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Grant Hanley: It felt like a Premier League game

20 April 2021

Norwich City defender and captain Grant Hanley described the Canaries' 1-0 loss to Watford as one that had Premier League quality.

A win at Carrow Road over the Hornets would’ve seen City clinch the Sky Bet Championship title, but it wasn’t meant to be as a Dan Gosling finish gave the Hornets the 1-0 win.

Speaking in his post-match interview, Hanley says he felt the game was a difficult one, and one that resembled the quality in the topflight.

“Disappointing. It was a chance for us to go and get the job done, we’ve not got the result we wanted. We started sluggish, then grew into the game.

“It was always going to be a tough game, they’re a good side. It felt like a Premier League game. They’ve got a lot of quality. They had spells where they were on top, we had spells when we were on top, unlucky for us we never created enough for two good chances to come along.

“I think it was good practice for the Premier League. I think the main focus is remaining professional until the end of the season.

“We’re promoted, but we want to keep improving and keep testing ourselves because we want to improve ourselves for next season.

“It’s good to get that test and although we’re disappointed with the results from the last couple games, it maybe keeps us on our toes a bit and forcing us to not get complacent and keep moving forward.”

Despite the loss coming shortly after promotion celebrations on Saturday evening, Hanley doesn’t want the team to make any excuses for their loss, adding that they feel even more motivated to wrap up the title as soon as possible.

“I don’t want to make any excuses, we’re used to the Championship and it’s been condensed, so I don’t think we can use that as an excuse.

“It was just a tough game, we weren’t quite there and didn’t get the result we were looking for, so we need to move forward.

“It gives us something to be motivated for, its important that we keep pushing for that. That’s all that matters, we’ve got it over the line and we’re promoted, but we want to finish the league properly and go and win it.”

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