Hughton 'not getting carried away' after Hoolahan header extends Norwich's unbeaten run

The Canaries' manager emphasised the importance of remaining grounded after a 2-1 defeat of Wigan leaves them ten without a loss, as he also lavished praise upon the matchwinner
Norwich manager Chris Hughton has stressed the need to 'not get carried away' after a goal from the 'excellent' Wesley Hoolahan secured a 2-1 victory against Wigan, leaving the Canaries unbeaten in ten Premier League games.

After the diminutive Irishman provided the assist for Norwich's opener, courtesy of Anthony Pilkington, he eventually went one better as, following Shaun Maloney's equaliser, he scored the winner with a rare header.

The three points, their third consecutive Premier League win, means they leapfrog several teams into seventh place and sit just two points off a Champions League place.

Hughton, however, is eager to remain grounded as he emphasised that his main concern is avoiding relegation, despite the admission that their current form does indeed warrant praise.

"It is not being negative, but for a club like ourselves, it is about keeping as big as gap as you can between us and down. There is no shame in saying that, it is a reality for clubs like ourselves," he told reporters.

"But our form at the moment has deserved it. We are a team which has to work very hard for the points we get, so there will be no getting carried away."
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The Canaries' boss was also keen to extol the virtues of matchwinner Hoolahan, who, having agreed a contract extension just prior to the game, delighted his manager with his performance.

"Fortunately for us Wes [Hoolahan] has signed a new deal and he has earned it, and not just for this season," he continued.

"He was excellent today and to see Wes get a headed goal was worth the entrance fee alone. Wes capped off a really good all-round team performance."

Robert Martinez, however, was not so happy with his team's performance and bemoaned their first-half showing, despite a marked improvement in the second.

"Our start was sluggish and pedestrian, we were very, very, very poor and had our goalkeeper to thank for keeping us in the game," he told reporters.

"The second half was very different, we started to control the game and Norwich had to start to defend. I felt with our second-half performance we merited something out of the game, but it was a self-inflicted defeat."