Premier League

December 8, 2012


Swansea City

3 - 4

Norwich City

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, December 8, 2012

Liberty Stadium, Wales

Hughton delighted with character

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton was delighted with the character his side showed to stave off a Swansea fightback in the 4-3 victory on Saturday.

The Canaries stunned their high-flying hosts with goals from Steven Whittaker, Sabastien Bassong and Grant Holt giving them a 3-0 half-time lead.

Swansea rallied through strikes from Michu and Jonathan De Guzman, but Robert Snodgrass made sure of the win with his excellent free-kick, before Michu netted again in stoppage time.

He said: "The first half could not have gone better but it was always going to be difficult to sustain that. We did ourselves no favours by conceding so early in the second half, which was always going to give them a lift.

"But at 3-2 a lot of people who were not here would have expected it to go to 3-3 and become a Swansea win. We had to dig deep and the character we showed at 3-2 with 30 minutes to go was excellent as it was really tough."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, meanwhile, was pleased with his side's reaction to a poor first half, but did not feel they deserved to get anything out of the game.

"We did not play well in the first half today. We were 3-0 down and obviously we came out and had a great reaction in the second half. We scored two and it could have been three but we had an equaliser disallowed.

"But overall we did not deserve it today after the first half. I knew there would be reaction one day after all the positive things people have been saying about us.

"I did not know when it would come but it came in the first half today."

Scoring Summary

Swansea City Norwich City
Michu (51')Steven Whittaker (16')
Jonathan De Guzman (59')Sebastien Bassong (40')
Michu (90')Grant Holt (44')
 Robert Snodgrass (77')