Chris Hughton praised Norwich City’s character after surviving a Stoke onslaught to secure a second Premier League win of the season at Carrow Road on Saturday.

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Bradley Johnson glanced home Robert Snodgrass’ free kick in the closing stages of the opening period, but Hughton’s men were tested to the limit after the break with Michael Turner and Javier Garrido both forced off through injury.

“It was a very hard-fought encounter, but I don’t think you expect anything less,” said Hughton. “Stoke do what they do very well and what they have added is more quality in doing it. You look at their bench and the players they can bring on, it really has changed the status of their club. Particularly for us having to change two defensive players as well in that second half I am really delighted with that win.

“I must admit I have just come out of the changing room and I am not too sure what the boys have done. I know they are not serious ones, but enough for them not to finish the game. We will assess them tomorrow and take it from there.”

Potters’ boss Tony Pulis was unhappy at the events leading up to Norwich’s winner, when Snodgrass went down following a challenge from Andy Wilkinson before the Scot picked out Johnson to devastating effect.

“The goal was disappointing. I have just seen it on the television and I have been in to see the referee,” he said. “I just thought it certainly wasn’t a free kick. The disappointing thing is that when the lad falls both Andre (Marriner) and the linesman are so close to it. He has booked Charlie (Adam) in the first half for diving. I have had a look at that and (Javier) Garrido pushed him, so that is a double kick in the teeth when he gets both of those decisions wrong and even worse they score from it.”

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31 comments

  • 1-0 to the city - 1-0 to the city - 1-0 to the city etc etc etc...Well that was dire...Do other teams not turn up at carra rud anymore? or are we that good defensively that we stifle the oppostion? (apart from Barnett who imho looked quite flakey again). Fantastic result - 7 form 9 - unbeaten in 4 - cup run things are definitely looking up! Reading next week will as most posters have said be absolutely massive. (them drawing with QPR today would be helpful too). Shame Villa and Wigan won yesterday or we would be looking even more comfortable. If we carry on this run until xmas we should be safe! OTBC!!!

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    JMH

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • So glad that Hughton is making all the doom mongers on here eat their words. Well done NCFC. A great result against this bunch of spoilers!

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    baguio

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • What about "The Matador of the Five Towns", or "The Card" or "Clayhanger", Timbo? Arnold Bennett was, allegedly, an antecedent of our two Bennos. Little Benno is some sort of Midlander, isn`t he? Lessways, that`s what I thought. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I think Stoke have made significant contribution to the modern game, like the way they amplify their home crowd noise through speakers thereby creating a 'special' atmosphere.

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    norniron canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Great result for us MBA. We certainly didn`t want Reading to win, what with their game in hand still. Reading up next. Go for `em, Hoots! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • So Tony Pulis thinks they played like the home team? He needs to look at the statistics. He certainly wasn't watching the same match as me!

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Just want to add my bit that on the beeb they didnt mention thats C Adams had already dived about 6 time before he was warned. Even so after they watch him go over again they didnt recognise that he was booked for handball. Why is it that even after watching it again they still get it wrong.

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    sharky

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Hughton has quietly remodelled and upgraded the team, so happy it is starting to work out and the belief is back.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • One of Stoke's players was lucky to stay on the pitch after rugby-tackling Holt in front of goal Pulis' post match comments were a joke.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Stoke are a Sunday morning pub side. Would have been a beautiful twist had Wes's long ball shot gone in! And Pulis has to wear a baseball cap to keep the sun out of his eyes with all the high ball efforts put in by Stoke

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    Pondlife

    Monday, November 5, 2012

  • Thank goodness we don't have to watch stoke every game

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Stoke were even worse than Villa.I wonder if CH is having a word with Pulis over Cameron Jerome,out of favour at Stoke but who he had at Bham,reported in Daily Mirror to be of interest.Paper talk probably.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • We dug out a hard earned, well deserved win. Our wayward midfield passing does make it unnecessarily hard for us, as does the lack of a killer instinct. But overall.....well done!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Spot on MBA - perfect result. Let's hope our boys ain't crocked.

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    JMH

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I think both teams were worse than Villa last week PW, and we will play a lot better than that and lose this season. Nevertheless, given R Martin was out and we lost Turner and Garido during the game, this was a huge result that shows the strength in depth of this squad. Just the sort of result we need to grind out to stay in this league.

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    canarydownunder

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • If Pulis was a comedian he would have to be the new "Pub Landlord"because his strategy is tio turn out over sized lumpits. It reminede me of my Sunday morning reffing in London in my youth when a bunch of over weight dockers would barge, block and elbow anything that showed skill.Mariner tried (five bookings foir Stike vouch forthat) but he might have clamped down on the Stoke collective trying to influence every decision. Adams was spoken to at least twice after his booking for crude fouls. Shame City dropped to their level tactically instead of wiping the pitch with them.

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Not nice Tony Pulis when you dont get the rub of the green ,just like ourselvesstart of this season. O.T.B.C. I.H.W.T.

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    yarco

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • No sympathy for Pulis at all. His team are horrible and we deserved to win !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Adams has become a bit of a t**t since leaving Blackpool.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Adams always has been a bit of a t**t Brew, it didn't just start when he left the Seasiders.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Cannock, I had to laugh at your sentance with "the beautiful game" and "Stoke" in it. Never seen that before.

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    bogbog

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Well. It's a good job I'm not City manager! Hoolahan ran the show again. Dreadful game livened up only by terrace humour - Tony Pulis you look like a chav!, and ooooooooohhhhhh - HOOF!! Shame BBC MOTD could not show Hoolahoops effort from half way line - now that's a hoof.

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • It is intersting to see that the nationals seem to pick up on Pulis' moaning as the theme for the match. Given that the Premier League is about entertainment, I guess that he is being groomed as the Panto villain with his team of thugs, chav outfit and constant moaning. What he conveniently forgets is that Charlie Adam had been diving right from the rugby-style kick off and had already been warned by Mariner to stop before he was booked. Result, Football 1 - Stoke 0.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • cr*p game, good result. OTBC.

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    tom the taxi

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Albert Bennett used to play for us, too. Seem to recall he was a pioneer of white footy boots. Think he was a Geordie, though! I wonder why it took 5 Towns to congeal into a dump like Stoke? Even 1p5wich managed it single-handedly...

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Pullis has been watching far too many Warnock post-match interviews. He's rapidly becoming the panto-dame of the Premiership. I'm eternally indebted to my old Dad for moving from Stoke to Manchester when I was a kid. It's bad enough watching the north midlands drears on TV, without having to live amongst them. An area who's idea of the height of culinary sophistication is the oat-cake ...

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    Timbo

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • Pullis, Tough. When your lot start to even think about playing the beautiful game, we may be interested, just maybe... oh and lose the cap you are no longer 14

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    Cannock Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

  • Adams always has been a bit of a t**t Brew, it didn't just start when he left the Seasiders.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • QPR v Reading just finished 1-1 thats a perfect result, now we need our A game to get a win against Reading, Hope Garrido, Turner and R Martin are fit, defense is a bit thin if they are all out.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • However hard you try to be impartial, there is no doubt that the "Stoke Model" for Association Football, if adopted universally, would bring about the Death of the "Beautiful Game". Pulis is a dissembling bully. Hughton is a role model for civilised behaviour in football. We are lucky to have him. A marriage made in Heaven. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 4, 2012

  • I went to the Stoke game last season and it was awful. It was like watching a mixture of football and Rugby in that they play for territory. I can't see them getting relegated though in the near future, and to be honest, what they do works for them. I personally wouldn't pay to watch it every week, but each to their own.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

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