Premier League: Chris Hughton hails Norwich City persistence as they beat Hull City 1-0
Norwich City manager Chris Hughton believes their 1-0 victory over Hull City on Saturday could be a turning point.
By Ben Hampshire | @BH92
Last Updated: 19/01/14 11:04am
The Canaries snatched the spoils at Carrow Road late into the second half when defender Ryan Bennett headed home from Robert Snodgrass' corner.
Despite leaving it late, Norwich enjoyed the majority of possession throughout and had in excess of 20 attempts on goal.
Hughton admits Norwich were in the ascendancy and claims his side were worthy winners as they registered their first win since December.
"It wasn't anything less than I thought we deserved," he told Sky Sports.
"These are probably the breaks we haven't been getting, a lot of corners, a lot of play in the final third.
"We probably didn't work their goalkeeper enough, he didn't have to make many good saves but we put them under a lot of pressure."
Hughton praised the persistence of his side as they strove for the winner and believes victory over Hull, after a run of six matches without a win, could be a turning point in Norwich's fortunes.
"We deserved it," he added. "We put them under a lot of pressure but we've probably got to start turning that pressure into more clear cut chances.
"Maybe that's where we have fallen short of late, but sometimes it can be a goal as late as what we scored today that can turn things a little bit for you.
Norwich found themselves under pressure from the outset as Hull's record signing Nikica Jelavic was through in front of goal within two minutes on his debut.
Jelavic shot wide of John Ruddy but Hughton admits their early break from Hull was a stark wake-up call.
"We wanted to start as well as possible, as any home team does, but if ever there was a warning shot about the quality of the opposition, that was it [from Jelavic]," he said.
"[Hull] are a good side, they have bought very well and have a lot of energy and they defend very, very well."
Victory elevates Norwich to 12th in the Premier League standings and puts them level on points with Hull and Hughton acknowledged the importance of every fixture in such a tight campaign.
"There are so many big games at the moment, any team you're playing are somewhere in and around you," he stated.
"As it stands now that extends to quite a few teams, it makes every game a bigger game.
"I think that shows today, it was a really valuable win, a valuable three points."
Scottish midfielder Robert Snodgrass says under-pressure manager Hughton has the backing of all the players at Carrow Road
He said: "The manager has come under a little bit of pressure of late so that win there shows how much we are right behind him and his staff.
"We need to keep believing and keep building because we're in 12th position - I think it's a good position to be in and since the turn of the year we've done quite well so we've just got to keep going.
"The level of performance at home has been good, against Fulham in the first half we did really well and against Man United we did really well. The signs are there but we just need to put the ball in the back of the net."