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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Gary Hooper’s sixth goal as a Norwich City striker was his best to date, but he was far from satisfied – even if it was enough to earn a draw against Swansea.
The first-half volley that cancelled out Nathan Dyer’s 12th-minute opener – a goal that owed a lot to some pretty shoddy Canaries defending – was reminiscent of Luis Suarez’s opener against City at Anfield; a point not lost on Hooper.
“It was – but he would have scored four today,” smiled Hooper. “I should’ve scored the first chance I had when I went round the keeper, but made up for it with that one and we needed that before half-time. I don’t know how he (Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm) saved my shot in the second half. I thought it was in. If it was on my right foot, I’d have scored. As it was on my left, I’ll take it as a good save.”
No that Hooper couldn’t enjoy what was not only a rarity of a goal – but also one of his best.
“It sat up nicely and I thought I’d give it a go,” said Hooper, who made full use of Johan Elmander’s chest pass. “I saw it looping and the keeper running backwards, and I thought it must be in. It hit the net full, so it was a good goal just before half-time.
“I couldn’t have scored it without Johan. He held it up well, it was a great ball from Whitts (Steven Whittaker) too. Johan did it with one touch, I took a touch and just went for it.
“I think that’s my fourth goal from outside the box. I very rarely score from outside the box. But if you hit it early and the keeper’s off his line, then you’ve got a chance. But that’s probably the best goal I’ve scored – outside the box.”
“Maybe it was a fair result. Their goal knocked the stuffing out of us a little. I thought we were on top before that and then one long ball and Dyer scored. But I thought second half we played very well. We made a few chances, hit the bar and we were unlucky.”