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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton labelled Gary Hooper’s Premier League leveller a ‘special’ goal in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to Swansea.
Hooper lashed his third goal in four top flight games with a stunning 25-yard volley that cancelled out Nathan Dyer’s early opener at Carrow Road.
“It was a fantastic and very special goal,” said Hughton. “Gary is a finisher, technically a good striker of the ball so always gives himself a chance.
“It was set-up very nicely for him by Johan Elmander, but you still have to produce that. We conceded a poor goal and needed to get back into the game, we needed someone to produce something and thankfully Gary did. At the moment I am disappointed we did not get the win, because we know what it would have meant to the league table. But it is so tight and there are a very large group of teams outside of that top seven or eight can beat each other, and I don’t see that changing. We are just pleased that at this moment we are on a decent run and have been able to pick up a few points, but we have to keep that going.”
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup felt the game turned on Dyer’s first half injury exit with a suspected broken right ankle after Sebastien Bassong fell on the midfielder following an aerial collison.
“I think the game changed in two ways with the injury. Things like this are part of football, even though we don’t know how bad it is yet, but everybody could see it was not good when you get carried out like that,” said Laudrup, whose squad lost defender Neil Taylor for most of last season when he fractured his ankle in three places. “You just go from playing one second to being out for you don’t know how long. We will wait to see the X-ray and then in a couple of days have an MRI scan to know if it is bad or really bad. Let’s wait and see. We’re hoping that if it is bad, it is not too bad.
“We are all human, the team had 10 minutes where they suffered a bit and tactically we also lost our main threat with the runs from the second line, like when he had scored the goal. In the end 1-1 I think at the end of a very difficult run of games, we can look at the positive things, even if it is a bit difficult with the injury today. We have reached 20 points now and are among the last 32 in Europe for the first time ever and will see on Monday what the draw will bring us.”