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Paddy Davitt, EDP Sports Writer
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Chris Hughton insisted no-one should be in any doubt about Norwich City’s character after a brave late fightback earned a 1-1 Premier League draw at ten-man Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.
The Canaries deserved at least a point for their efforts at White Hart Lane after being denied at times single-handedly by veteran Spurs keeper Brad Friedel. New Tottenham signing Mousa Dembele had punished some slack control from Jonny Howson to fire the hosts ahead on 69 minutes, but Robert Snodgrass swept home Grant Holt’s knockdown for a late leveller. Andre Villas-Boas’ side were reduced to ten men for the original four minutes of added on time at the end of the game when Howson was clattered on half-way by Tom Huddlestone, but City were again foiled by Friedel who thwarted the superb Bradley Johnson when play restarted.
“We certainly had the better chances,” said Hughton. “I think as the away side against the sort of quality they have here when you play that well you deserve something in the 90 minutes. It is a tough place to come. Sometimes that is how it happens. If you are away from home and you don’t take your chances then the law of averages are, against a side like Tottenham, they will wear you down and make the most of any opportunity. The thing I was most pleased about was the response to going behind. It would have been easy to go into our shells but to go 1-0 behind here and not let our heads drop and then force an equaliser and being pushing for a winnner at the end speaks volumes.”