Sunderland 1, Norwich City 1

Norwich duo Kei Kamara and Wes Hoolahan celebrate the Republic of Ireland international's goal in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Sunderland. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Norwich duo Kei Kamara and Wes Hoolahan celebrate the Republic of Ireland international's goal in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Sunderland. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Sunday, March 17, 2013
6:10 PM

Norwich City fought for an hour with 10 men to secure a valuable Premier League point from their trip to the Stadium of Light after goalkeeper Mark Bunn was sent off in the opening half.

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After Wes Hoolahan gave the Canaries a 26th-minute lead, the game was dogged by controversial decisions by referee Chris Foy with Bunn’s red card for handling outside the area followed by Sunderland’s equaliser from a penalty after 40 minutes when Sebastien Bassong was also penalised for handball, Craig Gardner scoring from the spot.

City were up against it for much of the second half but substitute keeper Lee Camp – who replaced the unlucky Hoolahan – and the defence performed solidly and they should have had a penalty of their own in the second period when Danny Rose clearly handled a cross by Russell Martin with 20 minutes left, but a free-kick was awarded on the edge of the area.

City boss Chris Hughton sprang a surprise by leaving skipper Grant Holt on the bench and playing Kei Kamara as lone striker.

Hoolahan was recalled to the starting line-up, while Elliott Bennett replaced the injured Anthony Pilkington.

Sunderland showed three changes after the 3-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers with recalls for Danny Rose, Carlos Cuellar and David Vaughan, while Titus Bramble, Jack Colback and Alfred N’Diaye dropped to the bench.

Sunderland forced a corner in the opening minute when Howson headed clear from Gardner’s cross, Bunn punching away from Adam Johnson’s kick.

A bright attacking spell from Norwich earned their first corner, but Kamara was unable to control Snodgrass’ kick as he attempted a shot on the turn.

Sunderland went close in the sixth minute when Bunn had to dive at the feet of Graham to stop him pouncing on a rebound in the six-yard box after Bassong had prevented Fletcher getting in a shot.

A foul by Turner gave Sunderland a free-kick 25 yards out, but after a long delay, Larsson fired it straight into the City wall.

City were down to 10 men while Bradley Johnson received attention for a bang in the face and he returned in the shirt with no number.

O’Shea headed over from Adam Johnson’s inswinging corner as Sunderland had another set-piece opportunity.

Midway through the half, Sessegnon sliced a shot wide at the second attempt after Graham had put him through and his first effort was blocked.

An awkward clearance by Cuellar handed City a corner, but Mignolet punched clear from Snodgrass’ kick, under pressure from Bassong.

The Canaries forced a flurry of corners at this stage and one of them provided them with the opening goal on 26 minutes.

Snodgrass took the kick from the right, Kamara leapt to nod it goalwards and Hoolahan, almost on the line, reacted smartly to head home.

It was City’s first goal at the Stadium of Light since 1997.

With the home crowd becoming restless, Rose blazed over the bar from a Sessegnon pass.

But Sunderland were handed an unexpected bonus on the half-hour when Bunn was sent off for handball outside the area.

A poor header from Turner left Bunn in trouble and as he raced out to try to close down Graham and jumped to meet the bouncing ball, the ball struck the underside of his elbow and referee Foy, adjudging it handball, produced the red card.

Bunn was furious with the decision and when he eventually departed, he threw his gloves to the ground in anger.

Goalscorer Hoolahan was immediately sacrificed as substitute keeper Camp came on to replace Bunn with City down to 10 men.

The resulting free-kick was fired wide by Gardner, but with the extra man, Sunderland sensed a way back into the game.

There was further drama when Sunderland were handed a controversial penalty – and drew level five minutes before the break as Gardner scored from the spot.

Bassong appeared to control the ball with his chest but the assistant flagged for handball and after vigorous protests, during which Snodgrass was booked, Gardner thumped the penalty home.

Camp then made an excellent save, diving to his right to keep out a thumping effort from Larsson, with Graham putting the rebound wide.

On the stroke of half-time, Rose struck the post with a powerful left-foot shot.

• Half-time: Sunderland 1, Norwich City 1

Camp saved from Gardner eight minutes after the break as Sunderland pressed for a second against 10-man City.

Elliott Bennett shot wide from 20 yards in a rare Norwich raid on home territory, and Kamara headed back a Snodgrass free-kick with no on able to take advantage.

A rising drive by Gardner was tipped over by Camp as the hosts returned to the attack and, on the hour, Camp dived to his left to keep out another long-range Gardner attempt.

With 64 minutes gone, Hughton made a second change with Holt replacing Kamara.

With 20 minutes left, City were denied what looked a clear penalty when Russell Martin’s cross was cut out by the hand of Rose, but a free-kick was given outside the area when the offence appeared to be clearly inside.

Bramble replaced the injured Cuellar but there was a real opening for City two minutes later when Holt was sent running clear against Mignolet, but he knocked the ball a touch too far and was then adjudged to have fouled the keeper, picking up a yellow card in the process.

With a quarter of an hour left, Sunderland made another change as McClean was sent on in place of Graham.

The home crowd were becoming more frustrated and some began to head for the exits with nearly 10 minutes to go.

Sunderland sent on Wickham for Adam Johnson with six minutes remaining as a last attempt to press home their extra man advantage.

Sessegnon hooked a shot wide from 10 yards when he might have done better and the travelling fans could breathe again.

With two minutes left, Whittaker was sent on for his first outing since before Christmas.

A foul by Larsson on Howson gave City a free-kick and the chance of a late assault, but Holt’s header from Russell Martin’s kick was fairly tame.

In four minutes of stoppage time, Camp was booked for time-wasting, but there was a real opening for City when Whittaker burst away on the left and crossed into the six-yard box, but Holt had not arrived in time to take advantage.

In the dying seconds, Larsson had a free-kick but O’Shea’s backheader went wide.

The home side were booed off at the whistle for failing to see off 10 men, but for City it was an excellent point.

• Sunderland: Mignolet; Gardner, O’Shea, Cuellar (Bramble, 71), Rose; Sessegnon, Larsson, Vaughan, Adam Johnson (Wickham, 84) ; Graham (McClean, 75), Fletcher. Subs (not used): Westwood, Bardsley, N’Diaye, Colback.

• Norwich City: Bunn; Russell Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Howson, Bradley Johnson; Elliott Bennett, Hoolahan (Camp, 32), Snodgrass (Whittaker, 88); Kamara (Holt, 64). Subs (not used): Ryan Bennett, Fox, Jackson, Becchio.

• Referee: Chris Foy (Liverpool)

• Attendance: 38,625 (728 City fans)

• Goals: Sunderland: Gardner (pen, 40). City: Hoolahan (26)

• Red card: City: Bunn (30)

• Bookings: Sunderland: Larsson (89). City: Snodgrass (39), Holt (72), Camp (90)

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102 comments

  • As I was leaving the ground today I heard a Sunderland fan say, "it's difficult to play 10 men, especially when you're playing sh@te". Given the fact we were playing 13 v 10 (watch MOTD, the Lino doesn't give the penalty until after the home crowd shout at him) I came away slightly disappointed we didn't get the 3 points, didn't think I'd be saying that after Southampton !

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Holt and Snodgrass aren't suspended I don't think.

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • So... you were wrong to not back Chris Hughton in his policy of supplying senior cover for goalkeepers is what you are trying to say?

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • That should read - one LAST plea for "Pax Canaria" -.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Well done City. Hard to get a draw when you're playing the ref as well as the opposition, but we did it. Performance as important as the result today. Feel like we're up for the fight now. Bottom 2 teams look down so we just need to ensure we don't occupy that final relegation berth. I'd take 4th from bottom right now !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Best wishes re: your health 'alan clark'

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    Lobbo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • No Sharky , whatever SO is , it is the root cause of the insults . It could and probably does start an argument in a phonebox on it's own . He \ She deserves nothing even remotely close to politeness , many many olive branches have been offered , all were simply insulted . It , He , She , whatever it is is a tw*t .

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    mjc75

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Well Lads you would have done a Demolition Job at Slumberland if 'Dark Forces' had given you half a chance. LUCK did not earn you a point today. Determination DID !....WELL DONE!...

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Amazing that someone has to be negative after such a brave display. Must be a TB

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Back for a posting, have been off for a while as all the back biting was getting a wee bit depressing and still see it is. Great point against the odds, hopefully 40 is still within reach. 6 more from 8 games 6 of which should see points on the board as they are winable? It's been a long cold winter after a warm Fall, however it's not over till the fat lady sings, and I believe the portly one in Costessy is on a diet?

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    RoadWarrior

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Also no need for you to get involved every time , happened quite a bit lately . Oh and mild should be replaced with " in the strongest possible terms " It , He , She or whatever it is is a tw*t . No need to reply , not necessary :-D

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    mjc75

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Brilliant effort boys like the formation hoots put out today, more of it please. Think the Horse days are numbered and he will be put out to pasture next season somewhere up North.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • I encourage more moaning about Holt. You'll only look more stupid than you do now when he proves you wrong.

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • The best 10 man performance you may ever get to see. Well done lads - keep that up and all will be fine. Without the sending off, we were in confident mood and dealt with everything. Took a ref and a linesman to get Sunderland a point..

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Bring on `Boycs`. At least you know he`s always right. He`ll tell you! Welcome back, Warrior. Just enjoying a glass of Herefordshire cider, impudently brewed in England by H.P Bulmer! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Lordbesty grow up carrot packer

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    andys

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Fantastic result in the circumstances.

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Steady On , both Holt & Snoddy picked up their fifth booking so now have one game bans to contend with . Keep on stumbling little cherub :-D

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    mjc75

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Agree on the comments about Holt, looked Like a kid who his toys taken away - the look he gave CH as he went was telling - could be POT (Pre Off-season Tension) coming on a need o try and hog the headlines! Whits I have said for some time now needs a start, again not that Martin has donwe too much wrong but Whits gives better option going forward. At least Holt in or out is not an issue for Wigan, here's to another resounding performance. OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Well, I said we'd win, and we would of if Foy wasn't reffing. Disgraceful display! We were strong and resolute. Wheres the Hughton out brigade gone?

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    Steady On

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • In the strongest possible terms. I,ve got a long way to go to catch you lol ;-)

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    sharky

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • The ref had no choice but to send Bunn off, it did hit his arm and he move hand to ball and denied a goal scoring opportunity. CORRECT DECISION. Bassong did handle the ball also, however, should have been given offside. WRONG DECISION. Rose handled it in the box, blatant. WRONG DECISION.

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    Crazy

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Sorry you`re feeling poorly, alan clark - ditto! We old gits need to "man-up"! Seriously, take it easy. If Holty & Snods have one game suspensions, surely Hoots can (has to) find a formation to accommodate Whits? Depends on when Pilks will be fit, maybe? - at least we have an International break. I should think Hoots`ll have to bring Declan back? It`s been open-season on City goalies - just as well we have a decent collection ;-). I thought Kamara was very impressive; good ball control, mobile and very good in the air, as was the towering Wessi. If the first two big decisions the ref made were controversial, then the non-awarded penalty was an utter disgrace and should be investigated by the FA. The linesman should be dropped from the list until he`s had corrective training. At least. Brave performance; even the non-Norwich supporters in the pub were impressed (except the serially vocal and oafish Chelsea fans). OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • They all deserve credit today,watched it online. Ref and linesman out to please the home fans.Apparently he sent Bunn off, not for handball but for preventing a goal scoring opportunity.????....What are goalkeepers and defenders there for???? answers on a red card!

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    tom the taxi

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • That is my understanding as well Sharky. Just another excuse of mjc and co paying attention...

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • It's all gone quiet. How shocking.

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Missed the whole game today so was happy to see a point gained before reading the details. Worst result however was a last minute win for Wigan. That opens a whole new can of worms with the bottom 2 now seemingly doomed, 3rd bottom is any one of 8 or 9 including us. Next weeks game is massive and a point at least a must. Going to be a cracking last few weeks for the neutral - nervy for the rest. COYY

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Alright, we`ll settle for Paxo Canaria. Peace is stuffed. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • For saying what? The 5 yellow window was December 31st to my knowledge so they are not suspended? Please correct me if I'm wrong?

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Judging by this weekend decisions it seems the referees and linesman are trying to decide who goes down. I hope the FA are investigating betting patterns. The two penalty decisions against Norwich are just blatant cheating by the linesman and he must be banned from future premier league games

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • No considered response to your latest diatribe is deemed necessary, S\O. That`s a statement.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Steady on the only moron or there is you . Everybody that doesn't agree with you is insulted , everybody that doesn't jump on the " let's all worship Chrissy " bandwagon is insulted . Stumble On blindly and you will fall . Just to keep you going , Howson was as inept as ever , give me your thoughts on it if you must . Won't change anything , but I look forward to your wisdom as ever :-D

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    mjc75

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • The referee's a Mackem. A tale of three handballs and we got the rough end of all three.Bunn was unlucky { an outfield player may well have had his arms by his side- but he's a keeper.] Bassong was very unlucky ,and the Rose handball was about as blatant as you can get. I'm not suggesting the ref and linesman were bent , but there are a few things that could be checked. If it can happen in italy ???

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Bunn a good role model for the youngsters.. well done ...

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • I haven't seen the game yet so will see the highlights on MOTD2 tonight. Can I ask supporters what they thought of Danny Graham, who we were linked to back in January? Was he worth £5million?

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    NorwichStu

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Time for technology in football.Cricket is years ahead.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Yes , plenty to say . No point telling a half whit though . As for being negative Sharky look at SO's first post , and think before you sit on that high horse :-D

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    mjc75

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Sharky just read the board from the bottom up and the first'pop'is from s\o ,its gets a reaction and so it grows and grows, resist the temptation to back s\o at every occasion.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Great result all things considered. Re the big decisions: 1. I can see why he was sent off, but there really wasn't very much else Bunn could have done there. Not intentional at all, very harsh. 2. Never a pen. Yes it did roll on to Bassong's arm after his chest, but it was a complete accident and he would have no reason to do it deliberately. Plus, the Sunderland player the ball was played towards (Fletcher?) was offside, so that should have been called first and the handball wouldn't have mattered. 3. Got to be a penalty. Had his arm out and was definitely inside the area. Awful decisions. Ref ruined the game for me. The lads were excellent throughout and deserved 3 points.

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    chirpy

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • A great performance from the Lads and a good point, which so easily could have been three. Perhaps some of our more negative followers might start to believe that Hughton knows what he's doing

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    GolfBino

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • We were amazing today, unlucky on not being able to be negative for a bit mjc. I'm sure you'll think some reason up.

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    Steady On

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Fantastic performance hard-earned point. Worth pointing out that we played with a different formation, attacked and scored before the Bunn sending off. If we hadn't played with that ambition from the start we may well have lost. As it was we came close to winning even with 10 men, when the switch to a defensive formation and counter-attacking was fully justified. Please please keep this positive starting approach up. OTBC

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    SussexYellow

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Can't catch me , faster than a greased up weasel on acid ;)

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    mjc75

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Chris Hughton made a brave decision and dropped Holt in favour of Kamara. Swapping them over mid-way through the second half. Shame the referee will be making the headlines. With 11 v 11 an away win was the most likely result. With Bunn off and penalty decisions going against us, a point gained.

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    Capri

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • And a big ya sucks boo! I do enjoy a good adult argument.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Overall, I think I concur with Crazy`s assessment of the 3 decisions. I can`t help feeling, instinctively, that Bunn`s sending off was harsh - rules are rules, I suppose. If only the officials were capable of applying them in a consistent manner - remember Rob Green`s blatant handling outside the area in QPR home game? And the penalty area encroachment? I am a great fan of Holty, really I am, from day 2 (day 1 was the Colchester débacle). But he looks well out of sorts.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Foy , joke . Steady On how about you Steady Off :-D

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    mjc75

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • :):):):):). After a very bad week for me,health wise,I could not bear to watch my recording of the game,or know the result...And wouldve waited till probably midweek before i felt i could take it,i discover the result...But though I have been carefull with reading texts,and tv,radio etc,what I didn't expect was,at about 1.30 am 2 people walking past my house,talking just as I was closing a window,with one saying a point is good considering! So I thought ok might as well watch it, and REALLY PROUD of Hoots and the players for a display that wasn't even back to wall stuff,but at times took the game to them,even with ten men! BRILL :)

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    alan clark

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • The wisdom of hindsight is a truly wonderful gift. You`ve got the `hindsight` bit, along with a selectivity of topic matter designed to cause as much conflict as possible. Why so angry? Tell your Uncle Brewer....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Sharky, I'm not criticising CH for anything done today, I agree with your first comments, but what I'm saying is that, contrary to what some are posting, we do have a need to improve. Whether it is our set pieces, or some of our players who are clearly not premier league standard or what we do during training. If we stand still and others improve we will effectively go backwards. There are one or two posters that watch through rose tinted glasses. But all in all today was a good day.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • The ref had no choice but to send Bunn off, it did hit his arm and he move hand to ball and denied a goal scoring opportunity. CORRECT DECISION. Bassong did handle the ball also, however, should have been given offside. WRONG DECISION. Rose handled it in the box, blatant. WRONG DECISION.

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    Crazy

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I see SO has an ally in sharky, or is this one and the same tractor boy? Virtually everyone on here has been lambasted ridiculed and mocked by the venomous little tw*t hence the unnecessary insults and replies bythe rest of us.Thankfully the rest of us can enjoy a more friendly banter, and thankfully not all of us are ignoramus infantile idiots.

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    oldtimer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Thank you:) Whatever painkillers,i take nothing helps me more than a great performance like that( Though winning when playing poorly also helps :) Just hope that Wigan player is retrospectively banned by the fa!

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • I'm still enjoying the euphoria of the moment despite some terrible MOTD editing.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I was listening to Test Match commentary the other night. The unceasingly polite Jonathan Agnew was joined in the commentary box by the supremely opinionated Geoffrey Boycott. The conversation turned to the comparative difficulty of batting vs bowling. Boycott got more and more childish and aggressive in his dogmatic approach, while Agnew maintained his urbanity. In order to "win" the argument, Bullyboy Boycott resorted to taunting Agnew about how few Test Matches he`d played compared to the mighty Boycott. Remind you of anyone?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Here he is, mjc, You got anything to say about Chris Hughton today pal?

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    Steady On

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • I give up trying to say anything to you. You could start a war in a Buddhist community. There`s Theravada for you. Pax Canaria. Some hope.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Bringing in Camp as cover for Bunn, whilst Ruddy is out, makes sense now. Will Declan Rudd be brought back as cover for Camp while Bunn is suspended and Ruddy regains match fitness?

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    Capri

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Robbed by three horrendous decisions by the officials as we all saw. The resolve and work rate when down to 10 men was immense and if we can take that forward it bodes well. The starting line was refreshing and did look as though would have caused Sunderland serious problems and hopefully will be tried again, with Holt out for the next game chances are it will. I reckon with Pilks and Tetts back in that line-up it would be forward thinking team. Without Holt and Snodgrass against Wigan we will need the same resolve as Wigan looking to be on their annual Great Escape. One game does not make a season but it could get us back to positive winning ways. OTBC.

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    Singapore Canary

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • andys- what are you on about? Turner has proved himself to be a brilliant CB with Bassong after a dodgy start. His bravery has won us far more points than any mistakes have cost us. Bramble is a complete joke, which Turner certainly is not, and any player in the world can have the odd wobble. GROW UP.

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    lordbesty

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Johnson got his fifth yellow against ManU, was he suspended yesterday?

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • If that twit of a referee had not been so bad that would have been the easiest three points all season, Sunderland were so unbelievably poor but despite all the men in blacks deeds it ended up as a point very well won and could still have taken all three but for Holty miscontrol and not getting in the box for Whits cross. I wonder what the BBC pundits will say tonight?

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    blackdog2

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Judging by this weekend decisions it seems the referees and linesman are trying to decide who goes down. I hope the FA are investigating betting patterns. The two penalty decisions against Norwich are just blatant cheating by the linesman and he must be banned from future premier league games

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Firstly can I say that I was thoroughly impressed by the team today. Blatantly wrong decisions by ref. and particularly linesman cost us a very valuable away win. It beggars belief that officialdom refuses point blank to use the available technology to deal, with those sorts of mistakes, but far from being dispirited ,the team rose to the task admirably. My only criticism is the fact that when we started, we started with an attacking formation that made Sunderland look very fragile, and only the ridiculous sending off of Bunn made Hughton change tactics, so If we can do it away at Sunderland, why can't we do it against the lesser teams in the PL, especially at Carrow Road?

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Budgie I think you need to get your facts right. Plus you are telling people not to react when you did. Strange !!

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • I repeat my earlier posting regarding the good performance at Sunderland and the excellent point gained in difficult circumstances. I just feel that my earlier criticism of Grant Holt was reinforced by his attitude and performance at the game. When presented with a one on one with the goalkeeper he controlled it further than he could kick it and then after Whittaker had battled through two challenges got to the bye line and crossed it across the six yard ling for a simple tap in, Holt could not even keep up with the play and arrived too late. I appreciate that Holt has provided good service over the past three seasons but I am afraid his days are surely numbered with this team. Even his keenest supporters are beginning to see the light - and why did CH leave him on the bench yesterday.

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • SO merely points out the negative posts of the past. Long before I was here. Being a positive person myself and knowing all the difficulties of management I tend to agree with whats said. No need for the Moron bit though

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    sharky

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • ..WE WERE ROBBED !!! WE WERE ROBBED !!! For the first time for ages Norwich City were balanced with Snodgrass on the left and Bennett on the right. Hoolahan was able to do what he does best. Some of his defence splitting passing were superb. He was in the right place at the right time for his goal. Norwich RULED.... UNFAIR decisions by a referee, who had lost the plot, and a linesman, who wanted to be noticed cost us dearly. Hand balls against us were at best doubtful (it makes you wonder things!). The blatent HAND BALL by Sunderlans Rose inside their penalty was not punished in the same way....WHY?? ...EXTREMELY well done to every member of the team. This just has to be a confidence booster for the remainder or the season!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Hi guys just got back from a week's golf in the sun so missed the match. Sounds like the football decision lottery was well to the fore this weekend. When will FIFA see that the game is too quick and the players too happy to cheat or at least accept a wrong decision in their favour, to be refereed by three officials on the pitch. We must have a panel of three retired refs watching TV monitors with a voice connection to the man in the middle. Then and only then will football be played as a fair game. Last year Bolton were relegated although the goal which beat them on the last day should never have been given. Nani's sending off recently was dubious to everyone except the ref and Roy Keane etc etc. It is time matches were decided on good play within the rules of football and not on which team got away with more cheating than the other.

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    waclor

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I think I am right in saying it goes up to 10 bookings after the end of the year. I think thats right. No doubt if it isnt I will soon be told. Just home from N&N no stress needed lol

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    sharky

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • And the first 'in your face ' statement today by steady on gets the required reaction after which steady on , sharky and acolytes have a pop at the reactors. Lets just ignore them.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Surely the way Sunderland played they are a lesser team. They are in trouble. Southampton are proving they are not. Our result against them was not so bad.

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • I agree Sharky.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Youre entitled to your opinion. So am I. You will see from your reply that, as others, you have to end it with a mild insult. No need for it.

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    sharky

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • A total Roeder.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I was surprised they took him off and left Fletcher on , of the two Graham did more not much granted , but other than being offside for the penalty Fletcher did nothing .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • There`s FA chance of that happening alan c! Glad you`re feeling better. I hope Hoots perseveres a while with Benno on the right etc - it looked promising despite Hoolahoop having to be sacrificed for a goalie. Definitely worth another try. Pa Snipps` Chevron? I think it`d be good to be able to post a comment which may not be right without being subjected to juvenile taunts. I, for one, am happy to be corrected as long as it`s done in a good spirit. I`ve pigged out on Numble pies over Bunn but still get taunts. For instance, the "11-goalie formation" is only a bit of whimsy and bringing up goalie recruitment is having a gentle dig at myself for being wrong! (Though I still think Declan is plenty good enough). I`ll be bringing up Numble pies at this rate! Offal thought. One more plea for "Pax Canaria". ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Did I see an earlier post about ignoring the irritants? I can't understand why anyone can't place a post happy for the team without putting in some nasty, snide, sarcastic, pathetic dig at other people. Then again I have a life outside this site.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I wrote on this forum that it was just that it was just that Southampton got a point at Carrow Road because they were the better side. If the same justice had applied at Sunderland, Norwich would have walked away with all 3 points. Ignoring the fact that we were the better team, Bunns sending off was a massive home team decision. The Bassong penalty was a disgrace, and then in the 2nd half we are denied a nailed on penalty by the same linesman!! BUT!!!!....we were excellent in defence, and as 10 men gave them many problems. If Grant Holts first touch wasnt so awful he would have scored in the one on one. If Elliot Bennett had a football brain he would have squared the ball instead of blasting his free kick into the roof of the stand. But well done. In the face of awful referring decisions, we won a well earned point. An excellent away display. Why the hell cant we do it at home against the likes of Southampton???

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Well earnt point.I heard the match on Radio Norfolk and watched on Sky.Russell Martin was the man of match on Sky,It was said on Sky Norwich played well and should have been awarded a penalty.What annoy me is biast national newspaper reporting! In the Sunday Telegraph it was claimed Norwich hung on?Did I witness a different game?Norwich could have won it if we didnt have such poor refereeing!

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    paul553

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • I thought I read somewhere on this board that Holt & Snods` yellow cards have stacked up to a one-match suspension? If that`s not so - good! I must start keeping a diary of exactly how many disciplinary points all our players have accrued so that I do not err again and once more incur the wrath of the Great and Good. Still like to see Whits play & hope Pilks is fit sooner rather than later.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • steady on, you're such a plon ker. I've already agreed with skarky, " Fantastic result in the circumstances, " but do you really think this result makes CH's future. I'm so pleased we got a point, I do feel that with the rub of the green we could have won, but why do you say something about the CH doubters when nothing has changed. A great point, yes but this team and the way we play will not keep us in the prem. next season. Get real and suggest some ways that we can 'constructively' improve. You really are such a t i t.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • So we can add you as a fully payed up memeber of the "I'm going to get royally mugged off by Grant Holt in the not too distant future club for pant wetters" association brewer? The IGTGMOITNTDF if you will?

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • WOW what a performance by a ten man team for one hour of hard graft.Had to listen to it on radio partridge.I TAKE MY HAT OF TO ALL INVOLVED.12TH IN THE LEAGUE .WERE STAYING UP PEOPLE.

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    yarco

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • .... few ideas coming from Sunderland.... The perils of the iPad auto spell checker!

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    Fitzhorn

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Technology in tennis,rugby, cricket and even snooker to replace the balls. Why oh why do we have to put up with it. Spain makes there own rules so why dont we. Mostly it tends to be the home club or even the big clubs when bad decisions favour them. No one mentioned Martin here. He led the team so well.

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Great performance...The desire and effort was as good as last season. It sometimes takes a missed penalty (Last week) or a red card to kick teams into gear. Hope Ruddy is fit. At least we have a break now to give him a chance to get fit. Thought Holt looked out of sorts and not enjoying his football. Something going on behind the scenes? Ref and linesman were awful, they go on about respect officials and they just dont deserve it. They should be fined for incompetence. But once again...well played NCFC

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    AC Canary

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • You picked the wrong side again Lobbo. Back the team and Hughton and they will deliver like they did today. The "Hughton doubters" are complete morons.

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    Steady On

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • I'm very interested to hear about your thoughts on Chris Hughtons policy of supplying senior cover for goalkeepers this season that you consistently mocked?

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Here we go again. Not necessary!! Nothing wrong with what Hughton did today. Think about it!

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • From what I saw on Sky, Graham didn't add much to the game but there again there were precious few ideas co,IMF from Sunderland thanks to the well organised Norwich defence. Sessegnon in particular was playing too deep for much of the match and when he did come forward no one moved for him, including Graham. Fabulous result for Norwich and we probably ought to be grateful Hughton is a defensive minded coach in that the team was well organised and resolute.

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    Fitzhorn

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Well Lads you would have done a Demolition Job at Slumberland if 'Dark Forces' had given you half a chance. LUCK did not earn you a point today. Determination DID !....WELL DONE!...

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Having checked the rules regarding bookings and bans , I am quite happy to accept that I was wrong to believe both Holt & Snoddy were due bans for getting to five . For the tool who stumbles blindly on , I never offer excuses , I demand results . Keep on stumbling :-D

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    mjc75

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Thankyou. I think most here would agree with that. Next year for me is the year I will be watching closely. In the summer we will see some changes to improve our play. For now our situation is about remaining in the PL. Yes its negative, but again we must not lose to Wigan in our next game. OTBC

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Turner is our Bramble -prone to massive blunders -got Bunn sent off and nearly lost usd the game

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    andys

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Do you read all my posts here. Even though SO is not here still the same pathetic posts. Why dont you try sticking to what we try to talk about instead of lowering yourselves. Me a Tracor Boy ? what an insult

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • The other downside about the refereeing today is that in addition to losing Bunn , we've now lost both Holt & Snoddy to one game bans . Camp did very well given he hasn't played for ages , looked solid when called into action .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Well done Norwich. You overcame woeful refereeing decisions to gain a thoroughly deserved point today. An impressive defensive display by the unit of two lines of four players kept Sunderland at bay throughout and formed a good springboard for the occasional break into the opposing penalty area. A thoroughly deserved point gained by a sound gutsy performance. Well done !!!

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    VictorM

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • A great team effort to gain a point in the face of such adversity. Credit to CH for his team selection and substitutions albeit one was forced on him. Playing Snods on the left was probably the best option in Pilks absense, but I don't agree that's his best position. Credit to Lee Camp too, did very well. Agree with AC, Holt looks are bear with a sore head at the minute. Whittaker showed his offensive qualities in the short time he was on - I'd like to see him back in the starting XI.

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Fair enough it hit the bottom of Bunn's arm but sending him off? Really cruel timing with Ruddy just coming back and trying to hold onto his starting spot. I think the club should try to appeal it personally. Well done to Lee Camp though. Then Foy gives them a penalty for barely touching Bassong's arm only to deny us a much clearer penalty. We were easily good for three points in the presence of a decent referee. While I wouldn't exactly wish that Chris Foy were to drop down dead, I can't help but think it would be a big step forward for refereeing in general.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Such a shame about the decisions. Sunderland were so poor I think they could be dragged down with all the difficult games they have coming up and Wigan might get out AGAIN. They also had luck with decisions today. Hope its not the same in out next game against them

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Well done Lee Camp, he didn't have too much to do but what did come at him was dealt with superbly. As for the officials, they must have been to the bookies mid week. A well earned point but two points were stolen. The only thing that surprised me was that they weren't given another penalty, I guess the odds were better for a score draw.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

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