Sebastien Bassong is the warrior at the heart of Norwich City’s Premier League revival.

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Chris Hughton’s highest-profile summer purchase has looked a class act since arriving in Norfolk from Tottenham, but Bassong’s shift at Goodison Park underlined the defender’s raw appetite for the battle.

Nikica Jelavic was dominated by Bassong and Ryan Bennett, who also looked assured deputising for the injured Michael Turner.

The Cameroonian international’s exertions appeared to have taken a toll as the game progressed with a noticeable limp visibly affecting his movement at times, but there was nothing laboured about the athletic leap to despatch Javier Garrido’s 90th- minute free-kick to cancel out Steven Naismith’s first-half opener.

“In all honesty I haven’t asked him but I did see him hobbling,” said Hughton. “He didn’t look like he had a knock when he was sliding down on the floor celebrating in those last few minutes, though, so I think he might be okay.

“I have to say Seb’s got to put it away as it’s really been put on a plate for him, so I’m pleased for Javi, because the free-kick is a lot further out and to be able to hit that area from where he was, was excellent. He’s another one who has done very well since he came in. He’s experienced, he’s very steady and I’ve been delighted with him.

“Seb has been good but I was also pleased for Ryan, who came into a settled back four with Turner going very well. I thought Ryan played very well but Bassong has been good from day one. He has been part of a defensive unit that has been very good for a period of time.”

Hughton is not a man prone to bask in the moment, but the Norwich boss admitted extending the club’s unbeaten Premier League run to six matches was a notable achievement.

“It is. To be on the run we are on is real tough going because this league has so much quality, whether you play home or away. Most definitely any point away from home at Goodison is a very big point,” he said.

“It is all about making sure we don’t concede the goals at one end to ensure we don’t lose games and then do we have enough quality and enough of the play, can we get into those positions, to get the valuable goals.

“We’re doing it right. We are solid enough and getting the goal to enable us to get a result.

“There has never been a lack of confidence or ability in the players, it is just knowing how to win football matches. Certainly from day one, I’ve known what you have to do to win a game in this division, because they’re all tough, but maybe just that little bit more confidence has made the difference.

“If I look at the team, apart from Ryan, it’s more or less the team that’s been the same for the last five games and I suppose they’re getting to know each other that little bit better.”

Hughton acknowledged Everton had been the dominant force prior to the interval, but insisted the visitors’ always carried an attacking threat.

“I thought over the 90 minutes we deserved something,” he said. “We conceded, from our standards of late, a very soft goal. Probably in that first half period we didn’t keep the ball well enough.

“Everton were certainly the better team over that first 45 minutes, but I think when we are 1-0 down you have to chase it a little bit and you have to ask a bit more of the players and we did that.

“I don’t think there was masses in it, if I look over the whole game. It wasn’t one where either keeper was worked a lot so from that point of view it was quite a tight affair. I was just a little frustrated we got ourselves into good areas in that final third and didn’t make the most of it.”

18 comments

  • It's 'can't win AN away game' BTB. Another illiterate troll graces our pages!

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    baguio

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • I'm delighted that hes delighted when they still can't win a away game

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    billythebookie

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Last time I saw that many sulking Scousers in the same picture, was when Bootle Benefits Agency was closed for a day's industrial action ...

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    Timbo

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Goes back further than that, bd2. TB Billiegoat has been sad from the outset of his existence under a rustic bridge somewhere. What does "hes" mean?? He`s a away with the other fairies, or is a confused Newcastle supporter.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Silly billy no doubt hardly ever went to school !

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    yarco

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Where have all the fans of our Yorkshire feeder club gone? Oh how we miss them on the board .....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Leeds are cr@p and struggle to win full stop. Hence 16th in Chumpionship. End of!

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    B Inners

    Monday, November 26, 2012

  • and after we bought all their best players the best thing left in leeds is the road towards norwich

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Master Bates said of Bradley Johnson (paraphrase) "The lad can`t play, anyway". Yahboosucks. Our buying\their selling Howson was a "No brainer". More YBS. Not sure if any of them has attempted to denigrate Snods yet? Who is the Chairman of Leeds RFC these days? The man I feel a tad sorry for is the Admirable Drury. Why, oh why did he go to Leeds, of all places?? I hope he`s OK. Soon be Panto season so Colin will be off with his mate the TV pundit, Lily Savage, to do their Dames double-act.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • The challenge now lies in potentially being without Ruddy, who certainly has that little something extra in him that makes him pull off a wonder save now and again which can be the difference between 3 points and 1 point, or 1 point and none. Do you lot trust Bunn? I'm sure we all agree he was brilliant vs Spurs, but the Premier League is what really matters.

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    Billy

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Went to Leeds a few years ago. The locals were taking the mickey about Saint Delia, her cooking was clearly not to their taste (she doesn't use a lot of margarine and lard). They couldn't really answer my question "and what's your chairman famous for?".

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Btw, Wiv, we didn`t need to buy Johnno `cos he was out of contract. That`s what p****d Uncle Albert off and why he crowed when we paid for Howson when he, too, was soon to be out of contract. Maybe an act of charity by us? Or we were not going to risk missing out on him. Batesco "BOGOF" scheme?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • It must be wonderful being a Leeds fan, both the chairman and manager are the most respected and liked people in football. Their playing performance is absolutely fantastic, especially after they sold off that useless midfield trio.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Saint Delia is above reproach! Isn`t Bates very famous indeed for being Uncle Albert in "Only Fools & Horses"? ;-) Is he no longer Chairman anyway after this shady takeover??

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Leeds Panto- Dame Warnock " That was offside..". Dame Savage " OH NO IT WASN'T!!!". Dame Warnock " OH YES IT WAS!!!". Kids " It's behind you...". Dame Warnock " We're Leeds...we're behind everyone !...". ( Yorkshire Mess ice lollies now on sale in the foyer. All proceeds go to the Master Bates retirement fund)...See you next year for (yet) another Chumpionship farce..

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • It`d be good if Adam Drury could get on that road. Is he playing regularly for Leeds RLFC? A cultured player like him seems a misfit at Ellandback Rd. A pearl amongst swine.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 28, 2012

  • sort of a circle. a leeds utd manager once managed England and walked out on them for a middle eastern job. Now a middle eastern mob has bought leeds utd from that ex chelsea etc etc barrow boy bates. funny old connection that. no point to this really , bit like leeds.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 27, 2012

  • Marvellous what a drop of rain brings out! Why this miserable person has to keep coming on here with his negative comments I fail to understand. Could it be from years of following an unsuccessful club?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, November 26, 2012

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