Chris Hughton insists the humiliation of Norwich City’s 7-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester City is all the motivation his squad need ahead of facing the title favourites’ at Carrow Road.

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The Canaries are just one of a number of top flight teams who have felt the full force of Manuel Pellegrini’s dazzling array of attacking talent, but Hughton admits the scale of his side’s November pummelling still rankles.

“Man City was my lowest point. I would suspect it was the same for the players,” he said. “The main motivation for the players will be the fact we are going home on the back of a really disappointing (Cardiff) result and we need to make sure we get those points, but I hope what happened at their place acts as some extra motivation. I would be very surprised if it didn’t. The facts are they have done that to quite a few teams this season already, not just us, but we have to use whatever we can. We are up against one of the best teams in the country. That has to be the challenge. If you look at the goals they have scored then you would say they would be the best attacking side at the moment.”

Pellegrini’s men may have drawn a rare blank in Monday’s 1-0 Premier League home defeat to Chelsea but the free-scoring Blues have plundered more than 100 goals in all competitions and Hughton is under no illusions they will prove formidable going forward.

“The statistics are incredible. There is no doubt they are a wonderful offensive side and playing as well as anybody in the country when you look at the options they have got,” he said. “What they have been able to do is go from strength to strength. Confidence is such a big thing in football and they look like not only will they score in every game, but that they will score a lot of goals. That is the mark of a team playing at such a high level.”

Hughton was without Robert Snodgrass for that November trip to the Etihad but the Scot was on target in the weekend’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Cardiff.

“Robert showed in his performance what he is all about. He is a whole-hearted player,” said Hughton. “We had that situation (against Newcastle) and he was big and brave enough to front that and apologise.”

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  • Why are we all beating about the bush, we will if lucky secure no more than 31 points which will take us down. The Hoots should have gone at least 2 months ago we are doomed under his leadership please take the140 out of Norwich now. Wake up Board and act now otherwise book your hotel in Bournemouth for a long weekend.

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    Essex yellow

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Sheffield beat Fulham, sais it all

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    Gruff

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • You`re right, M_Y, Hooper`s pass was not bad enough to warrant a goal being conceded. I know I`ve joked about Table football, rigidity and so on, but I really do think the players have lost the ability or inclination to think `on their feet`. Just as the manager totally lacks such an attribute, they seem to be being dragged down with him. This level of tactical, motivational and creative ineptitude has not been seen here since Peter Grant. Ooops! Forgot Gunn.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • You must be used to humiliation I mean you support the s c u m

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    Townman

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Brewer, the postings are a complete lottery. In the Lotto draw last Saturday, they used Lancelot and set of balls three. In today's postings, they used Archie and any old balls......which means that even this might yet see the light of day.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Humiliation, isn't that the whole season?

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    Nutster

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Kevin, Brew and others great stuff. I am trying not to mention the A word just now. .. people in power don't like it, you know. I really think 0-5 Saturday.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Right there, TK, but there was not a lot of endeavour from others to retrieve the situation. Poor Hoops shouldn`t be playing at left-back anyway (said RB yesterday, must`ve been watching in a mirror). Ruddy did not distinguish himself with his belly-flop over Bellamy`s back-pass, and Martin needs to face up to things. At least Hoots noticed the positive effect of players like Zaha (for us read Redmond) and Kenwyne Jones (for us read gaping void).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Not any longer, he's now Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer, makes all the difference!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Humiliation will spur is on like it spurred Spurs home and away to Man City. Doyou think Delia will give another rendition of "Let's be 'aving you" as its Man City playing? Midfield 5 of Tettey Fer Johnson Garrido and Whittaker. Gutierez to start upfront . Olsen Bassong Yobo BennnettMartin at the back. Theyshall not pass

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I quite agree with the comments re closing the opposition down this is a failing of NCFC also why is Redmond or Hoolalan not on the starting line.

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    Issy

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • TK......regarding Hoopers "sloppy pass" at Cardiff....personally I couldn't see anything wrong with it. He had squared the ball across to Bennet, who statuesque like, simply watched it pass a yard in front of him. He could have literally taken a casual step forward and passed the ball out, or at least put his boot through it the old fashioned way. Somewhat harsh for anyone to critisise Hoops for that one.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agree, burglecut, we must get into their faces, deny them space in the midfield to stem the flow of service to their front men and to try to also stem the tide of midfielders coming forward. Backing off, which has been our usual and quite useless ploy, will leave us exposed to another humiliating score line. Don't expect anything from the game except a far better and more positive performance. Take a leaf out of Watford's book in the FA Cup, They certainly gave Man City a scare and a game. However I am not convinced Hughton has it in him to push on. He doesn't appear able to set his teams up properly nor read a game in progress and make changes on the hoof. He is tactically one dimensional. Always has been and I guess always will be.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Townman, It is really nice to have your considerate and thoughtful comments at this, our happiest of times. Norfolk off you t-wat.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • A couple of point re this article. 1. Watched the Man C vs Chelsea game on NBC here, and the commentators were making the point that Chelsea really attacked the Man C defense and made them look very lacking and panicky. I realize we are not Chelsea but I hope we go into the game with that approach and at least give it a go. Not our usual focus on dropping back and defending. 2. Really worrying wording here says CH is not close to the players and is only surmising what they are thinking. I guess I never picked this up before. He needs to be in their face and minds, and know exactly what they are all thinking and feeling, and giving them confidence.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Michael Laudrup is a good looking Scandanavian football manager from South Wales and, crucially, he is not Chris Hughton. So, Mr McNally, if you want his phone number tomorrow morning, Brewer has probably got it. Use the dosh you save on compensating Swansea to send Hughton on his merry way. Goo arn, you know you want to.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • The best chance we had was Man City got a result last night and rested players and under estimated us. Sadly they will now be stronger than ever fearing a slump in form and results after Chelsea. In truth though what ever line up they stick out will be strong, just now its going to be stronger than ever. What would everyone else start with starting line up wise? Me personally it be 4-5-1, with Tettey & Johnson playing DMC similar to when we played AFC at Carrow Road and won 1-0. Try and limit them leaving Fer as the other CM in a bit more advanced role. Do you throw Yobo straight in and hope he and Bassong form an instantly strong partnership? I love Ryan Bennett but had a off one saturday and I do feel Bassong is struggling because hes too busy focusing on what everyone else should be doing rather than himself. Playing alongside Yobo should surely ease him slightly as we all know how experienced yobo is. All food for thought anyway. Ruddy, Olsson, Whittaker(or Martin), Yobo, Bassong, Tettey, Johnson, Fer, Snod, Guti, Hooper for me. Hooper on his own up top isnt anymore ideal than RVW up top on his own. But we dont have a natural target man who could hold it up until Fer can assist or find the wing men.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Difficult to select his lowest point I imagine. I would have thought the total embarrassment of losing to non league Luton should have been even higher. The sooner he is gone the better. Enough was enough months ago.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Come on Delia let's be havin' you. They docked Di Canio, hoofed out the Holloway, jilted the Jol, marched out Malky and now they've lopped the Laudrup. Time to hoof out the Hoot.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Oh dear.. Brewer, paddy's also a 'Norich' City writer today too.. Must've been in a rush!

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agreed Malaga, unfortunately I don't think will 've able to set up a team able to compete with man city. I fully expect him to stick to the same line up 442 and we will get completely over run. If he fails to produce a performance where we are actually competitive (result isn't important) then he is offically void of any clue, and we have to get rid.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I agree with Matthias333. I fear we will have a wounded animal coming to Carrow Rd on Saturday with something to prove. Last night's result was probably the worst case scenario for us. Still - it's football. Stranger things have happened.....

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • A couple of points re this article. 1. Watched the Man C vs Chelsea game on NBC here, and the commentators were making the point that Chelsea really attacked the Man C defense and made them look very lacking and panicky. I realize we are not Chelsea but I hope we go into the game with that approach and at least give it a go. Not our usual focus on dropping back and defending. 2. Really worrying wording here says CH is not close to the players and is only surmising what they are thinking. I guess I never picked this up before. He needs to be in their face and minds, and know exactly what they are all thinking and feeling, and giving them confidence.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Some predictions for Saturday: 1) Result 0-4 or 5 2) No substitutions before 7580 minute 3) Snodgrass's corners kicked high and ten feet from MC keeper who jumps and catches them all- nothing new there 4) MC to score in first ten minutes 5) At post-match press conference CH says that MC are a formidable team difficult to break down but we played well 6) etc etc etc Is it really worth my while making the journey? We are by far the worst team in the Premiership. Is the strategy to prepare us all for the Championship next year?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Some predictions for Saturday: 1) Result 0-4 or 5 2) No substitutions before 7580 minute 3) Snodgrass's corners kicked high and ten feet from MC keeper who jumps and catches them all- nothing new there 4) MC to score in first ten minutes 5) At post-match press conference CH says that MC are a formidable team difficult to break down but we played well 6) etc etc etc Is it really worth my while making the journey? We are by far the worst team in the Premiership. Is the strategy to prepare us all for the Championship next year?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I suppose it was too much to hope for a troll free zone. Life must be so dull in Ippo if they have to spend all their free time on here.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Mr Motivator rallies the troops! It's the way you tell 'em Chris, you just could not make it up; unfortunately. I am actually looking forward to Friday's appointment with the dentist more than Saturday's appointment with fate. I might be getting on a bit, but I still believe in Santa, Fairies at the bottom of the garden and that some sort of improbably "Roy of the Rovers" event will save us in the last 10 minutes.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Sorry Trevor, Whilst I tend to agree with mosth of your posts, my own opinion is to play your best team every game. Resting both centre backs doesn't make sense. Rest one and give the Yobbo a run out, I would go along with. I still think the midfield should be the same as I posted yesterday.

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    Dave T

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I really don't want another 7 nil thrashing after last time. But i have got a feeling that will be the case. If we fall in to the bottom 3 CH should go.

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    David

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • The headline makes little sense as with anything Paddy pens. I suppose he means fear of humiliation will drive Norwich City on but it is the Hoot who should be driving them on, something he is singularly incapable of doing however.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Swiss Canary, do u sit on the Norwich board, they believe in faries to!

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    BrightonCanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Either this "insinuendo" has gone over Archie's head (quite likely), or he thinks it's something to do with the game on Saturday (less likely), or he's still on a break (most likely).

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Keep it low - the board have no ability or knowledge of football. One is a TV chef and rest are just crass idiots and nasty pieces of work to boot

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    BrightonCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Humiliation hasn't driven them on so far this season and we all know how much of that we have had so far.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Our voice needs to be heard on Saturday before kick off, Boot Hoot.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • BrightonCanary, we did actually manage to beat West Ham. 3-1. Barking Wise, I`ll `pass` on Laudrup. I don`t think they`re that great, Danes. Anyway, it`s Olly for me. On the subject of passing, Laudrup was regarded as an attacking midfielder, a playmaker. I wonder if he`s contrived his own dismissal; I believe he has been quoted as saying, allegedly, that he might not be at Swansea next season. Also, after their recent defeat by W.Ham, he apparently gave the players 2 days off & took a short break in Paris, which did not best please the Swans Chairman. In light of those who`ve had the hoof already, Hoots is having a charmed life, while our Club`s is Cursed. I bet Laudrup will have a nice holiday then manage a mainland Europe team. As somebody else said, Swansea may have overreached themselves. It happened to Wigan too. Laudrup for Norwich could be good - though I`d prefer Solskie! It`ll take something dramatic to see the exit of Hughton before this season`s over, methinks. But you never know.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • The only way we will compete with MC class if the awful defence develop awareness, passing ability, how and when to tackle and play for 90 minutes or more, not 45. The only other hope is that the age of miracles is not yet past. Or that MC just do not turn up.

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • And talking about Fulham, so poor they're just been beaten (at home) by Sheffield United. Someone said it on an earlier board, how is it that all the cr*p teams come good against us. Perhaps it's the way we set up against them!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • So Laudrup isn't good enough for Swansea any more but Hoots is good enough to be NCFC manager. Either the world has gone completely mad or the Norwich board have completely lost their balls and the plot. I trust McNally will resign at the end of the season when we are relegated.

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    BrightonCanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • When the opposition have real quality we tend to sit off them, and stay in our timid rigid defensive formation. If we do this we will get rip to shreds. Pack the midfield and don't play elmander. Let's see what hughton's plan is.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Barking Wise, this board has been bizarre today. Messages come and go (I suppose that`s logical). Last time I looked about 10 messages had disappeared, down to about 38. Now it`s suddenly up to 53 (+this & others?) - and it`s `Norwich` again. The order of messages gets shuffled. I think Archie goes into a strop if he`s teased. Poor little thing. I hope it isn`t spoiling Pa\Stew`s lunch (or other activities..), or preventing you\BPBP from selecting your footwear and headwear ..... Gek Brouwer. Clogmeester & Purveyor of Dutch Caps.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Barking Wise, this board has been bizarre today. Messages come and go (I suppose that`s logical). Last time I looked about 10 messages had disappeared, down to about 38. Now it`s suddenly up to 53 (+this & others?) - and it`s `Norwich` again. The order of messages gets shuffled. I think Archie goes into a strop if he`s teased. Poor little thing. I hope it isn`t spoiling Pa\Stew`s lunch (or other activities..), or preventing you\BPBP from selecting your footwear and headwear ..... Gek Brouwer. Clogmeester & Purveyor of Dutch Caps.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Gosh, MC, if we ended up with the worst GD in the league that really would be a humiliation. Currently it's Fulham, the team who's beaten us twice this season already, as I'm sure youre only too well aware. But, you know, if we can't beat that lot on April 12 we don't deserve to stay up.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • I could never get on with French lettuce, Brew. A mate suggested Boots......but they kept falling off. Eventually, I hit on the idea of a capsicum, but I put it on back to front and ended up with "mucispac"........really put me off my dinner.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • will be the same old story i expect,losing the game before a ball is kicked!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Im not sure what to predict, im thinking 0-4 but will Man city be held to four? this game might just suit Hoots tactics as we will need a 8 man defense then 2 holding midfielders, only 90mins to hold out.

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    MBA Marine

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • The only thing thats going to drive our players forward is a new Manager and maybe a new board? I have lost confidence in them totally. Also I agree grab Laudrup and quick! as a footnote how is it Swansea sack their manager when sawansea are in a better position etc than us. We cant sack our manageras he is a proven waist of space and will most probably get us relegated? Mystifying! I believe the board of NCFC also need to be asked some big questions about their ability?

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    Keep it Low

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • The big problem with Hughton is that he just does not care. If he did , he would have already acted with integrity and resigned. His problem is that , in the Lambert years, we saw what can be done with a limited budget but with motivation, tactics and belief. The supporters realise what is possible and so are justly disappointed in the dross which is served up by Hughton week in and week out. After rolling over to the bottom team in the League at Cardiff and gifting them all the points, there just doesn't seem anyway we will get the points required to survive in the Premiership. The Board , the Manager and the players appear to accept this as inevitable. Bereft of ideas and direction this Club now appears to embrace mediocrity. If McNally thinks that the Managerial and Coaching team that he has put in place is fit for purpose then he is deluding himself and short-changing the supporters. We have witnessed nothing in the last 18 months to encourage us that the situation is improving or that there is the prospect of improvement. No wonder players want away from the Club and nobody wanted to join during the transfer window, it would be the graveyard of your career to join this Club with this team at the helm.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Can't wait for the inevertable McNally surely will kick his butt out of town promises promises

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    Victor meldrew

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Well said, suffolkcanary. I lived in Suffolk for about 20 years, in 2 separate spells. There seemed to be a fair level of NCFC support in the west of the county, eg Bury St Edmunds, but Stowmarket & eastward became 1p5wich territory - until Lowestoft when it became more of an NCFC zone I suppose we have strong links with the Trawlerboys? I worked in a logistics centre in East Suffolk while it was undergoing a "Corporate makeover". The issue of overalls with yellow & green trim was a hoot!! I wonder if La Snott is the Wicked Witch of the East, or of The West? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • We beat Man City last season (away) because they'd already gone on holiday. Now it's different. They have every reason to turn up and win, especially after succumbing to Jose's "little horse" last night (what's all that about?). So I reckon there are now THREE things which are certain in life: death, taxes and defeat on Saturday. That being the case, why not experiment a bit? No point paying Becchio and Hoolahan to mope in the stands. Give them a game and bring this war if attrition to an end. So here it is: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bassong, Yobo, Olsson,. Tettey, Fer, Redmond, Snod, Hoolahoop and Beccs. If the "want-always" are moody, bring on Hooper and A.N. Other (but not in the 85th minute). If Fer is unhappy playing deep, move him up and bring on Johnson. What's to lose? We can always go back to being "sensible" next week.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • What does that headline mean, Paddy??

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Hi, La Snott. Thought I sensed your eldritch presence. It was the pr!cking of my thumbs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • In search of consolation, I`ve been through this season`s games looking for outstanding performances. I found Nil. I did scrape up 10 `decent` ones and the other 14 were abject. Not counting Cup games where we conceded only 3 to L2 opponents and were saved from humiliation at Watford by Josh Murphy and Hooper. I hindsight, it would have been better to lose. Hugh Trollderwood may have been long departed by now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Allright, i´m sure that most of the posters think that the players still have something to prove, to CH or the crowd, or maybe themselves. Its the get stuck in, in your face attitude thats needed, together with strength and composure. Cant see anything else than Hoolis and Hoops up front, one just behind the other. we saw last night how uncomfortable it was for MC backs being tormented by quick thing, fast moving forwards. Pilks, and Redmond on flanks,threading balls through the back four, with Fer, Johnson forming the squashed diamond of midfield. Jonas maybe instead of Johnson (I thought he was Citys best player last week). All in all, a great chance to bet a fiver on a 1-0, 2-0 win for City. There´s quids to be made. OTBC

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    Yellowfirebird

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • It was only a matter of time, Gek Capmeister. Like Monty Python's ex parrot, it's obvious that you've been pining for the fjords. Anyway, if the Dutch cap fits, wear it....that's what I say. Olly will be holding a daffodil in his mouth, so there' no excuse for you two missing each other at the rendez-vous.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • It's hard to imagine humiliation being a spur to anything unless one is a masochist. But you know I don't think Hughton's problem is that he doesnt care. He cares. His problem is he's useless.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Just looked @ Chelski`s Wiki entry & no sign of a Scot on his staff. José`s been on the Dao Reserva....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I`ve never met anybody really famous, M333. I did take the p!$$ out of Michael Heseltine once, and Nicholas "Beached Whale" Soames. Also told Clive James to `go away` in Cambridge - fed up of people after my autograph. I did sign one for Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet though, `cos he`s a proper real ale fan. He threw it away when he realised I wasn`t Roy Orbison.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • OK, get this......you know why it's easy to score in the Ryman League? Because the defences are mostly stationery........Sorry about that. Just trying to take my mind off Saturday.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Lets just except that we are unlikly to get anything out of Saturday, play a new formation as an experiment and concentrate on beating West Ham on Tuesday night. I would rest our more important players such as the two centre backs, give both Murphy boys a run out, together with Garrido, Fox, RVW and Hoolahan so that we live to fight another day.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • May be it is part of a bigger plan to get Michael Laudrup to take over. He may have a bit of an ego but being voted Denmark's best player ever has got to mean something. Let's face it, having an ego the size of Western Australia hasn't done José Mourinho any harm. Regarding Fairies, anyone heard Noel Fielding's comment on his Gran. "When I was little I said, oh look Gran, is that a fairy at the bottom of the garden?" She said, "No love, it's a prost*tute."

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Dave, My earlier post was partly in jest and I did watch the game last night, whereby Chelsea should have buried Man City. Unfortunately I fear that will simply have stirred up a hornets nest for us on Saturday. One thing is for sure, we need more bite and much quicker reactions in our midfield when they have the ball, if we are to compete with most teams at this level. I accept that Johnson is not Premiership level in many respects but he shows far more fight than Fer, hence the latter was dropped on Saturday. Tettey can put his foot in but again can also drift out of the game when least required. Although we blamed Hooper for the sloppy pass against Cardiff, where were the central midfielders when the ball was knocked into their area.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • See what I mean?

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Townman, It is really nice to have your considerate and thoughtful comments at this, our happiest of times. Norfolk off you t-wat.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Our only hope is that our England goalkeeping coach will have the same effect on Hart as he's had on Ruddy this season, so that the dandruffed one loses confidence and starts faffing about with back passes.

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    jigs69

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Almost every game this season has been an humiliation,and it does,nt seem its had any effect on team performances to date !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Hughton the Humiliator Hmmm has a sort of ring to it.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • MancCan, the penny`s just dropped, it`s not a spelling mistake as such, it`s a spacing error! Paddy is `No rich` City writer. He`s angling for a pay rise. After all this time of creating serpentine stings of adjectives, he is still not paid on the basis of logorrhoea. That`s why you got no generous fee like the one wot I did.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • MAN CITY TO BEAT YOUR AR-E's. 6-0 and that might be if it's your lucky day Bottom 3 calling .but hei-ho.....

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    FINN.BLUE

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agreed Malaga, unfortunately I don't think will 've able to set up a team able to compete with man city. I fully expect him to stick to the same line up 442 and we will get completely over run. If he fails to produce a performance where we are actually competitive (result isn't important) then he is offically void of any clue, and we have to get rid.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Actually , I suspect the humilitation will follow shortly after you've played Man City.... Bottom 3 soon..tick....tick,...tick :)

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    Liz Knott

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • We'll do nothing more than attempt to contain them. The odd break-away attack may materialise but will quickly break down due to poor quality of balls into their box. Chelski demonstrated what can be done when you put their defence under pressure; however I'm not sure CH would have noticed.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I don`t think we`ll see Hughton`s exit this season. If the seemingly inevitable mauling by ManC manifests itself, then we go and do a classic limp lettuce performance at WHU, we`re doomed. But will that be enough for McGnarly to open the trapdoor? The EDP journos are on board with those that matter at the Carra. Young Michael`s written a piece stressing what good form Bassong`s in and how he `relishes` the Captaincy. Diametrically opposed to what the majority of fans have been saying. For `Norwich City Writer`, read `Club Mouthpiece`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Enough of this! I`m preparing my Dinner. Deep-fied Gravlax, Cheese n Baconburger with a contraceptive salad of French lettuce and Dutch capsicum.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agreed Malaga, unfortunately I don't think will 've able to set up a team able to compete with man city. I fully expect him to stick to the same line up 442 and we will get completely over run. If he fails to produce a performance where we are actually competitive (result isn't important) then he is offically void of any clue, and we have to get rid.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Swiss, Barking, its people like you that make me think that life is worth living, bless you both: Here's what I had to say about the points tally thing. I think its the best thing I've ever written, although I may beg to differ with myself in the morning when I'm sober. Really Pads, no target? It kind of begs the question, why not. After all, one might reasonably ask the question, 'Dear boy, what exactly are you aiming at, getting Snodgrass to see if he can hit Mousehold prison from the corner spot?. I don't care if that imbecillic fool's taget has the the odour of an excrem&ntal whiff, three feet from his eloquent bootlaces, just as long as he hasn't decided to call it a day. Manchester City lost last night, Mr Hughton, will you show us bolls of steel. or the c*ck of a dead man, and I ask you, are you a man, or just a giant c*rpseway. Forgive me my friends, I had to bury a client today, and I have no time for fools at the moment, all I ask is that you are gentle with me, at a time that my wonderful job is being sold of to the devil, and my football club is being passed upon from a very great, and whilst I'm at it, may I say how much I appreciate most of you for taking the time to express your feelings about an institution that we all deeply care about, [trolls apart]. They may be virtual friendships, but I tell you, that they are nonetheless important, and we must shout loud for our future in the face of the vitriolic selfishness that spreads like a cancer throughout the beautiful game. I’m supporting Sheffield United tonight, as their base fans scream expletives at the gentility of the Fulham intellectuals. Apologies to Ralph Mctell. Time for a cigar, I think, and quite possibly a glass of port'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Cecil it was lucky that Fulham beat us, as losing to Sheffield Utd would have been humiliating. However "they are a really well drilled team with a good manager, and lots of talented players, so even though we might have made a few mistakes, we would have played well, and I really would have rued the 1 - 3 scoreline......" Sound familiar?

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Somewhere along the line the players have to rediscover the knack of scoring goals.Saturday would be a good start.If Man City are to score 7 again,then 7-3 or even 7-2,shows we put up some kind of resistance.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • The best chance we had was Man City got a result last night and rested players and under estimated us. Sadly they will now be stronger than ever fearing a slump in form and results after Chelsea. In truth though what ever line up they stick out will be strong, just now its going to be stronger than ever. What would everyone else start with starting line up wise? Me personally it be 4-5-1, with Tettey & Johnson playing DMC similar to when we played Arsenal at Carrow Road and won 1-0. Try and limit them leaving Fer as the other CM in a bit more advanced role. Do you throw Yobo straight in and hope he and Bassong form an instantly strong partnership? I love Ryan Bennett but had a off one saturday and I do feel Bassong is struggling because hes too busy focusing on what everyone else should be doing rather than himself. Playing alongside Yobo should surely ease him slightly as we all know how experienced yobo is. All food for thought anyway. Ruddy, Olsson, Whittaker(or Martin), Yobo, Bassong, Tettey, Johnson, Fer, Snod, Guti, Hooper for me. Hooper on his own up top isnt anymore ideal than RVW up top on his own. But we dont have a natural target man who could hold it up until Fer can assist or find the wing men.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • ......and if the spell-checker is still down, he would probably announce himself as the "Club Codpiece".

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • If humiliation was all that was needed NCFC would have beaten Fulham every time after the 5-0 drubbing earlier in the season.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Interestingly, Swansea board have hinted that Laudrup was too defeatist talking about leagues within the league and not being able to compete with the top teams. Reminds me of someone...........

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • MancCanary; they`ve corrected my bit (9.45-ish) but your bit`s still `Norich`. One thing at a time, Archie. Or they can`t afford your fee, MancCan? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Hugh Trollderwood out!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Brewer - Cheers! Mines an IPA. Ps apologies for the delay, I have recently raised my fees and there was some wrangling on Paddy's side. All sorted now.

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    MancCanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Wes Hoolahon wont be playing afer his veiws on your club... He will be gone in a week or two..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Oh dear So Swansea have sacked their manager Laudrup !!! come on City board wake up, what about our manager ?

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    Colby Army!

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Poor old Peter Grant. I was lucky enough to spend quite a bit of time talking to him on a one to one basis during his time as manager & player. One of the nicest guys in the game ive had the chance to talk to and incredibly smart when it comes to the game. Sadly for him though while being a superb coach, something couldn't translate between than and getting result on the pitch. While I have not spoke to hughton in the same way I see so many similar things in him. I dont doubt he knows his stuff & certainly seems a top chap, but somethings doesn't translate between training to on field results. Least with Peter Grant he was good enough to hold his hand up and say it wasn't working.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Well spotted, MancCanary! Missed that one. All will be corrected in due course, and we`ll have to share the proofreading fees.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • How can we be humiliated even more, beaten by Luton, can't beat Fulham in 3 attempts or Cardiff in 2 attemptes or west ham in 1 attempt the only teams that might be worse than us, Hughton and his agent Mcnaasty are destroying our club

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    BrightonCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Laudrup sacked and Hughton still in a job - the world has gone mad. Hughton has a charmed life. HUGHTON OUT - LAUDRUP IN And a message for all you trolls - you must have nothing going on in your own club to read the reports in the EDP

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    Jim

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Please sack this man before he kills everything that we love about our Club!

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Liz Knott, why dont you crawl back to that flea pit, portaloo road and worry how you can fill you ground, your support is woeful. We have the same attendances as we did when we were in league one, that is loyal support, we will also fill our ground whatever league we play in, so enjoy our current form ( god knows you 13.000 have had little to enjoy for years), but we will be were we will be at the end. CTID, you could however just get a life, you sad townie.

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    Chuncky993

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • What an exciting prospect this weekend’s game is looking. We have to put pressure on Man City and go for it from the first whistle. I would like to see Becchio get a start alongside Hooper. Onwards and upwards OTBC

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    George Kershaw

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • So Laudrup isn't good enough for Swansea any more but Hoots is good enough to be NCFC manager. Either the world has gone completely mad or the Norwich board have completely lost their balls and the plot. I trust McNally will resign at the end of the season when we are relegated.

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    BrightonCanary

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • MancCanary, they`ve finally sorted the `Norich` thing. But, as I`ve been teasing them about it (eg Paddy`s no rich writer), I must claim your fee. I wonder why they keep ethering me? PS. I`ll buy you a pint next time I`m visiting Boggart Hole Clough.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I agree with mr Kershaw Becchio ought to be tried.He cant do worse than Elmander and our 8m flop.Did C.H.actually see R>V>W> play a game before buying?

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    harry mcardle

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Just can't believe that Swansea have sacked Laudrup & we just soldier on.

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Barking, I`ve just had one intended for Pondy, Victor & Albert (or should that be `Victoria & Albert`) blocked. I`m moving to Cardiff to be nearer to Solksy. Babelicious. No doubt. Grrrrhh ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agreed Malaga, unfortunately I don't think will 've able to set up a team able to compete with man city. I fully expect him to stick to the same line up 442 and we will get completely over run. If he fails to produce a performance where we are actually competitive (result isn't important) then he is offically void of any clue, and we have to get rid.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • MY, It did also strike my mind that Bennett should have interecepted the wayward ball but I can only presume he thought is was meant for either a central midfielder or in fact the right back. However, even having given the ball away, Bassong was left for dead by Bellamy, Martin failed to see the danger and despite marking nobody could not be bothered to try to get accross. Overall, I think Bennett is our best centre back right now but fear he will be the fall guy on Saturday. As Brew states the main striker should not need to be doing the left back role although there were three players directly behind him, none appeared to be calling for the ball to be laid back to them. Hooper was closed down fast and had no outlet due to lack of movement from others.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I really hope we pull off a big surprise this week-end against Man C, we are definitely due for an upset result. My big concern is that the humiliation part could be 19th with the worst goal difference in the league.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Fromm BBC website: Swansea City: Michael Laudrup's back-room staff to be changed. Now there's a good starting point, I wonder if it will catch on!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • All I am looking for on sautrday is to be competitive, and play with some quality, spirit, and drive. Let's get in their faces, close them down and have a go. Let's see what happens the past evidence doesn't bode well however.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Admiral F, apparantly The Special One left the team talk to his No.2. He claims not to have understood any of it "because he was shouting in Scottish"! Who is Mourinho`s No.2?? Mourinho was really funny in that interview.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Thanks, Archie. After rejecting 4 of my posts (probably because I likened BP2 to Alan Gilzean), you have at last forgiven me. In the same spirit of reconciliation, I shall overlook the fact that you still appear to be a "Norich" City football writer.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • i think the line up on saturday will be a flat back eleven, chelsea showed last night that they can be rattled if attacked, but we dont do much of that so a drubbing is likely

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    Dave

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Lets just do whatever it was chel$ki did.

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    Admiral F

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agreed Malaga, unfortunately I don't think will 've able to set up a team able to compete with man city. I fully expect him to stick to the same line up 442 and we will get completely over run. If he fails to produce a performance where we are actually competitive (result isn't important) then he is offically void of any clue, and we have to get rid.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Although he is an excellent keeper, Ruddy has been off form recently. I suspect much has to do with his lack of confidence in his defence, which is giving him the jitters. But he has failed to save several relatively simple shots on goal in recent weeks, the last being the one against Cardiff which for some reason just trickled in under his body. He got down Ok but never managed to stop the shot. Regarding the Man City game - yes I fear we will suffer a backlash after last night. The best we can do is to try to give a good account of ourselves. However if we just surrender midfield and let them come on to us as we usually do, it could be carnage. Sadly I don't expect Hughton to change anything. He seems incapable of executing any Plan B. Even though his Plan A is a spectacular failure! The West Ham game becomes yet another "must win". Unfortunately we have already seen numerous such games slip away from us with, at best, a tame draw. Lack of goals will sink us in the end because Hughton does not set the team up to attack and give midfield support and any real width options as he insists on playing wingers on their wrong feet! The most balmy of all his unfathomable tactics!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Humiliation might drive the team on, but we also need a plan Mr Hughton! Parking the bus in front of the goal is not an option. Our defensive players are not good enough for that. We need pace for quick counter attacks and accurate passing!

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Agreed Malaga, unfortunately I don't think will 've able to set up a team able to compete with man city. I fully expect him to stick to the same line up 442 and we will get completely over run. If he fails to produce a performance where we are actually competitive (result isn't important) then he is offically void of any clue, and we have to get rid.

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Up the Archant!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Humiliation they get that virtually every game but it seems to make no difference. Get about 1 game in 6 where they even look like they are trying.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Wiki says Mourinho`s staff includes no Scots! José`s been on the Dao Reserva...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Its all very well saying that you know we will lose but you would be happy with a good performance if you actually meant it.If we lose and put in a good shift you will still post the same rhetoric that has dominated the posts for the last few weeks.If the board listened to the supporters opinions they would have replaced CH long ago but he is still here so perhaps a bit of constructive criticism instead of destructive criticism might not go amiss.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Pleased that Chelsea took the points at "Maine Road" last night because now that Norwich aren't going to win the title, I'm having a flutter on the Woolwich Arsenal. BP2 might disagree with my choice of London club, but people say I bear a passing resemblance to the "Professor", so that's as good a reason as any. Beats a slate hanger's nail bag. Wonder what BP2 looks like. I'm thinking something between Ralph Coates and Alan Gilzean. As for Gek, he probably just looks love-struck and pining for the fjords.

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Hi, La Snott. Thought I felt a pricking in my thumbs. Btw, what does that headline mean, Paddy??

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • I would play this squad: Ruddy Martin Turner Bassong Ollson Johnson Gutierrez Snodgrass Hoolihan Fer Hooper I might consider switching Fer and Jonas, but it's a dilemma because we don;t have a combo like Matic and Luiz to hold the back of the midfield. The only way to win or draw this or keep respect is to play them the way Chelsea played them. Hoot needs to borrow little bit of tactical nou from Jose, that...and get over whatever redass he has about Hoolihan.

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    FatNakago

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • - or fried, even. Trefa!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

  • Laudrup is available. Decent manager been dropped for a poor run which IMO is down to playing in Europe and to many fixtures. Ncfc should snap him up.

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    kingpin

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Luton, the worst. Then Fulham cup or league, Manchester City , any game with Saurez in the opposition. Cardiff, I could go on , the list over the last 18 months is rather long.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

  • Up the Archant!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

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