December 5 2013 Latest news:
Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Chris Hughton savoured a first Premier League win of the season after Nathan Redmond pounced to sink Southampton 1-0 at Carrow Road to cap a positive week for the Canaries.
City bounced backed from a top flight defeat at Hull with a thumping 6-3 Capital One Cup win over Bury the precursor to a priceless three points against the previously-unbeaten Saints. Hughton felt Norwich were full value for Redmond’s 68th minute 20 yard finish that beat Artur Boruc at his near post.
“It’s certainly a better feeling than last week,” he said. “There was nobody more disappointed than me with the result and performance (at Hull). That being the case you want to do something about it and we got the lift in midweek of scoring some goals and winning and we took that into today. This was always going to be a tough game. Southampton are a good side who have invested well on top of some very talented players.
“I think in the end over 90 minutes we deserved. They had to go for it in that last period and the game became very open. Nathan is an exciting young talent but we have all been around long enough to know that also with young players they can have highs and lows and you have to be sure to look after them in the right way.”
Adam Lallana struck a post for the visitors in the first period and Hughton felt both could justifiably feel aggrieved over failed penalty appeals. Lallana’s first half dig clearly struck Bradley Johnson’s hands but Robert Snodgrass appeared to be bundled over by Jose Fonte deep in stoppage time.
“I haven’t yet seen the handball incidents involving Bradley or the one we had at the other end with Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) but I have been led to believe that on another day both could have been penalties,” he said. “Certainly I did think the last one and the challenge on Robert Snodgrass was a penalty. I wasn’t sure about Howard (Webb’s) line on it in terms of whether his vision was blocked. Sometimes on the touchline it looks quite obvious but the referee gets himself in a position that is obstructed.”
Saints’ counterpart Mauricio Pochettino felt Johnson’s handball offence was a major turning point.
“The referee was very close to the action so I really have no idea why that penalty wasn’t given, it was blatant. It could’ve changed the game completely,” said the Argentine. “In the first 15 minutes Norwich were dominating the game, but after that I think we were able to match them and their strength and their effort. I think after those 15 minutes we played well. In the second half when we were playing our best football we conceded a goal and it was very hard to come back from 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.