Hughton happy with response
Chris Hughton was delighted to see Norwich awaken from their opening day nightmare and believes they deserved to take more than they got from QPR.
Last Updated: 25/08/12 6:01pm
Chris Hughton was delighted to see Norwich awaken from their opening day nightmare and believes they deserved to take more than they got from Queens Park Rangers.
The Canaries were forced to settle for a share of the spoils on Saturday in an encounter which saw two teams hammered 5-0 last weekend thrust back under the Premier League spotlight.
A 1-1 draw at Carrow Road allowed both sides to open their account for the season, with Bobby Zamora cancelling out an early effort from Simeon Jackson.
Norwich looked the more likely to snatch a winner during an entertaining second half and Hughton believes they should have made more of the opportunities which came their way.
"We asked for a reaction and we certainly got that today," he told Sky Sports.
"I thought we were considerably the better team, had the better chances and a very soft penalty has seen us not get the result that we wanted to get and deserved to get.
"It was there (to be won). We have to look at ourselves with the chances.
"On the balance of play I think we were the better team but when you have clear chances like we had, we need to be more clinical in front of goal.
"This was a good opportunity today and one we've missed out on."
QPR levelled after Djibril Cisse had been felled inside the box by Sebastien Bassong.
The French striker saw his spot-kick saved by John Ruddy, but Zamora reacted quickest to tuck away the rebound.
Asked for his take on the penalty award and the fact that Zamora had clearly encroached before firing home, Hughton added: "I thought it was a very soft penalty. I think what makes it worse is - we know it's a very difficult job for the referee - but on taking the penalty, Zamora is the referee's side and he is at least three yards in the box when the penalty is taken. It's almost a double-whammy that one.
"I think you will see penalties like that throughout the season not given and the fact that he was three yards inside the box makes it a bit more difficult to take."
Hughton, who inherited the managerial reins at Carrow Road earlier this summer from Paul Lambert, has already added seven fresh faces to his squad during the current transfer window but admits there may be more to come before the deadline passes.
He said: "We are still pushing and still enquiring. If something happens, great, if nothing happens, we are very happy with what we've got at this football club."