We switched off twice - Grant
Manager Peter Grant lamented the two lapses of concentration that cost City their chance of victory at the KC Stadium.The second-half goals from Dean Windass and Richard Garcia that gave Hull a 2-1 win both came after their visitors gave away possession, first from a free-kick outside the Hull penalty area, then from a throw-in.
Manager Peter Grant lamented the two lapses of concentration that cost City their chance of victory at the KC Stadium.
The second-half goals from Dean Windass and Richard Garcia that gave Hull a 2-1 win both came after their visitors gave away possession, first from a free-kick outside the Hull penalty area, then from a throw-in.
Said Grant: “I'm very disappointed. I'd have been disappointed if we'd come out of the game with one point, but to end up throwing three away was very disappointing because I thought we matched everything they had.
“It's a difficult place to come because of the style of football they play. It's always been a question mark about Norwich - can you match that? We more than matched that. We created chances in the first half and I felt everything else was perfect, probably 95 per cent of the game.
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“We were being competitive - and then look at the goals we lost. We were in possession both times. It was a free-kick to us, we gave possession away, they scored. We got a throw-in, we gave possession away and ended up conceding a goal from it. Until you cut that out, you're always going to be under pressure.”
But he said he was happy with his side's willingness to fight.
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“We threw everything at them to try to win the game. If you thought it was going to be pretty, there was no chance that was going to be the case here,” he said.
“I thought we showed a different side to Norwich, and what we have to be over the season. There were a lot of positives. It wasn't a game for the purist in any shape or form.
“If people think we're just going to roll over and die that's not going to be the case. The biggest disappointment is the nous at important times of the game to give possession away as stupidly as that from a throw-in and a free-kick.
“I always felt we were a threat in the game. It was just a matter of the boys sticking to that concentration level.
“I've been critical in the past of the team for having a soft underbelly. The only thing I could be critical of today was that lapse in concentration on two occasions in the game.”