Norwich boss: We should have had a penalty

Norwich's Elliott Bennett attempts an overhead kick as Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson looks on

Norwich's Elliott Bennett attempts an overhead kick as Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson looks on

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CHRIS Hughton left the Stadium of Light believing his Norwich City side should have had a second-half penalty from a Danny Rose handball.

But in a game dominated by contentious decisions, he said it was the penalty awarded against his side that rankled the most.

“There were three big decisions in the game,” he said.

“There was the sending off of our keeper, Mark Bunn, the Sunderland penalty from Sebastien Bassong’s handball and the Danny Rose handball.

“Mark Bunn claims it him him under the arm but it is always a risk when a keeper comes out of his area.

“I haven’t seen replays so I don’t know whether the Rose incident is a handball – I’m told that it is - but all I know is that he was definitely in the area.

“The one that most disappoints me though is the Bassong one because Sunderland were offside just before the ball strikes my player and for me, if the linesman gets it right and flags for offside as he should have done, then the penalty doesn’t happen.

“And that would have been interesting because we were ahead at the time and who knows how things might have worked out had Sunderland not got back into it from the spot.”

Despite that disappointment, Hughton still hailed the game as one of the results of Norwich’s season.

“It has to be,” he shrugged.

“If you’re down to 10 men so early in the game, given the attacking quality Sunderland have got, then you have to say it was a really great point to get.

“It puts us on 34 points and some might say one more win will do it for us but I don’t agree, I think it’s going to take two wins and that 40 point margin.”