Norwich City 1, Stoke City 0

Bradley Johnson scores Norwich City's winner against Stoke. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Bradley Johnson scores Norwich City's winner against Stoke. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Saturday, November 3, 2012
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Bradley Johnson’s first goal of the season was enough to give Norwich City three precious points against Stoke City, securing their second successive 1-0 Premier League home win.

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It was a hard-fought victory in what was far from a classic contest, with Johnson striking one minute before half-time with a well-placed backheader from a Robert Snodgrass free-kick.

Stoke were angry with the award after Andy Wilkinson was adjudged to have shoved Snodgrass over and was shown the yellow card.

City had enjoyed the better of a subdued opening half, with Anthony Pilkington denied by Stoke keeper Asmir Begovic, but it was generally a game of few clear-cut chances.

Stoke had the better openings after the break, when City goalkeeper John Ruddy denied Jonathan Walters with an important save and substitute Kenwyne Jones fired wide when he should have equalised.

Chris Hughton’s Canaries have now taken seven points from three games to move up to one point per match from their first 10 fixtures.

The one negative was the loss of defenders Michael Turner and Javier Garrido with injury in the second half.

The Canaries showed two changes to the team that started the 1-1 Premier League draw at Aston Villa a week earlier.

Steven Whittaker made his league debut after his midweek introduction against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup, with Russell Martin sidelined by a back problem.

Robert Snodgrass was preferred to Elliott Bennett on the right side of midfield, with Bennett named among the substitutes.

The Stoke line-up showed one change after the 0-0 draw against Sunderland, Andy Wilkinson replacing Marc Wilson (broken leg) at left-back.

City won the first corner in the fourth minute when Huth headed clear from a Snodgrass cross. When Stoke failed to clear Snodgrass’s kick, Tettey let fly with a shot that was deflected wide.

The Canaries were guilty of giving the ball away twice in their own territory and were fortunate that Walters did not make more of an opening when presented with the ball by Bassong, and that Adam fired narrowly wide when Garrido’s square pass went straight to him.

It was a very low-key first 20 minutes after the late drama against Spurs, with neither side able to find the final ball and neither goalkeeper really troubled.

Hoolahan’s trickery provided a real opening on 23 minutes, however, when he played Pilkington into a shooting position and he was denied the opening goal only by the legs of keeper Begovic.

One minute later, Holt’s pass set up Pilkington again, but this time he curled his shot into the ’keeper’s arms.

Adam was shown the yellow card after 26 minutes when referee Marriner decided he had dived under the challenge of Garrido.

Crouch sliced a shot horribly wide in a rare Stoke raid, and Adam brought Ruddy into action with a long-range effort but it was straight at the City ’keeper.

Just one minute before the break, however, City took the lead with Johnson’s first goal of the season.

Wilkinson was penalised for a shove on Snodgrass on the City right and was shown the yellow card, both of which angered the Stoke players and management, but Snodgrass floated the free-kick into the area where Johnson produced a neat backheader that looped perfectly out of reach of Begovic into the top corner.

It might have been 2-0 in first-half stoppage time when Garrido and Pilkington combined well and Pilkington’s cross whistled across the six-yard box with Snodgrass unable to apply the finishing touch.

• Half-time: Norwich City 1, Stoke City 0

A minute after the break, Hoolahan tried his luck with a huge effort on the bounce from just inside the Stoke half that Begovic needlessly palmed out for a corner. City forced two flag-kicks but neither troubled the Stoke defence.

Seven minutes into the half, Ruddy came to the rescue as Crouch and Adam flicked the ball on to where Turner failed to clear, leaving Walters through to jab the ball goalwards, but the ’keeper made a fine save.

Turner was injured as he slipped to the ground and after leaving the field, he was replaced by Ryan Bennett.

Tettey was shown the yellow card for a shove on Adam, then Adam supplied the cross for Walters but the former Ipswich man volleyed hopelessly over.

With just under half an hour left, Stoke made their first change with Etherington replacing Kightly.

A swift counter-attack from Norwich provided one of their better moves as Hoolahan, Snodgrass and Tettey all combined well and Holt crossed beyond the far post, where Pilkington had to reach just too far to direct his volley on target and sent it high into the crowd.

There was a double change on 69 minutes with Jones sent on for Walters for Stoke and Garrido, who appeared to have a knock, making way for Barnett.

It meant a reshuffle at the back as Whittaker switched to left-back, Ryan Bennett moved to right-back and Barnett partnered Bassong in the centre of defence.

Jones was quickly in the action with a header that Ruddy saved from an Adam free-kick, after Barnett was adjudged to have fouled Crouch.

Stoke looked livelier and Crouch hooked a scissor kick over the bar as they stepped up their efforts for an equaliser.

Substitute Jones really should have levelled after 77 minutes when Ryan Bennett’s header fell to him but he pulled his shot past the post.

Pilkington showed his frustration when referee Marriner blocked his progress and Stoke came away with the ball, the official apologising as play continued.

Shawcross was booked for pulling Holt to the ground and, with three minutes left, Hughton replaced Hoolahan with Morison.

A free-kick from Pilkington was straight at Begavic as the seconds ticked away.

Etherington was booked for lashing out at Bassong in stoppage time as tempers flared in the Norwich goalmouth.

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Whittaker, Turner (Ryan Bennett, 54), Bassong, Garrido (Barnett, 69); Tettey, Johnson; Snodgrass, Hoolahan (Morison, 87), Pilkington; Holt. Subs (not used): Bunn, Howson, Elliott Bennett, Jackson.

• Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson (Whelan, 85); N’Zonzi, Whitehead; Walters (Jones, 69), Adam, Kightly (Etherington, 61); Crouch. Subs (not used): Sorensen, Upson, Palacios, Jerome.

• Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)

• Attendance: 26,072

• Goal: Norwich: Johnson (44)

• Bookings: Norwich: Tettey (58). Stoke: Adam (26), Whitehead (41), Wilkinson (43), Shawcross (86), Etherington (90)

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53 comments

  • French Canary, close the site after posting and then open it again otherwise it will keep on posting your last comment.

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    baguio

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • If error 503 comes up, your post has probably already been added. Do not re-try or it will post it again....and again. Just close the site and start again! I always copy my post before submitting just incase it goes astray.

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    baguio

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Gald I don't have to watch Stoke every week, feel for their supporters. Having said that they are almost guaranteed Premier League football every year. Not sure but think i would prefer to watch my team play "football" in the championship.

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    Chilly62

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Wasn't the prettiest match ,but then again I've never seen a pretty game with stoke involved. still 7 points out of 9 ,things are starting to look up . Reading is a must win next Saturday otbc.

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    french canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Third clean sheet at home,second successive 1-0 shut-out and we win without Holt scoring for the first time since going up-all signs that things have changed.Let's hope Turner,who was having his best game until he was injured,and Garrido are OK.Even better win considering the 2 defenders going off,Whittaker,who had a very good PL debut,ended up left back and R Bennett right back.Excellent defensive performance.Only 8 more wins needed.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • The more I think about it, the more I realise what a dreadful ethos is in place at Stoke. It`s worse than sad.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • i am worried next 2 games reading 6 pointer and the manchester united we need to beat reading this is the most inportant game of the season and will define our destiny

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    johnny 4 fingers

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • PS, Dark Moon, agree 100% with your assessment of C. Hughton. He is indeed a civilised man. Ineffable. Pulis is the converse. Effing `orrible. What a bullying brute

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Ok thanks for the tips everyone.by the way can anyone tell me how much a home game ticket costs usually as im back in england next year and would like to get to a match. otbc

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    french canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Yes, he is his own man Brewer, but I would also like to think that he is a good person to have trying to shape young R Bennett into a top quality centre back. After all, he was a defender himself and is more defensively minded as a manager and he also spent a long time as a coach before becoming a manager. I guess that, watching the PL every week, it seems that the art of good defending seems to be ignored by a number of teams at the moment and I do feel that there is an opportunity for a young centre back to come through for England and it would be fantastic if Hoots can get Bennett up to that level.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Wasn't the prettiest match ,but then again I've never seen a pretty game with stoke involved. still 7 points out of 9 ,things are starting to look up . Reading is a must win next Saturday otbc.

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    french canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • The next two games will not define our season. If we lose we lose but if we do lose we will probably still be in roughly the same position as we are now. Come on Jonny, lets be real. BIG trouble? I doubt it!

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    baguio

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • I don't know MBA, maybe goats could help to keep the hallowed grass in pristeen condition. On another note, Stoke are what they are. It isn't pretty, but what they do very well is make you fight for everything that you get and they very rarely get beaten by too many goals. So, I for one, am very happy with a 1-0 win, especially considering the double defensive re-shuffle. Things seem to be starting to gel with the team and the new management. Well done lads, lets hope for another good performance next week. Reading will be tough because they will also see us as an opportunity to get 3points on the board. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • I don't know MBA, maybe goats could help to keep the hallowed grass in pristeen condition. On another note, Stoke are what they are. It isn't pretty, but what they do very well is make you fight for everything that you get and they very rarely get beaten by too many goals. So, I for one, am very happy with a 1-0 win, especially considering the double defensive re-shuffle. Things seem to be starting to gel with the team and the new management. Well done lads, lets hope for another good performance next week. Reading will be tough because they will also see us as an opportunity to get 3points on the board. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • PS. The Leeds lads are currently in a nice mid-table position. In the Championship.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • What a horrible team Stoke are, I really hope they get relegated this season ! So glad we saw it out but we made a dog's breakfast of what should really have been a very comfortable home win. Ugly spectacle, but you have to hope Stoke drop out of this league to prevent such garbage at this level ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Maybe a striker to complete the jigsaw?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • If we had to play that lot every week there would be no need for goats to keep the hallowed turf even rempotely green, the ball seldomn went near it

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    Cannock Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • What a horrible team Stoke are, I really hope they get relegated this season ! So glad we saw it out but we made a dog's breakfast of what should really have been a very comfortable home win. Ugly spectacle, but you have to hope Stoke drop out of this league to prevent such garbage at this level ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • It wasn't pretty to watch, but don't forget Stoke make every game they play look bad. We did what we had to and got the result. =)

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    ImDrunky

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • I agree Dubai, Stoke's play is the pits! Well done Canaries for overcoming them

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    bogbog

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Agree entirely, Preston. I did not mean to imply that Ryan was not in Hoots` plans, just that Hoots has his own plan for how best to bring Big Benno along, while making sure Norwich optimise their performances. RB looks really good and if he has what it takes our manager will bring out the best in him, I`m sure. As you say, England caps may be there for him in due course. And practice matches at Colney facing up to Holty must be good experience! OTBC. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

  • PS. The Leeds lads are currently in a nice mid-table position. In the Championship.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Thanks for the tip, baguio. Somebody taught me how to copy a post but I`ve found that if the first try disappears, so do the attempted repeats. I`m too incomputerate to know how to store & retrieve messages! A stat from yesterday`s game:- City starting line-up had 6 Hughton signings, 3 of Lambert, 1 Gunn & 1 Roeder. Does that count as a quiet revolution?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • The sign of growing confidence is to grind a 1-0 win out of an awful game. Stoke out bullied us last season. We showed alot more depth and strength today. We do make it hard for ourselves by being careless in some of our passing, and we still dont have that killer instinct. Having said that....it is possible to belive that a few green shoots are sprouting. Good result. Especially as Villa and Wigan also won.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Great to see our 2 ex-Leeds players linking up. Where are all the Weeds United fans these days ? They were on here more than us a few weeks back. It's all gone quite in the land of the cloth cap? "Ee-bar-gum, Yorkshire. Where men are men + sheep are worried......".

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    Timbo

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Not like you to be provocative, Timbo! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Hi, Preston. Yes, City clearly wanted Ryan and even engineered a last ditch diversion from his trip to sign for Swansea. Also quite a big overall fee, about £3 million? So surely he has a future with us - and beyond? Hughton certainly is his "own man" despite his deferential demeanour. An iron fist in a silk glove? I like him. I think he may have humanitarian and `left-of-centre` beliefs, which may not endear him to some of our more traditional Naarfolkers. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I was quite impressed by that stat about the team Brewer. I notice that the entire defence that started the game was Hughton's. I was glad to see that originally it was R Bennett who was chosen to come on to play in Turner's place, as I am really interested in seeing how he develops. I remember being quite excited at his signing last season and I really want him to kick on and become a top class player. There aren't that many top quality centre backs around the England squad at the moment, just a thought...

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I agree with Preston that Ryan Bennett looks like a talent and needs an opportunity to develop, I guess that he is now the "step in" for Turner and Bassong. Leon Barnett seems to struggle for consistency at this level. On Wednesday evening, we were shown why Dave Watson wanted Mark Bunn, but Dec definitely needs game-hours to get him up to the standard. A loan still looks likely. Jed Steer is the U-21s man so it is going to be interesting to see how they manage this pool of GKs while keeping them motivated. It did not take long for our already depleted back four to be crocked by the Stokers, what would have been the next move? I am sure that Marc T will be sending Garrido his best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Well we clearly got Tony Pulis' goat so that helps our Goat Difference. He puts out a physically aggressive and intimidating team and then he works on the officials before, during and after the match to try and create the impression that his thugs were the victims of cheats. It was his guy who was booked for cheating and after the match he tied himself in a knot trying to keep up his cheats line and defend Charlie Adam. It is reminiscent of the Millwall "Class of 71". Tettey was immense all over the field.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • next game is a real 6 pointer if reading beat us and manchester united also we are in big trouble

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    johnny 4 fingers

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Results are what they are, at least we learnt to win ugly, by how ghastly were Stoke ? I believe that they have been conning everyone for years, the sooner they slide of of the PL the better ! Wigan had a great win at Spurs, got to be the surprise result of the day !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Adams was booked for handball... not diving even though had had tried it 6 times before he was warned...Ref

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    sharky

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I don't know MBA, maybe goats could help to keep the hallowed grass in pristeen condition. On another note, Stoke are what they are. It isn't pretty, but what they do very well is make you fight for everything that you get and they very rarely get beaten by too many goals. So, I for one, am very happy with a 1-0 win, especially considering the double defensive re-shuffle. Things seem to be starting to gel with the team and the new management. Well done lads, lets hope for another good performance next week. Reading will be tough because they will also see us as an opportunity to get 3points on the board. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Or even Glad!

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    Chilly62

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • ok i'm new to this site. any reason why my comment was posted 3 times ?

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    french canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • It happens quite often on here Frenchy, you just get used to it. It happens quite often on here Frenchy, you just get used to it. It happens quite often on here Frenchy, you just get used to it.

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    bogbog

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • make that a goal or 2 dont think we need any goats!

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Very solid, I'll take that. Tettey, Johnson and Bassong were all immense, and good to see Whittaker showing his versatility.

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    Canary Wurst

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Hi french canary. Welcome to le site. I find that sometimes postings bring up an "Error 503" and then you are invited to resubmit, whereupon it either disappears again or arrives twice. I said some polite things about Sony Tulip last week. I unreservedly retract them. Tulip is a dissembling thug who nurtures a "style" of "football" which, if rolled out universally, would bring about the rapid demise of our "beautiful game". His mob were shut out `cos our boys only let them win one corner and that Delapidated bloke wasn`t there to do his party-piece basketball stuff. City`s resolve after losing two defenders reminiscent of last season`s Bolton game. You`re getting there Hoots!! Tettey is a legend in the making. Please stay with us, Alex! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Well put Dark Moon. It really seems to be coming together now.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Reply ethered, Preston. I agree with you ref R. Bennett. Hoots is his own man. Iron fist in a silk glove. Précis.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I was absolutely delighted with our win yesterday it shows that the team are beginning to play together now and are settling into a pattern. And with the great result against Spurs mid-week confirms the strength we have within the squad. We have all wobbled about Hughton's appointment recently, but he is showing his talent now and as I have always thought has been the best "signing" we made during the summer!! And I'm also very pleased for Turner. He has come into form just at the right time. Hope his and Bassong's injuries are not too bad. Well done lads I am proud of all of you. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • As has been stated scrappy game but it is 3 points --- I would have no problem if we became like the Arsenal of old one nil to the Norwich. With Readings score today we now have the chance next week to build further. The main plus point of late is that we have a team that defends as a team and is not thrown when we lose some through injury.

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Wasn't the prettiest match ,but then again I've never seen a pretty game with stoke involved. still 7 points out of 9 ,things are starting to look up . Reading is a must win next Saturday otbc.

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    french canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Watching Stoke too many times would make you lose the will to live

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    superfan59

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Scrappy but I don't care! Good 3 points.

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    chirpy

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • 3 points gained in a very scrappy game.why cant we pass the ball?Are all our players colour blind?and why when we head the ball out of defence does it always land at the feet of the opposition?or am i being to critical!lol.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I have to say, having watched MOTD last night, that Adam possibly shouldn't have been booked for diving (on that occasion at least), but the foul on Snodgrass was definitely a foul. Maybe Stoke should have got a free kick in the build up to that, but that is one of those that you don't always get and you have to defend properly so that you don't concede a goal. Good result and I am glad that the team is starting to take shape. Reading next week is one that we need to get something from as well. I reckon we need to come out of November with at least 13 points to give us a chance of hitting 20 before the halfway point of the season. IHWT

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Ignoring the West Ham result, the other nine like-for-like fixtures this season have rendered nine points for City compared to seven under Lambert last. All this and further progress in the Capital One cup under an urbane, intelligent and likeable new manager - though I am also full of admiration for Lambert and his achievements. Hughton doubters beginning to address their thoughts?

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    Dark Moon

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • bad game, great win, another goat or two would have been ideal to help sort our GD out. Every game is a big one but the next one is huge, Reading have 2 games in hand if the win both they're level with us on points, if we beat them then we are getting some daylight between us and bottom 3, bit of a shame other results were not different today I would have liked Vanilla to have dropped at least 2 points and Swansea not to have grabbed that draw.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Just back from the N&N, the neck brace came off quiet easily. Stoke are the most awful team I've seen in over 30 years, but the highlight was the chant for Tony Pulis, Looking forward to Reading away next week. Otbc

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    getreal

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

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