Norwich City 0, Fulham 0

New Norwich City signing Kei Kamara challenges Mark Schwarzer for the ball with the Fulham goalkeeper reacting rather theatrically falling to the floor in a heap. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images New Norwich City signing Kei Kamara challenges Mark Schwarzer for the ball with the Fulham goalkeeper reacting rather theatrically falling to the floor in a heap. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Saturday, February 9, 2013
5:09 PM

Norwich City’s search for an elusive Premier League victory goes on after they were held to their third goalless draw in five league games by Fulham at Carrow Road.

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It was another point in the Canaries’ quest for top-flight safety but there were few highlights and few clear-cut chances for a packed house to enjoy.

Chris Hughton’s men have now gone nine league games without a win and have scored just once in six matches in all competitions.

Two new strikers were on view with Luciano Becchio making his first start in place on the injured Grant Holt, but apart from forcing an early save from Mark Schwarzer he had a tough afternoon against two big central defenders. Fellow newcomer Kei Kamara made a late appearance as substitute and floated a header just over the top, but had little time to make an impact.

Fulham’s best effort came early in the second half when Mark Bunn saved from Steve Sidwell, but Bunn generally had a quiet afternoon.

City now face a fortnight’s break before facing Everton at Carrow Road, looking for their first league win since the 2-1 success over Wigan on December 15.

Becchio made his full debut for the Canaries with skipper Holt ruled out by a reported back injury, and there was one more change to the starting line-up from the goalless draw at Queens Park Rangers with Elliott Bennett replacing Anthony Pilkington, suffering from the hamstring injury that forced him off at Loftus Road.

Alex Tettey shrugged off a knee problem that ruled him out of Norway’s game in Spain, but Ryan Bennett was absent from the 18 after missing England Under-21 duty with a hamstring problem.

New signing Kei Kamara, on loan from Sporting Kansas City, was named among the substitutes for the first time, with Marc Tierney and Andrew Surman also recalled to the bench.

Star forward Dimitar Berbatov was back as one of four changes to the Fulham side beaten 1-0 at home by Manchester United.

Also into the starting line-up came Steve Sidwell, fit again after a knee injury, Emmanuel Frimpong and new signing Stanislav Manolev.

Ashkan Dejagah and Giorgos Karagounis were dropped to the bench, with Sascha Riether – ever-present until now - and Chris Baird missing from the 18 with illness.

Before kick-off, Robert Snodgrass received his award as City’s player of the month for January.

In the opening seconds, a cross from Snodgrass whistled across the Fulham area but no one was able to make contact.

Berbatov was in trouble right at the start with blood running from a facial wound that may have been inflicted by Johnson’s high boot, and he left the field for attention.

Becchio made his presence felt on six minutes when excellent work by Elliott Bennett enabled Garrido to cross from the left and the striker’s first-time effort was saved by Schwarzer.

Bennett then tried his luck from long range but was well off target.

Duff had a shot blocked by Turner as Fulham threatened for the first time.

Tettey and Hoolahan combined in a promising break for City on 13 minutes but ir eventually broke down when the Irishman looked for a pass instead of shooting and gave the ball away.

Another effort from Duff was deflected over the top for Fulham’s first corner, but Russell Martin headed clear from Duff’s kick.

With 25 minutes gone, Russell Martin found himself in space 10 yards out but his free header from Johnson’s cross was a couple of feet wide.

There was a drinks break while Frimpong needed attention for a bang on the head when he collided with Snodgrass.

Schwarzer easily claimed a free-kick from Snodgrass as City struggled to make any headway.

There were two yellow cards in quick succession from referee Webb, first for Frimpong when he fouled Snodgrass, then for Elliott Bennett with a careless challenge on Rodallega that left the Fulham man needing treatment.

A cross from Russell Martin gave Becchio a heading opportunity but Manolev did just enough to hinder his effort and it flew wide.

Russell Martin conceded a corner under pressure after a lack of communication at the back, but the kick from Ruiz was a poor one and rather summed up a poor half.

Becchio flashed another header well wide from Hoolahan’s cross during the four minutes of stoppage time before the break.

• Half-time: Norwich City 0, Fulham 0

Three minutes after the break, Bunn had to dive to his right to keep out a long-range drive from Sidwell that may have been heading just inside the post.

Bassong was in some pain after he blocked a powerful shot from Ruiz that appeared to hit him in the throat and he needed attention before continuing.

A foul by Frimpong on Elliott Bennett gave City a free-kick that Snodgrass struck into the wall, but the winger was booked moments later for a trip on Sidwell.

City forced a couple of corners on the hour, the second of which was cleared as far as Elliott Bennett, who had a powerful shot blocked.

Fulham made their first change with 25 minutes gone when Emanuelson replaced Frimpong.

Snodgrass brought applause when he robbed Berbatov and set off on a determined run, then again when he brought a save out of Schwarzer, but there was little to raise the temperature.

There was a double change with just under 15 minutes left when Fulham replaced Rodallega with Petric and Hughton brought Jackson on for Elliott Bennett.

Becchio and Hoolahan combined well to set up a chance for Jackson but his shot at Schwarzer was little more than a backpass.

Snodgrass got his head to a cross by Garrido as City stepped up their quest for a winner, and Johnson flashed a shot wide just before Kamara replaced Becchio for his debut, with four minutes left.

Manolev was booked for bringing down Hoolahan and from Garrido’s free-kick, Kamara made his first contribution when he looped a header just over the top.

A last-minute corner from Snodgrass caused some problems for Fulham and as they struggled to clear, Kamara challenged Schwarzer, who seemed to react rather theatrically when he went down in a heap.

Fulham replaced Ruiz with Dejagah as three minutes of stoppage time began, and a late free-kick on the right gave City some alarm before Turner hacked clear.

In the dying seconds, Fulham forced a corner, but Duff’s kick was met with a poor Berbatov header.

• Norwich City: Bunn; Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Elliott Bennett (Jackson, 76); Becchio (Kamara, 86). Subs (not used): Camp, Whittaker, Tierney, Howson, Surman.

• Fulham: Schwarzer; Manolev, Hangeland, Senderos, Riise; Sidwell, Frimpong (Emanuelson, 65); Ruiz (Dejagah, 90), Berbatov, Duff; Rodallega (Petric, 76). Subs (not used): Etheridge, Hughes, Karagounis, Kacaniklic.

• Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorkshire)

• Attendance: 26,816

• Bookings: City: Elliott Bennett (37), Snodgrass (58). Fulham: Frimpong (36), Manolev (87)

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73 comments

  • Well I'm happy with a point against a side that beat us 5-0 at the start of the season. Maybe Hughton was a bit wary after that drubbing and its another point toward safety. He' s a well respected manager & coach. Judge him at the end of the season not at the end of every game. I remember comments on this site questioning why he signed Bunn. Worked out why yet?

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    Konrad54

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • results went our way at least 3 teams below us lost. But for crying out loud play 2 strikers against teams who are on a par with us and try and win the games. Is he really going to try and draw the next 13 games and survive that way

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Konrad54, you're happy to get a point against a team that embarrassed us on opening day? Great attitude. I suppose you will be as happy as larry if we only concede four at Old Trafford. Dan, you would rather watch boring footy than go gung ho and lose every game? By gung ho I presume you mean attacking and aggressive, Paul Lambert style?? I've got an idea for you, go and cheer on Stoke.... Pair of swagglers.

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    The Gaffer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • And some of us wish we hadn't gone to particular games!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • I don't think the problem is that Hoots is a bad manager, far from it! In fact I still believe he is the right man for the job. To me the problem is actually motivating the players to not only be strong defensively and control the midfield but to be forward thinking in the final third and support each other in consolidated attack formations. I think Hoots has completely de-motivated the team with his very defensive tactics. As is often said, other clubs use the 4-3-2-1 or 4-4-1-1 formation effectively. We are so rigid it has become a big millstone around our necks. Hoots doesn't seem to know how to adapt it. I have to rely on those of you who see the games either live or on the internet. From what I pick up all too often our midfield either turn back towards their own goal or are totally incapable of putting a string of telling passes together finished with a cutting cross into the box. That tells me something is very wrong on the training field. And it needs to be addressed, quickly. Yes we are picking up a point at a time. But there will come a time when it won't happen and we could be scuppered!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • DocOhNo, what does it matter where Villa are? That's not the point. The point is, that with the same core players last season we finished 12th playing attractive, entertaining, fan rewarding football that suited our personnel, through our positive style of play and by not blowing sunshine up the oppositions behinds. Just read CH's post match comments, "If you can't win, make sure you don't lose" WTF!? Fans pay top dollar to watch their team nowadays, and if you asked me if I'd rather pay to watch my team play in the Premier under CH or in the Championship under PL I know what my answer would be...

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    The Gaffer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I think when it comes to the point that NCFC fans start bad mouthing others because they don't go to Carrow Road week-in week-out you have to start questioning yourselves. I think you'll find there's more than 26,000 Canaries supporters in the country,,, can't fit all of them in the ground! Oh what do I know, I don't go see Norwich play (due to not having enough funds or being able to GET a ticket in the first place) so clearly my opinion counts for nothing(!)

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    wisemanthree

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Fed up tonight, put a good effort into writing a comment and it get blocked. Up yours archant.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • i am surprised at the number of posters who watch the game on computer or tune in on the radio,why not go up to carrow road and support your team.i do and i am 80.otbc

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    bluelight

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Going down, why don't you just go away you annoying little berk! Quite obvious you aren't a Norwich fan so do us all a favour and sod off!

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    mickncfc

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • There is so much "one upmanship" emerging on these boards. Do people prefer combat to conversation? Somebody who cannot get to games for whatever reason is now deemed a second class citizen by the Redknecks. Ban democracy!! Bring back Culverhouse and cull that serial twerp Calderwood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Canarygirl, you list Hughton's failings as being too defensive, demotivating the players, too rigid with his tactics and there being something very wrong on the training field. So unless you are an Ipswich fan or have bet money on Norwich getting relegated, what makes him the best man for the job and far from being a bad manager? May I add that the mindless cliché-ridden contents of his interviews don't do him many favours either.

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Just watched this online. Dreadful. What is it going to take for Hughton to send out a team to win a game , as opposed to not lose it. No pace or forward presence at all. If we can't beat mediocre teams that are there for the taking then we won't win any more games this year. QPR got thrashed this week too. We are getting back the "Little Norwich" mentality, lets show some guts and act as if we deserve to be in this league. I've backed Hughton so far but his inflexibility in tactics is trying my patience. As to the newbies, Becchio looked about as much use as Morison (he was hardly mentioned on the commentary all game ) and Kamara looked useful if he can keep that up for 90 minutes.

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    SussexYellow

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Not sure how I feel about this one, before the game I would've probably taken the point because Fulham always look good against us, last year they were all over us and we were lucky to get a last-gasp point, and the away days are best left unsaid. But that Fulham team didn't turn up and as usual they're another team along with QPR, West Ham and Newcastle who have looked so poor and yet we're unable to capitalise and take the 3 points, which has been our downfall this season. We did have a couple of big chances though with Becchio and Martin both with relatively unchallenged headers and they ended up well wide, summed the game and our recent form, no cutting edge. Might just be a slog until the summer where we can add quality.

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    Billy

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • OK supposing we give Hughton the benefit of the doubt and assume he was going to play Becchio and Holt and a 4 4 2 formation today but was foiled by Holt's back injury. Bennett played most of the match at Loftus Road on the left and the first half today. He achieved absolutely nothing. What would it have cost to get Kamara on with at least 20 minutes to go? This man lacks the courage to make decisions and be a manager. "If I don't do anything I can't get the blame" Duh. Don't console yourselves by thinking of all the class strikers we will sign in the Summer. For 1. what striker would want to come and play under Hughton's tactics and 2. If Hughton was given Messi, Ronaldo and Villa as gifts, he would be too frightened to play them. Can't the clowns on his coaching team point him towards being slightly adventurous?

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I think Stu was being kind saying Hughton hasn't a clue. So he rues dropping two points does he? Well whose rubbish tactics and poor player acquisition is responsible for that? Does the man really not link having a squad deficient in the striking department, insisting on starting with only one striker whatever the opposition and refusing to change the playing shape during the match with a poor record of scoring goals and winning matches? What causes it then? Magic, evil spirits, the fairies? I love your optimism DonOhNo but if there is no managerial and coaching change, I fear that should we survive this season in the PL, next year will be the worst embarrassment in the club's history. Want a replacement? Nigel Adkins or how about better value from overseas? It doesn't appear to have done Swansea or Southampton any harm.

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • If yesterdays match proved anything it is how influential Grant Holt is to city but even he needs support around him but no doubt when he is fit CH will play him up front on his own again.Draws against modest opponents are not good enough I am beginning to worry BIG TIME. OTBC

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • The teams below us are all upping there game but we still find ourselves 8 points from relegation, we do need a win or two but things do not look so bad. Man U have a big lead at the top and they might well get a bit sloppy now, we just might do the double over them, then you will all be singing again. COYY

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • it was a game of two halves each as mediocre as the other.in the second half the voice over the public address system reminded us that it was an all seater stadium and standing was not allowed although it could be understood as a result of exitement.i'm sure in the circumstances this was pure irony. i dont think we were playing over defencifely.we seemed to be mirroring the other team.we went forward without result they did the same.they have a team of class players.we had our players and whatsmore no holt.and hoolahan our playmaker tired by midweek international duty.i think that mr.hughton has worked miracles with the players he has.so often games like this are won by the opposition scoring a late lucky goal eg lutonhappily this time it didnt happen.we live to fight another day. .

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    dick

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Good heavens, looking at the moans here you'd think we were on a Liverpool site. We're now 8 points clear of the relegation zone. Hughton intended to play a more attacking formation until Holt got injured this morning, not sure what else he could do. Personally for this season I'll settle for boring safety. Stew Pydsodd, you seem to enjoy shouting the odds and whingeing. You drop very big hints that you want rid of Hughton, who would you replace him with, 'arry,, Warnock, Mick McCarthy?

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Ipswich are looking behind them even more so after today I see. Not a great result for NCFC I agree but when you look down only Southampton have picked up points today and I hope they stay up anyway so it was a good Saturday for us really.

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    baguio

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Waclor, "poor player acquisition", be specific please as personally I thought most of yesterday's poorest players were legacies from previous managers (excluding Garrido, I have doubts about Lucifer but as this was his 1st PL start am inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt force moment). I see McLeish is available so maybe you'd like him if Adkins doesn't want to come to Norwich?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • If ever there was a game that needed Holt this was it. I cannot believe how deep we play and what defensive football I have seen over the last 5 months. You cannot win games if you dont score and our chances were limited. Effort 100%, technical ability questionable, ability to change and develop zero. Other teams work us out in the first 15 minutes, why does it take 85 minutes for us to wake up and smell the coffee ?? We could have had this in the bag but too scared to concede. Not sure I want to watch another season of this.

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    Turkish Martin

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Negative, negative, negative football. Hughton is so afraid to lose that he dare not even try to play attacking football. What a missed opportunity. Guys, we are going to have to endure a lot more games like that before the end of the season I fear. Does anyone know where the next goal is coming from, yet alone the next win?

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    CanaryWest

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • DocOhNo...If you had read my contribution from the beginning, you may have noticed that the first few words were far from critical.They were not praise, but putting the roots down for my remaining observation

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Morning Doc! I put on paper a reasonable reply to your comment about me being super critical. However, that confounded machine at Archant rejected it because I used the word 'P*O*P*P*Y*C*O*C*K. Whom would I suggest to become a more successful manager of Norwich City---What about Edna Savage, or Del Boy for starters?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • oh dear, oh dear. wasnt worth the time spent watching it on line. i am glad i dont pay to watch. i dont know what we expected by selling morison and 200k for this new guy. with our style of play and lack of idea and penetration up front, we need a superstar striker who can create something from absolutely nothing! worried for next year

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    JB

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I take my hat off to you Bluelight, i go every home game with my mum who is also 80, she loves every minute,she gets down about the results when we have a poor game,but she shouts and sings to the suprise of alot of people,we city fans always seem to moan alot but then everyone is allowed their opinion,but lets not forget just look at OPR look at the money they have spent,it really looks like they could be slipping back into the championship,i think we will survive and on the money we have had available that wont be a bad result at all,then next season we can push on again,come on city fans lets be positive OTBC

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    ncfcforever

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • On Sky this afternoon Tony Cottee described the game as being between two teams who were frightened of losing yet incapable of winning. I note we have now scored just one goal in the last six attempts - most of that time during the transfer window when we could have bought a striker of some worth.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Another forbidden word, "s**g". Just as well I didn`t want to post a comment about s**g heaps. A*****l is way out of bounds. Pathetic. I`m with you, Lobbo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • came on here to make a comment but don't need to cos Canarywest said it all. Negative and BORING.

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    Mikado Kember

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I'd love to be a fly on the wall at match of the Day, programme planning meetings..."OK....we know that Norwich will be the last item....now what about the rest of the running order?"

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Oh and the only reason I don't have a season ticket is that I live 175 miles away from Carrow Road - in addition due apparently to being a "casual" supporter when I do manage to get to games it costs nearly twice as much as it did only a couple of seasons ago when we played far more attractive, winning football. That's why I feel entitled to comment.

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    SussexYellow

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Erm, no one missed any open goals. Problems seem to come with the team too scared to give the ball away. No one wanted to attempt to put a ball through for Becchio to chase, just in case we lost the ball. Hoolihan always turned back towards his own goal, never inside to bring the central midfielders into play. Trouble is, he then invariably lost the ball, so he might as well have tried to play it forward. To those on CH's back all the time: - I'd rather watch boring footy in the Prem than go gung ho and lose every game. (As long as the club looks to improve long term, which by their transfer attempts they are looking at doing) - It's going to take a few games for the new strikers to get up to speed with the team and the prem. - Special K looked very promising. - Bunn was a great signing and a great bit of forward planning. - Stop moaning about us not getting quality in - if they don't want to come, or their clubs don't want to sell there's nothing anyone at NCFC can do. - There's every chance that Becchio and Holt were going to play up front together today, but Holt got injured. Jackson was unable to make much impact and if he trained as well as he played then I can totally understand why CH stuck with 1 up front.

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    Dan

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • The only thing more negative than CH's tactics are the fans it would seem. It's getting quite tiresome and a little pathetic. How far this club has come in a few years has been unbelievable and yet anyone who points this out on here gets the wrath of a few individuals. Gaffer, at least the Stoke fans actually get behind their team. The best thing to happen to this club is David McNally and if he is happy with how things are going, so should the rest of us. So we are playing dull football in the Prem. So what? It's better than going to Wallsal or Leyton Orient every week, Sit it out, watch us creep slowly to 40 points and safety and next years tv money will allow us to spend a few quId, expand the stadium and continue to establish ourselves. Any Ipswich fan (or Championship fan) would gladly swap places with us right now.

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    Dan

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • DocOhNo...If you had read my contribution from the beginning, you may have noticed that the first few words were far from critical.They were not praise, but putting the roots down for my remaining observation. Many of those that offer their thoughts on here are usually mild mannered gentle folk. They too have grown tired of the unsuccessful attempt to create a workmanlike well balanced team to represent this Fine City. ..The manager insists that playing left footed players on the right, and crowding as many as possible into the opposing penalty area is all part of his experimental strategy.....Poppycock! The sooner he returns to the Drawing Board the better.... Have we really got a Nigel Worthington Clone,with the same tired and prescripted reasons for failure.?....So Doc, if you are happy, as you appear to be, Fine! But please allow us moaners to put our feelings on paper....Have a good Sunday!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Stewpydd, having looked at your "far from critical" post again, just to make sure I would say that with a friend like you I wouldn't need enemies. "He hasn't a clue" is one phrase that jumps out. I see you weren't prepared to answer the question about who you would get to replace him.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • DocOhNo, sorry to keep you waiting for a response. I was watching the rugby and I think Hughton is coaching the Ireland Rugby team on the side. Firstly my comments on poor player acquisition meant not so much that Hughton had acquired poor players but that he had not done very well in acquiring good ones. In particular, right from the pre-season games it was obvious that the squad was lacking a powerful strikeforce but he did nothing to correct this in fact he reduced his options by lending Vaughan out. That still looks stupid to me. As far as replacement managers go, not McLeish for heavens sake. As well as Adkins, I would look abroad as Swansea did or have a look at Culverhouse who will probably be unemployed quite soon and may not want to work in the Scottish Division 3 with Lambert. I agree with much of your earlier post about the list of players currently in the departure lounge. Sadly I think Hughton is poor at getting the best from a player and I do not see many going for a decent fee. Of the current squad, who is looking good except Bassong, Snodgrass and Ruddy?

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    waclor

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Sorry, tried to format the post but obviously the EDP have no need for clear formatting...

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    Dan

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • came on here to make a comment but don't need to cos Canarywest said it all. Negative and BORING.

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    Mikado Kember

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Thought the team did a good job yesterday under the circumstances. Can only field players you can afford. The defence have been doing very well. Its mainly mid field letting them down with too little effort. Tettey is played most weeks and he is a weak link who is unable to make acurate passes. Watched him yesterday find himself in Fulhams penalty area, Fulham got possession of the ball and were making an attacking break and he just sauntered back and didn't make any attempt to race back to help out the defence, a really lazy performance from him. Ryan Bennett has done nothing this season when given the opportunity to play to oust Pilkington from the left wing position. Berbertov was the man Fulham relied on to make all their play and he did a great job finding space all the time, everything they did went through him but this wasn't picked up by City and he just roamed at will into space for the whole match!

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    goldie

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • My wife and I are not looking forward to the trip to Manchester on 2nd march.as away season ticket holders we have spent a fortune in tickets and travel this year .and as we live in kent the manchester trip will cost us £250 just to get there and watch the game.so to watch mostly average performances is becoming a bit galling now.mr hughton seems to be a one trick pony.we know you can't win games by scoring but you can by not conceding but surely someone on the staff can stand up and say.'well lets try something different' last week at QPR was horrid,and the only highlight for me was the odemwingie songs that the faithfull had come up with.....but if mr hughton is still there next year I think I'll give the season ticket a miss......

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    johnboy69

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • DocOhNo, what does it matter where Villa are? That's not the point. The point is, that with the same core players last season we finished 12th playing attractive, entertaining, fan rewarding football that suited our personnel, through our positive style of play and by not blowing sunshine up the oppositions behinds. Just read CH's post match comments, "If you can't win, make sure you don't lose" WTF!? Fans pay top dollar to watch their team nowadays, and if you asked me if I'd rather pay to watch my team play in the Premier under CH or in the Championship under PL I know what my answer would be...

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    The Gaffer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Well I'm happy with a point against a side that beat us 5-0 at the start of the season. Maybe Hughton was a bit wary after that drubbing and its another point toward safety. He' s a well respected manager & coach. Judge him at the end of the season not at the end of every game. I remember comments on this site questioning why he signed Bunn. Worked out why yet?

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    Konrad54

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Erm, no one missed any open goals. Problems seem to come with the team too scared to give the ball away. No one wanted to attempt to put a ball through for Becchio to chase, just in case we lost the ball. Hoolihan always turned back towards his own goal, never inside to bring the central midfielders into play. Trouble is, he then invariably lost the ball, so he might as well have tried to play it forward. To those on CH's back all the time: - I'd rather watch boring footy in the Prem than go gung ho and lose every game. (As long as the club looks to improve long term, which by their transfer attempts they are looking at doing) - It's going to take a few games for the new strikers to get up to speed with the team and the prem. - Special K looked very promising. - Bunn was a great signing and a great bit of forward planning. - Stop moaning about us not getting quality in - if they don't want to come, or their clubs don't want to sell there's nothing anyone at NCFC can do. - There's every chance that Becchio and Holt were going to play up front together today, but Holt got injured. Jackson was unable to make much impact and if he trained as well as he played then I can totally understand why CH stuck with 1 up front.

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    Dan

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Mediocre, thanks to Mr. Negative our super cautious man in charge.You don't have to be gung ho to pick a side capable of winning.To play Becchio alone up front was a tall order for the lad starting his 1st match at this level.At half time when it was not working it cried out for a change but once again none was made until much too late.Jacko should have started with Becchio. Ok we don;t have great quality in the last third but an extra man there provides more options.It would have meant sacrificing a midfielder(Tettey in my book) but "who dares wins".Kamara for Bennett at half time was worth a try.Bennett despite his pace does not take on defenders and as a result rarely gets to the byline or wins free kicks.When he did come on,far to late he looked like he could provide a bit of that missing quality in the last third.This is not hindsight.It should have happened at half time.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Gaffer, I respect that you don't like the current style of play. I agree it isn't pretty and even harder to convince fans it's a good thing after the entertainment of the Lambert era. I know a few a stoke fans and have said to them many times if they are happy to see that sort of play, fair enough, but I wouldn't buy a season ticket to see it every week. My main point though is that we a concentrating on the negatives. I too went to Walsall twice - but we are so far away from watching having to watch a football club try to use barrels of fire to defrost a pitch 30 mins before kickoff! I think we'll stumble across the finish line this year, which is fine - as long as the club shows a commitment to improvement in the summer.

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    Dan

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Waclor, mainly agree. I do think however that Hughton came to the club late. He considered that the main task was shoring the defence which he did with the signings of Bassong, Turner, Garrido (at least at the start!) and Whittaker. We were complaining last year about no clean sheets and now we get a lot. Vaughan with his injury history would have been a gamble (one I would have taken) and neither Simeon nor Morrison stepped up to the mark. He signed 2 forwards in the window, thankfully not Hooper at Celtic's greatly inflated valuation. I personally think Kamara is a long term plan and Lucifer is a stop gap measure, partly to get rid of Morrison. I really believe that he will sign some pace up front in the summer and we will see totally different tactics.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Gaffer, quite frankly I don't care where Lambert's team is. I was not the one holding Lambert up as a shining example of cavalier attacking football. I ask again, where is St Paul's team?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Konrad54, you're happy to get a point against a team that embarrassed us on opening day? Great attitude. I suppose you will be as happy as larry if we only concede four at Old Trafford. Dan, you would rather watch boring footy than go gung ho and lose every game? By gung ho I presume you mean attacking and aggressive, Paul Lambert style?? I've got an idea for you, go and cheer on Stoke.... Pair of swagglers.

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    The Gaffer

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • A "surprise" 3 points vs a top team would be nice - to go with the 6 we got from A*****l and ManU. Gosh, how we are glad to have those points now. Imagine 23 pts instead of 29...... Also, the performances vs Spurs have all been excellent, so it CAN be done. But we`ve scored only 1 goal in the last 5 league games. That is dangerous territory.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Surely! Sue me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Dan, so called fans like me made two trips to Walsall when we were in league 1. I don't like CH's style of play and his overall attitude to the way we go about playing football. Simples.

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    The Gaffer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Hopefully all this one up front stuff has been to steady the ship as Hoots clearly realised only a few months after the rest of us, that all our strikers bar one weren't up to it. Once we see Holt and Becchio together or dare I say K and Becchio for the last 30 mins maybe we will start scoring. I sincerely hope so . 3 Points from 9 matches, nearly a quarter of the season - that's equivalent to a full season of under 13 points. We may get away with it this season, we can't afford to start like this next season.

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    SussexYellow

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • villa won today this is the clarion call to mr hughton on their sunny break.the defence is solidish.while sipping their poolside cocktails the manager will be talking about the importance of more creatavity up front.what has to be borne in mind is that we have a team of skilled tradesmen not artistes.hoolahan is on the way as is eliott bennet and holt is a force of nature but thats it.and that must be enough.

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    dick

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Is it the players or is it the tactics or is it me. I could write the same posting for all our recent games... void of ideas, no running off the ball, only one in the box, where is a goal going to come from... oh and the best till last, Elliott Bennett must be doing really well in training. We play like a team who has been told "make sure you don't lose", Fulham could have easily snatched that game, they were far more positive than us (the last 10 minutes excluded). Some of our players are not premier league standard, can't wait for the transfer window to open. I do think we'll stay up but we really could have done with winning that game today. Weren't positive enough.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • We have the players. The players have the ability. We have a manager. The manager has little or no idea how to win a football match. It's time for a change. Either the manager or his inabilty to put out a team capable of scoring has got to be changed. He hasn't a clue! Most if not all of those watching have more idea than he has. If that is not the case then, he must show some determination, and be positive! I may be a Stew Pydsodd but it's quite clear to me.....Call for Pa Snipps!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • did anyone of use actually go to the match today we was terrible again no idea how to score no wonder leeds fan aint bothered about becchio going hes cra p morisons a far better player only one direction for us thats championship football unless we get rid of houghton and fast.

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    going down

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • When I heard Holt was injured I thought we were going to be in for a frustrating afternoon. Becchio and Kamara have not been at Carrow Road long enough yet and have no top flight experience. The two week break gives the players the time to sort out the problems in attack. City are tight at the back and Fulham (and Newcastle) carried little threat. Get things right in the final third and City can win games like today's. If not we will most likely face a relegation battle next season.

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    Capri

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Why are my constructive comments being blocked?

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • Gaffer, don't cherry pick whats been said by other users! So called fans like you are getting tiresome with your excessive whining that we didn't win every game 9-0 and play like Barca. Read my post again rather than going on the attack. For the record, Stoke play better football at times than we do. But for goodness sake, the way some of you bang on you'd think this was Charlton after we'd been relegated to League 1, not a clean sheet against Fulham in the Prem!

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    Dan

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Dion Dublin said it on BBC TV..he is worried that Norwich seem clueless in front of goal, and even at home just never look like scoring. Yet again Hughton never seemed to wake up early enough to consider the ever elusive "Plan B", until far too late. OK....another point ground out. Is this the way he intends to survive the season? Turgid draws, and praying to God that the 3rd from bottom team cant make up the 7 point differential on us?

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I take my hat off to you Bluelight, i go every home game with my mum who is also 80, she loves every minute,she gets down about the results when we have a poor game,but she shouts and sings to the suprise of alot of people,we city fans always seem to moan alot but then everyone is allowed their opinion,but lets not forget just look at OPR look at the money they have spent,it really looks like they could be slipping back into the championship,i think we will survive and on the money we have had available that wont be a bad result at all,then next season we can push on again,come on city fans lets be positive OTBC

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    ncfcforever

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • I cannot believe how short some peoples' memories are. 2 months ago we were on top of the world, then we lost Ruddy and Bassong and we started to wobble... confidence dipped.. now Bassong is back and Bunn has found his feet and we are looking strong again. Even in this bad run since the Villa match we have been in with a shout of a win or a draw right up to the end of all matches bar the Liverpool travesty... this is a team out of form... not a bad team. Snodgrass, Hoolahan and Pilkington are all great playmakers on their day... remember our 10 match unbeaten run?? We now have 4 strikers with a variety of skills.. and I am sure Holt will get more chances with Becchio or Kamara playing beside him, even if it is only for the last 20 minutes of the match. Anyone who wants to go back to 13 out of 15 seasons playing in the pergutory that is called the Championship is insane... even if we do always get final billing on MOTD at least we can turn off the TV before that horrendous show featuring the football also rans that we used to have to endure every week... for what seemed like an eternity... "We are Premier League!"... Enjoy it !!!!

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    jops

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Well, that was worth the 720 mile round trip then ! I might as well have stayed at home and watched my local village team play, at least they probably tried to score now and again. That was, without doubt, the most boring, mind numbing 90 minutes of football I've ever had to endure. I felt sorry for the keepers, their hands must have been frozen solid. They only wore gloves in an attempt to prevent frost bite to their fingers. I hate negativity but that was just below contempt to the supporters of both teams who spent money to travel and attend the game. Whilst I'm on my soapbox, the half time food and drinks are on par with what I would expect from a Sunday league team, maybe they're meant to align with the football standards on display. £5.50 for a tasteless sausage roll and a hot chocolate that had the flavour of mud. I've had better food on survival exercises and I had to find that myself. Back to the football, if it can be described as such. We can't pass, we can't cross the ball, or not to one of our own players anyway. Tackling seems to be so outlawed now that the game relies on the pathetic passing to exchange possession. We certainly can't shoot and heading the ball seems to be reserved for clearing from defence. I actually feel embarrassed to come on here and sound like a moaner but the fact is, I have absolutely nothing positive to take away from that game.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Monday, February 11, 2013

  • Being scared to lose rather than take the fight against the opposition to win provides for a negative game !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • A worrying similarity to the season in the Prem with Worthington when we drew too many games. Hopefully the similarity ends as we do not have to travel to Fulham on the last day of the season. COYY.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • I think the positives are that with a bit of pace (Kamara+another) up front we would be a much more attractive team. Assuming we stay up I would not be surprised at a massive clear out at the end of the season. Simeon, Little Benno, Fox, Howson and Surman are names that immediately spring to mind. Holtie to Celtic in part exchange for Hooper? In defence I have some serious doubts about Barnett and Big Benno. I also see why Man City were happy to let Garrido go. I apologise if this seems too positive for some but I think that Hughton's doing not too badly with what he's got.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Just thought i would point out that that was Fulhams first clean sheet in 12 games, wonder how the last 11 teams scored against them

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • There is an increasing tendency for City fans to s**g each other off in recent weeks. I`ll confine myself to showing a bit of solidarity with Lobbo. Up yours, Archant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • What`s gone wrong with Tettey? He started off as "Action Man" and BJ dubbed him "The Duracell Bunny". But the bunny has gone off the boil. Goldie, I assume you meant Elliott Bennett, in which case I agree 100%. It`s worrying how the development of some of our younger players seems to have stalled, in particular both Bennos and Howson. Suely a match-fit Fox would have a positive effect on the team in the right line-up?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 10, 2013

  • Gaffer, where is Lambert's team at the moment? I wouldn't swap places.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 9, 2013

  • A couple of points I would like to make; 1) He may have only been on for 5 minutes or so but I thought Special K had more drive, more spirit and more determination than the rest of the team did in 90 mins. He actually looked like he really wanted to go out and score, but obviously with only 5 minutes it was unlikely to happen. 2) I know everyone is debating as to whether Hughton is doing the right thing or not by applying this strict 'don't lose' attitude to the team, and we will see whether it keeps us up or not. My main concern however is if we do stay up, what on Earth is going to happen to us next season?!

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    Saturday, February 9, 2013

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