.

"Sometimes you get them, sometimes they don't see them, there's no reason to complain too much about it."

A half time change saw young goalkeeper Daniel Barden replace Michael McGovern through injury, with Pukki crediting the academy graduate for his performance.

"It was a good save, he's been good in training as well. He was warming up at half-time to be ready so I didn't hear, but the boys were trying to give him as much confidence as they could. He's a good goalie and he did pretty well today."

Asked about the performance of another teammate of his, Pukki praised club captain Grant Hanley for his consistency this season, describing the defender as one of the hardest players he's come up against in training. 

"Grant has been brilliant this season, he's a great defender. I've been playing against him a lot in training and he's probably one of the hardest opponents I've played against, so I know he'll be tough for any other teams coming here when they play against him."

Finally, asked about Todd Cantwell's disallowed goal and the next steps for the side, the Finn made it clear that it's now even more important to pick up all three points against Barnsley on Saturday to start their winning run once again.

"Like I said, we had the chances to get those three points, we just didn't use them. It's hard to say if it was offside or not, I haven't seen it.

"I wish we could have got those three points, we really wanted to get it after the loss to Watford. We need to do it on Saturday.

"We will analyse this game tomorrow and then start focusing on Barnsley. We need to get three points and be back on a good run."

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