Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel in but Michael Turner and Jonny Howson ruled out for FA Cup third round tie against Fulham

Ricky van Wolfswinkel will start for Norwich City in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie against Fulham at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ricky van Wolfswinkel will start for Norwich City in Saturday's FA Cup third round tie against Fulham at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Thursday, January 2, 2014
2:57 PM

Ricky van Wolfswinkel will make his first Norwich City start in three months when he lines up against Fulham in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie.

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Canaries’ chief Chris Hughton confirmed at Colney on Thursday afternoon the club-record signing will get a chance to impress after an injury-hit start to his Carrow Road career saw him miss eight matches with a muscular toe injury. Hughton will delay selecting the rest of his team with City nursing ‘one or two’ knocks following the New Year’s Day 1-1 Premier League draw at Crystal Palace but Michael Turner (hamstring) and Jonny Howson (back) definitely miss out while Leroy Fer is banned for his two yellow cards at Selhurst Park.

“We will certainly use the squad but that is more a necessity with the ones we have out,” said Hughton. “I still have to pick the team and it might be a late one because we have one or two knocks that we also have to assess but Ricky will certainly play. He has come on in the last few games and he would have done so at Crystal Palace but Leroy got sent off at that moment late in the game. He has had an introduction, if not starting, since the injury so the call to start him on Saturday is the ideal one.

“We miss Leroy (Fer) as well as Michael and Jonny so it is an opportunity to use the squad but with the main objective of ensuring we go through.”

Turner is set to undergo further scans later on Thursday to assess the extent of a hamstring injury suffered in the second half at Selhurst Park.

“We don’t know yet, but I can confirm it was the hamstring he felt,” said Hughton. “He will have a scan later today and then we will know the extent of it. He is a little bit sore this morning but he is not someone who has been susceptible to that type of injury in the past so we hope it is not that bad. With Jonny we never felt at the beginning and we still don’t that it’s a serious injury, but is one that we have to wait to settle down. That is still not the case so he will miss the weekend and then we will see what next week brings.”

Hughton also confirmed midfielder David Fox is available for selection against the Cottagers after returning from a three-month loan stint at Championship club Barnsley.

“Yes, he is back with us after his loan period but he hadn’t played in the last five or six games for them,” said Hughton. “We’ll make a decision on that one along with the rest of the squad over these next few days.”

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33 comments

  • RVW has had the same level of supply as Hooper when he played just look at his goal tally

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    leslie cater

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • OK Stew so explain why nearly every team in the prem has at least one player on the "wrong " wing as you call it.

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    sharky

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Agree Stew. Snods and Red have played on their weaker sides all season and we've consistently struggled to get crosses into the box. If it's not working, try something different. They either have to try to cross with their weaker foot or turn back and often lose the ball. If we go with Wolf and Elmander as strikers, we'll need better crossing to give them some chances.

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    Double D

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Playing a reverse winger, if that is the correct term, assumes that the player has the ability to deliver what a hedge fund manager might refer to as an end product. If the player in question, does not know his gluteus maximus from his elbow, he is more likely to be thought of as a dandy extra rather than ambidextrous. The fact that we are unbeaten in 2014, and that Fulham lost their last away match six nil, would seem to suggest that we progress from this fixture with consummate ease, just as we did last year. The paradoxical approach would be to play the entire youth team from the start while the bench sits on the fence and chews the cud. They might find that they learn a thing or two, cos the manager is not imparting much wisdom in their general direction.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Sharky, look at the stats. How many goals have we scored from open play crosses this year? I can only remember one. That was Hoopers goal at Watford from Redmond's right foot cross. Perhaps it's you who hasn't been watching. I don't really care what other teams can do with their multi million pound ambidextrous super stars. Our team are not successfully creating scoreable chances and we need to try something different, or accept that we will continue with our current form.

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    Double D

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I do agree we are not creating much. The last third is our problem. Amongst others.

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    sharky

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Hughton's problem is personified by his continued use of wrong-footed wingers. Despite the fact that it doesn't work, doesn't produce any decent crosses from the byline and gives nobody in the box anything to feed from, Hughton stubbornly persists. He seems unable to correct even the most obvious flaws.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • OK Stew so explain why nearly every team in the prem has at least one player on the "wrong " wing as you call it.

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    sharky

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Playing with gay abandon, which I'm sure we will, unless we at least match Hull's result (only 5 days ago ( presumably Fulham haven't changed a lot since then)), then I will be joining the Hughton outers. So my canary chums, get ready for a feast of goals at Carrow Road.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • RVW do what you were bought for score some goals. Give some of the youngsters a game. We will not win the FA Cup and can probably do without a fixture pile up

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    Derek McDonald

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • The annoy thing is, RVW was just about getting there in terms of adjusting his playing style when he got injured. Now he needs to rediscover his match fitness, then we can judge him. I happen to think Hooper is the better player overall but to start with either he did not want to come to us or Celtic were reluctant to let him go. One thing is for sure, RVW provides good competition for the main striker roll and I for one hopes that he delivers tomorrow. If we play wingers on the correct side and also Wes, then he should get a few decent chances for a change. I suspect Fulham will be no more up for the game than us so it should prove an interesting match. OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • As has been said, it is about supplying the ball to the striker(s) - we haven't had good linkage through midfield to the front. We lost that last season and have never rediscovered it except in brief periods now and then. We need someone who can pass the ball from midfield who has the guile and ability to split defences. It doesn't matter how many players you have ready and waiting to run on to a quality through ball, if the ball never comes, the goal never gets scored...

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • One of the few times im really stumped on what is usually an easy task predicting Hughtons starting xi. Im assuming Fox will continue to be ignored even though we only have Mr Johnson fit and ready to start in central midfield. Assuming it will be Johnson & Russell martin in a boring 2 man defensive midfield against a side where we really dont need to be so defensive. I guess this time its kind of forced on him though. GK: Bunn, DL: Garrido, DR: Whittaker, DC: Bassong, DC: Ryan Bennett, MC: Johnson, MC: Martin, ML: Murphy, MR: Snodgrass, ST: RVW, ST: Elmander. Certainly not what i'd choose as at home against an average Fulham side we should be capable of more. Personally id have Foxy in there for just this game as its only the cup and try encourage a passing game. Dont have Martin a defender covering in centre midfield with defensive midfielder johnson. I'd personally have Johnson, Fox & Hoolahan. Johnson can do the defensive shielding role, Fox can make us tick over attempting to get a passing game going linking defence and attack so we dont have to lump it forward for a change and Wes can be in behind a lone RVW. Just my personal opinion but I fear Hoots will go with the defensive safe option rather than play Fox etc.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • …..Sharky!...I suppose it's possible that by using a wrong sided winger, Man U have been watching the success Norwich City are having with these different tactics....It is not that crosses are directed towards goal, because so few crosses take place....Watch and you may just see that every time both Redmond and Snodgrass cut inside they have to have a hopeful shot at goal .making the central strikers redundant....Redmond may have scored ONCE from this tactic...Snodgrass is usually lying on the grass!.....On the other hand Huckerby a much more sk illful player did have some success!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I'd rather see Hughton rest players. They've looked tired recently and the lack of cover doesn't help. Some of the youth cup team should at least be on the bench. Another injury and we'll be in real trouble. Bunn, garrison and bennett are certain to start, probably whittaker too. Wouldn't be surprised if martin played center back. Murphy should start with his brother and morris at least on the bench. Becchio and RVW will start up front and probably Johnson and fox in the center. Hopefully McGeehan and Toffolo might get a look in too. I'd rather get hammered than pick up more injuries to key players

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    James Dougall

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Speak to any decently qualified coach and he'll tell you, the fundamental concept behind "inverted wingers" is their abilty to cross with either foot. Whilst Redmond is certainly capable of taking on a full back on either side (even if the end product leaves something to be desired) Snoddy certainly can't cross a decent ball with his right foot. I'm with Stew on this one

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    GMF

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • With our position in the league and the way we are playing let us hope CH goes for a win experiment with changing wings as Double D suggests. Play people that have not been considered up to now as Mattias 333 suggests. Put aside the tactics he has persisted with so far this season as many of the comments would suggest . You never know he may stumble onto a winning formula. Or would it be much easer to sack CH before the Fulham game as I would suggest

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    Harry

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • No at the start of the season everyone was complaining about how we were not creating chances. Hooper came into the side and also struggled, AFC away etc...we simply created nothing and the same people moaned at Hooper. Then suddenly we created a few chances for him (although not many still) and he scored them. WBA away, Watford in the cup.....thats what were talking about. Real chances predators like RVW and Hooper are crying out for. We were not doing that at the start of the season. Plain and simple and RVW looked incredibly frustrated as a result. Hoopers even commented himself numerous times about how its been better recently now hes being created chances compared to when he first came into the side. Make RVW the same chances an he will score. Its what he does. Hes a proven goal scorer, a predator. He, just like Hooper is never going to be a hustle bustle, target man, winning headers against 6ft2 bruising centre backs. But because of the style Hughton plays everyone seems to expect them to suddenly magically be one.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • So why do Man U and others do it. Defenders hate the inswinging cross as its the most difficult to defend. As for saying Snodgrass doesnt cross with his right foot I dont think you,ve been watching. I do agree we should be switching more as I have said many times here. We have a great prospect in Redmond. When he starts playing for the team and not himself we will have a great player.

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    sharky

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • But also had very little supplied to him. Easy for you to sit there and say that. But when Hooper first came into the side he faired exactly the same as he wasnt getting any service. Suddenly in last month we've started crafting out chances. While nowhere near the level we were use to under Lambert its more than what we were creating under Hughton. If we continue to create RVW will score, simple.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • No at the start of the season EVERYONE was complaining about how we were not creating chances. Hooper came into the side and also struggled, Arsenal away etc...we simply created nothing and the same numptys moaned at Hooper. Then suddenly we created a few chances for him (although not many still) and he scored them. WBA away, Watford in the cup.....thats what were talking about. Real chances predators like RVW and Hooper are crying out for. We were not doing that at the start of the season. Plain and simple and RVW looked incredibly frustrated as a result. Hoopers even commented himself numerous times about how its been better recently now hes being created chances compared to when he first came into the side. Make RVW the same chances an he will score. Its what he does. Hes a proven goal scorer, a predator. He, just like Hooper is never going to be a hustle bustle, target man, winning headers against 6ft2 bruising centre backs. But because of the style Hughton plays everyone seems to expect them to suddenly magically be one.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Great its about time he started i just hope Hooper starts alongside him as the lack of goals is a concern.

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    David

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Hit the nail on the head Trevor. Same here. As a centre back as well I completely agree.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • I think if we'd had a better run of xmas results then CH would be more likely to gamble giving some of the youth a run out, but like Mattias points out we need a morale boosting result ideally and CH will want to try and ease the discontent. Midfield is a tricky one though, Fox was good for us in the lower leagues but he couldnt even get in the Barnsley team and lets not forget he got a chance in the cup last year and look how that worked out....

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • I'd rather see Hughton rest players. They've looked tired recently and the lack of cover doesn't help. Some of the youth cup team should at least be on the bench. Another injury and we'll be in real trouble. Bunn, garrison and bennett are certain to start, probably whittaker too. Wouldn't be surprised if martin played center back. Murphy should start with his brother and morris at least on the bench. Becchio and RVW will start up front and probably Johnson and fox in the center. Hopefully McGeehan and Toffolo might get a look in too. I'd rather get hammered than pick up more injuries to key players

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    James Dougall

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • It's about time he did something to justify his transfer fee,I know he has had an injury but has done little when he has played

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    leslie cater

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Are we going to see what sick note Ricky can do , or maybe our Argentinian bench warmer , no we'll have Elmander up front on his own , again ! At least I won't have to wait to see whose up next in the fourth round .

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    mjc75

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Huckerby was succesful there because he had raw pace. Everytime Snodgrass gets the ball the move dies. Any efficent side will have scouted us and know that 99.9% of the time he wants to cut in and if he doesn't he wont have the pace to out run a full back or even effectively cross with his right foot. They will also (know like Hooper has pointed out twice now) when players cut in its nice in variety but from a strikers point of view it makes there job much harder as the cross naturally curls towards the keeper rather than a natural wingers crossed curling out towards there predator poaching area. Redmonds said he will try his best where ever played but prefer right wing. Hooper has also said publicly that hes loved Redmond playing on the right. I wouldnt mind for the cup game seeing Josh Murphy on the left as hes more in the Huckerby form for cutting in and running at pace while that would leave Redmond free to perform as he can down the right. Wont happen though, as I fully suspect Redmond will be given a much needed rest and either way Hoots clearly has some sort of love affair with Snoddy it just wouldn't happen. Hes in a lose lose situation anyway as in the past most people wouldn't care if we lost in the cup as its "just the cup". But at present with everyones depression relating to NCFC if we win nobody cares as its "just the cup" and if we lose everyone will riot via social media lol! I still go to all cup games as well my season ticket games but not a single person out of my regular group of 11-12 people I go with in the lower barclay go to cup games. I dont blame them either. Another expense and we dont see value for money. Im just a mug and cant bare missing any game.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • …..He has enough players to put out a decent side....What he could try for a change is playing them in their strongest positions.... on the correct side of the field for them....Right footed on the right....left footed on the left....Snodgrass on the bench.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Who can he rest though in reality. Usually i'd agree and it why a Hughton team is easy to guess. But only so many can be rested. We've got plenty who have not had regular games (Bunn, Garrido, RVW, Murphy etc...) who can certainly start. But other than that we will be forced in most areas. Wouldn't expect a major influx of youth on the bench. The ones who seems close to first action our the Murphys & Morris. Personally the clubs in dire need of getting a win, getting fans back onside and hopefully getting some momentum. Like a broken record but I hope we take the cup serious as it could help us. Im all for a few youngsters getting game time etc....but dont take it to another extreme playing some who are nowhere near ready. The likes of Josh Murphy has been pushing for a place in the 1st team. The others are not even close or they would have been called upon during this major injury crisis instead of naming 3 strikers on the bench etc.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Like you Matt, I gave in and purchased a ticket, despite the fact that I fear we will fail to turn up once again. I am not sure Hucks did have that much raw pace but once he had the ball, it was difficult for defenders to get it off him as he had exceptional ball control. As a former defender, I always prefered inswinging crosses to out swingers, as you could then get a decent connection with the ball and hit the half way line at least. Some teams such as Man Utd can use wrong sided wingers as they have the players to do so, we do not, this is clear by results. As they say, action speaks louder than words. I would certainly start with at least one Murphy tomorrow, perhaps even both and instruct them to feed RVW and Becchio at every oppotunity.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, January 3, 2014

  • Agree Stew. Snods and Red have played on their weaker sides all season and we've consistently struggled to get crosses into the box. If it's not working, try something different. They either have to try to cross with their weaker foot or turn back and often lose the ball. If we go with Wolf and Elmander as strikers, we'll need better crossing to give them some chances.

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    Double D

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • 'Sharky' it's probably to counter the same tactics as the other teams. Perhaps if we did it first they might all realise the error of their ways and upgrade tactics accordingly.

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

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