Norwich City 0, Chelsea 1 - What the nationals said
The national newspapers' views on Norwich City's 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea.
The Guardian: 'For the interim manager Rafael Ben�tez, the manner in which his players comfortably contained Chris Hughton's determined, organised Norwich side, while always carrying the greater threat going forward, was a continued demonstration of their all-round improvement in recent matches.'
The Daily Telegraph: 'Mata's wonderful strike illuminated a game often bereft of attacking flair, while Norwich discovered that the heady performances of recent weeks at last caught up with them. They did not force Petr Cech into a noteworthy save all match.'
The Mirror: 'While Norwich were all endeavour, they never looked like getting anything out of this one, their efforts foundering on Chelsea's defensive resolve.'
- 1 Large aircraft in shape of whale spotted above Norfolk
- 2 Mysterious 'large black animal' spotted roaming in fields near city
- 3 Rare sighting of Northern Lights captured above Norfolk
- 4 City pub to reopen with new owners hoping to bring back 'good old days'
- 5 Farmers call for Norfolk hosepipe ban
- 6 Why is Norfolk not introducing a hosepipe ban?
- 7 Firefighters battling forest blaze near Sandringham
- 8 New planning bid to re-use long-empty pub
- 9 Two women in hospital with serious injuries after A47 slip road crash
- 10 Coastguard hunt for missing woman in early morning search
The Sun: 'Norwich will be disappointed they did not offer more to warm their fans on a grim Boxing Day afternoon. But, at the same time, Chelsea deserve credit for restricting their chances to a minimum.'
The Daily Mail: 'The visitors were slow into their rhythm but once they took a grip, they squeezed the life from a team who have beaten Manchester United and Arsenal this season.'
The Times: 'It was a controlled, rather than captivating, performance from Chelsea, but when two of your rivals have been overrun and humiliated at Carrow Road this season, victory was all that mattered.'
The Daily Express: 'Norwich had decent spells of possession but were too blunted in attack to ever truly test Petr Cech.'
The Independent: 'It was hard to see Norwich gaining anything from a game in which they had worked hard but been able to create little, and their loss might have been heavier but for Bunn.'