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Stand-in captain Bradley Johnson finds Norwich City’s FA Cup exit at Preston a tough one to take

15:46 04 January 2015

Captain for the day Bradley Johnson, tries to head the ball clear for Norwich City at Deepdale. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Captain for the day Bradley Johnson, tries to head the ball clear for Norwich City at Deepdale. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Where do Norwich City go from here? The literal answer is easy – Bournemouth on Saturday. But that won’t cut the mustard given another acrimonious cup upset for the Canaries.

What history proves is that such knock-out humiliation can be softened by success in the league. Paul Lambert enjoyed that as much as any Norwich City manager.

But City’s current Championship plight, especially given their last outing at Reading, isn’t pointing in the direction of a soothing blanket to help ease a road trip to Deepdale that came straight out of the box marked Horror Show.

No doubt the Norwich City way does not include failing to register a shot on target away at League One hosts – no matter how bad your recent FA Cup record reads.

It certainly doesn’t account for a lack of work rate – perhaps the most worrying trend of all afflicting the Canaries during a painfully inconsistent campaign.

“We’re dearly embarrassed about that,” said Bradley Johnson, who as captain on the day once again talked the talk. And he knows, like most supporters, it’s something that holds only limited value. “It wasn’t good enough. No disrespect to Preston but we should be beating them.

“They have done well, but we are all disappointed in there. We have let everyone down, let ourselves down, let the manager down and we have let the fans down.

“They beat us and well done to them. I wouldn’t say we went into the game overconfident. We have got talent but if you don’t work hard as a team and work together, you are going to get found out. Preston did that to us. They worked harder than us and they deserved the win.

“Obviously it was disappointing to lose away to Reading last weekend, but we were confident all week and coming here, we knew it was going to be as hard game. We just didn’t match their work rate. They outworked us and they beat us. They proved it. They wanted it more than us and we’re embarrassed about that.

“In there, we had a long chat about it after the game and it all comes down to them wanting it more than us – and that isn’t good enough.

“We let the manager down. He picked a strong team and we should’ve won the game – but we let everyone down.”

City will have a week to stew on their FA Cup third-round exit – before heading to the Championship leaders, who incidentally made eight changes before slapping Rotherham for five at New York Stadium.

“We wanted a run in the FA Cup, especially after what happened two years ago against Luton,” added Johnson. “We wanted to get a good run. We’ve just got to concentrate on the league.

“They don’t get any easier. We’ve got to go to Bournemouth and put in a performance because – and I keep on saying it – we’ve let everyone down. The only thing we can do now is put in a performance there.”

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36 comments

  • Johnson is saying what we have all been saying most of the season and that is that the team do not work hard enough, it is a common sight to see players just wandering in a relaxed state to recover their position after a opponent has beaten them or is making a break. Most players seem to treat Norwich City as a rest home before being shipped out and then working hard and achieving at another club. Not enough discipline at the club and players seem to be allowed to get away with it, more players need dropping if they are not achieving and being replaced by youngsters who are hungry to play if necessary. Same team every week except for injuries even though they are an embarrassment to the club and paying fans.

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    goldie

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thinking back to Snodgrass last season we seem to have come full circle with only Bradley giving 100%. Hughton however had a method to his madness whereas Adams lacks even that attribute. I read Pulis say about his inherited players he would assess what he had and then decide on a system of play to deliver results. Adams has not done that with either the players he inherited or the ones he bought (CJ excepted). In turn that gives the board a problem deciding what funds the manager can spend during the window knowing the best that can happen is playoffs.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Norwich are there for the taking most club managers know that. Simple game plan no inspiration, limited work rate- Norwich in a nut shell. Sad but true

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    Regulador

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Unacceptable result and time for a change at the top.

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    MikelSA

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Thanks Timbo..... Never thought about our fan base that way, doesn't apply to me tho as I live 15 miles due south of Preston, one good thing about our win is my mate a Norwich fan who I took to the game got a lift home, I told him if you beat us he would have to walk back !

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    Farm boy

    Monday, January 5, 2015

  • Following the Uriah Heap theme, perhaps our brave player-spokeman's script should have said that the pitch was very heavy and the team are now very humble. The fact that the Binners drew at Southampton has made my return to work just that little bit better, not. Especially as I always hold up the Saints as the model. Southampton have lost just one of their last 19 FA Cup matches against teams from a lower division. If only.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Well done PNE - you are right Farm Boy, Johnson appears to be one of the few players who appear to put in the required effort. Not one shot on target - where did I hear that before? It is a disgrace and things have to change. However I have little faith or belief that it will. Do the players care that once again they let down a big travelling support? Yes, Adams again got the set-up and player placings all wrong. But that does not excuse the lack of application and commitment from the players. A big defeat looms ominously at Bournemouth, whose pace, pass and movement and all-round team play will be too much for our rocky central defence and also if we show the lack of spirit and heart on show in the last two games, I really do fear what the score could be.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • I wish those who write would be a little less on the fence. It's about time out local media were a little more brave. Or have I got to that one a little late?

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • at the match at preston,we did not try.Our stars did not communicate with each other,players out of position,bad passing and playing falling over.We were NOT even good sunday league team on saturday.Once again fans pay out to watch rubbish and the usual remarks oh it was something that didnt go right.The right thing to do is apologize to the fans at the end of the match,only 2 players went to thank the fans at the end the rest dont care as long as they get their mega buck wages.

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    canarykid

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • "They outplayed us and they beat us. They proved it. They wanted it more than us and we're embarrassed about that." What an indictment,not for the first time this season the players should hang their heads in shame. No fight no determination, who is going to change these negative attitudes certainly not the current leaders of this outfit.

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    Mercia Canary

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Fair comment Farm Boy. We've always done rubbish in the Cup ( even under Lambert) so you probly got the best possible draw when our name came out the hat. All the best to PNE for the rest of the season. PS: Do you think you'd do even better if you let the whole town support the team instead of just the north end...?

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • PNE fan here, when I heard our team selection on the radio en route to game ( with my mate a Norwich fan) I said we are going to get pasted, how wrong I was !!! Just wanted to let you know that your number 4, Johnson was the only one in your team who was up for it, if they had all shown the fight he did you would of probably won the game at a canter !

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    Farm boy

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Thanks Wiv and Bill. I used to play darts with Mick Box occasionally in I think it was the Walthamstow Flowerpot. He is about 5'5" so probably not a natural striker. Tears in my eyes after Bournemouth I guess!

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Dubai - after half a season I think the myth that we have the best squad in the league has well and truly been laid to rest! This was, anyway, based solely on the fact that we had retained most of the (failed) Prem players. There is no consistency because, in my view, Adams cannot decide which is his best team and who to play in which position and because the players in general are not as good as has been imagined. On top of which they don't seem either able or prepared to work hard enough.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • I am running out of ideas of how to get (arguably) the best squad in the Championship to perform consistently. Maybe the answer is for McNally to hire Roy Keane for a week and ask him to manage and train the squad at Colney. Tell Roy to be his usual, charming and eloquent self and motivate the lads in his diminutive way. The day before we play Bournemouth, call a team meeting and tell the lads that Roy will be taking over on Monday, IF they don't win the game on Saturday. See if that has the desired effect. Repeat process as often and as frequently as required until desired level of results are achieved.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Chris - although you never know in football, the way we are playing (or rather not playing) I cannot see us on the end of anything but a 5 or 6 goal pasting. They move and pass the ball with accuracy and at a pace which our defence simply will not be able to handle. They will exploit our soft centre for sure. They played us off the park for long periods in the home game and reminded me very much of Celta Vigo 's style in the pre-season friendly. Once they had got off the plane we were chasing shadows. The only way we can counter The Cherries is to push up and make sure we are always in their faces. But of course that requires effort, something most of these players appear to think is not a basic requirement! It is about time the CEO made sure his employees worked for their living. I don't see why that should be left to Adams any more than a firm would leave such matters to the foreman!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • I feel terrible saying it, but I'm getting to the point now where unless we can get a win, I hope we get totally hammered by Bournemouth. A draw, even a good one like at Derby (although Derby could have wiped the floor with us was it not for them turning off second half), or a narrow and well fought defeat will do nothing but paper over the cracks. From where we are, nothing short of maximum points against the teams above us will do.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Nice one, El Dingo, if you have a copy, I suggest that you send it to Mr Adams so that they can put it on the dressing room wall. We could do with Mick Box in our forward line. After watching Yeovil’s superlative performance this afternoon, we could do worse than make an offer for their back four, none of whom were at fault for either of the goals, and while they’re about it, the Yeovil goalie acquitted himself well, a certain Jed Steer.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • I'd be more impressed if he'd said he wasn't going to take his wages for that week . High time we had Performance - related Pay introduced into football .

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    Bring on Foggo

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • So relieved I didn't renew my season ticket this season!! Won't bother returning until Smith and her yes-men have left taking the Radio Partridge commentator with them!

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    Bob Hunt

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • El Dingo I preferred Salisbury. Just as well we didn't play them

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Uriah Heep had a great album called Look at Yourself. Time certain potentates did the same. The Board do not care and are collectively refusing to speak to fans "we leave that to the football department". Not your fault Bradley. You are one of a small few who care. Rip it up and start again.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Wallybrain. True comment. He has done what PL did for us a few years ago. Was hoping we would both go up as the local derby in the EPL would have been great, but no chance our board will allow us to go back up. Would lose their easy lifestyle.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • and the manager sets the mindset.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • First out of the traps Bradley J. Oops outplayed by a league one team, who wanted it more. Thats kind of damning about the mindset at NCFC

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Preston worked harder than us....that remark by Brad sums up so many of our poor performances this season and indeed much of last as well. We just do not put in the required effort. Despite all the mistakes Adams continues to make with his team set-ups, play permutations etc, it is the players themselves who let everyone down when they fail to do put in a shift. Totally unacceptable and high time the management of this club laid it on the line to their employees.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Yep. Well done Ipswich. Playing with pride and passion... more than we can say for us at the moment. Oh yes, and they have an experienced and well qualified manager who has turned a collection of rejects and no hopers into a TEAM. Jealous? You bet!

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • That reminds me. Must put my bin out.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Can I just recommend that you tune into MOTD this evening. A great game between Southampton and Ipswich Town. Two cultured clubs with great histories who have both won this great trophy in the past of course. Southampton in 1976 and Ipswich Town in 1978. Southampton 4th in The Premier League of course, playing at their home ground. Although Ipswich Town made 6 changes, they gave a terrific account of themselves. Finished 1 -1. Replay at Portman Road.

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    NB

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Here we go again. Just let results do the talking. Yesterday's has already said enough.

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • It's the Board's fault yet again in appointing Adams in the first place. Do they ever learn from their mistakes - Peter Grant, Bryan Gunn, and now Adams come to mind. Why do their appointments always have to be NCFC related. Recently, Lambert had no connection with NCFC. The Rubicon should have been crossed last weekend and now this embarrassing FA cup defeat; but nothing will happen re Adams position as manager until we lose convincingly at Bournemouth next Saturday. It just can't go on like this. The Board is incapable of making the right decisions they constantly dilly-dally. Managers should man-manage and motivate, something singularly lacking in Adams CV!

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    tim east

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • As a club and supporters we have been here before, Gunn, Hughton and now Adams. while the board sit on their hands. They have not learned a single lesson from previous seasons and managers. Managers have changed but the same problems remain. what does that speak of ?

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    sixtiesbarclayboy

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Thing is Derek, there's not a player in the professional game that will criticise their current managercoaches. Even after the inevitable sacking they are loathe to utter their true feelings. Sure players must share some of the blame of whats gone on this season but I prefer the plan, get the best manager you can then sort the players. For Adams read Hughton. We all want Adams to do well but most of us were fearful for the future with the owners flexing their muscles again and then the incredible announcement of our new manager. It seems this season could be disappointing in the extreme and if that transpires its the owners who should take full blame

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • Heard it all before,yawn yawn.Good thing BJ and his mates are not on a win bonus,or are they?

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • As I said now the players come out and admit it was not good enough, not all NA fault then is it

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

  • So they picked Bradley to do the 'chat'... Though in fairness to Brad, my pal who was at Preston said he put in a performance...

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    Morgan's_tight_pants

    Sunday, January 4, 2015

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