Dean Ashton expecting a Premier League cracker between Norwich City and West Ham

Jonny Howson, left, and Robert Snodgrass, centre, have both impressed former Canary Dean Ashton. Jonny Howson, left, and Robert Snodgrass, centre, have both impressed former Canary Dean Ashton.

Thursday, September 13, 2012
12:23 PM

Dean Ashton feels this weekend’s Carrow Road clash between Norwich City and West Ham is exactly the kind of game the edge of your seat was made for.

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"I think City look really strong in midfield. The three lads from Leeds in Johnson, Howson and Snodgrass look superb players."

Dean Ashton

The Canaries Hall of Fame member and former Hammers hitman believes both teams will be bubbling with confidence following their last impressive outings and is expecting the Sky TV cameras to capture a cracker in Saturday’s televised lunch-time kick-off.

“I see it being a very even match and I see West Ham being hard to beat. Both teams are full of confidence from the performances they had in the last game. I think it will be a cracking game,” said Ashton, who will be front and centre on the day as part of his television duties.

“After the Tottenham game Norwich’s confidence will certainly be high and they will be looking to win the game,” added the 28-year-old, who was impressed by the Canaries’ resilience in their 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane just before the international break two weeks ago.

Ashton, who made 46 first team appearances for the Canaries, scoring 18 goals, believes Chris Huhgton’s mem must continue to demonstrate such positivity and play to their strengths to achieve success, especially at home.

“In the Premier League you’ve got to look to be winning your home games against teams other than the top six, which is different. They’ve got to try and beat the teams around them and Norwich will be looking at this game and be thinking that they can win it,” he said.

“If you start playing against teams at home where you’re looking to mark certain players of the other team that’s not a good way to start,” added Ashton. “I think they will be looking more at themselves and thinking how can we counteract them and be more positive and get in behind them. Obviously they will know what West Ham are all about in that they don’t mind going direct.

“I know Andy Carroll is out but I am sure that Carlton Cole will come in and you know he can hold the ball up well and then it’s the case of getting the players like Jarvis and Noble and Matty Taylor around Cole.

“Norwich will want to play their own game and their own system and at the moment that system can be difficult to play against because players like Snodgrass and Howson interchange with each other so well having played with each other before at Leeds.

“I think City look really strong in midfield. The three lads from Leeds in Johnson, Howson and Snodgrass look superb players and you’ve also got Pilkington who had a really good season last year. So I think they will be a real threat to West Ham and similarly West Ham will be looking at how they can stop them playing. Teams like West Ham playing away from home know that any points they can pick up on the road are good points.”

The Hammers enjoyed a convincing 3-0 win in their last match against Fulham, who thumped the Canaries 5-0 on the opening day of the season. But Ashton does not believe these results will weigh heavily on the City players’ minds – or have a bearing on Saturday’s match.

“It won’t, not at all. I think that the way Norwich have played since that opening game proves that,” explained Ashton.

“I think that game on the opening day of the season gave them a kick up the backside and that’s why they have played so well since, and I don’t think that will be any different at the weekend.

“West Ham will be disappointed to have lost Andy Carroll, especially given the way he played against Fulham.

“Just how well they perform without him since the last game will be interesting.”

Ashton is convinced the Canaries have the talent in their squad to get a result on Saturday and pointed to the way Swansea dealt so well with the visit of the Hammers.

“I’m sure they (Norwich) will have seen the tapes of West Ham away at Swansea,” said Ashton.

“West Ham looked good up until Swansea scored and once Swansea scored West Ham struggled after that.

“Swansea really handled the game well and I think Norwich will look to that and try and get an early goal and press West Ham and if they can do that then that might be enough.”

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21 comments

  • I sincerely hope you are right, Pa. My machine conked out recently (power supply) and I am having probs with internet explorer "not responding" which only happens on this NCFC site - but then it is my favourite! But no ethering for 3 or 4 days now. Even on brewing-related topics. Do you think the incessant whinging of a few contributors has had a beneficial effect? If so, it is worth the derision from some quarters. Not that I GAF! OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • There are various mysteries such life, the beginnings of the universe but they do not seem as mind blowing as to the ..how did Dean Ashton be inducted into the Hall of Fame? Einstein's Theory Of Relativity seems to be easier to debate and understand..... OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Hall of Fame. FONCY should be given an honorary place there for their loyal support of young NCFC player development. Dean Ashton just shouldn`t be there at all. Btw, Rolf, what`s any of this got to do with Leeds?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Is it just me or do others get irritated by Ashton's continual commentary on all things City. He was fleetingly at Norwich and moved when the going got tough and has since amazingly been inducted to the hall of fame. I've heard more of him more in his punditary role than I ever did in a city shirt.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • C'mon LEEDS !!!!!!!

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    Rolf

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Somebody @ Ar-chant is reading this dialogue, Pa! Just had 2X Error 503s, an "explorer not responding" and 3 straight etherings in trying to comment on (and congratulate) the Fat Cat & Canary.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Breaking News: Some random bloke I met @ the bus stop this morning expecting cracking game between City + West Ham.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • B Inners, couldn't agree with you more. Frankly I have no time for this guy at all. I witnessed one of his last games for us down at Plymouth, he clearly wasn't trying at all and eventually came off with a supposed injury. To have him as a 'hall of famer' is an insult to more deserved members.

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    westoncanary

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Huge must-win game for City. I think if we can get in front early it will be telling. West Ham are a good team, but, you really have to back City for a win, and, we could do with all three points on Saturday ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Is it just me or do others get irritated by Ashton's continual commentary on all things City. He was fleetingly at Norwich and moved when the going got tough and has since amazingly been inducted to the hall of fame. I've heard more of him more in his punditary role than I ever did in a city shirt.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • The very same is happening to me on Archant sites, ….”Web site not responding”..”Windows is trying to find a solution to the problem”. ..It usually does, but it's a bit of a wind up!

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Perhaps they`ve found a different way to confound us, Pa? Just `cos I`m paranoid doesn`t mean they`re NOT out to get me....... Poor Rolf should come to terms with the fact that Johnno, Wiesohn & Snods are EX Leeds players. I wonder how the Admirable Drury is adapting to life under Colin`s Panto-Dame regime, Timbo?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Premier League cracker? Must have: (1) a joke (2) a paper hat (3) a useless gift (1)What costs £152k an appearance or nearly £500k a goal (2) Sorry, couldn't find a hat big enough (3) Has a useless gift for making statements that say absolutely nothing

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    captaincozmik

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Yeah thanks again for the Ashton £7m West Ham. Hope you enjoyed the 46 appearances + 15 goals you got for your money ..!

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    Timbo

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Ha Ha - the EDP have yet again run out os real story lines. OTBC!! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • must agree with Pa, the runner beans are taking over and i must admit the portions are getting bigger ,but as to Dean Ashton 'i want to go and i wont play well untill i go' being an acceptable commentator on a game is ho-hum. Why not ask paddon or cross

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Here here. To true westoncanary

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    Craig Mattless

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Have you been ethered recently Brew?..Has anyone else had a problem of late on that score?...They must have unplugged that dammed machine!... We now have continuity of thought, and isn't it better.?

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    Pa Snipps

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Hi Brewer- I think Rolf's "hilarious" joke is a comment on the fact that we have an over-representation of ex-Leeds players in our ranks. Stick to singing " 2 little boys" Rolf. You do music so much better than you do comedy....erm....possibly....

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    Timbo

    Friday, September 14, 2012

  • Roll on the first of October, so I can get back to Plucking Pheasants. The Runner Beans are still coming thick and fast, and I'm awash with tomatoes ...What's this got to do with Football?..Nothing! But it's something to talk about! ..and no body is complaining about ethering!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • Ashton was a good bit of business for us, but unfortunately arrived too late to save our bacon, and couldn't wait to bail out. Should never be in the HoF. Unless you have access to the 'afterlife' budgie, we can't ask Paddon. Maybe Alan Talyor though?

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    canarydownunder

    Friday, September 14, 2012

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