Norwich boss Chris Hughton had no complaints with a hard-fought Premier League opening day point against Everton at Carrow Road.

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City were indebted to club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel who headed a 71st minute equaliser on his top flight debut after Everton had struck twice inside four minutes through Ross Barkley and Seamus Coleman to cancel out Steven Whittaker’s virtuoso opener six minutes after half-time.

The Canaries were without the likes of Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass - the Scot failing a late fitness test on a groin injury - in addition to team captain Sebastien Bassong, Anthony Pilkington and Leroy Fer against a powerful Toffees’ outfit.

“Yes, I am happy with a point. I think it was a fair reflection of the game,” said Hughton. “You know you will miss out on good spells of possession against a full-strength Everton side. If you look at the quality and the maturity you can see why they have done so well over the last few years. We were a few short. we lost Robert only really on the morning which was a big blow for us. With the way the game panned out and going 2-1 down I felt we showed a lot of character and we had a couple of moments after that which might have ended with us even getting a winner. The disappointing thing was the second goal we conceded. The lad (Ross) Barkley has scored a screamer but we could have certainly done better on the second goal. To go 2-1 down against a team as free-flowing in possession as these are showed great character.”

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  • Not wishing my yellow'n'green bias to go unchecked. I've crtiticised a certain Villa forward for . . .shall we say 'lack of balance'. I would have to accept we too have a player, who is no stranger, when trying to impress Mr Spielberg with his thespian skills. I give you our own Wee Willie MacSnodgrass! In last weeks international, when tackled by Gerrard, just ouside the England penalty area, he went down, arms 'to surrender' - twice in a split second. (it bordered on the amusing) Watch him - he screen tests quite regularly. An annoying, sickening aspect of the modern game.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Still the problem of giving strikers opportunities to score - at least the few we got we took. That's the improvement. Let us hope Fer and a returning Snodgrass will increase the service to the front.

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • This new edition of the team looks very promising to me and I thought the spunk and quality of movement much better than what prevailed last year. Defense a bit shaky at times but Bassong, and others, will be back soon. Looking forward to watching more good early morning football (or "soccer" as we say over here) from my vantage point in far away Seattle.

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    Seattlescion

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Pastie's from Australia ! You should be so lucky at least they won't contain horse . Kangaroo maybe.

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    spark

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • MBA Green Beret, I'll tweet you should I hear.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Got to be a good result and promising, with some key players still missing. Looked a lot sharper going forward than last season and although we didn't create many chances, took a couple of difficult ones. Good start

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    SussexYellow

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Of topic a bit, but with all the hype that womans football has just received is there or is there any sign of a NCFC ladies team? perhaps nicknamed 'the birds'!

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • fair result. With Fer, Snoddy, Hooper and Bassong hopefully all in contention next week, the side will only get stronger. great bonus today that RVW got off the mark, historically he scores in patches so hopefully a few more goals over the course of the next month.

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    Dave.B

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • well its no worse than the Donnie Belles

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • MBA - How about The Yellow Beryls?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • I stumbled upon your business website the other day, MBA. Makes me wish I had a boat! Quite a lot of boat-type stuff goes on around here - Trend Marine, Richardson`s, all the stuff @ Wroxham etc. Perhaps we could call that ladies` team the `Norfolk Broads`. Would go down well in the Yoo S of A! All those puns available `Anchor-woman`, `deFender`, a goalie called `Rudder`, striker called `Elle Mander`, `wide berth` etc. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 19, 2013

  • The Wolf scored yesterday from his only real chance of the game as the midfield failed to provide any decent telling passes or chances for him to feed off. Given that when we had our best run last year, the midfield pair consisted of Tettey and Johnson with Wes behind the striker, when we had our worst run we had a midfield pairing Howson with Johnson plus Wes, why did we start with the latter midfield pairing again yesterday when Tettey was fit.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Pleasant to note that with very few exceptions, the reaction to the game\result, has been positive. With the line-up 30% short of CHs 'dreamteam', I'm sure, a more powerful City side has still to emerge. RvW off the mark a major plus - he's put that baby to bed. - helluva pressure off, negative nervous energy no longer feeding demons.(think Torres?) Looking elsewhere, oooops at Goonerville!! Paulus Lamberticus, victorious over the Gauls, now leading his legions, in triumph, down the Appian Way (Aston expressway) into Rome (Birmingham). I Watched the Swansea v Man U match, can't remember the last time I saw a team play that well, yet lose so heavily.

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    Dissaster

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Forgive me TrevorK, I don't think your idea of midfield pairings, providing historically automatic success, are logical. Many, too many variables, and quite possibly no constant ones.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • If the Green Beret is a ref to the Marines then sadly you have it wrong as I am far from a military man!!

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • On another note, is anyone going to Hull from the North West next week. I might be looking to car share.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Totally agree with Dave B. A fair result against a well organised Everton team. Good pace and an entertaining game. Lots of positives. Redmond looks the business and will only get better as he matures and RVW scored so the monkey's off his back. We should do well against the majority oft he teams in the league. Onwards and upwards!

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • Doc, you talk of Everton's Das Boot choreography? I think Villa's Agbonlahor's favourite song must be Roll-over Beethoven. What a performance! He goes down like he's been raked by machime-gun fire, losing all control and resembling a horizontal whisk! Oddly enough, different tackles, from different angles produce the same 'death-scene'. Tragic.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Only 12 touches all game but one was a goal-feed the Wolf and he will score!

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • I see that Everton players were auditioning for the stage version of Das Boot, dive, dive, dive.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

  • The Wolf scored yesterday from his only real chance of the game as the midfield failed to provide any decent telling passes or chances for him to feed off. Given that when we had our best run last year, the midfield pair consisted of Tettey and Johnson with Wes behind the striker, when we had our worst run we had a midfield pairing Howson with Johnson plus Wes, why did we start with the latter midfield pairing again yesterday when Tettey was fit.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Does anyone know if the pubs are televising all City matches this season ?

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    Steely Dan

    Sunday, August 18, 2013

  • Really enjoyed the game today. Much more positive and entertaining than most of the servings last season. Redmond certainly looked the part but drifted out of the game in the second half and probably should have been substituted 10-15 mins earlier. Great for RvW to get off the mark and little Benno worked his socks off. Hoolahan was almost trying too hard to impress and Howson certainly looked much better in a more forward position. I agree with many other posters here that when we get Bassong, Snods and Hooper back, we will be quite a force. Happy with a point - for sure there will be a lot worse sides than Everton coming to the Carra later in the season. I do though have a very serious issue to raise. My brother and I had a Cornish Pastie before the game. Where were they made? Only AUSTRALIA!! The brand is "Vili's". The law in this country is that they cannot be called 'Cornish Pasties' unless they are actually made in Cornwall so not sure what is going on. These are described as "Australian Style". What does that mean? Come on Delia, how can we be getting our Cornish Pasties from the other side of the world?? Several years ago we won the award for the best pies - actually my brother supplied them!! These pasties were pretty awful - explanation, please, Ms Smith.

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    Kent Anglian

    Saturday, August 17, 2013

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