Hugill has ‘fallen in love’ with Norwich City
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Jordan Hugill says he has “fallen in love” with life at Norwich City, as he targets Championship momentum following his last-gasp winner at Rotherham.
The striker capped his first league start with his first Canaries goal, converting a penalty in the fifth minute of injury-time at the New York Stadium, as Daniel Farke’s team came from behind to win a league game for the first time since February 2019.
The win followed on from the closure of the transfer window on Friday but summer signing Hugill insists transfer distractions were not to blame for a mixed start to the campaign following Premier League relegation.
“I think it’s been settled from the start, to be honest,” he said. “I think everyone that has been here has been working for the team, regardless of what’s been going on behind the scenes, that’s all gone now and we can only push with what we’ve got.
“I think what we’ve got is a very good team and, more importantly, a very good team spirit.
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“I’m loving it, since the day I walked in the door, from top to bottom, I’ve absolutely loved it. I’ve fallen in love with Norwich.”
Next up are two home games, against Birmingham tomorrow and Wycombe on Saturday.
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“It’s all about momentum for us now,” Hugill continued. “We knew if we came off the pitch with three points we almost kick-start the season, as the last two results weren’t the best for us but the performances have been there.
“So to bring the performance and the result, it kick-starts the momentum that we can build on for the rest of the season.”
Hugill has set himself a target of improving on the 15 Championship goals he scored while on loan at QPR from West Ham last season - having also been denied the equaliser when Rotherham defender Michael Ihiekwe inadvertently turned in a Max Aarons cross ahead of him.
“A striker gets judged on goals, regardless of what goes on,” he added. “I’m a bit different, I like to know that I’m giving everything for the team, that’s what I’ve based my whole career on.
“Goals come as a bit of a bonus for me but as the years have gone on goals have become a bit more regular for me. So I believe that the confidence from this game will take us through.
“I’ve got my goals for the season and hopefully I can reach them.”