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Norwich City 2, Aston Villa 0 - What the nationals said

16:53 29 December 2015

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Norwich City players celebrate Jonny Howson's opener. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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The national newspapers’ views on Norwich City’s 2-0 win over Aston Villa.

BBC Sport: “It was far from a fluent attacking performance by Neil’s side, who only managed four shots on target throughout. But they showed steel and patience to end Villa’s resistance.”

The Guardian: “If David Cameron really does support Aston Villa, as he sometimes claims, then what a lovely first day on the job this was for the new Norwich City chairman, Ed Balls. The former shadow chancellor watched Jonny Howson and Dieumerci Mbokani score the goals that boosted his team’s chances of ending the campaign triumphantly and cut the fallen Midlands aristocrats further adrift at the bottom of the table.”

The Independent: “Rémi Garde’s team worked hard enough in their efforts to build on the draws against Newcastle and West Ham, in which they won praise for showing some fighting spirit but rarely threatened to score goals and were punished twice for their shortcomings in defence as Norwich ran out comfortable winners without needing to play particularly well. The clean sheet was only their second of the season.”

The Telegraph: “Villa’s confidence seemed to ebb away as the match progressed. Apart from Ayew’s header, they did not create a chance of note. Garde’s half-time words at least prompted a vigorous response yet quality was lacking.”

And from The Birmingham Mail: “There was pushing and shoving near the dugouts in the closing stages after Ashley Westwood sent Redmond flying, but to be honest, that was the most fight Garde’s Championship bound strugglers could muster.

Norwich City will survive this season and it looks likely that Villa won’t, in many ways it is hard to fathom, are Norwich a better team than Villa? They shouldn’t be, but yes, they are. Nothing that Norwich did had any sparkle, any flair, or brilliance. Their guile and determination won the day.”

3 comments

  • Yay for the Birmingham Mail, that sounds about it for me. Our job this season is to grind out results and keep building for the future. Of course I want us to have sparkle and flair but getting the points is the top priority.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Surely anyone who really supports City appreciates what Delia and Mike have done for our club. They aren't mega-rich Russians, but they stuck by the team when the risk became serious back in league 1. As for spending money, what did £8M+ of RvW bring? Is there not more to improving a Premiership team than just spending millions? Has £25M Pedro improved Chelsea?

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    GolfingCanary

    Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Great result not unexpected thou as I said I didn't go to the match or anymore this season I know I've been on the back of DSmith I've never wanted her as majority owner ,but as for the total mess up in transfers this ? Was it down to the out going chairman why we never rearly bought anyone . Will Ed Balls change things so we do buy some quality players to secure a long term future in the premiership but the board will have to change their salary structure to bring in better players and not keep going in the championship for bargain buy that are no better time will tell if we stay up and also if the board cough up the cash for quality players next summer or will it be the same old story bargain buys.

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    City man

    Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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