NORWICH City will be on a high for Sunderland’s visit on Sunday – after extending their unbeaten Premier League run to seven games last night.
Despite handling in the build-up, Rickie Lambert gave hosts Southampton the lead, but Robert Snodgrass levelled from a free-kick.
Boss Chris Hughton felt the equaliser was deserved on the balance of play at St Mary’s, especially after Lambert handled before breaking the deadlock.
“It was a fair result,” the Canaries boss said. “Southampton were better in that first period and we took a little bit of time to get going.
“We were stung a little bit by the goal, but I thought we were very good in that second half.
“As the game opened up, I thought we defended very well and if anybody was going to score on the break I thought it was going to be us.
“I think it was nothing less than we deserved, to get back into the game.
“I have seen it again and the first impression of the players there were to appeal for handball.
“I spoke to a couple of players that were very close to the incident and they both said it was handball.
“Nothing has changed my mind since seeing it. I think it is a difficult one as there were a lot of bodies there but certainly it was a handball.
“But we showed enough character to get back in and we’ve done that. We have had two tough away games and we have done well.”
Saints boss Nigel Adkins felt the challenge in the build-up to Snodgrass’s leveller should not have been a free-kick.
But he was felt goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga should have saved the Scot’s shot at his near post. Asked if it was a bad mistake by the Argentine, he said: “Yeah, but you’ll always highlight a goalkeeper when the ball goes in the back of the net. He’ll learn from that; he’ll have to.”
Adkins added: “The first half we were on the front foot and there was a verve about us.
“All-in-all, we’ve got another point. That is eight points in the last four games so we’ll take the positives from that and move onto the next game.”