Norwich City 1, Fulham 2

Fulham's Scott Parker celebrates his winner after the Cottagers' beat Norwich City 2-1 in the Premier League at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Fulham's Scott Parker celebrates his winner after the Cottagers' beat Norwich City 2-1 in the Premier League at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, December 26, 2013
4:54 PM

Norwich City slipped to a miserable Premier League 2-1 Boxing Day defeat as Fulham boosted their own survival chances at Carrow Road.

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The Canaries were given the perfect start when Gary Hooper’s deflected first half strike spiralled over David Stockdale but Pajtim Kasami’s free kick levelled matters before the interval and Scott Parker’s thumping 87th minute hit sealed the points after a lacklustre outing from Chris Hughton’s squad.

Hughton opted to keep the same starting line up which ground out a battling Premier League point at struggling Sunderland. Ricky van Wolfswinkel was kept in reserve after making his long-awaited comeback from a toe injury in the closing stages at the Stadium of Light. Russell Martin was fit to return on the bench after missing out on the goalless draw on Wearside with an ankle problem but midfielder Jonny Howson was again absent with a back problem. Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen was without key defenders Philippe Senderos and Brede Hangeland (sciatic nerve) along with Dimitar Berbatov (hamstring) through injury whilst Clint Dempsey was not included following his short term loan return from Seattle Sounders.

Parker robbed Bradley Johnson to free Kasami inside the opening five minutes, but John Ruddy patted down his swinging long range strike before gathering at the second attempt with Adel Taarabt in close attendance.

Johnson tried to make amends two minutes later with a speculative shot Stockdale could watch roll past his left-hand post. Nathan Redmond eased past Sascha Reither to craft an inviting cross that bisected both Hooper and Johan Elmander six yards out. Hooper lashed Norwich in front in the 13th minute with a deflected 25-yard strike that looped up and over Aaron Hughes after Reither’s original miscue was re-cycled by Michael Turner for Elmander to supply his strike partner.

Kasami had Ruddy scrambling across his goalline after dragging a left-footer wide from 16 yards after pouncing on Steven Whittaker’s errant clearance. Elmander nipped the ball around Stockdale after the Cottagers’ keeper and Hughes failed to deal with a hopeful throughball but the Swede’s intended cutback for Robert Snodgrass was intercepted by Fernando Amorebieta. Hooper was then gifted a chance to double his Boxing Day tally in the 25th minute but the striker wastefully carved wide on his right foot under no pressure 18 yards out after Stockdale and Reither exhibited fresh hesitancy in the visitors’ defence.

Kieran Richardson’s dipping free kick brushed the top of Ruddy’s netting after Leroy Fer was adjudged to have dived in at Steve Sidwell. Damien Duff then side footed wide eight yards out with Ruddy beaten after the Irishman had slipped the wrong side of Martin Olsson to anticipate Kasami’s whipped delivery. Norwich’s slackness was now irking the home support with a comical interlude in the 32nd minute triggering fresh dissatisfaction on the terraces when Ruddy slammed a clearance against the arm of Parker that was correctly ruled out by the assistant referee.

Norwich could not rely on similar help from the officials in the 34th minute when Kasami drew the Cottagers’ level with a free kick drilled right through the home wall and into Ruddy’s bottom left-hand corner after Sidwell’s initial dummy prompted the hosts to break ranks. Norwich belatedly tried to re-gain the initiative in the immediate aftermath, with Redmond’s frustration clear at the lack of urgency from his team mates in connecting with his tempting cross that drifted right across Stockdale’s six yard line. The Fulham keeper needed to be alert on the restart to gather Redmond’s teasing cross with Hooper sensing an opportunity. Turner’s caution for tangling with Taarabt – his fifth of the season - earned him a weekend off after reaching the disciplinary threshold ahead of Manchester United’s league visit on this coming Saturday.

Reither redeemed himself for his shaky opening period with a vital header to divert Fer’s goalbound flick away in the 50th minute from Snodgrass’ corner. City were warned again after Richardson’s raking long pass dropped over Turner for Taarabt to side foot at Ruddy from 16 yards. Fer was the second Norwich player booked for hauling down Taarabt but Kasami’s free kick failed to carry the same menace as his first half leveller.

Elmander was convinced he should have been awarded a penalty for an apparent shove inside the Fulham box in the 61st minute but referee Moss remained unmoved. Van Wolfswinkel’s entrance met with the full approval of the home support for Elmander in the 63rd minute. Redmond’s free kick clipped the Fulham wall from wide on the left as City attempted to make the most of that increase in volume before Fer met another corner with a full-blooded header straight at Stockdale. Taarabt was given far too much room by City’s midfield shortly after but Ruddy held his swerving long range hit. The England man then dropped on Alex Kacaniklic’s deflected cross after Whittaker wisely pulled out of a challenge that may have earned the visitors’ a penalty. Wes Hoolahan’s introduction for the tiring Snodgrass injected a genuine creative element into the mix for the hosts with the game meandering to a conclusion approaching the final quarter. Sebastien Bassong’s last ditch block foiled Sidwell with City cut open on the counter again with worrying ease. Ruddy then denied Hugo Rodallega in a far post scramble with Hoolahan’s intervention also key as the Norwich keeper dropped on the bouncing ball. Johnson’s delicate cross interested the Irishman at the opposite end, but his slice took the ball away from van Wolfswinkel. Parker escaped punishment for a robust challenge through van Wolfswinkel which had echoes of Wes Brown’s red card offence on the Dutchman at Sunderland before Christmas.

Olsson’s wayward left-footed strike into the home fans sparked another wave of frustration, but things got much worse just a minute later when Parker was given time and space to lash a 25-yard strike beyond Ruddy’s despairing dive. City failed to muster any concerted response in stoppage time as they left the field to a chorus of boos.

• Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Turner, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass (Hoolahan 72), Fer, Johnson, Redmond, Elmander (van Wolfswinkel 63), Hooper. Subs (not used): Bunn, Martin, Becchio, Bennett, Murphy.

• Bookings: Turner (foul on Taarabt, 50); Fer (foul on Taarabt, 58); Redmond (foul on Kasami, 82).

• Goal: Hooper (13)

• Fulham: Stockdale, Riether, Hughes, Amorebieta, Richardson, Sidwell, Parker, Kasami, Duff (Rodallega 58), Taarabt (Dejagah 72), Kačaniklić (Riise 90). Subs (not used): Bettinelli, Boateng, Ruiz, Bent.

• Goals: Kasami (33), Parker (87)

• Added on time: 1 minute / 4 minutes

• Referee: Jon Moss (West Yorks)

• Attendance: 26,811

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69 comments

  • Reality hits home.....the championship beckons.

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    KeithS

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • almost 10pm and its not got better. Horrendous performance, bad result, cant see any light ....even ipswich won (although in a lower league). Bad day, Hoots bewilderwod and codswallop dress nicely for you visit to McNallys office..and take a rubble sack each.

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    kpg24uk

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • You aren't clever. You've missed the first "r" out of the word tractor in your own name. You're stupid.

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    Timbo

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • The main problem week after week is that we do not create enough chances.Can anyone remember when we last created a tap in? Sorry for keeping on saying it but one reason is continually playing wide players on the wrong flanks which is why the crosses are so inaccurate.Also there are not enough midfielders busting a gut to get forward into the box.I can only assume this is because they are instructed not to due to the over cautious approach of the manager.I have heard many managers say they are not so concerned with missed chances because chances are being created which means eventually some will finish in the back of the net.Fulham created more chances than us as did Sunderland.It's got nothing to do with lacking "killer instinct" as the Manager states but creating enough opportunities to kill the game off.

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    irongloves

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • One of the few times Redmond did switch to the right wing, he actually got a decent cross in, but even when Snodgrass was taken off we kept Redmond on the left wing and stuck Wes on the right. When will the manager learn that cack handed wingers really do not work for our team. Fer played as though he had just eaten his Christmas dinner and was barely worth 2 out of 10 today.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • When are the board going to wake up and admit they got it wrong in appointing Hughton and landing us with the most chronic coaching staff in senior football. Little Yellowbirdie, I hear what you say about finishing 11th last season, but do I have to remind you that two games from the end of the season we could easily have gone down thanks to the clowns we currently and laughingly call a management team. I fear for my team, I am frustrated to Hell that we have had to endure Hughton, his tactics, coaching staff, lack of ambition, setting up every game to get a draw at best, late and futile substitutions, a complete lack of nous on how to get the best from what are essentially good players, and generally making it a very real possibility that we will be relegated. We will never compete with the big boys in this league, but teams like Fulham, Sunderland and Palace should have been hammered out of sight. They have all changed managers and all won today, so McNally and co....... WISE UP before it is too late

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • See Chris Hughton is back to his normal service! Well done to Fulham well deserved Win!

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    Clever_Tractor_Boy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I have avoided in becoming involved in the invective that has infiltrated into this forum,but I feel obliged to comment upon the remarks made by serinus.I am pleased you have been supporting our club since 1971 but ,as far as loyalty is concerned, I have supported the club since 1946.As for intellect,I managed to receive 2 degrees at Cambridge University and despite advancing years am not too dim to try and make a constructive comment.True, we have made huge progress over 4 years but it is now and the future that true supporters are concerned with and myself and Trevor Keith and others attempt to make constructive points as to where we appear to be going wrong.We may be wrong, but we have our opinions and even a modicum of respect from you would be appreciated.OTBC

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    irongloves

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Serinus, I see that your exceedingly long trolls are reduced to personal insults. A seasonal " Tiny Tim". ? At least make your personal insults witty or have some sense. I doubt that you have ever attended a football at Carrow road or anywhere else. It is as though you are stuck in the old Lambert groove of yesteryear. Have some relevance to your comments. Oh so very boring.

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    stormy

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Yes, oldtimer, I know you've been saying that from early last season when we finished 11th. The team was set up to attack and started off well, then completely lost the plot. I do think our chances of getting anything off of Man U are roughly equal to those of a snowball's chance in hell though.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Certainly on the right tracks? to the goods yard! CH just GO!

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    Keep it Low

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Timbo: is that better? N0rw7ch 1-2 Fulham :)

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    Clever_Tractor_Boy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • ...zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz, is it over yet? Fell asleep watching this. Can things get any worse? Oh we lost again, never mind. There's a new manager just around the corner, isn't there?

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    Ded Sterile

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • CH is 'really disappointed'. Not as disappointed as I am, mate. He won't go so someone will have to push him. Please...

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    Cecil

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Personally I didn't see any shortfall in tactics, team selection or motivation today, and the approach was not in my view capable of being criticised as negative. Fer had a stinker and Parker played outstandingly well.

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    Pierre

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Just like you serinus, I have held a season ticket for a number of years, I also once held a coaching badge and managed a couple of teams at non-league level to boot. From my prospective the biggest problem with the current manger is his inability to read the game in progress. He constantly starts with a tactic that does not work, ie wrong sided wingers, initially this was with a single striker but latterly with two strikers but still that system fails but he cannot see it. Young Redmond may well become a star of the future but right now, playing him on the wrong side does neither him nor the club any favours at all. He did put a couple of decent crosses in yesterday, but only when he made a brief switch to the right wing. The tactics of CH are boring and predictable, hence too many relatively poor sides leave Carrow Road with the spoils, something needs to be changed right now or we will once again enter the drop zone, which I fear we will not escape a second time.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Can't wait for the usual drivel from Clueless. What will it be this time? "Bit of a lack of quallity in the final fird". Just go

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • at carrow road today for a very poor performance against an awful fulham side. midfield were way too sloppy - fer, johnson (except for some good aerial challenges) and above all snodgrass who had a bit of a shocker. redmond was the only one of the 4 that tried to attack and take on the opposition. thought turner had a good game but bassong and ruddy looked a liability today, getting themselves in a tangle for no reason. we lost the game because too many simple balls in the middle of the park were lost, and because there was not enough commitment in getting forward. lack of atmosphere in crowd said it all. game that norwich lost - fulham did nothing to win it.

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    tommo

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Hi Stormy. (Or shall I be seasonal and call you 'Tiny Tim'?). Re. your latter point, the BBC reports the game thus: " ... both sides bombed forward in an entertaining contest." The point about Lambert is relevant because (1) as a season ticket holder I am simply grateful for what has been achieved in an incredibly short period of time and (2) I am mystified as to why you think that Hughton should be faring any better than Lambert and why he is being vilified in way that Lambert never was. Please rack your brains (it shouldn't take too long) and come up with a sensible suggestion as to an alternative manager?

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    serinus mozambicus

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Algarve..In case you don't know, Pilkington is injured, so that's why we're playing Redmond every game, and the manager's name is Hughton. 2 facts that a proper Norwich fan should know.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • oh dear...i've tried to give Hoots a chance but this is my final straw. We are so rigid in tactic, mechanical in play. Nobody is either allowed to be expressive or able to be. RVW will never prosper under this rigidity. Fer is running around everywhere to plug gaps. Why do we have to play the rigid winger system why do we continually play elmander when we are crying out for a No. 10. Why can't Wes play instead of Elmander?. sorry but under hoots we will not improve this is as good as it gets. 1 point against the two worst sides sums up our current level under this "leader". Shocked, angered and underwhelmed, just glad i didn't pay to watch it!

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    kpg24uk

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I don't think anyone is very happy about that result (apart from our usual trolls). However, if it is any consolation Villa, Hull, Cardiff, Everton, Stoke, Swansea & West Ham are probably not that happy with the outcome of their results today either !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Can't wait for Saturday's result. will have to listen to Radio Sugarbeet.. lol

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    Footyboy16

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Please see my comments following similarly poor results from an inadequate manager. The board won't sack him so they must be happy with results like this.

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Patience is a virtue, but enough is enough - CH must go. Terrible performance against a side we really should have beaten.

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    bogbog

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Sack Hughton and get rid of Elmander absolutely clueless and useless - thats both of them by the way. Why do the opposition always look better than city at home it seems he would be happy with a draw every match why not actually try and win - throw everything at them.

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    citizen

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • That was embarrassing!! Houghton can use whatever platitudes he likes but we have just washed away another 6 pointer that we should have won on the canter. I've already heard people making Redmond our man of the match, but total rubbish!! He can go headlong down the wing as often as he likes but if he tries to beat one man too many, tries to grandstand, or has no spacial awareness or ability to make and complete crosses, he is an inexperienced waste of space!!! how many crosses did the wonderkid complete successfully?? Hardly any! How much service did he give the 2 strikers?? Virtually non!! We need to recognise his inexperience, and use him as a late substitute impact when defenders are tired. We needed Pilkington today. To me this is another massive Hughton failure. We have scored 6 points from a banker home run. Today was a humiliating disgrace.

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    Algarve Canary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Get shot of Hughton now and appoint Neil Adams on a interim basis, it's the only answer.

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    Old Long Balls

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Unfortunately for us I can see the threshold for safety being a lot higher than 40 points this year.

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    Juggmeister

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Why is that LYB? Inconsistency is the most obvious sign of poor man management. There just does not seem to be any fight and looking at it from the players' point of view, if the coaching staff are too inadequate to see what is going on and change the pattern, why should the players flog themselves to death in a hopeless cause? Get rid of the three clueless idiots now.

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    waclor

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • another defeat,were fulham good no.City do themselves again.Fer made so many mistakes,when will CH notice.Please sort out the mistakes and then we will win.It is the same every week we lose because we make mistakes.Fer should hold up his hands and say I am not good enough

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    canarykid

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Dubai - Doesn't that say something though? If we won today we'd be 10th. Would you be on here moaning we'd played as bad as we did today but won? The league is so close from 10th to 20th, any of those teams can beat each other.

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    MancCanary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • 3 points away from the drop zone, looking good isnt it!

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    Clever_Tractor_Boy

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Will we see the happy clappers on here tonight after another totally useless performance? I doubt it because there is nothing positive to say about our inadeqate inept insipid manager and his even worse coaching staff. How they can possibly turn international players into a team that wouldn't win the Anglian Combination is beyond me. I am presently in Newcastle, and the Geordie fans up here couldn't wait to get rid of Hughton and it's easy to see why. Another spineless totally pathetic perfomance against a team in the bottom three, and Man. U next up which will probably put us back in the relegation places. Come on Delia, much as we love you and what you have done for this club, it is time to bite the bullet and get rid of this idiot and his equally awful cronies, and if Mcnally can't see it surely you can.

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Hooper's goal was a fluke. Fulham (one of the worst teams this season) were clearly better. This was one of the few fixtures where Norwich might have been expected to get some points on the board to ensure survival. But no, a pathetic performance from a pathetic team, mismanaged by a pathetic manager. I suppose Norwich have become good at heaping humiliation on themselves and their fans, so why should the festive season be any different. Another cricket score at the hands of Man Utd looms before the inevitable slide towards the Championship. But let's look on the bright side: this time next year we'll be able to enjoy an East Anglian derby on Boxing Day and that usually generates a bit of passion.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • The parachute is ready.

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    canarysounder

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Think you invited the edgy reply, Stormy, by pre-supposing that someone who has respect for what the manager is trying to do must be have a particular affiliation with him - "aka Mrs CH". For your information: I have attended literally hundreds of matches at Carrow Road (and elsewhere) since 1971 and, if you hadn't picked up before, I have been a season ticket holder for many years. I was at yesterday's game. Dan - the fierce attacks on Hughton makes me angry not because I am unable to accept different views but because they are often too personal and irrational eg "Time to get rid of this idiot and his awful cronies" (oldtimer); "a pathetic performance from a pathetic team, mismanaged by a pathetic manager" (Barking Wise).

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    serinus mozambicus

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • I must be honest, most of our players seemed to be creating more problems for themselves than the opposition.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Hey serinus, a.k.a Mrs CH. As one of the " little " people, we all are City supporters who wish our team well. Our "bovine reaction" was to a very poor performance by a poorly managed team. Why do you think that Lambert and N City years ago has any relevance today? If you thought todays game was entertaining, might I suggest that you watch paint drying. You will find it thrilling.

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    stormy

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Tis the season to be jolly, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Don we now our gay apparel, Fa la la, la la la, la la la. Troll the ancient Yule tide carol, Fa la la la la, la la la la. See the blazing Yule before us, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Strike the harp and join the chorus. Fa la la la la, la la la la. Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. While I tell of Yule tide treasure, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Fast away the old year passes, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Hail the new, ye lads and lasses, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Sing we joyous, all together, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Heedless of the wind and weather, Fa la la la la, la la la la. Mince pie anyone?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Did not see the game, only the goals. However, the result is a very bad one. This team is very short of quality players that is obvious. The style of play and motivation is down to the manager. These players are not putting in full effort for this manager. He is by all accounts a very decent man but what is required is a manager who is feared by his players. There is no aggression or passion from the managerial staff. Consequently , the players do not have the drive. Relegation is now very much on the cards. Sunderland changed their manager as did Fulham and C Palace. All have started to get results. The fact that these are the very teams that City will be in the battle with for survival is very ominous. Time to bring in a new manager, possibly too late ,but it must be done. The board should have acted earlier and have given the new man more time. The City supporters are the most loyal and deserve better.

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    stormy

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Time the City board sack CH sick of all these defeats to teams who we should win. As soon as Norwich get a goal up we sit back. We will get relegated if we do not spend wisely next month. The City board need to invest in a new manager and soon.

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    David

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • said before,nice guy, no idea, mike ashley called it right. we dont want this style of football at newcastle, enough said

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    Dave

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Fact- If Norwich do not change there Manager they will most probably be relegated.

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    dave123

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Poorly made comment Barking. The supposition I made is that Stormy et al (and I have read every post rigorously) are infuriated by Hughton's lack of success. The mystification I expressed is apt. Why does Stormy (et al) consider that he is doing less well than the manager whose record he matches (bar the two points)? In turn, why all the 'hysterical' talk of crisis? Surely you can see the logic of my argument? I 'stoop' to vehement language only because I consider some of the comments about Hughton (who is a good manager) and certain players (who are trying their hardest) to be over-aggressive and damaging to the club I love and therefore to invite a spirited response on my part. Clubs (like Wolves) can go into meltdown when that kind of hypercritical attitude prevails. Furthermore, you accuse me of 'abuse' towards Stormy when, if you yourself read his posting closely, you'll see that my generalised comments urging objectivity invoked a pretty bizarre suggestion on his part ('Mrs C H') that I was in some kind of strange alliance with our manager! Anyway, look at the Premiership table - the only club performing 'above itself' and, yes, from whom we should perhaps learn some lessons, is Southampton (and, arguably, Swansea). Waclor, as far as I know, Phelan has no managerial experience and Di Matteo would, I believe, be a shot-in-the-dark at a very crucial point of the season. Incidentally, I did refer to 'where we're going' but stressed the need to 'play it long' rather than react irrationally to the instant.

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    serinus mozambicus

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Good grief, this was a poor result. Had we won today we would have been 10th on 22 Points. Come on City, wake up and sort it out !

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Gosh, the hysterical little people are out in force tonight. After 18 games of the 2011-12 season under the much lauded Lambert, City had gleaned a whole 2 points more and were excused some very poor performances only by virtue of a brief term of patience by a fan-base scarcely able to believe that life could come from the ashes of the 7-1 home defeat by Colchester in 2009. The squeaky folk who have contributed to this board since what was admittedly a disappointing defeat (though an entertaining game) this afternoon must surely have little appreciation of where City have come from in just over 4 years; nor any capacity to ‘play it long’ in terms of where we are heading. All I pick up from these postings is the sense of a bovine reaction to the immediate; like a herd of cows startled by a sudden noise. That’s the kindest way to put it. Otherwise, let’s just say that what we seem to have here is bunch of so-called fans limited both in intellect and loyalty. Perhaps the two characteristics are connected?

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    serinus mozambicus

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Three points off tenth in the table - pretty bad really !

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    Dubai Canary

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the way o what fun it is to see Ipswich and Fulham win away ,and palace Sunderland the pack is closing lol

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    Townman

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Hey little yellow birdie(Hughtons mum?) and paulwho (his dad?), when are you going to realise that until we get rid of Hughton and his woeful coaching staff, we are on course for relegation. It isn't the players, several of whom are internationals, it the pathetic management team we have in place and their awful attempts at coaching. Negative tactics, no savvy about how to set a team up, or how to change it when plan A ????????? clearly isn't working. I reiterate what I have been saying for a season and a half now, Hughton is way out of his depth here, and is making us both certainties for relegation, and the laughing stock of the footballing media and fans alike

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • The moderator is clearly asleep or on his hols and I think Stormy has taken enough abuse, so let me deal with "serinus mozambicus". This is a site where genuine Norwich City supporters express their opinions, (some flattering, some critical) and a few Ipswich Town supporters express their jealousy. I happen to think that Stormy's last 2 postings were spot on, but even if I didn't agree with him, I wouldn't stoop to calling him or other contributors bovine, hysterical, lacking intellect or disloyal. In answer to your last post, my understanding is that Stormy does NOT "think that Hughton is faring any better than Lambert", as you put it. Like many others, me included, he thinks Hughton is WORSE than Lambert. He has had a large budget at his disposal (by NCFC standards) and has failed to deliver in terms of inspiration, tactics, team selection and, most importantly, results. If I have that wrong, I'm sure Stormy will let me know. As for serinus mozambicus, try reading other people's posts carefully before abusing them. Better still, go away.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • For goodness sake, he makes some valid points. Grown men arguing and insulting each other just because they have a differing opinion is pathetic. If Hughton was 'clueless' we'd have no points and be cut adrift at the bottom of the table. Instead we are part of a cluster of 11 teams at risk of relegation - presumably that's 11 'clueless' managers too. Love or hate him, you constant insults to him, the board and other fans is not doing wonders for the image if the club, the city or county. Frankly, it's more embarrassing than the performances or results.

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    Dan

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • All I can say is, that if you had to change trains halfway through a journey..... don't take Chris Hughton with you.

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Lawks-a-mercy, get rid of this waste of space.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • MancCanary - that is exactly what I have said in my first posting - see below ! Very frustrating, yes, the margins are very slim - if we won and were sitting 10th on 22 Points most would be very happy. As it is we lost 3 valuable points at home to a team below us in the table and still sit on 14th with 19 points. The only positive was that we didn't lose places - but THREE of the bottom four won today and that's a worry too. Having watched Man Utd turn over a 2-0 away deficit against Hull does not fill me up with too much hope either.

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I see that the tone has been lowered again by serinus this time (is that Jeds new alias or Hughton incognito)? Any self respecting true Canary fan would take issue with the statement "Hughton is a good manager".He ranks alongside Roeder, Grant ,Gunny and Hamilton, and you would be hard pushed to make a good manager if you rolled the whole lot into one. The style of football he and his #pathetic underlings have brought to this club is nothing short of woeful given the money he was entrusted with, and players brought in. He hasn't got any more idea of how to get good players plalyng to their potential, even less ambition on going out to try and win against weaker opposition ( let's be honest, we have seen some awful footbsll teams this year that we coulsd and should have defeated easily. The problem is that our so called coaches have taken every last ounce of passion, fight and fluency out of the side, something that Lambert was very good at achieving. Most loyal fans will tell serinus, and all the other optomistic happy clappers the Newcastle were right to dump these morons because they did not like the football that Hughton was bringing to them. Wise up guys and look around you, bottom three all won, Man U next up and that could put us in the bottom three. Hughton should have been ejected at the end of last season, are the board going to wait till we are in a hopeless position before ridding us of the shambolic management team we currently have in place>

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    oldtimer

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • @ Manc canary" If we won today we'd be 10th. " Yes mate, + if my Aunty had meat + 2 veg she'd be my Uncle. We DIDN'T win today + we aren't 10th. And we didn't win the last game either when we should've done....And we didn't win the game before that either when we should've done. That's why we want Clueless Chris out. Capiche?

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    Timbo

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • I often show my friends these pages. Supposed grown men slagging each other off because they have a difference of opinion! And as for calling Hughton clueless, like him or not if he was clueless we'd be bottom and he wouldn't have signed Hooper. I think it's time some of you started debating sensibly, using real facts rather than speculation and over inflated opinion and, above all, showed some respect. I've never seen any other clubs so-called supporters show so much disrespect to everyone involved - other supporters, the manager, the players (some of whom are kids by the way!) and the board. It really sad and does not show Norwich or Norfolk in a very good light. Merry Christmas.

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    Dan

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Whilst City should play wingers in the conventional positions and Redmond should shoot less and cross more, the main problems are at the back. Both Ruddy and Bassong are making errors this season they didn't make in the past etc. Deserved nil points today. The Board may feel that a few defensive reinforcements are necessary in the January window. Eight points separate 10th from 20th. Thus three from 11 to go down. City should not be one of those three. As for Ipswich going up. Play offs even money then a one in four chance of promotion. We may feel a bit blue but it is better to be yellow!

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    Capri

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Well, that was a bit of a setback to say the least. I didn't see that coming.

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    lordbesty

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Spot on canarykid, Fer looked out of his depth. Maybe too much turkey yesterday. Fulham were poor but they are our bogey team.

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    Admiral F

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Agreed TK, however, Citizen I thought Elmander chased and fought for balls first half. When he was standing on the byline waiting for someone to arrive in the six yard box it was so frustrating, and the look he gave Snodgrass said it all. At half time I texted my attendee friend and it seems my bore draw prediction was a bit optimistic. At 1 0 after 12 minutes a tight hungry unit would try to take the other team apart, this team didn't want to lose the lead they had. Where does that come from, tactics. I believe we need to build a 12 point gap between us and the relegation zone before the last 4 games of the season.

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    Gruff

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Mr Wynn Jones looked like a man dissatisfied. I've stopped worrying about what would happen after Hughton is gone because if he were gone then there is a chance we may play exciting, adventurous fast paced attacking football. Our style of football is tedious, slow, and appears to be controlled by some form of margins theory. Yes we got 11th last year, however, 3 weeks before that if Wigan had won we could have dropped. Everyone knows what happened after that. So it goes on...

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    Gruff

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Serinus, for heavens sake stop being preoccupied with where we've come from and start worrying about where we're going. The reason Hughton gets more abuse than Lambert is because Lambert's team gave every game its best shot whereas Hughton has reduced the self belief in the team to the point where they go on the pitch convinced that a draw is the best they can expect. The man has NO knowledge of tactics nor motivation. He is totally inadequate as a PL manager. As for alternatives, try Phelan, Di Matteo, the bloke who sells fags in Tescos, Jo Stalin, anyone but Hughton.

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    waclor

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Hughton OUT,Phelan IN. ASAP

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    John Summers

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • Sack Hughton and get rid of Elmander absolutely clueless and useless - thats both of them by the way. Why do the opposition always look better than city at home it seems he would be happy with a draw every match why not actually try and win - throw everything at them.

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    citizen

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • When we are lost in midfield and not getting any good ball forward, how does a one-for-one up front forward substitution as our first sub make sense? If we don't make a managerial or coaching change now, we will be be playing Championship next season.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

  • It is all well and good to state that we are only three points from 10th place but many teams below us are within thre points of us. The big difference is they and now winning games, some under new management and unless we make some big changes we may well be in the bottom three after New Years day. I have certainly been to Selhurst Park more than once, only to leave with our tails between our legs and in those days we had a team up for the challenge.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, December 27, 2013

  • Spot on canarykid, Fer looked out of his depth. Maybe too much turkey yesterday. Fulham were poor but they are our bogey team.

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    Admiral F

    Thursday, December 26, 2013

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