Manager reacts to 2-1 Carrow Road victory

CITY Manager Chris Hughton was delighted with his team once again on Sunday as they overcame a tough challenge from Sunderland to win 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League at Carrow Road.

Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington put the Canaries ahead, before Craig Gardner pulled one back just before the break for the visitors.

Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats applied the pressure in the second period, but City held out to secure their fourth consecutive home victory, and extend their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions.

Hughton told “I knew it would be a tough second half, even if we’d have gone in at half time 2-0 up, because they’re a good side.

“If anything if you’ve had a tough time of late like Sunderland have, sometimes coming away from home means you can open up a bit more.

“They were a threat, even in the first half, but fortunately for us we had the important moments which were the goals.

“The first half I thought we were excellent, and if Pilkington’s goal came for one of the big teams, then you’d see it replayed over and over.

“We played some really good football, really tested them, and came out of the blocks really well.

“It’s three games in a week for the lads, and we’ve played an unchanged team, so to be able to do that for 90 minutes is very, very difficult.

“Their goal gave Sunderland a lift, but I always thought it would be tougher in that second half, because they had to go for it and the game opened up.

“The only way that would have changed is if we would have scored a third, but they are a good team and were not going to lie down and be beaten easily.”

Before the match the Hughton also reacted to the news that he would be taking his team to London Road in the FA Cup Third Round to face Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough United.

The tie is set to take place on the weekend of January 5 and 6, 2013, and for the Manager, he was just delighted for the fans to have a relatively short trip to see the Canaries.

He added: “First and foremost I’m pleased for our supporters, as it’s not too far to travel. 

"If you are going to play away from home you want to avoid a draw against another Premier League team, and we’ve been fortunate in the Capital One Cup to have home draws so the law of averages says that this one was going to go against us. 

"Peterborough will be dangerous because they’ll be lifted by the fact they are playing against Premier League opposition and we know how the FA Cup can affect teams. 

"The FA Cup is still one you look forward to as a manager and player. There’s always massive excitement once the draw comes out, and I’m quite sure there will be a full house and a great atmosphere at London Road. 

"Some might say it was a bit of a premonition, but I was there at London Road only yesterday actually, because it was an opportunity to watch a game, and there aren't too many places you can get to in time for kick-off on a Saturday after training."

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