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Norwich City boss Chris Hughton hails the Canaries’ never-say-die attitude after Everton win

PUBLISHED: 18:16 23 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:19 24 February 2013

Kei Kamara and Sebastien Bassong watch as Grant Holt puts the ball in the net for Norwich City's winner. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Kei Kamara and Sebastien Bassong watch as Grant Holt puts the ball in the net for Norwich City's winner. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

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Chris Hughton deflected the praise onto his Norwich City players after a stunning late comeback edged out Everton 2-1 in a breathless Premier League encounter at Carrow Road.

Grant Holt’s stoppage time close range finish earned a first top flight win for the Canaries in ten matches after Sporting Kansas City loan striker Kei Kamara had cancelled out Leon Osman’s first-half header.

City’s late two-goal salvo moved them eight points clear of the current bottom three, but Hughton downplayed his role in the priceless win after unleashing Kamara for the final half an hour.

“Once you are 1-0 down you have to be honest and say when we equalise you would settle for that but those lads wanted something different,” said Hughton. “How crucial that win is I don’t know but what I do know is it feels psychologically important to break through that 30-point barrier. We were up against a really good side but we showed so much determination to get the winner. I think as always when you bring on substitutes you are hoping they can affect the game and that is probably more important than scoring the goals. With Kei he gives us something different to what we have. He is not upto speed yet in regards his fitness but I am really delighted for him.”

Hughton admitted bringing in Kamara last month was a calculated gamble with the Sierra Leone international moving to Norfolk until May with the potential for a permanent switch in the summer.

“We were aware of him a while back,” said Hughton. “Our chief scout was aware we might be able to bring him over as he had been in this country before. With that it is always about timing and it was a little bit of a risk bringing a player over that you don’t know how quickly they can settle into the league in January.”

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