Aston Villa 4 Norwich City 1

Christian Benteke celebrates his second in Aston Villa's 4-1 Premier League win over Norwich. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Christian Benteke celebrates his second in Aston Villa's 4-1 Premier League win over Norwich. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, March 2, 2014
6:21 PM

Norwich City crashed to an embarrassing 4-1 Premier League defeat against Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon at Villa Park.

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Wes Hoolahan’s early opener against the club who tried to sign him in the January transfer window was the precursor to a devastating four-goal salvo in 16 first half minutes.

Christian Benteke’s acrobatic overhead kick flew past John Ruddy before the powerful striker climbed above Seb Bassong two minutes later to smash home a thumping close range header. Leandro Bacuna slotted a third after City were undone by a swift Villa counter and Bassong’s miserable afternoon was complete when he bundled Fabian Delph’s cross past his own keeper under intense pressure from Gabby Agbonlahor.

City managed to stem the bleeding after the interval in a second half which saw a late cameo for former captain and triple player-of-the-year Grant Holt in another forgettable outing for the Canaries against their ex-boss.

Hughton made two injury-enforced changes from the starting line up that beat Tottenham 1-0 a week ago. Leroy Fer (hamstring) and Ricky van Wolfswinkel (knee) were ruled out with Hoolahan and Gary Hooper coming in to replace the Dutch international duo. Hoolahan made his first Norwich start since a well-publicised January enquiry from Lambert’s Villa and a transfer request from the Dubliner that was also rejected.

Lambert named an unchanged line up from the side that lost 1-0 to Newcastle at St James’ Park, which meant no place from the start for City Hall of Famer Holt.

Hoolahan’s first involvement was to leave Delph clutching his right ankle after inadvertently trampling on the midfielder. Norwich dealt with the initial free kick threat before Ruddy gathered Ashley Westwood’s corner.

The Irishman’s next intervention proved far more decisive for the visitors when he slid home Hooper’s cut back seven yards out after Hoolahan’s first time flick released Hooper to race behind the flat-footed Villa backline. Alex Tettey then accepted an open invitation from the hesitant Villa midfield to slip in Hooper again but his heavy cross evaded Nathan Redmond.

Bassong’s defensive instincts cut out a potentially dangerous cross from Andreas Weimann with Villa desperately trying to up the pace in front of a restless home crowd but Norwich’s threat on the counter carved out a half-chance for Russell Martin who dragged wide from 20 yards.

Martin was then a touch fortunate to escape punishment for a clear shirt-pull on Benteke inside the Canaries’ penalty area which took place on the blindside of the assistant referee. Hoolahan continued to dictate much of City’s best work in the final third with one perfect pass inviting Redmond to test Brad Guzan from the edge of the area.

Villa needed a spark from somewhere and Benteke provided it in the 25th minute with a stunning overhead kick that flew into Ruddy’s top right-hand corner after the Belgian held off Joseph Yobo to control Ron Vlaar’s raking crossfield pass.

Benteke powered Villa in front barely two minutes later when he towered above Bassong to crash home Westwood’s corner five yards out with the hosts’ now in full flow.

Tettey earned the game’s first caution for a mistimed lunge that caught Nathan Baker chest-high. Norwich were now struggling to cope with Villa’s powerful forward surges until Hoolahan wriggled free to fire at Guzan who kicked away with his legs before the Irishman’s diving follow up header was scrambled behind by Karim El Ahmadi.

But City were undone from the resulting corner when Agbonlahor and Weimann led a rapier counter before rolling in the overlapping Bacuna who slotted past Ruddy into his far corner from 12 yards.

Norwich’s afternoon went from bad to worse when Ryan Bertrand picked out Delph’s run in behind and the former Leeds’ midfielder’s cutback was diverted into his own net by the luckless Bassong inside his own six yard box under pressure from Agbonlahor.

Anthony Pilkington replaced Snodgrass at the interval with the Scot earning a caution for a wild lunge on Bertrand in the closing seconds of the opening period as the visitors’ frustrations threatened to boil over.

Pilkington was involved straight from the kick off but Bacuna got back in time to take the sting out of his first-time shot.

Agbonlahor rose unmarked 12 yards out in the 50th minute but could only head Delph’s cross at Ruddy with Bassong and Yobo holding their own personal inquest.

City appeared vulnerable again from a corner in the 59th minute when Vlaar rose above his marker but Ruddy gathered. Johan Elmander replaced Redmond just past the hour mark with the home crowd mocking the teenager for his previous affiliation to their local rivals, Birmingham City, as he made his exit.

Villa continued to toy with Hughton’s side and Benteke was given time and space to pick out the on-rushing Weimann who clubbed high into the Holte End under no pressure from Norwich’s retreating backline.

Bradley Johnson and Hoolahan worked a position of promise on the edge of the home penalty area in the 70th minute but a heavy final touch allowed Vlaar to thump clear.

Elmander then hooked wide five minutes later to sarcastic applause from the away support after Johnson and Pilkington had freed Martin. Agbonlahor dismissively knocked Tettey to the ground before unleashing a strike that struck Martin on the upper body, although referee Taylor waved away home penalty appeals.

Benteke left to a thunderous ovation in the 81st minute to be replaced by Holt, who was similarly acclaimed by the visiting fans. Hooper spurned a late consolation chance five minutes from the end when he raced clear but Guzan parried his low guided right-footed effort from 20 yards.

• Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Baker, Bertrand, Westwood, Delph, El Ahmadi, Weimann (Albrighton 81), Benteke (Holt 82), Agbonlahor. Subs (not used): Steer, Sylla, Clark, Bennett, Robinson.

• Goals: Benteke (25, 27), Bacuna (37), Bassong og (41).

• Norwich: Ruddy; Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Tettey (Howson 80), Johnson, Snodgrass (Pilkington 45), Hoolahan, Redmond (Elmander 63), Hooper. Subs (not used): Bunn, Whittaker, Becchio, R Bennett.

• Bookings: Tettey (foul on Baker, 30); Snodgrass (foul on Bertrand); Elmander (foul on Westwood, 88).

• Goal: Hoolahan (3)

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 2 minutes

• Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

• Attendance: 30,303

134 comments

  • If it was just the rubbish results, you could say that Hughton is unlucky. But it isn't. He has made some pretty stupid decisions and the bad results inevitably followed. List the errors: Letting Vaughan go (twice). Mr H Kane. Demotivating Grant Holt, not recognising his leadership and letting him go. Having two joint (ie ineffectual) club captains. Not signing a centreback last August. Not expecting Premiership managers to find a defence against Snoddy running into defenders, and falling over to get a freekick. Having no Plan B (or possibly Plan A). Changing a winning team. etc etc etc. The man is utterly useless as a football club manager. Look don't take my opinion on this, show a video of a Hughton aftermatch interview to an HR professional experienced in identifying candidates for management positions and ask his opinion on Hughton's management potential. He or she would laugh at you.

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    waclor

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Will CH ever make a substitution that leads to a goal for Norwich.He has 10 games and a possible 30 subs to make that dream come true. NOT holding my breath though

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • and on a lighter note Wes is back,just a shame some of the other members of the squad were not as good as him .Good on you Wes

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • HUGHTON GO NOW. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What on earth is his press conference going to say this time. Embarrasing waste of space. SACK TOMORROW before its too late. Pls MR MAC

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Forget it........ too late.

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Perhaps we should have a wip-round for Hooter, to get him something useful in his future career (if any). Like a subscription to “Non-League Monthly”

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    norfolk1810

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • PLEASE, Litle yellow birdie, if you could not watch anymore games this season, that would be great, we need all the help we can get.

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    Rottsrool

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • What an embarrassing humiliation! How much longer will this farce go on? Norwich didn't look like they could beat Lowestoft! On a plus point, Bassong has given up even pretending to be a professional, which is the only honest thing about today's' unforgivable performance.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Hi MonkeyNuts. Restrained post and thanks. I would add the best team won... we were pony.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • This what I have said for a while now, if we loose to villa CH is gone, now after having lost 4-1, mark my words CH will be gone Monday !!

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    Rottsrool

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • So where are the CH supporters now? A Lucky win against Spurs and suddenly you believe he is the saviour and should be kept on. Well after today's insipid display the clueless one should do the decent thing and go now! I'm not surprised Wes Hoolahans goal celebrations were muted, after he has been shabbily treated by the manager I'd not want to celebrate either. Please just fire him now and we might just might save our season. I cannot see where the next 12 points are going to come from?

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    nobbly1

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Don't let's be beastly to the Hoot, Now our demotion is ultimately won. Let's treat him very kindly, As we would a valued friend. Let's be sweet to him And endeavour to find a way To let the Hoot man know That now the game is over He is not the one who has to pay.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Or even "get" out.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • When attack is needed we get defensive tactics which may have been the difference between a potential draw or the dreadful defeat witnessed today. CH has to go as he's obviously not up to the task of managing Norwich.

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    Bad Form

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Did I not suggest that Wes had something to prove to both managers. He did just that too, showing Hughton what attacking flair play is all about, and that idiot has ignored him for most of the season. Sky commentator said as much, that Hoolie should be in the side to save our necks, but knowing Hughton that's not going to happen is it? Substitutions as per normal, absolute tripe, Elmander as a right winger????? Howson on with ten minutes to go???? No fight, no passion no tactics, no idea. The manager and players don't deserve the magnificent support from us fans again today, on on a different note, great to see Holty get the reception he deserved too

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • What rubbish. No spine. miserable, what was the plan?

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Shocking. Go Mr Hughton and take McNally with you ..... FF$

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Was at the match today, close game in the first 20-30 mins. We were still in the changing rooms when you scored. That was really all you offered for the majority of the game. Coming in on a win actually played into our hands, it was as if both teams were playing away from home. You tried to play, were lucky with a couple of rash challenges, mainly Tettey's over exuberant tackle. Then we created something out of literally nothing. Thats what a £7m man can do, he was the difference. He looked like he wanted it today and it showed. Second was poor defending, but great strength again. Third, was well worked and a good finish to boot. Fourth was unfortunate but it was coming. Second half was about preservation. Can only think of one chance from Hooper of any any note? The impetus was on you to see if you could swing it round, we did what we had to do which was see out the game. I was disappointed in Norwich,was hoping they would have given a better account. Its a welcomed 3 points for us, with chelsea, stoke and united the next 3. Its not over yet, not by a long shot.

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    MonkeyNuts

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Last week it was reported that McNally cried when Norwich won, this week they made me cry, yet again.

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    Heading for Squalor

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Incidentally, where are all the usual enlightening, heart-warming and insightful post-match comments from Hughton? !!!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • A Disgrace: I am sick of it...

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I take your point, Goss, but I think it's too late to redeem our appalling goal deficit, so it doesn't matter much whether we lose 4-1 or 7-1. When City decide not to turn up or throw in the towel, the pundits pretty much expect the opposing team to score a hatful of goals nowadays. The fans certainly do. But it would have been nice if City had at least tried to attack in the second half and restore a bit of pride. As you say, it's possible that Villa would have used their counter- attacking skills to accumulate a cricket score, but had they done so the Board would have been more likely to sack CH his morning, which, as far as I know, they haven't.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • This what I have said for a while now, if we loose to villa CH is gone, now after having lost 4-1, mark my words CH will be gone Monday !!

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    Rottsrool

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • London Canary - we shouldn;t have got rid of Hughton weeks ago. We should have shown him the door months ago! The writing was on the wall a long time ago - in fact going back to the pre-season games last summer and even the summer before that when we showed we had nothing to offer up front. Then we had the utter tripe that was the Luton Town game when we couldn't manage a shot on target and capitulated totally. We keep getting told about the passion in the dressing room and the commitment. But that is all a total illusion. Hughton talks the talk but cannot walk the walk. As others have said, Elmander on the wing? What half sane person would play a player like that out wide? Hughton has refused all season to play Hoolahan, who proved today he is still our best playmaker - in fact perhaps our only one, aside from Howson who I do actually rate highly. Hoolahan faded in the second half but given the total ineptness all around him it is hardly surprising. It is all a mess and McNally must now realise he and the Board dithered when they should have taken action in time to at least give us a chance to stay up.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Mrs budgie just said get Tea ready, so thats me off the air !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Yet another lame insipid Hughton interview on Radio Norfolk. He and his clowns have sucked almost the last breath out of our wonderful club. The Boards patience has been somewhat over stretched though. Mc Nallys face looked a picture of anger. We can only hope this translates into 3 P45s in the morning. To suggest that a 3 goal deficit at half time called for damage limitation smacks of clueless limp pathetic management. His substitutions were upto their usual ineptness like employing Elmander on the wing while leaving Becchio to rot on the bench,What has that poor man got to do to get a game.?I don't care how many times I harp about it we need a breath of fresh air blowing through the club starting tomorrow and that is why I have constantly suggested Neil Adams if only for the crucial Stoke game if a new man cannot be in place in time

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • There is a pattern emerging here. A number of bad results followed by success in a 'must-win game'. Then the same again. It's kept the manager in a job but it will all end in tears.

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    blue tractor

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Missed your comments last week. Wonder why townman. Bellend.

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    Chris69

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Just heard hughtons interview on radio Norfolk, and when asked about elmander on the wing, his answer was that we had to consolidate and not concede any more goals, so that made us more solid. For sucks fake, this idiot was happy to keep it at 4-1! We really are in a bad place psychologically with that kind of reasoning!

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    JOROBIT

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • "embarrassing defeat", maybe or maybe not. Someone posted the other day, "I don't know wether I can be bothered to bother or not". Me, well I'm pretty mellow, shorts are packed for the journey south. I'm not going to lose an iota of sleep over our under whelming performance. Final thought, and I've said it on numerous occasions," what changes when we play the likes of Man. City and Tottenham and then the Fulhams, Cardiffs, Hulls and AV's of the world? I'll tell you what, managerial preparation and mind set, that's what? Have a nice Shiraz I'm off !!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • This is true, Stew. Also worth looking for is the candidate intent on saying what he\she thinks you want to hear, aka a `N0dder`. The principle was that you had a Job Specification and a Person Specification to match. In reality, the main task was to look out for bulls******s, specially when it came to qualifications and references. Hughton`s main criterion must be to avoid anybody that might be a threat to his own position, which explains the mediocrity that is Caldertr0llop. No threat there, certainly. I so love your input, Pa! Really I do. MonkeyNuts, you have proved, yet again, what a civilised contributor you are. Zero triumphalism. Good man! If only I`d taken that place at Birmingham Brewing School, I could`ve been a Villa supporter! Pints of Ansell`s at Aston Cross.... their marketing slogan in the `60s was "Ansell`s Makes Friends". Better than "You`re never alone with a Strand". Even worse is "Your Manager is Chris Hughton".

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • What a difference a week makes and I guess the same will be said next week also as I’m very hopeful of 3 pts vs Stoke. Huge 5 games coming up, OTBC

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    George Kershaw

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Wes... completely ignored by CH for most of this season principally because he's talented, creative, and has an attacking mentality. Have a good next season at Villa, Wes, we don't deserve you, mate.

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Well, waclor, in an earlier life I had to do a lot of recruitment interviewing. I might`ve hired Hughton in a subservient role, subject to his successfully attending a course on assertiveness. For instance, you need to have the gumption to ask somebody`s name if you work in reception or answer the phone. No disrespect to Receptionists everywhere - all unsung heroes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Hughton listened to my advice in the second half on Sunday -4-2-2-2-, with Hoolahan and Howson playing behind the front 2 (Hooper playing up front instead of Snodgrass ), with Tettey and Johnson behind. Unfortunately it was all too late by then! Heads were down and desire had disappeared! I can fully understand why Wes 'milked' the goal situation with what to me was him saying to Hughton “ This is what you have been missing you s*** manager!”.Wes you made your point 'loud and clear', but it is unlikely that you will get picked again!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • After going 4. 1 down I thought we might as well have a go in the second half ,what did we do ? Answer I don't know ,what was the plan ???? How can you spend a whole week preparing a team to play for 30minutes and when it all goes pear shaped have no plan B hoots you let down your profession if that's the best you can do ,I realise you are not going to fall on your sword for I think you know you won't get employment anywhere else same s!!t different day

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    Victor meldrew

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • I'm with mawther. I hope he goes tomorrow. It's a bit late, probably too late, but with him we're going down anyway.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • London_Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Worst humiliation since the last one. On the plus side most of the other results went for us. This is a wretched time to be a NCFC supporter. CH is sucking the life out of the club.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • We are all in this together. What is the point of blaming the manager every time we lose, Unless we have someone else waiting in the wings [doubtful] Hughton will be there next week and the week after. Get used to it. How about caning the players. Bassong should hand in his boots now. Snod and Redmond had bad days. And all those clamouring for Hoolahan. He had a very good 25 minutes. The game is actually 90+. Where do we go from here. Well negativity does not help. Do none of you make mistakes at work, during your life, in the car, at the supermarket. Come on.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Confused,that is the question I keep asking myself.We use the wings n the first 10 minutes,all over villa and we revert to down the middle and defensive mode.we were lucky tetty wasnt sent off(my opinion it was a straight red).When villa scored their first we just gave up.On the whole our manager cannot keep his job.His substitutions beggar belief.We have a supposed 8.5 mil player somewhere and he didnt even get a call.Elmander plays well but we needed 3 goals and the strikers should have both been brought on at half time and gone 4 3 3.I dont think CH knows anything about planning.Please Mcnally sack him before we are relegated.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Dan I ONLY suggested Adams in a caretaker role while the Board picked the right man. What we cant have is the clowns continuing any longer. What would be the point of waiting till the end of the season,We will be gone by then .Stoke is by some distance more than a six pointer what hope is there of three points without a new breath of fresh air blowing through the club

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I was at the game last week and I honestly thought we might have turned a corner in this pretty horrid season thus far. My optimism quickly evaporated after about 25 minutes of todays game. After Benteke's goal we capitulated, there seems to be no confidence in the players, in my opinion this has to be down to the management team. I think we should have got rid of Hughton weeks ago but I fear the board have decide to stick with him to the bitter end, personally I think an interim manager might have a least installed some confidence and change of tactics when things are not going our way. Elmander on the right wing?! He doesn't have the formquality to be coming on at all. Inept in so many ways, this season has reminded me of the Roder days.

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    London_Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Townman, please be sensible. You've beaten a shocking team in a Mickey Mouse league in front of a half-empty stadium owned by Norwich's Aviva and with mounting debts. We still have breathing space to Sunderland but I expect us to nudge over the line to survive and CH to depart in the summer - his departure can't come quick enough.

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    NorwichAbs

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Oh dear, Well glad I didnt watch that one in Sydney... terrible result. Stoke beating Arsenal is a worry too... OK Hughton has to go but the players have to take the blame too guys... Coming on here everyday Ruddy, R Martin, Bassong we are sick of your "how important are these games etc" spineless performance and not a team that has "we want to stay up... Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff relegated this year, our only hope is Palace but they had a drawn game.... This was the time to get some space between us and the bottom 3 but no we fail again this is the worst season for 5+ years as a Norwich Fan, They should be ashamed, stick Martin in next week and drop Bassong for the rest of the season, useless inept performance, play Becchio with Hoola... Hughton has run out of ideas a long time ago,,, I have zero interest in our games now coz if we win it will be 1-0 against someone not playing well,,, lets face it,, we are not going to get anything away from Carrow Road, so maximum points is about 6 to 7from here on in,,, 35 points not enough..with our goal difference. Sick of it.

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Dan I ONLY suggested Adams in a caretaker role while the Board picked the right man. What we cant have is the clowns continuing any longer. What would be the point of waiting till the end of the season,We will be gone by then .Stoke is by some distance more than a six pointer what hope is there of three points without a new breath of fresh air blowing through the club

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • A Disgrace: I am sick of it...

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Having watched the Spurs game. I really felt it might be a turning point for us. Sadly, Villa have a better manager and coaching team. It is no accident that Chris Houghton and Calderwood have found it impossible to beat Villa since Lambert and Culverhouse took over. I think that Houghtons decision to bring on Elmander (on the wing ???) smacked of keeping the score down rather than attempt to reduce the deficit. At this stage of the season, it will take a brave decision to replace our manager , but I would certainly consider replacing Calderwood with Neil Adams.

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    Bally High

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Last weeks win damn near wasted. Thanks Hoots. And Elmander on the wing, what is that all about. Three chickens would be a good bet to replace Hoots and his 2 amigo'S

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Can't get Canary Call. Just coincidence or a case of "contractural reasons" (like the manager?) or "a temporary technical problem" (or rather long standing football problems) leading to management getting BBC to pull the plug?

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    atlanta canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Townman- really looking forward to seeing your C..p club going into Administration......the debts are growing !!!

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    dave123

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I thought Wolfswinkel was going to be a premiership hotshot? I bet the fans with his name on their shirt are chuffed.

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    KeithS

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • "ChalkyBlue" its so funny watching the score come in, Ruddy no hands is Ruddy useless. and he's going to be one of the England Goalkeepers going to Brazil... useless keep it going lol

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    Footyboy16

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Our plight is now desperate. If you assume Cardiff and Fulham are going down the remaining clubs below us have games in hand. We're heading for the Championship graveyard and I don't trust Hughton to stop us. He's got to go. It may be too late anyway but he's got to go.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • After the euphoria of Spurs we lose to a big club and everyone is angry again. Come on, it's a relegation dogfight. Next week it's Cardiff v Fulham, us v Stoke. After those games optimism might be back on the menu. If it goes badly then Sunderland, who seem to have stopped playing league matches, visit mid March and could be 3 games in hand. A loss in that game is soonest I reckon we could hit bottom three and with CH at long last not meeting his brief what happens. Should he stay or should he go? If he goes there will be trouble, if he stays there will be double. So come on McN and let me know, this indecision's buggin me.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • No excuses but we had them on toast for 30 mins, even though they scored and any team 3 goals ahead look good. I still see unity and improving performances, just bad results. CH won't be sacked this season and we will stay up. Yes, I do believe that. The result really hurts but don't be blinded by your hate Ya'll.

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    lordbesty

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • The biggest thing that worked in our favour is that we have a forward, fighting for a spot in the World Cup. Admittedly, the midfield showed up and put on the performance we know they are capable of (and in fact they have owed us for past 3 games). It was a limp performace from Norwich really, had you maintained the impetus i thought you would have gone on to win, also with the other chance for Hoolahan, had that of snuck in we wouldnt be having this conversation. Not sure if any of you guys are on twitter, but our center half who was clattered by Tettey showed off his battle wounds. He was a very lucky lad to get only a yellow, it was almost Van Bommel-esque!!

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    MonkeyNuts

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • One step forward, two steps back.

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    bogbog

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Wretched, again.

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    Seattlescion

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • It makes me laugh the continued optimism of Norwich fans while Hughton is manager, one lucky result last week against a tired spurs and all the idiots on here think Hughtom is the best thing since sliced bread. OK I got it wrong I predicted 4-0 to Villa yesterday, but I did not expect Hoolahan's to play. We all what to expect from this Norwich side, spineless, weak with no fight, like Hughton.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Oh dear, Well glad I didnt watch that one in Sydney... terrible result. Stoke beating Arsenal is a worry too... OK Hughton has to go but the players have to take the blame too guys... Coming on here everyday Ruddy, R Martin, Bassong we are sick of your "how important are these games etc" spineless performance and not a team that has "we want to stay up... Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff relegated this year, our only hope is Palace but they had a drawn game.... This was the time to get some space between us and the bottom 3 but no we fail again this is the worst season for 5+ years as a Norwich Fan, They should be ashamed, stick Martin in next week and drop Bassong for the rest of the season, useless inept performance, play Becchio with Hoola... Hughton has run out of ideas a long time ago,,, I have zero interest in our games now coz if we win it will be 1-0 against someone not playing well,,, lets face it,, we are not going to get anything away from Carrow Road, so maximum points is about 6 to 7from here on in,,, 35 points not enough..with our goal difference. Sick of it.

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • why cant CH come out and admit he is a failure,everyewhere he has been in management have struggled .He is too defensive.

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    canarykid

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • But was wes's lack of celebration all about?

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    Bygravey

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Sack Hughton tomorrow??? Actually I firmly believe that quite a large % of the team ought to be given notice. Professional, premiership footballers?? Yeah right....Ive seen overweight, hungover pub teams with better control and finish skills than the overpaid fairy puffs that turned out today....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I'm lovin' it!

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    Chalkyblue

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • You may be ip........ Town man but sadly you are spot on. Mr Macnally looked like he had steam coming out of his head on. Lets hope he takes his anger out with swift action overnight or first thing in the morning, There IS just still time, JUST!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Your not very good your not very good, no need for me to watch Dave tonight just had my comedy hit for the night, can see why lambert left a much bigger better team who's staying in the prem unlike you lmfao still we won yet again yesterday

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    Townman

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Elmander on the wing, what was that about? Why not Ruddy o the wing and Elmander in goal?

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • A Disgrace: I am sick of it...

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Up there with the Fulham FA cup game for worst of the season. Hughton's tenure all over one step forwards 3 steps back the whole time. Oh well lets sit back and see where he gets us come the end of the season.

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    Burglecut

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Steam coming out of McNally's ears probably because he realizes that he blew it with Lambert. Both PL and Holt should still be at Carrow Road....

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Although the Villa match was total garbage, if we somehow manage to win at home against Stoke, Sunderland and West Brom, and squeeze out 3 draws from the other 7 matches, we will stay up(as simple as that). With the resources that we have(Hughton and RVW included), 12 points is not out of the question. That way, we can rebuild during the summer for another season in the premier division with another coach, and Chris Hughton can go to another championship or league 1 club with his reputation intact. To be fair, he kept us up last season, it is very possible that he will keep us up this season, and he did not do a bad job at either Newcastle or Birmingham.

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    NYC-Canary

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Disappointing result after City started with so much promise. No point in making this worse than the Kennedy assassination, just need to get on with it against Stoke. I think we are too far into the season to ditch CH now - so we better just bite the bullet and look ahead to next week.

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • But was wes's lack of celebration all about?

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    Bygravey

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • EDP why was this an embarrassing defeat? I think that Norwich did extremely well, not only did they score a goal against Aston Villa, but they restricted them to just 4 goals. Come on, give them credit, most people thought that this game was going to be much worse for Norwich.

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    NB

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • It seemed to me that hoolahans non celebration maybe affected the teams morale. It's as if he was embarrassed to score but he couldn't really have missed, but he did seem to grow into the game and seemed to be mad with himself for not making it 2-2.

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    JOROBIT

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Any rumours flying around of a Board meeting or better still a Press Conference tomorrow ? PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • 9-2 you'll never be Premier league. Otbc!!!!

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    Bygravey

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Just sober enough to make a comment. Read all, well most of the posts, and as usual CH is still in place. Nothing new on that front then. McNally writhing in his own made bed. Team performance, well I say team because they all had the same colour shirts on, apart from Bassong, (who looked as though he would have preferred a claret and blue), as good as the Cardiff performance. Afraid to admit that there´s going to be more of the same to come in the next few weeks. All you who are afraid of losing the (stars) of our team whenif we get relegated, don´t worry...I mean who on earth would sign this lot? Back to the Strathisla.

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    Yellowfirebird

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Only way today could've been worse is if I'd been a Chumpionship 1p5wich fan. Oh well- it's still 9-2 . OTBC !!!!!!

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Yes Townman... hate to say it, but I have to agree with you on that one.

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • This is truly, truly terrible. Depressing. We are definitely going down. Why havent we got rid of this useless article?

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    Cecil

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • They need a sledgehammer to stop this journey on a downbound train .....Rubbish. Forget the discussions, always the same old story.... 40 + games now... Hughton you win, come on, tell us how upset you are?? Benteke yeh great great player, overpaid and the players just want this season over.. no fight

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    Robin Sydney

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • It has been brought up how we once famously scored 3 times in around 15 minutes against Boro under Worthington, and hey didn't Villa manage 4 in around 20 mins? But no our clown has to shut upshop to play for pride!!!!!!! Hopefully that underimpressed the watching Board enough to get shot of him and his clowns. No idea no inspiration, no passion no fight ,Why are we the only side in the division who seem satisfied to score nil or one every week? If Hughton was the decent man he is often portrayed as he would offer his resignation and arrange a suitable severance package. He and his cronies are simply killing our club. Time is running out I reckon this week is our last opportunity to pull a rabbit out of the hat. Sadly Hughton is no magician simply a clown. Pls give us good news ASAP OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Sorry troops, "whether" too much Shiraz!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Neil Adams to be named as caretaker tomorrow. Steve Clarke , id even take Neil Warnock for the rest of the season. Its got to happen tomorrow or else too late. Why 3 down at half time did we not go with 2 or even 3 up front oh no its only Lambert who has the who dares wins

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Barking I DISAGREE, many of City's players played well today , Van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Garrido,Bennet and Bennet, Becchio and anyone else who did not get on the field. !!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • .....and it started so well. Wes's goal was a classic and well taken. I felt like a Norwich fan of old!!! Then we reverted to type. One nil up to 4-1 down in 16minutes. That has to be some sort of a record!! To be fair, Benteckes goal was brilliant! It should have heralded a great match.....it produced a humiliating collapse that would get any other manager other than Hughton, the sack. Bassong was awful defending one headed goal, and scored another himself. Redmond was ineffectual, and was responsible for ball watching and for allowing their winger a free run. We were bad after the goals in the first half, and totally demotivated in the 2nd. Hughtons substitutions were reallyodd yet again. Take off Redmond, yes, he was rubbish, but Howson should have been slotted into that midfield at halftime, not with 10 minutes to go! EMBARRASSINGLY EMBARRASSINGLY BAD. A honourable man would fall on his sword......but this man doesnt seem to have a sword, or know how, or when to use it!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • As much as I hated seeing us just give up the ghost, I think that the way Villa play with pace on the counter attack with three left up top I'm pretty sure if we went all out attacking in the second half we would be looking at a 7 or 8 -1 hammering. Sad state of affairs but too many of our lot just didn't turn up so we were never going to back into that one. Just hope we get a reaction next game.....

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    GossVolley

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • There is a pattern emerging here. A number of bad results followed by success in a 'must-win game'. Then the same again. It's kept the manager in a job but it will all end in tears.

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    blue tractor

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • What was \Delia saying behind the Program... ?, the FIRST time CH clapped the fans... Benteki had Bassong in his pocket.. bad day at the office, but one we were always going to lose... what were the subs about?

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    OLDYELLA

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Can't get Canary Call. Just coincidence or a case of "contractural reasons" (like the manager?) or "a temporary technical problem" (or rather long standing football problems) leading to management getting BBC to pull the plug?

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    atlanta canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • There is a pattern emerging here. A number of bad results followed by success in a 'must-win game'. Then the same again. It's kept the manager in a job but it will all end in tears.

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    blue tractor

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Can't get Canary Call. Just coincidence or a case of "contractural reasons" (like the manager?) or "a temporary technical problem" (or rather long standing football problems) leading to management getting BBC to pull the plug?

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    atlanta canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Worst humiliation since the last one. On the plus side most of the other results went for us. This is a wretched time to be a NCFC supporter. CH is sucking the life out of the club.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • HUGHTON GO NOW. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What on earth is his press conference going to say this time. Embarrasing waste of space. SACK TOMORROW before its too late. Pls MR MAC

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I can't think of a single player who emerged with any credit, except possibly Howson (briefly).Ruddy OK, Martin slow, Bassong dire, Yobo OK, Johnson anonymous, Olsson hampered by injury,, Tettey a shadow of last week and should have seen red, Pilkington useless, Redmond useless, Snodgrass useless, Hooper one good assist for the goal and then there's Hoolahan.....I thought great, at last, and for 20 minutes he showed us what we've been missing, but then he lost interest. The muted goal celebration said it all. He's been mistreated by Norwich, he wants away and after proving to PL that he's still got it, he switched off. Too late to expect much from him now. As for that clown of a manager, utterly clueless. He got the starting line up more or less right but I would have started with Howson and Johnson and used Hoolahan later if necessary. But what was he thinking with Elmander. Quite clearly he had given up at half time and decided the only thing to do was not concede any more. But he could have TRIED at least to attack. It's not unheard of for a side to score 3 times in 45 minutes (Villa did it 4 times !) and they're a team which can't score a home. The tragedy is we are stuck with Hughton now til the end of the season. I can't see Sunderland or West Brom performing as badly as Norwich and they have much easier run ins. Thanks Hughton, you've condemned our club to the Championship. In the name of all that is holy, take your money at the end of the season, let out and don't come back.

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    User Removed

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • As I have said before I think it is to late to change CH now no time for anyone to work with the run in we have got, As for RVW does not seem strong enough for premier league football .

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    Davyboy

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • 1 win then back to normal service. Did we really expect anything else, Just a spineless performance and Wes not celebrating, whats that about, shows how our team is all behind CH as the terrible Russ Martin keeps being wheeled out to tell us.

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    Jimhow

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • There is a pattern emerging here. A number of bad results followed by success in a 'must-win game'. Then the same again. It's kept the manager in a job but it will all end in tears.

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    blue tractor

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I was at the game last week and I honestly thought we might have turned a corner in this pretty horrid season thus far. My optimism quickly evaporated after about 25 minutes of todays game. After Benteke's goal we capitulated, there seems to be no confidence in the players, in my opinion this has to be down to the management team. I think we should have got rid of Hughton weeks ago but I fear the board have decide to stick with him to the bitter end, personally I think an interim manager might have a least installed some confidence and change of tactics when things are not going our way. Elmander on the right wing?! He doesn't have the formquality to be coming on at all. Inept in so many ways, this season has reminded me of the Roder days.

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    London_Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Elmander is the best right winger ive seen in ages!sick note pilkington no use whatsoever and you have to feel sorry for Hooper as all the presures on him to score.Howson man of the match!Bassong needs a rest,about ten games should do it.All together a pathetic display from professional footballers.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Although CH must take a lot of the blame for the inconsistency of results, and inability to adjust tactics to match the opposition, something is wrong with players who only turn up to play every other game. The squad we have appears to need to be driven hard week-in week-out, and I get the impression CH may be popular in the dressing room because he gives the players too easy a time. If we bring in a tough manager who demands performance every week, would this squad respond or revolt?

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    MichiganCanary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • When your strikers are not hitting the target, as ours are not, we need a solid defence but our defence just crumbles at the first glimpse of pressure. I cant see us surviving this season when our defence leaks so many goals in just a few minutes. Against a Villa side who have been struggling for goals themselves, this is a very embarrassing defeat.

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    Henry

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • C H go now PLEASE. You could,nt organise a p- up in a brewery.

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    norwichcanary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Come on Wes is not as good as you all make him out to be. He did score from a centre which our forwards have been wanting all season, but after that he gave the ball away to much, Howson should have started in his place he is much more solid and is more creative too.

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    canarybell

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • …..So did I Brew!....and the appearance, and attitude of the applicant, at first meeting went a hell of a long way... a positive approach to what was required was always better than 'What we have we will try and hold'....which is where we find ourselves after this debacle....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • So where are the CH supporters now? A Lucky win against Spurs and suddenly you believe he is the saviour and should be kept on. Well after today's insipid display the clueless one should do the decent thing and go now! I'm not surprised Wes Hoolahans goal celebrations were muted, after he has been shabbily treated by the manager I'd not want to celebrate either. Please just fire him now and we might just might save our season. I cannot see where the next 12 points are going to come from?

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    nobbly1

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Monday is at least two months too late! train has left the station.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • consistent performances almost as elusive as my posts appearing today!!

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • When your strikers are not hitting the target, as ours are not, we need a solid defence but our defence just crumbles at the first glimpse of pressure. I cant see us surviving this season when our defence leaks so many goals in just a few minutes. Against a Villa side who have been struggling for goals themselves, this is a very embarrassing defeat.

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    Henry

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Difficult to be positive after such a poor showing - It seems we are destined to take two steps forward and then three steps back this season and clearly the task of actually getting back to back victories is beyond the team. It just means the pressure mounts for each home game! I must admit I gave up all hope once I saw Elmander coming on again - Just cannot understand using one of the sub positions for Becchio week after week when he is consistently overlooked - surely he might just create a spark so what is there to lose in giving him at least one opportunity? Only our home clean sheets and 1-0 wins can save us now. Thought Wes was very influential until he tired, not unsurprisingly. Not much else to add really - Just frustrated, totally deflated and disappointed once again.

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    Hampshire Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Even if we manage to stay in the prem I would still want to see a change of manager, far too much rubbish going on under CH.

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    Radshenko

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Agreed matey. CH may just get a call tomorrow from the Boardroom, but the team themselves knew their job was done if they kept a second half clean sheet. Seems like Chris is more worried about his job, than salvaging pride for the fans. We all knew Lambert and Culverhouse were a great set up, but hoped that Houghton and Calderwood would step up. We were wrong. Well done Wes, by the way. You have nothing to prove to us Norwich fans.

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    Bally High

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Absolute rubbish the idea of putting Adams in charge. He is a youth team coach, not a club manager. Ridiculous idea. But if Hughton isn't sacked this season, and I've no idea who would make a difference at the moment, he must go in the summer.

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    Dan

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Neil Adams to be named as caretaker tomorrow. Steve Clarke , id even take Neil Warnock for the rest of the season. Its got to happen tomorrow or else too late. Why 3 down at half time did we not go with 2 or even 3 up front oh no its only Lambert who has the who dares wins

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • I would, however, absolve Hoolahan from any criticism, In the first half he was a revelation and showed just what Hughton has failed to recognise all season: that he is a creative player who can link play and make telling passes. Sadly his performance fell away in the second half, probably due to all the dross around him. Snodgrass didn't produce one single telling ball from either corner or free kicks or open play and was lucky to last one half!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Hate to join the doom and gloom brigade but I can't even find any solace in the stats! Four of our fellow strugglers are in the top ten of current form league. We are fourth bottom above Cardiff and Fulham who look doomed anyway plus West Brom - winless in six, but with us to play. I have checked back a few seasons and teams who are on a point a game after 28 games are not certain to survive. I also return to a stat often repeated in my posts, namely if your goal difference is no worse than minus 15 you stay up. Only us and Palace are defying that measure right now. Palace however are in form, we're not. Finally, on the CH in or out debate. I think McN and board made a rod for their own backs when coming up with that "not in bottom three\meeting his brief" statement. Surely the time comes when they have to recognise the football being played is so dire that the brief will not be met when it matters, ie after the Arsenal game.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • Yeah Wes scores but would you celebrate if you played for Hughton? Good to hear a take on Calderwood on CC tonight that made good sense. Thanks for the Clash refs earlier.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Going down and thats what the worst fans in football deserve worked amonst them for years and what they know about football you can write on a postage stamp always think they should be in the Champions league and signing Messi and Ronaldo.

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    caleb

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • 9-2 you'll never be Premier league. Otbc!!!!

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    Bygravey

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Did I forget to say villa havn't scored for 5 12 hours then come along you fools what a shambles of a club laughing stock you are

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    Townman

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • General problem is we are no good at chasing the game. How many points have we got this season once we fall behind? Hughton's biggest flaw is he doesn't know how to attack with real intent to score without leaving the defence exposed. Elmander was our best winger yesterday... that is how bad the others were. Also Tettey's booking was a real blow after that we had no bite.. should have brought on Howson for Redmond when it was 3-1.

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    jops

    Monday, March 3, 2014

  • But was wes's lack of celebration all about?

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    Bygravey

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Well, that was frustrating to say the least. Played well against Spurs, found a balance that works, then lose two of that team to injury, take the lead against the new enemy, look set to pile on more...and then get stuffed, and end up not looking good enough at all. I love being a Norwich supporter - wouldn't swap for anyone else. Anyway, too much else going on around the world to dwell on this anymore - looking forward to Stoke though.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • ouch!! one step forward (spurs) and two back, becoming a familiar story.

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • One man changed the face of the game: Benteke. We don't have a front man anywhere near his power and quality. But he was helped by some lame defending. His second goal was a classic case of him wanting it more than us. Having surrendered a lead we then in a matter of minutes found ourselves humiliated. The second half we had a good deal of the ball but to absolutely no effect. Our play was slow and labourious, consisting usually of a series of backwards and sidewards passes in slow motion followed all too often by a hopeful punt forward. We carry no goal threat and that combined with our inability to put two decent performances together back to back will sink us. This decline has been going on ever since Hughton arrived. The drivel we produced against non-league Luton should have opened everyone's eyes because it wasn't a blip. It was just an example of our ineptness. He spent a fortune last summer but to no effect whatsoever.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Monday is at least two montghs too late! train has left the station.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • A Disgrace: I am sick of it...

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    Robin Sydney

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • You may be ip........ Town man but sadly you are spot on. Mr Macnally looked like he had steam coming out of his head on. Lets hope he takes his anger out with swift action overnight or first thing in the morning, There IS just still time, JUST!!!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • Sorry, folks, you can blame me for this one. I missed last week's game and we got a marvellous surprise victory. Today I tuned in and we lost. Think I'll do what I can and ignore the games until MOTD in future! In all seriousness though, there's something very brittle about our team's confidence. Benteke's first goal was spectacular and I don't think our defence could have done much about it, but they needed to keep their heads and stick to what they'd been doing up until then. Keeping their heads is not what they did. Hoolahan played very well, but I wonder how much his subdued reaction to scoring affected the mentality of the team as a whole from that point on.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • malaga flier agreed, it should have been months ago but I do feel the board are looking for stability and they entrusted this to Hughton. He has not delivered, he has brought tactical incompetency to the club. It is beyond me why players that are naturally left and right footed play on the opposite wings week in week out! I think after the Cardiff game he should have bowed out and let someone with some attacking knowledge have a go. We are in a desperate situation indeed.

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    London_Canary

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • All the bravado and statements of commitment from Hughton and the players offered up at press conferences lately have been shown to be completely false today. The truth is Hughton we do not take you seriously anymore, we no not believe what you tell us. You are a very poor manager and your squad is quickly following you down the drain. For goodness sake GO - for once show a bit of character and admit you're not up to it.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, March 2, 2014

  • OK Fulham down Cardiff down. One place left ,We cannot afford another one like today. My money is still on Sunderland to take the last place, but its going to be close

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    Sunday, March 2, 2014

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