Norwich City must strive for more than a Premier League escape

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett was the unlikely match-winner to sink Hull City 1-0 in the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett was the unlikely match-winner to sink Hull City 1-0 in the Premier League. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, January 20, 2014
8:00 AM

Chris Hughton took the post-match comparison with the famed escapologist Harry Houdini in good spirit but this was undeniably the biggest test of his Norwich City reign.

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"Such a draining, debilitating process can not continue; when every few matches and every month is seemingly sign-posted by a crisis that must be conquered or a stand-off that must be endured between those who feel Hughton is the cure and the cause for enduring struggles."

Paddy Davitt

Few would be foolish enough to proclaim a late win over Hull City marks the end of a turbulent period in the Canaries’ Premier League campaign, but three points buys a period of measured reflection.

Norwich’s collective effort was rich in endeavour and magnificently resolute in such fractious circumstances, yet the hosts’ sporadic attacking threat remains a justifiable cause for concern. Allan McGregor was tested once before the interval when he parried Robert Snodgrass’ swerving strike, which was a poor return for all the Canaries’ dominance of territory and possession after Hull’s early surge had subsided.

Hughton again elected to pair Gary Hooper and Ricky van Wolfswinkel up front and the Dutchman looked far more comfortable than the Goodison Park experiment, but the self-doubt and the brittleness took hold again in the home ranks as the second half elapsed and Norwich’s search for a breakthrough floundered around the imposing figure of Curtis Davies.

The limitations of Hughton and his players have been brutally dissected during the current downturn. What is never in doubt is the attitude and application; the manner of Ryan Bennett’s late winning header indicative of the obdurate seam that runs through the Canaries’ dressing room.

That is a commendable trait which has been routinely tested in the fallow periods of a maddeningly frustrating season but Norwich’s quest for upward mobility must be built on more than sheer toil and honest graft.

City have failed to win consecutive Premier League games since beating West Brom and Manchester City in the final week of last season’s fraught passage to safety.

Hughton sought to draw parallels with the poisonous fallout from a midweek FA Cup defeat at Fulham and the scale of the task he faced in overcoming the Baggies when Premier League survival was on the line, but had Norwich failed to beat Hull it is inconcievable to see how he could have ridden out the storm.

Hughton will be acutely aware City can ill afford to bask in the warm afterglow or they risk being sucked back towards the bottom end of the table should they fail to pick up positive results against Newcastle at Carrow Road next week followed by pending league trips to struggling duo Cardiff and West Ham.

Beneath the polished exterior and the calm demeanour Hughton is a fighter - whether or not you retain faith in his methods - and that is an admirable quality along with the unquenchable spirit of his players.

Hughton’s experience is a valuable commodity when you look at the concertinaed nature of the Premier League. Norwich found a way to beat Crystal Palace, West Ham and now Hull at home. Fulham’s Boxing Day visit is a stain on the season until safety is secured, but when City have had to deliver, when the pressure on the manager has reached a ferocious peak as it did following that abject Craven Cottage cup exit, Hughton and his squad have responded.

Such a draining, debilitating process can not continue; when every few matches and every month is seemingly sign-posted by a crisis that must be conquered or a stand-off that must be endured between those who feel Hughton is the cure and the cause for enduring struggles.

Widen the focus and you see that internal sense of conflict has taken root right across the lower reaches of the Premier League. Sunderland’s fan base appeared ready to mutiny when Southampton went two goals in front at the Stadium of Light on Saturday lunchtime prior to the Black Cats’ comeback. Aston Villa and their manager have had to run the gauntlet at home. West Ham’s Sam Allardyce has been berated by his own and Fulham, Crystal Palace and Cardiff all felt compelled to change course.

Norwich have no right to be immune from the same destabilising currents afflicting many of their rivals. What the fans do expect is better than they have witnessed for sustained periods in recent times. Carrow Road appeared shrouded in a fog of anxiety that only lifted when Bennett rose above the Tigers’ defence to crash home Snodgrass’ 87th minute corner.

Norwich’s home support in the main stayed behind their team; such loyalty is never in question but they want visible signs of progress despite operating in the harsh terrain of a Premier League increasingly split between those with European aspirations and the rump.

Hull may be packaged as a priceless victory, but the added presence of both Alex Tettey and Anthony Pilkington on the bench prior to Pilkington’s late introduction underlined the club’s injury crisis is also beginning to ease.

Van Wolfswinkel is now back playing regularly and there is scope for further additions to join Jonas Gutierrez in the final weeks of the transfer window.

Positives could be detected below the headline figures but the challenge now is for Hughton and his squad to break the cycle that has defined their season so far; to dictate and shape Norwich’s future direction rather than being blown along by events and circumstance.

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60 comments

  • You got to be ruthless in the premiership if you want your team to do well can't be mamby pamby to a manager . If he can.'t deliver then he out if i was the owner CH would have gone after the end last season going by the way how the players playing we sore last season.

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    Obi-wan

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Despite a shakey first few touches I thought Guitierrez showed signs of considerable flair, looking like someone who is very hard to shake off the ball when marauding forward. Promising in my humble opinion....

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    GossVolley

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I really like Hughton but i have to admit i wasn't sure about the substitutions against Hull. I thought it would have been far more effective to bring Redmond on for Gutierrez as Pilkington didn't look fully fit after injury. Also, it was clear we were crying out for Wes Hoolahan and he could maybe have come on for Van Wolfswinkel and played behind Hooper. He could have given us that extra bit of creativity as we were mostly making half chances.

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    Canary101

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Bowkett actually said in public that NCFC have zero interest qualifying for Europa. It doesn't make you a penny and infact costs the club money in most cases. Those were his words and to be fair I have to agree. Swansea are still a decent side but as the Swansea fan I work with keeps reminding me they have 2 problsm. Being in too many cup comps and also being found out by most decent sides. Most teams are now pressing Swansea much higher up the field and therefore forcing them into mistakes. Even we did it to an extent forcing errors from Williams and Vorm.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Yet another far from convincing performance that could have been so different it Jelavic had taken his early chance. I'm glad RB got the goal though as he's been our best defender recently. I thought Fer and Bassong were shocking!

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    kevin

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Couldn't agree with mattias more. We keep getting the man out of jail with lucky, insipid displays, and he in his arrogance thinks that is good enough. Let's be honest, Hull were poor and we were only marginally better, and don't quote possession figures to me, because only goals win games. Man. City have 103 to our 18, and the goals against column doesn't make pretty reading either. Newcastle next up having won seven away from home (to our two). Judge me on my record he said when he came here. Well Mr. Hughton, we have, which is why most NCFC fans want you gone.

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    oldtimer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Have to laugh or else we'd.....you get the picture. Bowkett actually said in public that NCFC have zero interest qualifying for Europa. It doesn't make you a penny and infact costs the club money in most cases. Those were his words and to be fair I have to agree. Swansea are still a decent side but as the Swansea fan I work with keeps reminding me they guilty of 2 things. Being in too many cup competitions and also being found out by most decent sides. Most teams are now pressing Swansea much higher up the field and therefore forcing them into mistakes. Even we did it to an extent forcing errors from Williams and Vorm.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Mad Brewer, do you feel it necessary to have a little dig at everyone who doesn't want to join in with the incessant misery and the never-ending sense of doom? Given your recent long absence from these boards I'm sure you have your own tales of medication you can enlighten us with. I am open to Hughton going but I do NOT see any obvious replacement. I can remember the "Worthy out" campaign when we got Grant then Roeder. I then remember the "Roeder out" campaign , in fact joined in, and we ended up in the 3rd tier. My problem with the calls to get rid of Hughton come from people who seem to have been calling for his head for 2 seasons now, with no viable alternative offered. It's easy to complain but it's a bit more difficult to come up with worthy solutions. Perhaps that's why so many people spend so much time on here making nasty little comments?

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    PaulWho

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • When did Norwich last play in the Prem on Monday night? Has it something to do wuth Delia's speech?.

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    paddycanary

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Good article by Paddy (wordiness aside). Sums up how I saw the game rather well. That is, a lot of huff & puff and endevaour but with little curtting edge or end product. All rather boring I'm afraid to say. Still, a vital 3 points which is always welcome! Snodgrass - He typifies our performance. A lot of huff & puff and no end product. I'd sell at the right price, although we might miss some of his hard work and persistence at times. Guitierez - Snodgrass with long hair.....and even less flair. Mellow_yellow - Good posts. Hughton 'Apologists' - What makes you so right all the time?

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    Smudger75

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I really like Hughton but i have to admit i wasn't sure about the substitutions against Hull. I thought it would have been far more effective to bring Redmond on for Gutierrez as Pilkington didn't look fully fit after injury. Also, it was clear we were crying out for Wes Hoolahan and he could maybe have come on for Van Wolfswinkel and played behind Hooper. He could have given us that extra bit of creativity as we were mostly making half chances.

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    Canary101

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • When did Norwich last play in the Prem on Monday night? Has it something to do wuth Delia's speech?.

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    paddycanary

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Stew, with regards to Snoddy, I can understand your viewpoint in that he often goes looking for the foul and ends up on the deck too much. In this game though I think he was genuinely getting the better of their full back to the point where all they could do was take him out. He was skinning them constantly...

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    GossVolley

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • So true, soulwaxer. Who`d have thought `Swansealona` would be struggling down there? Maybe their problem is one of overstretching a limited squad in the Europa League? At least there`s little chance of that happening to us. Similarly, Wigan`s FA Cup win had its downside, and their resulting Champ season has been a tad disappointing. At least they got knocked out at the Group Stage of the Europa League. In Lambo`s season, I think we were effectively safe with 6 games to go (we were actually on a retrospectively safe 39 points with 8 games left). Last year it was with just 1 game left (ManC). Good old West Brom - we do well against them, usually. Lets `do` Villa next time - pretty please!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Great to see you back Stew, thought you might have been a gonner

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • When did Norwich last play in the Prem on Monday night? Has it something to do wuth Delia's speech?.

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    paddycanary

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • And before anyone says it I understand some peoples hughton out comments are not ideal. Especially when not very well thought out. I like to think my own views on Hughton are a little more thought out than the usual "Hughton got aaaaa go, eeee signed 2 rubbish strikers when eeee got bek eeeee ooooooh. I want Malky, eeeee get um playing or dat robbie daaaa matteo". Yes those views like the gent who came in my work are annoying but not everyone who is unhappy are as thoughtless or simplistic as that.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • The "horrible" reality is that there are only 8 teams who are safe from relegation already, and there is no way that you can compare those clubs to ours. The financial resources, crowds, history etc of those clubs are in a different league to that of Norwich. The reality, therefore, is that we're always going to be in a relegation battle. In a 38-game season it's unlikely that we're ever going to reach 40 points much before the end of the season, so it's always going to be nervy. For a club of Norwich's size and financial capacity to stay up every year is a minor miracle - look at some of the clubs in the Championship and League One.

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    soulwaxer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Did you mean "Hall of Shame" Matt?

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    waclor

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Canary 101, dont know what you mean. How do you think people will react with City drawing in a must win game and then Hughton takes off RvW and brings on Hooly? CH just cant win. He is a good manager and will come good, in my opinion. This is a frustrating time for all of us, but I think a little support for the team to take them through this period, will be valuable in the long term, as R Bennett suggested in his interview. No negative banners please. OTBC! IHIT!!

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    Ghana Dom

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • mattias 333 - I think you should get you head down a little more or some one from high up at your place of work might be coming to tell you something else - thanks for the entertainment though

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    malmocanary

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I want to be a Happy Clapper! How do I join, PaulWho? Or is it just medication that enables that utopian condition? I am truly envious, no squit. Reality`s horrible - not recommended.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Has it crossed anyone's mind that maybe the reason why Wes has not been used recently, including in cup games is maybe Lambert's unprofessional comments have settled him a bit, so the CH wants to keep him close but not throw him in until his head is right?

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    Ghana Dom

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • You cheer me up a lot, Paul. I like a good laugh.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • …..Had a break from the keyboard!.... Saw the match as usual on Saturday!....Not much changed...Good result from another average performance. There was a little more interest shown by some....Said to Mrs Stew'....”Snodgrass has the ball...how far will he run before he hits the deck”...sure enough he did....time and time again!...Don't half miss Hoolahan behind the Strikers....but I suppose Chrissy leaves that space empty for some reason!...Martin had a good game!..thought he was supposed to be right back...but if we haven't got a right winger, someone has to do it!....Bennett covers well for Bassong, but neither were going to be overworked in defence with Mr Bruce coming for nothing more than a draw....CARRY ON BORING!....Compare your thoughts with this......If you want a slap up meal...then you have to go where slap up meals are available....They may cost a little bit more, they may not....We at Norwich City may be paying top whack, and getting Cheese on Toast, and a cup of luke warm coffee....That's all we can expect we are told!...but whilst many are happy with it, that's all we are going to get!.....Don't anyone complain under any circumstances!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Every report in EDP seems to have a negative slant to it. We pick up 3 points and we get a ''must do better'' report in our local press who should be supporting the players and encouraging them to do well. Imagine you are a player reading these articles each week you must be thinking what do we need to do to get a pat on the back. Every time the manager is so called by the medis ''under pressure'' the players put in a preformance for him so they must want to make sure he stays as their manager. It is difficult to get a run of victories in this league. I dont think any of the bottom 10 have won 2 in a row and if they have they are few and far between. maybe if the press do give them a pat on the back when they winn we might be able to pick up another one straight after instead of the press belittling their win when they do achieve it. Come on EDP give the lads some credit when they achieve a victory. After all, they are not easy to come by in this league and at this level

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    GPL

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Mattias333 I totally agree , those of us that are not happy with what we've been subjected to are regularly vilified by others . I have no hidden agenda and frankly don't understand why people suggest it at all . What I want is a better standard of football , a manager that holds the requirement to win as the most important element , as opposed to we mustn't lose . It's not too much to ask really .

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    mjc75

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • 'paulwho' and the list of games where we should have had a point, (and didn't) and should have had 3 points (and didn't) and the games where we were clueless and awful. Hughton stays, yea right.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Where does this theory about wanting the management team to go so we're obviously not supporting the team come from . Absolute rubbish !! Also what on earth would you expect the players to say , they want to be in the team so are not likely to openly challenge the manager are they .

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    mjc75

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I`ve made you my role model, Paul.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 21, 2014

  • Wasnt brilliant service to be fair. A Half chance and that was about it. They are predators, fox in the box types. The kind that could do utterly nothing for 89 mins but given that one clear chance will score. Anything they get comes as the result of there own battling and feeding off the long balls. Hughtons always played with a real target man at Birmingham and Newcastle. Not a Grant Holt hustle and bustle, not a Elmander im tall but not really a target man. I mean a real target man. Someone who can look after himself against giant 6ft + centre backs and hold the ball up until support comes or finds the winger. Still bizarre that we signed 2 utterly quality strikers who just dont fit our system. Still cant get my head round it.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Yes, Bassong is a shadow of the player he was last season. Perhaps the responsibility of team Captain is weighing heavy on his shoulders?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • …..I just wish you would stand still BP!....all these bald spaces and imitation facial additions , can't wonder I get confused!....Can't you just for once come in under your real name 'like what I do'........Everton are doing us a big favour at the moment...lets hope it continues!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • When did Norwich last play in the Prem on Monday night? Has it something to do wuth Delia's speech?.

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    paddycanary

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • If you want to put the current situation into perspective, look and the final fixtures that remain this season and see where City can get the 17 points needed for safety. It highlights that we need to get wins against teams we have, up to now, only tried to shut up shop and defend for a point and failed to get it.

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    Canary old timer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • People complain about those who have voiced there unhappiness with our situation but even before I came off the fence I noticed those who are IN favour of Hughton alot harsh in there comments towards those not in favour. For example a high up accountant at my place of work who just so happens to sit in the more expensive area of Carrow Road behind the managers box came up to me a moment ago and went "What about saturday, that was good wasnt it"....to which I replied "well the result ultimately was vital but the performance was once again shocking and I just hope....." (was going to finish my sentence saying we can push on from here)....then I was interupted by her snapping at me "WELL I SUPPORT MY CLUB AND IT WAS A BRILLIANT GAME" and stormed off. Its like if you dare to question the team or the manager or do anything but sit quietly these people snap at you and certainly are not open to debate or anything but a positive opinion. Im nothing more than a passionate NCFC fan and amatuer level football manager. Im no more right than anyone but I always like to think I can debate subjects even if I think someone is wrong without being rude or dismissive of there opinion which there entitled to. I may well be wrong on what ive just said for example but I do feel those who are in favour of Hughton all be it a small % of fans, they are very snappy and dismissive of anyone doubt the 13 months of decline we've witnessed. Its quite clear we will stick with Hughton until the bitter end now, I just hope we can come through this. I dont see any long term future though sadly. Ultimately while people like me will be there regardless of how bad we play, many others wont, and if those attendances keep dropping and the many many clear problems even the board have identified in public dont get sorted I cant see it ending nicely. Fingers anyway guys.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Glad to be entertaining Brewer, you should try it some time.

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    PaulWho

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Actually Man City only have 63 goals, not 103, but your point stands - we don't score enough goals, and only Palace and Cardiff have scored fewer. I think there have been a few games where we've been unlucky not to score more (homes games against Cardiff, Villa, Swansea etc) but then far too many games where we never looked like scoring (take your pick of any away game). Far too often it seems like we have no attacking gameplan of how to break down the opposition; we just seem to aim for being solid defensively and relying upon wonder goals or mistakes to score. The West Ham and Hull victories were both down to goalkeeping errors - we almost seem to score by accident most of the time.

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    soulwaxer

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • If CH brings people in he needs to get better value that he did with RVW & Hooper ,I thing that they had good service into the box on Saturday both in the air and on the ground but still nil return from them

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    leslie cater

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Canary 101, Pilkington won't get fully fit if we don't play him. Getting our experienced heads back in the mix will be CH's priority I think as it will take the pressure off Redmond, which has got to be the best for him in the long term. Impact sub should be Redmond's role for the time being in my opinion. Personally I thought Bassong was looking much much better than he has for a while. Key thing is three points and 100% effort start to finish, in contrast to our first effort against Hull this season where the players heads were down well before the 87th minute.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Ghana Dom makes a good point. The voice of common sense and calmness. There is no crisis at Norwich City and Chris Hughton has more knowledge and experience of top flight football than all the contributors here put together. Yet another top pro (Greg Downes) came out before the match strongly backing Hughton. And Ryan Bennett confirms that all the players are behind the manager. Well done NcNally for not being swayed by hysterical fans.

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    Johny

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Spot on in what you said Lobbo. In terms of performance usually the way we win wouldnt bother me. If we win 5-0 or 1 nil off hoopers backside etc. But its the fact playing like that against Hull and NOT getting a result is common practice this season. Must improve and quickly.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Stopper. Dont quite get that stat. We lost at home to Fulham over Christmas - so no points there. Other than that though, I agree, we seem to be picking up at least one point against the bottom half clubs. Its just a great shame we lost to Villa at home as well - 3 points against them and we would now be in the top half - not them! And, if we had beaten Fulham as well, we would now be sittting in 10th position - a whopping 6 POINTS clear of 11th place. So much for might have beens - lets just hope for the might well bes!!

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    zebbee

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Bassong just seems to be a walking mistake at the moment and then he berates his colleagues for his own mistakes. What a shame we didn't get Curtis Davies who seems to be having a stellar season, or maybe he didn't fancy playing again for hoots

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Wasnt brilliant service to be fair. A Half chance and that was about it. They are predators, fox in the box types. The kind that could do utterly nothing for 89 mins but given that one clear chance will score. Anything they get comes as the result of there own battled, fighting and scraping off the long balls. Hughtons always played with a real target man at Birmingham and Newcastle. Not a Grant Holt hustle and bustle, not a Elmander im tall but not really a target man. I mean a real target man. Someone who can look after himself against giant 6ft + centre backs and hold the ball up until support comes or finds the winger. Still bizarre that we signed 2 utterly quality strikers who just dont fit our system. Still cant get my head round it.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • What is it going to take for Hughton to be sacked in the evening news CH stated before the Hull match that we are short on quality at the back and up front . What did he say when he sign these players they would get the goals need and give us the quality we need? what a big difference now he sign them he takes the blame .

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    Obi-wan

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • When did Norwich last play in the Prem on Monday night? Has it something to do wuth Delia's speech?.

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    paddycanary

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Goss - Yep, we all have our opinions and see things differently I suppose. In fairness, it was only his first game, so we'll see. Also agree that Snods was genuinely getting fouled for a change and not just looking for it (although he made the most of it - and why not). El dingo - Yes, it appears the players are still playing for him. I thought this game like no other would demonstrate whenther or not he had 'lost the dressing room', and it appears 'not'.

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    Smudger75

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I still want Hughton to go but I will say the guys really tried for him. 17 points to tick off somehow. The apologists obviously feel passion at a lower level: when relegation is a threat "what are you worrying about" is ridiculous. And as for the guy who thinks Archant are anti-NCFC... have another read, please. It's amazing what can be discovered in an EDP story, particularly the opinion pieces, but it will not be anti-NCFC or anti-apologist.

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    el dingo

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Despite the win I didn't leave the ground feeling particularly positive. Had Jelavic had not spurned his early chance then I think the result would have been quite different. We mostly dominated play from there on but I can't help but think we are so very predictable in attack. Both Hooper and RVW were both potent goal scorers at their previous clubs because they received quick balls to their feet; instead we appear insistent in putting high balls through to them from out wide - usually of poor quality and delivered from the right by Snodgrass. Snodgrass works hard, but our style allows opposition defences time to get themselves organised and nullify our attack. Hence why it took Bennet to score from a corner.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Hurrah we won a game at last! Clearly was never in doubt either? None of us predicted Hughton would save his job (again) with an utterlyawful performance and a 1 nil did we (I did along with 100s of others). Anyway I had Ryan Bennett first goalscorer so I went out an got royally mortal therefore avoiding Canary Call, Message boards, social media etc....but im fully assuming everyone are now pro-claiming Hughton the man to takes us to the promise land, entered him in the hall of fame and pointed out we've turned the corner and the players have now had time to gel and were going to win the league. I assume everyone will be in attendance for the open top bus parade this evening ;)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Fair dos Stew, I'll try and stick to the patch, though it does itch from time to time

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • When did Norwich last play in the Prem on Monday night? Has it something to do wuth Delia's speech?.

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    paddycanary

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Haha any other place of work and i'd agree Malmo. My place however....management more interested in laughing at certain staff members body odour problems and stressing about a noisy fax machine. ho hum! lol

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Great stat from today's Independent about how predictable our form is. We are poor against the top 10 - last point was in August against Southampton. But against the rest the last time we did NOT get a point was also in August against Hull. Is this good evidence or not?

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    Stopper

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • The result was far more important than the performance on Saturday. Winning ugly gets you the same points as a 5-0 rout. When a team like us is as low on confidence as we are, any which way will do as long as we get the win. Hopefully we can now string a mini run together to get the confidence flowing once again. You can see that all it needs for the likes of RVW, Redmond etc to get firing. The potential is there, they need a break & they need our support, not the constant negativity that you get at the games & on message boards and phone in's. If we were cut adrift, or had lost 8 on the spin, then I'd say fair enough, there needs to be a change. We haven't and in fact Swansea & West Brom have had worse runs than we have had. Get behind the lads & support your team.

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    General Norwich

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Hurrah we won a game at last! Clearly was never in doubt either? None of us predicted Hughton would save his job (again) with an utterly shocking performance and scraped 1 nil did we (I did along with 100s of others). Anyway I had Ryan Bennett first goalscorer so I went out an got royally hammered therefore avoiding Canary Call, Message boards, social media etc....but im fully assuming everyone are now pro-claiming Hughton the man to takes us to the promise land, entered him in the hall of fame and pointed out we've turned the corner and the players have now had time to gel and were going to win the league. I assume everyone will be in attendance for the open top bus parade this evening ;)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Part of the fun of being a football fan is bring able to have loads of opinions and I know what I would have done in Saturday, too. But I also know that I have no experience of managing professional footballers, no knowledge of what's going on back stage and am basically a fan on the terraces. On or two of the people here are beginning to sound as though they genuinely think they know all there is to know.

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    Stopper

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • We only got 3 points for beating Hull, Hughton out!

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    PaulWho

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • No denying the spirit of this side especially in the second half. I still dont see however how a loan player from Newcastle short of first team action could be a better bet than our own Wes Hoolahan. It was crying out for some trickery and invention down that left side and Gutierrez was clearly not up to speed. I believe we won that game despite Mr Houghtons selection, not because of it.. Also in the few minutes Beccio was on, he looked more effective than Elmander. Why has he been ignored for so long?.

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    Bally High

    Monday, January 20, 2014

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