Wes Hoolahan and Norwich City caused Stoke plenty of attacking problems, according to Ryan Shawcross

Ryan Shawcross heads clear as Norwich City press late on at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ryan Shawcross heads clear as Norwich City press late on at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, March 9, 2014
6:04 PM

Arguably there isn’t one single issue for Norwich City to deal with at the moment – but scoring goals has been a long-running theme. Arguably it made life difficult again on Saturday.

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Potters centre-back Ryan Shawcross had 90 minutes to work out from close quarters whether the Canaries’ huffing and puffing was an issue – and as far as he was concerned, it wasn’t the easiest task keeping Norwich at bay.

“I think anyone in the bottom half of the table has struggled to score goals – that’s why they are there,” said Shawcross. “They looked lively enough. (Wes) Hoolahan was a challenge because he gets in the space where you never want to go. And they brought on some international players at the end of the game.

“So they’ve got some good strikers. It’s just not going in the back of the net for them.”

Shawcross’ Hoolahan name-check raised the question whether things were a little more comfortable once the Irishman departed the scene with City still 1-0 ahead.

“They went a bit more direct when Hoolahan went off, with two up front – but it’s always a challenge this place, so whoever was playing up front it was always going to be difficult,” was Shawcross’ non-committal response.

Aside from Norwich’s woes, there was no hiding Stoke’s enjoyment at getting themselves back in the game and then holding on for a point following Jon Walters’ dismissal.

“We’re staying hard to beat, which especially when you come to tough places like this where they would have been desperate for three points – for us to come away with one, we’re delighted,” he added.

“Jon apologised. He knew he caught the lad so it’s just one of those things. He had the joy of scoring and then the disappointment of the sending off.

“We’re not really looking at how many points we need for safety. We want to finish in the top 10 and we’ve got to believe that we can.”

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7 comments

  • What a pity that our manager could not see what Shawcross and most of Norwich fans saw ,the game changed when he took Wes off.How many more clangers has Bassong got to make before he is dropped?

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    leslie cater

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • More civilised words than my prejudice would have expected from Ryan "Rough-em-up" Shawcross but the real mark of an attacking threat is the ball in the back of the net. So glad that England won the rugby, some relief from the frustration of being a Norwich fan.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • So true, leslie cater. It seems surreal that this man, one so clearly inept, has invaded the higher reaches of football management. ScotCan & Co would put it down to a `hidden agenda`, probably. Time for some noise from McNally. Or is he already on the train to Marrakesh?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • leslie - where was Ryan Bennett on Saturday? Has he been put in detention for arguing with teacher?? If he was fit, surely he should have been playing instead of Bassong. Is this another player who will have to leave to save his career? Usually it`s forwards - and a young goalkeeper. And Ayala.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • He didn`t really have much to contend with, DJ_F. Oh, for a Holty clone....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • MB you ask a lot of the same questions as I do ,I have given up trying to phathom out how he thinks especially after he brought Elmander on at Villa and played him on the right wing

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    leslie cater

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Shawcross looked comfortable at all times Saturday. Always had him down as nothing more than a thug but he did his role well.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, March 9, 2014

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