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Stoke City 3 Norwich City 1

Jonny Howson smashed home a stunning goal in Norwich City's Premier League trip to Stoke City. 
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Jonny Howson smashed home a stunning goal in Norwich City's Premier League trip to Stoke City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Ten-man Norwich City crashed to a 3-1 Premier League defeat at Stoke City on Wednesday night after failing to overcome Gary O’Neil’s rash red card.

O’Neil chopped down Ibrahim Afellay from behind in the first half to leave Alex Neil’s men to play the remaining hour with a man less. Jonathan Walters nudged Stoke in front four minutes after the interval before Jonny Howson levelled with a stunning 20-yard strike but late goals from Joselu and a Ryan Bennett own goal condemned the Canaries to a battling loss.

Neil retained five of his starters from the FA Cup third round defeat to Manchester City on Saturday. Robbie Brady returned to the backline with Martin Olsson on the bench and Howson and Vadis Odjijda also retained their places.

Declan Rudd was restored to the Premier League line up with Wes Hoolahan and Dieumerci Mbokani among those also recalled.

Stoke’s line up contained one surprise omission, with Xherdan Shaqiri ruled out as a precaution with a hamstring concern.

Odjidja picked up the ball in a dangerous area inside the opening minutes but Robbie Brady’s cross was cut out by Glen Johnson.

Norwich’s early positive intent, with Brady well advanced in his left-back role, evoked memories of the manner they set about Sunderland on Wearside in their first league win on their return to the top flight.

But the Potters’ threat on the counter was evident in the seventh minute when Marko Arnautovic was superbly found by Joselu, who drilled an angled shot from 12 yards that Rudd palmed around his post.

The key, as so often to Norwich’s attacking productivity, hinged on Wes Hoolahan moving centre stage, but one promising break involving the Republic of Ireland international ended with his fellow Dubliner Brady clubbing an intended cross into the home terraces.

Hoolahan’s vision and weight of pass then crafted a ball for Odjidja which just cleared Erik Pieters but Ryan Shawcross headed his cross behind - Jack Butland punching the corner away.

The open feel to the early skirmishes perhaps underlined the confidence of both teams after recent Premier League success, with City intent on pressing the hosts high and preventing their centre backs from dictating the tempo.

Howson cut inside Johnson in the 16th minute, but his rising strike was a poor encore to his match-winner from similar distance at the Britannia back in 2013.

The speed of Stoke’s counter-attacks was the most impressive feature of Mark Hughes’ side in the opening quarter with Jonathan Walters only denied a clear chance by the close attentions of Brady at Rudd’s near post from another lightening break.

Howson out-muscled Johnson in front of the dugouts but Odjidja’s intended lob for Mbokani drifted out of play.

Norwich were unquestionably enjoying a greater share of possession and territory, with Howson a prominent figure, but there was a sloppiness in the Canaries’ final decision or pass hindering much of their good work.

Joselu ran off the back of Ryan Bennett but guided his first time effort wide. Hoolahan then tried to embarrass Butland, when his miscued clearance dropped to the Irishman who clipped a 35-yard effort wide as the England man scrambled back into goal.

Butland redeemed himself to beat out Bennett’s goalbound shot from eight yards on a Norwich corner.

The game, however, erupted in the 31st minute when O’Neil rashly lunged in on Ibrahim Afellay with a scissors tackle from behind, as the Dutchman aimed to shepherd the ball over the line for a home throw-in.

Stoke players in the vicinity of the incident reacted furiously, with referee Swarbrick swiftly producing a red card for the experienced midfielder.

O’Neil trooped away to the tunnel in front of the away support as Neil furiously re-assembled his troops with Hoolahan switched to left midfield and Howson pushed inside.

The whole dynamic of the contest had shifted in the aftermath of O’Neil’s departure; Stoke now assuming the role of aggressor and the 10-men trying to probe on the counter.

Walters hammered a rising shot over from 22-yards as Hughes and his assistant Mark Bowen urged the hosts to commit men forward.

Mbokani earned a brief respite when he harried Ryan Shawcross to concede a corner in the final seconds of the opening period, but Hoolahan picked out a Stoke defender at the near post.

City’s evening deteriorated further in the 49th minute when Arnautovic was too strong in the challenge against Odjidja before clipping a cross to the far post where Walters reacted quicker than his international team mate Brady to slide the ball past Rudd from close range.

But Howson stunned the Britannia when he lashed Odjidja’s pass into the roof of Butland’s top right-hand corner from 22 yards to draw the visitors’ level before celebrating in front of the away support.

Neil made a double change in the 63rd minute with Jarvis and Nathan Redmond replacing Hoolahan and Odjidja respectively.

The home fans were becoming increasingly agitated at the failure of the hosts to make their numerical advantage count, but Joselu released the rising tension in the 67th minute when he swept home Afellay’s pass into Rudd’s bottom right-hand corner after Seb Bassong’s clearing header dropped straight to the Dutch midfielder.

City tried to respond again with Mbokani using his strength and power to pick out Redmond, but his effort clipped the side netting.

Cameron Jerome replaced the tireless Mbokani for the final 15 minutes with Neil’s men bravely trying to get back on level terms.

But Norwich’s wretched night was summed up when Bennett’s miscued clearing header from Afellay’s free kick looped over his own keeper in the 78th minute to seal the Canaries’ fate.

Former City loanee Peter Crouch was introduced for the final moments and Rudd denied him with a leap to his right to claw out his close range strike.

• Stoke City: Butland, Johnson, Shawcross, Wollscheid, Pieters, Whelan, Afellay, Walters, Bojan (Odemwingie 56), Arnautovic (van Ginkel 76), Joselu (Crouch 83). Subs (not used): Haugaard, Wilson, Adam, Diouf.

• Goals: Walters (49), Joselu (67), Bennett og (78)

• Norwich City: Rudd, Martin, Bennett, Bassong, Brady, Odjidja (Redmond 63), O’Neil, Tettey, Howson, Hoolahan (Jarvis 63), Mbokani (Jerome 75). Subs (not used): Ruddy, Wisdom, Dorrans, Olsson.

• Booking: Tettey (foul on Joselu 76)

• Sending off: O’Neil (31)

• Goal: Howson (55)

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 3 minutes

• Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancs)

• Attendance: 27,274 (1,277 away fans)

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  • By the way el dingo, the same with the tattoo situation, and also like Rock but things like the Eagles. It reflects the bike I have, Triumph Bonneville. Take It Easy.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Good point El D, it would kinda make sense, but hey who gives a s###. He is a legend in his own mind, and that's all that matters to him. By what I've read tonight there is a group of 3. 1st we have Tommy, who has a modicum of intelligence, 2nd we have Baguio, who thinks he talks a lot of sense, but unfortunately has too many spelling mistakes, 3rd we have NCFC boy, who talks just jibberish. The one common denominator they all share is if you disagree with them, you are a none believer and don't support the cause. In this World we live in, some scary stuff if it wasn't so laughable. Don't worry El D you have my backing and most on here, we can't get to every game and I'm not a ST holder, like I said the other day wouldn't want one because of the library atmosphere. Will go to some away games, but football doesn't get in the way of 2 or 3 holidays in the sun, and I don't mean the £9.50 ones. OTBC

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Actually probably more like Lovejoy!

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • You can't say that I'm not doing a good job though dingy can you? Sshh, don't dob me in to the rozzers, I desperately need my government supported allowance. It's tough living on the breadline. I might need to start cutting my own hair to save a tenner. Dopplegangers R US ! What other accounts do I have BTW? Have you worked it out Miss Marple?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • what cost us a point was the stupid double substitution,yes take wes off but Olsson should have come on instead,Brady could have played further forward.Jarvis could have come on a bit later than he did for odija and moved Brady to the right.Redmond coming on weakend our right hand side,as it was most of their attacks were coming from that side and martin was getting beat all the time.Hope pinto plays Saturday to add a bit of pace to that side and put in a few tackles too,something Redmond cannot do.If the board thinks we can stay up with our squad then they now less about football than I thought!Spend some money!!!!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Just watched the highlights on internet, yes the tackle was rash but the Stoke player made a meal of it together with his club mates to encourage the red card. On another day, a yellow would probably have suffice, one thing is for sure, had it been a Stoke player I suspect the ref would only have given a talking to as it was possibly his first mistimed tackle. Likewise, on another day Declan may well have stopped their second and third goals, sometimes we have to accept the rub of the green and move on to the next game. Alex decided to give it a go by bringing on attacking players, had it worked he would have been hailed a saint rather than sinner, he is neither but the best we have had in a very long time, Lambert apart so lets all rejoice and get behind him and hope the board likewise back him with another couple of signings.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Bald: in my old days in local papers, there was no internet. If there were no interesting letters in on a particular day, the chief sub-editor would order one of us to write one against the often-perceived popular view, to get quite a few in the day after next and thus fill the advertiser-supported letters pages for some time to follow. Sort of AGENT PROVOCATEUR if you like. I doubt much has changed today. Who knows who works with who in this wonderful world of the Internet? And that's why I asked if you ever bought a hard copy of the EDP!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • No I don't Dingo, read it online, please elaborate, I'm curious.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Bald: No, I think Tommy's ability to finance his away trips could be linked to something other than the DWP and a little closer to home. I doubt you and I are directly paying for him. Do you ever buy the EDP btw?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Dear Tommy: I have more tattoos than you could shake a sh*tty stick at and a number one cut. But I love my heavy metal and my team (notice what I did there) as much as you do. Some folks who comment on here cannot, for various reasons, even get to home matches, let alone go away. It is frustrating to hear ridiculous comments from those who weren't actually at a game, I agree. Please forgive them, unless they are on Canary Call. Everyone has a right to comment, and if I feel the Board are inclined to accept failure as de rigeur I retain my right to say so. So be a nice chap and give them a good shout for all of us who can't get to Chelsea-on-Sea on Saturday. You are a very lucky guy to be able to go away all the time so appreciate it please rather than pop on at us who can't. I never miss at home, which is the best my circumstances allow apart from maybe two London games a season. And that means family, not money. Enjoy what you have, while it lasts, I guess.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • You and the likes of me El Dingo must be bankrolling him. Can only come to one conclusion, this guy must be on benefits, let's face it he has never missed a game since time began, and who would get the chance to write constant garbage all day everyday if they were at work? Now Tommy, stop aiming c### at every other person who posts on here, or DSS will get to know what your spending your dole money on.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Just cutting my cloth accordingly to follow my team, like the other 1200 last night. We are all True Brave Canaries and I wouldn't have it any other way. No beard of course, we all know that. Just a polished dome. Do you have a Beanie that our staff were sporting last night . . . . except Gary Holt of course. He had his summer shorts on showing off his splendid Kilmarnock tattoo on his leg.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Or even who's

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Barking: relax fella, it's me who's bearing the brunt of the vitriol from Our True Brave Canary this week. I sometimes wonder whose bankrolling him...

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • GON sent off in the 31st minute, same as Whittaker at Southampton. What are the odds eh?

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    suffolkcanary

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Yeah, maybe a tad harsh, Reg. I was tired and emotionl at the full time whistle. Still think G.O. is more Chump than Prem though. As for Bomo on Saturday, Ofobe could be rested after missing two sitters last night. Grabban will be even more keen to impress and the only thing preventing his hatrick will be a sliding challenge from Tettey which will earn a tenth yellow card, so he can join O'Neil on the golf course. Good post, Fagen. "Killing them softly" as usual. Word on the street is that you know who is in line for an MBE. After all, he does go to away matches (or so I've heard him say once or twice) and apparently he's the only real fan Norwich have got.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Trouble can often be with those who judge the sub decisions that the manager and coaches know so much more than we do. We don't always see the body language or hear what's shouted down the touchline. I actually agree with Tommy (honest) that at least the changes gave them something to think about. Okay it didn't work but that's Alex Neil for you. At least he had a go.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • No Canaryway, you weren't the only one happy with the subs. It was a bold move, showed some courage to attack. That's what we all want to see, surely. I applaud Alex for his tactics. Bravo ! Where's Michi . . . . can't wait . . . .

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Was I the only one who was actually quite pleased with the double substitution? It was 1-1 and we were playing fairly well. They were obviously going for the win so our 2 fastest attackers aiming to hit them on the break seemed like a good idea to me, at least if we wanted to win. Our defence is not really good enough for the ‘defend for 30 mins for the draw strategy’ so I’d say attack is definitely our best form of defence. Certainly beat the Dorrans Howson double sub against Spurs. Nice to see the 3rd kit on show too. So many lovely shades of Norwich in one shirt!

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    Canarywary

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Trouble is it means we knackered ourselves by playing for an hour with just 10 men. Bournemouth already have an extra day's rest on us. Gary O'Neil, what were you thinking of?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • I am a fan of GO. His positional play and support to his colleagues is better than most. Having looked at several replays, I don't think there was any vicious intention. I think he saw an opportunity, had he won the ball, to launch a breakaway but his aging legs just didn't allow him to get there as early as he would have hoped. As a calming player in midfield, he will be missed at Bournemouth. We all make mistakes and some have worse consequences than others. As for the substitutions, bringing Redmond on was too gung-ho for me but with our weak squad, did Alex have many options as replacements for tiring players? Get recruiting guys.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • baguio, I agree wholeheartedly with the value of Gary's performances this season (save for one inexplicable mental aberration), but why draw the distinction between those attending matches and not? In my observations, a good percentage of posters here flip-flop their opinions based on the last match week-in, week-out; usually employing extremes of 'brilliant' and 'useless'. I haven't been able to make a distinction of attendance at games, more a case of ignorance and unreasoned judgements!

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • I worry without him for the next two games.

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    baguio

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • At least this thread highlights those who never go to the games. GO has been behind most of our good results this season and will be sorely missed. I despair at those who think that he doesn't deserve his place. Mostly the same clueless ones as usual. You can all see who they are. And they recon that GO was stewpid?

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    baguio

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Good constructive, informative feedback Mr Custard. Are you off to Bournemouth?

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    Lobbo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • I thought that AN can't do anything wrong according to a lot of his fans on here "

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    City man

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Maybe the fans where quiet because they expected the same as I did a another defeat , Maybe they are getting fed up with the same old story good one game and poor the the next. The sending off was the turning point went down hill after that.

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    City man

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Thank you for your comment OTBC. Perhaps those responsibible for putting the squad together and picking the team could embrace the concept of being disciminatory against a player who is not good enough.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Great day Tom ? I take it then that you took in one or two hostelries ? As a MOG I have made many visits to Stoke. I remember going into a pub called the Star near the station. All red paint - I think it was a Bass Charrington house. In those days we had to stand on an open terrace behind the goal. No Costa coffee outlets with flat whites and lattes that you enjoy today. A lad used to walk around the perimeter and toss sweets at you having first picked up his money. The natives were none too friendly either come the end of the game. No social media of course and we didn't see the need to boast about our attendance either.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Ole Tommy Buster Custard, I agree with you about Vadis, but how can you say Russ had a decent game? Always outpaced, frequently out of position, I just don't get it?????? (btw. I applaud any fan who travels on a miserable, cold mid-week night, but please don't tell me what I missed on the laptop, complete with replays and expert commentary), dis dressed, I don't think Ryan should get dropped for that og. Atleast he got to the ball ahead of their forwards, just rotten luck it took it out of reach of Declan, but still under the bar :(

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Having not attended the match last night I can only make assumptions but I wonder if O'Neil's rush of blood had something to do with revenge for a missed earlier incident. Some players can even be wound up by something whispered in their ears. The problem has always existed whereby one player gets away with a dreadful tackle then the other literally sees red and takes his revenge because the ref has failed to do. Now the game is done and dusted, we can only move on to Saturday where a point at least is desirable given the games that follow. I will leave it to Alex to decide on his punishment for the player. Hopefully Bennett will retain his place in the team on Saturday as he is a much better centre back than Martin, who I think in turn has the edge on Wisdom but we all see things differently.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • For what it's worth, Wes should have been substituted immediately after the sending off. He simply left the defence exposed on that side and offered nothing in regards of shielding a vulnerable area. And for any attempt at tackling, Wes was out of his depth until a very rare counter attack pushed him in Stokes half. But that's my view of what I saw. Mbokani, Vadis, Bassong and Howson all credible performances. Redmond and Wes not so much. But we go again at Bournemouth. 6 am start peeps. As always, I'll be there ! (ღˇ◡ˇ)♥ℒᵒᵛᵉᵧₒᵤ♥

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Johnny Gavin Lives, I agree we were hanging on for a draw until the substitutions, but by then most of our outfield players had run their legs off just to compete 10 v. 11. I suspect the idea that that could not be kept up for another 30 mins, plus one eye on Saturday were AN's thoughts. I think that he was trying to make like-for-like substitutions within the limited choices available. You seem to applaud Wes' removal even though he contributes so much to possession by his his own on-the-ball sk!lls and link up passing, not to mention he'd just played the perfect final 3rd ball to VOO, enabling the latter to lay off for Howson's great strike. Granted there's no substitute for MATCH fitness, but Jarvis potentially offers the sort of high energy work rate to compensate for 10 v. 11. Redmond was his usual disappointment of late; one run at their defence with a rather poor shot, then a lot of posing at how unlucky he was to miss. At least twice Mbokani was holding possession on the right flank crying out for support to take advantage of his work, but Redmond was nowhere to be seen. I don't think we should sell him, but a prolonged spell on the bench, plus some very firm coaching might improve his attitude and performance.

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • A wee bit harsh, Barking Wise. It's only the second red card of his career, and I think he'd been doing really well in recent weeks. He's by far our best dead ball kicker for corners and long range free kicks, and had been looking really tidy winning possession and feeding our forwards. IMHO it was a mental aberration; he's not that SORT of player. I agree Dan, we were up in possession, position and threats before the red card. I would have preferred Wisdom to Martin at RB, it was that wing where Stoke had their best attacks. lordbesty, you've been here long enuf to know few of our readers get irony or satire :) OTFBC, I'm not at all sure Stoke would have won anyway, I felt we were looking pretty threatening?

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    Reg Breeze

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • ole tommy,agree with you concerning reasonable performance from city,first 30 minutes could see a point or too,agree double oo encouraging,but will NEVER agree that martin should be anywhere near the cb position,over the last 7 games Bennett has been more solid,indicated by goals against,than it ever was with Martin in the middle. Hope mr neil agrees !

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    dis dressed

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • dis dressed, Russ at RB played better than Bennett at CB . . . . you couldn't blame Alex for making a change v Bournemouth. You're only as good as the players in your squad (I was going to say 'tool' but that gives the MOG's more ammunition) ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • ☜♥☞ º°”˜`”°º☜ ░DAN░TALKS░A░LOT░OF░SENSE░ ☞ º°”˜`”°☜♥☞

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • City man, voice your opinion. I'm not getting shot down by MOG's that never attend. I never will. Put your two penneth in. You're more of a supporter than 95% of the posters. £15 bargain evening out . . . . . and completely outsung the Stoke fans. Where was their 'famous atmosphere'. No existent until the 70th minute. NCFC fans are a credit to the club x x x x x

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Lobon, it really was a good performance all round. Of course the red card changed the entire game. Hughes was desperate for Stoke to change tactics but couldn't get his point across on a windy, rainy Staffordshire evening. Alex's tactics were spot on . . . . and for Redmond and Jarvis coming on, it just shows Alex has a pair, a large pair. A game we went toe to toe and could have won

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Vadis I believe has finally got his foot I the door now and can only lose the position by underperforming or suspension or injury. The guy's a class act with close control and SO comfortable on the ball. Was he shackled not to bomb on, probably, but a real positive outlook for the rest of the season

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Heard a guy in the concourse bleating that O'Neil should have his contract terminated and be left to walk back to Norfolk . . . . . unimaginable intelligence from another 'fan'. Hey, at least he made the effort to go. Great day though, and the lads battled tirelessly, no more than can be expected under the circumstances . . . and RIGHTLY applauded off the pitch at the end. No booing for once !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • waclor - Russ had a decent match actually, but another discriminatory 'fan' quickly to jump on the Russ OUT bandwagon . . . . pathetic reaction

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • It seem that I am number one target for insults by so called city fans some only come on here to do that just shows what low life they are some city fans are.

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    City man

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Got no comment on this match I would only get insults as usual .

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    City man

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Why was O Neil playing,he is not Premiership,been relegated with two teams.We are now right in the mire,even more so if we do not get anything at Bournemouth.The board need to shake up,and get some quality in fast.

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    Robbo

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • aside from being down to 9 men,wackers pls note,i fear that bennett who scored an og, might have created the catalyst for the return of captain russ to cb,,,time to pray

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    dis dressed

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • Congrats to the fans- could hear you here in Oz. Yep! Stupid tackle which cost us dearly as I thought we had a good chance of nicking all three points. Once again VOO and Mbokani had good games but Tettey was my City MOM. Although not a great fan of his, I thought his work rate, ball control and even passsing had real class about them for most of the time. Loved the fact that those on the pitch, kept their heads up and fought out the game until the end.

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    rament

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • No one knows' what the result would have been without O'Neill ' dismissal .Having said that what was he thinking.near the half way line actually off the pitch.Gary O'Neill you are an idiot .feel so sorry for the 1277 City fans who made the long trip to the windy city-safe trip home.Hope you are up for the trip to Bournemouth you are the lads and lasses that fly the flag and cheer on the lads.I wish you and the team all fortune. COYY.

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    rikki nadir

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • "....settle for an away point?" Impossible. Russell Martin was on the pitch.

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    waclor

    Thursday, January 14, 2016

  • What was the manager doing? You equalize with ten men. Then you bring on Redmond and Jarvis. Instead don't you bring on defending players and settle for an away point?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • concerning the ageing oneil,trying to apply words of idiotic,brainless,moronic,irresponsible,does not seem, aptly ,to sum up his actions,so inane that i wondered if he wanted to be sent off.weather an all.

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    dis dressed

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Agreed regarding O,Neil, this guy should be fined heavily, have said before months ago that with the deadwood, he should be one of them. Having been relegated with Boro and Qpr, again the cheap option raises it's head in the most ugliest of ways. On the plus side, thought Ofoe was superb, and for a big lad has trickery and a good eye for the game, unfortunately a couple of times some players didn't pre-empt what he was trying to achieve. Anyway bring on Bournemouth, Ps Baggy can I stop eating Porkies Pies now? There laying a bit heavy at this time of night. Goodnight all.

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    Bald Canary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Best goal of the season so far from Howson deserved better.O'Neil got what was coming to him after an unnecessary and brutal challenge which could have landed the Stoke player in hospital.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Possibly the most stupid action I have seen on a football pitch. Gary O'Neil you are an absolute disgrace.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Most of the comments so far have been about O'Neil's tackle which I agree was stupid and unnecessary, but I think that in spite of been down to ten men City were heading for an unlikely point until Alex made his substitutions, the worst he's made since bringing on Wes for Tettey at Newcastle. This time he took off Wes, good, but who does he bring on? Redmond? When City were a man down away from home, and drawing? The obvious substitute for Wes was a ball winner like Olsson. And to bring on Jarvis in that situation, for his first kick of the ball in over two months? What on earth was his thinking? And then four minutes after the double substitution, Stoke scored their second goal. Can anyone explain what Alex was thinking about? Can he?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • BTW I blame O´Neil for the loss if anybody is in doubt :)

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    citycanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • 'Lordbesty', I didn't pass judgement, I asked for other fans feedback, anyway I can't wait for Mr Custards report on the game, after he gets back from the long journey of course. Also I wonder what AN had to say to Mr O'Neil after the game.

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • A stupid stupid tackle from a League 1 material player, he must be extremely good in training but in games he might just as well be replaced with a lump of gel

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    citycanary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I gathered that when I read the second comment, I think he probably got all three balls

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • 2 ifs. If the continue the effort and performance into the next game and if they keep all their players on the pitch. Given our disciplinary record isn't too bad should be a problem. Bournemouth have had an extra day on us so might be harder for us. I just can't believe someone who didn't see the game or hear the commentary feels the need to make a negative statement. Clearly primed for a dig at the manager, board, owners, captain canary when simply put, on this occasion, it was one persons stupidity that cost us the game.

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    Dan

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Shocking challenge from O'Neil. On 31 minutes and on the half way line - oh well Stoke are a decent outfit and am sure would have won anyway. Need to win at Bournemouth now, its as simple as that. Thankfully Swansea are in freefall and I think will go down with Villa, so really between us and Bournemouth in my book who joints them.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Bill, I was joking, it was a stinker

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Dan if if if if a lot of ifs there!

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • To be fair, we all make mistakes, but that one has to go down as calamitous. As a whole, the team did quite well, and Mbokani was impressive. Unfortunately, we had a man in the side with a blunderbus. Thanks to Stoke for being kind. Put it behind you and roll up those sleeves at the weekend. Show some cutting edge, but easy on the scything. When MOTD is on Lord Besty, I think you might change your mind.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Sell O'Neil. Let everyone down. It was on the touchline on the halfway line. Awful. Why!!!!!!!!!

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    Barry from Spain

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Happy clappers lobbo? Are you just looking for an excuse to moan at the board or something. With 11 men on the pitch we would have had a very, very good shout at winning. Stoke didn't play well and City played like the home team for long periods. Stoke only really started to play well after goal 3. The red card was absolutely ludicrous. You won't see a more stupid piece of tackling in a situation that didn't even need a tackle. It cost us the game, along with poor defending but it's well documented that we need defenders. They got back into the game and Looked good and even up to their third goal, we looked like we might be able to get back in, with a bit of luck. Sometimes you've got to point at one piece of stupidity. Grabbans red last season, Whittakers sending off against Southampton and this one. For any side paying an hour with 10 men away from home is a big ask. If city can continue the level of effort and performance on Sat, then with 11 men we'll turn Bournemouth over.

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    Dan

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • We need more than Pinto to turn ourselves into a decent Prem League team. What happens in the transfer window is becoming critical. We are now either going to find the players we need or else in danger of making panic buys.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Why does AN persist in playing O'Neil he ain't no prem player!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Thanks for nothing, O'Neil. Your violent, and totally unnecessary foul cost us all 3 points and, in the final reckoning, possibly our survival in the premier league. We were on top until you decided to give Stoke a helping hand. No good being apologetic after the event, the damage is done. I hope you are fined 2 months wages, I hope the money is given to the travelling fans who you let down (amongst others) and I hope you're shipped out to another club before the end of the transfer window. We don't need your sort at our club.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Lobbo, any player in the world would've been sent off for that tackle and actually we were doing really well until then, did ok after. How can you pass judgement if you didn't see the game?

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Lobbo the Stoke player was just about to go off the playing area on half way, O'Neill came in from behind him with a scissor tackle and took everything, both legs and the ball. He gave the ref no choice.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Stoke had a lot of success down their left. Hope Pinto is ready for saturday as we need a bit more pace in our right side defence.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I despair with the intelligence of football players. What was O'Neil doing? All the other results tonight are against us. I'm not hopeful about this Saturday

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    Canterbury Tales

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Well, unfortunately, or fortunately I didn't get the opportunity to attend, watch or listen to the game. The BBC report that O'Neil, " needlessly clattered though the back of Afellay", and rightfully saw a straight red. Feedback from those that saw the incident would be appreciated. Happy clappers will presumably say we were doing well until then, BUT, this is how games are won and lost. Would a Stoke player have seen red if it was the other way around I ask? I feel to survive we need to maximise any advantage, getting sent off DOES NOT HELP OUR CAUSE!

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    Lobbo

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Daftest tackle seen for many years, apart from the one that got O'Neill sent off, has to be Tettey's foot on the ball of the Stoke player in the centre of the field.High and late. yellow card and directly from that free kick Stoke scored their second goal. Rash decision that cost us, and undid a lot of hard work since the sending off of O'Neill. Why do our midfielders make these rash challenges in areas of the field that are not threatening our goal.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • Better to have loved and lost...

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • I thought he got the ball.

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    lordbesty

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

  • There's only one Jonny Walters ha ha about time you had someone sent off instead of playing agaisnt 10 every other week

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    Townman

    Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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