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# Middlesbrough 4, Norwich City 0

04 November, 2014 - 21:43

Norwich City captain Russell Martin protests his innocence after conceding a first half penalty at Middlesbrough. h Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City crashed to a fourth Championship defeat of the season on Tuesday night against a rampant Middlesbrough on a wretched evening at the Riverside Stadium.

The Canaries were embarrassingly second best for the most part on Teesside as they crashed to their heaviest defeat of the league campaign.

Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford headed the hosts in front inside the opening five minutes before Grant Leadbitter slotted a 33rd minute penalty after Russell Martin was adjudged to have shoved George Friend.

Leadbitter then raced through unattended after the interval to glance a looping header over John Ruddy before Yanic Wildschut completed the rout.

Neil Adams named an unchanged line up and substitutes’ bench from Friday’s 2-1 Championship win over Bolton at Carrow Road. Gary O’Neil retained his place against his former club where he spent four years on Teeside.

City old boy Dani Ayala was in the Boro line up for Aitor Karanka’s side, who started the game third in the table a point clear of the Canaries.

O’Neil tried to get Steven Whittaker in down the right inside the opening minute but Friend had read the danger from the Scot’s probing foray.

Ryan Fredericks lashed over at the opposite end after a rapier counter from the hosts in a signal of the pain the hosts were about to inflict. Kyle Lafferty veered in from the right but the Northern Irishman was not on the same wavelength as Jonny Howson.

City were then sliced open down their right flank in the fifth minute when Albert Adomah raced beyond Whittaker to produce a cut-back despatched by Chelsea loanee Patrick Bamford with a stooping header six yards out.

Nathan Redmond forced a corner out of Ayala with a slaloming run at the centre of the Boro defence.

Martin Olsson then got the wrong side of Fredericks but stumbled at the crucial moment as he tried to service Cameron Jerome.

Dimi Konstantopoulos was finally pressed into action with a low one-handed parry to deny O’Neil with City focusing on the Boro right.

Jerome wildly miscued following a similarly haphazard attempt by Alex Tettey but the pattern already appeared set in the early sparring; City dominating territory and possession and Middlesbrough looking for more success on the counter.

Lafferty then lashed Whittaker’s cross over as Adams urged his players on from the front of his technical area.

Whittaker got much closer to Adomah in the 23rd minute when Bamford’s reverse pass arrowed towards the wide player at the far post.

The Scottish international then picked out Michael Turner who had escaped Ayala’s attentions but headed over from seven yards.

City’s patient passing lacked the penetration to trouble the Boro backline, with Jerome’s movement indicative of a frontman desperate for swift raiding parties in contrast to the pedestrian build up along the Canaries’ back four.

Norwich’s evening deteriorated further just past the half-hour mark when Martin was adjudged to have eased Friend off the ball tight to the Norwich byline after Whittaker failed to clear the initial hanging punt forward.

Boro skipper Leadbitter coolly sent Ruddy the wrong way from the penalty spot to double the hosts’ advantage and only Olsson’s despairing dive foiled Kike before Bamford blazed over.

Adams reacted by switching Lafferty into a central position as Howson moved into the space vacated by the ex-Rangers’ man, but City looked no less threatening in the closing stages of a desperate opening period.

Gary Hooper replaced Tettey at the interval which meant another switch for Lafferty and Howson moving inside alongside O’Neil.

Konstantopoulos was coaxed to his feet by the referee after a heavy challenge from Jerome trying to attack Nathan Redmond’s deep cross before Adomah departed barely three minutes into the second period.

Redmond then linked intelligently with Jerome but the striker’s rising shot flew into the rows of empty red seats.

Hooper drew a foul from Ben Gibson 25 yards out but O’Neil’s set piece had the home fans ducking for cover before Josh Murphy made his entrance for Lafferty.

The unmarked Ayala headed over Adam Reach’s whipped cross at the far post then Leadbitter’s rasping drive was deflected behind despite Ruddy’s protests he had not diverted the low shot behind.

Ruddy did get a strong hand to parry Gibson’s raking long range hit with Boro looking to put the contest well beyond City’s reach around the hour mark.

Turner then foiled Kike with a last ditch block with much of City’s defensive work exhibiting the same levels of desperation as prior to the interval.

Boro slotted the third their second half domination merited in the 69th minute when Leadbitter ran off the back of the City defence loop a glancing header from Lee Tomlin’s floated pass over Ruddy from nine yards.

Wildshut completed the rout five minutes from time when he stabbed home a corner Ruddy spilled inside his six yard box.

Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Friend, Ayala, Gibson, Fredericks, Clayton, Leadbitter, Adomah (Reach 48), Bamford (Vossen 74), Tomlin, Kike (Wildschut 68). Subs (not used): Mejias, Nsue, Whitehead, Omeruo.

• Bookings: Leadbitter (foul on Jerome, 43); Clayton (foul on Whittaker, 61);

• Goals: Bamford (5), Leadbitter (33, 69), Wildschut (85)

• Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson, O’Neil, Tettey (Hooper 45), Redmond, Howson, Lafferty (Murphy 57), Jerome (Grabban 78). Subs (not used): Rudd, Cuellar, Johnson, Miquel.

• Bookings: Jerome (foul on Friend, 72); Martin (foul on Reach, 88); Murphy (90)

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 3 minutes

• Referee: Nigel Miller (Durham)

• Attendance: 16,468 (554 away fans)

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• Bet that hurts. Do you know any Daryl Murphy jokes Dubai? Not a troll just enjoying the moment but as a Smyth on the star site says it's the position in May that counts. He predicted 4:0 tonight but for the wolfs. Must go back to his psychic. COYB INIIT

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• Not the walk in the park you lot were predicting. Town are now in the ascendency, bringing youth through and playing some good football. Good luck with Adams, he's not up to it I'm afraid. :)

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• Well there you go, praise your way out of that NA. If you are still manager at Christmas we can wave goodbye to any chance of finishing in the top half never mind the play off places. Remember the consequences of misplaced loyalty last season. We need a man manager who can motivate players to play to their potential and recognise that it's balls in the back of the net that is the point of the game and not percentage possession.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• I really think we should have introduced a left footed centre back at half time. The game was already lost so we should have been bedding a defender in for the game on Saturday. Too early to start talking about sacking the manager but if this trend continues then more fans will be on Neil's back.

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• Mich, last week you wanted the board to make a decision re: new manager .......... now you want new owners and board of directors? Cuckoo !

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• Suffolkcanary. Oh dear, I think that you have missed the point. To be able to attract a manager of the calibre of Mick McCarthy, you must first of all have the clout as a club, to interest people like him in the first place. Adams is a good manager for a club like Norwich, be grateful.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• Watch Adams talk to the press. He always sounds like a man on death row. A bag of nerves with fear in his eyes. After a super performance at Ipswich its all been downhill. Cheap promotion! Jobs too big. Bye bye.

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• Adams needs to be carpeted tomorrow. This is an expensively assembled squad on very good wages. Either he can do the job or he can't. He said he could + it would be "hard to go back to being youth team manager". No more Hughton-type days of grace please. Give him till 1\1 to establish us in the top 3.

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• Suffolkcanary. Oh dear Suffolkcanary, to attract a good manager, you must understand, that you have to be a club that has the pull to attract the best. Which, makes your comments sound a little sour grapeihs I think. Adams is a good manager for clubs such as Norwich, be grateful.

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• Townie? You'll never beat the City ! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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• No change, same players, same team, same tactics next Saturday against Forest! Whittaker and Martin, Scotlands two star defenders, do they play a different game up there? Oh how the Dipswitch Prancing Donkeys are going to enjoy this!

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• How is it Suman can go to Bournemouth and play well and Adams cannot get anything out of him As I have said before Adams and his so called coaching staff have no idea

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• Well well well the leagues finally taking a true shape, don't strain your necks looking up at us will you lol.ps well done leadbitter who was it you used to play for hahahahahahahahaha keep up the good work Adams

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• Scheiser

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• The season is unravelling.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• The season is unravelling.

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• blast. got in before the t

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• Pulis. Or mid-table finish. And yeah he naysayers are out. But 4-0. Pathetic. F**k you Norwich.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• Get a proper manager in now. Ipswich have a worse team but a good manager. You can't do things on the cheap. When will the NCFC board learn!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• change the defence. We can all see it . Can Neil

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• TK spot on, when Martin plays at RB we always concede goals from that side, he is just not good enough, but A dams has to go, just too inexperienced, very poor decision from our useless Board

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• My word, these comments are certainly Houghtonesq aren't they. Yet another sacking on the horizon? Just live in the real world and realise that Adams is a good manager for Norwich.

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• Come on townman, give us our punishment!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• In truth Martin is not actually a very good right back but is slightly better that Whittaker in that position right now. However, he is very poor at centre back, cannot head a ball, cannot make a decent forward pass nor his he a captain amongst men.

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• CHUMPIONSHIP ? Tuff old league this, isn't it? It certainly does make chumps stand out. Well beaten by a much better side. Time for Adams to whinge.

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• For crying out loud Neil Adams, play the right players in their proper positions! Frustrating!

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• Once again we have paid the penalty for playing Martin at centre back whilst two left footed centre backs sit on the bench. Surely and sensible manager would have taken Whittaker off at half time so that one of the left footed centre backs could have been bedded in before Saturday.

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• The Board should sack Adams now our season is going downhill faster than than a downhill skier, but we know the Board have no balls

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

• Good night and thank you. You see 9 shots and only one on target, you see Sheff. Wed. beaten at home by Bournemouth when we couldn't manage to score and you see a team that on paper that should be doing a lot better. As I said, good night and thank you. Can I feel the slight breeze of 'the winds of change'?

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