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Norwich City 0, Manchester City 3

16:51 09 January 2016

John Ruddy concedes Norwich City

John Ruddy concedes Norwich City's third goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City slipped tamely out of the FA Cup after a routine 3-0 third round win for Manchester City at Carrow Road.

The Canaries had no answer to Argentine striker Sergio Aguero, who burst past four Norwich City players to open the scoring then set-up Kelechi Iheanacho to put Manuel Pellegrini’s men in total control prior to the interval.

Kevin de Bruyne wrapped up the win with a late, angled finish with Alex Neil’s men carrying only a sporadic threat in between.

Neil made six changes from the team that beat Southampton 1-0 in the Premier League. John Ruddy returned to the line up for his first outing since the 1-1 home league draw against Arsenal on November 29.

The City chief opted for the same back three set-up that frustrated Manchester City at the Etihad in October’s 2-1 defeat with Andre Wisdom and Martin Olsson offering width in wing back roles. Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu were included in central midfield and Vadis Odjidja’s impressive cameo against the Saints earned him a start in support Cameron Jerome.

Kyle Lafferty was included on the bench after a week of speculation linking him with Leeds United but there was no place again for Lewis Grabban in the matchday squad. Tony Andreu was included on the bench after returning from his loan at Rotherham.

Pellegrini shuffled his pack with Raheem Sterling returning to the Citizens’ line up after a watching brief for the Sky Blues’ midweek Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg 2-1 defeat at Everton.

Jerome powered away from Fernando but was felled by Fabian Delph inside the opening two minutes - Dorrans thumping the free kick well over Willy Caballero’s bar.

Jonny Howson then hammered a rising long range shot over in a bright start from Neil’s men after clever play from Odjidja and Seb Bassong.

Ruddy was pressed into action in the ninth minute when Bassong was robbed by Aguero but Iheanacho’s lifted finish was pushed over the bar.

The City keeper then produced an even better stop to go full length to parry Aleksandar Kolarov’s vicious low strike from range.

Sterling’s ambitious attempt from the angle of the penalty area sailed over Ruddy’s bar but the visitors were unquestionably on top and it was little surprise Aguero opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a sublime individual finish.

The Argentine international collected Sterling’s back heel before bursting past Dorrans and Bassong in central midfield and cutting back inside the sliding challenge of Martin to poke beyond Ruddy from 10 yards.

Norwich probed for a swift response but Martin’s free kick thudded against the Manchester City wall after Jerome was chopped down again by Delph.

The Norwich frontman was the stand out home performer in the opening 25 minutes and another direct burst fashioned a chance for Dorrans, who unleashed a rising shot parried by Caballero.

Aguero linked with Sterling at the other end before unleashing an instinctive hooked shot that had Ruddy scrambling across his line to clear.

Norwich fell further behind in the 30th minute and master marksman Aguero was again heavily involved, cutting inside Martin and Bennett to roll in strike partner Iheanacho who guided a low finish into Ruddy’s bottom left-hand corner.

Howson conjured an inviting cross in a rare moment of alarm for the Sky Blues in the 37th minute but Odjidja was unable to get a touch seven yards out.

The Belgian then led the break-out and linked with Howson but Fernando was out sharply to smother his shot before Kolarov headed Olsson’s cross behind.

Martin was booked three minutes after the restart for a crude attempt to halt Iheancho. The Nigerian frontman then clipped a shot at Ruddy before Jerome was penalised for a foul on Nicolas Otamendi from Howson’s cross.

Jerome did roll the ball home in the 57th minute but the striker was adjudged to be offside from Howson’s slip pass.

Manchester City were now content to settle for containment and hit on the break and from a Norwich turnover Bennett produced a last-ditch block to foil Iheanacho from Jesus Navas’ cross.

The visitors’ enviable resources were underlined graphically in the 61st minute when £55m signing de Bruyne replaced Sterling.

Neil responded with Gary O’Neil and Nathan Redmond replacing Howson and Mulumbu respectively but the sterile pattern remained largely unaltered. Aguero was the next to depart for Gael Clichy with the Argentine’s display earning applause from sections of the home support.

Lafferty was the final home change with Neil opting to give Bassong a rest for the final quarter, but it was the visitors who continued to carry that attacking threat with Navas unleashing a thunderous shot that slammed Ruddy’s woodwork and came back into play before the keeper dropped on de Bruyne’s follow up.

Bennett then cut out Navas’ cross destined for Iheanacho.

De Bruyne rifled a 25 yard free kick straight at Ruddy before Redmond swerved past Clichy but Olsson clubbed the cross into the terraces.

The Belgian sealed Manchester City’s place in the fourth round when he twisted and turned Bennett back into his own box before lashing a low angled finish through Ruddy’s legs.

Dorrans forced Caballero to push his long range effort behind for a home corner before the back-up visiting keeper tipped over Lafferty’s flick header. Ruddy parried from Bersant Celina in the 89th minute with the visitors now toying with Neil’s men and Jerome’s miscued wayward finish in stoppage time summed up the hosts’ miserable afternoon before Odjidja slammed a half-volley into the side netting.

• Norwich City: Ruddy, Bennett, Martin, Bassong (Lafferty 72), Wisdom, Dorrans, Mulumbu (O’Neil 64), Olsson, Howson (Redmond 63), Odjidja, Jerome. Subs (not used): Rudd, Whittaker, Mbokani, Andreu.

• Bookings: Martin (foul on Iheancho, 48); Dorrans (foul on Kolarov, 84)

• Manchester City: Caballero, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Otamendi, Kolarov, Fernando, Delph, Navas, Sterling (De Bruyne 61), Iheanacho (Celina 85), Aguero (Clichy 69). Subs (not used): Hart, Sagna, Humphreys, Horsfield.

• Goals: Aguero (16), Iheanacho (31), de Bruyne (78)

• Added on time: 1 minute / 3 minutes

• Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

• Attendance: 24,507

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68 comments

  • rikki - you're right, suggesting anyone is a US politician is a pretty snide comment!

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Struggling to see why there are so many negative comments towards AN. It is clear that Swansea, Norwich and a cluster of clubs have minimal interest in cup football compared to the cash cow that is the Premier League. Look at West Brom's "warning" to their supporters prior to the League Cup game at Carrow Road, i.e. don't expect to see the first team playing. Anyone paying out good money to see Norwich play in a cup game is being had over if they think they will see anything other than the stiffs, kids or people getting game time coming back from injury. Me and my fellow season ticket chums stayed away. All the club are doing is paying lip service to fulfilling the fixture and breathing a huge sigh of relief when ditched out.

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    NorwichAbs

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Trevor Keith, sort of back on-topic. Interesting that Alex opted for 3 centre backs (specially when we only have two!). Like you, I hope he's not finding a way to accommodate Russ just because he feels he must. RM is much better at RB but likely as not he'll be usurped by Pinto. Why else buy the guy? But if Wisdom returns to Liverpool and Whitts departs for the Champ or Scotland, then RM could still provide RB cover - and even CB at a push. Unless Alex has no say in the matter, I'm sure he must be after a CB. But where does he find a good one? At the very least he needs a decent one as back-up. We had a glut of transient CBs - Cuellar, Hooiveld & Ignasi. Turner's out on loan. We jettisoned Daniel Ayala. That big, noisy old unit, Jason Shackell, is doing OK at Derby. What does Ferric Fagen think...

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Good news at last! The urbane, erudite and ineffably inoffensive Barking Wise is resurrected. I was chatting about you to your old buddy Blowers on Saturday, BW. He sent his stretch limocopter to fetch me for brunch at his Club, The Whiffler. Then Henry said "right, my dear old thing, we're off to the match". Back into the 'copter. It wasn't until I looked out of the window, to see Derby directly beneath, that I realised Blowers thought the game was at ManC's ground and we were almost there. No matter, we did have the advantage of missing the match. I do think Henry should cut down on the John Smith's Smooth though, it's puggling his mind. Still, oop Naaarth we got stuck into some proper beer; Robinson's, Hyde's and Joseph Holt's. And the pies in them thare paarts are sublime. Don't roll back the stone Barking. Stay with your flock. The Merry Old Geezers; the Last of the Summer Whine. Steely Dan's the "Compo Character". A fast eye for a filly in finely filigreed wrinkly nylons. And eyebrows like peripatetic caterpillars on Preludine.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • poor ruddy

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    Whiley's Mum

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Just watched Oxford United's great victory."Come on you Yellows" chant brilliant-always great to hear it.Also nice to hear Iwan's dulcet tones-legend.

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    rikki nadir

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Barking I was at Palace game ,fantastic atmosphere.The only time I've heard The Canaries song sung -ever.Thank goodness.About 38,000 there,must mention Colin Suggett's diving header equaliser .Middle of the South Stand was just like an extension of the Barclay.COYY.

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    rikki nadir

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • My oh my some rather snide comments being bandied about at the moment towards a certain Ole,seems to me Mr. Custard has his head screwed on just right.MichiganCanary it's 100 % not 110%-typical modern hyperbole .Great post Gibbo.OTBC.

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    rikki nadir

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Gibbo. I have been supporting them since the 50's and was in the River End for all the home ties and replays for the 59 cup run, hence my reasons for thinking us long suffering fans would like to see continual improvement. Ole TBC - are you a US politician? Just criticize others, no real thoughts offered, just distort parts of what others say? If not, then you might have a new career ahead of you.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, January 11, 2016

  • Real mixed feelings about this game; I get the old cliche that the premier league is absolute priority and its our bread & butter and all that. On the other hand a good cup run or at least a glorious defeat would have sent the fans home happy , but this performance was embarrassing, even Lowestoft town would have made a better fight! I didn't understand Alex Neil's 4 at the back + Russell Martin tactics at all, that just made it easier for Sergio & co. Still if we get some points from Stoke & Bournemouth all will be forgiven, but it leaves a bad taste in the mouth when you pay good money to watch a performance like that. We could certainly do with making a couple of really good signings in addition to Pinto, and offload Grabban.

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    Beachfarmpark

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • We didn't have five at the back Trevor, we had four and Russell Martin. Not the same thing at all.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • 'Ole T B C' seriously like 'Lobon' as a name, many a true word and all that! Happy New Year to you. Keep the posts coming.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Disgraceful AN. I hope next year we get drawn against Manchester City again and you and the team have the opportunity to redeem yourself with a performance that merits the admission fee. Low point to start the 2016.

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Michigan I suppose you consider yourself a fan, well I've been supporting NCFC since the 50's through thick and thin and have just recently started going to away games with people who are true supporters. They don't accept any old performances and let the team know but still support the club. A fan is someone who backs the club whatever happens, decisions that are made by the board and management aren't necessarily accepted carte-blanche but still they turn up at matches and cheer their team on. I must admit I was very disappointed with the result and performance on Saturday but realise that at this time staying in the premier is priority but then again winning becomes a habit and a good cup run could have given us that feeling, I was there in the famous 1959 cup run and the euphoria in the city was hard to describe, I would follow NCFC even if they were non-league they are my team, perhaps you take things a bit too seriously.

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Lobon, it's not my opinion, it's well documented about rehabilitation times. I guess our medical staff are professionals and known significantly more than yous. Injury free players should be playing don't you think? Weird logic to suggest otherwise. Not sure Barking has lost his marbles or not. How would a 1 way ticket be 'a release' for the rest of you. Do you think the interweb is solitary to Norfolk and not accessible elsewhere? Maybe Michigan actually lives in Woodbastwick . . . or Mogdam End

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Nice one, Barking Wise:) Whatever any of you think of yesterday, if Wes, Tettey and Brady help us get a result at Stoke, follwing their rest then all will be forgiven, by most of you.

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    Reg Breeze

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • It's good to see that Ruddy is still in his usual consistent form though.

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    John L Norton

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Nice one 'barking'.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • SO Mr 'Custard', using your well documented logic we can all expect to see a, well rested, injury free, fit and firing on all pis tons, totally focused and marvellously healthy Norwich City at Stoke on Wednesday evening. Cor blimey, I've got over our, take it easy and capitulate, FA cup game already. Differences aside, what unites us is we all want City to do well, even the so called mogs, ponder on that 'custard' !

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • And if you buy a one way ticket, instead of a return, it will be even better value for you, Tommy.......and a merciful release for the rest of us.

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Well well, just returned from a wonderful country pub lunch and walk along the beach and yet people are still whinging. What can you do about it now? Mich, who accepts losing as success? Can every team win every game? The reality was with the mid week game, the PL (or EPL to those from foreign shores that never see NCFC play) ruined the prospect of us fielding a stronger team. It's well documented pro-players need 4 days to recover to then go again. That's the reality whether you want moan and groan saying it's just 90 mins and 2 hours training a day for more money in a month than most earn in a lifetime. Get over it, it's only a game. Do you think they went out to perform under par? Mich - no enthusiasm? You wouldn't have seen the pre-match practice and huddle then would you - of course not, you watched from TV cameras. I saw passion before the game that's for sure. Hasn't been said yet but whilst Bennett can dominate in the air, his distribution and awareness is panic stricken . . . . but most people don't see that because they're not at the game. Stoke is £15 . . . . . c'mon get to the Britannia !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Barking, cor blarst I thowt yew'd emigreated. Mynd yew, yew probably wish yew 'ad, a watchin' that there gearme. Best game at Carra, so many, best season that's a different matter. 1972 under Saunders, Keelan, Black, Stringer, Forbes, Payne, Butler, Paddon, Foggo, Anderson, Briggs, Silvester, even ole Jimmy Bone. Crowds of 35,000, now that was real atmosphere. Keep yew a troshin ole partner, gotta be tyme fer a pynt or four?

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    cutty

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Have to agree with OTBC, Unfortunately for us, we were drawn against probably the best Premiership team who cost infinitely more than we can afford and they put out a very strong team on the day. Given the opposition, I too would have started with 5at the back as it so nearly worked earlier in the season at their gaff. My only complaint is that Alex took too long to revert to a standard back 4 and he took too long to give Lafferty a run out. He came very close to scoring for us with a sublime header whilst it was still 2-0, had that gone in thing may have turned out differently. I though Ofoe showed some promising signs and we certainly now see who should make way for new squad members. Lets all hope we can go out and find at least decent cover for centre back, I would have tried Wisdom rather than Martin in the centre of five yesterday, if he did not shine then at least we could send him back home knowing he was not the answer. We already knew Martin cannot play centre back.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I do not know how people can say they are real fans and be satisfied with poor performanxes and losing? When those of us who want to see our club improve and get better results, offer constructive thoughts we are insulted and called MOGs. To be satisfied with less than the whole team giving 110 percent and poor quality is an acceptance of failure, and in the case of NCFC relegation. Is that really a true supporter? Strange!

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Hello Cutty. Spot on with both your comments, old partner. I bought a match programme (should be called an 'Order of Service' "), but every time I turned the page, a load of people around me went "Shhhhhhhh". Still, if the team can't get excited, why should the admission-paying public? One of the most crowd-inspiring moments of the afternoon was when the lad in the green top hit the cross bar 3 times out of 5 at half time. Wonder if we could get him on a "free". Btw, what was your most exciting game at the Carra? The most edge-of-the-seat match I ever saw was a relegation scrap against Palace when Dave Stringer popped up at the end with a rare header which ensured our survival in the top flight. Not really "edge-of-the-seat" because only the suits in the Main Stand sat on seats back then.......and I didn't have a suit.

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    Barking Wise

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Paul, just to add to your annoyance, custard enjoyed it.

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    cutty

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • A N said he will do transfer business early as possible,does that mean no more players arriving this month?

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Only thing I'm annoyed about is that I was stupid enough to pay £20 for a practice match. Next year I 'll pay to go at quarter final stage. Don't care about result, experimental formation side, experimental line up. Best thing is Vadis got a good runout. Also it became clear how limited Kyle the Great Irish Hope is.

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    PaulWho

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Over the years I've seen some magnificent games at Carra Rud, and some dross, against good and bad opposition, the bad games fade but the good un's you remember all your life. If our lads had played their hearts out the place would have been rocking, and even if we lost we'd remember for years to come. The players should realise that and become part of Norwich folk-law, they owe it to the fans.

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    cutty

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Following the manager's pre-match comments, did anyone seriously expect anything different?

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Stood up and now off to the seventh-day Sabbatarianism to thank all and bless all things Custard. Ta ra Lobbo. All things seem far more rosy in the cold light of day. Hey, my team are 15th placed in the best league in the world. I support a team the envy of hundreds of clubs worldwide and millions of envious fans. Loud and proud to be an NCFC supporter ! OTBC

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • 'cutty', re 'custard', therein lies the rub, he's a real Jekyll and Hyde, blows hot and cold, he's SO frustrating, will the real Mr Custard please stand up.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • It was a choice to go cutts . . . . your choice. Did the recent history not give you a clue of what to expect . . . oh, and we were pitted against one of the best teams in the world. Perhaps you would have rather played out a 2-2 draw v a League 2 oppo. Same old MOG comments. I suspect you would rather us be in the Champ winning games than challenging to be one of the top 20 net earning clubs in the world. Maybe you should try enjoying the day and not put all your hope and soul into a predictable 90 minutes?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • A good opening comment from custard. Then he slides back into his usual inane twaddle. How you can have a good day out watching that lamentable performance from players who are paid more per week than some people earn in a year is beyond belief. If most of the players can't be bothered maybe next year the club should open the gates for free entrance, although why anyone would want to waste a couple of hours of their life watching such stuff is a mystery to me.

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    cutty

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Sky, along with BT now are killing this once great cup along with football in general.

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    John L Norton

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • This was an F.A Cup tie had know desire to win it,playing five across the back,tells everything you want to know.Travelled three hours to watch that garbage,supporters deserve better.

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    Robbo

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • rikki and Dubai are a credit to the club, great to see opinions on the bigger picture. Glass half full as always. Smashing attitude. Oh, and remember, all those STH's chose to pay for the experience. We all knew the oppo, we all knew our squad rotation would be in force. We all knew the outcome, really. I enjoyed my 3rd round day tremendously. It's not all about the 90 mins guys. It was 3rd round proper. And I had a proper day out. The MOG's should try it . . . they 'might' enjoy it. See you at Stoke NCFC 'fans'

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • i was at the game, and again i have watched the goals on MOTD a replacement for Bassong is a must,

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    Dave

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Well said Dubai Canary your positive attitude always cheers me up.Agreed it was a rubbish performance but some of the posts beggar belief.A club like Norwich would have needed a good cup run when I first started supporting them {1963} because they were mid table old second division neither getting promoted or relegated.Today it is so different yes of course it's about money but the heck we are talking about £120 million of television money. The next 2 league games are so massive that I trust young Alex has got it right.Here's hoping .COYY.

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    rikki nadir

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Interseting comments. One thing we need to come out of this Jan window is a strong leader on the field who can drive the team on to give 110 percent all game, can lift them after a mistake or a goal against, and really whip up some enthusiasm. We are sadly lacking this.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • Just watch the goals on MoTD and was shocked to see how easily Bennett gives up. For one of the goals he was ambling back. Where had he been? For another after he had been turned, he did a Howson and became a spectator. As for Russell Martin and that desperate slide? No championship side who has seen that will want him. It will be interesting to see who leaves in this window. I wonder is Alex is already planning his promotion campaign next season once Redmond, Mbokani, Jarvis, Rudd and Brady have left in the Summer.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • I hope most of the team who played today were able to watch the Exeter game last night because they gave a brilliant display of effort and commitment and showed just how much of a leveller that can be against technically superior opposition. Even though it was a young Liverpool team they had some excellent players but Exeter, far from feeling inferior, took the game to their opponents and showed intent. Whereas today our lot by and large seemed to regard it as a stroll, a practice game. I am not objecting to the defeat just the attitude of the players towards the game. AN may as well have done what a lot of teams did today - play some youngsters. At least they may have shown heart and enthusiasm and given the crowd something to cheer. This would have been an ideal opportunity to see how the likes of Loza and Andreu could perform against good opposition.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • for me the game was lost as soon as the team sheet appeared' .. a 4 man defence with Martin added to wander around aimlessly,1 man upfront,if Mr Neil really wanted the players and fans to relax and enjoy themselves why not pick a team that could achieve this and see if a plan B could just work. Absolutely horrified that Trevor Keith,and his worrying thought that martin could be accommodated by dropping Bennett and bringing in pinto,might bear fruit. Given Neil previous attempts to ensure martins participation its just possible..aaaaaah

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    dis dressed

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Yes John most supports do love the FA cup,the trouble is the premier league just tramples over football,money,money,money.Just think last night the Exeter paying public going to see probably a once in a lifetime cup draw paying probably thru the nose only to see a 3rd rate so called premier league team in name only that's today's football . I think the paying public deserve a lot more,but while we still pay the clubs and come in our numbers nothing will changey

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    butty

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Well said John l norton

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    butty

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Playing this side in the FA cup against a Man City side was an absolute disgrace and shows total disrespect for both supporters and the FA cup which most supporters still love; just who do we think we are?

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    John L Norton

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • I don't mind losing to a great performance from a class outfit, I am just very disappointed by a lack of effort and commitment from 9 of the Yellows on the pitch today. There looked there was two leagues separating these two teams and the lack of quality amongst Norwich players was blatantly apparent. Time to wave goodbye to some who have served us well in the Championship so that they can resume work there.

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    Spirit of Fleck

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Lafferty came very close to scoring with his head late in the game and their keeper made a very good save to tip it over the bar. Rather than taking to midfielders off it is just a shame that Alex did not bring Mbokani on for Jerome into the second half as he had run his socks off so was naturally getting a bit tired. I would have kept Mulumbo on as he is unlikely to feature on Wednesday and was at least trying. Ofoe again showed some good touches and probably needs a bit more time to get match fitness.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • It is so interesting that different fans see certain players as playing well when others of us do not. Lets be frank, when Aquero is on form our defence as a whole cannot get near him. Man City had obviously planned to operate against a three centre back system and I got the feeling they were getting in each others way and always expecting the extra player to do the work, thereby leaving to each other. I turned to others in the crowd at half time and said if I was manager I would take Bassong off to save him for Wednesday and move Wisdom into centre half to see if he is any better than Martin as we had nothing to lose, the game was over. I would have replaced Bassong with Lafferty and hit long balls rather than keep trying to play across the back as none of our defence ever look like they are ball players. My biggest fear is that AN will once again drop Bennett in favour of Martin at centre back mid week to accommodate Martin and Pinto into the team. For those complaining about the cost of tickets, they were virtually half price and £20 is not much these days to see two Premiership sides play. If we come away from Stoke with a result, will we really be that worried about todays performance.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Frankly I feel as if my pocket's been picked! It's not that I'm upset because we lost, but in the way that a number of our players just showed absolutely no interest in participating - let alone competing. Olsson, Wisdom, Dorrans, Howson and Mulumbu were the worst offenders for me. Although I don’t include the 3 centre backs in my previous comments, their play was awful. It looked as if they'd never trained together. They were a shambles. I don’t think that Martin's anywhere good enough to play there in the PL. At best he'll be right back cover if Pinto proves as good as his write ups. The guy who I feel really sorry for is Cameron Jerome. I hope that he gave some of his idle so-called team-mates a piece of his mind when he got back to the dressing room. He received absolutely no service from them. There are some so-called footballers who were on that pitch today who I hope not to have the displeasure of watching in a first team squad ever again.

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    Honest Injun

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • 3 CB'S today all average,might as well played with 2!For me only Jerome,Howson and Odija showed any interest in the first half.we never looked like scoring,too slow in going forward,poor passing and no movement.Lafferty got a big cheer when he came on but he is not good enough for the prem along with Martin,Dorrans Bassong and on his last few outings,Redmond.Wonder what Pinto thought of his new team mates?

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    tonyb

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Dubai I will read the article,but there is a hell of a lot wrong with the game today,sorry about the rant just hope the players can look in the mirror tonight and say I put in a 100 per cent shift today (lol !!) Anyway onwards and upwards!!

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    butty

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Butty, I don't like it - but it is what it is I am afraid - I don't blame AN or our players for today's mismatch. Please read Mark Perryman's article in The Guardian entitled 'Premier League football has eaten itself'. It touches on everything that is sadly wrong with the game today.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Cannot understand why Laffs and few others didn't start today, Norwich had no intention of trying to win this game so why not give some youngsters game time .

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Dubai the money doesn't matter,Exeter,last night,Bradford last year All had bloody good goes at the big boysFA cup days is about 11 playing 11 anything can happen .At the end of the day a team like us should be going for the cup runs,if the be all and end all is the prem league God help football is all I can say.Also if we're not interested in the cups it should be shown in the admission charges for these games. See you all at Bornmouth next week(their attitude is different then ours on today's results) 3 points I hope like last year !

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    butty

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • All the talk up front by AN about relaxing and taking the shackles off to play attacking footbal kind of went out the window when the starting line-up was announced. How did Lafferty do with his 18 minutes?

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • .....Note to John Ruddy...." It's behind you! ".....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    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

  • Normal service has been resumed. After 10 minutes I turned to the bloke next to me and said "well, we can concentrate on the league now"........and that was before we had conceded a goal. Curiously, it seemed that we had quite a lot of possession, but despite the pretty one touch triangles and sideways passes, there was never any penetration and we never looked close to scoring. Yes, Man City were a class outfit, always tight at the back and a threat going forward. Aguero went through our defence like a knife through butter. It didn't help that our manager showed so little interest in this cup tie. I'm surprised he bothered to turn up and watch from the dug out. Ruddy? Martin? Olsson? Dorrans? None if these would have played if he was serious about winning. I cheered when Lafferty came on to assist the tireless CJ, but it was too late by then. As for the new man, I've a Pinto Bitter that he'll make bu**er all difference. We already had 3 right backs FFS. It's a CB and a striker we need.........and then we just might avoid the drop with Villa and Swansea. Left 10 minutes early today, so I guess I'm not a real fan, but I got a half price burger, a hassle free bus ride and home in time for the classifieds. So life's not all bad.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • But did you enjoy the game, A Fine City?

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Dubai Canary- You been on the drink or something? What I saw today was pants!

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Yet another complete waste of two hours of my life watching our entire cup run. Three at the back, but really two as Russ was there. A gutless display from a team that had lost before leaving the changing room.

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    A fine city

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Well this is what sometimes happens when a €55million squad comes up against one that cost €560million. I would urge people not to get too worked up about this result. Saying in the PL is our immediate objective and so far we are on target to achieve that. 'Staying Alive' in the PL is all that matters this season - so I think AN got this one spot on with his team selection. Onwards and upwards !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • And another thing, Man. City play a 19 year old up front but we don't play players who are older because they are too young.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Yes we were playing against a team that took off a £48m player to be replaced by one costing £55m, but that does not excuse players from putting in poor deliveries from corners and crosses or just making simple individual errors. Listened to the whole game on the radio and it seemed that NC didn't do enough to excite the crowd and get a really good cup tie astmosphere going. I'm looking forward to an " our man at the match" report.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Not so much the result as the tame performance, lacking in character. As soon as I saw the team sheet, Ruddy, Martin and Dorrans, I feared the worst. Not that I was expecting us to win the game but I was hoping to see two things - real commitment from players supposed to be pressing for the starting line-up and the opportunity for us to give the likes of Loza and Andreu a run out as it would have been an opportunity to test their credentials against good opposition. I do not buy into the belief that the FA Cup doesn't matter. As the pundits said on Final Score today winning is important as it maintains the momento. Had we shown half the commitment we saw last night from Exeter I would not have complained.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Just seems to me that this was an opportunity to try something different, maybe 2 upfront, or even give someone like Andreu a chance. Whilst I think AN is a great manager for us and we will stay up with him in charge, playing 5 at the back against a man c side that has not played that well away from home is a bit like waving the white flag. But then this is the FA Cup and none of our managers in recent history seem to have any interest in advancing in this competition, even when we were in the chump league. OTBC and thanks AN for giving me 2 wins out of 2 while I was back in the UK, both games I was able to attend.

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Poor display lacked any real quality, Norwich will need at least 3 or4 Quality players to avoid relegation. Naismith is not the answer should have gone for the wolves striker.

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

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