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Jordan Hugill: We matched a good Rotherham side today

17 October 2020

Jordan Hugill was more than complimentary to his Norwich City teammates after coming back from a goal down to beat Rotherham United 2-1 on Saturday.

Freddie Ladapo gave the Millers the lead early on, but a second-half own goal from Michael Ihiekwe and a penalty conversion from Hugill gave City all three points late in the game.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Hugill was full of praise for his City comrades for coming back and winning what was an uphill battle for 68 minutes.

"I think, to be honest, it was unbelievable for the team to come from one-nil down. The attitude we had all the way through the game to then bring it back with the equaliser and then to get a penalty in the last minute.

"I've been practicing them for the last however long it is and it's always nice when it comes off, but as I say the performance from the team, we dug in, stayed strong and matched a good Rotherham team today.

"I think they were brilliant, they looked organised and very good at what they were doing, it was a tough one, but I'm delighted."

Asked about his penalty, Hugill says there was no doubt he wanted to be the one on the spot-kick, but is even happier about the hard-fought three points.

"Emi [Buendia] picked it up, but as I say I've been practicing them for weeks, if not months and years. It was a relief, as soon as the whistle went I fancied myself to score.

"It is a special feeling and I'm delighted to have scored, but more importantly I'm delighted to have won that game. It was tough all the way throughout that game, but to come away with a win is brilliant."

It takes a determined attitude to chase a win for more than 90 minutes, especially after conceding so early on. Speaking on the character in the dressing room, the striker emphasised the unity among the team in pushing each other to improve.

"The character in the dressing room is unbelievable and it's only getting better, the more games that keep coming, the more we push on. We're constantly striving to push each other on.

"Tim's [Krul] penalty save was unbelievable, we know his record of penalties, so for him to save that gives everyone a bit of a boost to get going. We held our own, created chances and then the second-half was brilliant.

"It's very healthy to have competition at a club and I think to have competition with Adam [Idah] and Teemu [Pukki] is brilliant, we're pushing each other to be better.

"I'm the type of person where if I'm not getting in the team, I won't moan, I'll get my head down and try get in that team. I knew coming to this club I had to be patient because you look at what Teemu has done, it's unbelievable.

"I knew I could be patient and when my chance came I had to take it, so for me I've done exactly what I've said I've done, but I want everyone to rise up and keep going, we push each other."

Rounding off his interview, Hugill ended by remaining hopeful that the team can now start stringing together results as fixtures come with little break between them.

"I think the games are now coming thick and fast and if you get a run going in the next two or three weeks, even up until Christmas, is essential to get you up there in the Championship. Now we've got the first win, hopefully the momentum is with us."


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