Chris Hughton insisted his Norwich City players were the real stars of the show after a stunning Premier League win over Manchester United.

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The Canaries’ boss was feted by the biggest Carrow Road crowd of the season for masterminding a rare success over the Red Devils. Hughton acknowledged the support pitchside, but praised the men under his command for another unforgettable occasion on home soil.

“Any praise that I will get or achievements here is all down to the 11 on the pitch,” he said. “All you can do is set the team up as you want and try to motivate them. You can try and tactically get them right but as soon as that whistle goes it is all about those 11 players.

“Right now we have a group who are confident in their own ability and are absolutely working their socks off. For any praise to come from supporters towards me is because they like what they are seeing and at the moment we have a support who like what they are seeing.

“This place is always noisy but Manchester United is a special occasion because of what they are as a club, as a team and as a manager. You would expect your support to rise to that and I thought they were excellent.”

Hughton did concede Anthony Pilkington’s match-winning header had marked a highpoint in his managerial career.

“Of course it is right up there. No doubt,” he said. “That is because it is Manchester United and even away from home it is a daunting prospect so any achievement is always up there.

“I don’t think too many have too much luck against Manchester United. I’ve obviously played against them a good few times. I made my debut against Manchester United, and we won actually, but I think most don’t have too much fortune against them.

“Yes it would be (among the best) but more so I am really proud of this group of lads. There is a good feel in that changing room at the minute.

“They had more of the play, they got more crosses in but I don’t think we didn’t deserve it. The players put in a real good shift.”

Hughton was in no doubt City’s victory over the three-time Kings of Europe was merited.

“What pleased me most was that over the 90 minutes we deserved what we got. I thought we limited them to really minimal chances,” he said.

“We could, perhaps with a little bit more composure, have put the game to bed a bit earlier. Manchester United have shown time after time that being 1-0 down doesn’t mean a lot to them. They can change the way they play. They open the game up and go a little bit more offensive, which they did do here, and they have great options in the squad.

“Probably for those who didn’t watch the game they were expecting United to get an equaliser and then a winner late in the game, but we defended really well from the front. You can’t solve all the problems, but we were certainly in the right place enough of the time.”

Ever the pragmatist, Hughton was quick to preach caution even in the midst of post-match euphoria after landmark league wins for Reading and Southampton over the weekend gave the latest Premier League table a different complexion.

“It is still about three points, albeit it is a great feel to do it against Manchester United,” he said. “After the first few games where we had performances, but not the points or that rub of the green, it is so vital now to pick up points.

“We’re on a good run. What it shows is if you we are at it and we are at our best then we can win football matches.

“It has to be that way. At a time when Reading and Southampton perhaps haven’t been able to do it they have both come up with wins – Southampton an away win and Reading a real good win against Everton. Anybody can get points. Whatever we say about this being against Manchester United the value of it is that we get another three points.”

39 comments

  • YorkCanary, maybe JR should grow a bit of a `Barnet` afore the winter sets in. It can get a bit fierce in these paarts in tha winta! He could git a fruzzen skull! Its so good to read a manager`s comments sans those codas of yesteryear: "for me", "since I`ve been here", "while I`ve been at the club", etc. Hoots is a gentleman and a scholar. We are so lucky (or clever) to have his services. I just hope Spurs dun`t come a-shaaapin` when they run out of patience with AVB. Hughton has done everything to deserve the admiration he now gets. His playing career, his vast experience of coaching and playing 2nd fiddle, his unrewarded success at Newcastle, his supreme over-achievement at Birmingham, his loyalty and his humility. This man has so many old-fashioned qualities. He could become a true Norwich City legend. He`s a sticker, not a twister. IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • B****y furriners, Swiss! Thass woi Hutes hed ter git in a fuw furriners of `is own, ter counteractificate it! Tha` Tetley blook is pritty smoooth `n he`s teachin young Jaanson how ter do ut. Tha` Gaarridge door blook int bad neether, fer a Basquet case. Up `n over! Maybe we kin git thet Catnic blook next? On lend till whenever? Pity Lambo`s gornter nick `em all in Jaaenuery fer Vanilla, thow. Thass real loif, mixin` with the big ol` boys. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • He mist be feeling on tip of the wurld., or as a previous manager would have said, “Over the Moon”. Norwich didn't just wine, they beat Man Utd fair and square, with a wonderful display of feetball, and looked the business from the word go. All that in front of the biggest crewd of the season so far, and millions more watching on ESPN, me included.

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Congratulations to CH and the team on another solid home victory..Its really coming together.Pity it took all pre season and the opening salvo of games to get the ship going the right way. Now lets go and masticate those toffees, and then put the saints on the rack !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I suddenly had a flashback to when I was trying to understand Paul lambert then Brew!

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Well, Pa. There we are. I tried to defuse the Lambo is God thing a few times but was...ethered, mostly. Lambo`s self-serving codas "For me". "Since I`ve been here", etc, etc. Anybody who does a bit of people watching could see what his agenda was - "for Him". Brilliant but not a good guy. Hughton is equally brilliant, if deliberately understated, and certainly a good guy. Though things can change. The Fickle Fingers of Fans... Lambo is a Twister, Hoots is a Sticker. And a proper gentleman.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Millions watching on ESPN, Stew? err... thousands perhaps. Mind you, those commentators did apparently say that Gigs and Carrick could not cope with Hoolhoop, which, as a paying punter, I'd agree with, just a shame Holty had to play up front on his own as we could not slip on Cinamon and play with 12. Ruddy was simple excellent in everything he did, and hats off to the (oft on these boards) maligned CH who got his tactics spot on, doubling up on ManU's twin wingers, Diver and Cowell.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • On a separate note - I think we are still a work in progress. Clearly CH has focused very hard on the defensive side (and note that all 4 of the back-4 on saturday were his summer signings) and that's clearly paid dividends when playing teams where we genuinely expect to have our backs to the walls (Man U and Arsenal the obvious examples). This should also bode well for Everton away (particularly as they're missing the big MF). However, I do think we need a different game plan for those teams around and about us where this game plan doesn't seem to work so well (think Reading etc). End of the day, as nice as it is to beat the really big clubs, its actually better to beat the lower clubs that we're battling against (as we're effectively taking points off them too). After all, the last time we beat Man Utd in the league, we got relegated!

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I though it was Ged who was the masticator MB !!

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    The Crab

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • The man is turning out to be everything I hoped that he would be. He has a clear vision and does not hesitate to act to achieve it, is charming and finally succesful. He makes us proud again. The average life expectancy of most managers seems to be about 3 years so I hope that we have a portfolio of back-up plans, I am sure that we do. However, I am more than happy to see this contuinue to grow as long as he and City are happy to let it do so. Very quickly, he has put in place a much stronger squad, though we still seem to be missing a bit of bite up front. At least Johnny Howson can say he took the script for his fluff from van Persie.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Great win. Great performance. I do hope Hughton has sold his house in the midlands. I would hate a big club like Villa to come in for him. How did Villa get on this Saturday? Where's Ged? Clean sheets and one nil wins - Rioch and Worthington eat your hearts out.

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    Pondlife

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Confession. Been on Wikipedia! AVB is indeed 19 years Hoots` junior. He has never played professional football. He managed the Virgin Islands team when only 21. His great days were at Porto. Hoots played 53 international matches for ROI, was a Spurs stalwart for years and started coaching in 1993. It`s a "Tortoise and Hare" job, isn`t it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Surely it should be "Ips -vi- ch!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • spurs are the team i am worried about. if they come calling i imagine he would find it very hard to reject their overtures. but apart from them i think he will stay with us for quite some time.

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    goldeneadie

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Let`s make Everton mince.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Very good JGL. Ipsix, 5 + 1 make six.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • No way with Spurs. They usually go for top European targets and quite well accomplished managers. CH is too early in his career for them

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    YorkCanary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I think the 'coolest head' at Carra' was Ruddy's. Loving CH's mind-set though and mentality. Feet on the ground and believe in yourselves..we can do this!

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    YorkCanary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • As others have said he is a man of class and humility a true professional. What he has achieved in a comparatively short time has been above expectations and he has the team playing as a unit and seemingly with great self belief, long may it continue. The threat from Spurs is at present speculation and if it comes to reality I have no doubt the backroom boys of the board will make a good fist to keep him. The yearn to go back to ones roots does not always surface when you expect it, as was the case with Malky when he was linked with the job. In the meantime hats off to him and all the team and here's to more of the same. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • What is happening not a lot of us getting ethered just lately . GOOD!

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    yarco

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I haven't said much lately, very little need to at the moment. He's seen the light and taken on board most of the advice I have offered. Don't believe me then! Well just look back to my postings on here from way before Lambert got his marching orders. On the surface he left us, in reality, he got a kick up the backside to send him on his way, and what a wonderful job he is doing for Vanilla... Back to City,. The “Chevron” is taking shape nicely!. Wes Hoolahan is first down on the team sheet, closely followed by Grant Holt. And congratulations to John Ruddy. He's become of Age!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Can't resisit a wry smile at all the pro-Hughton comments. Quite agree with all of them but the matter of a few weeks ago everyone (nearly) was wondering whether CH's way was the right way. I think it's all coming together really well. We're solid at the back, are still playing good football and beating the likes of Man U, Arsenal and Spurs. Fantastic! Bring on the Toffees!

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    Flying Canary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • That`s it theN!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • I think you're probably right. He was forced out of Newcastle and moving from Birmingham to us is an obvious step-up. I always felt with PL that it was only a matter of time before he left. I definitely don't see CH being like that - if or when he leaves (assuming the wheels don't fall off and he doesn't get sacked) it will be for a genuine step in the right direction (i.e. top 4 or 5 club or Everton)...not a move to a club in worse shape than our own.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Following up on the Hullahoop and corners comment from Preston, did anyone notice that little b****r Javier Hernández Balcázar trying his upmost to obstruct John Ruddy at every corner and Tettey wrestling him away. I think I saw JR getting the odd shot in at him as well.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • What a superb weekend, went for pub lunch Sunday, saw 2 town supporters and an ex player! lovely stuff ! Punters today included 2 man u, 3 chelsea, 1 vanilla and 2 yids! Happy days, OTBC!

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    tom the taxi

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • That`s it the. Swiss & JGL can do the Arithmetic & Abbreviation lessons and I`ll stick to Pedants` Corner (just to please goldie). Timbo can lead the Diplomatic Corps, with special responsibility for engendering good relaions with Villa fans in general and MonkeyNuts in particular. ;-). My (only) Thought for the Day: One swallow does not count as a proper drink.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • how nice to see hoots getting praised.its not many weeks ago i was defending him from the whiners who were doubting him.us fans are a funny old lot.going to be tough at everton,thought they where hard done by at reading,should have been four up at half time.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I hope you`re right Yorky. I don`t think Hoots would go if he thought he was not up to it. Too much humility, a long-term man. But how did Spurs go for AVB? Almost 20 years younger than Hoots (?). Apart from an apparent desire to be a Mourinho lookalike, he doesn`t seem to have cut the Colman`s yet. That`s what worries me. As you say, too soon for Hoots. Hopefully.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I have a feeling that it was Lambert's choice to be on the rolling contract. I think that Hoots is on a 3year deal, but if anyone knows different please say. Anyway, I hope that he does stay for at least three years as that should mean that he is doing ok. York is right in saying that we need to adapt our play against the teams around and below us. One of the most frustrating games in Hughton's tenure was against West ham when he deliberately didn't bring on Hula Hoop because he was worried about getting done from a corner. Thankfully he now knows the qualities of his players better, and the balance between attacking and defending is improving and we are consequently starting to pick up more points. Looking at our results, I would also have to say that it is our away form that now needs addressing most. We haven't scored many away from home and haven't won yet. This is not a criticism and something that I am sure will come. We remain a work in progress. I am also interested to read that we have one more point than at this time last year, though the following stat about being lower in the table suggests that the teams below are picking up more points too. I feel that it will be tight for the last relegation place or two this season, I just hope that we are well out of it. IHWT

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • Pa Snipps are always better if left buried until the frost gets them!!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Spot on Putney! OTBC

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • v-err-i good, Stew! No mistake. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, November 20, 2012

  • We beat Man U. 1p5wich get hammered + just to ice the cake Paul "exceptional" Lambert's Aspirin Vanilla got mullered as well. Great weekend !

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    Timbo

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • PS. I hope!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • ~Sorry Pond life, but too many heads have been buried in the sand before, with all the talk of Lambert and so many thinking he could do no wrong. Records will show that I was one of the first to doubt his talents, much to the dismay of his insanely faithful.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • I was pleased to see an 8 year contract for Alan Pardew up at Newcastle- a world away from the sort of "rolling" contract PL was on as it's good for the long-term security of both club and manager.I recall too Mike Walker's beef with Chase was the short-term nature of the contract on offer.I believe City have got a goodun' in Chris Hughton and ought to consider something similar to Newcastle's unusual move.

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • It was always painfully obvious with PL as all his statements ended or started with, 'Listen, this club and the fans will be here long after I'm gone..' and then the occasional 'How far can this club go?' and all that junk. Everyone thought he left 1 year too soon and to the wrong club and currently it appears that way, but alas I'm becoming side-tracked.. I said that CH seemed the best choice at the time and came through the right way in his career with the correct mentality and style and it's starting to finally look that way now. I'll take as many 1-0 wins as you like and enjoy getting to half-time without being 1-0 or 2-0 down already. As CH said, we cannot let our level drop from here and other teams below us will get wins too so we just need to look after ourselves. P.S I don't think Spurs will want him. They tend to look at top European and accomplished managers. They were also unlucky against the Arse and that was obvious to see

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    YorkCanary

    Monday, November 19, 2012

  • Ip5wich are now Ipsix. And QPR Quite Possibly Relegated.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, November 19, 2012

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