Chris Hughton dedicates West Ham Premier League comeback win to Norwich City’s fans

Gary Hooper is mobbed after his equaliser in Saturday's Premier League 3-1 win over West Ham at Carr

Gary Hooper is mobbed after his equaliser in Saturday's Premier League 3-1 win over West Ham at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton dedicated Norwich's much-needed Premier League win to Norwich City's fans after a thrilling second half comeback in Saturday's 3-1 home victory over West Ham.

City looked to be heading into the international break in a desperate state after Ravel Morrison fired the Hammers ahead before the break but Gary Hooper's penalty lifeline sparked the hosts into concerted action with Robert Snodgrass' superb drifting free kick and Leroy Fer's stoppage time finish securing the points. City's suport stuck with the Canaries after voicing their displeasure at half-time and Hughton admitted his side had tested their patience in recent weeks, particularly the two dire league and cup displays in Manchester.

'It was a real tough week for them,' he said. 'I wanted to reward them because they have been excellent. We feel it inside the club so I can only imagine what those who have supported this club for a number of years felt. It has been tough and frustrating for the fans. I was very keen to put on record my thanks for all those who followed us up to Manchester.

'There is always a spirit among these players and they had to show it. We have been on the back of some heavy defeats recently against some of the best teams and we tweaked things a little bit here at half-time and decided to go two up front. We probably needed to change the emphasis with the way West Ham packed midfield and perhaps in that first half period we needed to get closer to them than we did. It is a tricky one because if you press too high you can empty that midfield area. It showed at times in that first half period but we were a bit more aggressive and sometimes it is just a goal that can spark things off. Once we got it I was always fairly comfortable from that moment we could go on and win it.'

Hughton felt his side would have worked themselves back into the game without Jussi Jaaskelainen's inadvertent spill and then foul on Hooper to gift City a lifeline from the penalty spot.

'I think the penalty is a big moment but I was still confident we could create chances in that second half,' he said. 'We'll take how it came about. It lifted the players and the stadium and the supporters and we did do. I was delighted with the second half performance. That was more like us. We can talk about systems but West Ham some very fine footballers and you can leave yourself vulnerable to the counter-attack. We took a few chances but I thought we were worth the win.'