OPINION: So what spurred Norwich City on to victory over Tottenham?

Wes Hoolahan and Leroy Fer celebrate victory over Spurs. Wes Hoolahan and Leroy Fer celebrate victory over Spurs.

Chris Lakey
Monday, February 24, 2014
11:46 AM

The reaction to Norwich City’s win over Tottenham was triumphant.

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At last, the Canaries got it right. But what changed – if anything?

For those who observe from a distance – a TV studio perhaps – it may have been a performance out of the blue, it may have been a performance of a team fighting for survival. Indeed, it may be that Spurs, who, three days earlier, had been playing a Europa League game, were tired, jaded and, therefore ineffective. It was all handed on a plate.

For those working from a more knowledgeable base, perhaps it was just that the plan of recent games finally came to fruition. Performances of late have not been that of a side struggling to keep their heads above water. You do not hold Manchester City to a goalless draw unless you have something about you.

City should have had more from games against West Ham and Cardiff – so there has to be a time when “should have” became “did”.

One thing is certain: City deserved to beat Spurs. No question. Not even an argument.

What might not be so certain is what turned decent performances but no points into a better performance, with points.

What happens between the ears of footballers and football managers is sometimes as important as what they do with a ball. You can see how confidence inspires improved performances. You can see how fear can have positive and negative effects; some players thrive on it, others sink into their shells.

Did the words of City’s chief executive David McNally have an effect in the build-up to the game. The headline from an interview with local media was that McNally was, as every CEO should be, prepared if change were necessary at the top. He didn’t put overt pressure on Chris Hughton, he didn’t back him to the hilt. He made it clear that the club was ready for any eventuality.

But if you are the sort that takes an implied message, reads between the lines, then it may have had an effect. Imagine you are a player; you like Hughton, you don’t fancy a change, you accept that, perhaps, you could do a little more, give a bit more effort. So you do. You realise the precarious position the club is in and you want to keep your manager in a job. Between your ears, the words from the chief executive may have acted as a stimulus.

We are all, thankfully, different. We react in different ways.

If Norwich players have reacted positively, job done.

Just another 11 games then.

Will City survive? Post your comments below....

14 comments

  • Nobody seems to give credit to Bradley Johnson. He always turns up. His passing has improved immensely. He thrives alongside Alexander the Great. But, of course, he was not signed by Hughton, therein lies the rub. MotM for me by a mile. And PotS as well. Proper bloke. The spirit of Grant Holt lives on in him. Glory for the Snod, Honour for Brad.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • spot on Algarve Canary. Same as what I just typed in another article. This cannot be another false dawn. We've been here so many times under Hughton .Go to Villa Park and get some kind of result regardless of if its a draw or win and maybe just maybe were turning that elusive corner people have spoken of for months and months. Fingers crossed. Either way whether you want him outin we've all been behind the team every week. Gotta keep it that way all the way home now.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Most games are balanced on a knife edge. A decision or a deflection etc etc. We,ve not had that little bit of luck. Maybe its our turn now. People remember the Hull game. However we lost to very debatable penalty. It happens when you have no luck. Its said the harder you work the more luck you have. We,ve done that lately. Onwards and upwards...I hope. COYY

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The 26,000 in Carrow Road appreciated him sunday. Standing ovation and he looked dead appreciative of it applauding back. Fingers crossed like you it happens for him soon.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Is it just my imagination...or are the players putting in 10% extra in the last 3 or 4 games? I guess money is a huge motivation. Most players probably have clauses for reduced salaries in the Championship. Felt sorry for Van Wolfswinkel as he worked so hard and his motivation must be huge to start scoring again and prove himself. I do hope he gets one soon.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Performances are good, atm, but we wont keep it up for the rest of the season. If we can drasticaly improve our conversion rate, we might well be safe, but otherwise, no chance.

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    HippoKL

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Current performances and work rate does not scream relegation however our scoring record still does. The interaction of our attacking personnel as an attacking unit is still poor and needs training ground work. Can't remember the last time we created a clear shot at goal for our strikers. Ricky had a great effort but again was isolated as other strikers have been. I still think there are at least 3 worse first teams than us therefore i hope we can stumble over the line with another 3 wins.

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    kpg24uk

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • A great win on Sunday and you're right Brew, Brad Johnson was our best player by a mile - he was strong in front of our back four breaking up their attacks and still had time to get forward and link up with the forward players. After recent performances I hope Hughton does not drop him in favour of Howson.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I`m glad that a few others have seen the improvement in Johnson. His effort has never been in doubt. He has openly admitted how much he appreciates working alongside Alex "Battery Bunny" Tettey. Allows Fer a bit more freedom too. One - sorry - make that two, mysteries remain: Brad was allowed to take a corner and a free kick despite Robert being on the field. Are lessons being learned? Howson will be handy in the run-in. So will Wes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • No question we have played our best football this season when Fer, Tettey and Howson have featured in midfield. Tettey is already back, of course (and playing better than ever for us) and Jonny Howson made the bench yesterday. If we can keep them all fit and back to form, we should have enough about us to survive the season in this division. Joseph Yobo is proving to be an inspired loan signing too, he and Seb were awesome yesterday.

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    cromercanary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • This win definitely improves our chances. But it's the games against our fellow strugglers - the six-pointers - we really need to win. Villa, Stoke, Sunderland, Swansea, West Brom, Fulham.

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    Cecil

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Will Norwich survive?...........Before Sunday I would have said NO! Now we have a chance. But before we get too excited....this cant be yet another false dawn. Another Fulham or Cardiff, and we are firmly back in NO! territory!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • No question we have played our best football this season when Fer, Tettey and Howson have featured in midfield. Tettey is already back, of course (and playing better than ever for us) and Jonny Howson made the bench yesterday. If we can keep them all fit and back to form, we should have enough about us to survive the season in this division. Joseph Yobo is proving to be an inspired loan signing too, he and Seb were awesome yesterday.

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    cromercanary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Agree on the Johnson point. I've been quite open in my opinion Bradley Johnson. Long term if we are playing a 3 man Midfield against a mid to lower half PL team I'd have Fer & Howson with Tettey behind protecting the back 4. However when playing a top side i'd revert to having two DMC's playing in Johnson & Tettey. Just my own personal opinion. Been talked to death but we simply lose the ball far too much with it at Johnsons disposal. If we don't have the ball we simply wont score or create. However credit where credit is due. Recently hes been superb. No other way of putting it. Some of the through balls through have been on par with what you'd expect only to see from Hoolahan. Heck he even got a shot on target with that thunder bolt free kick. Credit to him. Having Tettey and soon Howson can only help get the best from players as there pushed to keep there spot in the side.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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