‘When you are losing, you play more with the heart’ – City striker beams at extending run

The face says is all as Nelson Oliveira wheels away to celebrate his late, late equaliser against Hu

The face says is all as Nelson Oliveira wheels away to celebrate his late, late equaliser against Hull. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The head has served Norwich City well in recent times – but it was the heart that earned them a point against Hull, according to Nelson Oliveira.

Nelson Oliveira scores Norwich City's late equaliser. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Nelson Oliveira scores Norwich City's late equaliser. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The Portuguese striker played only the final 15 minutes of Saturday’s EFL Championship clash with Hull, yet managed to flick home a 95th minute equaliser to send Carrow Road into rapture and extend City’s unbeaten run to eight games.

“When you are losing 1-0 you play more with the heart than the head, and I think that’s what we’ve done today – we played with the heart and sometimes this is important,” said City’s leading scorer this season.

“Even when I saw Timm Klose going up and desperate to score a goal, it’s good because it shows we want to get a good result, we want to give good results to the fans and this show of focus can get us good results.

“The next few matches will be hard so it’s good we got a good result here and can keep this atmosphere around the fans and around the group. It’s important for us and I think maybe today, we deserved more than a point because we showed during the 90 minutes we were the better team, we have the better players.

Nelson Oliveira's season is being hampered by fitness concerns. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Image

Nelson Oliveira's season is being hampered by fitness concerns. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd


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“But we were 1-0 down in the last minute, so it was a good point and we win the next match.”

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Oliveira admitted City made life difficult for themselves given Nouha Dicko’s opening goal on the counter in the first half.

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“I think in this game if we score first, we win because we controlled the game,” added Oliveira. “We were the better team, had the better players and better togetherness.

“But the problem is they scored the first goal and with good players up front, they sat back and put the ball into (Kamil) Grosicki and (Jarrod) Bowen. It’s always hard to come back against a team like this. But I think we did well.

“We knew before the game started that if they scored a goal, it would be hard because they have experienced players, they will sit back and put the ball on the counter attack. Unfortunately we did concede first and after that it was harder to score.

“But it’s always good to score in the last minute and get one important point so we can keep the unbeaten run. That was important.

“Until the end we have to believe and only when the referee says it’s over is it the end. I believe until the end and hopefully I score.”

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