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Norwich City fans appreciated the effort, but Jonny Howson left frustrated by their point at Chelsea

Nemanja Matic is fouled by Jonny Howson at Stamford Bridge. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Nemanja Matic is fouled by Jonny Howson at Stamford Bridge. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, May 4, 2014
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In truth, there was little more Norwich City could do. Winning at Chelsea, supposedly chasing the title, was a tall order – but when you have the worst away record in the league and you’ve struggled to buy a goal for most of the season, the momentum to back a change in fortunes simply wasn’t there.

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In the end, it probably also put off manager Neil Adams pushing too much for a late winner – with the hope of putting off relegation for a few days more appealing than going for broke and the whole story coming to an end in west London. Again.

As a result, the Canaries did their part with a gutsy performance. And now, they wait – admittedly, for something that feels inevitable. But at least they get to wait.

“Possibly it feels like a draw isn’t enough,” said Jonny Howson. “The ball is back in Sunderland’s court now. Hopefully we get a little bit of luck but, even before this game started I think it was about coming here, putting in a good performance, giving everything you’ve got and when you do that, irrespective of what happens for the rest of the season, you can hold your head high.

“It’s been one of our biggest downfalls this season, our away form. It’s just two wins away all season and you’re going to go nowhere with that kind of form. We’re pleased with this performance – but it can be frustrating; why couldn’t we have done this more often?”

Now there’s a question. One that may ring in a few people’s ears over the summer, however the next week pans out. Whether the now imminent relegation threat gave City a cause to fight for at Stamford Bridge wasn’t clear. And while Sunderland’s win at Old Trafford 24 hours earlier made life almost impossible for Norwich, it clearly didn’t hamper their concentration on looking after themselves – as much as they could manage.

“We were aware of the situation, as everyone was before,” he added. “But the problem was we needed performances like that more often away from home. That’s gone now and we could only affect this one. We’ve done that, to a certain extent.

“Sunderland have had some terrific results over the past few weeks. They came here (to Chelsea) and got a win, got a draw at Manchester City and then go to Old Trafford and get a win. But from our point of view, yes the win on Saturday strengthened their position but it didn’t change too much what we had to do. We had to come here and get something, irrespective of what they did.

“When you start worrying about other teams, that’s maybe when you are in a bad place – as we are now. But our focus after Saturday’s result didn’t change.”

There was at least some focus on giving the travelling Norwich fans something to get behind – and that was a goal City did achieve, judging by the reception they were given at the final whistle.

“It’s something that was spoken about before the game,” added Howson. “We had a difficult task here but that was one thing mentioned – if we put everything we’ve got into the game, the fans will stick with us. And they did that.

“You can see the reaction at the end. They all seemed to have stayed. They clapped us. And when you do get knockbacks and things don’t work out the way you want them to, as long as you know you’ve given everything, people will stick with you and back you.

“And I would like to think they did that today.”

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24 comments

  • One flew East, one flew West, one flew Over the Cuckoo`s Nest. It is an old childrens` folk rhyme. Ken Kesey was quite mad, aka a great bloke. Another book of his, "Sometimes a Great Notion" was also brilliant, but more obscure. He led a crazy band of itinerant people who filmed the American `way of life` - they were known as "The Merry Pranksters". Yew dooont see many loik tha` down Nogdam End....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014

  • which cuckoo's nest would that be Brew, the one next to the sign of the flying pig, near desolation row in the land of the cloud

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • just waiting to hear a press conference about the end of Mr McNally. after all he would prefer his demise to the relegation of NCFC. now how do you make a pact with the devil ???

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Fagen, my Rabbi will not even speak to me after the bacon sandwich I served him upon his last visit. It was Back - he prefers very crispy & streaky. Bl0ody Hebrews drive me mad, already. And then he whinged about the butter, already, and it was Flora anyway. The Goy has no style. Thank God we have a Gentile Board of Directors. They may be useless, but at least they`re Good ol` Goys.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • I would offer the Gaffer's job to David Moyes. He would know how to get the best out of Norwich after all his year at Everton.

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    paddycanary

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • Lets face it city are down the players must take some of the blem and then there was Hughton who was also to blam he brought in these players in that where not good snuff for the premiership. And you also got to look at Delia Smith and her board they should have never appointed Hoghton in the first place and they just didn't have the gutts to sack him back in january i am not sher that Neil Admes would have made difference if he was the manager in january because the players are not good snuff for the perm . There has been a long line of bad managers that have been appointed since Delia Smith took control of Norwich this board just don't know what they arer doing its time for her to step down and let someone else run this great club GAIN NEVER LEARNWELL DONE DELIA GOT IT ALL WRONG A. My concern is that city will do a free fall down to division one like before its easy to say they will come straight back up as you all know its not that simply as there will be player's that will move on after this season.

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, May 6, 2014

  • BP2 - did you realise that it is 20 years to the day that you took Diss Town to FA Trophy glory at Wembley ? Celebrate the occasion with a pint in the Plasterer's

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • .....BP!....don't you have a first name?....Adams was offered the job of getting us to the end of the season...He knew that we were already Doomed!...He had the'guts' to have a go !....Has he achieved anything?...I think he has!....Many of the players have responded to his requirements!... Some haven't!....Those who only think of what's in it for them, have to be shown the door....they may well find that they are not the quality that they think they are, and come to realise that others are not keen on offering a pay packet as good as the one they enjoyed here!....Adams should be given the opportunity of at least one season to get us back into the Premiership.... I think he could be the man for the job, and wish him well!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Argghhh!!, ethered for writing Ars&nal. When will I learn? Just wanted to say that Adams seems to know what he's doing and definitely knows how to motivate the players. The feel good factor has returned even in the face of dire adversity. I say give him a chance. A dozen games should be enough. Look we're not going to get Neil Lennon now are we? So who does that leave that will be likely to deliver? Answers please.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • There was a real sense of pride at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Maybe we should have thrown the kitchen sink at them in the last fifteen minutes, but in all probability we would have let in a couple of goals. There is also a strong sense of motivation, even though the ship is well on its way to the Ocean floor. I'm pretty sure they'll want to win against Arsenal, even if they're already down. Why might that be I wonder? Is it because Adams knows what he's doing. I really hope he gets at least a dozen games next season, unless anyone knows of another Paul Lambert waiting in the wings. How many of the proven managers are there? Indeed, who are they. Are there any guarantees?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Brew I take it that you won't be requiring the rabbi to sweep your chimney this summer.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • They deserve to go down and they can only blame themselves !!! I

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    Norwich

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • .....Every one of the players who has a contract with this club has an obligation to play!....Any player who makes himself unavailable is in breach of contract, and must be dealt with accordingly....If a player refuses to play when selected, he should be fined!!!....If he plays and does not give of his best as defined by his manager...he should be fined!!!....If a player is not up to the required standard, he should be shown the door as soon as possible!...If a manager on a contract is falling below the required standard he should be fined!...If a manager cannot reach the required standard, He must be disposed of as soon as this is recognised!....Not wait until irreversible damage has been done!...and if who ever appointed that manager in the first place does not resign....he too must considered for a fine or dismissal..... that just may keep a few of them on their toes!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Then one flew over the cuckoo`s nest.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Personally I would like to see everyone of the squad commit their immediate future to Norwich City with the determination (barring a massive miracle) of getting the club back into the PL at the first attempt. They owe it to the club, themselves and the fans. Any player that wants to jump ship should have a fee placed on them that any other club would refuse to pay. Whilst I was immensely proud of our perfomance yesterday, overall each player needs to admit his accountability to such an abject season or complete failure. Committing themselves to the club I think would show just how much all of this has hurt them and will act as motivation to put it right!! OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Agreed Mel, fair play to Sunderland, who were a better team than Norwich over the season, and with such great supporters I would not want to stay in the EPL on a technicality! shame on you McNally. Good to see the team go down fighting yesterday and not with a whimper like we have done before, bodes better for next season. Another good performance at home to Arsenal and I would give Adams the job

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I agree with Tonyb However, Olssen like Ruddy, deserves the premier league. If EB is back in the frame for next season and Garrido stays that will be a plus. Surman has also shown he can contribute in the Championship. Rudd should be ready by now so four new ones are required. Saturday's team was one where you could trust all of the players to put in a shift. - and they did. Keeping as many of them as possible will be the key to Championship success.

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    Indiabill

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Be nice if the majority of players stayed,we know the 3 loanees will go,(not a great loss)Ruddy deserves prem football but will be missed if he goes,snods probably going up north,the two dutch boys might want to return home(no great loss)and pilks,wes and bassong do not seem interested in playing for ncfc.That might be ten players leaving the club.probably 3 or 4 youngsters can step up so we will need to buy 4 or 5 from somewhere.Only 3 of those players started yesterday so not looking to bad on that theory.

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    tonyb

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Mel Lacey said it all, + Player "loyalty" is a long-dead concept. We won`t see any more Dave Stringers, Kevin Keelans, Bill Puntons, Barry Butlers etc, etc. These days, all the band of mercenaries need to do is cop one decent contract with silly wages, hire a tax lawyer, and look forward to a life of luxury. That pógón-faced twit, Jimmy Hill, has a lot to answer for.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Winger63; good point about the players. Now is the time for them to show whether or not they are really committed to the club or if all the post match contrition and breast beating was just hot air. Any guesses which it might be?

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    la barbe

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Winger63 - Likewise, I concur with everything you have said. I am also looking forward to any statementcomments from the directorsceo. Surely they have got to say something eventually?

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • Totally agree Mel. We got relegated across the whole season not by one team breaking an obscure rule. A bit late to start clutching at straws. To only take one point from twelve available from the two teams already relegated is relegation form by anyone's standards. The board need to explain why their blind faith in Hughton carried on so long while all around could see the way we were headed as nothing changed. If (when) we are relegated some of the players need to take a look at themselves also. Would be good as well to see some loyalty as players pledge to stay and help NCFC get back out of the Championship instead of trying to jump ship and deny any responsibility. Inevitably some will leave and one or two are even good enough for the PL but the majority owe the fans for some very lacklustre performances across the season. On the plus side, a guaranteed six points against ITFC next year is a nice start..OTBC

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    Winger63

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • I was not well so I sat alone in my club in central London on this occasion and watched my beloved Canaries give everything they had to draw with Chelsea. There was something of the Nelson touch about it "Norwich expects that every man.... frankly it brought tears to my eyes!.. The directorate owes the loyal fans something and in the difficult months that lie ahead they should endeavour to repay the debt. It's useless to regret anything and it will not help for any of us to play the juvenile blame game. The plain unvarnished FACT is that they were lacking in decisive action (that was pointed out strongly in these columns by contributors) in failing to sack Chris Hughton in January. They have known about Neil Adams for years and knew his qualities. Of course we know about his "lack of experience" BUT he has great talent. Surely it hardly needed the "Daily Telegraph" correspondent to write around the time of the Fulham game "Adams is a clever fellow" and proceed to tell its readers exactly why he held that view. If the boys play for pride against Arsenal and win - the managership should go to Neil Adams If caution is the watchword at Carrow Road then make the initial contract short term and proceed from there. Some years ago Delia said "We are as one" now let us get back to that as there is no time for introspection. We have to sort the sheep from the goats as far players are concerned and stop spending our money uselessly as under CH Now come on all together "On the Ball City.....let us look with confidence to the future and get this unique club back on the road.

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    mardler

    Monday, May 5, 2014

  • According to the media, the directors of NCFC are considering a complaint to the FA about Sunderland not having points deducted for fielding an ineligible player. My advice is to let it go. As unpalatable as it is now, it does, at least, set an interesting precedent for other clubs to use if they make a similar mistake in the future. More importantly, I for one, do not want to stay in the Premier League this way. We will be relegated for not being good enough and you, the directors, have to shoulder the responsibility for that. Just look at the team statistics if you have any doubts. The majority of the fans could see Hughton's failings throughout the season and were begging you to make a change. But your heads were buried so far in the sand, you couldn't see our nose dive to the Championship. Or perhaps you could ... We even had the farcical spectacle of the club's CEO telling the media he would rather die than be relegated. And he said this at a time when relegation was looking a racing certainty. Amazing. What now hurts many of the fans is that performances such as that away to Chelsea, could have been achieved earlier in the season if you, the custodians of Norwich City Football Club, had changed the manager months ago. That would have prevented relegation from even being a consideration.

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, May 5, 2014

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