Chris Hughton insisted no-one should be in any doubt about Norwich City’s character after a brave late fightback earned a 1-1 Premier League draw at ten-man Tottenham on Saturday afternoon.

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The Canaries deserved at least a point for their efforts at White Hart Lane after being denied at times single-handedly by veteran Spurs keeper Brad Friedel. New Tottenham signing Mousa Dembele had punished some slack control from Jonny Howson to fire the hosts ahead on 69 minutes, but Robert Snodgrass swept home Grant Holt’s knockdown for a late leveller. Andre Villas-Boas’ side were reduced to ten men for the original four minutes of added on time at the end of the game when Howson was clattered on half-way by Tom Huddlestone, but City were again foiled by Friedel who thwarted the superb Bradley Johnson when play restarted.

“We certainly had the better chances,” said Hughton. “I think as the away side against the sort of quality they have here when you play that well you deserve something in the 90 minutes. It is a tough place to come. Sometimes that is how it happens. If you are away from home and you don’t take your chances then the law of averages are, against a side like Tottenham, they will wear you down and make the most of any opportunity. The thing I was most pleased about was the response to going behind. It would have been easy to go into our shells but to go 1-0 behind here and not let our heads drop and then force an equaliser and being pushing for a winnner at the end speaks volumes.”

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  • wivenhoebudgie don't like to use your real name! maybe it is like your spelling in your comments. I would like to point out to you that I was NOT criticising Norwich game, the very highly paid keeper and his lack of skills. Saturday morning I read in a National newspaper the Premium League team positions etc., teams that had played 3 games so far this season, bottom, Norwich, goals for, 2, goals against 7, the writing backs up my voicing that we need a real keeper, a catcher and saver of the ball, easy enough to pick it out of the back of the net to keep certain people satisfied,not me thank you.

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    Paul Platten

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • And Dissaster - no fight, and no problems. My comment about close to enemy territory was reflecting on you nom-de-plume, which, with 2 s's looks like you may hail from Diss, which is on the county border - hence too close to enemy territory. All the rest was humorous banter - which was why I sent the smiley with the "inoffensive riposte" - which shows the misunderstandings that can arise when die GrossKontrolleren start ethering stuff unnecessarily!!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • As others have commented, the media & pundit reaction was SO predictable. We 'snatched, grabbed & stole' a point. On MOTD, it was where the Mighty Spurs went wrong, blah, blah. The R5 commentary, much the same, where AVB was getting it wrong. Then, the 'piece de resistance', the final comments of messrs Shearer & Rednapp, re the rest of the season. Spurs top four said 'arry, Norwich will be in a fight - no doubt about it said Shearer. Based on resources & history, gents? It certainly wasn't based on the evidence here, m'lud.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Totally agree with all the praise heaped on OUR TEAM yesterday and can't wait for 12.45 on the 15th!!!! I can't find Ged anywhere - he must have drunk too much celebrating and have fallen in a gutter somewhere. No comments from MB either!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Thanks dingo. I now know more than I did yesterday. As MB says .... every day's a schoolday!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • That's better, playing good football, played spurs off the park yesterday. Everything right except the result! Hopefully as stated by many that will sort itself out over the coming weeks. It will be a long hard season but that's why Norwich want to be in the Premier League, it's the best League in the British Isle's to be in!

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    RoadWarrior

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Ah wisemanthree has a good point, but while the national press and bbc treat us like second class, we can sneak in under the rarar and make them look really silly. As for the local lot they now have a new geezer in charge who was last seen in a role of impotence in Ipswwgh so expect more Suffolk trollery

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • @Crabs. Too close to enemy terrrirtory? By definition, the Front Line? Thanks for perceiving my, in a roundabout way, my courage. I salute The Royal Norfolks, latterly, The Royal Anglians. Not to forget the slight man from Burnam Thorpe? Now sshhhhs.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Credit where credit is due, well done Morison. I thought he did very well and seemed to really want it for the first time in a long time. If he can keep playing with that kind of desire then I wouldn't be shy of starting him. I love Jackson, he runs around a lot, gains us a lot of ground, but just doesn't seem to be able to do much with the ball when it counts. He is a good impact substitute, but I wouldn't start him. I miss Hoolahan!

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    NrflkM

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Result aside, the performance was good enough to provide a little much needed confidence all round. I can now honestly say hand on heart that we are still capable and have a very good fighting chance in this league. The quality of the bottom half this season will make it a thriller!

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    NrflkM

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • As I speak, minutes to go . . yer maan Brendan is getting a Rodgering. Mr Lambert, in his Villa In Astonia, is also considering his 'rebirth'. Not all trumpets and ribbons, lads???

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Second week running that City have been robbed by the ref against a London team. From six thousand miles away, I thought the attempt to get Morison's shirt off was a definite penalty. And so did the South American commentator: "In Chile, in Peru, In Bolivia it's a penalty! In Argentina, in Brazil, in Coloimbia it's a clear penalty! In the whole of South America! All over the world! Ahhhhhhh - halsey!" Congrats to CH for turning things round after the Fulham debcle. As far as the lack of strikers controversy is concerned, and although I was sad to see Vaughan go out on loan (good performance from him today and scored against the Ipo), maybe the club doesn't need so many strikers on the books when it has so many midfielders capable of going forward and scoring, eg. today, Snodgrass, Pilks and BJ.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Where I reside, 'crabs'? Methinks you grasp too quickly? Mmmm, I sincerely supported your, much earlier post.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • fantastic performance.great fighting spirit.a real pity we didn't secure all 3 points.the lads were denied by some fine goalkeeping from brad freidal.

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    Norwich in Singapore

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • what a difference having a strong defense makes, gives confidence throughout the team. and paul, you are obviously a binner of very limited intelligence.

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    goldeneadie

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • A brilliant performance straight out of the top drawer. Despite going a goal behind I knew by the way we were playing that we would go away with at least a point. Shame the three unwise monkeys on MOTD suggested that we would be "in a relegation battle". Must have been watching something else. If we continue to play with the spirit, tenacity, and creativity shown on Saturday we won't have anything to fear.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • The sub-ed knocks "crabby" (misprint) copy into shape and then writes the headline. Then the sports ed lets it thru or not, at his discretion. i don't know what they do at Archant tho.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Starts this report with the comment of Spurs being only 10 men, that will be for a whole 7 minutes then! Excellent display, robbed of penalty again by poor officials who referee completely differently when giving favours to the big top spending teams.

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    goldie

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • A ten-strong party from Coltishall went to the game. I saw four of them in the pub today. Each one gave a better report than Paddy Divot. Fantastic performance by all accounts. I can only afford a home season ticket these days - away is just too expensive to contemplate. OTBC.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Great battling point for the lads! Spurs away appears to be a game where we are assured of some sort of result. Bring on the Hammers!

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • What do you mean "ten-man Tottenham" Paddy? Huddlestone was only sent off in the 89th minute. That means they were only down to 10 men for 1 minute (well, 5, actually, as the ref did add on 4 minutes at the end for some reason best known to himself!) Huddlestone himself had only been on the pitch for 7 minutes, having come on in the 82nd for Defoe. And furthermore, what do you men about a "brave fightback"? The only fightback was done by Spurs who were boo-ed off the pitch at half time by their own fans for a performance which only saw them in the City half for around 5 minutes of the entire 45! In fact what was remarkable was why City were not at least 2-0 up at half time, and why they did not score at least 3 in the last 10 minutes of the game! I have not seen a City side dominate so much in a match for a very long time. I was there Paddy - were you? And if you were, lets have some accurate reporting - we get little enough credit from the London and Manchester Press - the least we can hope for is a bit of honesty and support from the Local Press!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Sorry Crab - I don't mean the didactic bit at all. Until I got old (over 50) I was a proper journo which is why I can't help picking these Archant amateurs apart. As you hint, there's enuff teechers here already!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Great result. Why there are negative comments is beyond me. The City more than deserved a point and what have they go to do to get a penalty? Heartily sick of media comments . M of the Day pundits spent the whole time talking about Spurs and Fridal in particular. And the newspapers all seem to agree that City " snatched a point " and not that City could have won the game. The City will never be able to compete against the large clubs financially but have showed that they can play football and give as good as they get.is it that Long may they remain in the big league.

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    norman hall

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Only if it's a yellow shirt apparently. What goes around comes around so hopefully we will get the rub of the green at some stage.

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Just love' the Crabs' . . . er, no. Ermm . . his enthusiasm? This post has gone horribly wrong.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Like most of your posts - Diss! Perhaps that's why you've chosen that as your nom-de-plume!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • For the third week in a row, City's game was live over here. Today's game was some of the best football I have seen the boys play. Played at 100mph, nice passing and players looking like they know what one another do best. I like what I'm seeing Houghton get from them. All the new player impressive matching well with Pilks and Jackson especially. OTBC.

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    Texas canary

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Absolutely true dingo, but I'm not - this time - complaining about the quality, just let's have ACCURACY, not emotive words written for effect. In fact, apart from not clarifying that Snoddy actually scored our goal 5 minutes BEFORE the sending off, PD's report actually is more factual once you read past the opening paragraph - but why accentuate a "ten-man team", when this was only a fact for the closing moments of the game, or talk of a "comeback", when you can see from his own report that this was not a fair description of Norwich's game? No, read Mike Bailey's report on Snoddy for fairness, or David Cuffley's match report for accuracy - particularly the opening "taster" paragraph.

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Your latest post 'Crab'? Not from me. I don't know where this'fight' has come from. Enough, now.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Yet again a low billing on MotD and low and behold Swansea on first! Oh the joy. And yes, I agree, the only thing mentioned was Spurs spurs spurs friedel spurs spurs spurs dembele spurs spurs spurs friedel again spurs spurs.... to be honest with you I think we could be in the Premier League for 10 years and people will still regard us a joke club formed off the back of incest and farming. It sincerely annoys me when credit isn't given where credit is due. When people choose to say 'Spurs played poor, they should have won this' when they probably should be saying 'Norwich stepped up to the challenge today' I just dismay

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    wisemanthree

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Some inspired signings by CH, thus far, Bassong, Garrido & Snodgrass (no particular order) Building from the back - the recognised way to build a team? Re Bassong & Garrido, just shows what belief - a little l-o-v-e, can do. (as in life?). I listened to R5, watched MOTD, for my untrained eyesears it looked as good a dish, as our late chef, Sig. Lambertoni, had ever served - better maybe? P.S. Would loved to have been a 'fly-on-the-wall', down the A140, around 16.45pm, yesterday - Frankie V, you beauty!!!

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • No, really, dingo, I never hint - that's for women (!) - I was thanking you for the info. I thought that was what subbies did. You put me right. I learned something. Nothing wrong with that - especially when taught by a professional!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • S*d those banal buffoons on MOTD!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • See what I mean? :>) :>)

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Fair point Crab: maybe some idiotic sub-editor decided to jazz it up. PD does have previous, tho!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Nothing wrong with negative comments, providing they are constructive and not just an ill thought rant. We none of us see football, a match, through the same eyes. Long may polite debate continue.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • yeah..with this sort of performance and attitude we dont have a problem....my faith in CH starting to grow...otbc.

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    tom the taxi

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Doubt it dingo. As I understand Press-room labour division, subbies write headlines and kicker-headlines (the ones with the silly puns), but don't normally interfere with senior (?) reporters stories.

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • XXXXXXX, t'would appear SOME posts get through. Do not incur the mighty wrath of the censor? The Controller? Lots of No 1s & No 2s(?) "The Prisoner" lives????

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • I'm quite happy for us to be largely ignored by the media - especially if it means we avoid the relegation dogfight as per last season. OTBC

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    Mr Ed

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • I see the wonderful Swansea were mentioned below. Did anyone else notice their "rugged" ie dirty play yesterday? Neil Taylor who broke his ankle was lucky not to get a yellow card going in studs up in the tackle where he got injured. Chico getting sent off for a spot of head kicking shouldn't even have been on the pitch after a previous 2 footed, studs up tackle. These seem to have been ignored in the general adulation. I'm sure that Holtie, Johno and co will not allow themselves to be bullied.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Just love' the Crabs' . . . er, no. Ermm . . his enthusiasm? This post has gone horribly wrong.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • So proud of the performance yesterday, all my worries about not having a team good enough to compete in the PL are a thing of the past. If CH can keep them motivated, we'll be finishing higher than last season. Relegation? I don't think so. OTBC.

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    Dazman16

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Great result unlucky not to win. Mr Platten is yu a troll

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Hey Crab, re your post: What we need from the local press (a monopoly) is a bit of quality reporting. No rivals = no need to try, unfortunately. So don't hold your breath. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • The inoffensive riposte concluded with a "smiley" made up of a colon, a "greater than" sign and a close bracket. I tried that combination again afterwards. ...... Both were ethered. duh!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • A cracking performance and we are showing some quality now passing the ball around, Pilks and Snodgrass are going to cause no end of problems to the opposition. Hopefully this result will ease some of the negative comments that usually appear on here!

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    CanaryCitizen

    Saturday, September 1, 2012

  • Im not worried what the so-called football pundits say about city,let them waffle on,as long as we are getting the results which will hopefully keep us up again this season that's all that matters,great result yesterday,we might not have the spending power of alot of the clubs but the spirit is there and thats worth a hell of alot more,thats the sunday preaching over, OTBC.

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    ncfcforever

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • No sign of Ged, funny how our super fan and elf proclaimed legend only wants to shout his mouth off when we loose or have a poor performance. The master plan is showing, we all thought madness to loan out vaughn but look we just wanted to keep scoring against Ipswich.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Or perhaps it's a reflection on where you live. If so you're a bit too close to enemy territory for comfort. Might affect your thought processes!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Right, things are now settling into a clearer pattern after the first game of the season. Now we have to kill games off and the West Ham game is going to be a good indicator of where we stand. Now the season really begins...

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Another unclean sheet for Norwich, boy oh boy what a vast difference between the two keepers, Brad Freidal that's the way to do it, we need one like him in our goal, but I got some more £'s from the bookie on my bet once I saw who was to be in goal for us, wake up.

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    Paul Platten

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • So touched that you missed me, Mr Ed. And so good to be linked with Hypertroll, NOT :-( My `pooter wouldn`t go, just mended it! ;-). Ref journos, it is truly regrettable that they get by on strings of clichés these days. Prolix is a prime example. Great Canaries performance @ WHL! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 3, 2012

  • inoffensive riposte ethered!

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    The Crab

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

  • Do a players shirt have to be completely pulled off his back by an opponent for it to be classed as a penenalty!!

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    Sunday, September 2, 2012

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    Sunday, September 2, 2012

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