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Norwich City would be second in the Premier League (if it started at Christmas)

08:44 05 January 2016

Alexander Tettey of Norwich scores his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. 
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Alexander Tettey of Norwich scores his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Only Tottenham enjoyed a better Christmas than the Canaries with Alex Neil’s men picking up an impressive nine points over the festive period.

Each team played four times between December 19 and January 3 and Spurs had the best record, winning three times and drawing once.

But perhaps the most impressive record belonged to City, who picked up three wins from games against Manchester United, Spurs, Aston Villa and Southampton.

That was enough for them to pip Premier League leaders Arsenal on goal difference to second place in the festive table.

It was a miserable Christmas on Tyneside, with Steve McClaren’s Newcastle managing just one goal and one point for the league’s worst record over the festive period.

Aston Villa were the only other winless side over the four games, with draws against Newcastle and West Ham followed by defeats at Norwich and Sunderland.

That 3-1 victory for Sunderland on Saturday gave Sam Allardyce’s side their only points of the period as they finished third bottom of the Christmas table.

Southampton’s 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal was their only success over the four games, but ensured their goal difference was good enough to finish above Sunderland.

It was a far cry from the Saints’ form over the same period last season, when Ronald Koeman’s side picked up 10 points for the league’s best Christmas record.

Manchester United escaped the festive bottom three by beating Swansea in their final game, but managed just four points from the period as the pressure ramped up on manager Louis van Gaal.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly an option to replace Van Gaal if United decide to change managers, but the Portuguese’s former side Chelsea prospered in his absence over Christmas.

In the four games since Mourinho left, Chelsea were unbeaten with a record of two wins and two draws from games with Sunderland, Watford, Manchester United and Crystal Palace.

Spurs and Chelsea were joined in the unbeaten club by fellow London side West Ham, who enjoyed victories over Southampton and Liverpool while picking up points against Swansea and Villa.

Manchester City’s late show against Watford on Saturday took them to seven points from their four games - the sixth best record.

Leicester started the Christmas period with a 3-2 win at Everton to take them top of the Premier League table, but the Foxes failed to find the net again and managed only a further two points.

Unsurprisingly after their seven-goal thriller, games involving Stoke and Everton returned the most goals.

The Potters won 4-3 at Goodison Park and ended the four-game spell with eight goals for and seven against, while Everton scored seven and conceded eight.

Only Sunderland under Sam Allardyce conceded more goals (nine) during the period.

Games involving Swansea returned the least goals – just four, three of which came in their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford – but Alan Curtis’ side managed five points overall to edge away from the relegation zone.

25 comments

  • Don't worry chaps. Pinto is done. Is in the City. Also looking at young lad from Dunstable Town, Luke Pennell. A versatile defender apparently. Maybe our defending Vardy?

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    Chris69

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Self inflicted article this one. TOO much bigging up on how City were going to do business in the early hours of the window, now as nothing happened its plan B for the journo's and we get this.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Hmmmmmm........well, I 'erm..... I take it we haven't signed anyone yet then ? Good article though.

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • .....YOU certainly have a problem Spanish!....Too much Sun?.....What's wrong with using the English language?....if you are able!....You and Windy may think that our Axle has got things in order! ..far from it! ...We have a completely MIXED UP midfield with players doing things their way....and if you can't see that...I suggest you change your seat in the stands or try to get a better stream on the Tele!....but, 'Happy New Year' and pleased to know you read my ramblings!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Totally agree Reg, fool. Stewpyd or pyssedup would a load of humourless tom tit.

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    spanishcanary

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Trying to live up to your pen-name with that pointless rambling post, Stew Pydsodd? I don't recall Redmond ever wondering nor wandering into the defence. Logically, one would expect AN to use some fringe players in this cup match; but then again, he may wish to try and continue the winning habit, and play his best 11, given that Man City will have played on Weds evening?

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    Reg Breeze

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • …..just goes to show that there is still room for improvement!….So what do we do now?….Are we going for Cup run?….Will Ruddy get an opportunity to show his slumbering talents against Man City?….Can Whitaker make an impression playing on the right wing?….Lafferty could be called into battle, playing 2 up front with Grabben!…Redmond could be tried out alongside Bennett in Central defence….he's wondered into most other positions recently!…. Bassong could be offered the strikers role for 45 mins…..Axle must be pondering in his mind into who to punish, who to protect, and if Howson needs to have a lead role and a fixed point of contact!….Funny old time with the shop windows being opened up and clubs wanting to dispose of their misfits!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • lol @ Mad B. The only relevant stat for us is a recent turn around in form, achieved by the improvements in defence and Tettey's new found freedom to get forward. Regarding journalism, I'm not sure that I find much pleasure in reading totally groundless rumours about possible transfers, so they're in a no-win situation until some actual transfers develop.

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    Reg Breeze

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • You may mock, Mad Brewer, but your text is a good deal more meaningful and better phrased and thought out than a good deal of what is posted on here and other message boards from time to time.

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    Rick

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • LincsCan, City man tells me, in cinfudense, that we have the Meanies not to buy our way out of trouble. Though he may have said .. Moonies nit two by is ought iff treble... Allo Allo...

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Slack news day?

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    Cornwall Canary

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • It is true that this is a pointless article designed to pad out newspapers on a slow news day, but I'd still maintain that form stats are useful . For example, there's no doubt that strikers in particular have periods of good and bad form. Vardy, for instance, has been on fire and clearly a man in confidence . Rooney the complete opposite . But it doesn't take a vast leap of faith to predict that, in 10 games time, things might look very different, with Rooney the man in form and Vardy goalless in that period. After a hesitant run, our defence really does seem to be finding some form over the last 10 games. So all be need is for Jerome, Mbokani, or a new signing to do likewise, and we'll be fine !

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    Rick

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • I'm looking forward to a similar article analysing 2016 year to date !

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    gordonltaylor

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • What a pointless article!!! That's like me saying that if my auntie had a @!*x she'd be my uncle!!!

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    Michael Merrill

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • On the same logic - Sunderland are the in-form team and sit top of the Premier League for 2016! This is a really clutching at straws article.

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    Lewis Dellar-Witt

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • So much pointless rubbish, let's have some relevant information as others have suggested are we actually getting involved in this transfer window.

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    bryceland

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Yes a great article - and one other thing, if my aunt had had ba77s she would have been my uncle. Well said Goldie - let's be having some news of signings.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • What a pointless article. Do some work and find out who City is signing.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Last season two of the bottom three teams after 20 games went on to survive(Leics\Palace) at the expense of QPR\Hull who only had 19 points from 20. Effectively nobody on 20 points+ at this stage went down. Also, how likely is it any of the current bottom three will emulate Palace or Leicesters magnificent recoveries. Not Villa and even Big Sam is only setting a modest target of 38 points for Sunderland to survive. Newcastle look in need of another new manager. Meanwhile Swansea are on 19 points, like QPR\Hull were, and the wheels seem to have come off in regards to their way of doing things. So the stats and other clubs struggles give cause for much optimism plus our rookie manager is learning all the time. My only negatives are we have some tough remaining home fixtures and some of those below us have the means to buy their way out of trouble.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Many of us fans remember us being top of the Premiership for something like 75% of the season but ultimately it is where you finish come May that matters. I would be happy if we saw at least two new players being signed to bolster our squad rather than look at smokescreens.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Lordbesty - she'd be chairman!!

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • And if my auntie had balls...

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    lordbesty

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Stats are fanciful figments. For instance; in the last calendar year, Jamar Loza and Ricky van Wolfswinkel shared the highest strike rate, at 1.00 goals per game in all competitions. Laffers was 3rd! (0.33).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Statistics are damned lies. 7th thing to take notice of ... don't take any notice of the 6 things!!! Journalistic bandwagon!!

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    alec

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Stats are always a mixed bag, and you can usually make any point that you want, good or bad, by selectively quoting them. Often they mean more if you look over a longer period, and what , for me, is more impressive is the PL form table over the last ten games. In that we are 10th on 14 pts. Only 3 pts off a CL qualifying spot in 4th. BUT.....interestingly only 5 pts clear of 18th place and relegation; one LESS than we currently are in reality. Just shows how close the league is this season, with nearly all clubs having brief good, and equally brief bad, runs.

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    Rick

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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