UNDER-PRESSURE Norwich City boss Chris Hughton has tried to play down talk over Wes Hoolahan after the Dubliner sparked controversy by declining to celebrate his Premier League goal against Aston Villa yesterday.
Hoolahan almost left Norwich for Villa before the transfer window closed last month, only for the Canaries to reject his transfer request, and the Ireland international grabbed the opportunity of a rare start in the City side by firing Norwich into an early lead at Villa Park, though Villa responded and came back to win 4-1.
Some Norwich fans remarked on the fact that Hoolahan did not celebrate the goal, his first in the Premier League in 12 months but Hughton was keen to side-step controversy.
"I didn't see that so I can't really make any comment," he said. "Wes is back in the team. I thought his overall contribution and getting his goal was good."
After Hoolahan's goal, Villa levelled after 25 minutes when Ron Vlaar crossed into the box for Benteke, who controlled on his chest before firing home with his back to goal.
The Belgium international netted his second two minutes later with a header, before a third from Leandro Bacuna and a Sebastien Bassong own goal put Villa out of sight.