Norwich City are still looking for their first Premier League win of the season after chalking up a third successive draw in the televised early kick-off at Carrow Road.

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The Canaries might have snatched victory against newly-promoted West Ham in the final minute when substitute Harry Kane shot straight at goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen, but there were few clear-cut chances in the second half after a lively first period in which both sides had their moments.

The one moment of controversy came late in the first half when Andrew Surman was upended by Hammers defender James Collins, but referee Chris Foy decided the offence was outside the box.

Earlier, the Hammers had gone close through Carlton Cole and Kevin Nolan, but the visitors threatened less in the second period.

City’s best effort, until that late chance for Kane, came when Jaaskelainen saved a long-range shot from Simeon Jackson, but the striker was substituted with more than 25 minutes left.

The draw means City go to Newcastle next Sunday with three points from a possible 12 so far.

City manager Chris Hughton named 10 of the same eleven from the 1-1 draw at Tottenham a fortnight earlier.

The only change was Andrew Surman’s inclusion for Anthony Pilkington, who did not figure in the 18 because of a reported groin strain.

Midfielder David Fox and on-loan striker Harry Kane were named among the substitutes, with Alex Tettey dropping out from the trip to White Hart Lane.

West Ham, without injured on-loan striker Andy Carroll, replaced him with Carlton Cole, the only change from the 3-0 home win over Fulham.

On the bench were midfielder Yossi Benayoun, on loan from Chelsea and starting his second spell with the club, and summer signing Matt Jarvis, the former Wolves winger.

Diame’s determination earned the Hammers a corner in the second minute and when Russell Martin headed clear, Snodgrass was caught napping and Nolan flicked a header wide as the ball was played back across the penalty area.

City went close after five minutes when Surman weaved into the West Ham area from Garrido’s pass and curled a right-foot shot just wide across the face of goal.

Demel got back to deny Surman another shooting chance with a timely challenge after Jackson’s well-weighted pass.

The Hammers almost took the lead on 13 minutes when Vaz Te crossed from the right, Ruddy parried the centre and Cole’s goalbound header was poked away by Russell Martin, leaving Taylor to shoot wide with a decent chance.

A foul by Noble gave City a free-kick some five yards outside the area but Snodgrass fired weakly into the wall.

There were shouts for a penalty moments later when Snodgrass worked his way to the byline and found his path blocked by Nolan as he crashed the to ground, but referee Foy did not even consider it obstruction and Nolan gave the Scot some needless abuse as play carried on.

Ruddy kept City on terms after 19 minutes with a fine one-handed save from Nolan after the determined Taylor had forced his way through on the left of the penalty area.

A poor header from Johnson gave Vaz Te the chance to shoot, his effort deflecting wide off Howson, but as City pressed forward they came very close to snatching the lead.

First Snodgrass robbed the dithering O’Brien but failed to pick out Jackson with the cross as Collins cut it out at the expense of a corner. The kick was overhit but City kept pressing and in the space of a few minutes they had four shots on target blocked in a frenzy of goalmouth action, from Snodgrass, Bassong, Holt and Russell Martin, goalkeeper Jaaskelainen distinguishing himself with two fine saves in that sequence.

In the 34th minute, they went close again when Holt sidefooted just wide after Snodgrass had touched back a big kick from Ruddy.

Ruddy saved a low effort from Cole as the action continued to switch from end to end.

There was controversy six minutes before the break when Surman was upended by Collins right on the edge of the West Ham area. Referee Foy adjudged the challenge outside the area but it was mightily close. The official showed the yellow card to Collins in the wall as City lined up the free-kick, which Johnson slammed into the wall, with Garrido shooting over the bar from the rebound.

• Half-time|: Norwich City 0, West Ham United 0

Reid cut out a cross from Surman as City threatened in the opening minute of the second period after a driving run by Johnson.

Jackson earned a corner with a shot that was deflected wide after fine work by Howson, and on 50 minutes Jackson brought a flying save out of Jaaskaleinen with a swerving effort after Bassong showed some deft footwork.

Snodgrass shot just wide on the turn as the Canaries continued their bright start to the half, and Johnson tested Jaaskelainen again from the edge of the area.

West Ham boss Allardyce made two changes in attack after 57 minutes when Maiga and Jarvis replaced Cole and Taylor.

From Nolan’s pass, Vaz Te wasted a good chance to cross with the two substitutes waiting in the penalty area, slicing the ball behind for a goal-kick.

As Morison began to get stripped for action, a free-kick from Snodgrass almost supplied the opening goal after 61 minutes when Barnett headed the ball back and fellow defender Bassong’s header was grabbed by Jaaskelainen.

Hughton made the first City change on 64 minutes when Morison came on, but it was the unlucky Jackson who was withdrawn, bringing a fair number of boos from the home crowd.

Snodgrass needed treatment after a kick from Nolan and there was some annoyance when West Ham kept attacking while he lay on the ground.

Morison signalled his arrival when he won a header and volleyed just over the top from distance, midway through the half.

There was a second change with just over 20 minutes left as Kane came on for his debut at the expense of Holt.

West Ham, who had threatened little in the second half, were handed a needless opening when Garrido’s throw left Bassong short and Vaz Te nipped in and crossed to Jarvis, whose shot was deflected wide.

Jarvis then sent a screaming long-range shot just over the top as a further warning to the hosts.

Barnett was struggling a little after landing on his back in the West Ham area but carried on without treatment.

The chances had dried up for City although Snodgrass managed to connect with Howson’s through-ball before a half-hit effort was easily gathered by Jaaskalainen.

Kane showed some neat footwork just outside the Hammers’ area but fired a couple of yards wide.

With three minutes left, Benayoun replaced Vaz Te and West Ham won a corner after Nolan’s header was deflected wide, Collins heading over from Noble’s kick.

In the final minute, City had the chance to clinch three points when they broke from a West Ham free-kick, but as Snodgrass slipped the ball to his left to Kane, the substitute shot tamely at Jaaskelainen.

Snodgrass then had a shot deflected wide from Kane’s cross in stoppage time as City finished the game on the attack

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Barnett, Bassong, Garrido; Snodgrass, Howson, Johnson, Surman; Holt (Kane, 71), Jackson (Morison, 64). Subs (not used): Rudd, Tierney, Turner, Fox, Hoolahan.

• West Ham United: Jaaskelainen; Demel, Collins, Reid, O’Brien; Noble, Diame; Vaz Te (Benayoun, 87), Nolan, Taylor (Jarvis, 57); Cole (Maiga, 57). Subs (not used): Henderson, McCartney, Tomkins, Diarra.

• Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

• Attendance: 26,806

• Bookings: West Ham: Collins (41)

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34 comments

  • All my submissions were several minutes appart!

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    goldie

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • A welcome clean sheet, but a very scrappy game, which City failed to get control of. I was happy with the defensive performance, but up front sides seem to have finally sussed Holt and he's showing his frustration by staying out wide for longer than he did last season. We need to either get him in more dangerous areas as a target or ring the changes, with Morison, Kane or even Chris Martin starting instead - with a super-sub Holt on for the last 30mins. Midfield couldn't find that incisive move and while solid, were predictable and need more creativity and forward movement. Bassong's late run into the box showed just how we could have pulled their defence apart from midfield. Perhaps a game where Hoolahan's creative talents behind a lively Jackson should have been brought into play in the second half (or perhaps even from the start).

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    Robin Hood

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Sorry I haven't been around much lately fans, I've been away at my villa in Portugal, soaking up the sun, charming the senhoritas. I wished I'd stayed there to be honest after coming back to witness the worst game of football in Premier League history. We are a total and utter joke of a club. Simply not good enough in every single department. Why on earth did we agree to pay Holt £40,000 a week? He has absolutely no interest in playing for the club, he's only interested in the cash. McNally should be sacked for caving in and backing down, he plainly has no backbone whatsoever. Holt looks like he's been spending his massive wage on pies, pies and more pies. He a disgrace to his profession. Whooton is utterly clueless and the club is in a complete shambles. I'm sorry to be so negative friends, but even I can't remain positive having to watch that every week. Everyone Out !! Ged - Fan Leader and Pinkun Legend.

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • The Mail on Sunday said, "Sam Alladyce must be glad he didnt waste £6m on the out of touch, lack lustre Grant Holt" We have dropped 4 home points in the 2 home banker 6 pointer games so far this season, QPR and West Ham. We will rue this come May....and I dont think that panic buying a striker in January will be enough to save us!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • 3 points from 12. Home draws against QPR and WHU . On paper the next 4 games look a bit harder than the first 4. We really needed a striker and not a fourth keeper.But as i'm never right we should get 9 from the next 12. OTBC. Just starting to get a bit nervous!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • The game I saw yesterday was more like Head ball than football. Basic ball control was very poor and as a spectator I found the game boring, absolutely no excitment at all. Surman was a poor substitute for Pilkinton, heard on Radio Norfolk Hughton saying Surman played well, must have been watching a different game to me! Snoddy was also poor in this game and was caught in possession several times, he is not yet up to speed with the Premiership. Jackson tried hard by putting in a lot of running but with no result. Although he was through twice and wrongly flagged offside by the poor assistant referee.. Defence put in a reasonably good display but we seem to have lost the skill of getting the ball down on the ground and passing the ball from back to front. If you use the analogy of a play at the theatre very few people would turn up for the next performance. Paid my money for some exciting football in the alleged best league in the world but I don't know about other supporters but I thought yesterdays game was one of the most boring I have seen for years!

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    goldie

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • just got back - from the bar in Mallorca! That was like watching paint dry - defo wasn't a penalty. Defense much more solid than last year - but no real ideas in attack, we knew West Ham were a big team. Did we have a plan B?

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    JMH

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Yes, dissappointing, they cancelled each other out. Not a great advert for Prem football. Think we should have done better, given WHU are essentially a bottom half club. On the plus side, the result - clean sheet draw - next best thing to a win. The pen appeal? On real time viewing a clear penalty, based on numerous slow-mo's maybe not, the ref having near bionic eyesight. Advantage defender? As an aside Man. U, have got their obligatory, bi-weekly, Old Trafford penalty. (One to Watch!) Didn't understand the Jackson substitution, by the way.

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Disappointing. Poor, no quality, can't see where a goal will come from. Grant Holt, sit back and take it easy, now your 3 year contract is secure. Kane, a ray of hope.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • some bloke called Rhodes scored 2 for blackburn today

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Hello Pink un, how comes a short comment gets printed immediatelly but a longer summary of my comments doesn't appear?

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    goldie

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • It's going to be a long cold winter and I hate to think what May will bring

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Wow, all very negative comments. I understand your points of view but let's put this into perspective. I took Lambert 6 games to get us a win last season. CH has only just begun at Norwich, he has a lot of new players to integrate into the squad and still needs time to stamp his mark on the team. His signings have been canny, we needed to tighten up and bring more competition into the squad, he has done this and its shown in the past 3 games. Let's not forget it would have cost a lot to bring in real quality strikers and with the money on defence and midfield the budget doesn't stretch that far. Holt looked awful today, but he hasn't turned into a bad striker over night. All of our strikers will find there form at some point in the season, unfortunately just not yet. Kane looked bright considering how long he played and will get us goals. I was at the game today and thought we played well at times. Given some more match practice, settling in, luck and a bit of form I'm certain we will get more points on the board. Three games unbeaten, a clean sheet and marked improvements game by game. I for one am optimistic and believe we will have a good, if not difficult season. Remember how far we have come in recent years and the prem is one of the toughest leagues in the world. OTBC!

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    you'l never beat the kenton

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • even the radio 5 commentators reckoned holt was a shadow of last years player.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Yes, dissappointing, they cancelled each other out. Not a great advert for Prem football. Think we should have done better, given WHU are essentially a bottom half club. On the plus side, the result - clean sheet draw - next best thing to a win. The pen appeal? On real time viewing a clear penalty, based on numerous slow-mo's maybe not, the ref having near bionic eyesight. Advantage defender? As an aside Man. U, have got their obligatory, bi-weekly, Old Trafford penalty. (One to Watch!) Didn't understand the Jackson substitution, by the way.

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Sorry defenCe - don't care if my postings are poor but expect the spelling to be korrekt! OTBC!

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    JMH

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Another goalless draw - some chances created, OK, but sell: Why on earth have one of Englands most creative players on the bench? (perhaps THE most creative, when Modric has left for Spain)

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • another striker is definately needed,even with an inform holt!morison only a championship player and jackson for all his effort is not a goalscorer and kane will be no better than martin.As ive said on here before i cant understand why another midfielder (tettey)was brought in at the last minute instead of a sriker.Dont think wes is the answer as he cant tackle a paper bag and loses posession too often.we need pace so i hope bennett soon comes back from injury or it could be a long hard winter.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • And you might want to disagree with me, but if you want to disagree I should hope you were at the ground today, especially with my Harry Kane point, bearing in mind I don't care about his future, this is a loan move, therefore the benefits can only occur short term. He was not good enough, looked surprisingly slow against a tired West Ham back 4, couldn't finish and lost us possession a couple of times when we were looking promising. We don't need Hughton coming in training his favourite teams youngsters for their future, it's about our football club, why do we care about his long term?!

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    Billy

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Go forth and multiply?? The last thing I want is that muppett to multiply. Anyway, onto the game. I don't think Kane was ever brought in because of his pace. That does not make him a bad player and it is too early to judge him on a substitute appearance, but I really felt last season that a lack of pace was our weakness. Now, we have lost Vaughan for the season (admittedly, no change there), but it just leaves Jackson to provide real pace, so while I am not questioning Kane's ability, I am questioning the type of player he is. With a lack of pace, I am not sure where the goals will come from without Hoolahan or even Bennett providing the creativity. Am I right in thinking that Hoolahan has been carrying an injury? Anyway, it just feels that the balance of the team is not quite right yet, and I am not sure Hughton knows what his best team is. That isn't surprising, given that it is early days, but he does need to address some of these questions that are being raised if we are going to pick up points to survive. I was an advocate of him being Lambert's replacement, and I stick by that as I think he will get it right.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Finally home after a mass of traffic which capped off a disappointing day, I thought either team was as bad as each other... But our display was just not good enough, our back line and midfield defended well but there was nothing after that, no spark, no vibrance at all, was a really poor show, I think the wingers were told to defend more than attack, as seemed evident especially in Surman... Howson and Johnson going forward and contribution to attacking moves was shocking, but surprise surprise they were clued up defensively. Hughton said himself he didn't bring Wes on because he was afraid to concede, what a negative approach... The foundation for our success last year was 12 points against the promoted teams, QPR and West Ham are must win games for a survival bid. And I hate to be right about Harry Kane, he's an absolute donkey, he won about 20% of headers as an athletic 6ft 2 striker and couldn't finish the simplest of chances from about 4 yards out! No cutting edge, not good enough. That's my rant done, as for the positives, a clean sheet and an assured defensive performance, but there has to be a balance and right now it's too biased.

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    Billy

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Oh so you were on holiday then Gedward (during the football season??). We thought that you were keeping your head down after making that prediction that we were going to get stuffed by Spurs! That proved how knowledgable you are me thinks LOL

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    baguio

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • If your comments dont appear immediatelly, then they are never going to appear.

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    goldie

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • The majority seem to agree that the defence is tighter. It is! That is what you expect from a defensive minded manager. His aquisitons have made a big difference. The mid-field of Howson, Johnson, Surman, and Hoolahan were in place before he arrived,and looked jointed when Hoolahan was controlling. Yesterday they gave the impression of headless chickens. Pilkington was absent so Holt was delegated his role, with Jackson running like hell with little effect. Now before the cry goes out again for another striker, remember that we already have 5 of them competing for I place. So use two and make them work. If Norwich City was a bus filled with celebrity passengers, it would not move until the driver got on board.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Well, all well and good keeping clean sheets, but we need to score? Is it not creating the chances for the forwards to take, or the strikers not doing it? Can't think why Wes isn't getting a look?

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    RoadWarrior

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Yes, dissappointing, they cancelled each other out. Not a great advert for Prem football. Think we should have done better, given WHU are essentially a bottom half club. On the plus side, the result - clean sheet draw - next best thing to a win. The pen appeal? On real time viewing a clear penalty, based on numerous slow-mo's maybe not, the ref having near bionic eyesight. Advantage defender? As an aside Man. U, have got their obligatory, bi-weekly, Old Trafford penalty. (One to Watch!) Didn't understand the Jackson substitution, by the way.

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • We put all our close season effort into shoring up the defence, and improving the midfield. job fairly well done! BUT....throughout some of us were warning loudly that the attack was toothless and we needed a 20 goal a season striker. We have seen that fact proved every game this season. Where are the goals going to come from? Holt isnt doing his stuff. He seems slow and overweight again. Jackson active but not effective enough. To be fair, Morrison is improved , and Kane showed signs of being a possible but being immature and lacking composure. Another 2 points squandered today. We cant survive this season on nil nil or one one draws. We are a better team, in the main......but totally lacking credible firepower!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Thank goodness we didn't sign him then, wiven. Goals do not feature in Chris Hughton's philosophy, 11 men behind the ball, strictly no goals for either side.

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    Billy

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Am concerned about our inability to score goals but defence is far better than last season. Changes to midfield if things are not working out. (Based on Newcastle away) Holt starting and down the middle with Kane a possible second half substitute for him. Out of curiousity I looked up the Ipswich Star football pages. More unhappy fans including one called Rob Steroo!

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    Capri

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Wes has to play to provide the spark. He is the creative heart of Norwich City, and BTW Ged, go forth and multiply!

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    RoadWarrior

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • RoadWarrior, hear, hear! Exactly what I mean. And when Wes is not even put onto the pitch in the second half, it seems to me that CH is rather pleased with a draw at home to West Ham. My only hope is that he has got plans for Tettey an Hoolahan in a diamond in the midfield.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • By the way I thought Kane did very well in the short time he was given. A very young man making his first appearance in front of an unforgiving crowd, he did more in the few mins. he was on than I had seen for the rest of the game.

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    goldie

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • It will all come good eventually, I am sure of it. A pity that it was Kane and not Vaughan in there at the end, he's the only forward we had that was putting them away regularly. Goals that is, not pints and pies. I don't understand Vaughan out Kane in and today's substitution plan but I still believe. OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • We kept a clean sheet....just! I am sorry Mr Hughton but that's only half the job done. ..”Kick and Rush” is not the way we play. Hoolahan was needed in that centre circle to control the game, and you left him warming the bench. Things were not going well and to take off Jackson and introduce Morison was not going to change a thing...Holt was being used as a winger for too long...St*p*d...He's the man that City needed in the middle...Suggestion!.. Leave those padded seats by the touch line and get yourself a tv in the stands, where you will see the pattern of play from a better viewpoint. We need to score goals to win, and a coach that can bring this about. Mr Hughton, when you were appointed, I said that you would get good advice from many sources, and much of it would come in my comments.. It seems to me that you have made a pigs ear of your first 4 games …. Listen, and listen very carefully so I don't have to say this more than once . Holt is a Centre Forward, not a winger, Morison should be on the bench-not at Carrow Road- but in Eaton Park, and the longer you keep Hoolahan away from the action, the bigger your troubles will get. Against West Ham there was a complete lack of leadership, the centre circle was not controlled as it was last season. You say you like watching videos of Norwich City. Well watch this shambles again and you will see what I mean.

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    Pa Snipps

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

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