Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Chris Hughton admitted to mixed emotions after Norwich stopped the Premier League rot with a 0-0 home draw against his former club Newcastle at Carrow Road.
The City chief praised his side’s defensive resolve but Hughton conceded Norwich’s collective lack of quality in attacking areas was a source of frustration.
“We take the positives and that is certainly the clean sheet,” he said. “I felt we deserved that certainly because we were up against a team that always scores goals. A team that has been to Old Trafford and scored three goals and scored three at Arsenal. As a team and a unit we defended really well. I can’t think, at this moment, of a save that Mark Bunn has had to make. The thing that disappointed me and frustrated me was we got into some really good areas in that final third and I think if our quality had been there and that little bit of composure had been there you would have seen us win the game. We didn’t test the keeper often enough, but I certainly felt over the game we were the better team. You need to score goals to win football matches and we were not able to do that today.”
Magpies’ counterpart Alan Pardew was delighted to end a wretched run in league and cup which culminated in last weekend’s FA Cup exit to Brighton.
“I think coming here is a difficult place,” he said. “Norwich are an efficient side at set plays and crosses into the box but I felt we defended really well. You could see the work we did on the back four this week was evident. We looked tighter as a team and that is very important going forward for us.”
Johan Elmander does not have to convince Chris Hughton of his value to Norwich City.