Frustration and relief for Cardiff boss Jones
AUDIO: Bluebirds boss Dave Jones admitted he was happy to take a point away from Carrow Road – but frustrated at the timing of the Canaries equaliser.
After seeing striker Jon Parkin score seven minutes into his debut, the travelling fans were silenced when Russell Martin popped up in the last minute of normal time to give Norwich the point they deserved. That much wasn't in dispute.
'Would I have taken a point before the game? Of course I would have,' said Jones. 'Am I disappointed that we conceded? Yes, because of the time it was conceded in. The lad (Martin) scuffed his shot and it's taken a deflection. I actually thought it had gone out for a corner, but it's come off Nails' (Lee Naylor) chest and squeezed in somehow. But it was probably a fair result at the end of the day and it is not a bad place to come and get a point when you consider the results Norwich have been getting.
'It's a difficult place to come. They didn't have too many chances. We counter-attacked and probably had the better chances in the game.
'It was a hard earned point. Norwich are up there and are trying to do what we are trying, we scored a really good goal, but it was always going to be end to end just because of the way both teams set up. I've got nothing but admiration for them, and today they put in a solid performance. They were unfortunate not to hold on to all three points after working so hard.'
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Jones paid tribute to Parkin, who was making his debut after arriving from Preston for �100,000.
'It wasn't a bad way to start your career at a football club,' said Jones. 'I think the chairman is a very happy man having seen the price we paid for Jon.
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'He had a knee injury and only trained with the players on Thursday so we just told him to go out there and play. I thought it was a superb debut from him. If you are a good player you just adapt. It was a brilliant strike for the goal and he's gone on to do a good job, even though he was puffing a bit towards the end.'
Jones added: 'Our fans were superb today. It's a long, long way to come and I think in return they have seen a solid performance from their side. We have now taken four points from a side who are up there and if we did that with all our opponents I'd certainly be more than happy.
'We had our little bad patch and hopefully that's behind us now. It was probably down to a lack of bodies as much as anything else and also to the fine dividing line between victory and defeat at the top end because we could have easily got something out of the games which we lost.
'We've got Jay [Bothroyd] coming back and soon we'll be pretty much up to full strength. We'll also be looking to add to what we've got before the end of the month. We're nicely placed at the moment and I certainly can't complain.'