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Manchester United 1 Norwich City 2

16:57 19 December 2015

Alexander Tettey of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester
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19/12/2015

Alexander Tettey of Norwich celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 19/12/2015

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Norwich City sealed a first win at Manchester United since 1989 in a superb 2-1 Premier League away success at Old Trafford.

Cameron Jerome and Alex Tettey finished flowing counter-attacks in either half to stun Louis van Gaal’s title pretenders before Anthony Martial set up a tense finish for Alex Neil’s side.

The Canaries’ support celebrated on the final whistle prior to saluting Neil and his players after an historic first win at the Theatre of Dreams in the Premier League era and a major boost in their survival battle with only a second win in 12 league games.

Neil made one change to the starting line up that drew 1-1 in the Premier League at Everton with Ryan Bennett replacing the injured Andre Wisdom. Nathan Redmond retained his place on the right of midfield with Jonny Howson again on the bench alongside the likes of Youssouf Mulumbu and Dieumerci Mbokani.

United welcomed back fit-again duo Chris Smalling and Wayne Rooney, who was presented with a pre-match momento to mark his 500th appearance for the Red Devils prior to the game by Sir Bobby Charlton.

Manchester United keeper David De Gea is beaten by Alex Tettey's strike in Norwich City's 2-1 Premier League win at Old Trafford. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdManchester United keeper David De Gea is beaten by Alex Tettey's strike in Norwich City's 2-1 Premier League win at Old Trafford. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Martin Olsson earned a lecture from Michael Oliver inside the opening seconds for an uncompromising challenge on Memphis.

Rooney rolled home from close range in the 10th minute but the assistant referee had already flagged for offside with both the England captain and Marouane Fellaini clearly offside.

United continued to press City back in the early exchanges with Memphis curling over in the 15th minute from the edge of the area before Rooney miscued following a penetrative burst from Juan Mata.

City finally threatened David De Gea’s goal in the 21st minute when Tettey was left unattended but choked a low, left-footed shot well wide from 25 yards.

Cameron Jerome rifles Norwich City in front in their first win at Manchester United since 1989. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdCameron Jerome rifles Norwich City in front in their first win at Manchester United since 1989. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

The impressive Mata then veered around the Norwegian at the opposite end to feed his captain but Bennett threw his body in the line of fire at the expense of a corner.

The isolated Jerome turned Fellaini but his teasing cross seven yards out had no takers with Robbie Brady a late arrival at the far post.

Gary O’Neil earned the first booking of the game in the 27th minute for hauling back, Martial who looked set to spring a counter.

The sliding Martin distracted Memphis who clipped a half-volley over at the back post but Norwich were struggling to lift the siege.

Rooney was the latest to take aim just past the half-hour mark but his rising volley cleared Rudd’s bar.

Neil’s men did construct a rare bout of sustained possession before Martin’s deflected cross was routine catching practice for De Gea.

Mata was then pulled up for hauling down Hoolahan in the 35th minute - but Brady’s delivery was only attacked by Chris Smalling.

City, however, stunned the vast majority inside Old Trafford in the 38th minute with Redmond’s devastating counter set Jerome free to beat the sliding Smalling, hold off Michael Carrick and smash past De Gea from 13 yards.

Norwich’s ambition almost proved costly in the 44th minute when another counter broke down to trigger a United riposte but Olsson held up Rooney.

Both managers resisted the temptation to make a change at the interval as the rain swept across Old Trafford for the restart.

Redmond again led the breakout before O’Neil switched the play to pick out the overlapping Olsson who was brought down by the back-tracking Martial. Redmond’s hooked free kick cleared by the Red Devils with no real alarms.

City doubled their lead in the 55th minute with another vicious counter - Tettey robbing Rooney on halfway before picking out Jerome who returned the favour for the Norwegian to poke past De Gea from 18 yards.

Rooney’s acrobatic overhead kick flew over Rudd’s bar from 12 yards before Van Gaal made his first change in the aftermath with Ander Herrara replacing Fellaini to huge cheers from the Old Trafford faithful.

Memphis profited from O’Neil’s stumble but Bennett was resolute at the near post as United continued to turn up the heat.

Olsson’s superb covering thwarted Rooney before Hoolahan dragged a shot at De Gea in a rare moment of respite.

Neil introduced Howson for Hoolahan in a bid to shore up the Canaries’ defensively, but within minutes of his arrival Martial had reduced the deficit when he lashed past Rudd from seven yards after impressive close control to weave around the grounded Brady and Bennett.

Ashley Young required treatment after a full-blooded challenge from O’Neil which mercifully allowed City players to take on fluids and instructions from an animated Neil during the break in play.

Herrara’s snapshot on the resumption spiralled off Olsson for a home corner, but Norwich cleared the danger.

Young’s whipped cross flew right across Rudd’s six yard line before Martin was adjudged to have brought down Martial 20 yards out - Rudd throwing himself to his left to parry.

Neil made his final changes with goalscorer Jerome and O’Neil replaced by Mbokani and Mulumbu respectively.

The duo were straight into the action on another Redmond counter that ended with Mulumbu sidefooting at De Gea before Howson slashed the rebound wide.

Bennett was then penalised by Smalling in the first of four additional minutes with Neil imploring his men for one final effort.

City survived a major scare in the third additional minute when Smalling headed wide eight yards out with Rudd stranded after the Norwich defence had let a long ball bounce.

• Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Jones, Smalling, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini (Herrara 60), Memphis, Rooney, Mata, Martial. Subs (not used): Romero, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Varela, McNair, Borthwick-Jackson.

• Goal: Martial (66)

• Norwich City: Rudd, Martin, Bassong, Bennett, Olsson, Redmond, O’Neil (Mulumbu 82), Tettey, Brady, Hoolahan (Howson 66), Jerome (Mbokani 82). Subs (not used): Ruddy, Whittaker, Dorrans, Ofoe.

• Bookings: O’Neil (foul on Martial, 27); Brady (foul on Mata, 51)

• Goals: Jerome (38), Tettey (54)

• Added on time: 1 minute / 4 minutes

• Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

• Attendance: 75,320

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53 comments

  • A welcome 3 points but not the time for euphoria. This was truly a poor Man U performance. Man U at Home and only 2 shots at Goal and the one that went in the result of some scrappy defending!! This wasn't the Man U we know and love to see lose. In the last few weeks Van Gaal seems to have lost the Dressing Room and it showed. Same as with Chelsea before Yesterday. Spurs right now are a different proposition and if we get a result there euphoria is permitted but don't hold breath.OTBC

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    irongloves

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Mad Brewer, I would say Naismith is a typical no 10, probably with a better scoring record than Wes; but I don't think either he nor Brady quite fill Wes' twinking boots. Barkley is keeping Naismith out at Everton, but I think Villa are after him, too. I fancy Brady at right back when everyone is fit, he put in some great tackles again yesterday, on both flanks. And memory wanes but he either scored a great goal or came very close by cutting in from the right flank and hooking a shot with his left foot, earlier in the season?

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • RegB, perhaps if\when Jarvis is fit, he could take Brady's wide right role and Robbie could have a go in Wessi's position? - If he's injured or not working as, TrevorK mentioned. Old Tetts looked like he was enjoying himself yesterday! Showed some classy touches as well as the usual energy. Good man! Btw, Is Naismith in the "No. 10" category?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Jimhow, sincere thank you for taking my criticism so well, says a lot, big man!!! Lincs Canary, I had to find something to moan about, and the team had played so well... As for Howson versus Redmond, I don't think either have excelled this season, but in terms of defending and regaining possession, Howson's recent improvement had him ahead on points in my book, prior to Saturday. I agree that Nathan did deliver this week and should retain his place. The only change I would consider is Wisdom for Martin when fit? (And I think a place has to be found for Jarvis when fit?) But I'm not moaning, AN got it right in both selection and tactics. Even the first rather negative 30 mins was part of his strategy, the idea being to stay solid for that time before risking breaking forward in numbers. I thought Tettey dictated the times to switch, bursting forward more than he had done all season plus Nathan's pace. Carts, I agree we should seek to strengthen in January, but whose £20m are you spending?

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • I posted on Friday that we should not expect to get anything from Man U nor Spurs but the Villa game at home is one we need to win. I would have accepted a close defeat yesterday so to get a win really is a big Christmas bonus for all supporters. I also stated earlier in the week that I would stick with the team that started the second half against Everton and Alex done exactly that, CJ is for me the best man to start with and replacing him with Mbokani for the last quarter makes sense. I feel for Lafferty as he never gets a chance but was surprised he stayed with us this season having already been sent out on loan. My New Years wish is for him to get a club whereby he can get games and for us to find an alternative to Wes when he is either not working or injured. I had hoped Hooper would provide that cover but he is not even sparkling out on loan so we need to search for another No 10 plus a centre back as cover at least.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • A great performance and a deserved result where every single player had a good game. Bennet and Bassong were strong at the heart of the defence , Tettety and Oneil were great in the middle of the park and at last Redmond proved he can be an all round player by putting in a good defensive show. The other players were also good with Jerome putting in a hard working shift, scoring a good goal and making the second. I hope AN keeps the same team for the next game - they have proved that they can do the job!

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    VictorM

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Watched the whole game on TV and agree it was a great performance. IF we can get a point at spurs and beat Villa we will have recovered some of the ground we have given up in previous performances. I thought Bennett had another really strong game so hope to see the same back four next time out. Alex got the team right I think and Redmond at last showed his pace. So Same team again Alex please perhaps with a bit more attacking threat on the bench - 4 midfielders was a strange choice - but hey we won and we should celebrate that.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Well you know its been a good day when the only moaners are about where I should have used have but I havent and used of. Of course I will have to try harder to please Reg and Lincs. Sorry Reg cant tell you what they teach in schools these days as its been a while since I have been there. You must have been watching a different Howson to me as I havent seen anything worthwhile from him all season, of course its your opinion and AN will have to make that decision who plays.

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    Jimhow

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Great win and a massive 3 points. Now come on board, invest in January. Put 20 million out there. At least one striker, one midfielder and one defender.

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    Carts

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Like Preston cant be bothered to resubmit. Well done RegB for raising the "of" issue.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Results like this give meaning to playing in the Prem. And I admit to being one of the maligned MOGs who never expected it. Why? Because despite AN proclaiming we came close against other mega bucks outfits we always seemed capable of blowing away the hard work with a mistake. Of course Smalling might have made us pay late on but that piece of fortune balanced out CJs miss last week. Now can we have a penalty or two? As for the window this result does not detract from the need to bring in a few hungry players who will help deliver more consistency. Quality too would be nice but realism has to be applied. We are linked with Haller from Utrecht but so are Sunderland and because we do not have the wealth to win an auction our best hopes rest in the bargain basement. Survive and that might change. And finally RegB thanks for raising the "of" issue. I was going to but thought I would "of" been labelled "Mr Picky".

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Thanks for reminding us about Jilted John, PaulWho. Yes, that song sums up Canary Call's Gordon.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • I'm so pleased AN stood by CJ, his work rate surpasses our other four strikers by a mile, and he proved today that he can still find the net. I would have played Howson instead of Redmond, but on today's performance, AN got that decision right too. But my MOTM was Tettey. Not just for the goal; he was getting forward more often than anytime this season, and still putting in a full shift defensively! His knees will be wrecked for Xmas, hope he's fit come Doxing Day. I can't moan about the team after that performance, so I'll vent it on some of the comments here. Will Sanjeev and Jimhow stop using the word "of" when it should be "have"! Do they teach English anymore in our dumbed-down education system?

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, December 20, 2015

  • Well done boys, an early Xmas present without doubt. Watched extended highlights on Sky match choice and thought CJ was brilliant, he covered every square inch of the pitch, more than made up for his miss against Everton. Like I said in a earlier post, strikers are only as good as the supplies they receive, CJ still had a lot to do when he got the ball for the goal. Again well done AN and the guys. Dear Santa please could we have 3 points against Spurs as a late Xmas gift.

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    Bald Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • I hate being ethered. Can't be bothered to re-write so I agree with all positive comments. Hope this gives them the confidence to kick on and it was Redmond as Man of the Match

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Great result today and good on the Norwich fan who berated the United caller on 606, though she might also have included Van Gaal for his comments as well. This takes us up to 17 points with two games to get another 3 and to be on target for the magic 40 points at the mid way point in the season. To be honest, I think we will stay up this season, especially if we can strengthen in January, but I would back Alex Neil even if we went down as I believe in what he is trying to do. At the moment I think this is our best defence. I would love to see Bennett stay injury free now and start to kick on and have a proper go at proving himself as a top flight defender. He was signed with so much promise under Lambert but has never really been able to establish himself. I also much prefer Martin to be at right back. I know he sees himself as a centre back, but he gets caught flat footed far too often for me in the area. Next two games are vital and if we can get three or four points, stay out of the relegation zone then we may stand a better chance of attracting the players we want in Jan. Oh and BBC site reports Redmond as Man of the Match.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Good result today,if we could get something at Spurs,it would give confidence a massive lift.

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    Robbo

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Great performance and team selection. Now please keep this starting eleven for the next game. Bennett looks assured and will improve.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Yesterday I forecast this one as a draw with the possibility we might nick a win. City worked it better than I thought, well done to the lads.

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    cutty

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Well done the lads. The journey home for the Yellarmy will fly by. Fantastic!

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    baguio

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Samuel Johnson made the same point, Brewer, a couple of hundred years earlier and with more wit. But I think it rather misses the point of lordbesty's remark...

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    Pierre

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Didn't see this coming,especially in the first twenty minutes where we looked nervous and kept giving the ball away.All credit to the team,two well taken goals,some stout defending too.Tettey and Redmond both had their best games for a while and the smile on Tetteys face at the end said it all.Still need new players though, but 3 very good points indeed.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • YES!! Best day of the season for sure! AN is just magnificent bless him. So humble afterwards but he did get the team right today. Bennett has been a revelation and didn't CJ make up for his miss last week? So so happy for the team and AN and Delia and McNally!!

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • To the likes of lordbesty I say "Arthur Schopenhauer"... A Google projectette. "Every miserable fool ...... reimbursing himself for his own inferiority" No more clues.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Tell me we are not dreaming!!! Fantastic result. I think AN got his team selection and tactics spot on and at last we put in a performance devoid of serious, sloppy,mistakes, which in the past have been so costly. I hope this can be the catalyst for a good run of form. It must have done wonders for the team's confidence and belief. It was good to see Redmond far more involved and using his pace. Rudd must now have made the keeper's jersey his own. Bennett grows with every game. If we can capitalise on this and manage to push on and post more points during the Xmas period and with 2 or 3 quality additions to the team we could yet end up in a decent lower mid-table league position. After all is is a strange season, with the likes of Leicester, Palace and Watford pushing aside some of the most fancied teams.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Listened to AN on Canary Call - authoritative and knowledgeable, and not carried away but calm and considered. Everything we deserve and should appreciate for as long as we can keep him.

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    CreuseCanary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • And yet another northern referee - conspiracy or what?

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    whereareyou

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • But will say it anyway:- KEEP THE FAITH ! ! !

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    whereareyou

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Don't need to say "Keep theFaith!" to you, eh Bessty!?

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    whereareyou

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • One of the few occasions we have actually been able to play something like a first choice team - and the result was almost inevitable! Did anybody else notice the potentially leg-breaking tackle, where the perpertrator pretended to be hurt - and therefore avoided a red card! That is, had we had a referee worthy of the name! No foul given, but the ball was given back to us deep in our own half, when the correct decision (as well as the card) was a free kick in a promising position! Ah well, status normal!?

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    whereareyou

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • On the way to the pub I went into the bookies'. They only offered 7-1 on a Norwich win, so I kept my fiver. On the way back from the pub, en route to my crystal set, Horlicks and warm slippers, I thought.. what the hell.. So I put 20 quid on instead. What a great day for MOGs - and Norwich.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • To all the miserable a$$holes that continuously moan about our team, our management and our board, you should not take any joy in this victory. It was not for you, it was for the real fans, the believers who support Norwich and never say die.

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    lordbesty

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Thought Redmond worked hard today, which for me had been lacking in his game, clearly AN may of had a wee word with him. Ryan Bennett played great again at the back and if AN has any more thoughts of dropping him ill have a wee word with him !!. Great result and confidence boost.

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    Jimhow

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Well done to the lads fantastic result can now enjoy Christmas even more

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    Bicester canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • What will this do to the confidence in the squad. Huge huge win.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • "I don't rate this manger, he doesn't pick laferty, our best striker" that is verbatim and apologies as I think the spelling is incorrect...... bur really?! I rarely bother with canary call but that had me with head in hands. In his first 2 seasons in top flight management he has taken Hamilton to parkhead and won and us to old Trafford and won. There is also a Wembley win........ dear gordon.... you claimed a senior moment.... I think you may actually need locking in a padded room. P.s. Yesssssssssssssss!!!

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    DerbyCanary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Oh, deep, deep JOY. Very tense all afternoon. Confidence is increasing, even Boxing day looks hopeful.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Regarding the moaning old geezer on Canary Call, Jilted John had a song about him.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • did we do it Dubai

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Thank-you!

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    Sanjeev

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • WE DID IT - FANTASTIC RESULT - OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • WE DID IT - FANTASTIC RESULT - OTBC !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Proud to say I was at the match and had a couple of quid on us to win... a great display from the Team.

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Brilliant, listened on radio Narfolk, would not of expected this result, but sounded as if they deserved the 3 points, Keep at it!!

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    Sanjeev

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • We didn't play at our best but we still ground out a great result. Can't wait to read some of the positive posts that will come from the MOGs and the doom merchants that usually scribe on here. This team CAN perform in the Premier League and today will give them confidence. Kudos to AN, I imagine he was pleased with how his team plan worked out today.

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    NoggintheNog

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Let´s out him Swiss. His name is Gordon.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Gary O´ Neil, what a good man he is, not the best footballer but a top pro.

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • speechless, Canary call, Priceless

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Brilliant, listening to Canary Call and someone is moaning, GOOD GRIEF

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • As the Donkey sang at the end " I am a believer "Last week I was full of gloom, but I thought we could win this and golly we did . Cant wait to see the game on MOTD , well done city glad you proved me wrong , take it from here and another 3 points next week which have done before against spurs Did not listen to the game ,will be interested to read other comments ,who was MOTM

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    iMac

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • It's a very good day to be a Norwich City fan.OTBC INWT.

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    Peter Watson

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Well, who forecast a 2-1 City win, yes MEeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • Well done Alex and the team, got the starting 11 spot on and made substitutions at just the right time.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

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