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MANAGERS' VIEWS: HUGHTON AND IRVINE

24 April 2017

The two managers reflect on Friday night's game.


CHRIS HUGHTON gave his thoughts on Jamie Murphy’s penalty appeal that was turned down shortly before Norwich City’s second goal, as the Canaries won 2-0 at Carrow Road.

Less than a minute before the home side’s second goal, Murphy went down under a challenge from Graham Dorrans, and Hughton commented on a crucial decision that didn’t go his team’s way.

He said, “My first impressions were that it was [a penalty]. The fact that the referee was that close, I expected to hear afterwards that he’d got it right.

“But seeing it again, certainly from the television cameras, my general opinion is that it’s absolutely a penalty.

“From that, they go up the other end and get a second goal, so we were certainly hard done by on that decision.”

Hughton felt the emotions that came after Albion’s promotion-clinching victory against Wigan Athletic could have played a part in his team’s defeat at Carrow Road, but made no excuses for their uncharacteristic performance.

“It’s been a very emotional week and you don’t know what the reaction will be. You don’t know what it’s taken out of the players, both physically and mentally.

“You hope that it doesn’t show when you put a side out. But whether the performance was down to the emotions from the week, I don't know.

“I do know that the performance wasn’t like us and the goals we conceded weren't like us, but I also accept that it’s a tough place to come to [Carrow Road].”



ALAN IRVINE praised his team for their winning performance against the Seagulls, and felt his players controlled the vast majority of the game at Carrow Road.

The Canaries recorded back-to-back victories after their 3-1 win at Preston North End, and Irvine was delighted with the way his players went about their business against the Sky Bet Championship league leaders.

He said, ”The players should take a lot of pride out of it because it was an excellent performance from start to finish.

"I was more worried about the team they picked because with the four changes they made, they were players who would have been relishing a start.

"We went about our jobs extremely well. I felt we controlled the game for most of it. It was just a fantastic performance throughout the team."

Two bizarre own goals from David Stockdale gave Irvine’s team all three points, but the Canaries boss praised midfielder Alex Pritchard for his two long-range strikes that hit the woodwork and went in off the Albion shot-stopper.

"They were two great strikes and he actually deserved to score goals straight from them.

"David Stockdale was unfortunate; I'm sure he'd much rather give them to Alex but unfortunately that won't happen.

"We've obviously seen it happen plenty of times once in the game, but to see it twice in the game with exactly the same players is unusual. We'll just say well done to Alex."

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