‘Clap power’ has Chris Hughton’s backing ahead of Norwich City’s Premier League test against West Brom

Norwich City's joint majority shareholder Delia Smith shows her support in the recent Premier League win over Sunderland. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's joint majority shareholder Delia Smith shows her support in the recent Premier League win over Sunderland. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, April 5, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton wants Norwich City’s fans to play their part again and help turn Carrow Road into a cauldron of noise against the Baggies.

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The clap banners will be out in force in home areas this afternoon after a winning return against Sunderland in the last crucial Premier League home test. Hughton knows his players must match the intensity and ferocity generated by the majority in another Carrow Road sell-out to boost their survival prospects.

“The biggest factor is what we produce on the pitch and we have a responsibility to put in a performance that gets a fabulous support firmly behind us. They’ve got to like what they see, but anything to boost the noise is welcome,” said Hughton.

“We used them on three occasions last season, along with Sunderland recently, and I remember the West Brom game here was a super atmosphere at a key stage of the season. We’ll need that. Carrow Road is an intimidating place. We needed that at Sunderland and we got it.

“I think Alex Tettey mentioned the noise after the game and he would because he scored a super goal, but we are very conscious that we are looking for those very small percentages in our favour. We have put pressure on our home performances, but in the pressure moments they have responded. These are the ones where players need to be counted and we have to be strong and aggressive.”

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21 comments

  • Our Saviour cried.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Overrated herb that, Blaff. Are those happy-clappy things pre-folded? What`s actually depicted on them? Whoever it is must be creased up. You are dead right, Blaff, my old sycophant, Excretia Boregia better ignored-yeh? Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I wonder if it is Benchio`s picture on the banner. Then guaranteed a place in the squad, like Ruddy being in the sticky picture comic augurs well for his World Cup chances.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Such "Enlightenment", BP2. Wonder if Fagen will get that one. He should do.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I know I've said on another wall, but S\O appears to be excreting in every cubicle today......don't rise to the bait. It's probably a touch of PMT and she might be more civil in a few days time.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Lose this one Chris and those happy clappers might just be used to build a big bonfire post match. Mind you, we could use the ashes as a trophy for a new sport at he stadium.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • .....you stupid woman!!....Wisdom comes with age!!!...not a large mouth!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Those gem stones of Delia's look like they might be worth a few bob. Pawn them, Delia and pay of Mr Hughton's contract......... which I notice you've been using to create a happy clapper. Long live origami.

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    User Removed

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • …..as I was saying...a large mouth, and a small brain..What a combination!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Attack not probability. Auto text

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Overrated herb that, Blaffen. Are those clappy gadgets pre-folded? Who`s actually printed on them? Whoever it is must be creased up. You are dead right, Blaff, my old sycophant, Excretia Boregia better ignored-ya? Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Stew, don`t get drawn in\dragged down. Eventually, S\O will step over the mark and get another ban. Hopefully permanent this time.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Yes indeed, BP2. Since when has having the clap been such great news? These paper noise-toys are for the puerile. Of course Hughton approves, toeing the line is his thing anyway, and happy-clappery is at his intellectual level.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I`ve had enough of this `Dance of Macaber` with Archie`s Little Helpers... Oiiiam gaowin` darn ver paab! A pint of Dullard`s Worst (Stella - no decent beer here in Billybobsville), a quick flutter on the Grand National, then hoom ter listen ter Naaaridge on Reerdioo Paar`redge. OTBC. IHIT. (Précis of Loyalty Oath).

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I don't wish to pick holes, but can you ask your sub-editors to look up some alternatives to 'backs' and 'is backing', which seems to get used in your headlines several times a week? 'Supports', 'has faith in', 'believes in', 'endorses', 'stands behind' are a few that I can think of off the top of my head and it's nice to have a bit of variety. Looking forward to this afternoon's game. Hope the team is as well.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Why are clappers like the Norwich probability? Made of cardboard, flap a lot and the opposition think they are a joke.

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Several cheeky headline opportunities going begging here. A strange discussion elsewhere about whether this is or is not a must-win match. We all know that failure to win will make life almost unbearable for the next five weeks. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. We don't have Holty anymore, so will it be "Here's Johnny"?

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Why are clappers like the Norwich probability? Made of cardboard, flap a lot and the opposition think they are a joke.

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • I thought Divott's article about Pepe Mel and Norwich's split personality was a non story.......until I read this one. So bad in fact that none of our so-called "football writers" are even willing to put their name to it. Why not wait til 4.50 this afternoon and then write something?

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    User Removed

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Overrated herb that, Blaffen. Are those clappy gadgets pre-folded? Who`s actually printed on them? Whoever it is must be creased up. You are dead right, Blaff, my old sycophant, Excretia Boregia better ignored-ya? Gek.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

  • Third time lucky. Brace yourselves: Though there is nothing like the sound of one hand clapping, I can't stand the blessed things. They degenerate the game to something akin to watching a baseball game

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, April 5, 2014

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