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Norwich ace Leroy Fer wins plaudits after comeback win over West Ham
Norwich's players are determined to succeed for boss Chris Hughton, says Jamie Redknapp.
Last Updated: 09/11/13 8:04pm
The Canaries looked down and out at half-time, trailing to a Ravel Morrison goal, and, on the back of a 7-0 hammering to Manchester City last weekend, questions were being asked of Hughton's future at the club.
However, a Jussi Jaaskelainen error led to a second-half penalty for Norwich and Gary Hooper made no mistake from 12 yards to transform the mind set of the home team who battled back to take all three points - and move out of the relegation zone.
"When a team gets beaten 7-0 the first thing you do is question whether the players are playing for the manager," Redknapp told Saturday Night Football.
"If there were any doubts those players are playing for Chris Hughton then we saw today they absolutely were. They were very good in the second half.
"There was energy in the midfield and Leroy Fer started to dominate, close on West Ham's midfield and run the game.
"It was a very, very good second half - and exactly what Norwich needed."
The catalyst for Norwich's turn around was the equaliser - and Redknapp reckons Jaaskelainen's uncharacteristic error in dropping a high cross, may have been the slice of luck they needed to inspire them.
"Sometimes you get a bit of luck in a game - something that can turn your season around - and they certainly got that luck with the goal," said the Sky Sports pundit.
"They hadn't created a lot until it but Jaaskelainen has to do better - that should be food and drink for any keeper.
"But he gets himself in a mess, stretches and there's enough in it to give a penalty.
"However, where West Ham get unlucky is that Michael Turner kicks Jaaskelainen's hand a few moments earlier when he's trying to grab it and Jaaskelainen drops the ball. Almost 99% of the time you'd have got a free-kick for that.
"But goals change games and that was a great example of it today."
Redknapp picked out Fer - who netted the third goal for the hosts - for special praise and reckons the Dutch midfielder can become one of the league's star players if he produces his best football consistently.
"We asked before the game 'can Leroy Fer affect games?' Well, in the second half he started to do that, he started to dominate it.
"He has all the attributes to go right to the top. He has everything: he's the perfect build for a midfield player, can go past people like they're not there - like we saw for his goal - he can see a pass and he can tackle.
"But what I haven't seen him do enough for Norwich is affect the game.
"He looks at times - and only at times - like the complete midfield player. But he's got to do it all the time.
"It's no good doing it for 20-30 minute bursts. When you have this ability it's a waste when you don't do it every game. Hopefully he'll get a lot of confidence from this."