Chris Hughton appeals for a united front for Norwich City’s Premier League survival quest

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton tries to get his point across to Anthony Pilkington in Saturday's 4-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton. 
Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton tries to get his point across to Anthony Pilkington in Saturday's 4-2 Premier League defeat at Southampton. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton is calling for unity with Norwich City’s Premier League future on the line ahead of this weekend’s crucial home test against relegation rivals Sunderland.

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Hughton was heavily criticised by a section of the travelling support during the 4-2 top flight defeat at Southampton but the City boss is relying on the Carrow Road factor for the Black Cats’ visit. The Norwich boss accepts his under-performing squad have short-changed fans but Hughton has urged them to rally behind the cause for a defining period.

“The players know, and I will tell them, if our level of performance does not improve we will make life very hard for ourselves,” he said. “But we will have a fabulous crowd behind us and generally at home we have been very good and that has to be the case against Sunderland. It is only ourselves who can get us out of this and we have to do that very quickly. You have to remain focused, retain that belief but there is no doubt we are in a difficult position.

“It is always hard after a tough defeat but at some stage and quickly we have to put the Southampton one to bed, close it down, and look forward to a home game. We have been very good at home for the most part and we need everybody pushing in the right direction now.”

Hughton does not subscribe to the theory Norwich’s survival hinges on gaining enough points before a daunting finale.

“No, I don’t think you can ever feel we cannot get points in those final four games. If they were in any other stage of the season we would not be going into them with a defeatist attitude and particularly at home we are capable of winning against what are regarded as the bigger clubs,” he said. “We still have to look at it that we have eight games left and we have to get enough points across those eight games. I think my side is capable of that. We know it will be tough. Our form has been up and down, we have been inconsistent but we know we have enough capabilities to do that.”

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  • For me and some others too Waclor. How about if a giant condor or a pterodactyl descended on our dugout and took him away? A Bird of Prey Took me away. .. Uriah Heep not SD. When Saturday Comes I'll probably be in Hellesdon at this rate. Sack him for Jeez sake.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Taking a sicky today Steely. Yes Swiss, the irony of the album title wasn't lost on me either. 'Chrissie lied, you could see it in his eyes'. Or even: 'though you're not my enemy, I like things as they used to be'. 'It's a special lack of grace I can see it in your face'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • "Festuarial",Brewer? That's a new one on me.......but I like it. It shall be my word of the day. Watch this space.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sharky, I think with a good motivator we could play much better and as you say B Munich showed just how the game should be played. When they attack there are half a dozen into the box but as soon as they lose the ball there are half a dozen back defending. Once again it was noticeable on Saturday just how many of our midfielders cannot be bother to move either forwards or backwards so chasing cannot be in their contracts. Are you free this weekend I wonder!

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • you're !!!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Is a United front Rooney and van Persie? With the service the NCFC midfield supplies, I doubt even they would score.

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    Tunbridge Wells Canary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I don't suppose I would ever consider myself an optimist. However I have just had a glance at next weekend fixtures. Cardiff have Liverpool, Fulham at Man City, should both be definite defeats. Palace have the unpredictable Newcastle away. So if we can somehow beat Sunderland we will be seven points clear with nine to play. I know we have a tough run in but surely we could not go down from there.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • My view is simple and thus as a keen 'Snakepitter' - Sunderland will be buoyed from their last performance against Mr Tony 'I wear the club shop' Pulis and his team from SE25. Sunderland have three games in hand - which could in real terms drag us over the precipice. - that is cold-hard fact.If our team wants to be in the Premier League next year - and the prestige of being one of the 20, then hell for high leather frigging go for it I say. NONE of this pseudo containment football malarky - which has gotten us nowhere tbbh. I am the first to admit The Snakepit hasn't been the usual self - none of the raw rage and chanting -it is simply because their has been nowt to shout about - we as fans can only react to what we see on the pitch, and I can tell you this - the players should be embarrassed by their half-arsed performances this season. - have some frigging pride in that shirt of which you represent. It will be a miracle of near biblical proportion if we stay up. I am venting my spleen to the board in their horrendous oversight in not relieving CH and his backroom team from their positions in November 2013 - Relegation is a 'pain worse than death' very apt from a CE who just maybe has fired a smoking gun - which could ultimately be the death knell on our PL status - I hope and pray I am wrong. - OTBCNMTD

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    Stuart Woithe

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Put some water with it, Fagen.

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    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • MB, your pop at the Hughton (Houghton) mispellers concludes with an invitation to chant "Hughton UOT". Is that irony or, even deeper, am I the only one to have worked out (sorry, uot) that it stands for Useless Overpaid T**t?

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Pilks - another player ruined (temporarily hopefully) by Hughton. Two footed, pace to burn, several tricks and good in the air. Of course he needs ball on the front foot, but overall an excellent buy for peanuts comparatively and ready to develop further after his first season. In short, everything that Snodgrass isn’t and yet who does Hughton prefer? Injuries haven’t helped him, but his treatment illustrates the problems at the club in a nutshell.

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    CharlieCrickless

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Basically Hughton is saying if you want your team to survive get off my back. The problem with that is he's the reason we may not survive. We see that week-in-week-out. And he wants us not to blame him. What a nerve.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Well Mad B. as youve said £14milllion and nothing really to show for it.. just a thought maybe RVW just aint good enough , and eveyone including mcnally is in denial. Think how mush Andy carrol cost and it didnt happen was it £35 million?

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    johnty

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • The recriminations are going to be so severe after this season ends. We have the most unpopular manager - in footballing terms - this club has ever had and all the good work done in the Lambert era has been undone. Fans have been stuffed the last two seasons with a tedious, ineffective and boring style of football that the players have little care for. Don't tell me that they're all playing for him, but they clearly aren't and don't believe in his footballing philosophy. I just wish someone at Archant will say CH has to go.

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    komakino

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • That sad defeat by lowly Luton - A thing I maybe shouldn`t mention - Yet still we have the hapless Hughton - Accelerating our descension. It`s spot the unlisted word time, folks. Poetic licence?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • We are definitely now in the countdown to ecstacy but you can't buy a thrill.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • The look of disinterest on Pilkingtons face and his performance says it all the players are not united behind the manager and are not playing for him. Why the stupid McNally and Co can't see this I don't know, but unfortunately under Delia's reign her decisions have been more bad than good.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I wanted to give the photo one of Waclor's seagull captions, but he does it so much better than me.

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    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sharky I agree with what you're saying and that's an interesting analysis... Pilkington definitely looks like he wants away. Do you think there are enough left in the the squad who have got it in them to scrap it out in a relegation dogfight?

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I for now don't want to pulling in the same direction as Hughton, that's ever deeper down, at leasts the supporters can aim upwards. Trouble is it's not an 8 game season much of the damage is already done and Hughton and the players have destroyed any confidence we had. The results may be ok at home but the performances are just as bad on the whole! I think Hughton is deluded and I'm concerned the players are just as bad, well the ones they trot out for the media .

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Isaw as far as the first half on t.v. out in sharm elsheik Icouldnt watch anymore turned tv off .W.T.F.Goiing on at Carra rud .sorry for spelling jet lag.....

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    yarco

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Yes Stew I always wanted a settled team up to a point. Five changes is a big mistake. You need to know what everyone should be doing. Of course he will be trying that in training, but believe me its much different in a game. TK even I ran over 6 miles in a game. I,ve not seen the statistics for last week. I do know that many players for Munich and Benfica run over 7 miles in every game. Why cant we? The nearest we have to that style is A......L and liverpool who get the ball forward very quickly. Even Villa ( I hate to say) caught us out frequently in the same way.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • The recriminations are going to be so severe after this season ends. We have the most unpopular manager - in footballing terms - this club has ever had and all the good work done in the Lambert era has been undone. Fans have been stuffed the last two seasons with a tedious, ineffective and boring style of football that the players have little care for. Don't tell me that they're all playing for him, but they clearly aren't and don't believe in his footballing philosophy. I just wish someone at Archant will say CH has to go.

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    komakino

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Nothing wrong with a bit of optimism Steely D. ( I make it only 7 games left after Sunderland). Let's go further down the optimist road. Our current home form gives us 12 th place in a home form table with a gd of +1. So why get too down about what might happen at Carrow? The away current table however brings us back to pessimism, 2nd bottom, 1 point and gd -10. I am not turning in to CH's propaganda statitician but he continues to deliver home what he has done most of the season, bore the pants off us but accumulating reasonable points. So if nothing changes in respective home\away form we are likely to end the season needing something against Arsenal. A collapse in form at home and we will be down long before the end game. The unlikeliest sea change, improved away form, is what we badly need.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • OMG, now the Crone of The Chantry has emerged from its festuarial swamp.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Strangely I agree with most of what he says. Our home record is not bad, we have eight games to go, not four, and the players are capable of doing what is required. Okay then CH, it's an 8 game season. Go for it.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Just for you Barking Wise; " Ok now have you got that? Two Big Macs, large fries and chocolate shake, one chicken nugget happy meal for Mc Nally, two peregrine falcons and a shotgun. Oh and keep the change."

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    waclor

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I`ve done that assessment too, Fagen. I suppose it`s a form of vicarious pessimism, or optimistic Schadenfreude. I honestly would take surviving on the points we have already, providing the Board puts some spirit back into the club - which has to mean exorcising the wraith that is Hughton. Btw, after Sunderland, we have only 7 to play (sorry to be nitpicky) and we all know the nature of the `Final Four`.... I still believe Chrissy will be here until everybody spells his name correctly - that`s the Board`s secret criterion. Fact. So it`s time for `The Dullards` to shape up. Orltergither now - H-U-G-H-T-O-N UOT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Forgive me, who is he talking to ? I thought the players were all backing and supporting him. So that leaves the fans, he knows full well a packed home crowd want to be behind their team and will more often than not let that be heard. What changes that are his weird tactics and Subs ... Unity It is all there already... there would be more togetherness if he was to leave

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    gordon52

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Doesn't Hughton realise that it is only his leaving announcement which will unite the fans and players and then only until the next manager is unveiled.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • .....Not much to stimulate the brain today!...this website looks a bit yesterday or even last week...But we are going to have a different shape to the pound coin in 2017....twelve sided.... two faced...and 500 of them could get you a season ticket to watch Norwich in the Championship…..unless it gets worse than that!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • I'll turn up Saturday Mr Houghton.. Will the players?

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Where is the board ?,gone on holiday no doubt.Some cheek of hughton to say for supporters to get behind the team,thats always been there,shame he still is !.JUST GO NOW HUGHTON YOU WASTE OF EFFORT OF A SO CALLED MANAGER !!!

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    nelly

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Hoots There is a united front already in place. United behind getting shot of you before you consign us to the scrapheap of the Championship. The suporters are united behind the team but sadly they are not behind you or are the players. Our club has risen from the depths of despair of league 1 to the promised land but even with parachute payments we wouldnt return any time soon if we slip through the trapdoor. If as now seems inevitable you are still in charge for Saurday, for pitys sake take some bold decisions and GO FOR IT . Wes must start and try thinking outside the box just for once and START WITH BECCHIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He surely has something to prove as you have NEVER given him a chance. Play wingers on the right sides and pepper the Sunderland box from minute one. HE WHO DARES WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you cant manage that try doing the decent thing and walkaway that will be the only decent thing your sorry regime will have managed!!!!

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • It's time the players were sent out to play and not to contain, because whoever we play containing a team for 90 minutes is unlikely and even if you manage it you only get a point for your troubles. It's clear to me the attacking players are being held up, the list of players effected by this approach are Wes, Holty, RVW, Fer, Bechio and Hooper. They are all being held back and need to be let of the leash if we want to win games and they need to be supported by the rest of the team.

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    parkeg1

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • From here on in we have to use the players that show commitment. Not keep changing subject to injuries. Players dive Brew. They are basically cheats. While some managers fine their players for doing it, others seem to think its ok. Finally the refereeing in the EPL is dire right now. Players don't help but some awful decisions at the weekend. Sturridge should be retrospectively Banned IMHO

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • If only Norwich had had the foresight to appoint Dubai as `Optimism Coach`. All would be well. I wish I didn`t agree with you, Algarve but, on recent evidence, where is a spirited and competitive performance going to come from? I almost dread seeing Chrissy`s team selection. Any success from now on will be despite Hughton. Last season`s home draw vs WHU was a very early indication of what was to come, despite £14m worth of strikers+Elmander.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I'm still available, but the job is getting harder by the hour! Are you listening Mr McNally? Come on Delia, “LETS BE 'AVING YOU!”.

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Am surprised nobody has said it yet...CH if you go the team and fans will be united! This is the must win game for us! He says we can points off the bigger teams - PL taught us you've got to beat the teams around you. Just look at Villa's last 2 results (beat poor little old NCFC - minimum requirement - beat Chelsea - Bonus) result: Villa probably safe NCFC in deep doo doo. Cut to the chase the man has to go.

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    JMH

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I went to Eton with that fellow Peregrine Falcon, waclor. Jolly good chap. He`s in the House of Lords now, and is a regular guest at Delia`s gaff in Suffolk. He tends to throw buns at other chaps after his second large Port. (Warre`s or Taylor`s `50s\`60s stuff). Ordinary, but good enough for the plebs. The buns are from Gregg`s. Top hole, don`t you know. If only people stopped calling Chrissy `Houghton`, the Bored Board might chuck him Overboard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Desparation has finally entered the senario !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I would love to get behind the team at every match but how do you cheer when there's nothing to cheer. Even a good, hard tackle or chasing back, anything. We'll be here long after CH and all the players are long gone, we are the only constant in football, the fans.

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    b arclay

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • The look of disinterest on Pilkingtons face and his performance says it all the players are not united behind the manager and are not playing for him. Why the stupid McNally and Co can't see this I don't know, but unfortunately under Delia's reign her decisions have been more bad than good.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • We are all united in wanting to see the back of you CH and entourage.

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Last post disappeared so i try again!!! Chris there is a united front, the supporters are united in their desire to see the back of you. Sadly the players are NOT united behind YOU. If as seems inevitable you are in charge for Sunderland PLEASE try something different START with BECCHIO AND WES!!! Yo have ttreated Becchs disgracefully since you bought him give the poor man a start or might he embarrass you and actually get us a win. if you cant manage that try doing the decent thing , save our limp Board from making a decision and walk away.

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • NCFC mantra for the 2013-2014 season. We must put the last game to bed and look to the next game.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Mr Hughton, there were 2000 plus vocal supporters at Southampton. They gave loyally of their time, money and effort to cheer you on last Saturday. How did you reward them? With the most insulting performance of apathy I have ever witnessed a Norwich team display! You really do annoy me , please go!

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I,m just back from a days days on the south coast. Very nice apart from 2 hours on Saturday afternoon. Its taken me a long time to catch up here. When I saw the team I thought he wants try to dominate the mid-field. The problem was the man in the picture above didnt want to help his manager. He would not play one more game for us if I had my way. As someone said here, the manager should know who at least 8 or 9 of his players should be. You get use to playing with regular team mates. We were so bad, not working or covering each other. Defence and mid-field not as one unit. I was near Hughton. he was shouting for the whole of the first half. "Get up" "go on" It made no difference. Not enough room here or I will write a book. Yes its easy to criticise, but when some one wants to put an alternative opinion they are called "idiots" or "clueless". The is a forum for discussion and that shouldn't happen. I would use those words to the people who said them. Many here have said what and how they feel and there's nothing wrong with that. One final point some one here has been calling for Martins head all season. When Martin was dropped on Saturday he didn't agree with it How fickle is that. What people here think about the manager is sad but true. COYY

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sod's law MB, after a series of failed posts that one went through. Anyway, fair cop. In future I'll stick to stats!

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Spot on gordon52 and JMH. Stew, on the other Paddy piece, Robert was still boss at about 9.15am. Such fun.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I thought we were pretty united - we virtually all think CH is totally useless!

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • .....6.30am, and Snodgrass is the boss..…I thought IT had happened overnight!...7am, and we are back to status quo!....I'm confused...must be the same for the players...Needs you to sort it out Paddy!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • water, water everywhere but not a single drop to spare

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sharky, very interesting comments, thank you. When I went to watch a pre season match in Austria, nearly 2 years ago. I too sat right behind Hughton, all match his entire instructions, were "chase it" or "run", when his voice got tired, Bewilderwood stood up and did the same thing. I thought this can't be EPL management skills in action, nothing that has happened since has changed my mind that this a management team is the most useless in NCFC history. My boycott of Carrow road continues until the Board get their act together. If the rest of NCFC fans had shown similar resolve we would have been rid of this clown months ago.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • There is little doubt that there will be a united front by the supporters before and during the game on Saturday, but a repeat performance of the last three games and things will change after the game, not that the board will give a hoot, or should that be boot the hoot.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Tell em how it is Steely: Any news was good news, and the feeling had chilled my bones With just twenty nine points then Sunderland at home I was out of my mind with Chrissie on the throne Billie was the kingpin, back in 1965 I was singing this song when Billie came alive Bring back our football club Tell all your buddies that it ain’t no drag Bring back our football club. You were Lady Cookbook There was nothing that I could do So I pointed my car down to Carrow Road Billie swept the playroom And he swallowed up all he found It was forty eight hours till Chrissie came around Bring it on home.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I do agree with you TK. I,ve never liked the Yobo thing. Dont understand it when we had plenty of cover by people who are taller and with the club at heart. Yes Bassong had a bad couple of games but we have to play him with Bennett for the rest of the season.I wondered if he did that so Bassong realised he is not a fixture in the team Also we are crying out for a target man. Clearances are just coming back. Wouldn't it be great if we played like B Munich or Benfica? Two teams that will win the trophies this year. Dreaming again ;-)

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • NCFC mantra for 2013 - 2014 season. Put the last game to bed and look to the next game.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Spot on Cecil, I think the fans have been very kind to him considering just how long the team has been playing so badly. There has thus far been very little action from the crowd apart from those callinng for Hooper to be introduced against Stoke, had that not happened, I am convinced we would have stayed with Elmander as a single striker even though they were down to ten men.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • BP2 - good stuff but you must have a quiet day at the office today. Speaking of which where is Matt this week ? No I haven't been drinking any of the Bad Stuff but am tracking a Canary path to survival. More news on the Plasterers in the next few days. I'm off to watch some decent Evo Stik League at the mighty Carlton Town FC.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • …..Sharky this man Hughton is behaving like a Headmaster in a reform school...'If you don't toe the line and do exactly as you are told you will be punished'....God they must HATE him!.... He should be making them bond together, but doesn't have the foggiest idea how to do that!...step out of line and you're on your way to the 'Naughty step'!...It shows on the faces of every one of the players....A half decent manager would have picked his team for next Saturday and had them going through their paces all this week as a unit...But it will be late Saturday morning at the best before they will know if they are in or out!.....They will be almost strangers to each other!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • You'll get a united front from the fans on Saturday if your team loses Hughton- they will unite to demand your head and those of your two buddy mates - and I can't see how the board will be able to ignor them this time. Prepare for your final chance Hughton - you will find defeat a little daunting.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • BTW - Hughton's tactics are to defend but we can't even do that. In today's game most teams in the Prem have the speed, technical abilities and firepower to overcome such weak resistence. In fact he should learn from history. The only truly successful defensive system was Catenaccio, the uber sweeper concept devised by the great Italian Inter Milan coach of the 60s, Helena Herrera. It wasn't pretty. In fact it was pretty dull to say the least. But it worked because his squad was well drilled on the training ground and each knew exactly what their jobs were. Hughton's is a poor immitation of a defensive system. As such it lends itself to easy pickings and with no proper attacking plan it is doomed from the start and always will be. He should have gone a long time ago and taken with him his half-baked tactics.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Fagen, please, if you have any water left in the jug, offer some to BP2. Thanks.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Chris Hughton appeals for a united front. The Fans appeal for a motivational, inspirational and deserving manager to take us out of this horrible predicament!

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I'll turn up Saturday Mr Houghton.. Will the players?

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Reality check....there are four 6 pointers left this season.....each of those games will be seen by the other struggling teams as very winnable games against a floundering Norwich team. Starting this Saturday with Sunderland which is currently being forecast as a draw or away win for Sunderland!! Unless there is a drastic change of heart and attitude in the Norwich dressing room, I cant see that forecast as being anything other than accurate!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • .....Previously submitted on another fast disappearing board .....….Hot off the Press!....Mr McNally has ordered that the all seating in the bottom three rows are to be removed all around the ground, and replaced with stools from a Whitlingham Farm...except for the visitors section...This will enable Hughton to see clearly what it is like to be in 'muck and bullets' and avoid the bottom three at all costs...even if it means playing Hoolahan and Hooper at the same time....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Reality check....there are four 6 pointers left this season.....each of those games will be seen by the other struggling teams as very winnable games against a floundering Norwich team. Starting this Saturday with Sunderland which is currently being forecast as a draw or away win for Sunderland!! Unless there is a drastic change of heart and attitude in the Norwich dressing room, I cant see that forecast as being anything other than accurate!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sounds like a good name for a tribute band. Strange goings on last night on Archant. Under the story about Tony's crony (or croan) being appointed to lead NCC maybe 30 comments or so were posted, 29 were derogatory (but mainly in a constructive way). Today all comments have been removed. Who would have done that ?

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • Same old fickle narwich "fans" I see. You lot should be ashamed.

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    Liz Knott

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I think the Spurs result renewed the board's confidence in Hughton. They mustve thought we'd go on to get at least 4 points from the Villa and Stoke games so we'd be on 32 now. Winnable home ties versus Sunderland and Albion wouldve taken us to 38 and probable safety. The board must be as disappointed as we are but theyre sticking with the Hoot anyway. A mistake in my view.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Quite right, Barlcay. Fans feed off the energy and performance of the players and the players normally raise their games with the crowd behind them. The fans will be there on Saturday. But will Hughton and his team? Winning becomes a habit but so too does losing and we are locked into the latter. Hughton puts out a team most weeks which has us beaten before we start. As soon as I saw the lineup at Southampton I feared the worst. To get the crowd going we need to attack as a force, get the wingers delivering in to the box and get balls threaded through the middle to the front men. Sadly under Hughton we don';t go on the pitch equipped to do that. As such I am no longer surprised by our weekly inept performances. We start with a hand tied behind our backs. It is Hughton's tactics and his refusal to change that has got us into this mess. He spent a huge amount of money in the summer, all to no effect other than increase the speed of our descent.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Martin is one of many whose form has slumped under the yoke of Hughton. Such a shame - he was great at supporting the attack and always gave 100% effort. I still think he`s better as a CB, and it seems his Scotland manager sees it that way too. But what does Gordon Strachan know? `Somebody` has indeed commented that opposing sides detect weakness on the right of our defence, and I agree. It`s not all down to Russell, though. If only he felt confident that Robert would help to retrieve the ball after he`s lost it (yet again). The Thane prefers to go to ground, harangue the ref and berate sundry team mates. So close to being our new "Boss", too - according to The Padster, anyway. Hope you enjoyed your South Coast sojourn, sharky. Nice and peaceful in those parts. Solent Night all Wight. I`ve been Itchen to say that, and I failed the Test of desisting ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I wish I'd "booted up" in time to see Hughton "booted out". The proof reader obviously got held up in traffic, but sadly he has now corrected the Divot. Still, at least some of the posters had the good sense to "cut 'no paste" the wall of the toilet cubicle next door, and thus preserve for posterity, if not for YouTube, Paddy's latest pearl of wisdom. Presumably it will be adduced in evidence at his forthcoming annual appraisal......and thereafter at his "disciplinary". However, I suspect that the board of Arch*nt are as accepting of mediocrity as the board of NCFC, and therefore we will be enjoying Paddy's out takes for some time to come. David Colman would be proud, God bless him.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I'll turn up Saturday Mr Houghton.. Will the players?

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Or `misspelling` even, LincsCan ;-) Dictionary definition of `misspelling` is `incorect spelling of a word`. I just threw the error in to see if it tempted any of Steely Dan`s Dullards to have a pop. Instead, I got your erudition. Nice UOT idea, it never occurred to me but is most apposite. SteelyD might paraphrase\parody a rolling Stones number - "Under Our Thumb"?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014

  • 'TK' maybe our midfielders don't want to be entrenched in the mid third but have been ordered to and therefore do so through fear of being dropped.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • CH says "and I will tell them, if our level of performance does not improve", it's like telling a school boy to try harder in next week's exam. If you don't have the knowledge your stuffed, and that comes from the teachers!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Sharky, I presume I am the one you are calling fickle and I can take it mate. My main complaint about the team selection on Saturday was 5 unforced changes, including two in the back line. Something I never done when I managed as it is always better to try to keep a settled defence, however, for me Bassong had two poor concecutive games on the trot so needed replacing, Bennett had previously looked to be our best centre back so deserved his chance, such a shame he failed to grab it with both hands. However, I think Yobo was possibly worse than him on Saturday so would replace him with Bassong this Saturday. I am the first to admit that Whittaker looked woeful too so for me it is a choice of which defender to change this wekk but I would still only make one change not two. The main problem however was that just about every player was flat footed and not up for the game, that needs to change or we will certainly be relegated.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I am sure the fans will get behind the team on Saturday. But it is then up to Hughton and the team to deliver. So often this season this hasn't happened, so fans have been right to criticise, including those short-changed away at Southampton who were frankly embarrassed by the team's inept performance. And again not for the first time. In brief, the fans will step up to the plate as they always do on match days. Pity Hughton, his dull coaching staff and many of the players don't deliver anything resembling a cohesive, determined display with good support for the front men, decent crosses and creative midfield distribution. All basic elements of the game. All sadly missing from Hughton's regime.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • I'll turn up Saturday Mr Houghton.. Will the players?

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    Pondlife

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • The look on Pilk's face says it all. "Yeh Yeh Yeh gaffer..... whatever....i'm a winger...i dont want to defend all day"

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    DistantCanary

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • and waclor...I can do some very nasty hand shadow pictures....take your time...you w'ont be paying for another couple of weeks!!

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

  • Where is the board ?,gone on holiday no doubt.Some cheek of hughton to say for supporters to get behind the team,thats always been there,shame he still is !.JUST GO NOW HUGHTON YOU WASTE OF EFFORT OF A SO CALLED MANAGER !!!

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    nelly

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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