December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 6, 2013
For a reasonable portion of Sunday afternoon’s game, it looked like Norwich City could cause an upset – and that was from the shakiest of beginnings. But there was a sting in the tail, arguably involving a performer who deserved better given what his appearance in the Canaries midfield over the last 180 minutes has meant for the rest of Chris Hughton’s set-up.
Certainly Jonny Howson appreciated another big shift from Norwegian international Alex Tettey, who couldn’t deal with Chelsea’s late break that led to Eden Hazard regaining their lead with just five minute of normal time left.
“I think two minutes before that goal I was certainly feeling the effects of the game; you start to get tired,” said Howson.
“So it’s hard. Alex is one of those where he works so hard. He gives it all he’s got and he obviously did his best to try and stretch out a leg to get the ball, and it’s one of those where if the ball is a yard the other way, Alex maybe gets a better contact on it. He’s at full stretch trying to stop it, so I think he was a bit unlucky but you get those situations like that.
“You can’t argue with what he’s done. He covered every blade of grass. It’s a lovely ball Oscar has played right into his (Hazard’s) path and even if Alex doesn’t get a touch on it he’s through anyway. So he’s done all he can to get contact on it and it’s just a bit unfortunate.”
It was a theme that possibly stretched to City as whole, with their recovery from going behind to Oscar’s fourth-minute strike meriting more than a two-goal defeat.
“It was tough to take,” added Howson. “For large periods of that second half, on the pitch it certainly felt like we had them on the back foot and maybe we were going to get the second.
“We made the perfect reaction from their first goal. We didn’t let it bother us, we kicked on again and reacted to that. It looked like we were going to be the ones to get the second goal.
“But against top class teams, that’s what they can do to you. They can see it out when they’re on the back foot and turn it around. Their second goal killed it, in a way. The momentum totally shifted and the third is a world class goal.
“It wasn’t to be and we’ll learn from this. There are a lot of positives to take out of that game and we gave it right good go.”
Howson did have one issue – a second-half foul by Ramires on Anthony Pilkington that could have possibly earned City a penalty.
“I haven’t seen it again,” he added. “But the thing for me is I feel it’s the same as the ones that Ricky (van Wolfswinkel) was getting pulled up for on David Luiz when he was driving out with the ball, and he was giving a free-kick every time.
“To me, it seems a similar incident but in the box.
“It’s maybe an easier decision to give on the halfway line and it’s certainly a different situation when you are giving it in the box.”