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Hughton thrilled as Norwich stretch unbeaten run

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton was absolutely delighted to see his side make it eight matches without a loss in the Premier League.

The Canaries made it four wins and four draws from their past eight fixtures with a 2-1 home win over Sunderland on Sunday afternoon and Hughton was full of praise for his side who have managed to resurrect a poor beginning to the campaign.

"That was the third game in a week with the same team, I'm really delighted," he said.

"I thought we were excellent in the first half, but it was very difficult to sustain that for 90 minutes, particularly with the timing of their goal.

"That gave them a real lift and they showed at times the real quality they've got in their team.

"The timing of their goal changed the team talk slightly and the fact we'd played that well in the first half, the question was could we sustain it over 90 minutes? I knew that would give them a lift and I knew that we'd have to dig deep.

"The game opened up second half but can't fault any of the efforts from my team today."

Sebastien Bassong and Anthony Pilkington gave Norwich a two-goal lead inside 40 minutes before Craig Gardner gave the Black Cats some hope on the stroke of half-time but the Canaries held out to move 12th on the table as Sunderland fell further to 17th, just one point clear of the drop zone.

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