December 6 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Chris Hughton has praised the quick thinking of Anders Lindegaard for his role in helping aid an unconscious Robert Snodgrass during Norwich City’s Capital One Cup drubbing.
The Scottish international was given the all clear yesterday after suffering a concussion during Tuesday’s miserable 4-0 defeat against Manchester United.
He was knocked out following a sickening clash of heads with Rafael early in the second half and received lengthy treatment on the pitch by medical staff. But the first man on the scene was the Old Trafford shot-stopper and the Canaries’ boss admitted he was relieved to see him immediately placing the 26-year-old in the recovery position.
Hughton said: “I think that was the case (that he put Snodgrass in the recovery position).
“I think if you’re the closest one to it and you can see that the player is (knocked) out then of course it is quite alarming. If you’re somebody that’s not used to that, or not used to seeing it, or not quite sure what to do, then of course it becomes even more of a nervy time.
“I think the medical people got on as quick as they could and I think it was dealt with very, very well and all we need to see now is hopefully a recovery from him and I’m sure he’ll be ok but of course it’s not something you want to see.”
City’s midfielder was taken to hospital for precautionary checks after the incident but did not stay overnight and travelled back to Norfolk yesterday.
Snodgrass’ injury, coupled with Nathan Redmond’s hip problem which also saw him substituted, compounded a forgettable night for the Carrow Road club. But the Yellow Army remained in good voice up until the final whistle – which delighted Hughton.
“A special mention for them (the fans) on what is a long journey in midweek,” said City’s manager, whose men return to Manchester on Saturday to face United’s fierce rivals City in the Premier League.
“Our supporters perhaps didn’t get back to Norwich until the early hours. And it was a wonderful show and they were very good. I think they were very appreciative of our efforts.
“Of course when Robert Snodgrass went off, I know there was much concern, but they stayed right until the end, as always, and I think we thank them very much for that.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.