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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Norwich City have hit a little bit of form – but are not quite where they want to be. And that was a frustration for Gary Hooper after their draw with Swansea. Sitting in the top half of the Premier League, for however long, will have to wait.
“It does feel like a missed opportunity today,” said the striker. “Every result went for us and we needed three points to go 10th, but we didn’t lose. We got a point out of it, we sit 14th now and we’ve got a massive game on Saturday against Sunderland.
“Us and Swansea are pretty evenly matched. They like to pass it from back to front and we like to press really high and take our chances. I think it shows in the league we are really close together and we’re happy with the second-half performance, and happy with the point.
“The team is playing well, we’re getting results and the chances are coming – and we’re taking them.
“We’re still gelling together. Everyone’s still trying to work out how to play with each other. But it’s coming along now. We’ve been playing well and especially at West Brom, I thought it was a massive three points. And this was a good point. So hopefully we can take that into Sunderland.”
The trip to Carrow Road represented Swansea’s third game in seven days – including a Switzerland Europa League date on Thursday. But highly rated left-back Ben Davies was not about to use that as an excuse for the Swans vastly improving their position in the Premier League table come Sunday evening.
“It’s been difficult,” he said. “There has been a lot of travelling for us, and the long delay we had on the flight to Switzerland, but it’s stuff you’ve got to deal with as a player and we didn’t take our focus off this game.
“I think we put a good first half in, apart from the last five minutes where we just needed to hold on to the lead and it was a bit of a sucker punch to concede so late in the first half.
“Those are the type of goals that are difficult to defend really. You can’t do much about them. But it came at a bad time for us really.
“I think we started off sloppily but I don’t think the week affected us too much. Norwich came out pressing us hard and they worked hard in the second half, so it was a bit more difficult for us. But when we got through the lines we should have created better opportunities than we did.”