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Grant Hanley: It's not an easy place to come and get three points

16 January 2021

Norwich City captain and defender Grant Hanley felt as though his side were slightly disappointed with the second half in their 2-1 win over Cardiff City on Saturday, but says the team showed plenty of durability to hold onto their lead.

Hanley opened the scoring early on with a header in a City set-piece, before Todd Cantwell smashed a Jordan Hugill rebound home to take all three points and hit 50 points in the Sky Bet Championship.

Speaking on the win, Hanley thought that his team could've done better to control the game in the second half, but added that they should take plenty of positives from their ability to dig in and hold onto the win away from home.

"We're a bit frustrated with how the second half went because we felt we were so dominant in the first half, it's exactly the style of football we want to play. We pressed high, we counter-pressed, we built up from the back, moved it through the thirds and created chances.

"After such a good first half it was a bit of a disappointing second half to not control the game, especially after the sending off as well, but that's football at times.

"The lads have got to take a lot of pride from the grit we showed in digging in, it's not an easy place to come and get three points and that's what we've done."

Asked about his goal, his first since the FA Cup third round against Burnley last season, Hanley was impartial once more, saying that although the goal was a great feeling, he feels as if the centre-halves should be converting more set-pieces.

"It was very good, we know it's an area we need to improve on as a team, but especially as centre-backs. We need to start pulling our weight a bit in terms of goals from set-plays.

"It was nice to get on the scoresheet, but I think it's something we definitely need to improve on more because I feel like I've gotten on the end of a few, but not really scored them really. It was nice to get one today and I hope I can get a few more before the season is up."

The skipper wasn't short of praise for one particular City player's performance this afternoon however, describing Jordan Hugill's display as 'outstanding'.

"I thought Jordan [Hugill] was outstanding today, his attitude, his work rate was first-class and his quality was excellent and I thought he deserved a goal for his performance and his effort. It's definitely appreciated by the lads, he deserves a lot of credit."

Finally, touching on the squad rotation in the first-team owing to injury, Hanley says that the squad have to accept the set-backs as they come and strive to pick up wins regardless of who is in the starting eleven.

"That's the way football is at the minute and that's the way the season will be, I think everyone has to be professional and that's the way it's going to be for the foreseeable, we stick to our guns and do our jobs and keep it professional, picking up points where we can."

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