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Alex Neil admits Norwich City gifted Manchester City a routine FA Cup win

Kevin de Bruyne celebrates his goal in Manchester City's 3-0 FA Cup third round win at Norwich City. 
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Kevin de Bruyne celebrates his goal in Manchester City's 3-0 FA Cup third round win at Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil admitted Norwich City made it too easy for Manchester City to seal an FA Cup fourth round place after a 3-0 win at Carrow Road.

Sergio Aguero punished the Canaries with a superb individual strike before setting up Kelechi Iheanacho to double the Citizens’ lead prior to the interval. Kevin de Bruyne capped an emphatic win for Manuel Pellegrini’s star-studded squad.

“I think in terms of the result Manchester City deserved to win the game,” he said. “I was really disappointed with our retention of the ball in the first half and the silly decisions we made, poor passes and touches let us down. When you give good teams the ball back ultimately they are going to hurt you. The one thing I would say about the first goal is as good as the finish is from (Sergio) Aguero he has skipped past two and three of my players. We have got to make sure we stop that and we didn’t do well.

“Second half, we did a bit better, pushed on and put two up top but we got done at the back on the third. If I am being honest we will forget this game as of now because our bread and butter is the Premier League.”

John Ruddy was restored to the line up for his first game since November 29 and a well-publicised late night city centre incident which had been the subject of a club investigation that Neil has now declared closed.

“The investigation has been done. We have finished that,” said Neil. “It has been dealt with in-house, internally, and as far as I am concerned the matter is done. I am not going to say we want that behaviour in the future, obviously not. I don’t need to speak to the rest of the squad. It is not as if it’s a common theme. Everyone is fully aware that outside the club your behaviour reflects on Norwich City.”

Neil was inevitably asked about transfer business following the unveiling of Ivo Pinto in the last 24 hours. The Scot confirmed he had no interest in Lorient centre-back Lamine Kone, who was set for a £5m move to Premier League rivals Sunderland before that proposed deal collapsed earlier this week.

“No, I haven’t made a bid for him (Kone) and we won’t be doing so either,” said Neil, who also confirmed Leeds have not returned with a bid for Kyle Lafferty after City rejected the Whites’ request for a loan option. “We’re not interested in him.”

Neil also ruled out a late attempt to scupper Bournemouth’s bid for Wolves striker Benik Afobe after the Cherries confirmed a deal is in place for the striker who was the subject of three summer offers from the Canaries.

“No, not at the moment. It looks like he is going to Bournemouth,” said Neil. “I think you have to get to reasonable levels, in terms of fees, and we’ll look to strengthen the squad.”

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  • So, Afobe has gone to Bournemouth. All those woosies who cry (say this out loud in a pathetic high-pitched voice); "We can't sell Grabban to a direct rival because he'll score loads and they'll stay up and we'll go down..." Well, Grabban isn't even making the bench at the moment and when he has played, the look on his face says "I don't want to be here". If we did get offered £8M, we should've snatched it and outbid Bournemouth for Afobe. To offset the chance that Grabban will suddenly turn into a premiership beast, it's up to us to get someone better, score more goals, get more results and ensure we finish higher than Bournemouth. That is the answer, not clinging on to fringe players and panicking on a long shot that they'll suddenly come good. <rant over>

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    Disco Dale

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Robin Sydney et al, (of like mind), 1 Key players like Brady (had played every game at 110%). Tettey (shot knees), Wes (33 yrs old) and O'Neil (32 yrs old) were not worth risking in a game we were unlikely to win anyway. 2 If we don't give fringe players an opportunity to play sometimes, what use will they be to the first team, when injury or loss of form hits a regular player? (Mulumbu's lack of game time already degrades his performance). 3 What would fans say if Brady or Tettey had broken a leg in this FA Cup match and led to our relegation? 4. I don't think AN was following bigger clubs like a chicken, (btw, it's sheep that generally follow each other), he seems to make decisions for himself. I do agree that a settled side is more likely to complete passes, and there's much to be said for continuing a 'winning momemtum', but on balance I think the idea was reasonable. However, we fielded 7 defensive players and only 3 playmakers. That did seem OTT!

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Tommy I have witnessed all of that , maybe not of late, but your comments are ??? ?. I will just ignore your childish attitude and writing ., Have a nice day

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Brilliany waclor!

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • oh and a message to AN If you lose to Stoke 2-0 then what a great 4 days for the fans and your strategy. The FA Cup is important if you believe it is important. If you follow like a chicken the bigger clubs with the bigger squads when you are a smaller club you are just kidding yourself. AN and the board had an opportunity to send a message to the football community, one that stands above all else by picking a full strong team and stating this publicly. What better PR for our club and for AN as a Manager. Norwich the club whether they be 10th, 15th or bottom still support 100% our national footballing Cup. We failed in this.

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Please forgive that chain of posts, but I've spent all bl00dy day on 'n off, trying to get a post passed Archie's dumb software. Apart from my wrong spelling what on earth is wrong with the word: "M i d d l e s b o r o u g h" ???

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I admired his effort and invaluable goals last season, but I also recall our home game with Middlesb' when Brad ran his all for 80 mins, achieving absolutely nothing.

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • From Sydney i thought it was interesting wrestling with norwich supporters on the live text when we played Man City. I disagreed with the selection and the attitude towards this game taken by Norwich. 1- We had a winning team that was confident. We changed it 2- What does it say about the players in the team who were not rested. They are not as good as Brady, Rudd, Tettey etc. 3- Those players selected will know they will only get limited opportunities. 4- He changed the team with only 1 up front, so even with a weakened team we were not prepared to take the game to City with our structure. No Mkobani, Lafftery 15 minutes, Jerome by himself. 5- Now we lost 3-0 against a good City side who we will play again here, this would and should have been a competitive game and a good litmus test to identify our present top squad weaknesses. 6- The fans - total disrespect to the support that turned up and wanted to see a competive game. 7- What will we win. Nothing because Cups are not important or Cup runs not important to our Club. 8- I agree that relegation avoidance is important but can we please stop going on about this. Whether we have a full team or not what do we expect. We will always have to compete with the lower clubs in the Premier. Fact. 9- Bournemouth and Watford two other promoted teams both still in the Cup, why was it more acceptable for Bournemouth to rest players because they were playing a championship team, Norwich City were not, we got drawn against Manchester City, a great draw for the footballing community, inform Norwich against a strong City. City came out with a strong team showing respect to Norwich, risking injury to the likes of Aguerro and so on. We should not ambition. Hence we deserved to lose. Thats it, I am not happy with this, the negatives outweigh the positives. Forget money its the integrity to the game and Norwich as an honest club to uphold this being one of the few English owned clubs left in the league.

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I admired his effort and invaluable goals last season, but I also recall our home game with Middlesborough when Brad ran his all for 80 mins, achieving nothing.

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • And I never expected 'silky sk!lls' from Brad; my concerns are simple, he lacks pace, can't p@ss and can't tackle.

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I think Pulis got it right, letting them go, definitely in the case of Dorrans, and probably Mulumbu too, although we might see a little better from him if he ever gets match fit.

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Cyprus Canary, I certainly do not consider Dorrans and Mulumbu as cl@ss players, and hope I've never suggested such?

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • The answer to the domination of money in football is simple. Nationalise football. All the players would get a twenty percent payrise paid for by taxpayers as would their final salary index linked pensions. All managers who won the FA Cup would be up for at least on OBE as would any player who managed to play for five years. Managers whose teams were hopeless and never won a game could not be fired or even criticised although there would be a Royal Commission set up for a public enquiry for every relegation, (results of the enquiry would be published not later than ten years after the event). All teams would have to contain a fair proportion of women to prove the clubs are equal opportunity employers and promotion to the first team would be strictly on time served not ability. As all team selection would be by a committee, there would need to be at least three weeks between each match to give them time to finish their tea and make a decision with automatic postponement in the event of a decision being deferred while the appointed consultants' report (paid for by taxpayers) is being considered by the committee. As civil servants, all players would have the right not to to be verbially abused and therefore silence would be enforced on the terraces and half time would be extended to two hours to give time for their three course (taxpayer subsidised) lunches in the government canteen. End of problem unless you object to the basic rate of income tax being 90%. Wouldn't footrball be better though? over to you Jeremy.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Jimhow, I agree about Afobe and Naismith, I'd rather we were competing against Bournemouth with Grabban than Afobe. We should've sold him in the Summer :( I agree iMac. Due to both health and finances I can no longer attend games, but I suspect with video streams on my pc, including slow motion replays, I get a better view of games than Ole Tommy does live. And just why is he alone so desperate to continually remind us that he attends? He doth protest too much, me-thinks?

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • At Christmas I thought "Next years the year I'll watch the fourth round draw for the FA Cup. But once again, we won't be there. Once again our manager messed it up.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Cyprus Canary, I certainly do not consider Dorrans and Mulumbu as class players, and hope I've never suggested such? I think Pulis got it right, letting them go, definitely in the case of Dorrans, and probably Mulumbu too, although we might see a little better from him if he ever gets match fit. And I never expected 'silky sk!lls' from Brad J; my concerns are simple, he lacks pace, can't pass and can't tackle. I admired his effort and invaluable goals last season, but I also recall our home game with Middlesborough when Brad ran his heart out for 80 mins, achieving absolutely nothing. Jimhow, I agree about Afobe and Naismith, I'd rather we were competing against Bournemouth with Grabban than Afobe. We should've sold him in the Summer :( I agree iMac. Due to both health and finances I can no longer attend games, but I suspect with tv streams on my pc, including slow motion replays, I get a better view of games than Ole Tommy Buster Custard does live. And just why is he alone so desperate to continually remind us that he attends? He doth protest too much, methinks?

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • iMmac, you can't possibly be aware of the pre-match training regime, the camaraderie between the players, the atmosphere outside the stadium, the hub-bub between fans walking to the ground, the banter between home and away fans, observe playerrs gambling to find space when they don't have the ball, management and coaches shouting instructions, subs having a repartee with the Sankepit, weather affects etc etc etc. You DO NOT get that through the images TV want you to see, so no your level of fandom is not 'as real' it's actually contrived by the media. Just sayin'. What's wrong with the Community Corner BTW? Chemical depilatory rules OK

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • OTFBC thank you my sentiments as well

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Tony - When asked who do you support - you reply 'nobody', but I follow Norwich? I think you can still be a supporter, even if you don't support them financially. For me you are more a supporter than a follower, even if it as an armchair supporter!

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    OTFBC

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • After moving to Scotland, I can't attend games anymore. I now consider myself a follower of the Canaries, rather than a supporter. If i no longer contribute financially to the club in any way, i am not a supporter.

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    Tony Driler

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Just been listening to Chris Sutton on 5 live today and he was critical of the Premier League managers who had rested their players for the cup. Well, we would all rather retain our Premier League status than get to round four of the cup. Leicester City would rather finish in the top 4 and qualify for Europe. Blah Blah. The FA chiefs are to blame with midweek fixtures. For me what is worse is seeing lower league sides manufacture draws to get more money than proceed to the fourth round. Exeter City have a replay at Anfield, where they will get 45 per cent of the gate receipts, which could see them net around £700,000 and also have the possibility of some extra money if the game is broadcast live on TV. This is more than they would get if they had won the game on Friday night, which I felt they should have done.

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    OTFBC

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Oh and by the way, may I congratulate the Man City fans for making some noise. Just as well really because the place was a library, a timely reminder as to why I wouldn't say thank you for a season ticket. Like you i mac it doesn't make me any less of a supporter than anyone else. OTBC

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    Bald Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Watched yesterday and what a FAcup, I can accept changes to the team but at least experiment with 2 up front. We might as well have took a chance and lost 10-0. Please can we sell Ruddy to Bournemouth, because he will lose them points which can only benefit us in the long term, his kicking and positioning were woeful. As for resting players for next week, really? Man City pretty much started with the same 11 they played on Wednesday night against Everton. Unfortunately the sad demise of what was once a great club competition, bearing in mind the old division 1 played 46 games and 2 teams could potentially play each other up to 3 times with replays.

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    Bald Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Tommy I disagree with your comments about going to matches, due to mobility I have not been to CR for good few years but I see as many games as I can on the telly also read the reports ,read this site and watch sports programs , so I am entitled to voicewrite my opinion , or do you say no I am not

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I really can't get my head round the idea that Martin should be at RB because he is pretty awful wherever he plays in defence! Anyway, once Pinto is fully match fit he will come in at right back. If Martin is selected again in central defence that will just ensure our goals against tally will rise again. The introduction of Rudd and Bennett has helped steady the ship no end and if we can find a good strong and athletic additional CB that should add further stability.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • DJ_F, a sense of realism, 100% agree with you, except I decided to spent my £20. As I've said, for me match day is that, a day devoted to supporting my beloved club with like minded friends. Come rain or shine. You can't win them all, but the players don't go out to under perform. That's the reality. See the balance of opinion out there. A definite split between those that go to games and those that listen to commentary that can't see for themselves and can't therefore offer subjective options. Facts are objective, but opinions are always subjective.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Good point TK about playing Russ at RB and Wisdom in the center as thats where he said he is most comfortable, but I dont think AN has given up on Russ for some reason. Canary girl, you quote Portsmouth for out of control spending, yes buts that old "arry" and his spending. We dont seem to do any spending and when we do it always seems the cheapskate option rather than just paying a bit more for a decent option (Brady excluded). As said before im not saying Afobe is worth 10mil and he may not make it in the Prem, but if anyone was prepared to give 5-6mil for Grabban who doesnt want to be here, and we know doesnt cut it with our style of play we should of taken it, added 4 mil and ended up with Afobe.

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    Jimhow

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • El Tel, that's the resolution gone then? Glad I didn't waste my money yesterday. Looking forward to the Cherries match next week. In with my mate in the home end. Used to watch planty of games in the mid 80's when I lived there. Never imagined one day I'd see us playing them in the top flight. After the Xmas bounce, really hoping wec an get something out of the next 2 games but feeling a bit pessamistic which is unusual. Stew, so you weren't able to spout your usual ED BALLS then?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Totally agree with Canarygirl, however, fans need to be realistic, we were very unfortunate to draw arguably the best and certainly the most expensive team in the Premiership and they played a very strong side. Had Aquero and Company been fit all season, they would probably already be out of sight for just about every other club in the league. Having just come up via the play off system, our aim has to be to try to survive this season. Given the opposition, I can understand why AN started with 5 at the back, the only change I would have made, would have been to keep Martin at right back and give Wisdom a go as the sweeper in the middle, mainly because he is a better defender and Martin is slightly better going forward. That said Man City had obviously prepared to face a back five and were simply too good on the day, could any centre back in the Premiership have handled them, I suspect not. The main thing yesterday highlighted is that Martin is not a centre back, we need to find a Craig Fleming style centre back, who is quick on his feet, I am sure they are around, even in the championship, we just need a good scout to find them.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Happy new year to all fellow commenters.Alex try looking at Gray of Burnley the best striker in the championship watched him several times on TV always looked good.Afobe a waste of money as B'mouth will find out .Martin as usual rubbish at every position he plays,if Ruddy gets back in the team I will have to begin to doubt Alex as a manager. New Years resolution not to be to critical of the team etc.

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    El tel

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Completely agree with Canarygirl especially her comments about how the FA cup can almost be regarded as a nuisance by some PL managers. That's the reality for teams like Norwich. If and when we become an established PL team we can start thinking about the possibility of winning the Cup and retaining our status in the league. Until then PL survival has to be the priority. Some lesser teams tried to do both - Wigan and Portsmouth spring to mind and look where they are now.

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • We seem to besotted with buying a well known striker either austin or the wolves striker , I said before why are we not looking in the lower leagues , Adam Armsrong of Coventry is the leading scorer with 12 goals most long shots all on target and like rockets , one , two,s from outside the box these are the ones who can score for us and we will then be able to chalenge the likes of MC (check u tube )

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Having read the comments on this report, I have found them interesting and diverse in opinion. Some thoughts are good and some border on the farcical. But its good to see where a lot of the fans are coming from. Personally, the problem with football these days is that it has sold its heart and soul to money grabbing TV companies; who are paying obscene amounts of cash to show games live and exclusive to their network. This in turn has produced even more obscene transfer fees and wages for players who are no where near worth that amount of money. And one of the results is that the FA Cup gets treated more as a nuisance now than a bona fide competition. Yes staying in the PL is priority and I agree with that. But there is no money incentive to winning the FA Cup whereas retaining your PL status is worth millions! And therein lies the whole problem. With regard to our transfer activity; the reason Bournemouth will be signing Afobe is because they are daft enough to pay the asking price. More fool them! As for City, yes it does seem to be hard work getting in the players we would like; but I am sure its not without a lot of effort in the background. And it is important we are careful what we offer. You only have to look at the Portsmouths from the past and see what out of control spending did for them! We can have offers accepted but the player concerned then wants to want to come. And if he doesn't there isn't a lot we can do. I am sure AN knows exactly who he wants and the positions he wants to cover. We just need to be patient and hope those deals can be done. In the meantime keep positive; we are going in the right direction. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • "Alex Neil admits Norwich City gifted Manchester City a routine FA Cup win", happy New Year Manchester City fans, just let us know when it's your birthday or what you want for Christmas.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Maybe this is some weird 3 club deal and we are about to sell Grabban to Wolves... stranger things have happened. AN obviously wanted to try out a formation change that he wont risk in the league.. this game proved that we are more reliant on 541 with Tettey andor O`Neil than we realised.. the formation change did Mulumbu no favours in staking his claim.. also Rudd has proven beyond doubt he is now our number one.

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    jops

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Agree with all comments,having heard AN ,s interview after there game it was obvious he played a weak team , he said we must try and concentrate on next Wednesday,s game, thats our bread and butter. As for transfers well as my old headmaster used to say , you must do better. One thing i did note was the pace of MC players either they are very very fit or we are slow. That turn Agaero did to score was unbelievable ( Wrong spelling )

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    iMac

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • And the difference between Alex Neil and Bob Marley is: Alex Neil likes to stick to the bread and butter whilst Bob Marley likes jam'n' it. (sorry, just had to post it.)

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Looking back on 40+ years of supporting the Canaries, the highs are dominated by cup runs and promotions and some great wins in other seasons. It saddens me to see how little as a club we (and countless other clubs ) care about the cups given that is our only realistic chance of adding to our slim trophy haul. Premier League is a monster that despite the billions sloshing around the game may have changed the game beyond recognition but when the only goal becomes to stay in this league it starts to seem a bit pointless. The Champions league just adds to the problem with the big 4 or 5 getting even more funds to dominate. The rest fight for a Europa league slot that is then thrown away as it might impact the next seasons survival attempt. English football has eaten itself. Still off to B'mouth next weekend though!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • ". . . retention of the ball in the first half, silly decisions we made, poor passes and touches let us down. . . give good teams the ball back . . . " Not my words but the managers. In many ways it shows a basic flaw - the players can't do the basics. After 12 months with basically the same players, you would think that the one thing NC would have been coached to do was how to pass the ball to players on the same side, and how to control the ball. . . when I look at some of the skills and see the now technical skills of individual players and even sides near the bottom of the PL, and compare it to sides 20 years ago, there is no comparison to the improvement, until you watch NC play. . . As for the now expected excuses - "the cup isn't important, we play too many games - and of course the manager today who says we need a winter break" - what a load of old rubbish. Players now play up to 16 - 20 matches less in a season. the FA cup has been dumbed down with well under strength sides being fielded (remember when clubs were fined for this?) - Important, of course it is to fans - for all but around 5 clubs in the PL, it is the only realistic chance of winning something in a season, for clubs lower down the pecking order, it is a chance for their players and supporters to dream and to play against some of the best players (well after 3rd round!) . . . As others say winning gets to be a habit, as it seems are low expectations (we just want to survive), poor PR at the club (standard it seems now). Settled team? Not needed they can't pass to another person in the same coloured shirt. . . . The wife suffers when we watch the live games because of AN's excuses as well as the general behaviour of players today, but enjoys Rugby and NFL because the players give better performances and aren't wrestling and disputing everything. . . Don't bother with a cup run - the second half of the season is going to be long and disappointing, not a lot to cheer about in the weeks ahead now . . .

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    manbythesea

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • …..It will be interesting to see if Pinto can live up to the 'Hype' we have been fed!…..How many other Premiership clubs made a bid for his services?…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • The smaller, less successful clubs like Norwich used to make good money from a successful cup run, before premier league days. Now the money they make from the cup run is insignificant compared to the megabucks of premier league football. Thats why the FA Cup has lost its shine to premier league and hopeful promotion chasing championship clubs. It shows with the performances on the pitch.

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    Henry

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • There was only one team who had any intention of winning the game yesterday, and they did. I think Alex Neils plan was to lose in the third round, but by as small a scoreline as possible. Hence 5 defenders, no creative midfield players and one up front. Waste of time NCFC being entered into the competition really.

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    Henry

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • An appalling team selection, a very poor team performance, losing Afobe to Bournemouth (a deal completed in a couple of days) - all in all a wonderful weekend. The people who deal with our transfers in need to get their act in gear - we have apparently been after Afobe for months now you know with our never ending transfer trawling and we still can't get a deal over the line. Let's hope we have some good news in the next couple of weeks - Pinto seems a good buy but we can't just rely on one player.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Watched Afobe play against Brighton, not impressed, don't think he is better than Grabban or Jerome or any other striker we have at the moment. Would like to see Ruddy leave the club, worst goalkeeper in the EPL. Can't accept the changes Alex made yesterday, winning is a habit. Man City had a midweek semi final and still fielded a strong team, we had a weak off. This policy of degrading the FA CUp is totally unacceptable when will our managers learn.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • 3rd round exit, does that count as a cup run???

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    Cornwall Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Our dreadful record against Man City continues. Considering that they have been an average side for many years up until recently.We have only beaten them 9 times in 67 games against their 36 wins.

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    spark

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • after the window i hope AN looks at the players he has and then plays to THEIR strengths rather than HIS vision.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Since when was scuppering another teams transfer targets our policy? However If we want to scupper Bournemouth's intended signing of Afobe we could do it by stealth and buy Posh striker Conor Washington who Wolves have lined up as their replacement for Afobe. Washington is a real handful who yesterday scored his 13th goal in 14 games and might cause Holt style discomfort to Prem defenders. As for our cup flop nothing changes. First Prem league club to lose to non league, last year out to lower league opponents, this time simply not bovvered. But don't tell me about how Exeter etc put us to shame because it is do or die glory for the minnows. Staying in the Prem is now the priority for clubs like Norwich. As is promotion to the Prem for the Chump clubs fielding weakened teams. The Man City's have so much quality they might collect the FA Cup in passing but their priorities are Champions League and even a top four finish. Sad because I remember when the cup mattered but it's the times we live in.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • posts all missing today

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    Cyprus Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • It's a concern that Alex seems to have given this one up before it started. You would think that the guys called up would want to make an impression but from the commentary and your comments here it would appear not. the next two games could make or break the season in my opinion 3 points would be ok none would be a disaster. Reg, re BJ he may not have the silky skills but he would provide the fight required from the team. My concern is that Alex insists on a playing style for which he does not have the players. Play to THEIR strengths and we can survive but I don't hold out much hope that he will change. CJ will cover the ground but he will struggle to beat his total of four goals in this system.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Maybe there should be an opt out option for the FA cup ? An official one ! Tournament football, beer and pie is such a good combo. As far as Paul Lambert goes maybe he should hire a canary coach . Can't wait to see the set up for Stoke, especially the back four.

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    twopips

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • There are some differences between "a board who conduct transfer business prudently and protect the financial interests of the club" and a board who will not spend decent money on transfer fees. Old Doomcaster used to say prudence with ambition and look where that got us. If we sold some deadwood and inject 10 mil its not unfeasible to have 15-20mil to spend on some good players. However we seem to be spending little on an unproven RB and waiting like lambs for Everton to say when we can have a 29yr old who in 2 years will be worth nothing. How did we bid 3 times for Afobe in the summer and now sit back whilst Bmth sign him. Our transfer policy never makes a lot of sense IMHO.

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    Jimhow

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Wobbly Jnr, in regards to criticism of the Manager, what do you expect, he more or less says beforehand that the FA cup doesnt matter, Yes I agree we need to stay in the Prem but do you not think it demotivates the players at all. I think hes a good young manager and like some others said, even if we go down I would stick with him, however he is slow to make changes during games, why keep playing 5 at the back after half time ?. As for calamity Russ, can we please contact Blackburn and see if lambert wants to loan him.

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    Jimhow

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • If we are looking for this coveted CB we could do a lot worse than signing Brentford's James Tarkowski, even if he is back up for Bass and Bennett. Part of the reason for their success last season and they are doing reasonably too this season. He's 23 and could grow with Bennett into the future. He's been linked with other Championship clubs, but no reason why he cannot step up with some nurturing.

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    OTFBC

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I still believe the manager has the cart before the horse. He wants to play the game in a certain style but does not have the players to suit that style. SO play to a style that suits the skills of the players you have. CJ will cover more miles than any other striker in the premier league maybe, but in this system he will not score goals. Reg BJ may not have had the silky skills required for the top flight but he would not capitulate like some, and you can't surely believe Dorrans and Mulumbu are class players. I live in hope and fear for the future.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Same old same old. Same old FA Cup 3rd round outcome. It's not called the FA Cup for no reason as far as NCFC are concerned. Same old transfer window with NCFC refusing to put market level cash on the table to get a striker who can score more than 10 goals a season. Same old predictable relegation dog fight again.

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    midlandcanary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Well, there's another FA Cup 3rd round match i can forget about and another 4th round draw that holds absolutely no interest for me. I've had a week of the adverts saying "FA Cup 3rd round, Anything can happen"....thankfully Exeter, Wycombe etc bothered to listen to them. Oh, i forgot it's all about staying in the PL, ......who for, oh yes the clubs. To spend ever more on the same average they did last year. But what about the Fans????...........i turn up to see us put a shift in and to be entertained and hoping (knowing where we are in the foodchain) for a win. I don't feel cheery merely thinking that we are in the PL. It doesnt give me a cheaper ticket, entrance into any different club lounges, cheaper holidays etc so actually doesn't give me much. So Alex, Mr McN etc, i beg to differ....The FA Cup IS important to US fans an it does matter, more than you obviously think.

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    kpg24uk

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • This business about rotation is all very well if you have the squad to do it. What was proven beyond doubt yesterday (but known for a long time) is that we have a paucity of decent players and certainly not enough depth in the squad to do this successfully. I fail to see why a young, fit, player cannot manage two games in a week at times? Championship sides have to do it week in, week out. Yes the Prem is a higher standard but this is a physical thing and players at any professional level of fitness should be able to cope. Yes, guarding against injuries is a fair point. But in the modern game it seems to be more about "resting" players. As soon as I saw the team sheet yesterday, with Ruddy, Martin and Dorrans, I feared the worst. We may have been resting players for Wednesday's game but at the risk of chopping and changing the team which may be counter-productive as a settled team has a lot to commend it. With our limited resources team cohesion and commitment are our strongest suits. The FA Cup should have been seen as an important game. We ought either to have put out our best team or used it as an opportunity to try some player such as Loza and Andreu. Instead we again fell back on some players who we know all about and in general know are not at anywhere near the required level. In that respect we learnt nothing. Only confirmed our views once again that some of the old guard create rather than solve problems.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Win the FA Cup or stay in the Premier League?Remember Wigan? enough said .OTBC.

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    rikki nadir

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • acornlake, I was feeling empathy with you until you suggested Brad Johnson was our best player. Such a nonsense judgement devalues anything else you had to say. Jimhow, have you heard of the word, "HAVE", abbreviated to "'VE"? Of course you OF. duh! Surrey Canary, I agree about Stoke being the acid test! Sadly, I could not find a tv stream today, but from what I heard, I got the impression that Mulumbu was substituted because he did so little. Gary O'Neil can place a corner kick on a sixpence, I wish he'd take all our corners when he's playing. Lobbo, if it was that many years ago, then we were rooted to the third division, and I looked forward to the FA Cup because it was the only chance for some decent teams to visit Carrow Road. I know which I prefer. Well said, waclor!

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • All those people who were against selling Grabban to a team who are rivals to beat relegation must be delighted now. What would you have preferred: We have Afobe while Bournemouth have Grabban or we keep Grabban and £2m and they get Afobe? I guess a case of be careful what you wish for.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • When I was young, (many years ago) I used to look forward to the 3rd round of the FA cup soooo much. Now after many years of a big NC "non event" the day, the match, the whole cup has been bashed out of me. It no longer holds any magic for me what so ever. It matters not a jot whether we draw a small team at home or away or a big team at home or away. I've done.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Perhaps now that we have signed a right back we can at last loan out Russell Martin to a lower league club as he is a total liability in what ever position he plays in.

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    John Summers

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • I was really looking forward to the game, the FA cup and a chance to play without the pressure of points and league position. Was hoping we may see an entertaining game. Whilst Man city did put out a top side it was one of the most underwhelming games I have ever been to, it was like a friendly. Would have liked to have seen some effort even if just for the fans. It's a shame the FA cup means so little, I can see future attendance's being low. I appreciate AN is rotating his squad ready for PL games but football used to be about going to the ground to see your team give their all to win a game. Funny old game

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    twopips

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Not a lot surrey

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    butty

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Well for what it is worth I think the Stoke game will be the real litmus test for where City are at the moment. We have had some wins lately, and draws; but Stoke are confident and can score having a very effective attack. A draw there would be a very good result. I only listened to the commentary today but I could not believe there was no change at half time. I got the sense the team were not up for it - and if so, from where did this stem? Are the defence so less confident without Rudd? Were they confused as to who was doing what? Will Mulumbu ever be fit enough to play a whole match? Do we have a player who can take a corner and get the ball into the 6 yard box? Wonder what Pinto thought of it all?

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • WJnr, I am not being over critical of AN and he gets my full support but he sometimes gets thing wrong as well and I think going with three centre backs was a mistake today. I cannot claim I would have done it differently from the start but it looked as though Man City had worked out exactly how to beat the system. I just think we needed to change back to a 4, 5, 1 system quicker on the day. If Alex keeps us up then he will have done a good job. If we get relegated, I would still stick with him as he shows promise and would be most likely to get us promoted again. However, I think the team that started against Soton was not a long way short of what is needed to stay up, the new right back may well strengthen us and all we now need is another decent centre back and creative midfielder. Naismith may well be the answer but I hope we do not pin all our hopes on landing him only to be disappointed.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • …..Just seen and listened to Axle giving his press appearance on Sky TV…..The man should be ashamed of himself!….if any of his players had adopted that attitude before, during, or after any match they would face a hefty fine!…..Bring back Neil Adams and put some honesty back in the club!….

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • I'm not quite sure how we get to a situation where there is criticism of a manger who in the past year has totally transformed things, getting us promoted and on course to stay up, and of a board who conduct transfer business prudently and protect the financial interests of the club. Let's be careful what we wish for - we don't want to end up like Bolton or Blackpool...

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    Wobbly Jnr

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • I am not convince Afobe was going to be the answer to our problems up front, he has not been playing regularly or well for Wolves thus far. Again today we created so little even Aquero would struggle to score for us. Our defence looks so much more solid when playing a back four with Rudd in goal and Tettey sitting in front in defensive midfield. Had we stuck with the more successful setup with Mulumbo playing the Tettey role then we may have been more solid. However, as soon as I saw the draw I feared the worst as there is too big a gap between the top half dozen sides and the also rans. Once again it probably took AN too long to change his formation, I saw little point keeping three centre backs on the park after half time, we had nothing to lose by introducing a second striker rather than leaving it too late, Lafferty did come close to scoring with a decent looping header, just a shame when he got into a very good position Redmond once again failed to deliver a decent cross.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Maybe Afobe was overpriced, Maybe he wouldnt cut it in the Prem but I fail to see why we would keep Grabban who we must of been able to sell for 5mil to Bmouth (I dont believe the 8mil bid rumour, or I hope not), but to sell him for 5mil and give 10 for Afobe would of looked like good business. Agreed Surrey, who handles our transfer matters, it gets embarrassing at times.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Headline is wrong, norwich City didnt gift Man City the win, our manager did with his comments beforehand that it doesnt matter, what a way to motivate the players, and picking Russ at the back all he done was cause chaos with nobody seeming to know what position they should be in.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Afobe's off to Bournemouth so we'll not sell Grabban now. Clearly Wolves were ready to sell so what was it about NCFC that put him off? I do wonder whether whoever handles transfers in isn't up to the job.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • AN says we sloppily gave the ball away - I think we can say that about every game this season, so what are we doing about it? We need quite a few PL quality players added to this squad to build a mid-table PL team.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • This whole thing is like going back in time, to the Chase era, You buy a right back and you release a couple of poor center backs . We spend 7 million in the summer and had to sell our best player to pay for it! Afobe was there for the taking and we didnt come up with the money. Did anyone notice what the club said before the transfer window "we will use all our bank facility's" Where has the money gone? The finance director resigns and we get Ed. I think it is time that the club came out and told us what is going on. And let me tell you i have seen it all before the first match i ever went to was a F A cup match 54 years ago but we won that! I bleed yellow and green, but hey!

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    acornlake

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • The only thing that Norwich topped Man. City was in total fouls.

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    goldie

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Not interested in Kone?Does that mean A N is happy with his CB'S?After todays performance at least one CB is needed,hopefully A N has his eyes on another CB,if not then we will not stay up!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • We gave them far too much respect and apart from Jerome and Bennett we didn't look up for it at all. Personally I hate it when a manager says the game cup isn't important as it seems to me to defeat the team before the first whistle. Meanwhile us loyal fans troop down there hoping to see 100% effort and a positive approach. If we lose on Weds then what was the point? Oh well, fingers crossed for 2 or 3 more signings to give us hope for the rest of the season

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    Double D

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • It is time for Alex Neil to speak up and let us know what he is looking to do with Grabban and Lafferty. What is the point in having strikers surplus to requirements and quite frankly wasting their time at the club? It is time to clear the deadwood and vamp the squad into one that can keep us in the league and compete at a higher level. If we sell them and Hooper and sign a quality striker, such as Afobe then we have a chance of staying up. At present we have too many strikers, none of which can cut it at the required level and the lack of a goalscorer will cost us yet again. No statement of intent and Bournemouth clearly want to cement their stay in the Premier League.

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    OTFBC

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • .....I can say ED BALLS ON here, ...but his surname is forbidden on it's own!....Funny old world!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • …..They were not organised enough to deal with Man City!…..Not even for 10mins!….That's the problem you have to address Mr Neil!….Not able Axle….Then the ball is in your court!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Here's a mad thought - B'Mouth purchase Afobe because we won't sell Grabban to them. I don't know the ins and outs but for a player that doesn't make the bench we sure are keen on holding onto him. Can I say that I'm beginning to think this window smacks of the last one, surely AN is more wily this time round?! Anyway, I'm off, back to sit on the fence as usual...

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    Go_Fleck_Urself

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

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