It has been a long week for Norwich since the ticking time-bomb under Hughton’s seat was exposed in such a considered manner in the local press at the start of it.
“If we believe Chris is the right man to take the club forward then we stick with that,” McNally, who subsequently lost his father a few days ago, said.
“But it would be almost delinquent of the football club to not be aware of potential candidates if for any reason your manager left.” From the first whistle,
Norwich’s players made it clear they are willing to give their all for the likeable former Tottenham coach.
They had to wait until just after half-time for the defining moment, though – Nabil Bentaleb lost possession for Spurs, Bradley Johnson played the perfect pass and Richard Snodgrass cut in off the left flank to curl a shot round Hugo Lloris and inside the far post.
“Losing my job is not something I have thought of,” Hughton said. “All my focus was on the game.
“As a manager you have to go with the ups and downs and the highs and lows. You have disappointments and get on with the job. Ultimately you have to get the best results you can.
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Losing my job is not something I have thought of, all my focus was on the game
“And today feels like a big win. We have had a good level of performance in the past few games but never got results. You always fear about sustaining that level but we did that and got the result. I am pleased for the lads. They work hard and they have felt the frustration as well.
“But this is one of the best results this season. In a vital part of the season where every results seems to be a big result, this relieves some pressure on us.”
The win was no more than Norwich deserved as Tottenham – fielding seven of the same players who had had a long and emotional trip to Ukraine in midweek – struggled to get their passing game going.
A frankly dismal first half ended without a single shot on target at either end and when Norwich took the lead it was inevitable that a side chasing Champions League football would come at them more.
Luckily for Norwich, John Ruddy was in uncompromising mood. Twice Adebayor ran through on his goal with no signs of relenting in his chase for the ball only for Ruddy to bravely get his hand in the way first.
And in the dying seconds, it was the England goalkeeper’s legs that came to the rescue when Nacer Chadli finally engineered a clear shot at goal.
Norwich still had time to come closest to adding to the scoreline. Six minutes from time, Johnson sent a thundering free-kick against the underside of the bar and in the chaos that ensued Hugo Lloris had to move quickly to prevent Nathan Redmond from turning in the rebound.
Defeat leaves Tottenham six points adrift of Liverpool with only 11 games still to go – with a vastly inferior goal difference to boot.
“It looks a big gap and is a big blow to us,“ manager Tim Sherwood said. “We have got to bounce back. We have got Dnipro in the second leg then Cardiff at home. We are looking for a bounce-back and we need characters in the dressing room to do that.
“This is the first major setback I have had and we are going to need to be spirited and show what we are made of.”
NORWICH (4-5-1): Ruddy 7; Martin 6, Yobo 6, Bassong 7, Olsson 6; Snodgrass 7, Tettey 7, Johnson 8, Redmond 6 (Hoolahan 86), Fer 6; van Wolfswinkel 5 (Hooper 72, 7).
Booked: Ruddy. Goal: Snodgrass 47.
TOTTENHAM (4-1-4-1): Lloris 7; Naughton 5, Dawson 5, Vertonghen 6, Rose 5 (Townsend 82); Capoue 5 (Chadli 13, 6); Lennon 6, Bentaleb 5, Paulinho 5 (Soldado 65, 5),
Dembele 6; Adebayor 6.
Booked: Dembele, Vertonghen, Dawson.
REFEREE: Craig Pawson (South Yorks)
Next up: Norwich – Sun: Aston Villa (a) league. Tottenham – Thu: FC Dnipro (h) Europa League