Chris Hughton admitted Norwich City made life hard for themselves before edging past Wigan 2-1 at Carrow Road to move into the Premier League’s top eight.

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Wes Hoolahan celebrated pre-match news of his new contract with a match-winning second half header after his assist had set up Anthony Pilkington to open the scoring in the first period before Shaun Maloney drew the Latics level shortly after the break.

Wigna keeper Ali Al Habsi proved a defiant barrier for the Canaries, but Hughton praised his side’s staying power after extending their unbeaten Premier League run to ten matches.

“I was certainly concerned after a first half when I thought we had played really well and should have been more than 1-0 up at half-time with the chances we had,” said Hughton. “Then when they score you are worried the flow of the game may go in their favour. You don’t want them to get back into the game, you want us to try and get a grip of the game again and maybe that doesn’t mean creating as many chances. You know the game will open up then. I thought we made a little bit harder work for ourselves but over the 90 minutes we thoroughly deserved it.”

Hughton acknowledged the official news that Hoolahan had pledged his future to the Canaries until 2015 capped off a perfect day.

“He has earned it,” said Hughton. “And the only way you do that is by performing well enough and Wes has certainly done that. I am probably more pleased for Wes than anyone else. It was not so much a question of his future or leaving here. He certainly never showed any desire to leave here. It was all about getting a longer deal for himself and we’re delighted with that.”

Hoolahan’s contract extension will now keep him in Norfolk for seven years after his original move south back in June 2008.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here, my family love it here and it’s great to pencil it down and I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season now,” he told he club’s official site. “I don’t feel like one of the longest serving players here. The last couple of years have been great coming up from League One all the way up to the Premier league and doing so well last year. We’re doing even better this season and hopefully we can keep that run going. The last few months I’ve been playing and it’s just great to be involved with the lads. We’ve got some top quality players here and I’m really enjoying it.”

25 comments

  • After the mid-week result this was going to be interesting. I thought we lacked the spring going forward and the desire lacked, but we will get games like this. Apart from the goals the highlights for me was Bunn's save,Bassong's saving tackle and the fact we came back to win after Wigan had equalized. Concern was Holty going off, although he is not scoring so many he drags defenders away and leaves a hole for others and I do not see anyone else doing that. But for excellent goalkeeping by Al Habsi we could have been out of sight, but like others here I feel we need some support coming in for Holt - as for Morison as like others I have my doubts but again Hoots is no fool, compared to month or so ago how many of use are now worried if Turner is not playing, so may be just may be Morison will come good! On a local point hi Y Lim, like you I have supported the Canaries for 30 over years and I agree the last few have brightened up being a supporter and at present I must have about the most expensive season ticket as I have only seen one game so far this season but it was the Arsenal match! OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Several chances not taken today, need a goalscorer in January especially if Holty is injured.

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Hoolahoop signing for another three years is better new than three points today! Seventh in division, higher than Arsenal and what praise Garth Crooks andMatt Holland gave on BBC Final Score! Several chances not taken, definitely need a striker in January especially if Holty is injured.

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Tried this earlier, but must have hit a sensitive spot. In answering previous commenter, I printed his name. So here goes..... The possible reason that some players kiss their wrists, is because it's only cats and dogs that can reach trhe bits at the back

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • Hello Dick! You wonder why some players kiss their wrist after scoring. Well the obvious answer is that it's only cats and dogs that can reach the bits round the back

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • when norwich are on the offensive they are at their best defensively.should they score if there is a suspicion of them sitting back this is when i start to get nervous.bassong is at his best when he is driven by instinct.when he is passed to in cold blood he seems to have a petit mal and sometimes gifts it to an opponent.but we all have our little foibles.i am glad that the manager has continued to have faith in holt.he still contributes such a lot to the game.on the question of jackson.theres always a flurry of expectation when he comes on and he has scored the odd goal.but he finds it difficult to keep possesion of the ball and hes not an ankle biter like hoolahan.that chant 'who are ya'etc i wish it was chanted when the game is done and dusted.when its chanted prematurely it seems only to provoke the other lot to try harder.why is it that some players kiss their own wrists after scoringanswers on a postcard please. .

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    dick

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • Great win for the lads. All down to Lawro predicting that we'd get done over by Wigan. He never gets it right. Long may he predict us to fail.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Hoolahoop signing for another three years is better new than three points today!

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Congrats to Wes on his new contract, his winning goal yesterday and to the whole team for another great performance...from a fan down in Malaga!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • So why on earth was this not accepted as one posting instead of ending up in the bin?

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Well done to McNasty for locking in Wes. He now needs to do the same with Hoots - the man is working miracles and we must properly reward him and back him in January. Another great performance by all yesterday - only one potential blot - not taking Holty off earlier. Can't help thinking that 'hammy' should have been prevented. Pilks and Snods both very good yesterday.

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    canarydownunder

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • Agree a striker in Jan would be a big help. C Martin must be going, Jacko does not seem to be in the gaffers plans, is he going as well? I dont like Morrow and nor do a lot of others but he is getting the nod every time over Jacko now so he must have something.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Players seem to be blossoming under Hoots & his team (even Bewilderwood!?). Wessi, Pilks and Johnson have all added to their game. BJ in particular has added more nous to his belligerence (the reverse applies to Wes!). Pilks is looking the two-footed wizard we hoped he might be. The new boys are all performing well, including Turner about whom I had serious doubts. Bass, Garrido, Whits, Tetts & Snods are all doing great. Odd how some of Lambert`s later signings have become marginalised, specially Ayala and Vaughan, and, to a lesser extent, the Bennetts. The pre-PL contingent, Wes & Holty, are doing fine. One day we`re going to mend our goal difference by giving somebody a proper beating. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • I suppose Howson has had to take a step back, too?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 18, 2012

  • That team from The Emirates are lower than us, seventh in the Premier Division!

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    blackdog2

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Well done Hoolahoop, I have not always praised you but you are a great asset to the team, good news all round topped off with a cracking game.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • After the mid-week result this was going to be interesting. I thought we lacked the spring going forward and the desire lacked, but we will get games like this. Apart from the goals the highlights for me was Bunn's save,Bassong's saving tackle and the fact we came back to win after Wigan had equalized. Concern was Holty going off, although he is not scoring so many he drags defenders away and leaves a hole for others and I do not see anyone else doing that. But for excellent goalkeeping by Al Habsi we could have been out of sight, but like others here I feel we need some support coming in for Holt - as for Morrson as like others I have my doubts but again Hoots is no fool, compared to month or so ago how many of use are now worried if Turner is not playing, so may be just may be Morison will come good! On a local point hi Y Lim, like you I have supported the Canaries for 30 over years and I agree the last few have brightened up being a supporter and at present I must have about the most expensive season ticket as I have only seen one game so far this season but it was the Arsenal match! OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Monday, December 17, 2012

  • Stoke reported to be taking an interest in Wes Houlihan so Pulis can look elsewhere.This is great news, paying off already, in an assist and a goal today.The link up play he was involved for the Snodgrass header chance was pure Barcelona.The more long-termism,in contracts,youth policy etc the better.I think Chris Hughton and his team are getting the best out of him and he is certainly benefitting from Tettey's presence

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • What a roll and long may it continue - I'd say we are about 60% of the way there, in terms of the points haul for securing PL safety. If we can improve on last seasons 12 place that would be exceptional. Hoots has really slotted in after a slightly wobbly start and has brought in some good players. He obviously knows what he is doing and I am sure he has an eye out for some more quality players coming in. Surely he must be up for a Manager of the Month award now ! PTBC IHWT

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • Wot No Steroo..???

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    Timbo

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • Great stuff for Wes and the win but we have to take those chances. They should have been dead and buried by half time......like Swansea

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • I agree with Canarydownunder. As I mentioned last week, they should give Hoops a long term contract just like what Newcastle did for Alan Pardew. I am another Singaporean canary fan, the 3rd on this website I realized. But have been a fan the last 31 years. This last few years have been brilliant. Wishing our team the best run in years. OTBC!

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    y lim

    Sunday, December 16, 2012

  • What a fantastic run of results we have had and long may it continue. However, we are heading into some choppy waters with many difficult fixtures between now and the end of the season. All I would ask is that, should things not go as well as they have been doing, we give the team and CH some slack instead of getting on here and slagging them off. They will still be trying to punch above their weight but sometimes it is still not enough.

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    john doe

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • It was never going to be easy. I thought Norwich did an excellent performance today and were well worth the 3 points. Had it not been for some excellent saves by their keeper and some very dodgy refereeing decisions we would have won by a bigger margin.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

  • Just even the thought of him signing for Stoke makes me shudder, he'd get a stiff neck watching the ball being hoofed over him to the big lad up front

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    Cannock Canary

    Saturday, December 15, 2012

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