Chris Hughton - Norwich City are prepared to fight for their Premier League lives after 1-0 Tottenham win

Robert Snodgrass celebrates his match-winner in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Robert Snodgrass celebrates his match-winner in a 1-0 Premier League victory over Tottenham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, February 23, 2014
7:24 PM

Chris Hughton insisted Norwich City’s 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham proves how much his players want to retain the club’s top flight status.

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Robert Snodgrass’ 47th minute winner moved the Canaries’ four points clear of the bottom three after a weekend when they managed to cash in on slips for many of their direct rivals in the lowest reaches of the table.

“We all feel it at this football club. We don’t want to be in the position that we’re in,” Hughton said. “Everyone at this football club is pushing in the right direction. We only want results. If we show the character and quality we had today then we’ve got a chance. Let’s hope this is one step towards getting a few more points.”

City match-winner Snodgrass was happier to deflect the plaudits onto the rest of his team mates.

“I’m delighted, it’s a massive three points today,” he said. “Every one of the boys were terrific. The performances in the past three to four weeks have been terrific. All the lads have been scratching our heads because we’ve been shooting ourselves in the foot with silly goals we’ve conceded.”

Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood admitted his side were not good enough,

“We weren’t brave enough on the football and didn’t take enough risks,” said Sherwood. “It was difficult but we had some clear-cut chances to score. If you don’t take those you can’t win football matches. It’s bitterly disappointing for us that we’re coming away with nothing and possibly never deserved it.”

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53 comments

  • Regarding public displays of grief I would also deduct 50% of the vote from anyone on a "talent" show who is "doing it for her dead granny, mum, auntie etc".

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • No wonder there were tears Swiss. The fact that he came out and threw down the gauntlet if you will, seems to have acted as something of a catalyst, though I do think it could have said two or three months ago.Life carries on in its own inestimable way sometimes, no joke intended btw.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Fair point 'Erpingham Tractor', I will enjoy it.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Sam Allardici had to endure the same hate campaign at West Ham but to their credit the club unlike most others at the bottom stuck with him and look where they have climbed to! McNally is the reason this club is where it has progressed to, it is a little old family club punching above it's weight, it is debt free, not owned by foreign owners as a plaything. Without Delia and the other local directors City could have been in the same place as majority of clubs, take Wolves as an example. My have they fallen! Give McNally credit for even being at the game yesterday, only two days ago he lost his father, no wonder he was emotional.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • One win doesnt make a season

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    Paulie

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Yeah....sack Hughton...that will seal NCFC fate and they will be playing championship football next season. You know, you anti Hughton armchair Managers really are a boring bunch of idiots....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • NCFC estimated wage spend for this season is £45m, the PL 4th lowest. So if we finish 4th bottom that is par and we should finish above Palace (£35m), Hull(£42m) and Cardiff(£43m). However, two of the bottom three places are currently occupied by Sunderland, the PL 8th highest spenders (£66m) and Fulham, 11th highest ((£56m). My point is that outlay on wages and return on the playing field do not go hand in hand. Southampton only pay £2m more on their players and Swansea's outlay is the same as us. To be fair to CH and the club, and remembering where we were not so long ago, the Spurs result puts us in a relatively good place. My own criticism of CH is that we have players who are capable of overperforming in relation to the wage spend, like at the two clubs mentioned.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Pubmandave, McNally's face at the end may have had something to do with mourning his dead father, or didn't your fantastic inside source and knowledge of the club's workings let you know that?

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    PaulWho

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I only partly agree with the 'Hughton out' crowd as I would get shot of Mcnally before I even thought about replacing the manager as it's his lack of ambition that's behind this.

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    Vic Sponge

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • If you are so bored tf go and prune some rosebushes old darling and leave this forum to those of us with something interesting to say. Let's not forget we werent meant to be 'fighting for our lives' at this stage of the season, we were meant to be comfortably in the top half of the table. Today's result means however that the Hoot is with us for the duration so in a sense youre right, theres nothing more to say about him now. We have to live with him till May and what you have to live with theres no point in complaining about.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Dear Horace Wimp, are you seriously suggesting that we are suffering from David McNally's lack of ambition? I presume this is the same David McNally that took us from the bottom of League 1 to the Premier League in consecutive seasons, managed to pay down our crippling debts, invest in the Academy, got us back into profit and all on a fraction of what the billionaires spend. The same David McNally whose father died on Friday and who is widely praised in the media for having the guts to stick with his management team. We might not survive this season and I will be sad if that happens but the one person that I would not want to lose would be him, eve if we are paying him a fortune.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Losing to that team of yokels is a disgrace. That clown Sherwood has to go - NOW.

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    Canary on the moon

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • A good all round performance and thoroughly deserved win, although RVW did not score his effort and work rate was good. It does not matter what the score is you Hughton out brigade never give credit where credit is do, you complain about him when they lose, but never give him support when they win. To sack Houghton now be suicide, they team are behind him. And to see McNally in tears at the end also showed passion for the club, he know he was probably wrong to make that statement but it might have worked

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Great goal by snodgrass and we live another week.Wonder if hughton can beat lambert next week and march up the league or slump down again, who knows ?

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    yarco

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • So what's so different now Mr Hughton, why was city not fighting before? just leave and let a real manager take the job!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I have reflected, Bad Form, and decided they are both those things. Oh, and another thing, if you are going to refer to someone in the third person, it's important to know their gender rather than to guess at it. OTBC x

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    User Removed

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • You,ve obviously not been looking at recent games.

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    sharky

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Horace, I'm not sure what your criticism of McNally is based on. None of us knows for sure what's been going on at board level. Maybe he's been the only one pushing for a change? Personally, I think there's a good chance we'd be in L1 or worse if it wasn't for him.

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    Arbee

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Dammit. How annoying for you BooHugh boys. We only went and won, and Chris's favourite son went and scored a cracker. How annoying. And all that despite Bassong's best efforts to mess it up. Oh, and then he really rubbed it in by bringing Wesley on. How impossible! On the Ball City. One Canary doth not a Summer make, but it feel so good.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • A great 3 points and a very stirling performance,but it has to be said that while Spurs played one up front we seemed in control but as soon as they put Soldado up front too,we were stretched a bit at times.Nevertheless I am one happy chap for the first time after a City match for the first time in what seems like ages

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    Trevor Sadd

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Wolfswinkel looks absolutely lost out there!!!

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    Rottsrool

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I'd never heard of Barking Wise until recently but during the past week I've read several posts by him which were not only monotonous but also the epitome of boring. In the circumstances perhaps he should reflect if some of his posts are necessary or pertinent?

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    Bad Form

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • OK Enough of the hughton out or in discussion, we all agree regardless of this our focus should be on the next few games. I thought that beating Spurs was actually just reward for our losses at Cardiff and WH where we played well but were unlucky...So next up is Villa, like Fulham a bogey team for us,, and another game early in the season we should have won... so should we play Hooper or RVW in this game, and maybe Hoola... I satisfied with 4 points at home from Man City and Spurs, not many teams have completed this,, and so we just need to pick up a few points away from home and Villa is a definite winnable game,, but a draw would be fine...and finally McNally is a legend whatever happens so those who criticise this guy should take their criticism elsewhere as he has shown leadership now since our 3rd tier debut and has been there for our ride to the Premier. and I applaud him for that.

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    Robin Sydney

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Credit where credit's due, CH got it right today. RVW for Hoops surprised me, but it was one if his better games for us. Still looks nowhere near scoring however. The Hoolahan substitution was also an odd one, but seemed to work. Overall we dominated and deserved to win the game. Not sure where the MOTD2 criticisms came from!

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    Smudger75

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • 'Barking Wise' good post, 'respect'.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Good post powerlid123....... respect ;-)

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    sharky

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Things are certainly looking rosier Capri, and Cardiff and Fulham must be sweating, but by virtue of the fact that our last four games will be something akin to climbing the Matterhorn, the time to start getting points on the board is now, and without further delay. Carpe diem.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Losing to that team of Pardews wallies is a disgrace. I hate to think what Norwich will do to us. Lambert has to go - NOW

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    Canary on the moon

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Good result today! Still doesn't change anything, CH needs to go!

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    mattc1

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Cracking show today against Spurs, needs to be repeated in capitals least we forget, NORWICH CITY 1 - 0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPURS, suck it in and enjoy, the question is 'why don't we employ the same tactics against teams that are well and truly not as good as us. We could be better than our position shows. For me, unfortunately it comes down to one thing, 'our manager' !!!!!. I do, however, agree that it is too late to change the man at the top, and I do firmly believe the man is changing, BUT !!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Brewer, I completely agree about the public displays of emotion, normally the tabloids seem to be in competition to see who is most upset over something (possibly the Princess Diana effect). It was important however to contradict the wild fantasies of the pubman.

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • @Tooty - Haha! You will find some more easily rattled and grumpy when we have a good result and there's a wash of positivity in the posts! I can understand the frustrations of both the "in" and "out" camps. Frankly I am happy(ish) with the performance shown in the last few games - I hope its a sign things are starting to gel for the team. Not sure Hughton will be safe come the end of the season, but equally wouldn't be surprised if he left of his own accord to another premiership club.

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    powelld123

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • law of averages we will win now and again. CH out and we will win even more and stay up. CH OUT!!!

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    Keep it Low

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • The Canary chirps a winnng song An impressive display by Seb Bassong Hughton played the winning team... Snodgrass delivers again it seems Great to see that our Wes is back... So why would Dave give Chris the sack? The only way we will survive... Is too maintain the passion and the drive This is not a poem but a hardcore rap Win Win Win and that is that!

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    TheBirdCage

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Johnny Gavin lives! YES that RVW !

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    Rottsrool

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Sam Allardici had to endure the same hate campaign at West Ham but to their credit the club unlike most others at the bottom stuck with him and look where they have climbed to! McNally is the reason this club is where it has progressed to, it is a little old family club punching above it's weight, it is debt free, not owned by foreign owners as a plaything. Without Delia and the other local directors City could have been in the same place as majority of clubs, take Wolves as an example. My have they fallen! Give McNally credit for even being at the game yesterday, only two days ago he lost his father, no wonder he was emotional.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Great game today well done all of you.,I think they played really well. Top marks Snodgrass for that brilliant goal and Ruddy for the saves....Is it just me or did anyone else get annoyed that Redman wanted to spend more time showing his foot action then passing the ball he should realise he is part of a team and not a solo actl? Maybe the defence could do with strengthening up?

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    snowdragon

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The Spurs win makes up, in part, for recent bad results. West Brom unable to beat Fulham at home. The Cottagers and Cardiff a bit adrift of City now. The Canaries must get points in the winnable games before the touch finish. It can be done. Sunderland and West Brom were due to meet next week but the Mackems are in the League Cup Final, as they were in 1985. Can City increase their lead over those two clubs at Villa Park and in matches to follow?

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    Capri

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Toothy frosty, you've never met me (fortunately for both of us) and therefore you haven't the slightest idea whether I'm a boring idiot or a scintillating genius. The fact is I think Norwich need a different sort of manager. I've thought that since last year. One good result and improved performance doesn't change my opinion. I'm not going to call you names because you have a different opinion. I just ask you to respect all opinions, and, if you can't do that, don't post on this site.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Yes, a good win today. But we shouldn't be in the position where results only come when we are desperate for them or where McNally has to read the riot act. The fact remains that Hughton's style of play and constant dicing with death is not for NCFC. If we survive this season, he still has to go. We cannot go on like this.

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    jigs69

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Mcnallys face was a picture as the final whistle blew. Pre-match, and expecting a home defeat, he had prepared himself to let Hughton know he's services were not needed again. 90 minutes later he's obviously distressed to what is his next move. Their was to be an announcement today, but yesterdays surprise win has either changed that, or delayed it. Board meet today 11am at Hethersett Lane

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    pubmandave

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Cheer up Paulie. It makes it a very good weekend. Enjoy it.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Great goal by snodgrass and we live another week.Wonder if hughton can beat lambert next week and march up the league or slump down again, who knows ?

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    yarco

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • well done Chris and well done to the boys. now lets put the sword to villa and climb up that table. we will be premier league next season COYY

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    yeeelllowsss

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • I wouldn't take much notice of Pubmandave and his predictions. That's all they are. Fiction and not fact. He must be very disappointed we beat Spurs.

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • don't get this unnecessary pressure nonsense. Manager & team needed giant kick up the ar@e & it worked

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    Konrad54

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Excellent post, Swiss. To criticise McNally like this is the most ludicrous thing I've seen on this board on recent months, and I've seen quite a few. Talking of ludicrous, where is Waclor?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Love it, Slovenly Canary! What a difference 90 minutes makes. CH was spot on with his tactics today. RVW played an integral part in the goal and no one can doubt that the team were playing for the manager. I must admit that I went to the match wondering how many goals we would lose by. I am very happy to be proved wrong. Villa must be gutted after losing in the 92nd minute so let's take the game to them next week and get another invaluable 3 points.

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • Cheer up Paulie. It makes it a very good weekend. Enjoy it.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • If that was one of RVW better games he is surely not going to make it here. Hooper was far better when he came on linking up with players and creating chances.

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    VictorM

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Rottsrool, is that the same RvW who battled the whole time he was on, and who made the goal by tackling back and dispossessing the centre back on the half way line and then feeding BJ for the break catching the Spurs defence completely out of position? That same RvW? Lost?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • If (when) we stay up this season, I'd be happy if CH stayed. Seems you can sack Managers pretty much anytime, so if he can keep us up, why cant he keep his job?

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    powelld123

    Sunday, February 23, 2014

  • One thing you can rely on is the veracity of LincsCan`s statistical input. I wish people would keep private grief private. It`s not East Enders, is it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

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