Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists Crystal Palace’s Marouane Chamakh was a lucky boy not to see red in 1-1 Premier League draw

Norwich City goalscorer Bradley Johnson is congratulated by Gary Hooper after his opener in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City goalscorer Bradley Johnson is congratulated by Gary Hooper after his opener in a 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, January 1, 2014
6:32 PM

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insisted Crystal Palace should have had a man sent off as well as his own side after a gruelling 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace.

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Hughton had no issue with Leroy Fer’s two yellow cards which rule him out of this weekend’s FA Cup third round tie against Fulham but Hughton was adamant Marouane Chamakh had to go late in the first period after a tangle with Wes Hoolahan when he clearly grabbed the Irishman by the throat.

“I have no complaints with the penalty,” he said. “I don’t have any complaints with the ones that went against us but certainly Chamakh should have been off the pitch. The referee had a very good view of it and, to the letter of the law as I know it, if someone raises a hand it’s a sending off.

“Credit to Wes Hoolahan - he didn’t try to get the lad sent off. He got straight back up and he didn’t try to make a meal of it but it was sending off offence.”

Palace manager Tony Pulis remained upbeat after his side slipped back into the bottom three.

“The end of the season is when it counts,” he said. “It is not at Christmas or new year. The most important thing if you focus on that. The window opens so it gives you an opportunity to wheel and deal; move a few out and a few in, which hopefully will help us. Overall I think we should have three points,” he said. That is the second game running we’ve played games in very poor conditions, which made it a lottery. You don’t want that at home; you want the advantage of being at home. I thought the referee did well under the conditions.”

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  • Did a quick look at the remaining fixtures and trying to forecast results and points, based on current form. Currently we sit 15th with 20 points from 20 games. That means 18 more games to play and 54 more PL points to play for. This is what we will have to expect to pick up monthly to get to that magic 40 point mark - which may be just enough to keep us up. This is how I see the points coming :- Jan = 9 points – City 4 Feb = 12 points – City 5 Mar = 15 points – City 6 Apr = 12 Points – City 4 May = 6 Points – City 1 It's going to be a pretty close run now by the looks of things - get ready for a roller-coaster ride in 2014 !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I think Houghton should consider changing his name to Mr Excuse. Manchester United were apparently lucky as well. Oh well, shouldn't have to wait long for his next lucky opponents to come along.

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    NB

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Not as lucky as you are to still be in a job Hughton.

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • We all know that ! its stating the obvious !

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Looking at the Jan 11th fixtures, we will be 17th that evening unless something changes.

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    MichiganCanary

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Carry on the excellent work "agent" Hughton. You are doing an outstanding job!

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    Liz Knott

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • One point from the mighty Palace does not a season make. It is looking more grim each game. Hard to see where the points are going to come from. This team is pretty poor and with a manager that seems to accept that fighting against relegation is the norm for N City. Not good enough.

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    stormy

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Please Ms Smith and Mr McNally, tell me you have cast an eye at THFC and the improvements brought on by a change of philosophy not merely new 'management'. Malky may be tied up with court battles till summer, so even WBA my not get him, but we do have Neil Adams in our midst or Mike Phelan is available. Draws are not sufficient even against sides below us.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Dan, those were dreadful times for Norwich City especially when they appointed Gunn full time after his pathetic period as caretaker manager, probably because they were too scared to find a better candidate. Isn't that where we are now, keeping a poor manager because the board are too scared to stick their necks out and find a better man for the job? Remember our turnaround in fortunes came precisely because Mr McNally fired Gunn and got in a good manager. Of course it was easier then because he had not appointed Gunn. Are we going to be relegated because of Mr McNally's pride?

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Willb, onions are on special offer at Tescos right now.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Drawn games at Sunderland and Palace were ok results, particularly when you consider a soggy pitch and gale force winds made it perfect conditions for a Pulis team. The home games however were a disaster and we will go down if our post Xmas form of last year is repeated. Sack CH the answer? Probably but it has to be done immediately so his replacement can operate during the window. I see MacKay being mentioned. Beware of sentiment I say. We all thought he got a rough deal when he left as a player but Cardiff are one of the few teams below us with less points, less goals and more conceded. If we sack CH and West Ham dismiss Allardyce the only certainty left is that all three relegated teams will have changed managers to no effect.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • How is it that this jester who goes by the name of Hughton is still with the club and NOT SACKED, when will this board sober up!!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • What conclusions can we draw from today's game ? Certainly the game was played in poor conditions and maybe some of the money that is used for players salaries, transfer and agents etc could be spend on ground condition and spectator viewing improvements. In this day and age - and with the obscene amounts of money spent on top flight football - is all the money being channeled in the right directions ? Also, there is much debate and talk about the vast number of games that are played (in England) over the Christmas & new Year period - when other leagues are on a mid-winter break. Given Norwich City's return of one point from the last there games we might as well have been on our winter break anyway ! Oh well, look on the bright side - we are undefeated in 2014 !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Well he would say the referee did you good job wouldn't he.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • We all know that ! its stating the obvious !

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    Albert Cooper

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • How is it that this jester who goes by the name of Hughton is still with the club and NOT SACKED, when will this board sober up!!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • It's you should be getting a red card Hughton. Anway your team couldn't beat Hull when they had ten men so why should it have made any difference.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Does Leroy's sending off mean a one match or a three match ban. If one he will only miss the cup game against Fulham. Oh and another game where we take the lead only to lose it rather quickly.Three points against everton will help cheer me up .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Hughton and Davitt. Do Archant really think us plebs (sorry, NCFC fans and readers) are happy that nobody actually TELLS us anything? Let's all bow to that great deity Advertising Revenue. P-poor all round.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • As I said yesterday. There is more tripe on these message boards than in all Norfolks butchers.

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    willb

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • How is it that this jester who goes by the name of Hughton is still with the club and NOT SACKED, when will this board sober up!!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • OK Dan, teams who improved after a change of manager: Spurs when Harry joined them, Sunderland (briefly but enough to avoid relegation temporarily) when O'Neill was replaced by Di Canio and West Brom when England saved them by poaching Woy.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I fear the board will never get rid of their man so the only other option is to bring in either an attacking coach or director of football. My choices on that front wound be 1. Glen Hoddle, 2. David Platt, 3 Mike Phelan. Any one of those three who are prepared to take the job should be on the basis that if the manager ever does the decent thing and resigns then they would step into the post. Well that is my New Years Wish List anyway.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Note the most defensive manager has the second worst goal difference. Actually, negotiations are well advanced with the English Cricket Board. They are very impressed with CH's strategy to put one batsman half way down the pitch with two behind him and eight in front of the wicket. They won't score any runs. But providing England bat first there is a chance they will be able to occupy the crease for five days without loss of wicket. It will bore the sh-one-t out of everyone but he will be able to claim an "honourable draw" with all the lads trying their best!!!

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    Melbourne

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Time for the board to publicly back CH and give him funds or sack him. Any new manager coming in needs to be now with the transfer window open and have funds to turn things around. It looks like Fer, Howson, and Turner will now miss games. It's clear we don't have a big enough squad and that last year we were lucky on the injury front. We should be bringing in a couple of top quality players with proven PL experience. Even if it means bringing in loan players until the end of the season. I'm sure there's plenty of talent not getting games at Chelsea or Man City. Demba Ba, Torres to name a couple. But we really need a couple of creative midfielders and a quality CB.

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    Oz Canary

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • How is it that this jester who goes by the name of Hughton is still with the club and NOT SACKED, when will this board sober up!!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • Can anyone name a team that improved beyond all measure in the PL after their manager was sacked? Southampton weren't in trouble and improved a bit, QPR went down, Reading went down, Wolves went down, Blackburn stayed put with Keane but went down because of the horrendous attitude of their home crowds. Villa and Norwich largely unchanged in their performances since changing managers - yet Birmingham are struggling without CH. The only time to change a manger is close season, not half way through. Yes we might go down with CH in charge, but there's still a large risk that we'll go down with anyone else in charge. The Worthy to Grant to Roeder to Gunn period was the worst period in this clubs history. Keeping hughton and being relegated doesn't come close to being as bad as the L1 relegation season.

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    Dan

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I really don't understand the Board. It is painfully obvious that we are going nowhere with CH. Even if we do survive this season, next year will be the same old battle against relegation. Our tactics are a mess. The players are de-motivated. Can we assume somewhere on the M4 there is a secret meeting between representatives of Malkey MacKay and Mr McNasty? Unless something happens soon we are doomed to be a mid table Championship side. Once there we will be there for years. Come on Delia,McNally and the rest of the Board do something before it is too late- you owe it to your supporters( hardworking paying customers). By the way don't count on 22 thousand plus supporters very match when we do get relegated. Even our loyalty can be stretched beyond the limit.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • 'Chamakh should have been off' is CH's assessment after 1 point from the last 3 matches, 2 of which were at home, and 2 against 'inferior' opposition. I mean it's just pathetic isnt it? It galls me that my money is going towards his salary. I say he should get the boot.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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