Chris Hughton - Norwich City’s travelling support deserved better at Aston Villa

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton knows the Canaries' support were short-changed in a 4-1 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton knows the Canaries' support were short-changed in a 4-1 Premier League defeat at Aston Villa. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
7:00 AM

Chris Hughton admitted Norwich City’s travelling support were right to criticise his side during the Canaries’ Premier League thumping at Aston Villa.

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City’s sporadic attacking efforts in the final quarter of a 4-1 defeat at Villa Park drew ironic cheers from the away end, who also hailed former City duo Grant Holt and Paul Lambert in the closing stages. Hughton knows City’s loyal support was short-changed in the Midlands, but the Norwich manager believes his players will respond against Stoke this weekend at Carrow Road.

“I can understand that reaction,” said Hughton. “They have seen a team start well and within a 15 minute period are 4-1 down so any frustrations they have or they want to express I accept. They travel a long way to watch their football team and they want to see a performance that gives them a positive result.

“It is not a lack of fighting spirit because we have showed that. It is about responsibility. We have to dig deep and weather the storm in those difficult periods. You are going to have some bad days and that was a bad one. We were poor in a 15 minute period that cost us the game.”

Hughton is adamant his players have proved their mental toughness already this season following thumping away league defeats at both Manchester City and Liverpool.

“We generally have a side who are capable of picking themselves up and churning out results when they have needed to,” he said. “This is such a competitive league. It is probably as competitive as I have seen the bottom half of the division. We know a home win this Saturday and results going our way changes things and the mood once again. We went on a good run towards the end of last season when we were in a vulnerable position.

“There are 10 sides with not many points between them so we need to be the side who can put a series of results together to break away from that.”

Hughton has reiterated he is not interested in setting any points target ahead of the final 10 fixtures.

“No, we don’t have one in mind and it is almost a little bit dangerous to have one. Everyone has different opinions. I think it is going to be very difficult to determine what it will take.”

120 comments

  • So we cannot afford a poor 15 minutes in any one game? The team needs to be switched on for the full 90+ minutes. Bassong twice had just one minutes loss of concentration against Tottenham, which, but for Ruddy would have seen us lose that one, and such 'poor minutes' and losses of concentration are costing us massively this season. It' down to coaching. It's down to team selection. It's down to Hughton.

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    Arbee

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Will Hughton be here in the summer? A new manager may value Ryan Bennett as much as I do. Or will NCFC even be in the Premier League anymore. At Championship level Ryan Bennett would be right up there as one of the best central defenders in that division. (For the record I hope Hughton is gone, the sooner the better and I hope were still a Premier League team). Said it a 1000 times the next manager appointment is so important. We urgently need someone who is able to motivate players, get the very best from them. Like Russell Martin said Hughtons a decent coach on the training field. Im sure the players are professional and trying to get results but something, somewhere isnt and hasnt been right since Hughton took over. Good players suddenly look anything but good, seriously lacking confidence and certainly not looking a 'team'. Lambert had plenty of faults (especially tactical ones) but what he lacked in that area he more than made up for in the man management department. Someone similar who can help our clearly talented attacking players embrace their strengths is top of my list.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Our players are good enough to have seen us comfortably in the top half of the table by now. Because only 4 more points would have done it. That we're not in that comfort zone but in our present parlous position has got to be down to Hughton. He should have been sacked ages ago. I presume the board's dilemma is this. Is there anyone - available to us now - who would do better? Who with 10 games left, 4 of them supposedly unwinnable, would take us on?

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • My reaction to that result rhymes with clanging bell. Why can't CH give Becchio a chance. Look if we are relegated, not the end of the world, nobody will die.

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    paddycanary

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • If football is not played with passion and commitment then it just becomes a kick about in the park. We are all invited, as supporters, to join in with the passion and commitment and come to the games and cheer and sing along. So yes passions are riding high when supporters are "short changed" . I felt mugged by that second half performance and I didn't even travel to Aston Villa, goodness knows how the fans on the terraces felt. Show some respect for the supporters with an honest, professional effort and mistakes can be forgiven. But to not even try , just to maintain a losing 4-1 score line in the second half is truly insulting and worthy of contempt.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • ....and just one more point! No, I won't be attending any further away matches this season. Not that you'll notice CH.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Agree Cecil! Very much so. Im not sure about the usual suspects linked with us but if we get the right guy we have a very talented squad really capable of achieving more than were paying for at the minute. Midtable was the boards desire and really that should be easily achievable with the players we have on our roster.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Nobody else rolls over and has their belly tickled as much as us though chap. It keeps happening. We keep seeing the same mistakes over an over. If your happy then fair play to you but im sickened by the 13 months of decline. The club had built a brilliant platform for as they called it continued improvement. yet Hughton changed everything from top to bottom and its taken us backwards. We have a good squad. Everyone is 100% justified in demanding more whether they are a fan or Mr McNally. The fact the table is close is the exact reason why its worrying how unhappy everyone is. We should be positive and confident of avoiding the drop even if we ultimately go down. However because of what we've endured for over 13 months the hope has been beaten out of us. Other than Cardiff IMO everyone else around us show signs of getting out of this or at least putting a run together to get out of it. NCFC however.....I see nothing more than the odd 1-0 followed by total no shows for 3 or 4 games,soul destroying further when its against your rivals gifting them more points! The alarm bells have been ringing for so long yet we've done nothing to prevent the destruction ahead of us.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Short answer is Lambert 100% over Hughton. Not even taking the success we had under Lambert into account. His lack of tactical knowledge is replaced by sheer passion and brilliant man management to get not only 100% out of any given player but to get 110% out of them. Would I have him back? No. Not after how he left and personally I think he knew as well as I did that he had achieved about as much as he could with the club and his stock was never going to be higher. However the foundations were already set and there was a good platform to build on and Hughton came in and was the total polar opposite in every regard to Lambert and basically set about destroying all the good work already done and replacing it with his own vision. Fair play but its totally failed and only going to end in total destruction in my honest opinion and view point. Hughtons a good coach as every pundit, player & fan reminds us every two minutes. Sadly just not a good man manager. He has 1 style that isnt easy on the eye that mildly works & proven countless times he doesn't have a plan B. Ive seen a few brave supporters try and claim that Hughtons failings are down to the players not being his own in the past and those from Lamberts era. Well Hes had countless Transfer windows to assemble his own squad rather than using Lamberts and if anything the more time hes had the worse the performances have gotten. I want to believe no matter how many goals we let in, it isnt over. Never once under Lambert did I think "well thats that, game over". Under Hughton its a weekly happening.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • I am not particularly having a go at Bassong as he is without doubt a top quality player when on form, but right now that has dropped for whatever reason, I think the captaincy plays a part. His first couple of games with Yobo, seemed to herald a revival of his better form but for some reason he has dropped off a bit once again. That is why we have a squad and I think Bennett was playing well enough before his injury to justify him being given a chance against Stoke.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • It is not the case that half the teams in the EPL are in a similar position to ourselves. Cardiff and Fulham are in a worse position, all the rest are in a better position. Three teams go down ergo we're in deep trouble. Are our players good enough to get us out of trouble? Yes, just about. Is our manager good enough? No. And that is the reason he should go.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Green Man, a word of advice. Probably not a good idea to start throwing your weight around in a first post. We all have different opinions which by and large we respect. What we DON'T do, if we can possibly help it, is call each other names such as "puerile" and "pathetic". We leave the mindless abuse to the trolls at the other end of the A 140. As a matter of interest, does your handle reflect your football allegiance, your local pub, a recent bout of sickness or your relative inexperience at posting on this site......or none of the above?

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Dear Barking. Having been a City supporter for very many years (since the days of Crossan and Bly in fact) I feel entitled to express my opinions on this board. What you misconstrue as an attempt to throw my weight around is my reaction to two recurring themes. One is the personal abuse aimed at Hughton and to a lesser extent McNally - calling someone a cretin is neither clever nor funny. The other is the negative whinging . My experience of playing a variety of sports tells me that success is pretty well dependent on having a positive attitude and while I doubt if any players or staff read any of these posts I am sure that the negativity of supporters can have an impact on performance. So let's all get behind the team for the rest of the season and think about future management decisions after we've beaten Ars..al. Oh, and my "handle" as you put it has no connection with your suggestions. And neither is it linked to a sense of envy arising from an encounter with your wit and wisdom! OTBC!!

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    Green man

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • According to most here he is playing on the wrong wing. Wonder who the cretins are now. ;-)

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Out of interest, I am watching Redmond in an England shirt against Wales. He is playing as a left sided winger cutting inside. He is being given plenty of ball. He is receiving much direction and encouragement from the England bench. He is by far the best player on the pitch. He has scored the only goal.Funny old thing!

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • There were 7 `highlight` games in which we threw away a total of 20 points through ineptness, incompetence, gutlessness and negativity. The embarrassing thrashings are another issue. Hughton takes the manager`s salary, ergo Hughton takes the flak. I truly hope we fluke another 10 points and survive to fight again - but please, please, no more of Hughton, Calderwood and Trollope.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • I would reply chap, but Archant is being a total dimebar today

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • I just read these tired and predictable articles with a wearied "whatever" attitude.I desperately want us to stay up, but am starting to adopt "battered wife" syndrome. Do whatever you like....just let the pain stop.

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • we'll be lucky to get 1 point when we dont bother attacking . Is Hellmander our worst ever player - at least Rosario scored for us.

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    citizen

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • They've deserved better at a lot of places... is this really news? Most teams have off games, but NCFC do seem to make rather a habit of it... It all seems very brittle - goal goes in against them and something happens psychologically. Self-belief?

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Played very well on the Left side (as he has done many times for NCFC) against a distinctly average Wales side. Never a point ive argued. My only point ive tried making reference Redmond and which side is that opinion that he is better and more consistent in his delivery and amount of assist's for goals from the right hand side. A Point still backed up by the lad himself. Some here will want to have a big argument with you now and bite the hook you've dangled infront of them but ultimately making such a comment after last night is no different to those that got destroyed after Fox played very well at Carrow Road against Fulham.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Seriously, How many decent Norwich travelling fans are now prepared to go all the way to Swansea and get the same rubbish Hoots? Its expensive, depressing, a long way, and definitely a game in which by recent form Norwich have zero chance of getting anything...... McNally, you have now watched losses to Hull, Cardiff, Fulham twice, Villa twice, West Ham and a couple of draws with Palace, Sunderland and Swansea which clearly indicates that this season is heading one way.... I have tried to be and remain positive but I agree with the majority of posts,, Norwich are probably seen as the weakest non fighting team in the league...and Im sure Swansea, Stoke, WBA, SLand and Fulham have us marked as 3 points in their run in and not a game to aim for a draw....oh and finally gives us a statement on here about Becchio why he does not play,, not the drivel we are getting,,, come on we all want to hear it....

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    Robin Sydney

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Exactly the way I see it, Trevor. If we are to go down then let's do so fighting. Unfortunately Hughton will take us down without so much as a whimper or a prayer. He should have been replaced a long time ago. I remember coming away from the pre-season friendlies this summer and the one before that saying we are lightweight and unbalanced. At one time we were actually half-decent at preventing goals. Now we cannot even do that. Meantime the problems midfield and onwards have not been addressed because Hughton cannot bring himself to accept that a team has two functions: to keep out goals and score them. His is a one-eyed one dimensional view which insists first and last on only having players whose prime job is to defend. Even the winger's job seems to be more focussed on retreating to support his full-back than on gaining ground upfield and getting in useful crosses. Hence Snodgrass being automatic choice as right wing. What other criteria can there be for playing him there? He is not able to get round his fullback on the outside so turns inside and then loses the ball. As has been said before, if we need a winger to track back to help the full back all the time then we need to improve in that area of defence. The answer is not to get the winger to do the fullback's job. I used to play football at a very low level but even there I never, ever, heard of anyone putting a left footed player on the right wing. It just beggars belief and rationality.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • First time on here and had to check that I hadn't logged on to an Ips..t site by mistake! Can understand frustration but the puerile abuse aimed at Hughton and McNally is pretty pathetic.. Pablo is right. Almost half the teams in this league are in a similar position. Anyone like to swap with Cardiff... Or Fulham??

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    Green man

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Mawther you must be more sepcific in your posts. When you say "... not a word associated with watching Norwich", did you mean "Scoring", "Goals" or "Fun"?

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    waclor

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Ok matt... another time another topic!

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Your posts are spot on as usual Matt, the man has been given too long already to show that he can perform at our club so why is he still in charge. I do not fear relegation but at least expect the club to go down fighting all the way and players showing that they care. The problem is, too many are simply here for the big pay packet and will be gone in a flash if we go down.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • kenfoggo, you were spot on with your analysis of the Villa game but there was possibly one error in the Spurs game, that was the part Bassong played. He gave Spurs at least one if not two glorious chances to equalise and that is why I would have tried Bennett alongside Yobo second half on Sunday. Bassong certain is not captain material and I wonder if that is the reason why he is playing so badly right now, mind you, I think he also suffered similar problems with consistency at previous clubs as well.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • From under which rock did greenman crawl ? You say it's your first posts on here and hopefully your last. Get behind the team??????? we've been doing that for a season and a half now, and been treated to Hughtons dross in return. Don't make me laugh, the stats speak for themselves, the fans posts on here tell you all you need to know. Every so often we scrape a 1-0 win but for the most part we capitulate at the first goal that goes past Ruddy. He has managed to drag this club headlong into the mire, made us a soft touch for teams that are nowhere near in our class quality wise, but his inane tactics have let clubs far worse than us (Cardiff, Fulham, West Ham, Aston Villa to name a few), just walk all over us. Hughton is 94 on with the bookies to be the next manager to go, and it is fully justified. The man is without doubt the worst and most unpopular manager in the Prem. and the sooner gone the better for NCFC. As I keep saying, we will still be here and still supporting our team long after this idiot has gone

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I appreciate pablo's attempt at lightening the mood, but having a few years respite from heartache and worry, I am not appreciating its return. As our leader says, “There are 10 sides with not many points between them so we need to be the side who can put a series of results together to break away from that.” Unfortunately, of the 11 clubs who have between 21 and 31 points at the moment, we are the ones who seem prone to collapse under pressure as the players stand by and watch with only a half-hearted attempt to pull back the goals. We are like the boxer with a glass jaw who is fine as long as the opponent does not fight back. Russ Martin's interview before the match was revealing. When asked about the contrasting styles of PL and CH, he said that CH is more present on the trauining ground than PL but on gameday, PL was a huge pressence but CH is not. That seems to some up the attitudes of those two NCFC teams and one of the key things that is missing. Finally, like the rest of the population, I am still confused as to what it is that Elmander is supposed to be doing and where he is supposed to be doing it. I doubt that Becchio is a closet Suarez or even Benteke but surely he has got to have more to offer than that?

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Timbo, in the words of the Bard of Avon "smile, smile and be the villain" or "look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under`t" (Both approx). Is Hughton that much `nicer` than Roeder, or indeed anyone else? How do we know? He certainly favours favouritism and mistreats his non-favourites with disdain. I cannot believe the way Becchio has been treated. Or Wes. Garrido - a "must-pick" to a "Who?" in the space of a single new player`s arrival. Fox. Surman. The Butterfield fiasco. Ryan Bennett. Ayala. James Vaughan. Even Chris Martin (though he needed to mend his ways, and seemingly has at Derby). Jed Steer. Holt. Meanwhile we have Robust Ricky, Elmander the Eager, Sicknote Gutierrez, Robert the Wrist, Bassong the Blooper... it`s too depressing for words. Hughton is so lucky to have that job. 25,000 fans are so unlucky.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Hola el dingo! Haven't heard that one down here so guess it may be a colloquialism? Malaga fans have a good one to describe a player making a fool of himself...tronco! As you know strictly speaking it means trunk. But applied in this case...well you can guess, eh?! Talking about Malaga, I see them a lot as I do Norwich and this season they share one thing in common: cannot score goals. Malaga's record is similar to Norwich's. However there is one difference - Malaga are adventurous and go looking to score! Just no good at it!! Saludos, mi amigo.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Yes we do deserve better, certainly better than you Mr Hughton and that other negative fellow, McNally.

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    Heading for Squalor

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Goss Volley, you are right that Snods goal against Spurs was a cracker, as was the last time one of inverted wingers scored......... Redmond home to Southampton. So that's 2 goals from inverted wingers in 28 games. It might be a matter of opinion, but it's also a matter of fact. Where the opinion comes is in how many goals we might have scored with right footed wingers on the right side crossing for £15m worth of strikers? This is the frustration with Houghton for me in that he reverts to the same trusted formation despite it not working consistently all season. Try something different in different games and during games if it's not working.

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    Double D

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I can believe your lot havent sacked this guy yet, say what you like about our bored but at least Evans reacts to an untenable situation as opposed to being stuck like a rabbit in the head lights with fear and panic I can olnly assume that having bought such luminaries as Glenn Roeder, Bryan Gunn, Peter Grant, Bruce Rioch and Bryan Hamilton Mcnutty is frozen by the fear of somehow appointing someone worse (Seriously get Laudrup in whilst you can). How about Peter Taylor? My guess is your guys will line up Owen Coyle.... but on past form perhaps Bryam Robson is more likely

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    TrueBlue

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Who would you prefer tactically Matt? Lambert or Hughton? With help from IC or CC?

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • My reaction to that result rhymes with clanging bell. Why can't CH give Becchio a chance. Look if we are relegated, not the end of the world, nobody will die.

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    paddycanary

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • TrevorKeith, having watched the Aston Villa game twice ,I must agree with you that at the moment Bassong should not be on the pitch. He has changed from an asset to a liability . But, to certain extent selection is a little bit like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, there is something fundamentally wrong with the squad and the whole Managerial set up, and that is the mindset we walk onto the pitch with. Sorry to harp on about times past but under Lambert the team had belief, under Hughton they are too brittle. Scrape the veneer of professionalism from them by going a goal down and their fragility is exposed.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • After spending near £200 for train tickets, match tickets, food and drink, for myself and my son you've hit the nail squarely on the head CH - indeed we deserve better. The fact is that at this point in time our club does not deserve such loyalty from its support. I was amazed by how we so easily capitulated from a position of such early dominance. Villa were there for the taking, but instead of going for the jugular we allowed them to get back into the match. A spineless and absolutely shambolic performance. We appeared to be clueless. Anyway, its all been said already, but just to add its almost as if CH failed to comprehend what this match meant to us supporters. There would have been nothing most of us wanted more than to get one over Lambchops; and if that had been the case then CH's profile in the eyes of us supporters would have improved ten-fold. How to win friends and influence people! But alas he has missed this golden opportunity, resulting in yet more calls for his sacking - and justifiably so.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Twas I gm, among others I imagine, who called Hughton a cretin. I was not trying to be clever or funny, just honest. Why is it though that you are entitled to your opinion, you say, but I am not?

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Pablo - can you just explain how your comment of Villa posting a £52m loss (albeit the club are now financially stable) relates to the topic of Away fans deserving more?

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    MonkeyNuts

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Unfortunately at this stage of the season survival is just a numbers game. 4 more points would have made all the difference , yes! BUT the numbers do no lie, the statistics are there for all to see. Norwich City goals FOR at home 12 which is the LOWEST in the Premiership. Norwich City goals AGAINST away from home 32 which is the HIGHEST in the Premiership. By any yardstick that is relegation form. In any other walk of life I suspect that the Manager responsible for that performance would not still be in the job. I am sure that in any other Premiership Club the manager for that performance would definitely be replaced.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • After two days have passed, two days of feeling angry and let down, i am now in the mood to be able to offer some constructive criticism. Just go Hughton before you make us a bigger laughing stock that we all ready are. And please stop blaming your players for mistakes made in our defense, after all it was you who brought them and you and your inept mob who train them. Far better to go down fighting and start again than to put up with all this c@@p Hughton out, and now!

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    acornlake

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Yes we did deserve better! I spent another small fortune on travel, tickets, food and drink for myself and my son. Not any more. I'm still at a total loss as to how we managed to lose 4-1 after being in such a commanding position. After going a goal up very early Villa were on the floor and it was obvious we should have committed players forward in greater numbers to kill them off. Instead we looked non-committal and devoid of ideas of what to do next. Granted that the first strike from Benteke was out of the top drawer, but this only came about because we allowed Villa to pick themselves up and play. Our total capitulation from that point on is what bothers me the most. At a goal a piece we were still in the game, however we looked like frightened rabbits and allowed ourselves to become totally over run - and this by a team that has one of the worst home records in the PL. This is a promising group of players, however the lack of leadership on the pitch when things get difficult is clearly all too absent. We made Villa look like Real Madrid, whilst unfortunately we've been made to look like the soft touch of the league - again!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • TK, Ryan Bennett is not perfect, but he `has the makings`. It must be very discouraging that he finds himself 3rd in the pecking order. 4th when Turner returns from yet another injury. Will Lambo be after Ryan in the Summer? (just a thought for discussion). PL rated him highly enough to pay about £3m and chase him down the M4 to head him off from Swansea. In truth, not one player has flourished under this mismanagement régime. OK, Robert is always picked, but his performances have fallen away badly from last season`s standard.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Matt, your first two posts and your fourth were right up there. Your fourth was slightly deluded. First up, on current form, Norwich have as much chance of winning against Stoke as I have of winning the lottery. Second, you need to enjoy the rest of your morning because an afternoon spent with a solicitor is not going to make you feel any better, unless he's seeing you pro bono.......which,again, is as likely as a lottery wn.

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I,m pleased for Chris Martin. He has done very well at Derby. We will see if he can hack it in the Prem if they get promoted.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Exactly TK. I do not want to get relegated. I truly believe if we go down we will suffer the same fate as Boro & co and be stuck down there again for many years. However I can accept relegation if we go down and can honestly say "well we did everything we could to avoid it".....can we honestly see ourselves saying that though ifwhen we go down? I couldn't.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Green man, of course you are entitled to your opinion. As am I to mine. I agree wholeheartedly that a positive mental attitude is essential to success. What most of us have realised is that this is NOT being generated by the current Club Management. Scratch the thin veneer of belief by conceding a goal and the positive mental attitude collapses and we capitulate. Hughton appears to want to jump off a cliff and you are entitled to hold his hand on the way down if you wish.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Frankly, Hughton, I am fed up with hearing that lament! The travelling fans do deserve better. So it is up to you and the team to supply it. Nobody realistically expects us to be the top end of this division. But for all the money spent in the summer we would expect some improvement. Instead all we are getting is a general overall decline. We surrender far too easily. Sunday was a classic example of this. Lambert got far more out of a less talented squad so the problem is squarly on Hughton's shoulders. He needs to get performances from all 11 players on the pitch and importantly he needs to get them playing for each other, with pride, passion and commitment. We can't compete technically with the better teams. But there is no excuse at any level for the kind of abject surrender we saw on Sunday and have seen before - the likes of Cardiff readily come to mind.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Matthias 333, please not I offered no opinion as to where he should play in the Norwich set-up, I only noted that Redmond played on the left for England, that he looked good and had a great game! And he scored. I could also note that he played a full 90 minutes and was not needlessly or irrationally replaced by a slower player with an inferior skill set.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Matthias you spot on mr. Hughtons insipid half time talk came spilling out in his Radio Norfolk interview damage limitation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How pathetic and weak. Villa had scored 4 in no time at all but he had no intention of going for it. An early second half goal and who knows? Becchio on straight away he who dares wins or even snitches a draw like v Boro! But no he sends the side out to go through the motions and finally puts a target man on the wing! What a sorry little man he is. The tragedy is Mc Nallys anger on the screen must have turned out to be wind cos he and his clowns are still in charge. The usual pattern will now likely follow, A nail biting boring dull negative one nil win in the supposed s... or bust game against Stoke buying the clowns another stay of execution. I simply cannot fathom why the financial prize of staying up is being threatened by the Boards dithering.

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • So for the sake of 4 points the manager has to go. Bit harsh dont you think?

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • OK Cecil. We all have our opinions ,-)

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Well, sharky, I`m sure Lincs Can may or may not confirm this statistic, but in 28 league games the `cack-footed winger` system has yielded 2 whole goals. With a mighty `goals for` total of 21, I shouldn`t think there have been too many assists, either. Proof of the pudding, maybe? Any stupid person might know that, to put it colloquially. Matt333, another example of the `one-game wonder-blunder` is Wes`s MoM performance vs ManU, whereafter he was summarily dropped.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • The very least a supporter should expect from his team is that they COMPETE.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • No, it isnt harsh at all because it's points that will keep us up, and want of them that will send us down.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • So Mat you think one manager has gone as far as he could for us, but another can go further. Amazing if it works. ;-)

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • They've deserved better at a lot of places... is this really news? Most teams have off games, but NCFC do seem to make rather a habit of it... It all seems very brittle - goal goes in against them and something happens psychologically. Self-belief?

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • As I said Sharky I felt Lambert likely thought he'd gone as far as he could with us. Not my opinion that the club itself couldnt go further. Lambert is ambitious as we all know an at the time he left his stock was super high after multiple promotions and a premier league survival all on his CV. What ever our opinions on AVFC stature they are a bigger club than us and I can see why he thought it be a good move and the next step up the ladder to success. Hasnt quite worked out for him really IMO but I can see what his thinking was. Its also why i've said I wouldnt have him back at NCFC. I dont think he could have done alot more with the club. While I miss his Man Management attributes (and exciting action packed games), that can only take you so far, My issue is with Hughton we dont appear to have ANY man management skills at all. Man Management is just one attribute we require but its a massive one thats lacking right now. Apologies for the confusing my earlier post may have caused.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • To not compete is an insult to the supporters who hand over their hard earned in expectation . I think I would show a little more respect for Hughton if he showed the supporters some respect and at least tried to give some value for money.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Quick survey time. If your manager of a football side losing 4-1 at HT against one of your biggest rivals in avoiding relegation. How do you approach your teamtalk. Do you A# say "right lads, forget the score now and lets restore a little pride for ourselves and our loyal fans who have paid to come all the way here and watch this tross. Lets go out and win the 2nd half". Or do you approach it like option B# and say "well lads we've lost concentration for 15 minutes there, but lets remember Villa are a very good, very organised side and can hurt us. Now the 2nd half is about damage limitation and therefore I propose we try and defend this 4-1 loss so that we achieve....a 4-1 loss....no no no....dont attack we may lose....5-1....and still achieve A LOSS!" now the 3 Hughton fans that still exist may say im being picky but everything I just said is 100% factual and backed up by the Man himself saying so in his post game interview. How on earth the club can be happy with this stance Hughton takes when losing I'll never know. This isn't hughton first offence! He keeps saying and doing this! We had 45 minutes of football still to play. Yet we shut up shop and defend a 4-1 loss and bring Elmander on the right wing! When is this madness going to end????

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Oh the hysteria....get over it (I know the Villa defeat was bad). There are 11 clubs in a similar position and it's still possible for any of those 11 to go down. My guess is that every time one of them gets defeated the same negativity is on their message boards, though I hope the hatred shown towards their managers is not as bad as that shown by some individuals here. I looked at a Spurs message board after their defeat against us - Sherwood was rubbish, Soldado couldn't hit a barn door etc and they are 5th. I noticed today that Villa posted losses of £52 million and they're only 3 points above us. Yes, the Villa defeat was awful, yes next game is going to be crucial. Would it be Norwich without all this heartache and worry? and there are 10 other clubs ging through these agonies as well.

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    pablo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Aaaaaanyway I've got a busy afternoon with solicitors and I think NCFC have caused my blood pressure to rise enough as it is. Woosah Woosah......and im calm again. Roll on Stoke where Jonothan Walters will find me up for 90minutes, likely win a penalty while kicking lumps out of our players an then somehow we walk away with 3 points. Thats my prediction anyway.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • "We were poor in a 15 minute period and that cost us the game". That is true. But there were another 75 minutes in the game. How about a novel thought of trying to be GOOD in a 15 minute period of the game and winning? But no! We rolled over and Hughtons' only aim for the second period of 45 minutes was to maintain the status quo, in his own words! A glaring difference between the team we WERE under Lambert and the team we ARE under Hughton. We just keep rolling over and accepting defeat with no character, pride or effort. Hughton just cannot motivate a Premiership performance of of his team. 32 away goals let in by City in 14 away matches is the only statistic where we come top in the league. Not acceptable. We keep waiting for change or improvement but only witness the lunacy of repeating tactics which fail at every attempt. Give us something to support. Anything. But not the same lame dross again and again.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Someone finally cracked a smile from me! Stupid thing is I actually believe we will beat Stoke. Stupid as it sounds. Just keeps this emotional rollercoaster going. Likely a shocking game where we score a 89th minute winner thanks to a Stoke hoofed clearance being deflected off the ref and into the Stoke goal. However the result will be overshadowed because Wes Hoolahan over celebrated. After doing 3 laps of honour round the pitch applauding fans and showing off his new NCFC tatoo that covers his back a numpty in the snake pit pulls up his chair and hits Wes in the head with it while screaming "your so disrespectful". A Protest is also held outside Carrow Road by the Lower Riverend over the use of goal music to celebrate the 89th minute winner.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • The problem on Sunday was indeed down to both centre backs being a bit too slow, when Villa broke from our corner, my son and I were remarking on just how slow Bassong was in getting back to his station. I played most of my career as either centre back or right back and it was always drummed into me that my prime job was to defend so I would always break my neck to recover my station when an attacking move broke down. I would put Bennett back in central defence on Saturday in place of Bassong as he had a dreadful game IMO.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Robin S, Yes it is about time for a proper statement explaining Hughtons obvious dislike of Becchio. if we sere scoring goals for fun, Now that's no longer a word associated with watching Norwich sadly, then ok but the pathetic return of our strikers cries out for the poor man to get a chance. Answers pls mr so called manager.

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • This is so monotonous it is unbelievable, how many times has Hoots trotted this or similar rubbish out! It has been the same remarks all season, why can't someone give him a lift up the road somewhere, anywher but out of Carrow Road. Things are that dire that he still cannot give Becchio a game, for heavens sake man buy him a pair of boots, play him and if he is no better that the clowns playing at least he has had a chance but this way all the poor fella is doing week after week is running the risk of getting splinters in his arris!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Green man - no hysteria or abuse from me. Just look at his record with us. The stats, whether we're up or not, show a lack fight and, at the end of the day...entertainment. Sports are not a replacement for battle and warfare for no reason. It draws loyalty and desire by nature, so you will get emotions running high. Hughton is not the man for the job, that's obvious.

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    JimBob

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Another desultory news day on the football front - how I hate those international games. My thoughts are turning to close season and perhaps a change in management. Someone else mentioned Peter Taylor ,well how about matching him up with young Clough ? He has gained good experience at Burton Albion and Derby, and is now having a positive impact at Sheffield. Anyway Clough and Taylor has a ring about it.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • All season on this site the majority of fans have not asked City to win every game but have asked for 100% effort from the team. We have only seen this happen in about a third of games played, the rest of the time the team just stroll about the pitch as though their wages don't depend on their efforts so something in their contracts is not right.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • CH is right for once ? we do deserve better so go and take mcnally with as you both seem incompetent. go soon cos myself and many more will walk away from the club we love due to this poor mismanagement. GO NOW, TODAY ..

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    Keep it Low

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • The second half had no fighting spirit CH. We conceded at half time to defeat.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • 4 more points at this time would be great, but I wouldn't call it a comfort zone IMO

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Matt - agree with your assessment of Hughton. he has spent a fortune by our standards, has brought in a lot of new blood and on paper we have a far better squad than Lambert was ever able to muster. However and as you say, Hughton singularly fails to inspire them (or most of us!). Lambert insilled a fighting never-say-die team ethos - witness the number of games we used to win in the final minutes, Derby being the most important of them all. Under Hughton all that has been lost. Even good players need proper man-management and encouragement (and sometimes some stick with the carrot). They also need to feel they are being played in their most effective positions, which is again where Hughton has totally failed (right footed left winger, Elmander on the right wing etc etc). Finally Hughton cannot read a game in progress and adapt on the hoof. His substitutions at times have also left me speechless, they have been so bizarre and unfathomable. sadly nothing is going to change which is why I am pretty sure we will end up being relegated. The Board and the CEO have sat on their hands when they ought to have acted and they will repent at their leisure in May if we go down, along with all that luverley money! One final point: a lot of people have been critical of Elmander. But he is a proven international for goodness sakes. So he can't be a bad player - except under Hughton!

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • When did we sign Elmander's evil twin?

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    Smudger75

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Good to see nada on these boards Malaga. A very expressive word:) I can think of "otros" and maybe that is why I very occasionally put "apero" on. Does it mean the same (tool) where you are?

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Walcor- firstly learn to spell specific and secondly kindly stop nit picking I thought t was fairly precise but seemingly not for you. Instead of picking holes why not come upwith your take on our parless position , pathetic management and total lack of goals for fun or whatever uou want.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • I agree with M333 re Ryan B. Needs to be playing now. Please go Hughton it's getting like this - it's only Wednesday and I am dreading Saturday already. ..

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Sorry Green Man but your "Nooby" status is showing. We've had this debate a million times before your self-confessed 1st posting ! It's perfectly possible to get behind City without getting behind Hughton. I've supported them since 1969 ( when I was 9) despite living in the north of England since I was 3. I was here years before the Country Vicar was manager + I;ll be here long after he's collected his severance pay + gone back to his spiritual home of Spurs where he belongs. The 3rd season is the time we should be building not consolidating. Hughton has undone all Lambo's good work + killed any creativity we had. He can't motivate men + none of his substitutions have resulted in a goal for the sub. So far this season, with his team losing, Hughton has brought on the following players in the hope of sparking a turnaround…or at least salvaging some pride when they were on the receiving end of one of their numerous pastings: Robert Snodgrass, Wes Hoolahan, Johan Elmander, Jonny Howson, Anthony Pilkington, Alexander Tettey, Ryan Bennett, Gary Hooper, Nathan Redmond, Josh Murphy, Steven Whittaker, Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Luciano Becchio and Leroy Fer. The result of these tactical tweaks? Not a single goal or a single assist ! No wonder we've lost patience + rightly so. The sooner he goes the better. I always want City to win but this manager can only produce a decent result when his job is threatened + that's not enough. OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Have just watched a recording of the whole 90 plus minutes at Villa on Sunday, looking for something positive. But in reality it is even worse than my initial impression watching it live. From Hoolahans' bizarre reaction to scoring ( his initial reaction was to put his head down as if he regretted having scored) to the capitulation and Bassongs ' own goal. The second half was a non event where it was obvious that the team were just going through the motions. It was just totally unacceptable. Norwich fans are great , they will support and applaud just about anything. But they have to be given something to get behind. Norwich CANNOT keep serving up that kind of performance and expect unconditional support. Difficult to find anything positive to say and it would possibly be wrong to single out an individual in such a poor team effort but really Bassong should not be on the pitch.Enough. Once again we look forward to an improvement against Stoke but without any real expectation of a result because throughout the season we have been trained to expect so little.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Seriously, How many decent Norwich travelling fans are now prepared to go all the way to Swansea and get the same rubbish Hoots? Its expensive, depressing, a long way, and definitely a game in which by recent form Norwich have zero chance of getting anything...... McNally, you have now watched losses to Hull, Cardiff, Fulham twice, Villa twice, West Ham and a couple of draws with Palace, Sunderland and Swansea which clearly indicates that this season is heading one way.... I have tried to be and remain positive but I agree with the majority of posts,, Norwich are probably seen as the weakest non fighting team in the league...and Im sure Swansea, Stoke, WBA, SLand and Fulham have us marked as 3 points in their run in and not a game to aim for a draw....oh and finally gives us a statement on here about Becchio why he does not play,, not the drivel we are getting,,, come on we all want to hear it....

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    Robin Sydney

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I agree with M333 re Ryan B. Needs to be playing now. Please go Hughton it's getting like this - it's only Wednesday and I am dreading Saturday already. ..

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • What I meant Sharky was I felt he had gone as far as he could with the club, not that the club cant go further. Wasnt saying hes the "one" for us as in my eyes he isnt. I just feel we are desperately lacking one of his key attributes which is man management. Someone else can certainly help us achieve mid table finishes like the board have demanded.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Of course we deserved better! We conceded 4 goals in one half against a team who have struggled to find the net all season. I think the Norwich support deserve a lot more than what we're getting. Makes me sick how clueless CH is.

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • We have only got 5 points all season once we have gone behind in a match... none of our subs have scored at all in 28 games... yes we are good at trying to hold a 0-0 and maybe sneak a 1-0... but without a Plan B to chase the game without falling apart we will never, ever be far away from relegation.

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    jops

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Our home goals against record is only bettered by teams in the top six. We have 8 points more at home than Villa. So why these constant capitulations on our travels? I don't have the answer (you didn't think I did, did you?) although one idea springs to mind. If the board is so set on keeping CH perhaps his brief should be changed to home games only.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • One can only imagine what the half time team talk was like. Did Hughton storm into the dressing room and kick over a few chairs and throw some "F"s at several players who so desperately needed it? Did he stand in front of Bassong and give him the Fergie "hairdryer" treatment. I suspect not. It was probably something like "sit down everyone. Everyone got a nice hot cup of tea? More milk? Enough sugar? Snodders pass the spoon to Wes." Anyway, probably something equally as lame , uninspiring and demotivating. One can only guess.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • How many embarrassing, humiliating defeats must we suffer before this cretin gets the hoof? I wake up every morning hoping to see the headline 'NORWICH CITY SACK MANAGER'. But it won't see it tomorrow. Will I?

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Well said Blackdog - Hughton is just taking us all for a bunch of pr8ts if he thinks we still believe this patronising drivel he comes out with week after week. He has got to go and sooner the better.

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    VictorM

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Agreed as he has a bit of speed about him. I would change the other one as well. That wont happen though. It would be looked on as a panic move. Also I would have Olsson in front of Garrido on the left. All good teams are built on a strong defence. We dont have that. Of course I will be shot down here for that. Also we dont have a target man as you have suggested. We badly need that, but who??? Thats something that has never been addressed.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Green Man thinks we should win our next three home games. Well I admire his optimism. However recent history does not produce the same likely scenario. We haven't been able to put together one decent back-to-back performance this season. So I don't know where we are going to find some magic formula to suddenly come up with what would be a manager of the month award-winning run. Much as I would like to think we can, logic and facts strongly suggest a totally different outcome. As a lot of us have been saying here, the team's confidence is low and morale fragile to the extend that once the opposition get at us and score we easily fall apart. Hughton is either unable or unwilling to change his dogged but totally flawed tactics . So what is there to sugggest some kind of great renaissance? Nada. Hughton should have been replaced a long time ago but the Board and McNally have sat on their hands and I fear their indecision will come back to haunt them.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Yes I,m hurting and angry too. We did ok for 20 mins. Lambert is not a fool. He made two subtle changes and exploited our weakness. The first a brilliant goal the second a foul IMO. We go and attack that leaves those weaknesses even more vulnerable. Its all a question of balance. Its said here we have the players to get us out of trouble. Unfortunately WE DON'T. That's not all Hughtons fault. His team selections and his subs are. If he chooses the same team against Stoke. We wont win IMO.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • "You are going to have some bad days and that was a bad one." The funny thing is Chris....we have quite a fair few of these 'bad days' and your job is the ensure we have more 'better days' than the elusive bad ones. The away support has fallen because of your management. I was a die hard home & away fan with a large group going all over the country. None of us are loaded by any means but we follwed the lads to the depths of league 1 all the way back up to the PL. Hughton broke us though. We are very selective on away games until he is removed as manager because it doesn't equal value for money. As any long standing away fan will agree, going to away games you have to accept your going to witness more defeats than on the road wins....however what we do expect is to not consistently get humbled by everyone bloody team we face regardless of stature. I lost count how many times we lost without even a tiny bit of fight. Those in support of this idiot should try going to every away game and see if your opinion changes of him (not the team, we always support the team) or if you dont have the time for that try getting £80 of your hard earned money and setting it on fire on a dam near weekly basis. We've become a joke, a push over, a soft touch, call it what you will but under Chris Hughton we are now the laughing stock of the league.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Lincs Canary is making a deduction based on information in the public arena (which is alll we have). It is far too simple an explanation of our present situation. To begin with it is known there was much more to Lamberts departure than was ever revealed and indeed I would suggest his actions and body language speak louder than any words when Norwich is mentioned. Strong teams have been built in the recent past despite limitations in the wage department As for transfer fees the amount of money made available to Lambert at Villa has been lower than anticipated. Lerner is not a learner in finance making money available only for players of potential. The Canaries should take heed and take better care of the clubs coffers! .

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    mardler

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • It would be comfortable compared with where we are.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • All supporters deserve better as we have been the laughing stock for much of the last two seasons. Trying to use the excuse that we are a low wage paying and spending club does not cut ice, Benteke for example cost something like £7 million so on that basis RVW would be a far better striker, Benteke scored double RVW's total in one game. As far as wages are concerned, I think the previous Chairman, whom the crowd hounded out of Carrow Road had it right when he paid low wages but gave very good win bonuses, that gave the players something to fight for. Lets not forget that we had our best ever Premier League finish under that system.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Sharky, I agree with most of what you say apart from you saying it is not Hughton's fault that we do not have the players to get us out of trouble. Lets not forget that most of the starting line up are players he has brought into the club. I, like many other supporters were saying 18 months back that we needed a decent target man and a better right back, instead of plugging those obvious shortfalls, we spent most of our money on two poacher style strikers that cannot play well in a 4,5,1 formation. If it is not the managers fault then who decided to buy those two players. We already had Becchio who likewise wants to play off a decent target man but all we got was Elmander who has sadly passed his best.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • One good thing Charlie Adams wont be there

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    sharky

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Colloquial definition of cretin is "A stupid person".

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Agree with you GossV, apart from Ayala. What have any of them done. Not a lot.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Robin S, Yes it is about time for a proper statement explaining Hughtons obvious dislike of Becchio. if we sere scoring goals for fun, Now that's no longer a word associated with watching Norwich sadly, then ok but the pathetic return of our strikers cries out for the poor man to get a chance. Answers pls mr so called manager.

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • While I find myself agreeing with a fair amount of criticism going on here I've got to say it is getting a bit over the top now... Brew, Becchio couldn't score in the u21 side, Garrido is not as good as Olssen, Vaughan didn't want to be here and agitated to move back oop north, Fox had one good game against Fulham and can pass a ball but isn't really up to premier league standard, Jed Steer was poached... I could go on but you get the point :-) I'm not saying Hoots is doing a grand job, far from it but its fair to say some things just haven't gone our way....

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Malaga we are in the EPL. Watch it more and learn

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Agree TK but they are not ALL his players. Yes he has signed quite a few that has not worked out. I still think we are poor in the center of defence. I would be making many changes now. Managers are not stupid. They have seen our weaknesses and will be exploiting them for the rest of the season. Especially Stoke IMO

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • We deserve better @ every away ground Chris, not just Villa. Our away form this season has been relegation form, pure + simple. The Hoot does give us all a very valuable lesson in life here though. If you're nasty + unsuccessful ( see Rodent for details) you'll very soon be sacked. If you're nice + unsuccessful ....it's absolutely amazing what you can get away with !- OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Any good reason for not printing my post Archie???????

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • If West Brom, Crystal Palace and Sunderland all win the games they have in hand then Norwich are already a bottom three club. I personally think that we have enough raw talent in the squad to be a mid table club, which is why watching the team is so frustrating. We proved against Tottenham at home that the team IS capable of a dogged, gritty performance to grind out a win against a quality opposition. And yet this is followed up by a woeful display at Aston Villa. The same squad. The only change is a change in attitude, commitment, character. Unless the mindset which has come to pervade the Management team that we ,as a smaller club with limited resources, cannot hope to compete gets changed ,then we are doomed to constant repetition of failing tactics and lack of will to win. It requires a Management that can motivate the squad we have to produce a Premier quality performance. It's in there, we have the talent, it is not produced on match day.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Ken hits the nail on the head like ive been trying to for days, weeks and months. Russell Martin our CLUB captain was asked the question "what is the difference between Lambert & Hughton". He answered by giving Lambert a glowing reference saying he was a great man manager and gave players like him who had been stuck in the lower league the belief to go on and better themselves and believe they could beat anyone. After that he moved onto Hughton and basically said "hes a good coach on the training field" FULL STOP. Couldnt believe it and thats our Club Captain. Im not saying I want Lambert back or Lambert is god, but what Im saying is being a football manager these days is about more than coaching. Its about man managing all these wild and truly different characters in the dressing room. Some players need an arm put round them, some need a kick up the behind etc....whats 110% clear as day to me is although the players like Hughton im sure, they just are nowhere near motivated, focused or driven enough to get results under Hughton. Its to regimental and careful in the verbal sense and tactical sense. Nothing wrong with with being more defensive that Lambert was as we certainly let a fair few in under him. However losing 4-1 trying to get something was much easier to take than losing 4-1 defending that very 4-1 loss.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Looks like the seagull has nicked another burger, not a quick learner is he?

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Trevor & Sharky, agreed about the centre backs something I'm sure Stoke will want to exploit, Yobo and Bennett would seem our best bet? Malaga the 'inverted wingers' is an old chestnut on these message boards. It works well when the full backs bomb forward overlapping and when the wingers manage to cut in and actually get a shot off - see Snoddy's goal against Spurs. It's arguably not our best option though as Redmond does seem better on the right. Again something that is a matter of opinion and no doubt the cause of many a pub argument!

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Where is this unbeaten run we were supposed to have this season? 10 game beaten run more like! Think its time to accept championship football next season. Start with a new manager and players who can actually be bothered to play

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    Patrick Grey

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • I will leave others to do the abuse. A few random and, at this early time, not too well connected thoughts . We were in the bottom three after 7 games played this season and not out of it until 11th game. So when did the "keep us out (of bot 3)" brief come in to play. I would have supported CH dismissal after Spurs if we lost although it would not have taken us in to drop zone. His contract runs until June next year but what, if anything, does it say about his tenure if relegation happens? The players, and I think this is most fans frustration,are better than what is being produced. However, did we really look to improve on 11th last year when only three of teams above us were roughly in our financial league. We are forth lowest spenders on wages. Lambert saw the writing on the wall and walked. CH got "Lambered" with the reality.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Not what I Originally wrote so likely makes no sense but roughly what I was trying to say Dingo

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Brewer-In the words of the late, great John Bond..." Blush, Blush, thou lump of foul deformity"...which PU match report was this taken from..?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Oh, BTW, we should be careful about selective stats. Our home goals against record may be OK but that is only half the story. It is our inability to score that is our downfall. Keeping opponents at bay at home is one thing but then you have to score more goals than them to win games. And that ain't happening by and large and certainly not with any degree of consistency.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Agree, Jimbob, that passion and entertainment should be central elements in football, but not the doom and gloom so evident with postings on this site. There was no lack of fight against Spurs and we played well for a quarter of the Villa game! Unfortunately lack of confidence is all too quickly coming to the surface affecting both goal scoring (lack of) and defending. Hughton might not be the best man for the job but he is the man in the job at the momentso let's focus on getting behind the team. We can (and should) win our next three home games and at least a point from the aways at Southampton and Swansea is surely not beyond us. That would be 38 points and probable safety. Regarding Paul Lambert, we all know he did a fantastic job in getting us into this league but the magic, or more accurately tactics, were losing their effectiveness well before the end of that first season in the PL. Without significant changes we'd have been relegated, in the manner of Blackpool, last season. Hughton kept us up although 11th place was flattering to say the least and could easily have been 16th. Did this lead to some unrealistic expectations? This is the tricky third season so lets get behind him and the team at least until May 12th (following a geat home win!).

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    Green man

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • One can only assume pablo has not been to a Hoot'n game

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    JimBob

    Tuesday, March 4, 2014

  • Interesting listening to The Monday night Club on 5 Live yesterday. All the pundits expressed surprise that Hughton was still manager of our club. He's more unpopular than any other PL manager and probably any manager......in any league.......anywhere........ever. Still, now it's gone viral that he's as welcome as a f*rt in a spacesuit, maybe McNally will act. Actually, no he won't. Of course he won't. Silly me. We're stuck with him. A good time to be alive (not).

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