Shell-shocked Seb Bassong ‘devastated’ to see his Norwich City super strike go to waste against Liverpool
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Sebastien Bassong is unlikely to ever score a better goal for Norwich City than his late strike against Liverpool – but it is a goal now tainted with regret and disappointment.
The Cameroon international thrashed a low left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner of Simon Mignolet's goal in the 92nd minute of Saturday's nine-goal thriller.
The 20-yard strike sparked wild celebrations at Carrow Road as the Canaries looked to have salvaged a 4-4 draw but two minutes later Adam Lallana squeezed home a late winner, to steal Bassong's glory.
'Obviously it was amazing, an amazing unexpected comeback into the game with a last-minute goal,' the defender reflected, with a deep sigh. 'I was delighted at the time but I wasn't expecting what was going to happen just two minutes later.
'We are devastated because I know the game went crazy. We were really disappointed with the way things went because we were 3-1 up and had the game under control and all of a sudden we just lacked experience, game management, a lot of things, which led us to what happened and what we've put ourselves in trouble.'
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The 29-year-old knows he and his team-mates must quickly shake off the disappointment though, ahead of the visit of his old club Tottenham Hotspur a week on Tuesday.
'It's a tough one to take,' he continued. 'But as professionals we need to bounce back and keep our heads down and learn again from it so that hopefully it's not going to happen again.'
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One positive for City was the debut performance of £8million signing Steven Naismith, with Bassong adding: 'Steven had a great impact on the game, he worked well and showed his quality, obviously that's the positive for us and for him.
'He scored a goal, that's good for his confidence but after a game like that there's not a lot of positives you can take.'