Hughton praises City character

Norwich boss Chris Hughton praised the character and determination of his players as they grabbed a point in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Last Updated: 29/11/12 at 08:33 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

An error by Saints' goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga gifted City a share of the spoils as Robert Snodgrass' free-kick sneaked under him following Rickie Lambert's scrappy opener.

Hughton's side are now unbeaten in their last seven games and he feels his players are showing plenty of fight and character at the moment, which puts them in good stead with 16 points from 14 games ahead of a busy December.

"The players are doing something right," Hughton told Sky Sports. "When you look at the latter part of the game and we're still attacking, still pushing forward trying to get the win, it shows the character.

"I've got a squad, particularly a bench, that is desperate to play. We have real competition for places and, at the moment, that is the key.

"Points in this division are very tough to get. At the moment, we are getting them.

"We've kept the run going. The performance warranted the result. I saw them play on Sunday and they played very, very well against Newcastle. They've got a lot of very good footballers in the team and you have to defend very well against them."

Hughton was keen not to discuss the reaction of skipper Grant Holt, who walked down the tunnel immediately after being substituted in the second half.

"It's not about the captain - it's about a group of players that I've got that are totally committed," he said.

"I certainly don't want to see players that are happy not to play and are happy to be brought off.

"My responsibility is to look after the squad and try and get the best out of them. If that means players showing a little bit of passion and desire, then I can certainly settle for that."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company