Canaries defender pleased with draw at Leicester but disappointed not to claim shock win
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Christoph Zimmermann was happy to take a point against in-form Leicester but felt it could have been an even better away day for Norwich City.
Teemu Pukki's ninth goal of the season had put the Canaries ahead but the Premier League's top scorer Jamie Vardy forced Tim Krul into an own goal before the break in an action packed encounter.
Both teams had chances but substitute Marco Stiepermann wasted a golden opportunity to score a winner deep into injury-time, only managing a weak effort, against a Foxes team who had won eight top-flight games in succession.
"Of course we are quite satisfied with the point, coming here and seeing position two playing position 19, it was obvious what the odds were," Zimmermann said after the draw.
"So I think therefore that we presented ourselves very well. We were well structured, very compact and I think we deserved to go away with a point from here, and especially at the end of the game we also had our chances to win it.
"Unfortunately we didn't score late in the game, Teemu had one good chance we're Leicester defended brilliantly in the end and I had the chance with a corner where I tried to square it and then also with the last chance of the game with Stiepi and Onel.
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"We could have made something there and driven away with three points but if you had told us before the game that we could have taken a point here that would have been brilliant.
"Therefore the mood in the changing room was alright but of course you are only really happy when you win a game."
One of the game's flashpoints saw the big German take out Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho as he tried to attack, rather than return the ball sportingly to Norwich as expected, after the visitors had put the ball out for a throw so that Emi Buendia could get treatment for a knock.
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The City players reacted furiously, Todd Cantwell in particular to earn a booking, which was then looked at by VAR to check for a red card only to stay with the referee's decision, after the midfielder had tried to haul Iheanacho up from the ground by his shirt.
Zimmermann escaped punishment for his challenge and Leicester eventually did give the ball to Norwich from the resulting free-kick, as tempers calmed.
The centre-back explained: "I think every player but one knew what to do in that situation and unfortunately the player that didn't know had the ball.
"So I would like to believe that he just understood him wrong and was told to carry on, let's put it that way, I'd like to believe that."
There was also a heated exchange of words between Zimmermann and team-mate Max Aarons during the second half, after a poor pass had played the right back into a difficult position.
His young colleague's passion was fine with the 26-year-old though, laughing off the spat with a bashful smile.
"I prefer if somebody argues with me if they think I haven't taken the right decision," Zimmermann added.
"He wanted me to just kick the ball away but I haven't seen anybody up front so I thought I would give it to him, he could fine a bit more space to find somebody else.
"In the end I didn't boot it away and he kicked the ball against one of their players and we got a goal-kick, so we're all happy.
"It's a fine line. I think in the last games you have seen we are kicking it long too much and we are not the sort of players to play kick and rush.
"So we need to make sure that we get that balance right, to play out but not be too risky. Every now and then we might not get it right but today I think in most cases we did."