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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has admitted that every defeat hurts on a personal level – and that he was bound to sleep more easily after his side’s first Premier League win of the season.
The Canaries’ 1-0 success against Arsenal not only lifted the mood of supporters in a noisy full house at Carrow Road, but gave their 53-year-old manager a much more enjoyable weekend after waiting nine weeks for that first league victory.
Asked how he felt after his team beat the Gunners, he said: “I’m actually delighted - but being a football manager is tough. You take the defeats very much to heart. It affects you, of course it does, because you don’t like to lose. And particularly you don’t like to lose in a fashion that perhaps we have in some games.
“So it hurts and it takes a little while to get it out of your system. But you have to have belief in the team.”
Just 48 hours before City doubled their points tally, courtesy of Grant Holt’s third goal in successive games, Hughton told reporters he felt their first league win was “just around the corner”.
After that forecast came true in such exciting fashion, he explained: “Probably the defining thing was the four games we had where we did play very well. So you know that’s there, in the locker.
“But it is tough and it’s certainly a better feeling having got those three points. I’ll certainly sleep better tonight,”
Hughton freely admits he did not expect City to finish in the top half of the Premier League, but he believes they are more than capable of steering clear of trouble.
He said: “I think we know where we are. We’re going to lose games, we know that. We know every game is going to be a tough game for us but the players are spirited enough.
“They know there are going to be tough periods but it’s about how you bounce back. As a group, they’re very hard-working and spirited and we’ll need that right the way through the season.”
He said the players had maintained a positive attitude during the two-week international break despite the 4-1 defeat at Chelsea.
“You’ve always got to try to get the balance right,” he said. “On the back of a poor defeat in the last game, you then had to pick them up. With this group it hasn’t been so difficult. We accept that we’re not going to be in the top ten, but if we do it right we’ve definitely got enough quality to do well enough.”