Chris Hughton insists he can see light at the end of the tunnel after another difficult afternoon in front of goal saw Norwich slip to a 1-0 Premier League defeat.

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Magpies’ hitman Demba Ba slotted his third goal of the week when he coolly rolled underneath John Ruddy in the 19th minute to settle a low key affair. Andrew Surman spurned City’s best chance two minutes after the interval from Wes Hoolahan’s superb threaded ball, but the story was a familiar one with Hughton’s side now having scored twice in their opening five league games. Papiss Cisse missed a first half stoppage time penalty to double the hosts’ lead, after a goal Hughton felt owed as much to his side’s deficiencies.

“I was disappointed with the goal we conceded but it was the type of one we saw them score earlier in the week,” he said. “That 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 the 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.”

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  • why did you go to Fulham Berbatov ?

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Billy!..What do Goalkeepers and Full Backs know about Football anyway...If they had been any good, they would be playing in the Attack!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Never join the Armed Forces, most of you,. Such despair . . . . no dogged determimation. Jeez, Wigan had more belief in March, last season. Criminal.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • So lets see what's up next..... Liverpool, Chelsea, Aresenal, Villa, Stoke, Reading, Man Utd, Everton, Southampton, and Sunderland takes us into December. I wonder where are first (and other) three pointers are going to come from ? I we win them all we'll be on 33 points by the beginning of December - fancy that !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • C'mon Diss, even the Juventus fans agree that the scousers had nothing to do with Heysel, they weren't even there. It was martians or little green men from vega. Or were they???

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • I am definitely not happy with the run of results but am also not giving up on the team or the manager. I am delighted with quality signings such as Garrido and Bassong and I know that the midfield and forwards can do it, it's just not happening at the moment. It is frustrating but not much has to change to make this team work. It's really tough to establish a winning formula in the Premier League and it's not like Paul Lambert and Brendon Rodgers have gone on to set the place alight. There is no wizzard out there who can step in and turn our fortunes around in a couple of games. It will come together soon. Grant has taken care of his family's future, now it's time to take care of the club's future.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I do feel that we are paying the price for having to change managers. Lambert had plenty of time to plan where he needed to strengthen. Hughton had to come in, get to know his players, decide where to strengthen and then identify targets. Picking out a good striker on the money we have to spend is not easy and Norwich have built their success in recent years on carefully choosing the players that they buy. I hope we will get someone in January to start scoring the goals, and hope that we can keep picking up enough points until then to stay in touch. Other teams are struggling too, including Southampton and Reading who did spend some big money (especially Southampton). Keep the faith.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Must admit I didn't see this one ( out for a meal for the current Mrs.Timbo's birthday, so I can be excused!). My mate saw it + said it was a very defensive display. I think he said just 3 shots on target in the 90 mins. This is concerning + I just hope it's teething problems. We'll be lucky to be out the bottom 3 tonite. Only positive note is that 1-0 means we didn't get massacred. If Holt + Morison are going to hit form this season, then any time now would be good. Hoolahoop MUST play every game. He's our chief ( should that be only ? ) play-maker. Of course, I await criticism from the irrationally cheerful posters on this board who treat every result as if it were a 4-0 win...but for the 1st time this season I'm really worried about our survival chances. How many goals have we scored so far this campaign? I daren't even look @ the table ! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Call for CH's head is not the answer BUT we were (hopeless, useless, clueless, inept, lacking in ideas creativity) - take your pick - today. Ba's goal was sheer rubbish defending by Mr. Turner & Co ! What is more is that Newcastle were very poor indeed, in fact, any GOOD team would have had added several more ! Not wanting to take any thunder away from the legendary Ged Steroo (as he will still be on his way back from the game in his spaceship...) but, we were poor indeed. It is ironic, but we generally play badly against the poorer teams, yet, we play better against the top sides. Lets hope we can muster 9 points from the next three games ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • A good goalkeeper Billy, at least I thought so until he had a Robert Green moment against Real Madrid. When the time comes though, what will he be able to pass on to potential goalscorers. ...As Paul Daniels would say “Not a lot”.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Ethered left, right + centre ! Official match stats say City 3 shots OT- Newcastle 6 shots OT. Sorry Sidney old boy !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Work rate and at times passing and movement excellent. Hope he has learnt that Wes should be 1st name on his team sheet. In my book we would have 2 if not 4 more points if he had started against QPR and West Ham. Not enough quality up front to compete with the big boys in this League. Oh for a Demba Ba .

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    irongloves

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • We NEED more creativity we NEED more license to roam this is becoming a huge worry. We're 1 goal behind a team that didn't look too impressive and especially in the last 15-20 minutes we're just punting the ball upfield to a lone striker! There's nothing in hopeful long balls up to a lone front man so why on earth would we do it when we're trailing, I could reason with if we were holding on to a lead!!! Most premier clubs won't even do hopeful punts upfield when holding on and winning, they keep the ball so they don't get hemmed in and look to build from there, the fact we're doing as such when chasing the game is absolutely disgusting, so awfully negative, it's almost like Hughton sees 1-0 as a result to build from, I have to say I don't like him. I can understand building from the back and being more rigid than Lambert, but this is way way way way on the other end of the scale.

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    Billy

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Mr Manager...Just for the next game play the chevron formation. You pick the defensive 5 and then consider playing 2 wing halves, one on each side, with HOOLAHAN in the middle and free to roam just ahead of them, feeding HOLT playing ahead of him in the CENTRE. Finish your line up with 2 wingers left and right, probably Pilkington, and definitely Snodgrass. Then all of a sudden you will see a line up similar to Man U when they bring Scoles on, and they BEAT Liverpool yesterday

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Diss, you seem to be obsessed, why don't you find a nice little BNP site where you'll find others who share your peccadiloes?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Look on the positive side...........we lost 1 - 0 at Newcastle last season, therefore there is a good chance we will do them 4 - 2 again at CR! Seriously though, the calls for Hughtons resignation are ridiculous. We've played brilliantly in every games apart from the (..ahem..) first against Fulham. We are also creating chances. With a bit of tweaking the goals will come.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Call for CH's head is not the answer BUT we were (hopeless, useless, clueless, inept, lacking in ideas creativity) - take your pick - today. Ba's goal was sheer rubbish defending by Mr. Turner & Co ! What is more is that Newcastle were very poor indeed, in fact, any GOOD team would have had added several more ! Not wanting to take any thunder away from the legendary Ged Steroo (as he will still be on his way back from the game in his spaceship...) but, we were poor indeed. It is ironic, but we generally play badly against the poorer teams, yet, we play better against the top sides. Lets hope we can muster 9 points from the next three games ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • All we need is "That someone" to put the ball away!!! The potential is there for great City teamsquad for the future.

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    Annon

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Again, forgive me the subject of Heysel. 39 dead, 600 injured, only 4 years earlier. "Self -pity city", stand back, observe . . . think?

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • This is my 4th attempt to comment on the Blackburn striker JR .Did anyone watch the game on Sky between Blackburn and M'Bro? I did, and JR was not in the frame at any time.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • "The good news is that, if Wes Hoolahan keeps playing like this, Hughton should eventually get the rewards his class and dignity demand." Louise Taylor in The Guardian. Let's hope so!

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    Michael D

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • It's all good and well saying we need a striker, and we do, but based on displays like that the poor man won't get any service! If they were considering moving to this club in January, they'd take 1 look at that game and say no thank you, we need more influence and drive from the midfield, Pilkington coming back will be a huge gain for us because Surman in my opinion isn't good enough, no pace, no brilliant delivery and couldn't finish his chances, Pilkington is an excellent finisher. But in order to get the best from wingers we need to see a drastic change in Chris Hughton's attitude.

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    Billy

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • It was strange that most of the fans were asking for a new striker before the season started and CH decided to build a solid defence instead - fine nothing wrong with that but if you can't score in the PL you get relegated - that is a fact. Unlike CH I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel especially when you play Morrison up front - not a hope of scoring. I have read a lot in the Press lately that is CH is a good coach but they question him as a Manager - I think they might be onto something.

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    kevin rymell

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I am not blindly optimistic but I do believe CH is a good manager. If every Norwich fan including myself can see the need for more firepower upfront than you can be sure that CH can see it. The financial restrictions that apply at Norwich make the search for "That someone" very difficult and CH hasn't had that long, so remain patient and keep the faith. OTBC

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    PriaPunyaSurya

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • I don't understand why we need to start forming camps for and against CH, buying Jordan Rhoades, goal music, etc. and slagging each other off, because we are not doing as well as we want to. This is a frustrating start to the season but barring a long lay-off for Bassong, the defensive issue we were all moaning about last year is fixed but now the front wheel has fallen off. I believe that the team is not far away from firing on all cylinders, I'm not happy but I am not yet distressed. Get the tyre-fitter to deal with the spare tyre and we will be away..or Pilks to call for assistance.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Haha, PS, true for everybody but Joe Hart, he's unbelievable.

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    Billy

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Reading these other posts, perhaps I am being too hard on CH. The fact is that to survive in the Premier league, you either need a backer with mega bucks or an exceptional manager with flair and a tactical plan. I am sure CH is aware that he is adequate at best and having seen Spain's midfielders in the Euros score goals so eradicating the need for strikers, he thought he could look good by adopting the same plan. Well you're wrong so think again. No goals = not enough points = relegation. Simples.

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    waclor

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Sid we can support the manager when he has earned that right. Before the season started we were asking where the goals would come from. Vaughan's early form allayed some of those fears so Hughton gave him away and bought Bunn. These astute moves allowed Huddersfield to sell Jordan Rhodes and Blackburn to buy him. Utter madness. The man is an idiot.

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    waclor

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • If CH can see the need for more firepower, why didn't he do it and if funds are short then why waste money on buying Bunn and paying his wages? Surely he should be paying Vaughan instead and kept the Bunn transfer money in the bank. CH a good coach? Remains to be seen, no sign of inspired tactics or substitutions yet but then again his squad does not have an impact player anyway. Let's face it we're in a gunfight against AK47's with one rusty old revolver and a couple of peashooters.

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    waclor

    Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Even at this stage of the season one clear message is beginning to emerge....we spent too much buying defensive solidarity.....placing all our attacking options in an unlikely resurgence of Holts scoring prowess of last season when most people in the know predicted that Holt was now a known factor and would be countered. simple fact......football matches are won by the team that scores the most goals........and we are effectively toothless at the moment. It looks like being a long, worrying season for Norwich fans. but dont worry folks.....we have a 3rd reserve goalkeeper.....and the money we refused to spend on Jordan Rhodes could really come back an haunt us come May 2013.

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • The connecttion twist Heyel & Hillsborough, linked? Make your owm mind up. I, personally remain very suspicious.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Jordan Rhodes. If anyone who saw his contribution to the Blackburn v Middlesborough game can still be hoping he could grace our side in the future, I would be surprised if doubt had not crept in.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • The 'numpts' might not be that far off the truth. No passion, poor tactics and erratic teams! So is CH really that good? Championship here we come.....

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    JJE

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Errr ok so maybe you lot watched a different game to me. I have to say that IMO we played a very good game. Yes the Goal was to easy for them had bassong been on Ba wouldn't have had a chance, Turner is NOT a Quality defender. As for shots on target we had more than the Toon Army , we had more corners and somehow we did give more fouls away ( Howson's Yellow ) our first card this season. We should have got at least a point out of this with the amount of chances Surman had. Holt and the other strikers Will come Good and We will Survive and stay up. CH is a Great Manager, to many are trying to compare him with Lambert, the same way people tried to compare Ruddy with Forster THERE is NO Comparision... CH is a Great Manager and will keep us up. Have some Faith you Faithless people...

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    CanarySid

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • why did you go to Fulham Berbatov ?

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Ah, so CH can see the light at the end of the tunnel, I do hope it not a train coming.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • NCFC Website says we played a 4-4-1-1 formation. What the hell is that when it's up and dressed?.... How many times have I got to tell the manager that if he wants success he MUST consider the Chevron line up. That means that 2 wing halves play in front of the back 4. HOOLAHAN plays slightly ahead of them in the middle with HOLT not Morison or Jackson in front of him. Complete the team with 2 wingers - Pilkington and Snodgrass, and watch us go! I have no desire for the Manager to fail or be replaced. I just wish he would listen.

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • I see that you still have a sticky finger when the submit box appears, or are you hoping to publish in 3D

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Hindsight? So easy, with that you can be so superior when you are warm, with a cup of coffee, behind the desk on a monday morning. I've been there. Hold the line - don't despair.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Play Holt,Hoolahan and Jackson against Donnie in the cup game and lets get the big man a goal to get him up and running. I await the teamsheet for that game with more than a little interest

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • A couple of numpts on Canarycall want CH out already. It's not that bad IMO but I must admit i can't right now see where the goals might come from. Hope Bassong is back with us soon. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Forget the melodrama. Live the real world, are Heysel & Hillsborough disconnected?

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Forget the melodrama. Live the real world, are Heysel & Hillsborough disconnected?

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Yep I was right.....!

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    Timbo

    Sunday, September 23, 2012

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