Chris Hughton admitted to mixed emotions after Norwich stopped the Premier League rot with a 0-0 home draw against his former club Newcastle at Carrow Road.

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The City chief praised his side’s defensive resolve but Hughton conceded Norwich’s collective lack of quality in attacking areas was a source of frustration.

“We take the positives and that is certainly the clean sheet,” he said. “I felt we deserved that certainly because we were up against a team that always scores goals. A team that has been to Old Trafford and scored three goals and scored three at Arsenal. As a team and a unit we defended really well. I can’t think, at this moment, of a save that Mark Bunn has had to make. The thing that disappointed me and frustrated me was we got into some really good areas in that final third and I think if our quality had been there and that little bit of composure had been there you would have seen us win the game. We didn’t test the keeper often enough, but I certainly felt over the game we were the better team. You need to score goals to win football matches and we were not able to do that today.”

Magpies’ counterpart Alan Pardew was delighted to end a wretched run in league and cup which culminated in last weekend’s FA Cup exit to Brighton.

“I think coming here is a difficult place,” he said. “Norwich are an efficient side at set plays and crosses into the box but I felt we defended really well. You could see the work we did on the back four this week was evident. We looked tighter as a team and that is very important going forward for us.”

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  • Morning, I agree with lots of the sentiments on here. Some of the players did look jaded and in need of a rest. Also our passing was poor at times. Maybe its time to freshen things up a bit. Newcastle sussed Snoddy, at times there were 3 players around him, if he cant cut inside, where does he go?

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • So who understudies Holt? ...Morison NO!... Jackson No! ...Pilkington? Why not?.. with Snodgrass crossing from the LEFT, and Bennett crossing from the RIGHT, it could just work. Or do we search around for some 'Pull-a-button-off '?..;.Left to me ,I would have a closer look at Wells of Bradford, currently causing Aston V111-a almighty problems!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • We need to convert our chances. A quality striker is a must to prevent us sliding into a relegation scrap. It's games like today that we should be winning and collecting maximum points.

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    mellow yellow

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • The main reason that it was a poor game (admittedly I only watched the 2nd half) was that Newcastle came to avoid defeat. There was only one team trying to win it. Some of our approach play was actually quite good, but we then let ourselves down with a poor final ball. They set out to smother both Snodgrass and Hoolahan and neither of those players has the extra quality to find the space when that happens. That is what makes the difference between a good player and a world class one.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • I see Archant have put a trainee on the Steroo desk.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • This display is definitely evidence for us to invest in a striker before we enter in a relegation scrap. We look so comfortable on the ball these days in the build up, everything going through Johnson, Tettey and obviously Wes who all have the ability to pass and probe before trying to pick out the right pass. With a striker with a bit more quality we'll get the movement creating big enough spaces for Wes and co. to find him in. Right now it seems Holt goes far too wide in search of the ball which I thought was Morison's problem at the second half of last season. Snodgrass being our top-scorer is a problem I don't care what anyone says, even a lone striker in any 'system' still should be top, even the perpetually miss-firing Torres is top for Chelsea in all competitions. Wouldn't mind Pacheco for a long-term replacement for Wes either, he was really good playing off the strikers.

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    Billy

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • The quality is not there Hoots because you have yet to buy a quality striker. The midfield players are not that good at finishing either. Two points lost but it won't matter if you get a win at Anfield. Let's get some killer instinct before we go to Loftus Road please.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Pa Snipps, we do not have all the players we need. Who is there to stand in for The Horse? We've tried Moro and now Cinnamon although I would love to see The Norfolk Cafu given a chance up front, against Luton perhaps with young George at right back? I agree about Mackall-Smith. He looked very average in the recent televised cup game against Newcastle. he was substituted and the sub scored the winner. Remember the Bob Marley song "No strikers no goals". or something like that.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Totally agree with getreal both sides were very poor and on that performance are contenders for the drop.CH please get players in ASAP. OTBC

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Noticed Mackail-Smith wasn't in the Brighton squad yesterday. I sincerely hope if he's on the move it's not us, for me it would show severe lack of ambition from the board, especially considering the new financial incentive of the premier league.

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    Billy

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Not that I'm saying that they let you out today Gedward because it's quite obvious from the drivel you spout that you've never been to a football match in your life and understand not a thing the game!

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Not exactly the most exciting game to watch. Far too many loose passes from our midfield, and what is it with corners and free-kicks? ....we don't seem to be able to clear the first defender - terrible! Yes, we need to stop faffing with the ball in the last third and get more shots in..........and yes we do need another striker to help Holt............but the fact we all feel so disappointed that we didn't win is surely testamount to how far we have come?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • CH is not the only one left with mixed emotions after that lackluster performance !! This quickly forgettable game has to be two PL points lost..... Lets get back on a roll - we need to start finding the back of the net. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Morning, I agree with lots of the sentiments on here. Some of the players did look jaded and in need of a rest. Also our passing was poor at times. Maybe its time to freshen things up a bit. Newcastle sussed Snoddy, at times there were 3 players around him, if he cant cut inside, where does he go?

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Once again not having a Prem class forward has cost us..........we need to spend some cash or we will get dragged into the relegation scrap........no disrespect to the likes of Harry Kane but we cannot rely on Boys in this league!

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    dave123

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • I think this is a big week for our club...unfortunately money does equal quality,esp when talking about strikers.The simple facts are that NCFC strikers have scored 4 goals this year,that is relegation scrap form.I have total faith in Hoots and this squad but no Holt equals no goals equals no points...simples !! No side can function with one quality striker....we are so close to being an established Premier side,to chuck it away now would be crazy.

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    woodfarm canary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • My instinct tells me that we may be getting Hooper from Celtic; well one can dream. But that WOULD show ambition in my book. And what little I have heard about Mulenga, he would be a class addition as well. To me there comes a time when you cannot always be going for the cheaper option. You have to take a leap of faith sometime; for City that is now!!! I think Hoots has it sussed and he will still surprise us I've no doubt. otbc!!!

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Certainly an off day at the office. I think Hoots had an ideal opportunity to change the team round a little and give some of the guys a rest. But he does seem to have become stuck in a kind of rut. Whilst the defense is much more solid and the midfield has tightened up; he is using the same game plan week after week and it has become very tired! I'm sure if he had played Kane up front with JacksonHolt there would have been goals. But at least we didn't lose and we can move on from here. Onwards and upwards otbc!!!

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • What's happened to Splat the Cat!!

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    feebies

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • I don't think Kane's the answer, I keep reading that "Tottenham really rate him" but haven't seen much in a yellow shirt so far.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • half the players could not pass the ball to-day.so why didnt they bring on the best passer at the club,fox.well hoots?

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    bluelight

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • The main reason that it was a poor game (admittedly I only watched the 2nd half) was that Newcastle came to avoid defeat. There was only one team trying to win it. Some of our approach play was actually quite good, but we then let ourselves down with a poor final ball. They set out to smother both Snodgrass and Hoolahan and neither of those players has the extra quality to find the space when that happens. That is what makes the difference between a good player and a world class one.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • We need to convert our chances. A quality striker is a must to prevent us sliding into a relegation scrap. It's games like today that we should be winning and collecting maximum points.

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    mellow yellow

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Agreed, spanishcanary. Although Snodgrass has a lot of technical ability he can be limited very easily if they only show him down the touchline, which is why I wanted the Bennett change earlier, as soon as he came on he got down the touchline and got crosses in, which I'm afraid if Holt is on the pitch is where he should be every time, in the box ready to challenge for them, he's no use on the right wing is where he loves to drift.

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    Billy

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Can't buy a comment today!!!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Good idea out of left-field from Pondlife; the Murphy Twins. 2 for the price of 1. Excellent! ;-) . Josh scored one and Jacob 3 in a recent U-21s game. One (two?) for the future? I think Foxy`s presence might start an outbreak of accurate passing, with a bit of luck. Els too, with crosses. Hard to omit the Johnson\Tettey machine, though. Hoots`ll fix it eventually. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • pleased with clean sheet yesterday and i for one am not sure cms is going to score enough goals so leave well alone

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    johnny 4 fingers

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • On a lighter note: My mate from Birmingham is going on Embarrassing Bodies next week. He's got a big Aston Villa tattoo on his back ...

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • First half reminded me of a game or two in about 1990 when Rosario (ok I know) was injured and Stringer plated Flecky up front on his own. When we did get it down, cow's bottom and banjo. But we didn't lose and as someone said if that's the catalyst for a purchase or two it might yet prove worthwhile. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Disappointing, tedious and frustrating. I was really hoping for Els and Fox on from the start. We are toothless in front of goal at the moment.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • City weren't good enough to break Newcastle down. When a decent ball was put into the box, Newcastle got to it first. We could not create space in their box. Wes did have space for a right foot shot but was not in position to connect properly. Southampton, for example, better up front than Norwich. City defend better and are above the Saints in the table.

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    Capri

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Did we look like scoring, nope. 70th minute before their keeper made a save. It's a massive worry that we looked so much better when Holt came on. What is our plan when he's not playing, and sorry to keep harping on about our crosses from corners or dead balls, we can't even beat the first man. Irrespective of whether we are a big spending premier team or not, these are basic football skills. Add over hit and under hit passes into the mix and CH must be so frustrated. How many times have we said this season, they (the opposition) were there for the taking. Newcastle were awful. We're on a slippery slope.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • A lack lustre performance indeed. Too many passes going astray, and lobbing the ball forward to our short strike force was a waste of effort. Clearly the need for a new striker. I also hope the team had a great night at the dogs, it must have been more entertaining than my afternoon at Carrow Rd.

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    getreal

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Something is offending the man with the big hat, can't get a decent posting through. Never happened to me before.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Forgot to add. No CMS for me either. Or Murray (unless it's Andy)

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Clearly not one of the better days but still better than a defeat plus a clean sheet.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • I watched the 2nd half and the delivery was poor. Why did Pilkington take that free kick right at the end, when Garrido had put a cracking ball in prior to that? Hughton is right, that the delivery was poor, but I would also point out that at times there were just too few players getting into the box. I thought Newcastle set out to smother Hoolahan and succeeded and Bennett did pretty well when he came on.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Agree with you Mikado, if Holt picks up another injury we'll be in the dodo

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    cutty

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • The quality was not there, Hoots because you have yet to sign a quality striker. get on with it before we drop points at Loftus Road.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • We need a midfielder who can pass the ball properly and a fast, tricky striker who can score goals. Xavi and Messi?

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    Sumo27

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • this could be a blessing in disguise if it convinces Hoots we need to get a striker.

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    Mikado Kember

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • I'm sure that you must feel embarrassment every time they let you out in public Gedward. It's the rest of us that feel disgust! Would have thought you would have got used to it by now?

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • baguio

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Of course there is no need to panic. We have ALL the men we require. Trouble is some of them are playing out of position and finding the going a bit tough...As Eric Morecambe said to Andre Previn, “I'm playing all the right notes Sunshine, but not necessarily in the right order”. Please Mr Hughton, WIDEN your attack, and put Snodgrass on the LEFT wing, and insist he puts crosses in to Holt.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • With a bit of extra concerntration in the final third we could have had a lot more chances than we did and probably a goal or two. Although a clean sheet is great and a point is handy we could have buried those guys today. 6 points from the next four games and we'll be home and hosed, hopefully. OTBC

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Walcor you are right and it has been clear all season. We need a quality striker and we need him now. Teams below us such as Reading and Southampton are more formidable in front of goal and are starting to pick up points.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 12, 2013

  • Some wonderful comments about passing midfielders and strikers. The problem the real manager faces is he can only put 11 players on the pitch at any time. So rather than saying who he should play perhaps folks wouldf like to say who shouldn't play? (Before doing so watch vidoeo of Villa cup game and Fulham away) I am not convinced by Pilks or Snod but they have scored more than most recently. The Johnson Tettey combo works for the defence - would you break that up? Play the two Murphy lads? People might not realise they are both on the pitch at the same time and we could get away with 12 men .

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Agree on the CM-S thing, Billy. That`s got to be a no-no, I hope.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

  • Lobbo, ethering`s annoying, isn`t it? It must be your turn, or as Doc says, Archant have put a trainee on the Steroo desk so Stereo Dog can have a go at being a Grosskontroller.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 13, 2013

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