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Preston 2 Norwich City 0

10:26 04 January 2015

Norwich City's FA Cup run lasted barely 90 minutes in a 2-0 third round defeat at Preston. 
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Norwich City's FA Cup run lasted barely 90 minutes in a 2-0 third round defeat at Preston. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City tamely exited the FA Cup at the third round stage for the second consecutive season in a desperate 2-0 defeat at League One promotion hopefuls Preston.

Paul Gallagher’s second-half brace consigned the Canaries to another miserably brief flirtation with the world-famous competition after a lacklustre display from Neil Adams’ squad in Lancashire.

Adams opted to make just four changes to the starting line up that lost 2-1 in the Championship at Reading last weekend but City were no less weak defensively or pitiful in attack as they had been at the Madejski.

Declan Rudd had to content himself with a place on the bench against the club he spent last season on loan with John Ruddy’s selection underlining Adams’ commitment to putting out a side of senior professionals.

Ignasi Miquel made his second start of his Norwich career in place of Martin Olsson who along with Alex Tettey were not considered for FA Cup duty after undergoing injections earlier in the week to treat persistent knee complaints.

Michael Turner returned to the line up for the first time since November 29 alongside Ryan Bennett in central defence with captain Russell Martin dropping to the bench.

Nathan Redmond slotted into a midfield populated by skipper for the day Bradley Johnson, Gary O’Neil and Jonny Howson, with Wes Hoolahan supporting Gary Hooper.

Cameron Jerome was ruled out through illness and Lewis Grabban was also an absentee with the striker a pre-match doubt with an Achilles problem. Kyle Lafferty was fit for a place on the bench following similar concerns over a thigh issue alongside Jamar Loza, Javier Garrido and Conor McGrandles.

Preston chief Simon Grayson kept veteran striker Kevin Davies on the bench for the Lilywhites, where there were also places for Jermaine Beckford and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake following his midweek loan move until the end of the season.

Preston looked confident in a bright start to the tie, befitting a side on an eight-match unbeaten run, but City worked the first pocket of space down the left when Miquel fed Hoolahan but his cut-back was cleared by Bailey Wright.

Josh Brownhill tested Ruddy in the ninth minute with a sighter from long range after Kyle Reid had escaped down the Preston left to whip in a cross Miquel could only half-clear.

Central midfield partner Alan Browne then slammed a shot at Turner from similar range with Preston looking to exploit any space in front of the Norwich back four.

Bennett’s glancing flick from Gary O’Neil’s deep free kick ran away from Hoolahan but the lack of precision from the visitors illustrated the sedate tempo to the first quarter with Preston growing in confidence despite Norwich’s controlled possession.

Steven Whittaker’s weak attempted clearance momentarily encouraged Andy Little but Turner eased the North End frontman under the bouncing ball inside his own area.

Turner was alert again in the 26th minute to foil Reid at the far post who unleashed a first time snapshot after Miquel’s header dropped invitingly to the wideman.

Johnson tried to inject some dynamism into City’s weak offering for the opening 30 minutes when he burst into the Preston box but the cut-back was a yard behind the unmarked Hooper lurking in the vicinity of the penalty spot.

Hooper’s heavy first touch then blew a promising chance for Norwich in the 32nd minute when he failed to control Howson’s clever reverse pass with plenty of space to race clear and test Thorsten Stuckmann. The striker’s mournful look towards the assistant who had kept his flag down merely compounded the forward’s frustration.

Preston players had loud penalty appeals turned down flat in the 38th minute when Gallagher’s cross struck Howson before spiralling away for a corner.

Hoolahan was penalised for handball a yard outside his own area but Jack King’s glancing header from Gallagher’s driven set piece drifted wide.

The Irishman and Hooper combined sharply at the opposite end to free Redmond who tricked his way past Buchanan but Howson miscued his half-volley at the far post.

Adams resisted any urge to make changes at the interval and Preston started positively again on the resumption with Reid causing Whittaker a few problems before Turner headed away underneath his own bar.

City sprang a rare counter in the 50th minute with Howson and Hoolahan picking out Johnson but the deliberate lob from 20 yards sailed over.

Norwich appeared to be pressing much higher up the pitch with City’s Irish schemer now operating much closer to Stuckmann. One slaloming burst across the face of the Preston penalty box was eventually ended by a posse of white shirts crowding out the Dubliner.

Little planted Buchanan’s cross wide before making way just past the hour mark for Beckford. Redmond then cut in off the right to test Stuckmann with a swinging shot that veered beyond the Preston keeper’s far post.

Adams introduced Lafferty for Hooper approaching the final quarter after the experiment with Hoolahan failed to fire before Josh Murphy replaced the Irishman.

City fell behind in the 71st minute when Miquel was beaten in the air by King at the far post and Gallagher arrived to crash a low shot from 10 yards out underneath Ruddy.

Norwich were unable to muster an immediate response to fresh adversity with Whittaker’s cross claimed comfortably by Stuckmann and both Redmond and Murphy unable to get on the front foot.

Redmond did pick out his wing twin in the 83rd minute but Whittaker’s first-time shot slammed against the body of Calum Woods.

Loza replaced Miquel a minute later with Adams going for broke but within seconds City were two adrift when Gallagher was left unattended to rifle past Ruddy again after Beckford retrieved the ball to feed Reid.

The Canaries forced a series of late corners but never threatened to get back into the tie in another abject cup showing after the earlier season Capital One Cup exit at Shrewsbury.

• Preston: Stuckmann, Woods, Wright, Huntington, Buchanan, King, Brownhill (Humphrey 63), Browne, Gallagher, Reid (Ebanks-Blake 86), Little (Beckford 64). Subs (not used): Jones, Clarke, Kilkenny, Davies.

• Booking: King (foul on Johnson, 76)

• Goals: Gallagher (71, 85)

• Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Bennett, Turner, Miquel (Loza 84), Redmond, Howson, O’Neil, Johnson, Hoolahan (Josh Murphy 71), Hooper (Lafferty 69). Subs (not used): Rudd, Martin, Garrido, McGrandles.

• Booking: Bennett (foul on Beckford, 74)

• Added on time: 0 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

• Attendance: 9,807 (1,099 away fans)

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125 comments

  • Nice work city out of the cup again now we can concentrate on mediocrity for the rest of the season

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    Victor meldrew

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Earth to Planet Paul553. Please do not make Norwich and us fans look even more stupid by claiming that Neil Adams is a great manager or that he is better than Mick McCarthy. Neil Adams is not even a better manager than Chris Hughton and I never ever thought I would write that about anyone. Just listen to the post match comments. There is no comparison between the usual rubbish from Adams and the wit of MM. The results speak for themselves. The poor attitude of the players shows their contempt for the manager. Hughton was fired because his team kept getting beaten by premiership teams. Under Adams we get beaten by League one and League two teams.Great improvement. Either Adams leaves this club or Norwich will leave the Championship. Could Norwich claim a record by being the first club in League one to be receiving Premiership parachute payments I wonder?

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Paul553:Seriously???. MM has a good CV, managing successful sides - A has what? Passion as a player!. Shame that NCFC are not in the draw for the 4th round; a local derby would have been tasty!. Understand that Preston had more passion to win than NCFC. New Year's hangovers??

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    walkerman1009

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • PAUL553: in response to your long post about how Neil Adams is a better manager than Mick McCarthy. Mick McCarthy has taken the Republic of Ireland to the World Cup Quarter Finals, finishing above Holland in Qualification and only losing to Spain on Penalties. He then took on the Job at Sunderland who had no money and led them to a 3rd place Championship finish and FA cup semi-Final in his first season. The next season again with no money he won the Championship. After unfairly being sacked by Sunderland following relegation he got the Wolves job in 2006 and again with no money led Wolves to the play-offs in his first season and AGAIN won the Championship two years later. He was sacked by Wolves towards the end of there 3rd season in the Premiership for being fourth bottom. Wolves then went on to suffer back to back relegations to end up in league one. Next stop for McCarthy, bottom of the Championship Ipswich in November 2012. By some miracle he managed to keep that squad up in a season when 55 pts would take down Peterborough Utd. He then led Ipswich to a respectable 9th place in first full season and this Season has Ipswich sitting a point off the top of the table with 47 points. All this achieved with a squad that has cost just £10,000 in transfer fees. Neil Adams has got Norwich relegated from the Premiership and with one of the strongest squads in the championship has Norwich sitting in mid table and losing to a weakened Preston team in the FA cup despite fielding a strong team. Also didn't Adams spend a whopping £3 million on Lewis Grabban!!! How Mick McCarthy and U.S. Ipswich supporters would love those sort of resources available to us. So tell me now who the better manager is??? Why don't you wait for Neil Adams to actually achieve something before making such comments! Oh just to add final whistle at St Mary's stadium where Ipswich have got a 1-1 draw against a full strength Southampton team that are sitting fourth in the Premier League! Oh Mick how you wish you could be as greater manager as Neil Adams!!!!

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    Stat-Matt

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Have quietly sat here and read all comments re this defeat and it seems to me that the angst is ratcheted up every time we get an adverse result. Well go ahead folks.......knock yourselves out if that is what you want to do!! The problem many posters appear to have is that they cannot handle not having control over the football and the club and use posts here as a kind of substitute. Did you expect it to be any different?? The club (NCFC) cannot be guided by the kind of vitriole frequently shown on here but instead they have to deal with the situations that present themselves from time to time during the season. It is a fact that this board tends to be negative, generally, purely because the naysayers are more vocal than the positive supporters. In this sense there is a danger that you post yourselves into a progressively desperate situation re the club and what should happen. Sport is by it's very nature an optimistic pursuit and I have never played in a game or taken part in an athletic event where I didn't think I could put in a good performance. This never came from a manager or coach but from myself. It is pretty much the same with NCFC players as they want to play games, hence all the players out on loan, and a poor performance could result in them loosing their place in the side or other action (SB). Reading posts you might believe that the whole season has been a disaster but this is not the case as nobody could grumble at the first 10 games of the season where we scored 20 goals and amassed 20 points from 30. There then followed a spell of 9 games, culminating with a home defeat to Reading where we got 7 points out of 27. There then followed 5 games, culminating with a defeat at Reading, where we achieved 10 points out of 15, scoring 15 goals. I think all this points to the need for a degree of balance in our reaction to whatever is to befall NCFC. I personally think that we will see a good performance from the whole team at Bournemouth on Saturday.OTBC

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • still think we can beat Bournemouth as we never know what our team are capable of id take a draw of course. ive even put in for the job as manager aswell guys and I will do it for free. I think it got lost in the post as I haven't heard back from McNally.

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    NCFC1978

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • wow takes ages to scroll down just to comment. 118+ comments and most saying the same thing adams out! like that will happen. old news now even tho fans still licking their wounds at the rubbish we have all endured. I would of personally put out our weakest 11! that's right give the young guns a chance and I bet whatever the result there wouldn't of been half as many fans moaning plus neil wouldn't of looked a chump. instead once again he said he picked a side he believed could win and they let us all down. no shots on target is a joke. its the same old story about the way we always lose!!!!! wonder which 11 he will pick against Bournemouth ? Can we win? im not sure starting to lose the faith. as for people saying where are the moaners when we win lol. well when youre passionate about your team its normal to let of steam and show youre disappointed. we haven't beaten any good teams yet not for a long time. when we do well then fans will praise the team. what makes me laugh is when we did beat Huddersfield and millwall the commentator said we can only beat what is put in front of us...... correct and I was pleased with those games but people were still phoning in moaning after saying they wanted more goals and finding faults where I was just happy we won. I don't care how we win or sometimes draw but unless we beat the teams around us mainly the top six we going to be stuck in this league for years to come as eventually our so called best players will leave us. apart from Bournemouth this month the other games are winnable. feb onwards gets a whole lot tougher.

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    NCFC1978

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • I think we went to Preston looking for a 0-0 draw, so we got what we deserved. So Norwich continue to be a laughing stock. Maybe Adams told the team, we re not good enough to beat Preston so see if you can hang on for a reply. Disgraceful. Its time for him to walk. Things are going from bad to worse. We haven't been able to score any goals since Lambert left, even under 2 different managers. I think our style of play has to change so we become more direct and more urgent and more physical. Is our style of play down to the board? It hasn't been any different under Hughton or Adams - do they have the final say so?

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    Henry

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • @jorobit he is 48. A tad too late to be an apprentice methinks

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • @jorobit he is 48. A tad too late to be an apprentice methinks

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Whether we like it or not, football is now just a business looking to make as much money as possible. So, with this in mind, what executives in their right mind would ever appoint a novice to oversee a potential £90,000,000 deal? NA will no doubt be a good manager in the fullness of time, but like many before him, needs to cut his teeth in the lower leagues. He would even benefit from being an understudy to a more experienced manager at City.

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    JOROBIT

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • It seems we have some Ipswich Town posts on here gloating at their style of play and how good MM is?can any town supporter really believe their team would be second?I think they are just surprised as everyone.else!Lets face it if MM is so good why did he sink to relegation with Wolves?I was talking to an Ipswich Town supporter the other day and he told me that it was their thirteenth season in the championship?Hardly a great team is it?Yet here they are on here comparing MM with NA ?MM got relegated with Wolves but NA is far far greater than anyone take him for! And he needs your support. I'm sure all you bemoaners will carry on moaning cause u ain't supporters!.NA has his heart and soul in Norwich City and for me he's a better manager than MM.Inexperienced yes,Come May let's see if the town supporters are still on here!i doubt it!Enjoy it while it lasts!

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    paul553

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • In May last year we got a well earned point at Chelsea. Now 8 months on and we are worried about being humiliated at Bournemouth. That is some decline. What has happened to this squad?

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    brian robb

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • The board have yet again missed the chance to get back in the Premier again by not appointing Tony. He started his new job yesterday, West Brom will never see another division for years to come !

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Daydream believers, Rob S?

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • A good performance today but we are unable to put the ball in the net. NA is slowly getting things right but the lack of a decent striker is the real problem. Anyway, our squad will walk this league and then we will have the last laugh. Come on lads, we must believe.

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    Rob Sterooo

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • It's great to know we have that dynamic board in place to make these big ticket decisions... Time for some changes to the board are more important than ditching NA in my opinion.

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    Parsnip

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • What a disgrace, no sign of big Dunc style rolled up sleeves today, (again), there should never be "a nothing game" to anyone who puts on a Norwich shjrt. The comment reveals a lot about our club that many supporters have suspected for too long.

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    crombie boy

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • As a town fan I'm enjoying the moment but I don't like the trolling, although we have suffered it for four years! Dubai look in the mirror! However I like it when we have sensible posters from both sides, at the end of the day as long as you finish behind us I would be happy for you to be second. I think we all would like to have premier league derby's ! I would also like to read Brewers comments again although I'll admit to not understanding most of what he is saying! In Adnams we trust !

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    threenewknees

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • I am a City season ticket holder and find the banter about how many fans turn out at City compared to Ipswich a self inflicted wound, the figures surely prove which fans are the silliest. The ones who don't bother to attend or the ones who attend to watch rubbish year in and year out. Unless a miracle happens I will no longer be a fan after this season I have had enough of City taking the p1ss out of me.

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    goldie

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • I think the majority of supporters ( if not all!! ) know by now that playing one frontman with Wes just behind does not work - don't believe the management have worked this out yet. Should have started with Lafferty and Loza up front against a Division One team and keep Hooper on the bench. Martin & Garrido as full-backs with Whitakker on the bench ( better used as a wing back ). There is not enough tactical thought in team selections, especially against lower league opposition. Whether NA survives this or not we more speed and agility at the back and should never be playing one striker, this happened at Wolves on day 1 of the season and we still fall into the same trap.OTBC.

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    johnnyp

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Pathetic. Adams out.

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    Paul Smith

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Steely I made a tongue-in-cheek suggestion last week that Adams would want to lose today exactly to avoid a home fourth round tie which the fans could boycott as a protest. On second thoughts I doubt if he is bright enough for that.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Re: people not getting their post through, check indivual words containing banned words within eg. Sk ill will not get through due to k ill being within.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • DCL and BBTMBC - doubt that the Brew is banned. He tends to go AWOL this time of year. Last year we thought he was in Australia watching the Ashes debacle. On the subject of attendances its a pity (in an absurd sort of way) that City have so many s.t. holders. If this was not the case then the fans could demonstrate their frustrations through the turnstiles by not pitching up. It would be interesting to see what response the board would have to a few 15 to 16 thousander's.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • You are not alone in being rejected by Archie, norman hall. My last rejection gave reason as "other", whatever that means. Criteria used obviously does not include trolling by supporters of other teams. Perhaps Brew can offer some guidance.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • It's quite clear to me, as it is clearly is to TK and a few others that NA picked team that had little to no chance of winning today. I'm glad that I didn't waste my money today and Neil should pay for the fan's travel out of his own pocket after picking that team. It shows a lack of respect to us supporters and he should be sacked for it. He's not going to resign so lets be clear about that. A true captain in the mould of Steve Bruce needs to be found and quickly as does a hungry young manager! OTBC

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Adams was an appointment which has FAILED. However it was a fiar decision to give him a chance. What was stupid is the length of contract. Do you really think that Adams would have turned down a two year or one year contract? What were the other options on the table for him, Radio Norfolk or McDonalds? The greatest stupidity of all though is to ignore what is happening, bury your head in the sand and carry on. To do that would be criminal neglect but sadly that level of negligence and stupidity is well within the operating standards of teh current directors.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • We need a clean sweep from top to bottom,enough is enough ,our loyal supporters deserve better.

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    Robbo

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • I don't get Norwich supporters. Today's result was at least against a League club and not non league like Luton. The Addams Family (diddle de dum) plus Phelan must be getting something right.

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    What a Hoot

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Sellyano - True but Delia has! :-)

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Canaryinslovenia, Like it or not Ips & Nor fans aren't that much different - they will vote with their feet. As for the results, yep thoroughly enjoying it but counting no chickens yet. The best thing to happen this season was the kick up the tail City gave us - thank you! And I'll take another at CR if it means 2nd place come May.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Canary in Slovenia clearly a Ipswich fan! And ME also appointed Roy Keane. I meant lucky as they would be mid table without him. And Delia cares about Norwich. ME has never been seen at ipswich

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    sellyano

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • *dour appointment

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Dubai Canary, what makes you think Norwich could steal MM? That's a pretty ridiculous & arrogant comment, considering your board scoured Europe elite to find Adams, working at BBC Norfolk!. Add to that, nearly all Budgies were falling about laughing, when Marcus Evans signed him. Most stating it was a four appointment, with hoof ball in prospect. Where are those bright sparks now?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Have to agree that you talk a lot of sense these days Walkys Tash, I suspect Ipswich stunning performance this season has improved your mood as your comments earlier in the season were not so clever. But you are probably right that in 3 or 4 seasons have a look at Norwich crowds then

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • DCL, I have to agree you City have the edge over Town on regular gates at the moment. Over the past 10 years City have had 2 stints in the Prem, 3 promotions & 3 relegations, whereas Town have stagnated in the Champ. During those years I have watched some dross I can tell you. During the start of this season we were only getting 16.5k in the gate. But recent optimism & better football has proved we are still relatively equal in terms of fan base, now the stay away gang has started to return.. We were also getting 25k+ Every home game, during the first 3 seasons after relegation from the PL.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Anybody know what criteria the censors of Archant use? twice tried to post comments. No bad language, no offensive suggestions. Any ideas?

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    norman hall

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • There's spare tickets for the Bournemouth game next week,I've sent my 3 back because we all no the outcome. City till I die but not with this lot in charge!

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    dave123

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • El Tel You sound like a moron! MM is a good manager yes better than Adams I never said otherwise. All I said Ipswich fans commenting on here are losers who haven't got anything better to do true. Also attendance is poor also true. Lucky you have a good manager

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    sellyano

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • The City squad of players are poor. They failed in the Premiership and are failing in the Championship. Seventh placed and eleven points adrift. CH and now NA, with Mick Phelan cannot seem to put spirit into this bunch. The managers and coaching staff have changed, the common denominator is the players. Certainly they lack skill but they should be willing to run themselves into the ground once on the pitch. This is not evident. I wonder if they see N City as a bit of a safe football backwater, they are all highly paid and can sit out their contracts without too much effort. Of course the board has little ambition and it showed when they refused to change managers last season. A change might have, even with these, players meant a chance of survival in the Premiership. The board were seemingly content to take the money and run. Appointing NA, a youth coach with no experience at that critical time showed that the cheap option and acceptance of Championship football was their agenda. Board with no ambition. Players with no ambition.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • As for those calling for Roy Keane to get the job..are you being serious???

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Black is black - we want our Brewer back. Grey's been grey - since he went away. Btw campaigner - make your points quickly before you're banned too. CanaryCall Shaun is my hero!

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    el dingo

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • On the subject of a "nothing game," I believe NA was statting that it was a game where "nothing" was happening ie it was dull..He was not saying that it didn't matter! Having said that..Would there be any takers for a 7-1 drubbing next week if we old then somehow convince Eddie Howe that NCFC are a better long term bet for him?

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    Irish canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • But has Brew actually been banned? I think Cutty posted something the other day about Brew going on his annual Christmas and New Year bender, involving numerous pubs in numerous locations! He could just be in a gutter somewhere singing OTBC! If he has been banned then we should look to formally complain and get him reinstated.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • To be honest sounds like Adams wanted to lose this one. I agree with JohnnyH ... Grayson would be a good shout as an up and coming replacement should we need one.. Next 5 games are vital to shape this season.. Otherwise could be one to forget.

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    jops

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Good point made about society in general to-day - see Prof.Hedges book "Empire of Illusion"

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    mardler

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Abs, I heard the Adams interview saying it was a nothing game too! Is that what he told the players, hence the performance. Agree, he should now get out of the hot seat, he cant stand the heat. The Norwich team spent 90 minutes strolling about like headless chickens. I believe Roy Keane was at the match - any chance of him coming to Carrow Road?

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    Henry

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • I'm sure NA , MP fired them up before the game but how do you explain when the players don't play with passion or determination during this game and also against Reading. Maybe tthe players should do the post match interviews and not NA.

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    NoggintheNog

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Sellyano your are the one to get a life I would rather watch a winning Ipswich side than the rubbish that's played at Carrow road.Mick 10 Adams 0 I suppose this is rubbish to sellyano..Go back to school and learn that winning is what it's all about.something that Norwich are not doing.

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    El tel

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • @ CIS; rumours abound that the poor fellow has been banned. I therefore challenge Archant to come clean on this matter, as although he may have infuriated some, there was no doubting his commitment to the cause, which is more than can be said for some of the players. Will Archant seek to an them I wonder. If he has been banned, I would like to know why. No doubt the official explanation will be 'other'. What say you Stew?

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    Bring back the Mad Brewer campaign

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Mardler - they are paid too much money to care, like the rest of society today mediocrity and failure is more often rewarded than hard work or success, it is a sign of the times, and why I have no interest in paying silly money to watch this bunch of losers. In fact I can hardly be bothered to watch the highlights on TV. Until footballers wages come back to reality we will have more of the same.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • if I were a Norwich fan and my manager said that after I had travelled so far then I would be wanting to perhaps hit him ---- luckily I am PNE so I am happy to be in the hat for the next round......... PRESTON TIL I DIE

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    tommy tank

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Al 1. Preston are league 1 not 2 2. Why have you signed up to evening news and commenting on Norwich matches, get a life! Loser

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    sellyano

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Nothing will change. No matter how long your diatribes are, no matter how advice we all give out to the mighty board in the ether... It's best to sit back, grab a beer and watch it capitulate until summer.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Once again we see that Adams cannot pick a team and therein lies our problem. In defence of Hooper, we all know that he cannot play the role of target man, likewise Hoolahan cannot score goals so it was no surprise that we failed to get one shot on target. If Jerome was not fit to start nor was Grabban, why was Lafferty not started up front alongside Hooper. Adams once again stated on the radio that his players let themselves down but for me what is more important is they have let the fans down as is par for the course with this bunch of under performing players.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Just switching to the Guardian web site, I notice that they have not bothered to report on the match, presumably because they see nothing extraordinary in the result.

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    Bring back the Mad Brewer campaign

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Where is mad Brewer any way? Anyone know?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Strategy might dictate concentration on the league if only one could detect a strategy! What is soul destroying to some of the finest supporters in football is to see players wearing Canaries colours simply going for an afternoon stroll!! Where the blue blazes is their pride as so called professional players.

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    mardler

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Ten points behind the second team in the league......two leagues above the team that beat them today......enough said. Losers...

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    Al Gurgleman

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Overpriced tickets, over rated players, a pompous Board Over and out Norwich

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • NA has just said on radio twice "It was a nothing game." Nothing to the 1100 people who have paid good money to travel to the other side of,the country to see our beloved team. This clown should have his P45 waiting for him when he gets off the team bus.

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    NorwichAbs

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • The decline and fall of any organisation can be traced back to its leadership, and clearly this is the case at Norwich. I don't card what Saint Delia has done in the past she is well past her sell by date, like her cooking. Get out Delia and take the rest of the Board with you and do Norfolk a favour

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • With the exception of the fans, the whole club seems to reek of spinelessness. I suspect that the major fault is at the board level. While cooperation, goodwill and a genuine aim to bring out the best in people is commendable, there has to be an element of ruthlessness involved, coupled with the nous of a manager like Lambert who is prepared to challenge the board when necessary. They are not in this to make friends. If on the way, they manage to do so, then so be it, but the kind of complacency and lack of committment that has been evident for the last two games, would seem to indicate that the club has lost any sort of cutting edge. Yes, they could sack the manager, which would appease the fans in the short term, but for my money, there has to be a major revolution in attitude from the board. This lilly livered leadership has been going on since the days of Nigel Worthington, who took an interminably long time to get rid of. With sincere apologies for political incorrectness, it is high time we stopped using the Women’s Institute as our business role model, otherwise we might be better off producing strawberry jam, and dare I say, selling cookery books.

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    Bring back the Mad Brewer campaign

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Townman - I only started regularly posting on this site this season, so not gulity on the charge of 3 years. Yes, I do rib you about about your support at times, but, if we can be serious for a bit, how do you turn a great away day following like that into more fans at portman road? That has got to be the challenge for you club if you are to move forward. We managed it - Warkys_Tash mentions the infamous 1-7 game on this page - but we got 25,217 for that game, in league 1.Next home game we still got 23,428. We have loyal and great support. City Till I Die.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • I see no point in any verbal exchanges regarding Ipswich. The fact is they are where they are because they are obviously performing consistently and as a team. My concern is with what is happening at Norwich, where the word consistency simply doesn't exist. I do not know if the problems lie on or off the pitch. I can really only comment on what we see before us and that is a team which simply is not showing commitment, passion, desire or character. We are now starting to look very much like the team who surrendered to all and sundry in the Prem last season. Which in a way isn't surprising given most of the players who failed so miserably then are by and large the same ones who are still not willing or able to cut it in the lower league. I do not know if, as has been suggested, the team is not playing for Adams. But if that is the case then they should hold their heads in shame because they are well-paid professionals whose job is to perform on the pitch regardless. So while it is true Adams is a rookie manager and perhaps should not have been given the job, when the players cross the line they are paid handsomely to play and ought to consider that in itself the only rationale for both their own professional price and for the sake of their fans.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Haven't you learnt from waiting too long to sack hughton. Norwich fans are so naïve.

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    sellyano

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Inept performance. What about the marking for the second goal - truly poor. What do they practice on the training ground? Soon be time for reminders for next years seasons tickets..... not a very good incentive to renew today. On another tack.... why do I have to read on this site the complete bile from Ipswich supporters yet I am deprived of reading anything from Mad Brewer?

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    Timberman

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • …..Adams Out! ..Adams Out!...Nonsense1.....Might just as well say Phelan Out! ..Phelan Out!....They were both in it together!....We have far too many first team regulars who not giving any more than they have to! They are journeymen out for the highest buck!...Adams biggest task, after being sucked in by agents is to move them on!.... He should be given our support in this! ...Only then will he be able to present a team, going that extra mile and proud to wear the Norwich City Shirt!....I won't put names in print...They know who they are!...We as spectators have to accept that many of our popular players could be taken from the scene....as soon as is possible!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Did not see the game but the result seems to tell the tale. N City players may see East Anglia as a comfortable backwater where for little effort they make a very,very good living. For whatever reason they seem to have no fight in them. Their lack of skill is evident, never more so than last season, but that does no excuse the lack of effort. Regardless of who manages them, once on the pitch it is down to them to fight. As last season, the players love to see themselves in print promising the supporters success. Works fine until they have eleven people facing them wearing a different coloured shirt. The board had a very successful period in the Premiership. Made oodles of cash. Their lack of ambition showed when they refused to change managers when, even with this bunch of players, survival may have been a possibility. NA was the cheapest option available and was virtually the " throwing in the towel" by the board. Sitting mid table in the Chumpionship with good crowd attendance is the ambition of this board. Shame on the them for letting down the wonderful, loyal City supporters.

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    norman hall

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Hi 'Neil', So you're in sunny Rotherham hey, including myself I know of three other canary supporters living here. There are more of us than people realise. Adams out NOW!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • How much depth does our squad need before we start winning? Any chance of a strong captain in the transfer window?

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    powelld123

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • fair to say Preston North End had a reserve team out today

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    tommy tank

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • on a scale of 1 to 10 we were a minus 5,in all the match we had one mis hit shot on the goal.If this continues forget play offs and relegation beckons,left the game after Prestons second and take nothing away from Preston we were poor. I blame the management for picking some not quality players,the amount of times one city player fell over was amazing and he cost 3 million

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    canarykid

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • I don't think critising Ipswich reflects well on Norwich supporters, it fact it's just makes you all look pretty stupid. The fact is that Ipswich are above us in the table, having spent a fraction of the money we have. We have no players any other club wants while Ipswich do. Other managers when they want to get rid of a player must say to themselves let's phone up that nice Mr McNally he is always happy to take useless players off our hands.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Warkys_Tash - I would respect anyone that has done what she has for the club - as for the blue rosette - well we all make mistakes! :)

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • It's tru that The FA Cup requently comes up with some shock results. Sadly for NCFC, this wasn't one of them.

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    NB

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Credit to MM Warky for all he has done - I wonder how long he'd hang around if Carrow Road was singing 'There's only one MM' - now I reckon that would be interesting !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Townman, you must have an exciting life to go through different articles on a team you don't support to make boring comments. We had a higher attendance in league 1 than you had in the championship! Get a life.

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    sellyano

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • The match was covered by multiple streams today and they were all traced to tears from Norwich away fans.

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    Regulador

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • No one from board to the pitch cares what anyone says about the team. It'll remain the same until something is done about it. And that's not gonna be anytime now. Summer should see some change. So there's no point whinging about the fact we 're average and not producing the goods because we've all said the same thing over and over again.

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Difficult to remain positive after another dismal performance. No good chopping and changing without coherent and robust tactical plans. Suspect we'll see Brighton climb the table with "Houghton" at the rudder!

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    Green man

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Went to Rotherham today with wifes family, to think we have Bournemouth next week reminds me of an old saying "Be afraid,be very afraid" they looked awesome

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    neil

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Townman, I have to agree.. If City stayed still for 10years that crowd would dwindle too. One season in the Champ & this lot are already throwing away their season tickets. Remember the guy ripping up his after no7w1ch lost to Col U?!

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Diss man, I agree Mick Mack & TC are a super partnership, but know a bit more about football & you will learn that there are some very good players at PR. It is again credit to MM for discovering them for FREE! Too many City fans got their heads in the sand insisting MM is getting the best from a 'sow's ear' - it's simply not the case..

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Why, why, WHY am I not surprised! !!!

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • DCL is that the same as yourselfs going on about are half empty stadium for the past 3 years now what was it you said about pub bore

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    Townman

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Townman, we have been concentrating on staying in the Championship this season! I guess we will have to play you again next season, ho hum

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    JohnnyH

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Define irony B) a bunch of idiots trying to play football who are currently below a team that cost less than £10K to assemble and are £80M in debt.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Define irony A) a bunch of idiots dancing around on a plane to a song made famous by a band that died in a plane crash.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Interesting to see so much comment after the FA CUP defeat to my team Preston, heads up boys things will improve for you you have the talent it just looks like you have nobody sailing the ship..... you should have played Declan

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    tommy tank

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • DCL, I see you have respect for Delia - all except when she was wearing & Blue & White Rosette at the '78 Final? :-)

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • A good manager gets more out of the team than the sum of its parts - as did Tony Pulis at Palace last season and currently Mick McCarthy. Adams gets less and less.... time for him to go . Please, please lets not leave it too late to act.....again.

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    Diss man

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Norwich are plummetting towards obscurity under Adams, and he obviously hasn't got a clue how to stop this free fall.Deja vu or what. The board must act now and get rid of him - he's had enough time.

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    VictorM

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • A rudderless ship without a captain will occasionally and momentarily head in the right direction simply by random mutation so expect the odd favorable result to complicate things and paper over the cracks.

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    Regulador

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • oh dear but ask yourselves how many of us NCFC fans had a nasty idea we would limp out of the cup to a lower league team again

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Townman - LOL! You actually get one game where you have more than an old man and his dog coming along to watch you and you can't stop talking about it. That must be the 4th or 5th time you've said that on this site in the last few days. The classic pub bore!

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Only the Cup so no great loss, what do you mean SuffolkCanary? This is not only one of the few things to look forward to in a dismal campaign but is also the chance to give momentum to league form, look how cup defeats have been followed by league slumps. League is run of the mill but Cup is where the glory and the memories are

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    JohnnyH

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • On the plus front the ice fishing has been good so far this season in Winnipeg!

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • The words "season" and "unravelling" spring to mind....

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    bogbog

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Today's game was just par for the course - yet another totally lack-lustre, gutless and clueless performance. We have had too many of these. If we can put in a performance at Derby, why is it we cannot even muster a shot in so many of our other games? I don't know whether it is the Board, the Manager or the players...or all three. But the fact is we are rudderless, leaderless and appear to have no true commitment. Are players simply going through the motions? It appears that way. It is time to make major changes. For a start why not drop many of these so-called Prem league players and bring in youngsters who might at least show commitment, enthusiasm and fight? We could hardly do worse. I fear this team will get thrashed at Bournemouth next week. We are far too weak in defence and far too slow and will get passed off the park I am sure.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • SuffolkCanary you hit the nail on the head, no point sacking Adams till we get rid of our useless Board, and I mean all of them, Delia please go and find a buyer you know nothing about football, get out

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Neil for goodness sake go, and go now before you're sacked, you seemingly cannot inspire this Norwich team. You've given it your best shot, now go.

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    KP

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Looks like CH all over again. Overall terrible results, tactics and team picks, followed by one or two reasonable results that allows the board to hope for a turnaround and save paying off a poorly thought out contract.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Neils anticipated comments: I can understand the supporters disappointment. We were not good enough today. I expect a reaction next week at Bournemouth now that we can focus on the league. The fans were fantastic and deserved better. Neils NOT anticipated comments: Yes I have been found out - I admit I am clueless but by golly I will hang on to this nice little earner by my teeth If necessary and learn as I go.

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    Regulador

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Still on another thought you can now put everything in to try and stay in the championship

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    Townman

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • The whole team seemed uninterested once again, so sad that we played two proper centre halves and they both had poor games. We desperately need a true leader on the park but seem to have a squad of nice yes men including the manager I am afraid. Nice guys do not win football matches.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • A truly abysmal performance from a side that was supposed to jump right back up to the Premier division. If they do not change something NCFC will be changing places with PNE in July... I could say more but would then be "ethered"...

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    canuk

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • 'Desperate Defeat', first team selected, Q the moans & the 'Adams out Brigade'.. Losing has become a habit at NCFC

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Hooper's garbage even was blatantly clear to the Lancashire radio announcers calling the game eliciting comments along the lines of "waste of money". They couldn't be more correct. Also Michael Turner once again proving how he is the "best CB on this team" and "PL quality CB"...

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    jaemae2 .

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • This must be Adams last game. We are just drifting towards mid table anonymity. Please board stop acting like a useless bunch of t-----s and do something!

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    scousecanary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Shocking performance!

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    mattc1

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • It's the cup so no great loss. More concerning is the continuing lack of direction at the club. No leadership at any level, no passion, no spine. Good excuse for the board to sack Adams. Do I trust them to find a decent replacement? NO.

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    suffolkcanary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Now don't get to upset losing against a bigger teams reserves it happens that's the fa cup i see Brighton won that's what happens when a good manager gets a good club= wins still got to go to bed soon up early with 5500 proper fans not a tiny 1000 that goes

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    Townman

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Very poor from City. No doubt we'll have some under the bridge dwellers along soon enough. Do your worst - its normally not up to much - a bit like City at the mo! Well played Preston, good luck in the next round.

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    DeanConeyLegend

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Lobbo, a good side would have good players in it, that is not Norwich. We have consistently made bad signings over the last few years. For this Hughton and Adams and the Board are to blame. The consistent problem for Norwich is that no one on the Board is a football person just a cosy band of chumps

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Hooper once again with a HORRIFIC showing. Shocking how the game gets harder when you aren't playing a 10 man Huddersfield or a Millwall team that is on par with Blackpool this year... So already Hooper has proven he should not and WILL NOT EVER see a PL ground again, proven he can do NOTHING in the Championship against full strength squads, proven he can't score against League 1 defenses, and proven he can't score against League 2 defenses (Shrewsbury). The personification of "class" really... I wonder what the excuses will be, possibly it's the 4 CMs he's playing with without Wes and "Redders"... Maybe it's his "fitness"... Maybe it's just the FA Cup... All those sound great, right???? Which one will it be Baggy?

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    jaemae2 .

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • A tough set of matches coming up and I can't help feeling that the end is nigh for Adams. He could pull it round and I am sure the Board will give him plenty of time but might start to panic when the season tickets need to be renewed. I was interested in seeing Simon Grayson in the other team's dugout, these young managers with a proven track record do exist so we do not have to settle for an over the hill rookie

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    JohnnyH

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • The Norwich fear factor went away with Lambert and has not ever been present since. The buck stops with the management team therefor they should be sacked

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    citycanary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Would have liked a shot on goal.By all accounts we were rubbish today. Adams had had enough time to learn the job , he has not so goodbye

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Pathetic . Truly Pathetic . Utterly , Utterly UTTERLY PATHETIC .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Don't get sacked Neil, stand down gracefully now.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • If this is Adams' last game in charge, then at least we've got something out of this game. We made the mistake of keeping Hughton post-Christmas, don't repeat the error. A new manager and a January transfer kitty could see us in the play-offs.

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    NorwichAbs

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Rubbish again

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

  • Make no bones about it, we put out a good side and failed abysmally. No shots on target, really!! Oh, of course, we can now concentrate on promotion and not this 'mickey mouse' cup. Don't delude yourselves, it's all about confidence and whilst ours was taking a hammering, Bournemouth's was moving up to the next level. Get rid of Neil Adams NOW!

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 3, 2015

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