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Hughton bemoans ´soft´ penalty decision

8 March 2014 20:26

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton criticised the "soft" penalty decision that saw Stoke City earn a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road on Saturday.

In a crucial game in the fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League, Norwich were leading through Bradley Johnson's header until, 17 minutes from time, referee Andre Marriner awarded the visitors a spot-kick for Sebastien Bassong's foul on John Guidetti.

Jonathan Walters stepped up to convert his second penalty in as many weeks to earn his side a draw, before being sent off five minutes later for a high challenge on Alex Tettey.

Norwich saw two potentially vital points slip away with Marriner's decision, and Hughton was less than pleased afterwards.

"From the referee's point of view it's a very soft goal," he said.

"There are certainly some referees who wouldn't give that. I think it's a soft one.

"It's a coming together, the lad's on his way down but I think there's no doubt in some circumstances referees wouldn't have given that so it's a soft one.

"But we shouldn't have allowed ourselves to get into that situation."

Despite playing the final 12 minutes a man to the good, the hosts struggled to break down their stubborn opponents, but Hughton felt they should have made the game safe before that point.

"(When it was) 11 v 11 we need to be better than we were either by getting the extra goal or by making sure we didn't concede," he said.

"(Playing against) 10 men is tougher, particularly against a side like Stoke.

"It becomes tougher because in effect they'll put a lot of bodies back behind the ball, and unless you're getting into the areas behind with real quality you end up getting the ball into the box and get a lot of shots from outside the box."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
8 March 2014
Game week
29
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Carrow Road (Norwich, Norfolk)
Attendance
26646

Goals

B. Johnson 56'
(assist by R. Snodgrass) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
73' J. Walters (PG)

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# Team MP D P
1 36 +30 77
2 36 +39 70
3 36 +25 67
4 36 +30 64
5 35 +12 60
6 35 +17 59
7 36 +14 57
8 35 +11 55
9 35 +7 48
10 36 -14 48
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12 35 -6 44
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14 36 -14 41
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16 36 -10 39
17 36 -25 33
18 35 -18 32
19 35 -26 31
20 36 -45 16

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