Norwich City boss Chris Hughton left to rue ‘unjust’ QPR penalty in Premier League draw at Carrow Road
Chris Hughton took issue with QPR counterpart Mark Hughes over the crucial first half penalty that pegged Norwich back in today's Premier League 1-1 draw at Carrow Road.
Simeon Jackson's close range header had ended City's goal drought over recent weeks early on, but the hosts were rocked back when new signing Sebastien Bassong was adjudged to have hauled down Djibril Cisse. John Ruddy superbly saved the Frenchman's penalty, but Bobby Zamora slammed home the rebound. The former England striker was clearly encroaching inside the Canaries' penalty area when Cisse initially stepped up to test Ruddy - although Hughes claimed in his post-match interview a mass of players from both sides had also been inside the area. Hughton made his feelings known to referee Mark Clattenburg at the final whistle over what he felt was a pivotal moment in the contest.
'Really disappointed for the players actually. I thought we had a very good reaction from last week, which is what you want,' he said. 'I expected that. Whether it meant we were going to play really well, you never know, but we played really well. It is a game we should have won. We were the side that threatened more and I thought it was a really soft penalty that we conceded. It does happen, but it was a real disappointment after scoring so early and having a real good momentum to our game. I felt it was a little bit unjust on two counts but we showed great character from that and we were the better team. We just needed to be more clinical in that final third.
'I thought it was a soft penalty to start with and apart from that when it was taken Bobby Zamora is at least, at least, three yards in the box when the penalty was struck. He was also on the referee's side. That makes it a little bit more difficult to take. It doesn't matter how many players were actually encroaching. I might have the rules wrong, but if at least one of them is one of their players I presume it has to be re-taken. They will see it a little different but it is quite clear to see that Zamora, who was the goalscorer, was at least three yards in the box.'
Hughton blooded both Bassong and Javier Garrido from the start following their recent signings and the Norwich boss confirmed in his post-match interview that fellow summer recruit Michael Turner had been left out of the matchday squad for purely tactical reasons after the opening day hammering at Fulham.