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Hughton hails 'super' Hoolahan as Trap watches on

CHRIS Hughton hailed his Irish dynamo Wes Hoolahan and believes the midfielder gave Giovanni Trapattoni plenty to think about at Carrow Road on Saturday night.

Hoolahan impressed in his forward role just behind Grant Holt in Norwich's 1-0 victory over Arsenal, watched by the Republic of Ireland manager.

Hughton was capped 53 times by the Republic and knows just what ex-Shelbourne man Hoolahan, 30, can give a side.

"Wes is a super player," he said. "But I would think that it would not just take this performance for Trapattoni to be aware of that because of what Wes has done over the past few seasons.

"But if he needed any clarification of that, he will have got that."

Captain Holt believes Norwich have given themselves the perfect platform to climb the Premier League table.

The Canaries recorded their first league win under new boss Hughton after producing a hard-working display to capitalise on a lacklustre performance by the Gunners.

Holt reacted quickest after stand-in goalkeeper Vito Mannone had spilled Alex Tettey's 25-yard effort midway through the first half to slot his third goal in successive games.

Despite having plenty of possession Arsenal failed to stretch the hosts, who could have gone into the break with a two-goal cushion had defender Michael Turner not planted his close-range header wide from a corner.

After suffering heavy defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea, Holt feels Saturday's performance was the perfect tonic for the battles ahead, which continue at Aston Villa next weekend, now led by former manager Paul Lambert.

"Everyone had been looking at the negatives from the games against Liverpool and Chelsea, but we had played well in those matches," Holt said.

"It is all about hard work and we have been putting the same endeavour in but not getting the rewards. We will take a lot from this result.

"No-one will have given us a chance of winning this and wrote us off too easily.

"We needed it and it has taken a while for us to wait for the performance and the win."

Norwich had not beaten Arsenal at home since 1984.

However, Hughton knows all the hard work will count for nothing if his side fail to follow it up.

"It is about levels of consistency," the former Newcastle and Birmingham boss said.


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