Grant Holt’s injury return for the final quarter of Norwich’s goalless Premier League draw against Newcastle marked a ‘pivotal’ moment in the captain’s recovery.

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Chris Hughton adopted a ‘handle with care’ approach for the looming battles ahead after keeping Holt in reserve until the second period following a hamstring problem.

“The fear in starting him is you put him a little bit at risk. I know most would have liked to see us start with Grant,” said Hughton.

“We had a decision to make, based on the fact that he hasn’t perhaps trained enough to start. You could start and play him only for a period of time, but the game dictates that one and if you do start him and you end up having a few injuries then you have a problem. We weren’t in a position to play him for 90 minutes but he now has the opportunity to get a full week’s training under his belt and he will be available for next week. We have had to tread carefully.”

Hughton acknowledged Holt’s influence spreads far beyond the confines of the pitch on a matchday.

“He is a big player for us. Not only his ability on the football pitch but he is the captain and has been for a number of years,” he said.

“Going into this period of the season we need as many fit players as we can and it was good to see him back. We made the right decision on medical advice. We need Grant fit, not only today but the next game and the next game after that so it was important we did things right over this past week. We hope and expect there to be no reaction and he pushes on.”

Holt’s initial watching brief paved the way for a rare Premier League start for Simeon Jackson. The Canadian’s chief support at Peterborough in the previous weekend’s FA Cup romp, Elliott Bennett, was introduced late on.

“I think Elliott is generally unfortunate because he is desperate to play and he showed that in the FA Cup,” said Hughton.

“The question is where to play him and no doubt his best position is wide on that right but I think Snoddy (Robert Snodgrass) has shown such good form and has been a big player for us. You can play him elsewhere, but it is always about getting the balance. He is right in contention for games and will continue to be so.

“Simeon certainly worked hard. I think it was difficult for him because we needed to get into better areas. Wes (Hoolahan) was excellent in that hole at times when he got on the ball, but with that type of striker we need to provide him with better quality balls and through balls and we probably didn’t do that.”

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23 comments

  • Is Kelvedon an Archant Apologist, Doc? Or were you just referring to "fas cist"? It is imponderable to me why the Hermaphrodite Hydra (trolls) operating with their muliple heads & multi-gender bodies WANT to be irritants - unless the "Ar-chant Plant Conspiracy Theory" has credence.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Hi, Muggas. This is my third try, I think it`s Gedward`s shift on the "take the micky at Ipswich" channel block. Remember that Grant Holt hat-trick vs Tractorboys at Carrow Road? Mind you, it was only 4-1. And, as if to prove we`re not a one man team, that `ageing lump` failed to score at Portaloo Lane that season. Which is why we were limited to a scrappy 5-1 win. Bad times in the Second Tier. A 9-2 aggregate win over a team as poor as 1p5wich is testament to how mediocre we were. Now we`re only about 25 places above them in the heirarchy. Bad times get worserer & worserer. For the Donkeykids. Pray for them. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • 3 etherings for 3 different attempts. Davitt IS Ged. Salaried @ Archant. Aka, establishment sinecure.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Better a one man team than no team at all Liz, as evidenced by the distinctly tepid performance against Brighton I watched from your 'team?!?' at the garden shed you call Portaloo Rd (Oh, sorry, that's what we call it) on New Year's Day.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Fas cists.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • No he's not, he's a little leprechaun who shocked us all by scoring with his head.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Even the Guardian has NCFC after Hooper !!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • No need for the comma, comatose cretin. La Snott, you must be his wannabee soul mate - ageing lump.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Btw, how are things at Archant?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • i'm glad to see that hughton sees holt as the asset he is'lambert seemed uncertain like he does about bent.it may be that staying in this division depends more on making the best of what weve got then buying new potential strikers to upset the balance.introducing new players always take time to bed in and rarely achieve their potential in the short term.despite snodgrasses enormous contribution i'd like to see bennett started on the wing as a holt supplier just for the hell of it.

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    dick

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The longest unpunctuated "sentence" I`ve seen for a while. I think I got the gist, possibly, d**k.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • its will be if the club doesnt invest in another at least one if not two strikers - Jackson is a support striker and cant play alone, and Morrison there is a lot of strikers as good if not better we could get but the club seema bit stubbon at the mo on the striker front - hopefully come 31st Jan I am proved wrong

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    Jimmy Hupperby

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • i'm glad to see that hughton sees holt as the asset he is'lambert seemed uncertain like he does about bent.it may be that staying in this division depends more on making the best of what weve got then buying new potential strikers to upset the balance.introducing new players always take time to bed in and rarely achieve their potential in the short term.despite snodgrasses enormous contribution i'd like to see bennett started on the wing as a holt supplier just for the hell of it.

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    dick

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Careful Brewer, you'll upset Kelvedon Canary with your criticism of the lords of the manor!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Ich auch, Herr Doktor. I admit having looked at other clubs` boards if there is something going on connected with Naaridge, or something that`s of general interest. But posting mischievous comments - what`s the point? That there is another Troll called "Rob Steroo", which specialises in irritating\enraging Tractorboys fans, lends credence to the conspiracy theory, specially as many genuine Ipswichers believe it to be a Naaridge Troll. Sad really.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Nil content got thro`. Paddy`s (Ged`s) minders on full alert?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • sorry missed out a you between as and would

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Oh and on this fitness thing, I always thought if you are fit you are fit to start, remember if you try to be clever and take a not fully fit player and put him on the bench you risk the injury in the first few minutes after the sub, just as would by starting him.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • But for his input over the last year or two, we would still be playing local derbies with Ipswich!

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    Muggas Budal

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • Plan A. Holt.... Plan B. (there is no plan B).

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 14, 2013

  • The Archant plant (vegetable?) theory does seem feasible. If these people are genuine I'd be surprised. Personally I have never gone on to another club's website to make snide, abusive or quite simply stupid comments, possibly because I have a life. I do reserve the right to criticise all and sundry on this site however, whether they be trolls or siply assinine plants!

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • norwich are a one man team, and he's an ageing , lump!

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    Liz Knott

    Monday, January 14, 2013

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