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Hughton: We showed character

Norwich manager Chris Hughton insisted his side's character was crucial to bouncing back from their midweek defeat to Aston Villa with a 2-1 win over Wigan.

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Hughton admitted his side should have added to Anthony Pilkington's opener as they bossed the opening half, and Shaun Maloney levelled the scores just after the break.

But a rare header from the diminutive Wes Hoolahan proved enough to earn another three points for the Canaries.

"I'm really delighted because Wigan are a very good side and play a similar system to Villa," Hughton said. "They pass the ball very well and when they got their equaliser early in the second half we had to show great character.

"We had to get back in the game and make sure that we had a good period ourselves, and I think we weathered it a little bit and came strong.

"Certainly over the game we had the better chances, and should have really made it a bit more comfortable for ourselves.

"We had really good opportunities to be further ahead at half-time. Their goalkeeper had to make a couple of very good saves, but Wigan showed why they continue to be in this division.

"They pass the ball very well, they have a system of playing that gets them in the opposition's final third, and they have got quality. We had to match that today.

"I thought we were very, very good at times. Yes we could have made it better for ourselves in that first half, but that's the game. Then we had to get back into it, but in the end I think we got a deserved winner. It wrapped up a really good performance from us."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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