Norwich City chief Chris Hughton insisted the recalled Wes Hoolahan did everything he asked of him in the Canaries’ 1-0 Premier League defeat at Newcastle.

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Hoolahan left a major impression on Hughton during his first top flight start of the campaign in a new-look formation paired behind Steve Morison. Grant Holt and Simeon Jackson made way as Hughton tried to pep up his frontline. A second consecutive blank may suggest the policy reaped only minimal dividends, but Hoolahan reinforced his case for a longer stint in the starting line up.

“I thought he was very good today, considering we got 90 minutes out of him and apart from the league cup tie this was his first game of the season,” said Hughton. “I wanted to change things around because we were coming to a stadium where you know it is going to be a tough. They have the ability to go long into the front players or they can show more quality on the ball and I wanted to get Wes on the ball for us as much as possible.

“By doing that I thought it would release whoever I played up top. I wanted to change things around a little bit as well to try and get a change of fortune in front of goal. Unfortunately for us, it has been a similar story to the last three games. We have wanted to get on the ball and try and play, which is difficult when you come here with the quality they have, but to cause them problems is a testament to our side.”

Hoolahan carved out a golden chance for Andrew Surman which could have altered the balance of the contest after City were undone by Demba Ba in the 19th minute.

“I was disappointed with the goal we conceded because it was the type of one we saw them score earlier in the week,” said Hughton. “With that similar type of movement and that type of space. I thought we showed enough quality in our possession today, albeit we didn’t have great chances, but Andrew Surman had arguably the best chance of the game – apart from their penalty. I felt we had enough about us to get something.

“We are on the back of four good performances and having been at Newcastle for the period of time I was, I know how difficult it is to get a result. Perhaps this wouldn’t have been one of Newcastle’s better performances here, but it was still going to be difficult to get a result. But with that type of spirit and that type of commitment, I believe the first win will not be too far away. This is probably the fourth game in a row I have had this frustration and I’m looking very much forward to that win, because I think this group of players deserve it.”

Hughton filed Newcastle’s first half penalty in the same drawer as QPR’s at Carrow Road, although Papiss Cisse’s wayward finish ensured Morison went unpunished for easing Mike Williamson under the ball inside the Norwich area.

“I would have to say there was some movement from Steve but I still think it was a soft penalty,” he said. “If you perhaps analysed it again you would say there has been a movement but it is a penalty that in other games would not have been awarded.

“We have had one or two of those incidents and I know in this game you make your own luck but it would still be nice to be on the right side of it. I’d like to think we have a group of players who will come away having learned what we didn’t do well to get the result and try to put that right.

“At Tottenham we deserved to win and here on the balance of play we put in a real good account of ourselves. Apart from that first game, we have been brave away from home. We conceded one goal here at a place where with this strike force they will score plenty.”

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28 comments

  • The inclusion of Hoolahan, for 90 mins, has brought a favourable reaction from CH, sure - but we lost, we didn't score. Am I missing something?

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Holt, Hoolahan and what about the other member of the League One free scoring trio Chris Martin. Pilkington usually makes something happen but sadly Morison seems a lost cause. We have to find an effective a route to goal or a tighter defence will be wasted.

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    Andrew H

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Folks, we have here, at the Custard Bowl, a squad of players, who, by Prem standards, are moderately talented. We don't possess a mega talent in any one player, no one ticks all the boxes. There is no 'Silver Bullet', succeed or fail, it will be because of a team ethos, nothing else.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • The inclusion of Hoolahan, for 90 mins, has brought a favourable reaction from CH, sure - but we lost, we didn't score. Am I missing something?

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Despite what us fans know and think CH has to see things for himself and make his own mind up. Its only positive that Hoolihan had a good game, therefore he may well now find himself in the starting line-up on Saturday. Whether this is enough to create the goals we need is another thing, although with Hoolihan the best pairing up front has got to be Holt and Jackson (....or maybe Pilkington?)

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I know I will be howled at, perhaps vilified, for posting this - sure has nout to do with NCFC. Much is on the news re Hillsborough, I am not aware of any mention of Heysel, four years earlier, 39 dead, 600+ injured. In my advanced years coincidences rarely. . really. . . occur. To each our own?

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Well, why has it taken more than a month for CH to see the contribution that Hooley gives to the team??

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    tom the taxi

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • It would appear my posts don;t agree with some. Oooops! My anal oririce blows you a kiss..

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I thought that Wes was brilliant, and I'm not saying that just because of Road Warrior ;-) He regularly created space with his turns and set up some great through balls, unfortunately Surs was on the end and he is not a great finisher. The Fulham game was horrible, headless chickens, since then things have really tightenred up and this team is not far from making the grade.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • If you are missing something Dissaster, it for sure ain't the submit button!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • an oririce Diss ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Surman is a good finisher - if it falls on his left foot that is. Unfortunately, he tried to take his chance on Sunday with his left, when he should have gone with his right. I would prefer to see Pilks in the team rather than him as he gets genuine width, has two good feet, and is a bit quicker. As well as that, he can tackle, which Surman can't on Sunday's evidence. I don't want to bash Surman, I think he is technically good, but you can't play both him and Snodgrass in the same team as they are too similar. As for Wes, I have always felt he adds something to the team. I like his hold up play and his link up play in particular.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Swiss, I know a lot of what people say is just to wind up others on these pages, however most of the comments you make are positive and in the main people do make statements, but it's because people are passionate about what they comment on. This is a site about Norwich City and by and large people on here are Norwich Supporters and voice their opinions. Nothing wrong with that. I just happen to think that Wes is a super footballer and should be given match time. He is the spark! Hillsborough is a very emotive subject and along with Heysel will go down along with the Ibrox disaster of 1971 as footballs saddest days. Nothing wrong with remembering them, as long as we learn from them! RIP

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    RoadWarrior

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Like i said Diss it was the martians that done it. SPC cannot have any stain on its footballing legend and theres no truth in the rumour that !!!!!!!!!!! except that they did

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Swiss, I know a lot of what people say is just to wind up others on these pages, however most of the comments you make are positive and in the main people do make statements, but it's because people are passionate about what they comment on. This is a site about Norwich City and by and large people on here are Norwich Supporters and voice their opinions. Nothing wrong with that. I just happen to think that Wes is a super footballer and should be given match time. He is the spark! Hillsborough is a very emotive subject and along with Heysel will go down along with the Ibrox disaster of 1971 as footballs saddest days. Nothing wrong with remembering them, as long as we learn from them! RIP

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    RoadWarrior

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • no idea where this came from but Diss, a Norfolk market town. Aster a small flower. sort of sweet really

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Is our new manager beginning to realise that which us City Fans new all along. ….HOOLAHAN and the job he does is without match within the current squad. Until someone else comes along with the same ability, his name should always be FIRST on the team sheet, and in partnership with him, HOLT will thrive.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I have gone on Record many times regarding Wes starting for Norwich.I think he adds the spark that ignites the team. I agree there is no Silver Bullet to cure all but Wes is a must, although this is just my opinion.

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    RoadWarrior

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Surman is a good finisher - if it falls on his left foot that is. Unfortunately, he tried to take his chance on Sunday with his left, when he should have gone with his right. I would prefer to see Pilks in the team rather than him as he gets genuine width, has two good feet, and is a bit quicker. As well as that, he can tackle, which Surman can't on Sunday's evidence. I don't want to bash Surman, I think he is technically good, but you can't play both him and Snodgrass in the same team as they are too similar. As for Wes, I have always felt he adds something to the team. I like his hold up play and his link up play in particular.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Apologies "White Carrot", in no way intentional - it annoys me too. Honest.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • ok serioous stuff .A lot of innocent people died back in '89 at Hillsborough and as is the usual some contributory factors must be acknowledged, but i am not going to mention anything after 3.00pm. Thats been covered by them that know , the only question i need an answer too is Why open the gates at about 2.50.to let all those people in.NO wrong question. Why did all those people turn up so late and try to get entry so late.The sensible ones who got their early got squished. I could go on but..... error 503 so this may never appear or will do 6 times

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • @wiv budgie - canary, whatever? The loss of life a most serious subject, never to be minimalised be it of any nation, colour or creed. Methinks you are on the money. Roadworks, 'Tarmac' the company involved(I take guidance?) were involved in work on the obvious route, traffic slowing, leading to a deadly haste? I (given my awareness) apportion blame to no one single factor - a combination of things, 'blending' led to a horrendously sad day.

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    Dissaster

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • @White Carrot. I am, I believe, the genuine article. Nothing special. Suspect little - believe me. Honest.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Hoolahan's ball skills, distribution and off-ball movement make him an excellent link between the midfield and the strikers. He is very difficult to mark.

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • Why have we let Vaughan go out on loan. It's a joke ...

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    andys

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Hail! Tom the Taxi!....It's because he was a Full back in his playing career, and more often than not Full Backs don't understand the finer points of Football that attack minded players have in their makeup.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • The white carrot requires no apology Dissaster. I just wish you would put your old coat on. I'm all for a brew up on an afternoon like this.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • agree Diss, many things slowed or caused a surge just after 2.30 , including the last orders call

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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