FA Cup defeat disappoints Norwich's James Vaughan

Norwich City striker James Vaughan

James Vaughan says defeat in the FA Cup made it hard to enjoy his return to the Norwich City starting XI.

The 23-year-old made his first team return in the 2-1 loss to Leicester City on Saturday after five months on the sidelines.

"On a personal note it's brilliant, but today was all about getting through," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

"Unfortunately we couldn't do that, I'm pretty disappointed on that front, we felt it was a great opportunity."

He added: "We didn't perform to the levels we expect from ourselves, confidence was high and we wanted it badly but we didn't play well enough, credit to Leicester for taking advantage of that."

After three substitute appearances since signing from Everton in the summer, Vaughan damaged knee ligaments in the 2-1 win over Sunderland in September.

Vaughan became the youngest ever goalscorer in the Premier League at the age of 16 but his career has since been ravaged by injury and he says the latest spell out has been a tough one.

"It's been very frustrating, but I've worked hard and can hopefully help the team to push on at the end of the season," he continued.

"I've got good friends and family around me who've kept me strong, it's a footballer's darkest period when he has to go to training and come to games but can't be involved.

"The lads have performed brilliantly over the last few months, I just want to be a part of it and help the lads get to the next level."

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