Norwich City new boy Martin Olsson gets Chris Hughton’s seal of approval

Martin Olsson made his first appearance for the Canaries in Norwich's latest 2-2 friendly draw again

Martin Olsson made his first appearance for the Canaries in Norwich's latest 2-2 friendly draw against Braga. Picture: Simon Finlay - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Martin Olsson's Norwich City debut was worth the wait for Canaries' boss Chris Hughton after the defender's first appearance in the club's latest 2-2 friendly draw against Braga.

The Swedish international arrived at Carrow Road from Blackburn earlier this summer still returning to full fitness after injury, but Olsson offered a constant attacking threat down the left in a vibrant 45 minute cameo in northern Portugal.

Hughton hailed the impact of Olsson and fit-again centre-back Michael Turner as major plus points from City's test against the serial European qualifiers.

'It was good to see them both out there,' said Hughton. 'It was a real big boost and we look forward to both of them being involved again on Tuesday night (against Real Sociedad). I think Martin showed in the first period that he is the type of player who can play one further forward. He certainly gives us this option. It was disappointing not to have seen more of him during pre-season. We knew that at the time when he first arrived that he had picked up an injury towards the end of last season (at Blackburn) and perhaps we had to take things a little slower with him.'

Hughton admitted City let Braga back into the game after Gary Hooper's first half brace put them firmly in control at the AXA Stadium.

'I think it was a case of mixed emotions,' he told the club's official site. 'Very happy with the first half and glimpses of that level in the second half although we probably expected them to come back into it and to have their moments as well. I felt at times we really dominated. We showed some really good interplay and got the two goals.

'Probably the most disappointing factor is we allowed ourselves to get drawn into a different type of game in the second half. They showed more quality than us and hence the two goals conceded but a very good run out for us overall on a good pitch.'

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City now make a welcome playing return to Carrow Road for the first time since the crucial Premier League win over West Brom to complete their preparations against the Spanish Champions League qualifiers and Greek outfit Panathinaikos.

'It will be nice to play at home. We've done a fair bit of travelling,' said Hughton. 'We knew the quality of Braga and that it would be a tough test so I didn't mind that one, but I was still disappointed to let a two goal lead slip. They are a quality team used to playing at a really high level so I prefer to dwell on the positives and we look forward to the next two.'