Premier League - Hughton takes positive

Norwich boss Chris Hughton felt his side showed improvement in their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

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Norwich City's manager Chris Hughton (PA Photos)

The Canaries bossed the opening exchanges of the lunchtime clash, with Robert Snodgrass missing an early penalty, but they were undone by Libor Kozak's first-half strike.

"On occasions when we haven't deserved to get anything we have been quick to put our hands up." he said.

"I don't think that was the case today. On the balance of play we created good chances and we added an offensive endeavour to our play. The result does not reflect our performance.

"What we didn't have at the end of it was a bit of quality, fortune and guile to get us the goal we deserved."

Hughton backed Snodgrass to take further penalties in the future but admitted he expected club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel to step up.

"Sometimes what you will have on that occasion is a lad who feels very confident that he is going to put it away," he added.

"That was very much the case with Robert - when you have a penalty you are expected to score. If you have an inspired goalkeeper who guesses the right way it is tough.

"We were all expecting Ricky to take it. Those conversations are very private but I expected him to take it and if we get one in the future then I would expect him to take it."

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