Norwich City 0, Manchester United 1

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck rounds Norwich City's John Ruddy to score the match-winner in the champions' 1-0 Premier League victory at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck rounds Norwich City's John Ruddy to score the match-winner in the champions' 1-0 Premier League victory at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, December 28, 2013
4:54 PM

Norwich City slipped to a second consecutive Premier League home defeat after Manchester United substitute Danny Welbeck pounced to sink the Canaries at Carrow Road.

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Chris Hughton’s squad tested the champions in an encouraging opening half but Welbeck’s arrival at the interval proved decisive when he capitalised on a fortuitous ricochet from Ryan Bennett’s intended clearance to coolly round John Ruddy. City never remotely threatened to get back on level terms following Welbeck’s 57th minute breakthrough against a United outfit missing Wayne Rooney who remained back in Manchester with a groin injury suffered in the Boxing Day 3-2 Premier League win at Hull.

Hughton made three changes to his starting line up from the side who had lost to Fulham on Boxing Day. Bennett replaced the suspended Michael Turner with Russell Martin also back in the fold in place of Steven Whittaker. Wes Hoolahan was deployed in the chief support role to Gary Hooper with Johan Elmander demoted to a bench that included Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Josh Murphy. Jonny Howson was again absent with the back problem that had ruled him out of the club’s festive schedule.

Rooney was joined on the sidelines by Robin van Persie for the Red Devils but in came Javier Hernandez, who terrorised Norwich in the 4-0 Capital One Cup win earlier this season with an Old Trafford brace. Nemanja Vidic returned for the injured Phil Jones in one of four changes made by David Moyes to the team that came back to beat Hull.

United were immediately on the front foot when Shinji Kagawa tested Ruddy from an acute angle in the sixth minute after Ashley Young had rolled Martin Olsson just inside the home half. United’s domination of possession was testing Norwich’s defensive shape with the likes of Ryan Giggs and Kigawa probing for any breaches in defensive lines. Norwich took until the 17th minute to make a significant incursion into United’s penalty area when Robert Snodgrass and Martin cut the Reds wide open down their left with David De Gea parrying the full-back’s initial angled hit and Hoolahan frustrated in his attempts to slot the rebound through Chris Smalling’s last-ditch intervention.

Leroy Fer then glanced a header wide from the resulting corner and Snodgrass lashed a right foot volley into the Lower Barclay after Vidic could only head his initial corner back in the direction of the Scottish midfielder. De Gea batted away Hooper’s strike on the turn from 10 yards with Norwich now growing as an attacking force. Snodgrass continued to be at hub of Norwich’s best work in the final third but his attempted curler on his more favoured left drifted in the terraces. Giggs was then cautioned for tipping up Snodgrass in front of the massed travelling ranks, with Snodgrass’ plea in mitigation cutting little ice with referee Phil Dowd.

Hoolahan and Hooper cleverly combined in central midfield but the Irishman’s ambitious long range strike was dismissively dealt with by De Gea. Fer was next into Dowd’s notebook for halting Patrice Evra in full flight, but Vidic’s near post flick dropped wide from Young’s free kick.

Bassong held off Vidic in an aerial duel of muscular proportions to plant a header straight at De Gea from Snodgrass’ corner following Nathan Redmond’s mazy dribble that had home fans on their feet. Hoolahan then cut back menacingly into the United penalty area but slammed against the thigh of Jonny Evans following a powerful initial surge from Bradley Johnson. Back came United and Kagawa who linked with Giggs but his driven cross was secured by a diving Ruddy who needed to be alert again during the final minute of normal time to foil Hernandez from an acute angle. Martin embarrassed Evra in the final act of the half with a burst down the right and pinpoint cut-back that Snodgrass tamely dragged wide from 25 yards as City left the field to a positive ovation.

Moyes indicated his concern with the half-time arrival of England international Welbeck for the yellow-carded Giggs. Hoolahan’s pivot set Redmond free but again City’s wayward finishing let them down as De Gea watched a 25-yard strike roll wide. Young served up a glimpse of the goalscoring form that had brought two goals in his last three outings with a pacy burst and hit that flew just over Ruddy’s bar.

Hoolahan picked out the unmarked Redmond at the opposite end but his shot swung the wrong side of De Gea’s left-hand upright. United broke through in the 57th minute when Welbeck coolly rounded Ruddy to slot into the empty net after Bennett’s attempted clearance ricocheted against the United substitute and Hernandez to leave Ruddy totally exposed.

Norwich’s number one then gathered Hernandez’s long range tester at the second attempt with United firmly in the ascendancy. Hughton made his first move by introducing Ricky van Wolfswinkel for Hooper which met with a predictably hostile response from the majority inside Carrow Road. United replied with the highly-rated Adnan Januzaj replacing Kigawa moments later. City were struggling to make any impression on the United backline in the final quarter with Moyes’ men looking to close out a sixth consecutive win. Josh Murphy replaced Snodgrass in the 79th minute in a bid to alter the flow and the teenager did announce his arrival with a strike that veered wide after Redmond and Hoolahan had carved a path through United’s midfield, but in truth City never mustered a genuine threat on De Gea’s goal in the entire final quarter of the contest.

• Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass (Murphy 79), Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Hoolahan (Elmander 89), Hooper (van Wolfswinkel 69). Subs (not used): Bunn, Whittaker, Garrido, Becchio.

• Bookings: Fer (foul on Evra, 30); Bennett (foul on Welbeck, 59); Johnson (foul on Evra, 64); Redmond (foul on Evra, 90).

• Manchester United: De Gea, Smalling, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Young, Cleverley, Carrick, Giggs (Welbeck 45), Kagawa (Januzaj 69), Hernandez (Fletcher 86). Subs (not used): Lindegaard, Anderson, Fabio, Zaha.

• Bookings: Giggs (foul on Snodgrass, 26); Hernandez (time-wasting, 34); Smalling (foul on Redmond, 90).

• Goal: Welbeck (57).

• Added on time: 3 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffs)

• Attendance: 26,851

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68 comments

  • Could be worse- You could support those Blue Morons......next step administration and 10 points deducted for not paying there bills again! Ha Ha

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    dave123

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • N City are in trouble. The results ,which are everything, are just not good enough. Did not see todays game but it seems that the team put on a reasonable performance. At last. But still lost. Time is rapidly running out. The question is does CH keep his job and hope that in the second half of the season some kind of miracle happens. Or get a new manager now and take the gamble. I cannot see that Malky would be any kind of asset, having been fired from one failing team. I think the gamble should be taken and Mike Phelan is still available. The board should take a chance let the new man pick the new players much needed. In this instance it is not " better the devil " you know. If City get relegated this year, it will be many a year before Premiership football returns ,I fear.

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    stormy

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I am so fed up with Norwich City at the moment for me if they continue on like this they will be relegated, Look at Hull City today winning 6 nil against Fulham what does that say about us. We spend all that money in the summer and for what worst off than this time last season time for the City board to act and fast.

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    David

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • For heavens sake will people stop excusing poor results by pointing out where we were four seasons ago. If you keep using that argument to justify low expectations, we will be back there in two years.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Keep up the good work agent hughton your making them miss fits the laughing stock of football

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    Townman

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Enter Malky, stage left?

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    la barbe

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • For heavens sake will people stop excusing poor results by pointing out where we were four seasons ago. If you keep using that argument to justify low expectations, we will be back there in two years.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • We should've @ least had a point against a weakened Man U. Another below par result, tho the performance was better. The country vicar has to go. This just wasn't good enough. The Hull result was a lot more relevant than ours. No struggles for them against Fulham. Only City would continue to employ Hughton. Malky or Phelan please. Either would be fine! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I'm not the first, nor, I suspect, the last, to mention it, but Fulham 2 Norwich 1, then 2 days later, Hull 6 Fulham 0. That statistic says all that needs to be said about Chris Hughtons Norwich. The fact that we could have spent all day shooting at the Man Utd goal without scoring, just amplifies the general malaise. Credit, where credit is due ,we did well in the first half, before Welbeckes sucker punch. But no penetration in the final 3rd. Partially I'm sure, because Redmond can run and look tricky, but he has no end product.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • THE LONG SLIPPERY SLOPE DOWN. CAN'T SEE THINGS GETTING ANY BETTER. ANY TIME SOON. CHRIS HUGHTON IS DOING A FINE JOB JUST GIVE HIM MORE TIME AND MONEY COME JAN.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • You're remarks weren't offal Stew, it was the joke that was awful. Stew, what should we do with Redmond, he drives me mad. Can we try him on the other wing?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Maybe you should take the job.. CAN'T DO ANY WORSE..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Late in the day now. Goodness its muddy out there...the fields take me back to that halcyon day when dear old Fash belted one in against Liverpool. Anyways, back to the present. Just wanted to say. No I am not happy with either defeat over Christmas. Just saying, manager-bashing doesn't make sense. It is the players who are responsible for the sloppy way we use the ball in the last third, and the wayward shooting of what are apparently professional. footballers. And now someone is moaning about Redmond. Heaven help!!!

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • …..So Man Utd. played with their reserves,...that's about bottom of the Prem standard...and we matched them after the first 20mins...the lads showed spirit today....The main reason was that we had a player in the engine room for a change—Hoolahan is not perfect ..he is not match fit...but he is head and shoulders above the others...well done Chrissy for biting the bullet, and giving the rest of the team a chance....He MUST play every game from now on!!!...NOW sort this Snodgrass thing out!...Sit him next to Benchio...Put Redmond wide on the RIGHT wing, and give young Murphy a start on the LEFT....do that and the rest may just fall into place!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Reality check time again. Fine lines will determine whether it's glorious success or disastrous failure, i know this.....but either way the fayre served up by the magician in charge (looks for a name completely opposite to the word Dynamo) is boring, unimaginative and hope destroying. To pay for and play a further 19 games of this nature, and expected to be joyous and thankful at finishing 17th, shows how far we have not come. At the moment we can't beat some of the sides around us at home, our run-in is horrendous our last 4 games are Liverpool, Man U, Chelsea and Arsenal. So we can't win, we are not good to watch, we struggle to freely attack and score, our GA is one of the worst. So tell me again please why we should give this "management team" more time when they are not even delivering the basics in supporter service???

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    kpg24uk

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Norwich's Christmas has been the same as my favourite television programme - Pointless!

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    blue tractor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Wes needs to play more often but like Redmond not every game, injuries permitting. The problem in the first half was an inability to create enough chances from our forward play and take them. Wednesday should be interesting, the Canaries visit Palace whilst Fulham host West Ham and Sunderland are at home to Aston Villa. I think it pointless Ipswich fans come on here. We hosted Manchester United the most famous team in the world. A day at the seaside in Bournemouth awaits the Tractor Boys on Sunday.

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    Capri

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • At least it wasn't the pasting I half expected.The last 2 games have shown how badly Howson has been missed.He is badly needed against Palace.Hughton's future could depend upon it.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Hull 6-0 Fulham. Now thats how you do a team in the bottom 3

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • To be honest I was expecting a thrashing today, but never the less it seems like ground hog day, every game day the Same comments from ch (notice the lower cas) I'm at my wits end with this idiot. What are the board waiting for Xmas? Oh yea that came and went. Come on someone please throw this clueless out.

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    Rottsrool

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • The fact we played a very good first half is irrelevant - it's the end result that counts, and the end results keep getting worse. CH to go please before we go down and Malky definitely in! NC Management take note of the comments on this board!!

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    Boadicea 1959

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • As a second point about good management, look at the treatment of players. Early in his reign, PL told Rusty and The Ginger Pele that their futures should lie away for Norwich. Later he needed their help and motivated them to play and work hard for the team. As soon as the current cadre heard James Vaughan say he didn't like Norwich, they let him go. Then away went The Horse. We didn't need the money but we could have done with their input both at scoring goals and (in the case of The Horse) in leading the team. The management either did not have the skills or the inclination to take the trouble to pick them up, motivate them and get the results. To my mind (with the big assumption that I have my facts right) this is either bad management of lazy management. Where is the leadership now?

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Winning is not the only thing, City will often be beaten by better teams who have cost a fortune but it is the manner in which City try to overcome big odds and show how hard they tried and yesterday I thought for the first time in ages they were value for the fans money. Really enjoyed the game and the hard work that was put in by the whole team. Wes Hooly certainly made a great difference after watching Elmander run around in previous matches achieving nothing. More of the same please.

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    goldie

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • deserved a point,utd got lucky but its the final ball that let us down.o'dowd very poor!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Erps, I know it gets tedious reading moans about the manager and it is true he cannot score from the dugout. However by now surely the penny must have dropped that this man is a loser. If it hasn't it probably never will so I will stop commenting. The best scenario I can hope for is that McNally has his card marked and Hughton and his two clowns will depart at the end of the season. I just hope he will not be leaving a Championship club by then.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • For heavens sake will people stop excusing poor results by pointing out where we were four seasons ago. If you keep using that argument to justify low expectations, we will be back there in two years.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • What is the point in any of you commenting on this site, I have not read a single comment that is relevant to today's game. United played well for first 20mins, after that nearly all the momentum was with City. The only difference today was luck. The ball fell nicely for wellbeck. To those that want Malky in... Don't make me laugh, he has achieved nothing in his managerial career, he spent 30+ million at Cardiff and then played defensive football! even more defensive than we currently play. He would add nothing to our club. Don't get me wrong, I'm not happy with how we play most weeks, we need to believe in ourselves more and go at the so called smaller teams (no game in this league is a given). But it is time for all of you to take a step back and look where we were only 4 seasons ago, add some reality to your lives and understand that we are unlikely to be a team pushing for a top half finish within the next few season. Time to support your club, shout and cheer your team on... All this negativity effects the players on the pitch, be a true fan AND SUPPORT YOUR CLUB.

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    NCFCtillidie

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I thought United defended pretty well, especially in the second half & always looked dangerous on the break. Frustrating but difficult to fault City's endeavor and effort - certainly we did not disgrace ourselves - but that is six points lost at home in the space of three days. Hull beating Fulham 6-0 doesn't make us feel better either. Come on City, we really need a result at Palace now !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Take note upstairs at Carrow Road HULL 6 FULHAM O this is the team that Norwich did not play against this week. I think we are to late for Malky , wishful thinking anyhow as long CH keeps up by one point this season however dire the football upstairs will be happy , going to be a lot of nail biting before this happens !!!!

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Please stop excusing bad results by dwelling on where we were four seasons ago. If you don't raise your expectations we will be back there the season after next.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Watched most of it on NBC; yes we had chances, but we cannot put them away. We must have some tactical changes in approach and during a game. Hull 6 - Fulham 0 says it all

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • N City are in trouble. The results ,which are everything, are just not good enough. Did not see todays game but it seems that the team put on a reasonable performance. At last. But still lost. Time is rapidly running out. The question is does CH keep his job and hope that in the second half of the season some kind of miracle happens. Or get a new manager now and take the gamble. I cannot see that Malky would be any kind of asset, having been fired from one failing team. I think the gamble should be taken and Mike Phelan is still available. The board should take a chance let the new man pick the new players much needed. In this instance it is not " better the devil " you know. If City get relegated this year, it will be many a year before Premiership football returns ,I fear.

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    stormy

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Sounds like Snodgross. He's pretty pointless too.....a championship player totally out of his depth!

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    Clueless

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Please stop excusing bad results by dwelling on where we were four seasons ago. If you don't raise your expectations we will be back there the season after next.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Great watching Sunderland get a late, late equalizer at Cardiff. Keep them both pegged back on points - OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Erpingham T, sorry I promised not to moan about the manager again but under challenge from NCFCTILLIDIE and Bad Form, I feel I must answer. Firstly I do not think we were ever a League One team; rather that we were a poorly managed Championship team. As evidence look at the way fortunes picked up as soon as we had a manager who knew how to manage. OK he added a few players for the Championship year but success was due to his use of tactics and his ability to get 110% out of the players most of the time. I know the gulf between the Championship and the Premier is more vast than that between League One and the Championship and any hope of a top six finish are pie in the sky. However under the current regime compared with the previous one, tactics are rigid with no tactical use of team selection or substitutes, heads are down much more often than before and the team appears to have lost self belief. In short, under the current management, we are NOT giving it our best shot. Please do not insult my knowledge of football just because I do not agree with you. One thing I do know is that if you aim low your chances of reaching high are very limited.

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Your right NCFC. I wouldnt take to much notice of people who dont understand. We were so unlucky today. Not forgetting the winning goal Fulham got. Head down and hit it. Oh look its gone in the corner.

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    sharky

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • since dec 15 2012 City have played 41 league games and taken 38 points from them. Is that good enough. My answer NO. Under the current coaching staff I do not see things improving, so its over to you mr McNally

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • I know that Manchester United had lots of key players out, but that was just about the worst Manchester United performance that I have seen in years. Needless to say, a decent side would have beaten them.

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    NB

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I should say, a majority of those who voted.

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    Pierre

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • For heavens sake will people stop excusing poor results by pointing out where we were four seasons ago. If you keep using that argument to justify low expectations, we will be back there in two years.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I guess on the farm Erps, when the farmer has bought the wrong seed, used an inappropriate fertilizer for the soil type and not had his combine harvester repaired, it will still be the poor old farm labourer who gets the blame for the poor yield will it?

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Best performance of the day was Man City V Palace, they only conceded 1 goal, they must be in 7th heaven with that performance.

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    NB

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Great Performance today from Norwich, great result 2 out of 2 now make it 3 out of 3 and the Xmas period will be made perfect YFW...

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • i agree i think wes hollahan has to retain his place, so much is created by him tucked in just behind the front man, it was clearly obvious to anyone, keep playing the hoolahoops and things will improve i am sure

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    Dave

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • having just watched man city v palace, god help us new years day, another hiding beckons

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    Dave

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • However well we played, goals win games and we didn't score any! Yes, more commitment which was good to see. But why does it take a visit from Man U to get our players fired up? I thoroughly agree with you Stew.....when, oh when, will Hughton wake up and play a right footed right winger!!!! Apart from the odd free kick what does Snodgrass bring to the table at this level?

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • NCFCtillidie- I couldn't agree more with you and your analysis of Norwich City and about it taking time to bring on players from such differing backgrounds. 'If' money were no object than I suspect the CH would now be lauded as one of the better managers in the premiership instead of those who are calling for him to go. You can't play at the level Norwich needs to without more flexibility in the purse strings. As that situation isn't going to be easy to resolve then CH has to do the best he can with the players and funds available and he appears to being doing that reasonably well.

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    Bad Form

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • …..NCFC..another version of SO and nice boy....You are in the Butchery business I must assume...cos everything you say is utter tripe!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Enter Malky, stage left?

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    la barbe

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I had a lot of respect for Mr McNally for cleverly getting Paul Lambert at Norwich City but now losing it in letting CH destroy our club.Its about time for a change of manager and a more positive attacking direction.Apart from Fer and Van Winkle and Redmond the rest of CH signings are losers who cannot defend any better than a under 11 side.Turner,Bassong,are not good enough to be in the Norwich side and should depart when CH eventually leave.Hopefully very soon.People talk of Malky Mackay but for me Neil Adams has my vote.His attitude is attack.Lets unsettle the opposition.Its time for CH to go before we disappear into the Championship.

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    paul553

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Your right NCFC. I wouldnt take to much notice of people who dont understand. We were so unlucky today. Not forgetting the winning goal Fulham got. Head down and hit it. Oh look its gone in the corner.

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    sharky

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • We had our chances today but failed to take them. I wasn't expecting anything from the game, except a committed performance from every player. Had we given that level of commitment against Fulham and some of the other lower placed teams we wouldn't be in this mess. Palace were lucky not to come away with something at Man City. Pulis has already got them organised and I fear for our chances down at Selhurst Park, which has now become yet another "must win" game. If we lose that then the writing will be well and truly on the wall.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • How utterly, utterly cruel - I haven`t seen Norwich doninate a match like this for as long as I remember - and I have seen every game except two this season. What a brilliant performance from Norwich, with Wes leading on - he was fantastic today.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Stew that was offal, or is that offal stew? Pass the merlot dear boy.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • …..Bit early BP!..... Its only 3.30pm as I type....and it won't be Merlot tonight!....Opened a fresh bottle of Shiraz for the evening meal Saturday, and musn't be greedy...but that damned Grouse keeps hovering nearby!.... While on the subject of Christmas Spirit,...I was offered, and of course accepted a decent sized portion of English Whisky after my Turkey and trimmings on Christmas Day....It was not to my taste however – too peaty in my opinion!....Any of you gentlemen tried it?.....FOOTBALL ….Should have had something from the Man U game....it looked a bit like the Norwich City of old with the return of Hoolahan in the starring role....just need to give Sn....S a rest... for the rest of the season... and swap those two wingers over!.....Agreed my remarks may have been offal, but my hearts in the right place, and I can see the lights if some others can't!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Sorry what was that old boy? I thought Norwich City were the only team in East Anglia..? What..? Oh I see.........the CHUMPIONSHIP.....Sorry. I thought you meant REAL football.......

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    Timbo

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I see after the Christmas games a majority of Villa fans want Paul Lambert sacked now...

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    Pierre

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Another home loss still atleast the bigger half of east Anglia can win games

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    Townman

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Hughton says they were "magnificent throughout". No they weren't; "magnificent" teams don't concede goals, they score them. They don't lose games, they win them. Yes, the performance was better against this poor Man Utd side than it was against the poor Fulham side, but performances don't keep teams in the Premiership, goals and points do that. The only thing which will keep Norwich up will be results from other teams going our way or a change in manager. Can't see either happening.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • I know that Manchester United had lots of key players out, but that was just about the worst Manchester United performance that I have seen in years. Needless to say, a decent side would have beaten them.

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    NB

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • And for god's sake, stop moaning on and on about the manager. It's getting boring. Fulham was a mess. He makes some changes. We go out and produce a proper performance. 48 hours too late I grant you. But you cannot score from the dugout. We deserved better today, but you have to score goals, and for some reason we can't. From what I can see it's the players doing the shooting...or not

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Better act tonight, if you want him, before he goes to W.B.A

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    billythebookie

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Erp Tractor. you seem satisfied with yet another loss. Performance is one thing , winning is the only thing that matters. CH does not have enough ambition or drive, it sound as though City had chances but were woefully poor in their finishing. CH should be angry. " Being the better team" is useless when you come second.

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    stormy

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Perhaps a fussy point of detail Stew, but Man U's lineup for the second half had a market value of about £150m. Every player valued higher than our record signing. As regards Fulham, I do recollect their recent performances being cited here as evidence that a change of management brings results! BTW, I thought Norwich were really good today.

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    Pierre

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Thank goodness for that - who did you beat this time - Yeovil ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 28, 2013

  • Warlord, your comment confirms what I was saying. You don't know enough about football to understand that to change a squad from playing league one football to playing and competing at the top level takes longer than 4 seasons. Reality is not like the football manager game you probably play where you can buy 11 new players and make them gel straight away. As a club we are still making progress. You also seem to have forgotten that only last season was mr Houghton the best thing since sliced bread after taking us on the best run in our premiership history. Fortunately the board have more knowledge than you and will not make any rash decisions. The aim for this season... Gel new players into premiership life and remain in the league... So far so good. I'm a glass half full type.

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    NCFCtillidie

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

  • Stupid spell check.... Waclor not warlord....

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    NCFCtillidie

    Sunday, December 29, 2013

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