Tuesday 26 September 2017

Pulis rues bad luck as Hughton gets breathing space

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Norwich City manager Chris Hughton in the dugout before kick-off of the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton in the dugout before kick-off of the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich

Jim van Wijk

New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis felt his side just did not get the breaks at Norwich. Gary Hooper's goal on 30 minutes proved enough to give the Canaries a much-needed victory, which handed under-pressure boss Chris Hughton some breathing space following seven Premier League defeats.

However, the Eagles were probably worth a point – particularly for their second-half efforts – after a shot from Barry Bannan was headed onto the crossbar by Norwich defender Martin Olsson and, with just a couple of minutes left, Cameron Jerome missed his kick when in front of goal.

"You have to take your chances. We did not have the breaks today," said Pulis.

"The kid stops Barry's shot from going in with his header and Cameron had a really good chance, so we have had the opportunities. But I can't fault their work-rate. They gave it everything, but you need a break and we did not get that."

Norwich manager Hughton felt his side produced the required response.

"It feels like a big win for us," he said. "We played very well in the first half and scored a good goal."

England under 21 winger Nathan Redmond was the instigator for the goal before Johan Elmander and Wes Hoolahan combined for Hooper to roll the ball home.

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