Everton 2, Norwich City 0

Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass fends off Leighton Baines in a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Robert Snodgrass fends off Leighton Baines in a 2-0 Premier League defeat at Everton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, January 11, 2014
4:53 PM

Norwich City’s three-match unbeaten Premier League away run ground to a halt in a 2-0 defeat at Everton.

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The Canaries were decidedly second best until the final quarter when Robert Snodgrass clipped the outside of Tim Howard’s post with a header, but the damage was already done after Gareth Barry’s thumping first-half hit and Kevin Mirallas’ sharp free kick just before the hour mark secured the points for Roberto Martinez’s side.

Hughton made three changes from the starting line up that featured at Crystal Palace in the Canaries last Premier League outing. Ryan Bennett replaced Michael Turner after the centre back was ruled out with a hamstring injury. Javier Garrido’s impressive display in the FA Cup tie against Fulham earned him a start positioned in front of Martin Olsson down Norwich’s left flank with Nathan Redmond relegated to the substitutes’ bench.

Hughton also paired Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper in tandem for their first Premier League start, with Wes Hoolahan dropping out from the Selhurst Park line up. The Irishman was included among the substitutes after featuring heavily during a build up dominated by transfer speculation linking him with a move to Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa.

Everton’s highly-rated midfielder Ross Barkley missed out with a toe injury but the Toffees did welcome back fellow England international Phil Jagielka from a hamstring injury to partner John Stones in central defence.

John Ruddy received a generous ovation from the home fans prior to kick-off on his return to the club where he spent five years. The England keeper gathered Seamus Coleman’s drilled 20-yard strike inside the opening minutes after the Republic of Ireland international dived inside Garrido. Romelu Lukaku then exchanged passes with Coleman but Olsson’s harassment forced the Belgian to choke his right footed effort wide.

Lukaku miscued a glancing header inside the City six-yard box after Mirallas checked inside Snodgrass with a degree of comfort before producing a probing cross to the far post.

Hooper spurned a glorious chance in the 15th minute for the visitors when his heavy first touch from Steven Whittaker’s raking diagonal pass allowed Howard to pounce at the striker’s feet seven yards out. Coleman’s far post header lacked the power to trouble Ruddy at the opposite end, with the Norwich keeper able to pluck the ball out of the air underneath his own bar from Leighton Baines’ deep centre.

Mirallas tried his luck from long range but Bennett’s headed clearance spared Ruddy any fresh alarms before Baines pulled a strike wide with Everton continuing to dictate proceedings. The hosts’ deservedly moved in front midway through the opening period when Barry was allowed to advance to the edge of the Norwich penalty area before unleashing a venomous left footed strike into Ruddy’s top right-hand corner.

City did carve out a decent reply that forced Howard to dive full length to claw away van Wolfswinkel’s curler after the Dutchman had linked with Leroy Fer and Snodgrass to pin Everton back. Van Wolfswinkel’s next intervention almost cost the Canaries when his square pass was intercepted by Lukaku inside the Norwich penalty area who fed Leon Osman but the Toffees’ playmaker screwed a shot wide on his left foot.

Sebastien Bassong’s last-ditch header dealt with Mirallas’ free kick with Everton now picking their way through almost at will. Fer was the latest City player to needlessly concede possession in midfield, which allowed the Blues’ to re-cycle possession and locate Coleman who sliced horribly wide at the far post.

Olsson’s defensive instincts were tested again five minutes before the interval with a far more orthodox clearance to frustrate Mirallas after Baines had again powered past the labouring Snodgrass. City did finally cause a degree of panic in the home ranks in the one added on minute prior to the interval when Hooper veered past Howard on the angle of the home six yard box but Snodgrass’ cross was hacked clear by Jagielka.

The England defender ambitiously tried his luck on the restart but a swinging right-foot shot sailed into the lower terraces. Bradley Johnson blocked James McCarthy’s goalbound strike in the 54th minute with the game settling back into the tempo of the opening period after Mirallas appeared to be on a different wavelength to the rest of the Norwich backline in reacting quickest to control Lukaku’s cross. The impressive Mirallas then gathered Pienaar’s clever back heel but his right foot strike proved wayward. Van Wolfswinkel raced down the side of Stones in the 58th minute for his first real sight of Howard’s goal but the Dutchman skied over from 10 yards.

Everton doubled their lead a minute later after Bennett was adjudged to have hauled down Baines – Mirallas expertly curling the 23-yard free kick up and over a five-man wall and beyond the sprawling Ruddy. Lukaku did have the ball in the net in the 65th minute but the assistant’s offside flag cut short home celebrations after Mirallas had pounced on Bassong’s attempt to bring a ball down on his chest deep in his own half. Bennett then bailed out Whittaker with a sliding near post block after the Scot’s attempted control saw the ball squirm towards Pienaar at the far post.

Redmond’s arrival did spark City’s best move of the game in the 72nd minute with Johnson, Hooper and van Wolfswinkel freeing the teenager but Howard saved with his legs before Everton scrambled clear. Johnson then roamed forward in a repeat of Barry’s movement for the opening goal but the Norwich midfielder’s strike from the same distance brushed Howard’s side netting. Johnson tested Howard again shortly afterwards with the home keeper belatedly pressed into action before Snodgrass’ header clipped the outside of Howard’s left-hand upright from Redmond’s delivery with the home fans increasingly restless in the midst of City’s late flourish. Van Wolfswinkel’s miscue nine yards out on the angle summed up his afternoon after Hooper’s initial touch dropped invitingly to his strike partner. The forward was withdrawn shortly after with Josh Murphy introduced for the final two minutes of normal time.

• Everton: Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Pienaar (Naismith 71), Osman (Heitinga 69), Lukaku. Subs (not used): Joel, Hibbert, Oviedo, Gueye, Vellios.

• Booking: Stones (dissent, 45).

• Goals: Barry (23), Mirallas (59).

• Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Olsson, Bennett, Bassong, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Garrido (Redmond 67), Hooper, van Wolfswinkel (Josh Murphy 88). Subs (not used): Bunn, Martin, Fox, Hoolahan, Elmander.

• Bookings: Bennett (foul on Coleman, 63); Bassong (dissent, 90).

• Added on time: 1 minute / 3 minutes

• Referee: Kevin Friend (Leics)

• Attendance: 36,827

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87 comments

  • Spark, running up and down the pitch and missing a header doesn't attribute being our best player, I should hope. It appears you live in the past, with Snodgrass' first season honeymoon period long gone, and Special Kei Kamara loved for his story and attitude, but miles short in terms of ability, note his 4 goal haul for Middlesborough in the championship. I suppose next season you'll be longing for Elmander when he has sailed off into the sunset. Snodgrass can put a wicked ball in at times, but he doesn't do it merely enough to warrant first name on the teamsheet status. Like I said, 1 goal and 0 assists, you have to pick players on form, not on previous merits.

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    Willem

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Houghton admits his side was second best!! what!! yes he said this ! Pathetic !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • If I´m the first, be positive , logical and refer to the game I've just watched. were we that bad? I don't think so.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Where was Fox? I thought he had a good game against Fulham in the cup, but he's not a defender is he, cant play an attacking midfielder can we!! Frustrated. that's me!!!!! Can't see the season ticket being renewed next year, can't remember the last game I enjoyed!

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    kevin

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • With apologies to ledzep - going down going down down going down. ..

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • The most disappointing feature of this drab performance was the inability of our experienced pro, Josh Murphy, to make any impact when he had fully 5 or 6 minutes to do so. Looks like we have another four months of praying for others to fail, while hoping to scrape up the occasional point ourselves. Déja vu. It`s not the losing, it`s the manner of it. It`s not losing at Everton, it`s losing at home to Fulham that is shaping this increasingly beige season. Malky`s a guest pundit on MOTD tonight. Stick at that for a while, Big Yin. As for Wessi, as much as I love him, he should do what`s right for himself. I really am so very sad that, with all the decent players we appear to have, we are incapable of playing exciting football. Over to McNally.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I've been calling for Solksjaer to replace Hughton for the last couple of months. His first game at Cardiff didn't end well today but I have a feeling he'll keep them up and Norwich's squad of demotivated and shell shocked players, who seem to start each game knowing they are going to be stuffed, will be dragged down into the Championship if the club doesn't grasp the nettle and appoint a young thrusting, preferably continental coach. No more from the endless carousel of failures and has beens please! Imagination is needed. Is there anyone in the club who has it?

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    David Mitchell

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Spanish, I too watched the game, we had some good chances but we did not play well, look at the posession stats. I want the Wolf to come good but he looked lame today. I cannot understand how we pair Wolf and Hooper up front away to everton and then another week at home to a leeser opposition we play one up front. I dont mind 1 up front for away games to stronger teams and go for it at home but we seem to stick to one tactic for a run of games regardless of who we play. As for Barrys superb goal........its another one where we back off and dont close him down and so he has time to think, decide, do his hair and then blast it at full pelt exactly where he wants it. Please can we train on closing people down outside our box.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • We are currently are in the middle of a pack of 11 teams all pretty similar in standard (ie hopelessly inconsistent), with only 6 points now separating 10th (our target) from 20th (bottom) For all of us not so good teams today is almost like the start of a new short season of 10 x 6 pointer games, 7 x unwinnable games, plus Southampton and Newcastle. This means 10 of the 18 games left now take on the significance of the Fulham game we recently lost in the league... despite the Hull and Fulham results our strength this season has generally been against weaker opposition like ourselves. This means that somewhere in CHs frustrating tactics he is generally getting something right against the weaker teams.. What we need to pray is (i) the top 7 continue to destroy everybody, (ii) Newcastle and Southampton go easy on us (iii) we continue to win more than we lose against the bottom 11. I for one still have quiet confidence that I can win my bet that we finish top half... mostly because so many other teams are just as flaky as us.

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    jops

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I do sometimes wonder why I even think about professional football. Footy was a good game to play, a decent pastime. Now it`s become a cynically marketed product designed to line the sheepskin coats of a few, while fleecing the gullible flock. Time to draw a lanolin beneath it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Don't know why Hughton keeps playing Snodgrass, he has been a waste of space this season and continually gives the ball away. Can only think he is on for free kicks but we don't seem to get any of them within shooting range. Another weak performance!

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    goldie

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Spanish, I too watched the game, we had some good chances but we did not play well, look at the posession stats. I want the Wolf to come good but he looked lame today. I cannot understand how we pair Wolf and Hooper up front away to everton and then another week at home to a leeser opposition we play one up front. I dont mind 1 up front for away games to stronger teams and go for it at home but we seem to stick to one tactic for a run of games regardless of who we play. As for Barrys superb goal........its another one where we back off and dont close him down and so he has time to think, decide, do his hair and then blast it at full pelt exactly where he wants it. Please can we train on closing people down outside our box.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hughton stays or Hughton goes, I don't know, but football is a simple game. Play your best players in their best positions. A left footed winger on the right is never going to produce many crosses for two strikers. Like Snodgrass, Beckham didn't have much pace, but he made the most of what he had, a sweet right foot. Snods best asset is his left foot, how's he supposed to use that on the right wing? The thing that winds me up the most is that despite the poor results, Hughton just keeps doing the same thing. Nearly kicked the radio today when Redmond came on and was put on the left, then very nearly kicked it again when Murphy a left footed winger is brought on for a striker when we're 2-0 down. It's easy for us fans to criticise because it's not our careers on the line, but if something doesn't work, try something different!

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    Double D

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • We worked hard today. I great goal from Barry and one from a free kick that should never have been given. Of course the hate mob will be here. Yes we have been sucked into trouble but keep the faith. OTBC

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    sharky

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Sorry, that should have read Gus....

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Lucioperca, you were right first time with "shoreline". Have you SEEN the weather outside? Sharky, the clues were all there in MB's post and the irony should have been apparent. Let me give you another example of irony.....CH was quite successful in the Championship. It's a league more suited to his limited talents. So imagine this, Norwich get relegated (easy to imagine), the Board takes it's collective head out of its collective bottom and decides to sack Hughton at the end of the season (easier to imagine) and then realises that he would make a better (well less bad) manager in the Championship than he has proved to be in the PL. Now that's irony. Meanwhile, another rumour gathering momentum is that the Board will act if Norwich fail to score against Hull. That is not irony, incidentally, that's just too little too late. The damage has been done (Malaga is spot on there, and, yes, Gary Poyet looks to be coming good). The smart money, if not the smart judgement, says the Board will give CH a wad of cash to go shopping (some of which they will have saved from his goodbye compensation package). Let's hope he doesn't lose the receipt this time, like he did with Rumpelstltskin, because the new manager next season might need it to get a refund. As for the Everton game, surely this was the fixture to start with 5 in midfield (where we were overrun) including either Hoolahan or Fox, and then bring on an extra striker if we concede a goal. But who am I to disagree with the omniscient Mr H ?(that's sarcasm, Sharky). We must all learn to love him as I suspect he will be with us for quite some time yet.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Yep, David I agree. The Board has dithered too long. I cannot see how Hughton is going to change anything or improve anything. We really do need a change, a fresh approach and someone who is able to inspire the players, get them believing and get them playing for 90 minutes. Hughton's tactics have always baffled me and rarely does there seem to be any logic whatsoever. Playing a left footed player on the right, playing two up front away to a good team yet showing no intent to win at home against teams around us.....could go on but we all know the story by now and I doubt Hughton can or will change anything.,,,,,,

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Wasn't the worst performance in the world, but was mostly lackluster and predictable. There is no point in working hard and getting nowhere the other end, we need to create something. What is with the refusal to take Snodgrass off however awful he is playing, they work hard, so do loads of mediocre teams that have slipped out of the premier league because they can't score.

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    Burglecut

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Grrrrr ... I meant scorelline ...... iPad predictive text is almost as annoying as our current form

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    Lucioperca

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I think the problem is Calderwood has the wrong version of Football Manager on his I Pad - hence the wrong tactics, and strange selections.

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hi Spanish Canary, I appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion as this is the beautiful game, and I, like you have tried to remain positive, however, after today's game it's clear CH is out of his depth @ this level - Let's not refer to Newcastle as he was at his level in the Championship. My analysis of today's game: We don't track the runners (Especially Snodgrass, Fer and Johnson - Why else did Barry have so much time?) We continue to play Bradley Johnson. He can't pass the ball and doesn't possess the composure required at this level. You're not telling me he's better than David Fox who after last week's performance should have started as football is a confidence game? Snodgrass doesn't cross, track or work anywhere near hard enough. He should not have started today's game - Redmond is so much more effective and is it any surprise Hooper scored his goals when Redmond was on the right and Snodgrass wasn't playing due to injury? Why not change things at half time when they're clearly not working? Hoolahan is the link in our team that creates waves of attacks. How can a professional football manager not see that? These are just basics that an amateur such as myself picks up on and the blame completely rests with the coaching team. Things aren't changing and the manager has no respect from the players - why else every time we score and they run to the bench they celebrate without him? I'm not being negative but it is time for a change. There was a good comment on here the other week that sometimes managers are good fits at certain clubs so let's not rule out the likes of Steve Clarke and Malky Mackay doing a better job than the current management team.

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    Benji Dubai

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Who authorised CH to buy Vanjokeswonkel and Nohooper considering he has never had a penny to spend before? All questions regarding these two were answered today.

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    Expat

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • The negative performance trend has been obvious for a long time. Nothing wrong with the players they just need a more canny, positive and motivating football management team. The change should be made now before it's too late.

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    NorCas

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • A man walks into carrow road and shouts taxi for houghton 20,000 people shout your six months late

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    Howesy

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I thought our team played OK considering we were up against 12 men and don't deserve so much criticism ,even if we had scored a goal this would have been ruled out . Importantly Ipswich lost at home which will help keep them out of the play off zone which was vital.

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    spark

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • 'Been dazed and confused for so long it's not true'. 'Communication breakdown, it's always the same Havin' a nervous breakdown, a-drive me insane.' And I'm not apologising to Robert Plant. Can't stand Wolves

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hello again Brew!...We now have the perfect players for a 'Chevron ' set up. Playing in a flexible 4-2-1-2-1. Ist team :- Ruddy--- Martin, Bennett ,Whittaker, Olsen.---Johnson, Fer-—HOOLAHAN –-Redmond, Murphy---- Hooper and understudied with Bunn—, Turner, Bassong, Becchio (Elmander), Garrido---Tettey, Fox---HOWSON(Snodgrass)---E Bennett, Murphy(2)---Van Wolveswinkel...Each and every one would know the position they were playing for, and have to prove themselves. I'll bet that could raise a few eyebrows!.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • play hoolaghan till the end of the season.might give us a chance.

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    harry mcardle

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • He's not an improvement on the Kia Rio either.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I like your comments Barking Wise! Irony, sarcasm, paradox and oxymoronica are all related forms and I suppose overlap to some extent. The litotes is another related form, peculiarly popular with we English gent types - the use of understatement in an ironical way. I was massively underwhelmed by our performance yesterday. Btw; Hughton`s team assembly skills are akin to those of Father Dougall McGuire trying to do a children`s jigsaw puzzle.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Cecil, were you waiting for this article to be posted, if we got a point or a win you would not have been here, sad man

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • A bold decision by Chris Hughton to pair Wolf and Hooper up front away to high-fliers Everton. Perhaps this is match practice for the crucial games coming up against Hull, Newcastle and Cardiff. We have the squad to win each of them. Five or six points required. If none of those games result in victories Hughton may be gone.

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    Capri

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Malky Mackay was seen at Carrow road I just hope he takes over from CH next week. We need a spark in the team. 2 points off the bottom 3 we will get relegated if things don't change soon.

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    David

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Snodgrass??? Am I missing something, just don't get it. He´s greedy, he falls over, he has no right foot. I too worked hard when I played, didn't get me a game for NCFC, only Ludham.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Realistically I didn't expect anything from this game. However the fact remains that with over half the season gone our league position is a correct assessment of our overall performances - or lack of them in many cases. It appears the Board is content to keep Hughton at the helm, despite his huge spending and lack of any tangible improvement. Goals win games and we are not scoring them. Certainly not enough to secure wins. I also feel we lack true leadership on and off the pitch. The Board is now in a bind: probably too late to change the management and coaching team but no doubt wondering if they would be throwing good money after bad in giving Hughton further spending powers? Big Sam had a good win today as did Guy Poyet, all of which just adds to the pressure we are under. We now have to win games against the teams around us - but given the evidence so far I am far from convinced we have what it takes.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Something has to happen I am not sure what but something has to happen

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hoof The Hoot, Brew?

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Another woeful away performance. That's 3 points from the last 18 available. Repeat this form for the rest of the season and the best we can hope for is 29 points. We have become a toothless shambles. Players being played out of position. And it looks as if RVW is nowhere near good enough for the PL. 14 games to go before those final 4 games, against top teams. So even if say 35 points keeps us up, we need to get 15 from those 14. We MUST beat Hull - simple!

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I like your reasoning, Benji. I so wish I did not. To risk cliché overload, Lambo`s teams were greater than the sum of the parts - impossible, but it happened anyway. Hoots`s team is underachieving big time. I hope by saying this he`ll prove me wrong. Hedging my bets. I WANT to be wrong! I want us to stay in the Prem.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Sorry Stormy, beg to differ. We weren’t worth a point. We were a bit unlucky and that ref must have been bribed, cos he gave them loads of decisions [no not including that free kick]. I don’t really know how we got in only one nil down at half time. Everton were all over us after they’d scored the first. Had we managed to bag one, it could have been very different, but we never really turned the screw until the seventy fifth minute. Positives: We played with two up front, we got stuck in, in the last fifteen minutes. Garrido and Johnson did better than I expected them to. Wolfy had a better game than usual. Redmond made a difference Negatives: Wolfie gets bullied too easily and is still poor. Fer was hopeless. We played like sharks wearing dentures. Bringing Josh on with three minutes to go to use up a bit of time. Conclusion: Need to take more risks; who Hughton? No, he wouldn’t take a risk if he was first through the Boxing day sale at John Lewis. No, Norwich City football club board. The look on Delia and Michael’s face in the second half said it all, they really did look old. They deserve better for everything they’ve done for this club, and so do we. Pass the pinot noir Stew, I’m going to need it if Swansea beat the Mancs.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Irony, sharky. That`s what I `ment`. OMFG.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I was the 1st person on this board to suggest that RVW is an expensive waste of money.His scoring record for previous clubs is decent averaging roughly 1 goal every 2 to 3 matches but he hasn't the ability to create chances for himself at this level.In fairness to him,he 's playing for the wrong manager. He is a tall lad and has ability in the air, but with wingers on the wrong flanks he gets no decent crosses and whilst we persist with this tactic there is no point playing him.Today, we should have started with a 5 man midfield with Wes playing behind Hooper, Redmond on the right and Snods or Josh on the left.Ok, we might still have lost but with the team selection today and the usual emphasis on containment we had no chance of winning.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Oh Pa! I`ve been suffering from a shortage of Chevron capers and chat. It really gets my goat, I shout at the rafters. Excuse my Old French and Latin. The wide man solution is there already in the forms of Redmond and a Murphy or two. Olsson even. Little Benno back soon, hopefully? Pilks, too. Great to see you back too, Pa! Pleasant plucking. Things can only get better - please!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Anyway, Bill Punton said roughly what I was blocked from saying. Good ol` Bill! Cecil`s all right!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Bang on m8,I saw enough in the first half against Everton at home to see nothing had changed from the season before

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    Howesy

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hey Mal Lucas, That was just a start as a 17 year old, and damn good fun. As football is supposed to be. I returned many times after I joined the RAF. Loved village football and returned many times over the years when postings allowed.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hughton needs to attack teams from the start, Canaries didn't do so until Redmond came on. Snodgrass was useless today Redmond should be wide right getting crosses in for Wolf and Hooper. Fer did some decent prompting from midfield but as wins are needed Hoolahan should play as well. Tettey should screen the defence with Johnson. It's a simple game football you try and score a goal and try and stop the other side from scoring!

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    Simon Thetford

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Success: Footballing cv to include appearances for Ludham. Failure: Managing like a Luddite

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Time for the board to be brave! My fear is that they don't know what to do!! I think they need to roll the dice, and make the change. Could we tempt Lennon to come to the PL? Can we afford him?

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • My biggest fear is that Houghton is wasting these chances to win against very average sides (Everton not included) but, Fulham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Swansea a very very poor Man utd. If we eventually get a new manager he will have to work miracles and turn us into world beaters against the best sides to avoid relegation

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    Burglecut

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • With apologies to ledzep - going down going down down going down. ..

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hughton rues and McNalty fiddles

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    Gruff

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Lovely to see the Brew back, I`m not coming out, but I´ve missed you. Yep its hard to watch at times, do you think Wolf is feeling a bit sorry for himself at the moment? Why oh why can we not play like the last 15 mins for 90?

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Defenders standing off the opposition is nothing new they have been standing off untill they are on the goal line since last season, regardless of the opposition.

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    goldie

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • We seriously need to start picking up points, and in our next 4 league games we have Hull (h), Newcastle (h), Cardiff (a), Man C (h) and West Ham (a). I think we desperately need 8 or 9 points from those games. I'm looking very nervously at our last 5 games of the season... Fulham (a), Liverpool (h), Man U (a), Chelsea (a), Arsenal (h). It has to be done by then, as we'd be lucky to take 1 point from those last 5 matches. It's okay being like Adrian Forbes with his blind faith saying we'll be fine and we're not in a relegation battle on Canary Call, but in my opinion we're in a real dogfight as those around us have started picking up points. And we can't keep drawing home games against those near and around us in the table.

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    Willem

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Chris Hughton has got to shake things up, and by that I don't mean increase the amount of defensive players on the pitch... From my understanding in the 14 league games Snodgrass has played this season, he's scored 1 and assisted 0, and his level of performance has been below premier league standard throughout. Cannot understand why we played with 5 defenders on the pitch, and a holding midfielder. Defenders have sussed Snodgrass, he is on the right with no right foot and no pace, so all they need to do is show him the outside and not let him in! If Bennett and Pilkington are out, play Hoolahan and Redmond on the wings, then at least there's creativity and a threat. Let the RVW, Hooper partnership form. Keep a settled back 4 and stop dropping R.Bennett when he plays well, and for goodness sake try and put a team under pressure, especially at home. Momentum is key in football, get up and at teams and the intensity from the crowd will see us over the line. I thought last season was boring... Hughton's need for containing the opposition has taken over, let them think about our game for once!!!

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    Willem

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Has Lukaku got a brother?Thats the type of player we need at the moment,big and strong who can keep the ball,would also make a good partner for wolf or hoops.At the moment our strike force is very light weight and really think we need to gamble on bringing in another striker,a midfielder who can pass the ball and a centre back who is hard as nails!I feel that some players are only in the team at the moment because of injury to others.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • I actually like Chris Hughton and really want him to succeed but we have spent a lot of money over the summer and now find ourselves a far worse team than last year. We were poor for large parts of last season and at this exact point in 201213 had just 25 pts from 21 games. After another domination at Goodison we have amassed just 20pts this term from 21 games - it can't be denied we are in a perilous position now especially since wins for West Ham and Sunderland have compressed the bottom 7 sides. It's a relegation scrap we don't need because apart from ourselves and Fulham most of the other sides with new managers have some upward momentum. Do we stick with it or make the change??

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    Lucioperca

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I am far from a Houghton fan, I also think we need a change, and soon. But I think today we worked hard and the score did not reflect our performance. Balance your comments guys.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Not the worst performance today but incredibly predictable. Why play 2 up front when you don't have the players to supply them, ie Redman and murphy or god forbid Hoolahan. Yes we have players injured but the tactic of containment just hasn't worked this season at all. Garrido is a decent fullback (when he's playing well) but is no wide midfield player. I really do fear it's too late to change things now as I just don't see us picking up 18 points in the next 13 games which is the minimum needed in my opinion, bearing in mind those last 4 games. Hughton has lost me on his team selection and tactics but I hope he proves me wrong.OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • That's the whole point Spanish, we weren't that bad, and what I find so frustrating is that when they decide they've had enough, they start to play some decent football, like in the last fifteen minutes, but unfortunately by then, its too late. I feel sorry for the playyers, they must find it totally demoralising, and again, unfortunately that state of mind spreads like a rampant infection, and then they do start to look poor. I have no objection to them losing two nil to Everton. What I can't stomach is this constant damage limitation approach. Other teams love it, and of course then go for the jugular. Someone needs to give that manager a good shake of the shoulders and tell him to pull himself together, otherwise the whole team will want to move to the Midlands

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I like your comments, Barking Wise. Attempts to converse were serially ethered. (Or should that be ethered serially??). Irony, sarcasm, paradox, oxymoron, litotes - all wonderful, related linguistic tools with which to combat the prosaic.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • I would love to be on here being positive about NCFC, and seeing good things, even when we take home zero points. Unfortunately I can't take any positives from the way we are playing this season after spending upwards of 20M. I strongly believe the squad we have is getting too easy a time under CH, and seems quite happy with it. Very little NCFC passion that we have seen in past seasons. We are giving opposition far too much space, and we are not working hard enough throughout the game as a team. We need someone managing NCFC who will drive the team forward. Yes we have injuries, but I don't see any of the replacement starters working hard to make the starting place their own. Finally, I don't see any tactical changes during a game to try and combat the opposition's upper hand. All-in-all not a good time for NCFCs supporters. I wish it were different.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • We have definitely improved our sk ills, quick off loading and ready to receive the return. At times we looked quite good. BUT, the commentator said, at 0-0 Norwich had chances (what happened, nothing), at 1-0 Norwich had chances (nothing) and at 2-0 Norwich had chances and still nothing. Now that's not good. He also said, that if Norwich play like this for the rest of the season they won't have difficulty in beating other teams and staying up. The trouble is we don't play like this in so called 6 pointers. Our philosophy seems to be, don't let teams around us beat us at all costs. Now that is what is going to send us down I'm afraid !

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Yes, sp, I am sad. Based on the last 6 games we're bottom of the table and we're going down. That makes me sad.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Much was made of West Ham's unity and work rate today. I'm not seeing that with City. RVW looks a complete and utter waste of money. Frustrated to see the likes of Defoe and Jelavic heading elsewhere as well, both proven Premiership goal scorers. We need a change and we need it quick.

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    Bookface

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • It was most definitely a free kick

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I demand McNally and Bowkett both resign NOW. They have blown £28,000,000 on players that are taking us down to the Championship - these self same players will leave Carrow Road next season like rats leaving a sinking ship because we won't be able to pay their inflated Premier league wages in the Championship. It's a complete and utter disgrace and a rip off to every genuine Canary supporter.

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    57charles

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • After 21 games last season we had 25 pts - this time we have just 20 pts and we are playing in a far more depressing style of damage limitation and only seem to go for it once the shoreline looks beyond us. Even when we do dominate games we seem unable to either score or keep clean sheets. The West Ham and Sunderland scores have completely compressed the bottom eight and we are I a relegation dogfight for sure. Trouble is, most of those around us who have replaced their manager seem to have upward momentum whilst Canaries and Fulham continue to slowly slide down the table. I like Hughton and want him to succeed but time is quickly running out.

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    Lucioperca

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Just watched the game and on balance the City were worth the draw. Missed chances by Hooper an Wolfwinkel could have saved a point. At this level such chances should and have to be taken. The defence coped well. Is it a coincidence that when Redmond was brought on City came alive and started to play better football. One move took about three or four passes sweeping from the City end to give Redmond a shot at goal. Snodgrass was too ineffective and his dribbling invariably led to losing possession. At one point with the Everton goalkeeper scrambling ten yards out of his goal Snodgrass just hit the ball straight ahead of him on the ground when a chip towards goal would most probably scored. Why not start Redmond? He is a real talent. Time is running out rapidly and whether CH can turn it around with this team remains to be seen. The question is ,can N City afford to wait and see.

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    stormy

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I tried to make a balanced comment but Archant`s system lost it. Spanish Canary, it`s Hughton. For Heaven`s sake, how long has he been our manager? Is he anonymous? Who? Drab, dire, unexciting performance highlighted by the total inability of an experienced pro like Josh Murphy to turn the game round in fully 6 minutes. McNally, your shout. Cecil, are you really sad? Or is that just an uninformed opinion of you?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • When and if Hoots is sent off for another career in pastoral ... pastorage, I believe we should at least give him the respect of getting his name right. Hughton!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I am all for the supporters on here having their say but for Goodness sake, if you are truefan you will know that the mismanagers name is HUGHTON. He and his equally useless backroom staff are definitely dragging us inexorably to the Championship, and the disappointing thing is that virtually the whole footballing world can see it except our illustrious board. To go to Everton considering their home record and play with that formation was asking for trouble, and the really frustrating thing about it is that the idiots won't do it against the lesser teams in and around us, especially at home. Is their remit to make us a team that everyone wants to play, whilst doing virtually every possible thing to totally alienate most of us NCFC supporters? I have been advocating a change of managership team for over a season now, and it seems that just about every other true fan wants to see them gone, and the sooner the better

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I thought Robert Snodgrass worked tirelessly today and was unlucky not to score near the end ,one of our best players despite what some say. I'm still hopeful that RVW will improve but at present he is not an improvement on Kia Kamara.

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    spark

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Surely you ment inexperience Brew.

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    sharky

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • After 21 games last season we had 25 pts - this time we have just 20 pts and we are playing in a far more depressing style of damage limitation and only seem to go for it once the shoreline looks beyond us. Even when we do dominate games we seem unable to either score or keep clean sheets. The West Ham and Sunderland scores have completely compressed the bottom eight and we are I a relegation dogfight for sure. Trouble is, most of those around us who have replaced their manager seem to have upward momentum whilst Canaries and Fulham continue to slowly slide down the table. I like Hughton and want him to succeed but time is quickly running out.

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    Lucioperca

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Totally agree harry, really don´t understand that. What a waste of talent, when we got on top I the last 20 mins, Wes would have been perfect

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Another predictable defeat no threat in the final third until the last twelve minutes really sums up the Managers negative game plan and woeful tactics,when did Garido suddenly become a winger? Cannot see where the next win is coming from. The board can surely see the same boring football week in week out as the fans do, please please act now and make a change, otherwise we can all prepare for life in the Championship.

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    Essex yellow

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • two good goals beat us today,our defence looked shaky again for some reason and we cant keep the ball for more than 4 passes!poor last touches probably cost us a point as we had chances.Better performance but no points,it was a free kick and ruddy was slightly at fault with his positioning which killed the game off.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • A predictable result, and another feeble display from our beloved Canaries. How long can this go on? Well, only until the end of the season when we'll go down. Where, unfortunately, we belong under CH's management.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Coming up to half time at Old Trafford. Man Utd 33%, Swansea 67% posession. Mmm...

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Fear Factor Formula. I used to credit McNally for the selection of a decent manager to take our club forward, after all he appointed Lambert. I now start to wonder if Lambert’s desertion was due to the fact that he had the “He who dare, wins” mentality, whereas perhaps McNally has bought into the fear factor formula. The current manager certainly seems to see narrow defeats to the top half of the table as some sort of success. Likewise, he seems to think that drawing games against the lower half clubs even at home is the way forward, perhaps he is shy and does not like the limelight that winning games sheds upon managers. I cannot see us staying up with this affliction; yes it is true that another manager may not do any better but at least they might try to win games. I could suggest Hoddle, Phelan, Ray Wilkins or even Malky , as none could be any more negative in their approach to games. Unfortunately it appears the board have likewise inherited the Fear Factor Formula so we are stuck with this dross we pay so dearly for.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • I seem to have fallen into the same category as an erstwhile poster who famously said "Holt is going nowhere". I said "Hughton is here for the long haul". So, I am a self confessed tvv@ after all! I just hope we somehow stay up. Very disappointed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • After 21 games last season we had 25 pts - this time we have just 20 pts and we are playing in a far more depressing style of damage limitation and only seem to go for it once the shoreline looks beyond us. Even when we do dominate games we seem unable to either score or keep clean sheets. The West Ham and Sunderland scores have completely compressed the bottom eight and we are I a relegation dogfight for sure. Trouble is, most of those around us who have replaced their manager seem to have upward momentum whilst Canaries and Fulham continue to slowly slide down the table. I like Hughton and want him to succeed but time is quickly running out.

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    Lucioperca

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Hello together and 'A Happy New Year' to one and all... I've been extra busy over the last month, plucking pheasants, or pheasant plucking as the case may be. Sad to see our football team having a rough ride, and talk of getting rid of the manager. Can't be an easy job, however much you get paid to do it. This is just to let you know that I will be available from the end of the month in case the worst comes to the worst!...First thing I would do is to get to the blackboard, and write the name Hoolahan slap in the middle. I would then put down the other names around him, and make sure they were all playing if chosen, in their natural positions. None of this nonsense of playing on the wrong side. However would a speedway rider get on if he had to go clockwise round the track?. I would next put my 'Chevron' into action and watched as a balanced side went through their paces. I'd make it clear to the wingers that their job was NOT to score goals, but to make sure that the centre forward got all the ammo he needed..Yep! Back to Basics!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, January 12, 2014

  • Forget the searching for positives. There werent many! The stats say it all: 30% possession. Defending desperately 80% of the game. Dion Dublin got it right on BBCs Final Score. The teams around Norwich are fighting for their lives. Norwich have the players, but not the heart or fire in their bellies. We are 15th but only 2 points above the drop. We are a team without motivation, or the belief that they can win. I feel depressed at what I see. I despair at the lack of positive action in the club. There seems to be an attitude of "It'll be alright on the night" I used to trust David McNally. That trust is being strained to its limits now!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • I don`t know, Waclor, I really don`t. I think it`s probably too late this season anyway and would be counterproductive. Specially if Hoots is allowed to spend some more money. We just have to pray we can scramble home somehow. My pre-season prediction looks to be in tatters: 13W, 10D, 15D = 49 points. Goals for 48, Against 57. Position 9th. We still have scored only 17 goals! 31 to go - one or two people questioned that 48, saying it was paltry in view of our new strike force.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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