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 Sunday, 26 January, 2003, 11:48 GMT
Hill rues 'cruel' luck
Daggenham & Redbridge manager Garry Hill
Hill felt his side had earned a replay
Dagenham & Redbridge manager Garry Hill said he was "stunned" after watching his team cruelly knocked out of the FA Cup by a last-minute Norwich winner.

The non-league side had more than held their own at Carrow Road but lost 1-0.

"At the moment I am very empty to be honest - and understandably so," reflected Hill. "I am just stunned.

We all know that sometimes football can be a cruel game

Garry Hill

"It was always going to be hard. We knew that when we came here.

"Norwich have only been beaten twice at Carrow Road in the league this season and that is why they are up there in the top five.

"I always felt if we could keep them out in the first 20-25 minutes, we would have a chance."

"Tony Roberts made some great saves, but I thought we defended well when we had to.

"I think we matched them man for man all over the park and we had some chances of our own at important times."

"We all know that sometimes football can be a cruel game.

"The Norwich supporters were very complementary and I think we showed everyone who was here that a lot of those players are capable of playing at a higher standard.

Poor finishing

"Everybody who witnessed the game would not have denied us the opportunity of a replay, because we had earned it."

Norwich manager Nigel Worthington felt his side deserved to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in six years.

"We created chances and their keeper made some great saves - we have to do better around the box.

"Overall, though, we deserved to go through and everyone is delighted to be in the next round."

But Worthington admitted that Norwich's opponents had deserved plenty of credit.

"Dagenham & Redbridge have done themselves proud," he said.

"You could see why they have knocked people out. They were solid and well organised, they competed and took it right to the death."


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