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Newcastle United 6 Norwich City 2

Norwich City's on-loan striker Dieumerci Mbokani has made his mark since arriving in the closing stages of the summer transfer window. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City's on-loan striker Dieumerci Mbokani has made his mark since arriving in the closing stages of the summer transfer window. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City crashed to a humiliating 6-2 Premier League defeat against Newcastle United with Georginio Wijnaldum’s four-goal salvo sealing a first top flight win under Magpies’ chief Steve McClaren.

Alex Neil’s side were firmly in a free-scoring contest at the interval after Dieumerci Mbokani and Nathan Redmond had replied to Wijnaldum’s brace and Ayoze Perez’s angled finish.

But City imploded midway through the second period with Aleksandar Mitrovic and Wijnaldum scoring twice inside three minutes before Wijnaldum completed the rout in the closing stages.

Neil made three changes to the starting line up that lost 2-1 in the Premier League against Leicester City prior to the international break.

Mbokani came in for his first Premier League start for the club after scoring against the Foxes with Cameron Jerome dropping to the bench. Martin Olsson and Redmond were also preferred to Matt Jarvis and Wes Hoolahan. There was no place in the matchday squad for Kyle Lafferty, Gary Hooper or Lewis Grabban. Fit-again midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu was also absent ahead of a potential development return next week following foot surgery.

Jack Colback’s hanging free kick momentarily caused some discomfort inside the Norwich City penalty area but John Ruddy eventually dropped on the bouncing ball.

Newcastle were desperate to start on the front foot but Daryl Janmaat clubbed a cross behind with the Dutch international having plenty of time to pick out his frontmen.

Cheik Tiote was yellow-carded in the sixth minute for a late lunging challenge on Nathan Redmond but Robbie Brady’s dipping free kick drifted through the third choice keeper Rob Elliot deputising for injured pair Tim Krul and Karl Darlow.

Olsson did enough to frustrate Ayoze Perez six yards out from Paul Dummett’s dipping delivery with Newcastle sensing vulnerability and Wijnaldum rifled the hosts in front in the 14th minute after Moussa Sissoko feigned to shoot before slipping in the unmarked Dutchman to roll a low finish across Ruddy.

Norwich were a coat of paint from levelling when Brady was invited to advance and crack a shot from 25 yards that cannoned back into play with Elliot beaten.

City were back on terms in the 20th minute when Mbokani stabbed home a delightful cross from the overlapping Olsson six yards out.

Norwich, however, were undone in the 26th minute by the same combination when Sissoko picked out Wijnaldum who leapt above Russell Martin on the run to crash a header underneath Ruddy from seven yards.

Back came Norwich with Alex Tettey’s glancing header dropping wide from Brady’s corner. Mbokani needed treatment for an awkward fall in midfield just past the half-hour mark but the visitors were unable to fashion a chance from the free kick.

But Norwich’s efforts to get back in contest proved their undoing in the 33rd minute when a sharp Newcastle counter saw Perez line up Olsson and when his initial shot was blocked he smacked the rebound into the bottom corner on the angle of the six-yard box.

There was more carnage to come a minute later when Olsson again burst free to whip in a ball the unmarked Redmond sidefooted home from close range.

Wijnaldum smacked a chance for his hat-trick into the Gallowgate after a clever set from Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Brady earned Norwich a free kick two minutes from the end of a bizarre opening period for an aerial collision with Janmaat but the Irishman’s ball was fizzed at Howson and Newcastle swarmed around the Yorkshireman to clear their lines.

Neil opted to keep the same personnel for the start of the second period but Steve McClaren did replace Tiote with Vurnon Anita.

Sissoko’s drive and sense of purpose had Norwich back-pedalling again in the 50th minute but Steven Whittaker cut out Perez’s low cross.

Whittaker and Dorrans then fed in Redmond but Newcastle scrambled to clear their lines at the near post.

Bassong rose majestically to meet the corner but Wijnaldum cleared off his own goal line with Norwich enjoying their most concerted spell of pressure.

Olsson was sent tumbling by Janmaat on another counter-attacking burst but Redmond wastefully skied the free kick from an acute angle.

The England Under-21 international then combined with Mbokani and Whittaker but dragged a low, left-footed finish wide of the near post.

Hoolahan replaced Tettey in the 61st minute with Howson dropping deeper to accommodate the Republic of Ireland international.

The Dubliner’s first act was to try and thread a ball through for Mbokani but Fabricio Coloccini’s positioning was sound.

But City were rocked again with two goals in the space of three devastating minutes with Newcastle rampant on the counter. Sissoko burst free to pick out Mitrovic who volleyed past Ruddy from 10 yards before Wijnaldum completed his hat-trick rising unchallenged to crash home Janmaat’s cross down the right – albeit City had cause to question Sissoko’s leap just in front of the Dutchman after appearing to come back from an offside position.

Redmond was the second Norwich player to strike the base of a post in the 69th minute with a low, angled shot.

Jerome and Gary O’Neil replaced Olsson and Dorrans for the closing stages with Newcastle now contend to let City probe in their own half and continue to surge forward.

But it was star of the show Wijnaldum who smacked home his fourth of the game from 20 yards with a vicious strike that bamboozled Ruddy after clipping Whittaker.

• Newcastle United: Elliott, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett (Haidara 64), Sissoko, Tiote (Anita 45), Colback, Wijnaldum, Perez, Mitrovic (Cisse 87). Subs (not used): De Jong, Lascelles, Thauvin, Woodman.

• Booking: Tiote (foul on Redmond, 6)

• Goals: Wijnaldum (14, 26, 66, 85), Perez (33), Mitrovic (64)

• Norwich City: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Olsson (O’Neil 84), Dorrans (Jerome 84), Tettey (Hoolahan 61), Redmond, Howson, Brady, Mbokani. Subs (not used): Wisdom, Rudd, Jarvis, R Bennett.

• Booking: Dorrans (dissent, 69)

• Goals: Mbokani (20), Redmond (34)

• Added on time: 3 minutes / 3 minutes

• Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

• Attendance: 47,006

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65 comments

  • It's not surprising this forum is filled with negativity but as an optimist I always look for the positives. I must admit it's not easy today but there was a decent full debut from Mbokani who looked a handful and scored his second goal in two games. Unfortunately the focus today is on the defence (or lack of). Ever since the transfer window closed it has been evident there is an imbalance in the squad. We have five strikers fighting for one place in the team and three centre backs for two places. This makes it difficult for AN to make many changes but he can do something. The only clean sheet this season in a competitive game was when Ryan Bennett partnered SB with Wisdom on the right and Declan Rudd in goal. Although I think Wisdom may not be the finished article he surely must get a start next week. I've also mentioned before on here that our last Premier League clean sheet was away to Chelsea when Michael Turner was man of the match so to send him out on loan with no adequate replacement seems a strange decision. I know many on here blame the board for lack of investment but I disagree. I think the main problem is players not wanting to come. It may have something to do with geographical location, which we all think is wonderful but maybe young players are looking for more in the way of leisure and nightlife. Let's hope AN has some targets in mind for January and that we can get them at the beginning of the window instead of waiting until the last minute as happened in September.

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    Trucker

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • When Hughton was here many fans wanted us to lose while having a go rather than play attritional football. Well we attacked at Newcastle and got slaughtered so does anyone feel better for us having a go? There was also an oft expressed theory that because Hughton did not perceive Norwich as a Prem club he was cautious in his approach. Well its clear now that our owners\board do not perceive us as a Prem club and whoever is manager has to operate with the purse strings pulled tight. For a board which is not cash rich bear in mind the occasional foray in to the Prem is good business and gambling vast sums on players to keep us up will not happen. Effectively any season we spend in the Prem with this board we are seriously over achieving. The pity is we have to watch and suffer as players who are out of their depth get put to the sword.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • if no change of players,then change the system to offset our woeful lack of pace, no holding midfield works.have a sweeper behind our so called defense ,he organizes and pushes up the line,then 2 up front,attack being best defense ,unless defense all kevin bonds,hence need for sweeper, in any event bennett in for martin,as a start

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    dis dressed

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • DOOMED!!!!

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    Sanjeev

    Monday, October 19, 2015

  • Sorry for Ruddy but he is not the goalkeeper he was before his injury and when he was called up by England. He is hesitant, does not command his box and his kicking remains terribly poor. He was caught in no man's land for three of the goals today. Time to give Rudd a game. But overall many of this team bear responsibility for another unacceptable performance today. We all know our central defence is really poor. Which means there is even more need for our midfield to work harder to cut out service to opponents front men and to funnel back and help shore up the back line. But no. Howson was again the worst offender. He simply doesn't have the work ethic. When he loses the ball he doesn't make any attempt to get it back and doesn't help out in defence. In fact I wonder exactly what AN sees in him? If players think they are so good they don't have to put in the effort I would suggest they watch the true top players, all of whom can perform technically but work their socks off.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Committing too many forward who didn't backtrack was one problem. The main issue, however, was that the back four - without being pulled this way and that by pace - got the wrong side of attackers and didn't track their runs, giving them time and space to run, pass, shoot and head.

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    Tunbridge Wells Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Paddy don't excuse the appalling failure of our senior management to recruit a reasonable Premier League squad as "It didn't happen". How about "They failed to make it happen"? Either our scouting system or our negotiating system is unfit for purpose. there must be at least ten central defenders in The Championship who are better than those who are currently fixtures in our team and maybe even more right backs. Our management failed no ifs and buts, our management failed.

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    waclor

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • No doubt about it, a very poor final scoreline in the end and lessons to be learned. However some unduly harsh criticism below. Not the first time a team has conceded 6 in the premiership and probably won't be the last time Norwich ship 6 this season. Disappointing defensive performance and I include the midfield in that. Positional play and support for the defenders was lacking today. AN's approach requires width from the fullbacks but others need to cover. I'm worried that other teams have figured out our weaknesses already, not unlike what happened to Neil Adams last year. I think that some posters below are too quick to lambast the players & management and to forget what has happened since January. Attempts were made to improve the defence over the summer but for different reasons it didn't happen. Let's not give up - better days ahead

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    paddycanary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • No players were interested in coming to Norwich at the start of the season - We have got no chance of attracting any 'decent' players in January. The board have let the club down big time with the fiscal policy that they run - It is not compatible with the Premier League. Plenty to talk about for those loyal city fans on their long journey home tonight - I hope that the board and players know what is coming to them on Saturday if they fail to win.

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    Raisedeyebrows

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • It's hard to pick any positive points from this performance, sure the back four must accept the majority of the brickbats but as a team you should defend and attack as one. Too many times we were left exposed with neither the midfield nor attackers making much effort to get back and help, also the art of tackling seems to be lost, too much backing off and giving Newcastle time to break and create goal scoring chances. Nathan Redmond is rightly lauded as a promising young player but he frustrates me, thinking he is another Wes, trying to emulate his passing skill and guile when he should be using his pace to run at defenders and getting to the by-line to deliver telling crosses, too often he gets the ball and slows down thus giving the defenders time to get back and cover. Still have faith in AN though and believe we will come through, three quarters of the season to go.

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Sadly Mr Carrow, due to the abysmal scouting and recruiting failure in the Summer we don't have many options in defence. Ryan Bennett is better than Russell Marting but what I have seen of Wisdom does not inspire me with confidence. The problem that so many fans on here have mentioned ie attacking play leaving us exposed at the back is made worse by the total lack of concern shown by players such as Howson who lose the ball and can't be bothered to try and win it back. Why is it that when we are attacking, Howson seems to be preoccupied with defending and when defence is needed, Howson is busy upfield. One word for Howson today - "Shirker".

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    waclor

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • whats that one win in the last 5 or 6 and we have hardly played anybody from the top teams yet. Seriously have to look at Martins position as captain and in the starting 11 ,No communication or leadership from him on the pitch

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    justin opinion

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • AN did well at Hamilton,but this is the English Premier League,he needs to learn fast.Dreadful defensive display ,where we go from here is anyone's guess.

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    Robbo

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Fully agree Nogginthenog. My friends who watched the game enjoyed it, So hard for us Norwich fans to take though. It could have ended 6-6. AN will make mistakes (taking off Tetey was a big one in my humble opinion) but I still have faith in him, would like to see some serious changes in defence for WBA game. I'd like to see Wisdom, Bennett and maybe even Rudd given a chance next week but I feel dropping Ruddy would destroy his confidence, hard decisions for Mr Neil ahead. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Neil out and Take the board with you!!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Oh dear Alex you have been found out. You have done so well for the club and can be a super assett for the future but you have to learn and be brave. It is you who sets the tactics and if you constantly allow your defenders to wander up the field as you have done so far this will not be the only 6 goal defeat. To survive we have to be strong at the back!! Mbokani showed his class and attacking wise we showed some promise. Leicester was a lesson and so is this. Now lets LEARN and move on we are behind you. I was pleased you accepted your part in interviews hope to see some changes next time out.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Get Declan Rudd in for goodness sake.

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    Bloater

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Yes it was a diabolical decision to take Tettey off, but we were already 3-2 down to abysmal defending. So even with Tettey on the pitch we still can't defend!! The big question that needs to be answered by Alex Neil & the board of directors is WHY DIDN'T WE STRENGTHEN THE DEFENCE IN THE TRANSFER WINDOW?? This decision will cost the club premier league football next season and the vast riches to go with it. Now we have to wait until January and I'm afraid we'll probably be rooted in the bottom 3 by then :(

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    Beachfarmpark

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Bad as game to lose.. 3 points off the drop now when a draw would have kept it at 6. I hope the board see that sometimes it is worth paying 2 or 3 million over the asking price to strengthen your weakest department... we need Martin at RB... whittaker on the bench and a saviour at CB. Maybe RB or Wisdom, and Rudd needs a go in goal.. also we need some luck. 2 posts and a nailed on pen denied away from 5 goals today

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    jops

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Sadly todays result was needed to wake up the board,Mr McNally and Alex. Spending in effect only one million {taking into account sales} was nothing short of ridiculous. Alex has a squad of honest players, but the quality is well short of Premier standard. A minimum of £30-40 million was required to have a group that can consistently perform at Premier level. It is so frustrating to see the effort of the players fall short because some top quality players have not been added!! If the club is to survive the defence needs massive attention. week after week the same players are making the same mistakes.Today their failings were exploited. Newcastle are not even a good team!!! Some blame I do lay at Alex"s door. You have two players sitting on the bench who are better than those on the field. Wisdom and Elliott given a run would not let you down. I hope action is taken in January.It would be such a pity to see the board responsible, due to their failure to support Alex

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    AGT

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Only home team not in Euros is Scotland. Full of Norwich players! Everyone has hammered on about defence all season but how is it that a professional management team don't understand?. Why is Lafferty so good fort NI yet can't get a City game. I have been a big AN fan but have we been fooled? Or is he so controlled by the board that we really don't have a proper manager? Today was just disgraceful it was not any of the top 5 teams it was the rock bottom no win team that thrashed us off the park. Add insult to injury and look who is leading the chumps. Will they replace us next year? God help us!

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    Melbourne

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Well, if anyone was in any doubt then there should be no doubt now. This team does not know how to defend. Why do so many players advance upfield leaving us vulnerable to a counter? It only needs a wayward pass (of which there are too many) or an interception to put us under pressure which we cannot deal with. This defeat was not just down to bad defending by the back line. That said, the weaknesses we all knew to exist in the Summer were seriously exposed. Let's be clear: Newcastle United are not a good team, they were there for the taking and we blew it...and we will continue to blow it. To spell it out, it's R-E-L-E-G-A-T-I-O-N if this continues and we may well have just witnessed a Relegation six-pointer. To make matters worst we've had to endure a non-stop torrent of raw sewage pouring out of Niall Quinn's mouth on Sky.

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    Doc at the Radar Station

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • We lack quality and all the well thought out views on who to play and what tactics to employ cannot conceal how the board has again delivered Prem football without the means to sustain it.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • There were some good passages of play for us today, in particular involving Mbokani and Redmond. To concede 6 goals to the bottom team is most distasteful . It has been well documented for months that some of our so called defenders are not up to the task, the club have done nothing about it. I totally agree with Trevorkeith and Malaga flier what exactly is HOWSON'S role in the team, time and time again he contributes nothing and I mean nothing. In my view his performances do not justify selection. I am also sorry to say that Russell Martin and Whittaker are far from capable defenders .However I still have great belief in Alex.

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    Mercia Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • We tried to play an attacking game away from home against a side who were known to be poor defensively - nothing wrong with that. . Even at 3-1 down we looked like we could still win. Our attacking football at the beginning of the 2nd half showed a prominence that deserved a positive result. Unfortunately pushing so high up the pitch left us exposed at the back and we got punished for it. Moan all you want about the defence but if you go with all out attacking football you leave yourself exposed. Alex admitted he made the wrong call taking off Tettey. I personally would prefer to see us trying to win a game from 3-1 down rather than damage limitation and going all defensive.I hope some of you re read what you write today after you get over todays disappointment.

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    NoggintheNog

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Next up WBA and it wont be the team we played in the Cap One cup. After this fup, its become a must win game . If we dont win it I fear the worst.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Cricky! If we concede 6 goals to the bottom team, what are we going to be like against a good side??

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    bogbog

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Why didn't Ruddy ask for yellow spots to be added to his pink kit. The full Mr Blobby look!

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    A fine city

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • How many more wake up calls do we need with this defence? Why do Martin and Whittaker have automatic shoe ins to the starting line up? Whittaker played further forward than Mbokane at times, then jogged back as if he had all the time in the world when Newcastle attacked. Ruddy looked dodgy, time for Rudd to get the nod. This was bad, and I fear we have been found out. I hope I,m wrong.

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    Bald Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • …..The players had an 'off' day!….Believe that and you will believe anything!….There is something wrong at Colney at this time!…. I don't know what it is, but Bradley Johnson may be able to tell us!...He couldn't get away fast enough when the opportunity arose!….Tettey has a problem with Howson?….Martin and Bassong don't appear to be tuned into the same programme!...Whittaker plays well for Scotland but is only mildly interested in performing for Norwich!...The same can also be said about Redmond, who does his own thing!...Ruddy must have had a recent 'Flu jab' and is still suffering the effects!…..and the manager stands aside and allow this all to build up!….He too does not seem to have the same aura about him as he did when he first arrived...Has he got other interests?…..Brian Gunn could perhaps advise him on his next move!….This was a DISGRACE today and everyone of the Norwich City contingent should expect to forfeit a weeks wages...they certainly didn't earn it!…..Be at the ready Neil ADAMS!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Some good points there Mike. I wonder whether we could play Mulumbu in defence. We looked like a cullender draining pasta at the back

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Newcastle had 6 shots on goal and scored from all 6. We have conceded 19 goals in 6 games. I hope there are some good defenders available in January who want to make a name for themslves.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Defence have done so many mistakes this season, most fans won't be suprised by that after the transfer window. Persnonally all I wanted pre-season was 1-2 new high level defensive players and preferably CB's.. Today, on top of this, was mostly down to an AN gamble which proved to be a real tactical blunder in the end after taking out Tettey for Wes. The players were nowhere near able to adjust to this suprising change and without top notch defence material this sub was madness.. I am not however all negative, I think at times tday the players showed lots of positives, we had two in the woodwork, we were again robbed of a penalty and for a long time the players did not give up even beginning after 5-2. The defence though.. my oh my what should AN do, he has a overwhelming task on his hands there, not good. Next weekend the ScanCanaries are coming over to cheer our guys on, hoping for some rapid improvements. OTBC!! Keep wokring hard and the results will come....

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    Mr. O.D.

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Did not see the game so I was not going to comment , but I have just seen all the goals , sorry AN but your choice of keeper must be questioned, one goal JR ,s hands were flapping around like a sparrow with a broken wing , and why no defender on the goal line ( school boy stuff) , what I have seen so far we are not a prem side and we will be in the championship again next year . Everybody new we needed new defenders and all we got was midfielders and 1 striker , alas even if we buy in Jan I think it will be to late, so very sad still it was nice while it lasted I don't think ,

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    iMac

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Wow we defended poorly today, but it wasn't just the defenders fault. A good team attacks as a unit and defends as a unit. We did the former for some periods of the game, but watching our midfield jogging back whilst the Newcastle midfield was charging forward made me sick. Our defending was abysmal. Olsson had a very good game going forward, but he can't be in two places at once. I'm afraid that Tettey and Dorrans were awol much of the time, and the two Newcastle strikers pushing up onto Bassong and Martin made it way too easy for Newcastle to outnumber us going forward. Add to that a bit of pace and some clinical finishing, and we were made to look very poor. Hopefully Mulumbu will make a difference when he's back, and AN will get the team to play a more solid game from the kick off. We have made too many poor starts this season, and only started playing when we have nothing to lose.

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    Mike Lynn

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Borrowed from the Guardian: 'No you wont lose the derby unless Sunderland throw every single member of their team forward and forget to pull their trousers up when they get off the toilet seat. Whilst admiring Alex Neil's attacking spirit, there are times when his tactics backfire. Today was the most noticeable occasion. He admitted as much after the game when he suggested taking Tettey off was not his best idea to date. Even so, there was some very poor passing and giving away the ball when in the opposition's penalty area and final third led to calamity.[Shades of Nottingham Forest away] Well done the Magpies for stealing the show. Back to the drawing board for us though. Gonzo, you know what I'm thinking'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Very valid comments. If Tettey was on a yellow, I could see pulling him maybe, but not as it was. Redmond is far too selfish - it's all about NR in his mind. His passing was appalling when he did pass, and someone needs to stop him going for goal everytime. He is supposed to be a team player. Whittaker and Martin were not even Championship standard last season, and Olsson and Bassong barely Championship standard. I've said it many times - Delia and co have done a good job for NCFC in the past and getting us here, but we now need owners with a strong desire and plenty of money to make us an established PL team. This is where the issues lie - the players we have are not PL players week-in-week-out. I think the board have convinced a good, but inexperienced manager, he has the tools to do the job. He does not.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • dead right Spanish Canary! Our midfield appear to think defending is beneath them. Howson is by far the worst culprit. How he gets on the team sheet is a mystery to me. He does not put in anything like the required effort, week in week out. The midfield did nothing to work in cutting out their supply routes. At the back Whittaker was, as usual, static and so easily beaten time and again. Ruddy was also very poor and seems to get the nod every game based on his reputation rather than his recent form. Today;s display now confirms that we simply flatter to deceive. It's no good dominating possession if nothing comes of it and we end up losing the ball in their 25 yard box, resulting in break-away goals. Half the team is simply not good enough at this level. Bennett and Toffolo should be brought in to give us some pace and athleticicsm and Rudd given the keepers' jersey.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Ruddy , Martin and Whittaker were useless, feel sorry for the grafters in the team but when you have a back 4 like ours it's only one way and that's down!

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    dave123

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • So painful. Trying to find some positives but can't. The 4th Newcastle goal was critical. Until that point, we looked the more likely to score 2nd half but after that were woeful. The whole game though, we looked like conceding with every Newcastle attack. Bad, bad, day and not sure how AN will get us back on track. I'm normally glass half full but struggling after this. I have stated from the start that I think we will stay up but only just. Still the case but we need to eliminate days like this.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Bad performance all round. Our defence is shocking, we all knew it was bad but today highlighted how bad. Alex Neil has been great for us but if he cannot see how poor Russ Martin is and drop him and give bennett a run then I would go as far to say he is a weak and bad manager. He must see it so why doesnt he drop him ?

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    Jimhow

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Can't say I saw the game, just followed on web site. Seems we were half in the game till Tettey went off. Need Mulumbu to cover infront of defence, and need 2 x new centre backs in January. I know they tried to sign a couple, but....

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Defeat is inevitable when you play in the Premiership with a defence which at best is Championship quality and which today was barely Division One quality. But 6 goals conceded to the bottom club. That is utter humiliation. And we've yet to play Ar$enal, Man City and Man Utd. Surely, it's only a matter of time before Norwich concede in double figures, but they'll probably save it for another occasion when the game is being beamed live all over the world. I can accept defeat, I can even accept relegation, because that's what we do. But humiliation..........hard to swallow. Maybe Cutty's right.............where can I buy a Wroxham shirt?

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • It was also a strange one to take Tettey off and then a while later we bring O´Neil on, That makes no sense what so ever. Howson, sorry I miss the point, is he good and I am watching a different player?

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • John Summers, I disagree - Olsson is a Premiership player through and through. I think there's now a case for trying out Rudd between the sticks. He has earnt a chance with some great cup performances.

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    Johny

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Back down the A12 next year

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    net

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • For me the sensible first change would have been to take Howson or Dorrans off and bring Wes on but instead Alex committed suicide and took off his only holding midfielder, up until that moment we were still in the game. Ruddy certainly should have done better with a number of the goals and should learn to kick balls on the ground rather than trying to always drop onto them.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • No excuses Neil,every Norwich supporter could have told you that Whittaker,Martin and Olsson are nowhere near good enough for the premiership.Let`s hope you get it sorted in theJanuary window!!!!!!!!!!

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    John Summers

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Why don't we go out and play to win from the start, let's start a game with two strikers we go out and attempt to defend with a team that has no idea on how to defend,

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    net

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • This result really highlights 3 things: firstly a tactical error in bringing on Wes to try and break down Newcastles staggering defence and get the equaliser. I'll for give AN for that one. What I won't do is forgive is the board refusing to release the purse strings and buy Premiership quality players relying instead on freebies and rejects. Even worse than that is the failure to reinforce our obviously weak and error ridden defence. I do believe that with a half reliable defence we could survive. Today was abysmal at the back.

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • His overpaid , overweight and overrated

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    net

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • 60% possession, football suicide. We can pick on the defence all we like but the midfield was dread full. The amount of times the defence was 4 on 3 was laughable, no defensive midfielders in sight. Oh dear. It was gung ho football and short of planning.

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    spanishcanary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Yes our poor defence was found out today but until Alex Neil made the ridiculous mistake in taking Tettey off we were still in the game. Howson on the other hand looked dreadful and yet stayed on the park for the whole game, just what was he offering today, can anybody that watched the game please explain. The fact is Doorans, Howson, Brady and Redmond (goal apart) were having an off day and yet somehow the manager saw fit to take off the defensive midfielder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • what did we expect - every team in any division on a poor run always turns over Norwich - what an embarrassing record we have against teams at the bottom - no doubt we will play brilliant against Arsenal, Chelsea and the Mancs - narrowly loosing by the odd goal. History repeats itself

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    malmocanary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Going to be tough times ahead and although I would love to see Norwich stay up ,I wouldn't put money on it,from what I could see ,they are not strong enough anywhere on the pitch,excellent championship squad but below par premier league squad I'm afraid,I realise its difficult for small clubs to attract quality players ,but its the same for teams like palace ,Stoke ,Leicester and a few others which are all the clubs we are going to have to beat ,as not much of picking up points from the bigger clubs who are all now starting to settle down.

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    trev57

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Lol what a joke that was Ruddy has to be dropped his a joke did he even make a save at all

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    net

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Shocking display from City today. Same old story of a manager on the ropes waiting for one last hook to send him down the job centre, and good old Norwich roll up and he picks up a "Get out of jail free card"!

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    Tone the moan

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Lol !! good work Norwich keep it up, you will go a long way ... !! lol.. what a shower..

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • This was coming ,with this defence,its going to be a long hard season.We will probably go straight back down,this club has know desire to consolidate in the Premiership.

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    Robbo

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Well guess what, our defence makes Newcastle attack look like world beaters! I feel sorry for our attacking players because with this defence we have no chance. SURELY WE SHALL STRENGTHEN THE DEFENCE NOW!!! David McNally, Delia Smith etc etc are you listening?? This defence has more holes than my old dad's string vest. Carry on like this and it's a quick return to the championship and a loss of over £120 million in revenue!

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    Beachfarmpark

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • 6 goals conceded against the bottom club and we haven't even played Man City, Man Utd or Arsenal yet. Watch out for a rugby score. You can't survive in the Premiership with a Championship defence and the club's failure to strengthen that area will cost it dear. That said, I can just about handle relegation in May next year. It's humiliation which is hard to take.

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Utter humiliation - I'm gobsmacked and very worried about our prospects against the top clubs...

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    green tiger

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Watford 0-3 Ar**nal, Man C 5-1 Bournemouth, Newcastle 6-2 norwich. A bad week for the promoted teams. Except we played a team that had not won this season, had only scored 6 goals in 8 games. and we were exposed as 'not very good'. Come on Alex you had 2 weeks to plan for this gane after the home defeat to Leicester and you spent it doing what???

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Wakeup call!!! New defenders needen asap

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    citycanary

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

  • Wait for it! A forum full of negativity...and rightly so. Six shots on target from Toon and six goals scored. Time for Rudd to have a go. Terrible defending form Martin. Too many passengers. Not worth staying up until 1 am to watch either.

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    rament

    Sunday, October 18, 2015

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