Norwich City boss Chris Hughton feels aggrieved over Arsenal Premier League defeat

Sebastien Bassong has his shirt pulled by Olivier Giroud before putting the ball into his own net fo

Sebastien Bassong has his shirt pulled by Olivier Giroud before putting the ball into his own net for Arsenal's second goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Chris Hughton insisted Norwich deserved to harbour a sense of injustice at the manner of their 3-1 Premier League defeat to Arsenal.

Hughton made his feelings crystal clear to the officials in a lengthy post-match debrief over what he felt were the contentious decisions that tilted this contest back in the Gunners' favour.

Michael Turner's glancing header just before the hour mark looked to have set up a famous win at the Emirates, before Arsenal struck three times in seven minutes at the end of a pulsating affair.

Mikel Arteta levelled from the penalty spot in the 85th minute after Kei Kamara was adjudged to have manhandled Oliver Giroud - a decision given on the advice of the assistant referee. Hughton was adamant Arsenal should not have been awarded a corner during the build up and questioned why referee Mike Jones had deferred to his colleague after Giroud and Kamara appeared to be grappling each other inside the Norwich penalty box.

Giroud was credited with Arsenal's second just three minutes later after bundling home from close range under pressure from Sebastien Bassong before Lukasz Podolski rifled home a third after Theo Walcott appeared to be offside in the build up.


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Hughton took more than 75 minutes to appear for his post-match press conference with the written media, and the seething City boss admitted he needed that period to collect his thoughts.

'Yes, its taken me this long to calm down,' he said. 'This is a very difficult place to come. I have to say we showed some naivety at 1-1 to allow the second goal, and we have to hold our hands up, but apart from that we were excellent. I thought we were spot on in the way we played. First of all, my first thoughts are it wasn't a corner in the first place. I haven't see a close up angle, but that is my feeling. What I am more aggrieved about is there is definite contact involving Kei Kamara but he swivels around and the linesman makes the decision from 45 yards away when a referee is there eight to 10 yards away who has an absolutely perfect view of the incident. 'I have spoken to the referee but that will remain a private conversation. I am still not convinced (by what they have said). I accept there was some contact with Kei but he plays the ball and on most occasions it is not given. If it is, it is because the referee is in a good position and he gives it.'

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