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Norwich City 0, Tottenham Hotspur 3 - what the nationals said

11:31 03 February 2016

Referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty for this challenge by Sebastien Bassong on Dele Alli. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Referee Kevin Friend awarded a penalty for this challenge by Sebastien Bassong on Dele Alli. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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“The positional awareness of a lasagne” - here are the national newspapers’ views on Norwich City’s 3-0 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The Times: “Ivo Pinto, who spent the evening demonstrating roughly the same positional awareness as a lasagne.”

The Guardian: “The signs are not so encouraging for Norwich, who, despite a second-half improvement, ended up convincing losers...proving that despite personnel changes the team has yet to plug big gaps at the back.”

The Mirror: “Alex Neil will be pleased with the fight that his side showed in the second half but it was all too little, too late. Norwich certainly aren’t in a position where they can give a side like Spurs a two-goal headstart. Canaries fans will be a little concerned at how toothless they looked at times.”

The Independent: “Spurs now appear to possess an inner steel and that’s what they showed, without really trying too hard, in easing past a poor Norwich City side last night.”

The Daily Mail: “Kane dispatched the penalty and the home crowd sang: ‘Kevin Friend, he’s one of your own’. The mood did not improve when the officials ruled out two Norwich goals for offside: a looping header by Ivo Pinto and a close-range finish by Bassong. Norwich were also fuming because Friend ignored Steven Naismith’s claims for a penalty when he was bundled over by Kevin Wimmer.”

The Sun: “Declan Rudd will have been as pink as his garish shirt after a couple of errors cost Norwich in the first half. Rudd should have done better with Christian Eriksen’s second-minute shot – he could only push the ball into a central position for the onrushing Dele Alli to convert. He made a similar mistake a split-second before Spurs’ penalty when parrying Harry Kane’s blast into a central position. On both occasions, Rudd needed a firm hand to shove the ball away from goal. Rudd has now conceded a hatful of goals in four straight league defeats – and must fear being replaced by John Ruddy.”

•Read fan reaction from the game here

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31 comments

  • Some translations needed: 1) A good sticker. 2) Who's miss takes? 3) When will they lean? I'll hazard a guess that "Premireship" is the status we had... pre-mire.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • Alex Neil is out of his depth at this level yet again the same old story don't have one good sticker that can score goals not alone having two. The club is in the same situation as all the previous spells in the premireship the board and owners have not learnt anything the same miss takes all over again when will they lean Never .

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    City M

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

  • Wonder how the Newcastle message boards read at the moment?

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    Canaryboy65

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • A team needs time to gel, all this panicky chopping and changing isn't helping much, poor old Hughton tried the shut up shop approach to try and keep a poor team up, failed and sacked yet seems to be doing OK at Brighton, the Norwich manager is new to this game and maybe needed another season in the championship, perhaps Norwich got promoted a little too early or perhaps Norwich are a club destined for the odd but not permanent flirt with the premier.

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    trev57

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • MB - you are spot on. Great description. Watching Watford Chelsea. The commentator just said how good Watford are when the y lose the ball, nine players aare immediately back stopping any danger building up. 6 out of 12 of their home games have been clean sheets - Watford, are putting us to shame now for two seasons running.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Norwich are doing exactly what they have done before after getting promoted. We lose any bullishness and worry about the opposition. Why two holders at home? Why five changes. Never forget one away win under Worthington would have been enough and negative football under Houghton was fatal. Naismith looked to have an understanding with Wessi only for him to be dropped. You have to play match winners. I know he has his critics but remember Redmond's first touch and finish at Wembley. Is Javis a better player? Neil has no idea of his best team. When Everton won the league in the 1980s (42 league games and heavy pitches) they used 13 players.

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    Disco Dale

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Saturday will be a defining moment because if we fail to win (a draw would be of little consequence) that would have a very negative effect on the players and fans alike and would certainly confirm my worst fears.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Ok enough of the past. Looking forward we need a real clear the air meeting at City. Villa will be the game that defines our season. Win and we are 3 points away from the next group. Lose and it is 3 out of 4 that will fight to the end. Sunderland have been in this situation many times and survive. Newcastle are strong in their squad....therefore it will be us. Finally dont count out WBA getting drawn in.

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    Robin Sydney

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Agree, MichiCan, it's not about how much was spent but when it was spent. We won't know if it was spent on the right players until we are, again, a spent force. Already folk are deciding that Pinto is a bad buy. A modicum of logic there, because Russ M is a fair-enough RB and we also have Wisdom on loan. Poor old Pinto is not getting much of a chance. I think I understand your reference to the "tone at the top". To many outsiders, this comes across as a cosy insiders' dining circle. Succession is more important than success... When I'm gone, this little shop on the corner will be all yours...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • In response to your commen Kevt,apart from a couple of players Leicester have and Bournmouth,Watford ect their players are no better than ours,the difference is their teams are settled sides,week in week out,the players know what their doing,they know the players around them know what their doing.Sometimes I think the city team is drawn out of a hat at 2.30 before the game.Instead of us changing the team being chosen to suit the opposition,keep the same ruddy team and let the opposition team worry about us.For gods sake Alex pick your best team and stick with it!!!,Bournmouth were slagged off in the beginning,but they stuck to their guns and Eddie Howe knew it would work and it has

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    butty

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • I like the way Bournemouth play they lost 5 1 at home early in the season but keep trying. Eddie Howe is a good leader. AN your time has come..I have posted the team for Villa. If we lose I think faith will be gone. The majority of the football world thinks we are gone. Prove them wrong.

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    Robin Sydney

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • lose on saturday ,alex neil clear your desk.

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    Trevor Frammingham

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • I don't think this is down to how much we have spent. It is down to how much effort the players are putting in. Part of this could be down to overall fitness, but it needs someone to get this group of players giving their all, and they are not doing that. Leicester are, Bournemouth are, Swansea are starting to, Sunderland are starting to, so unless this group of players start working hard with a good game plan, we are down. I do think there is a "tone at the top" issue that is not there, and therefore does not flow down through the club.

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    MichiganCanary

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Not only will Norwich finish in the bottom Three they will finish bottom of the three.They will lose to Villa on Saturday,now the weakest team in the Premiership this is all down to Mc Nally holding on to the purse strings and AN only able to buy second rate players.Just look at Bournemouth and Watford spend big and get big they will not get relegated good owners.

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    El tel

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Too many problems to attempt to solve in a comment - but how about picking our best team and letting the opposition worry about how to beat us, rather than picking a different 11 every game to try to counter the opposition's strengths. This is clearly not working - Martin playing CB against Liverpool because Bentecke was not playing - what a way to pick a team. Still, we only need to finish where we are now, so there's still hope, but if we lose at Villa I think both sides will need to start preparing for life in the Football League next season.

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    French canary

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Brew: yep, you are right that we did try this route in the past and unsuccessfully, Maybe we were unlucky with the likes of Joe Royle walking out before he'd hardly set foot in Carrow Road? And yes, maybe AN might not be happy to have someone alongside him. But that depends on how he would see it. But surely he would be happy to get any help that was available? Because in his heart he must surely know things are not working out. kevt: agree with you totally. You have basically mirrored my feelings regarding our parlous position. Just why AN and our coaches cannot get us to operate effectively as a team baffles me. We train every day yet we very often look rudderless, with players seemingly unaware of their overall responsibilities and how to carry them out. Our central defence gets split and opened up so easily; gaps appear at the drop of the proverbial hat. But our midfield and wide men provide very little support, some totally ignoring their defensive duties appearing to believe they only operate in one half of the pitch. Whoever AN tries the problems reoccur with monotonous regularity. The logical conclusion therefore is that players are not drilled and coached to know their precise roles and responsibilities and without proper organisation they play with a lack of conviction, discipline and without any clear idea of what they are supposed to be doing especially when we need to defend. That leads to mistakes. Unless or until this can be rectified and we get some continuity of both tactics and team selection we will continue to struggle. My heart says no but my head says without doubt we look like relegation candidates once again.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Steady, el dingo. You'll invoke the ire of The Sinister Watchman. Specially regarding that Delia comment. Perhaps Dee will compose a relegation banquet? We already have the obvious lasagna and the inevitable haggis. Any suggestions, anyone? I'll get in first with stuffing and dumplings. One dish for each playing position. It'll probably end up as one big hash.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Seems with a conference level manager and a bunch of largely redundant scottish players inc.R M none of which are good enough for the prem city looked screwed. Poor team selection and Tetty now suspended the majority not up to speed norwich get humiliated by spurs. Why sign more strikers .as waclor said centre back centre back etc

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    johnty

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Life is a minestrone, with a defence like parmesan cheese (hard on the surface but crumbles so easily). Gruesome performance last night, although, without breaking sweat, Spurs were as good as the ref and one lino were pathetically poor. A long old countdown to the inevitable I'm afraid. But Delia won't care as she prefers us in the Chump, allegedly. Spurs fans gents last night.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • I cannot see that Rudd was at fault for any of the last 8 goals conceded. Possibly Hart or Buttland might have done better on 1 or 2 but they are top top keepers and it is unfair to compare Rudd with the best. Whittaker,for example,receives criticism for his defensive work. Fair enough, but if it was as good as he is going forward he wouldn't be playing here, possibly Barcelona. Although he has only played once it looks like my prediction for Pinto could be correct, In fact he could be more of a liability than Whitts but, again if a 26 year old is only worth 2,2 mil is he likely to be much cop in the Premier league? By and large you get what you pay for and we would have to be, like Stoke,several Seasons in the Premier before we can afford real quality.

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    irongloves

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • kevt - Yes, bring on those boring 1-0 ers! Say, 6 of them. Can you see us keeping 6 clean sheets??

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • So where is it all going wrong? It is too easy to blame young Declan Rudd, or those playing across the back four, but from what I have seen the problems are much simpler. For example, with the exception of a couple of players are those we have at NCFC that much different to the Leicester City team? Probably not. The difference (apart from the number of points on the board) is that Leicester City has a manager and coaches who have worked at the very top level. The team is organised, well drilled, each player knows what he has to do, and that machine is very much better than the sum of its parts. What we have as a manager is someone who one day will be very good. But at the moment he is naïve, and lacking in experience. AN needs an experienced coaching team around him (a defensive coach would go a long way) and he must be prepared to listen. All our team needs is the same level of organisation as the Leicester team, and we would be much improved. Not a top side by any means, but far better than we have now. Those moaning about individual defenders must remember that defending starts from the very front. Strikers must make a tackle or at the very least close down over the half way line, midfielders must play their part to protect the defence, nobody should be seen ambling aimlessly back into position when the ball is lost, never turn your back on the ball, concentrate for from the first to the final whistle. We must get back to learning to win first, then entertain second. I think most NCFC supporters would love to see lots of 'boring' 1-0 wins in our favour between now and the end of the season. OTBC!

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    kevt

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • I have just read on another site that Alex has said that" we need to defend better" REALLY, shock! horror! probe!

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    repsol

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • In concurrence with the national press I was totally gobsmacked at how little aggression we displayed during the first part of the game. Easily brushed aside. Conceding so early was a disgrace and the players need to take a hard look at themselves. Despite the criticisms aimed at Pinto the formation left him awfully exposed. Howson was playing wide right in front of him but was about as defensively effective as a ...errrmmmm........a cannelloni.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Hi malaga. The club did dabble with that "experienced mentor" notion, with Joe Royle\Neil Adams. Royle stayed about 6 weeks, I think. When Alex arrived, we already had Mike Phelan, but he soon left. It could be The Board sees an extra salary as unacceptable. Two lowish salaries = One salary commensurate with an experienced manager. They may as well pay for a "top" manager in the first place? Also, I cannot imagine wee Alex actually wanting a rival Clan Chief in his Glen. I'm feeling pessimistic today. I've been through the remaining fixtures and based on recent performances, I cannot see us getting past 30 points. But things can only get better... Can't they?? Btw; Big Sam's boys gave ManC a real test last night. But for Joe Hart, they would've won - and deserved to. That ever-gracious Gentleman Manager, Pellegrini, was willing to admit that. A good manager with old-fashioned manners. He has to go... I cannot see us finishing above Sunderland. Time for the Big Transformation...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • My biggest problem with the attitude could be called a "Tale of Two Strikers". Every time the ball came to M'Bokani the Spurs defence were all over him like a rash, as often as not leaving him on the floor. Every time Harry Kane got the ball our guys seemed to want to stand back and admire his silky touch. We need much more of a physical presence and a more aggressive attitude. On a similar note, with a numpty referee like last night there's absolutely no point in moaning and lying about after being fouled, he wouldn't give anything anyway. Just get uo and kick them back. Waclor, I'm impressed, even when they're not on the pitch you manage to come up with a moan about Whittaker and Martin. What is it about Scottish people that makes you illogical?

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    PaulWho

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • I quite like lasagne so I would describe the positional sense of norwichs players as a bunch of ball watching mororns

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • The Sun blames Rudd. But the real problems are in front of him. I doubt Jack Butland would be comfortable given our defence! Ruddy was making mistakes week on week so I don't see bringing him back will change anything. It is down to AN to develop continuity; use a set pattern of play and where possible keep a settled side. No other way will we improve as we still do not possess enough players with the qualities capable of dealing with the demands of the PL. It has to be a team effort, based on discipline, hard work and focus. I am not suggesting we replace AN for a moment but just suggest that while people may not like the way the likes of Pulis and Big Sam set up a team, they know how to get the most out of average players. To that end I would like to see us bring in an experienced mentor. Doubt it will happen, though. Rather, the club will continue to travel in hope as it did under Hughton.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • ... Bizarrely, "lasagne" is derived from Latin "lasanum" = "chamber pot". The mind boggles. A badly dished up lasagne can look like a pile of s#!t, c\w tapeworms, but I think The Times is just taking the p!s$.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • Careful, Wac - Caledoniophobia is not well received these days. Thinking of xenophobia, I wonder why The Times used that metaphor about Pinto's positional sense resembling that of a lasagne? Pinto is Portuguese, lasagna is a traditional Italian dish. It's akin to the likes of our local "journalists" believing Estonia is in The Balkans. Which they do.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

  • The press are all biased. I bet that good ol organ, The Scottish Daily Record will report that we lost because we lacked the steadying hands of Russell Martin (Scottish centreback) and Steven Whittaker. They will then go on to report how the Scottish FA have arranged a tough Summer tour to prepare for the 2018 World Cup qualifyers. They will be playing three matches against the top teams from the Isle of Man apparently. Good luck Scotland.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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