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Grant Hanley: My goal at Burnley was very satisfying

25 January 2020

Grant Hanley described his goal in Norwich City’s FA Cup fifth round win at Burnley as “one of the most satisfying moments” he’s had in football.

City’s club captain planted a firm header past Clarets’ goalkeeper Joe Hart to silence a section of the home support who had been jeering the ex-Blackburn Rovers defender for most of the contest.

Josip Drmic doubled City’s lead minutes later, before Erik Pieters made it a nervy ending with a reply 20 minutes from time.

But City held on to secure their passage through to round five for the first time since 2012.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk, Hanley said: “Especially [scoring] at that end in front of that section of the crowd that were giving me a bit of stick, it was nice.

“It’s probably one of the most satisfying feelings I’ve had in football for somebody that doesn’t score many.

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“You get stick on the pitch and it’s the only way to answer them. I’m pleased with it.

“It’s massive for us. It’s good to get into the next round of the competition but I think every game we go into, we want to get a result and we want to put in a good performance.”

City had a host of chances in the first-half and it was bemusing for all, including Hanley, that they weren’t ahead at the half-time break.

“It was pleasing to create so many chances. Josip was unlucky a couple of times, we could have been one up after five or ten seconds.

“Also, we gave them a couple of chances that we weren’t happy about, but we were disappointed to go in at 0-0 at half-time.

“We knew if we carried on playing like that and stuck to our guns, the goals would come.

“2-0 is always a dodgy scoreline. we were slightly disappointed we didn’t kill the game earlier and make it three or four.

“When they scored, it’s tough to be mentally right and make sure you’re solid but I think we did that.

“At times, we controlled the game and made it difficult for them.”

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It’s imperative City take this feel-good factor into a crucial lot of league games coming up according to the Scot, starting with Newcastle United a week on Saturday.

“We will take confidence from today. The big thing for me was the character we showed to learn from the league game here [which City lost 2-0 in September].

“We won our battles and earned the right to play our style of football. We can take loads of belief from it.”


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