Point suits Canaries, as Hughton backs Poyet to keep Sunderland up

Phil Bardsley shows his despair at the final whistle in today's goalless clash with Norwich
Phil Bardsley shows his despair at the final whistle in today's goalless clash with Norwich
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CHRIS Hughton confessed to being happy with a point against Sunderland, even though his team had several clear-cut chances to win the game.

“No, I’m satisfied with the point,” said the Norwich City manager, following today’s goalless Stadium of Light draw.

“They’ve had a good week here at Sunderland.

“They are a real buoyant team and despite their position in the league they are a good side, so we’re happy to get a clean sheet and an away point.”

The ex-Newcastle boss did, however, believe it would have been an injustice if Sunderland had been able to turn their greater possession into a victory.

“I didn’t think we deserved to get beaten because we were very disciplined and played and defended well.

“On the balance of play, I thought it was a fair result because we had good chances of our own.”

Hughton would have been happy enough to deny bottom-of-the-table Sunderland a home victory they so desperately needed.

But he says he believes his former managerial colleague at Spurs, Gus Poyet, could yet steer the Black Cats to safety.

“I think Sunderland have a chance,” he said.

“Can I see them winning games?

“Yes I can.

“They proved that during the week with the victory over Chelsea and I thought they were very good against West Ham.

“They might have beaten us – but these are the small margins – the margins didn’t work for them on the day.

“But they certainly have the quality in their squads to win games.”

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