Chris Hughton defended Robert Snodgrass over his role in the defining incident which tilted this gruelling Premier League clash in Norwich’s favour.

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Stoke counterpart Tony Pulis suggested the Scottish international had not been touched by Andy Wilkinson for the free-kick that ultimately led to Bradley Johnson’s winner.

Pulis also insisted Charlie Adam was harshly treated following an earlier caution for simulation after an apparent shove from Javier Garrido.

Hughton was well aware of Pulis’ post-match views, but chose to place both skirmishes in the context of a frenetic top flight encounter rather than re-ignite the debate on cheating.

“I haven’t seen it (the goal) since but I have heard the comments,” he said. “I think it was the linesman on the far side who gave it and who obviously had a good view. If anything is labelled at Robert Snodgrass you have to say the same about Charlie Adam, who went down. If you are looking at incidents in a game there are so many and you are always going to pick out a few. It is a tough, physical game and you have to be able to deal with it.

“Sometimes when you are that close to an incident and you get a good view you are very confident in what you say. It is a little bit like the free-kick that was given in our favour. I know Stoke had a moan about it. If you are close you can make a good opinion, but it was a frenetic game against a good Stoke team.

“Certainly over the 90 minutes there were some (fouls) that went against us which I can certainly say shouldn’t have been given.”

Hughton felt the hosts made life hard for themselves before emerging with a second consecutive Premier League home win.

“What we needed to do at times was put more pressure on them. Could we have done better when we had the ball? Yes, particularly in the second half when we broke and got into some good areas,” he said. “We had two very good chances in the 90 minutes, apart from the goal. What we needed was to press them more but that takes a lot of energy.

“Against a team like Stoke it takes a lot out of you. If you look at the game I think we restricted them to Kenwyne Jones’ header and apart from that most of their chances were half chances.

“It was a very hard-fought encounter, but I don’t think you expect anything less. Stoke do what they do very well and what they have added is more quality in doing it. You look at their bench and the players they can bring on, it really has changed the status of their club.

“Particularly for us having to change two defensive players as well in that second half, I am really delighted with the win.”

Norwich’s third home league clean sheet this season also provided fresh proof of a new-found resolve.

“We are not making the individual errors that we had been,” said Hughton. “When we conceded goals, they came at bad times and you have to open up a little bit to try and get back into the game. That leaves you more open and you concede more. We certainly look more compact now. We are not scoring the amount of goals we would like, but you can’t have everything.

“At the moment we are looking a secure unit. We have spoken quite a few times about how earlier in the season we didn’t get the three points and in this division it is vital and valuable to get three points. We have got ourselves back to that previous level of performance and we are looking more solid.”

14 comments

  • I was told, in Yarmouth today, that there`s something fishy about that theory, Timbo. Some old guy who called himself Buster Bloodvessel. I think he`s now the Mayor or something. Has a little pram with a ghetto blaster in it and does Puppets. Far too good for X-Factor.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • Agree with BVP & Timbo. We do need a penalty box assassin, otherwise things are shaping up well. Hoots` words are sensible, measured and polite. Take note Spiny Lout!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • It's Captain Birdseye ....or Buster Merryfield.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • It's Gary Glitter, minus his goatee, so he is not recoignised

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • Now lets look at beating Man Utd in teh next home game ! DC is flying into Norwich Int'l on the morning of 17 Nov - just need a ticket now and I'll be able to watch the game ! Any offers folks ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • our forthcoming match with Man Utd, Norwich must win that as notonly are the team in goodfom-hopefully boasted by a win at Reading on saturday-but the Utd game is on my birthday lol

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    capital-canary

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • I'd like to see young Cinnamon given some time up front. Let him lurk in the penalty box and he'll do what we need, put the ball in the net.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • I agree Timbo. I would also add that the strategy behind strengthening the midfield and defence is now showing dividends. We need to find a more clinical edge in the opponents penalty box, but this appears to be on the way based on recent performances and near misses. I always feel we need a 2 goal lead, at least, to keep my blood pressure at an agreeable level!

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Is that Ken Bates just to "Chyris" Hughton's right?

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Imagine being a fan and listening to Pulis moan week after week! Thought he had tears in his eyes during the interview! Anyway, my concern is the number of wayward passes needlessly given away in the danger area - Bassong and Garrido were both guilty on more than one occasion on Saturday. Apart from that, they both have made a massive difference to the defense.

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    Dobbino

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • A good 3 points for us. Confidence seeping back into the side. It's as if the boys are saying to themselves.. " Hang on we finished 12th in the Prem last season. We're actually quite a good team". Closing teams down in midfield + then breaking quickly is what we do best. More of the same please City !

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    Timbo

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • How many matches are decided if not by a disputed refereeing decision then by one that can be seen to be wrong by the TV cameras. The women's hockey at the Olympics had officials monitoring the game who were able to assist the referee but so-called professional football has to rely of the instant vision of three men. Sepp Blatter is an idiot who should be overuled on this subject so that football can become purely a game of skill again not a combination of simulation, cheating and referees favouring the better teams. You cannot blame refs when they get it wrong. They need help. They get it in other sport, football MUST grow up.

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    waclor

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Why is Ken Bates sitting with the Duchess of Cornwall?

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    waclor

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • no, its St. Nick

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    malmocanary

    Monday, November 5, 2012

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