Norwich City End Season With 2-3 victory vs. Man City
Goals from Norwich City came through Anthony Pilkington, Grant Holt and Jonny Howson. On the other hand, Jack Rodwell scored an excellent brace, but his efforts alone weren’t able to ensure victory for the Eastlands.
“I'm absolutely delighted with that. It shows, irrespective of the anxiety at certain periods, it is really about where you finish at the end of the season,” Norwich City manager Chris Hughton said. “We are delighted to have done that. We had a very good spell before Christmas, where we were excellent. We found it difficult after Christmas to get the wins we needed and the formulas but we have finished the season strong.
“It would have been nice to be a bit more consistent right the way through but I am delighted to have finished where we have done. Even up until a couple of months ago, when we were having a difficult spell, most people couldn't see us finishing in 11th place, but that is the league. It is about getting the results when you can and hitting good form when you can.”
Chris Hughton claims Manchester City played well considering the fact that they lost their manager Roberto Mancini only a couple of days ago after losing the FA Cup final to Wigan Athletic. The Italian boss was sacked by Manchester City for showing poor results this season.
“They certainly didn't look vulnerable at Reading in midweek, with the goals they scored and the opportunities they had. They are a team that is full of quality players. On most occasions, you come out on the worst side of that, because of what they have got. They showed that at Carrow Road, we were 2-0 down after five minutes.
“I think it was an end-of-season game where you have got 22 players on the park that desperately wanted to win. You are always going to have to defend well against the quality they have got and sometimes you need a bit of fortune along the way but overall I thought the performance was excellent.”
Chris Hughton revealed Sebastien Bassong as the player of the season for Norwich City. The manager stressed that the defender missed the game due to risk of injury. Andy Pilkington was also withdrawn early from the game. Chris Hughton believes the midfielder could miss Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifiers against the Faroe Islands.
“He has to rest - he has a tendon injury that has hampered him a little bit of his season,” Chris Hughton added. “We have to make sure we make the right decisions as regards him. He has come strong at the end of the season but it is certainly an injury he has to rest.”