Canaries strike was legitimate - Makin

Southampton defender Chris Makin admits he has no complaints over Norwich City's controversial equaliser that set the Canaries on the path to a 2-1 win at Carrow Road.

Southampton defender Chris Makin admits he has no complaints over Norwich City's controversial equaliser that set the Canaries on the path to a 2-1 win at Carrow Road.

Saints boss George Burley was furious with the decision of referee, Clive Oliver, which turned the game in City's favour as Jamie Cureton thumped home before adding a second to secure Norwich's first win of the season.

However, former Ipswich Town man Makin conceded that he had passed the ball back to goalkeeper Kelvin Davis and that the referee was right to point for an indirect free-kick.

"It was a free-kick because it was an intentional pass back by me," he said. "Kelvin decided to come out and save it so it was a free kick - there's no debating that."


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Makin believes the incident did turn the match in Norwich's favour and praised man-of-the-match Cureton for his impressive brace.

"That goal gave them a lift and then we were chasing the game and they started to break on us a bit.

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"I can't remember much about the second goal. You always have to be on your toes playing Jamie Cureton - I like him as a player.

"He has always scored goals wherever he has gone in his career."

The Saints were left to rue a number of missed opportunities and Makin believes the Hampshire side should have been out of sight by half-time after enjoying the lion's share of possession.

"I think that with that amount of possession and the way we played we would have liked to have gone in maybe two or three nil up.

"We feel a bit hard done by but we are not the kind of side that wants a lucky win - we need to perform well.

"We don't like to win lucky games - although we will take a win any which way it comes."

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