Norwich City 1 Bournemouth 1

Lewis Grabban celebrates after his fifth in five games for Norwich City against old club Bournemouth at Carrow Road. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Lewis Grabban celebrates after his fifth in five games for Norwich City against old club Bournemouth at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, August 30, 2014
4:56 PM

Norwich City’s winning league run came to a frustrating halt against a slick Bournemouth in a Championship stalemate at Carrow Road.

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Lewis Grabban’s fifth in five games was the perfect opening salvo against his old club, but Grabban’s replacement on the south coast, Callum Wilson, underlined why Norwich were keen to recruit him over the summer with a close range finish in the final seconds of the first period.

Neil Adams made one change to the starting line up who beat Ipswich in the East Anglian derby at Portman Road with the injured Ryan Bennett replaced by the fit-again Javier Garrido. The Spaniard had been an injury doubt himself with a hamstring injury but proved his fitness on Friday.

Russell Martin switched back inside after deputising on the right flank alongside Michael Turner with Steven Whittaker another to be re-deployed following his shift down the left at Ipswich. Martin Olsson was absent due to a recent family bereavement but the Swedish international has served his extended ban for a red card at Wolves on the opening weekend.

Alex Tettey and Bradley Johnson were again paired in tandem behind a settled attacking three to support former Bournemouth striker Grabban.

Carlos Cuellar and Cameron Jerome were included on the home substitutes’ bench after making their debuts in the midweek Capital One Cup win against Crawley. Josh Murphy’s brace against the Reds was not enough to earn him a start, but there was no place in the matchday squad for Andrew Surman.

Wes Hoolahan’s weak intended pass for Garrido was all the invitation Wilson needed to drive to the byline but Turner’s near post positioning was sound.

Dan Gosling powered forward after a smooth passage of play from the confident visitors but hammered a rising strike over.

Redmond tricked his way past Harry Arter before sliding in Grabban, but Tommy Elphick was across to sense the danger.

Hoolahan earned an early caution for a desperate lunge trying to prevent Wilson launching a sharp counter.

City carved their way through to open the scoring against the run of play in the 15th minute with Grabban powering home a near post header for his fifth goal in five after Redmond had burst past Charlie Daniels to produce a peach of a cross.

Wilson required treatment after coming off second best in a physical contest with Turner but the Bournemouth dangerman was eventually able to continue.

Grabban sensed a fresh opportunity to inflict more pain on his former employers when he escaped Elphick’s attentions but Hoolahan’s angled pass skipped out of play. The all-action Norwich frontman tried his luck again in the 27th minute with a low left foot finish that slid wide.

Kyle Lafferty moved infield with menace but ex-City keeper Lee Camp was fully behind his 20-yard shot. Redmond’s awareness picked out Lafferty again but the big Northern Irishman was crowded out before he could threaten Camp a second time.

Turner cut down livewire Wilson to earn a second home caution just past the hour mark but Daniels’ inswinging free kick was gathered by Ruddy.

Redmond’s radar appeared in full working order with a gorgeous angled pass cushioned by Garrido in Lafferty’s direction, but the summer signing was on his heels.

City looked sharper in their attacking incursions for all Bournemouth’s smooth possession and Lafferty’s half-volley flew over in the 37th minute after a precise build up involving Redmond, Grabban and Hoolahan.

Redmond then whipped a free kick over the wall and arrowing inside Camp’s right-hand post before the keeper took evasive action.

But the England Under-21’s momentary lapse of concentration was punished deep in first half stoppage time when Simon Francis escaped his marker down the right to hammer a first time cross slotted by the late-arriving Wilson at the far post.

Bradley Johnson tested Camp on the restart with his first sighter of the contest following Hoolahan’s intelligent work in close quarters.

Bournemouth were now dominating possession much to the frustration of the home fans with City struggled to construct any meaningful attacking thrusts. Adams’ response was to introduce Murphy just past the hour mark for the toiling Lafferty.

Ruddy was required to gather from Dan Gosling with the visitors’ midfield still exerting an uncomfortable degree of control.

Murphy’s first intervention brought a foul from Francis who shoved the flyer over after he threatened to surge clear.

Turner rose with two Cherries’ defenders at Bournemouth’s far post to attack Tettey’s cross but the goal kick verdict clearly angered the centre back. Redmond cut inside Cook but hammered a rising shot well over to encapsulate the growing sense of frustration on and off the field.

Jerome was given the final quarter to leave a lasting impression on his league debut for the Canaries with Redmond making way.

Whittaker’s quick-thinking got Grabban in down the right-hand channel but a weak finish was easy for Camp.

Murphy then cut in from the opposite flank but the curler lacked the direction of his match-clinching strike in midweek.

Bournemouth underlined they were still capable of testing City at the opposite end with Marc Pugh’s swerving shot parried and then dropped on by Ruddy.

Tettey’s persistence earned a free kick wide on the right in the 86th minute but Elphick’s header cleared the danger from Hoolahan’s set piece with City still only carrying a sporadic threat.

Matt Ritchie’s left footed hit drifted into the Lower Barclay before Hoolahan was bundled over 28 yards out. Johnson stepped up to drill a strike Camp had to push above his own bar but the midfielder’s glancing header from the corner slipped well wide.

• Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Garrido, Tettey, Johnson, Lafferty (Josh Murphy 61), Hoolahan, Redmond (Jerome 71), Grabban. Subs (not used): Rudd, Cuellar, Loza, E Bennett, O’Neil.

• Bookings: Hoolahan (foul on Wilson, 13); Turner (foul on Wilson, 31); Lafferty (foul on Stanislas, 52); Johnson (foul on Arter, 60);

• Goal: Grabban (15)

• Bournemouth: Camp, Francis, Cook, Elphick, Daniels, Fraser (Ritchie 60), Arter, O’Kane, Gosling, Stanislas (Pugh 68), Wilson. Subs (not used): Flahavan, Smith, Harte, Kermorgant, Rantie.

• Booking: Francis (foul on Johnson, 77)

• Goal: Wilson (45)

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire)

• Attendance: 25,814

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42 comments

  • Hear! Hear! to the classy defender notion, Igno. I suppose we already have an expensive-to-run one on our books, but it doesn`t work. Millwall have made a good start. Good ol` Ollie! And Millwall`s previous manager, Kenny Jackett, have dun good at Wolves.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Not too disappointing a result when one considers who is unavailable and those who have only recently arrived. I mentioned a couple of weeks back that we would do well to reserve judgement on the opening day loss to Wolves, it now doesn't look like such a bad result. Next 36 hours will be interesting, let's hope the Adams family have at least one more surprise purchase up the collective sleeve. Preferably a classy defender!

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • .... Statistical note: lowish gate, for us, of only 25,814, presumably a result of low take-up of tickets by Cherries` fans. Still better than the gate at Portaloo Road last week, despite over 2,000 NCFC fans attending there. Of course, had the ticket allocation been sensible rather than spiteful, they could`ve had another 2,500 or so. Their loss. Wiki has Bournemouth`s ground capacity as just 12,000 (EDP `Kick It Off` supplement had it as 10,783). Not a huge fan base,then.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Good morning, BoF. I`m glad you`ve taken on some of the onus of Padster monitoring. He gets worse. The Lightweight Lord of Logorrhoea. I cannot get too worried about that result. Bournemouth put in a good "shift" at the end of the day - (a couple of tasty little clichés for you there, BoF). Like TK, I believe Russell Martin is a slight weakness at CB and would be better deployed at RB. Cuellar should be match fit by the time we play again. Likewise, Olsson should be back soon, though Garrido`s OK. Not so sure about Whits. Switching Wes to the "right wing" is not a great notion. Using the `real` wingers we do have on the side that favours their footedness is a lesson never learned by Neil`s predecessor, but Neil knows better, I should imagine. Uncle Stew:- Don`t desert these boards! We old g!ts must keep a united front, specially very old g!ts "the likes of" your good self ;-) J. Deehan, that is the same Camp goalkeeper. Baguio, that was indeed a great cross from Redmond - but I bet his % of decent crosses is lower than Grabbs` % of chances converted! Let`s ask LincsCan to do a statistical analysis...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • I think we all have to remember how tough this league is. Results are always erratic and we can't win them all! I would have taken 10 pts after 5 games at the start of the season. Next up is another tough game at Cardiff and then, if we look back, I believe we will have played 5 of the top 8 Teams in our opening 6 fixtures (does that make sense?) We then have a run of 4 or 5 games that look winnable.After 10 games, I expect us to be on 20pts + - which will be right in the mix. Let's not forget, we have a new manager, playing a new system and still assembling his squad..it takes time to gel..ask Man Utd fans!

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    Irish canary

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Mildly peeved now , mood not improved by the exhibition of Sport-writers syndrome at the top of this . One goal doth not ( as Brew rightly says ) a salvo make , and the Homeric adjective , alliteration and spurting cliches jar my pink bits . Time for a stiff G+T methinks .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Sunday, August 31, 2014

  • Blimey....no calls for NA to be sacked yet?? Cmon....getting a bit slack people....lol

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    Tootyfrooty

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • so we drew and dropped 2 points! we now have double figures in our points total after just 5 games which is loads better than the numpty we had as a manager last season got us! however, i do think we should push harder after we go ahead instead of sitting back and letting the opposition come back at us! As others have put on here, Adams needs to learn this and then put this over to the players so they then know what they should be doing. Personally, I'd make any player who has a "bad day in the office" sit out the next match and stick them into either the Snake pit or Lower Barclay so they hear and feel the passion of us city fans and then they can take that back to the rest!

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    magicman

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Hey, Bournemouths keeper Camp? Is he our ex-keeper Lee Camp?

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    JDeehan

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Yes Murphy should be given the chance from the start. Young hungry and fast ( as a shark ) sorry I couldn't resist that one metalhead as I am.

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    JDeehan

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Know where you're coming from 'stew'. Re Lafferty, I seem to recall he has been booked and subsequently substituted (presumably to avoid an inevitable sending off) in every game he has played. I do think he has a big part to play but is currently a liability. Re Elliott Bennett, I used to say that he must do really well in training, now I don't think he even does that. This should be his big season, we stuck with him through his injury last season, so now he is back where he came from (ie. the Championship) he should be a stand out player and he is NOT! I am disappointed that after all NA 's rhetoric about attacking and scoring goals he is not practicing what he has been preaching. Murphy should start, it'll give the opposition something to think about. Even if he doesn't score he'll take a couple of defenders with him.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Agreed Slovenia. Chumps is no kindergarten, you need to be sharp as a shark to make it to the promomotion zone. Adams, as much as I like him needs to learn fast. One good example is not wait until 70th minute to sub out of place Lafferty That's Hughton style. Well... Almost... Hughton made his subs on 80 or 85 mimutes... But whatever, we need to win against teams like Bournemouth if we want to play in the top league.

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    JDeehan

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Lots of lessons for Adams to learn today, let's see how quickly he learns them.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • ….It's a pity about that live coverage thing Brew....I made an attempt to get involved today!..First try was 'in moderation'....never to see the light of day!.... second go was sent into moderation and after a delay did make the grade!...by then the thread had been lost!.... Those that do get through are usually comments like ' Hi There ' from somewhere on the planet!...or are you well Mike?....'Hi Jean'!....nothing seems to have any bite!....I tried to get the clock put in sinc. with BST...that fell on deaf ears.....As I can no longer watch the matches on line or TV,... I have to listen to the excitable Chris Goreham and have his opinion forced down my lug hole...So there really isn't much point in using this second hand information....I think the time has come to maybe give these columns a miss!....BUT I may change my mind after a good nights sleep!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Spot on Baguio, I have just posted on the later item. Redmond played a peach of a cross for our goal from the right hand side but was then switched to the left once again, where he looks so uncomfortable. When we went 4, 4, 2 we should have taken Wes off and left Redmond on with Murphy playing on the left. My biggest concern is the fact that NA keeps playing Martin as a centre back and he looks so weak in that position, we simply must play Carlos Cuellar there next game as he is a decent left sided centre back. Turner looks far better when played to the right side of centre and Whittaker looks far better at left back.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Come on MB, it was the best cross that Redmond has ever put in. He couldn't miss! Not much else came his way today although he worked hard for the team as usual. Hard to judge anyone although Hoopla should have been taken off as they set up to stop him playing effective through balls. Redmond and Murphy should have had 30mins together putting in crosses IMO

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    baguio

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Ooops. Start again. 5 in 5 for Grabbs now, baguio.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Just to conclude; Davitt`s prose gets worse. Or wasserer `n` wasserer. Young Bailey needs to review the selection of people he mixes with. He could get dragged down.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Disappointed but not going to blame anyone. Bournemouth were very well drilled and it just didn't happen for us today. Not to worry. Bring on Birmingham.

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    baguio

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Actually, it was more like 12 minutes...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Ref. alter ego; I might suggest to Bill Punton`s bald patch that it`s `Bill Punton`s bald patch`. I only look at the PU Live Coverage thing if I cannot get to a game or find a live stream etc. Then, when Partridge takes a half-time break, I have a look at it. It seems it took about 5 min for my comment to get through. I don`t see the point in multiple identities. It`s plenty enough trouble to manage one existence. OTBC. From us both.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • El tel, city have a lot to answer for, causing such disappointment in one of their most loyal and positive supporters, shame on them.

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    cutty

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • I copied and pasted it Brew. I've been following the live coverage for the past three or four seasons. Its a really good community of reglars from around the globe, and definitely the next best thing for those of us that can't get to the game, especially if you live beyond the catchment area of Radio Norfolk. I see Stew's name pop up periodically, though you won't find mine. Who could my alter ego possibly be?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • City did not get going against one of the best teams in the division. Surprised and delighted when we scored and equally surprised at the lapse on the stroke of half-time which cost us a goal. Could easily have been a 0-0 game. Hooper, assuming he stays and Howson to come back. Neil Adams told Radio Norfolk he wished City had 12 points and not 10. At the start of the season I would have settled for 10 points in August given our early fixtures and how bad things were last season. A 1-0 win and 12 points looked likely until they scored but not afterwards.

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    Capri

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Dean Coney, `twas I that said "41 games to go"- before sharky had uttered a word. I take it, from BPbp`s comment, that my attempt at the live commentary board got through eventually. A great pity that young Bailey considers the truly hopeless Divot to be his peer. Perhaps he`s just being kind? To those who don`t yet know; it`s "Bournemouth". You should `poole` your lexiconic resources. Then we have `Grabben` and `Hoolihan`, `Mc Nalley` and `Grabbing`. Normal service resumed. For Norfolk, anyway. That`s how The Padster gets away with it. He`d have no chance in an erudite area, "the likes of" Camebrige.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Thanks for the reply Dubai. Agree that we still need 1 or 2 more in the window, a quality CD being a must. Linked with a lad at Arsenal, but know little about his quality. Must keep Hooper. Like Grabban, hes a 20 goal + striker in this league.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • It will be interesting to see the Team N A puts out for the next match

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    Colwyn Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Calm down Dean in Coney - yes, I am seriously gutted that we squandered 2 points and slipped down to 5th, it's simply not good enough ! Sitting here trying to follow the game on the Pink Un live coverage (no live streaming and even radio Partridge chops us off at KO here - so, go figure). Then, we concede a goal right on the stroke of HT, disaster ! Brew Michael Bailey (MB) suggested Lafferty was being played out of position, so you get away with that one ! Let us hope something positive comes out of the remainder of the transfer window. I think we are still a few aces short of being a winning hand.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Reality check all you negatives, NCFC are now in a far better position now than they have ever been, the team is being rebuilt and it will take a little time, new signings to come in and make the squad stronger, N A will make mistakes don't we all ? lets be realistic and look at the table after a dozen games, we will take time to adjust and there will be the odd blip, just look at the results today, Man City, Utd a 60 million player subbed not able to beat Burnley, come on guys keep the faith and look at the bigger picture.

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    Colwyn Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Hello all - new to commenting, normally just browse what others say, but felt compelled to type. Agree with Sharky, some crazy comments on here when you consider we are 5 games into a 46 game season. El Tel - "I am not negative..." - blimey, I'd hate to see you were you are then. Lafferty looks a half decent player to me, and, assuming he was played out on the left again, he's never going to score the goals or have the impact Grabben will. Dubai Canary - I can't tell if your comment is serious or a parody of those supporters you get who switch from seeing their team as the bestworst in a league on a game by game basis. "2 points lost at home is unforgivable in the league." How many teams have won this league winning every single home game then Dubai? Did Leicester? Long long long season boys and girls - 46 tough games of joy and pain ahead. I wouldn't even bother looking at the league table until at least 10 games in. Keep the faith! OTBC!

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • You and Pad, Michael? Oh dear. by mad brewer 4:02 PM @madbrewer: How lovely to see you on here Mr Brewer. Hope you enjoy it. by Michael Bailey 4:02 PM

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Very true Algarve, comes down to that Plan B or C when we need it and Im not convinced yet that we have one.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Is this message board supposed to represent informed opinion or what? In Bournmouth we played a probable top 6 team. They had a game plan, and stuck to it very well. 9 across the back and harrying us off every ball. Hitting us on the break when possible. Where we went wrong was not being able to outwit them. They did their job and we couldnt unpick them. We are a top 6 team. We will be in there come May, so, probably will Bournmouth be.We wont be a top 2 team unless we can deal with the big 9 man defences that we will be faced with week in, week out. Get over it guys....we dropped 2 points we shouldn't have. The important thing is that we learn from the experience of the realities of life in the championship.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • A draw isnt a bad result and I dont want to sound negative, but the 2nd half was poor, Hoolihan playing Ok in center and everyone in the ground knows he doesnt play well on the wing, so why sub a winger and put Hooli on the wing ????. Redmond needs some decent coaching he has ability but needs to channel it better. Not convinced by the subs and Not convinced we have a Plan B when it isnt going our way. Bournmouth are no mugs and a point isnt a bad result. Keep our heads up.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Laughable comments here. Bournmouth outplayed Forest who are top of the league.

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    sharky

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • 1st game against a reasonable side Lafferty rubbish as I have said before Martin not even a good right back let alone a centre back defence all rubbish .Adams an attacking type manager rubbish no one in the box only Grabbing.Finish bottom half of table my prediction .I am not negative just disappointed at this set up.Before you reply to this message wait till later and then say you were right El Tel.Mc Nalley to sell Hooper the best player they have to put more money in the coffers.

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    El tel

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • ... person unfit to be a journalist, let alone a "writer".

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Chhaaaiiirm down, Dubya. Which `MB` are you talking about? I was not allowed by Archie to comment on the Live Coverage board. Divot continues to disappoint. One goal constitutes a "salvo". What a.... words escape even me.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Singing "come on you yellows" does not mean the ref has to get out yet another yellow card!

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • No sign of E. Bennett, Lobbo! Grabban continues to disappoint baguio. 5 in 5 is truly poor. I couldn`t get through on the Live Coverage thing. Is there a trick? Nates was a tad Robert-esque and petulant today. He needs a reality check. Disappointing but not a disaster. Bournemouth is a decent outfit. 41 games to go. Now a nice little International break in which to worry about all our International players staying undamaged.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Completely gutted by the result, 2 points lost at home is unforgivable in the league ! To concede on the stroke of half time too is disgraceful, I am very disappointed as this has pegged us back into 5th place, three points behind Forest ! Is Laffs good enough to be starting ? MB says he is played out of position - why ?? Come on City, we have to get out of this League at the first time of asking, otherwise it gets harder and harder ) ask 1p5wich who in 19th place are going where they have been in the league for the last 12 years - nowhere !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

  • Move on and improve . Murphy should start. If he's good enough he's old enough

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

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