Dean Ashton gives his take on what could help cure Norwich City’s Premier League goalscoring ills

Norwich City and their goalscoring issues this season. Norwich City and their goalscoring issues this season.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
8:49 AM

No prizes for guessing Norwich City’s prime problem – but what is the answer? MICHAEL BAILEY spoke to former City and England striker Dean Ashton on where the Canaries’ goalscoring cure can come from…

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There are a few choice sentiments placed on signs around Carrow Road and Colney Training Centre aimed at inspiring those who read them on a daily basis – and at the moment, it feels like at least one of them reads: “The hardest thing in football is scoring a goal”.

For too many games now, Chris Hughton’s Canaries have looked ravaged by the utopian prospect that taking a chance here or there could actually make life a little easier for everyone of a yellow disposition.

At Cardiff, if was a glut of half-decent opportunities. Manchester City’s visit was more akin to nailing a late sucker punch. And at West Ham on Tuesday night, it was one gilt-edged chance after another – something no Premier League side can afford to turn down, and certainly not on seven occasions.

Creating the chances had been a problem in the past – but not at present. Either way, we’re looking at a genuine football riddle. Such as how Gary Hooper goes from looking so clinical as recently as mid-December, to so profligate in east London.

Former Norwich, West Ham and England striker Dean Ashton knows what it’s like to be flying with confidence – and shackled by drought. And he knows the answer is as elusive as a Canaries’ winner.

“It does come down to confidence a lot of the time, especially for a centre-forward,” said Ashton.

“You saw with Gary before – he got one goal, and then two, three, four followed. And then you suddenly go one or two games without scoring and the tension sets in.

“To be honest, there’s no miracle cure. You have to get out on the training pitch – I’m sure they are – and just keep practising your finishing. You’ve got to believe the next chance that comes along is the one that sticks in the back of the net, and away you go again. It’s just a case of persevering, keep working as hard as you can as a team and having that belief it will come.”

So does that mean additional help like attacking coaches can help? It’s something a proportion of City fans would like looked at. But no coach can score a goal for a player; players with proven goalscoring records.

“Managers, coaches, psychologists – as strikers we’ve all had these things thrown at us,” said Ashton.

“But again, it comes down to the player. You are the one out there. It’s you there when you go through on goal. It’s about making the right decisions; that’s down to the individual.

“The players have got to take a bit of responsibility for that. Nobody will be more disappointed than the players themselves, because they rely on goals and that’s what they are judged on. They will be feeling disappointed with their ratios so far.”

Ashton added: “People have scouted these players. Gary Hooper had scored a lot of goals and had a lot of clubs after him. Norwich weren’t the only ones. And Ricky van Wolfswinkel is a Dutch international, so that’s good pedigree.

“Sometimes it takes players a while to settle, especially coming into a completely new league. But Norwich haven’t got that time now. They’re in a relegation battle and desperate for goals.

“Somebody has got to step forward and score the goals, and you just wonder who that’s going to be. It’s difficult for Chris Hughton, because he can’t get out there and score the goals for them.”

A lack of points and a lack of goals have been Norwich’s issues all season – and it doesn’t take a statistician to work out where that formula will take them come May.

Ashton was at the Boleyn Ground on Tuesday and much like the belief that cured his own occasional scoring droughts, he has faith City will sort themselves out – assuming they have similar self-belief.

“I wish I could just say do that and this, and then you’ll score – but it’s just not like that,” added Ashton. “It’s so reactive, football. You never quite know what sort of chance it’s going to be that comes along.

“It’s frustrating at the moment and obviously the longer it goes on, the more danger Norwich will be in.

“If you’re not creating chances at all, then that’s a real worry. But for Chris, he has to take the positives from his team playing better and creating the better chances. I’m not saying that’s all he can do – but then it’s down to the individuals when they get through on goal. It’s down to them to be clinical, to really believe they are going to score, and then do it.

“I do think they will stay up because there are three worse teams than Norwich, without a doubt. But all that will matter at the end of the season is the points and if Norwich don’t score the goals, then they will be in trouble.”

81 comments

  • Dave Stringer was a hero of mine in his playing days (though he`s not much older than I). Excellent RB, steady CB, then a really good manager. I hope you work in a Job Centre, Mattias - send DS to Carrow Road, there MUST be a vacancy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Yep, Mattias333, opinions are fine, we all have the right to express them in a decent and respectful manner. I do not believe those who cannot show respect have any impact apart from the distaste of decent folk.

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    willb

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • High?? Why did igh say that? Desperately need that Sabbatical.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Chris Hughton staked his job on Hooper and Wolfnuts... sorry did not pay off and has never been addressed, because there was always a belief they would "Come Good", well it's not happened, and sadly he's taking the club down with him, .. I wonder if Mc Nasty is going to have his ashes scattered in the Barclay Goal.

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    OLDYELLA

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • You beat me to it, B Inners! Deano, could you offer your `Hall of Fame` coronet to Hughton - in the understanding that he will then leave after achieving very little? Yours should be a perfect`fit` for him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Well, I don't think anyone is saying it's ALL Hughton's fault, but the buck has to stop somewhere and as the manager it stops with him. I think our players are adequate - no more - but this team is less than the sum of its parts and that is Hughton's fault.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I don't see it simply as a defensive or attacking strategy. It is a question of balance - being able to defend when the opposition has the ball and having the right blend of players to execute decent attacking moves when we have the ball. That boils down to having the right level of creativity in midfield. That is where Hughton has failed spectacularly. That and his ludicrous use of Snodgrass on the right wing and his inability to read a game in progress and make correct decisions regarding subs and their timings. It is not in my view a question of whether we play 1,2 or even 3 up front. It is the service or lack of it to the front men which is the critical issue. Service both from midfield and from the flanks. This lack of service has been going on for so long that now, when opportunities are arising, our front men seem to have totally lost belief in themselves. This has permeanted through the team - look at the way heads dropped when we went behind at West Ham. It also doesn't help that Hughton presents negative body language on the sideline, hands in pockets or arms folded (defensive gestures). Fianlly I agree with el dingo: where is the Board? It must either back or sack. They appear to be in a state of stupor.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Oh well. We haven't played Bournemouth since 2000, and not in the league since 1960, so it will be nice to visit Dean Court next season.

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    Colin

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Dave Stringer sounds a great bet to me and at 69 he must still have a few good years. The great and powerful Dean Ashton might be dismissive of sports psychologists but what is happening out there? Our guys (RVW, Hooper, Redmond, Snodgrass, Russ Martin, Tetty, etc., etc.) get in front of goal and frequently mis-kick. Is this because they don't know how to hit the target? No, they have done it all their lives. They are all now so tense that a co*k-up is almost inevitable. Many sports personalities have had this problem. My own local sports hero Roger Feder was a notorious choker untill he worked with visualizing actually winning the points, and then there was no stopping him. I think Tiger Woods was the same, though he also visualized some of other successes I believe. As Blackadder said, "What are we? We are not at at home to Mr Co*k-up".

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Elmander and Snodgrass continually played by Hughton. WHY?

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    goldie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Mattias333.....I am claiming that one. I am sticking to it too as we appear to be right on schedule at the moment. I would love to be proved wrong and we double this number on the run in.

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    NICEONE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Strange but true and im sure it still wont give Mad Brewer any clues to my profession but just had a nice chat with a certain Mr Dave Stringer who pops in from time to time. He just jokingly said he's waiting for the call from NCFC to appoint him in charge for the rest of the season. Jokes aside the Hughton fan club have liked to dismiss many fans views on Hughton simply because they've never managed a team before. Well Dave Stringer certainly has, are they going to dismiss his views as well?

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • What a non story this is, in a nutshell he has no idea and that is the problem the manager also faces. The best managers are able to read the game in progress and make tactical changes to win games. Many sort things out at half time, some scout the opposition before the game and others bring in players during the transfer window to rectify shortfalls. CH has thus far failed on all ot these fronts and I fear we will not avoid the trap door this season unless a big change is made at the club. Even the introduction of a Director of Football or senior coach may help as they could offer extra advice to the man.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • To be fair GPL first half of the season was utterly shocking in my opinion. We've started to come out a little bit more of late & looked marginally better and created more. Basically your saying we were defensively sound and now Hughtons done what the fans wanted and attacked and we've lost because of that? So its the fans fault? If i've read that wrong correct me & I fully apologise but If your implying Hughton listens to the fans and acts on what they say or want on the majority then im truly scared, even more than I was already with our current situation.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • At least Becchio has the lowest no- goal to time on the pitch ratio... A spot of hypnotherapy all round, I think, send 'em out with no memory of having not scored!

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • For anyone interested SA are playing Australia second day first cricket test. Live commentary on Radio 2000 SABC on the internet. The Aussies going well 340 for 6. You can listen while watching the curling on the box.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We ought to have better things to do than read and comment on this stuff Gek et al. What time is the curling coming on ?

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Sorry Stew ment to read Pydsodd You know i woudn't want take the p-ss

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    FINN.BLUE

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • The point is if they say one way or the other. It gives them no opportunity to change their mind if they need too. Yes of course supporters are important but they are running a very lucrative business.

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Wow really nice comments Old timer &Mad brewer thanks for that . Ia'n a little bit like Old Timer but only been supporting my team for 45 yrs unlike you say 60. Was Darkest Suffolk but now the land of the midnight sun Heilsinki. Finland. And to you Mad Brewer Thanks i would rather your team over the like's of Chelsea.. At least we our on the same page mostly. still think you will say up (( Just.)) And we Just wont cut it . Should make for a interesting Time for all ....

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    FINN.BLUE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • willb if you expect me to respect someone, ie Hughton, who's utterly useless youve got another think coming.

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    Cecil

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I wonder what snodgrass shots on goal average is...seeing as he takes the impossible shot route rather than supplying a striker

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    AC Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We're mid table in terms of shots on target, yet getting very few goals. It's just crazy.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I remember it well but not the name of the author. Not one of us office hours folks I feel.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Archie has nothing to say today and therefore neither do I.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Correct Derrek we could use a Dean Ashton. Had the pleasure of playing alongside Dean Ashton at Carrow Road last year. Sadly a shadow of his old self. I handed him an XL shirt thinking nothing of it and responded "have you got any XXXL. He was only joking, but without being able to train and run everyday it had taken its toll. Was quite funny really as I assumed he would want to play upfront but he actually created a totally new position that day called centre circle. At his request he asked to have a free roll in the centre circle because he cant actually run freely. Still set up every one of our 3 goals in a 3-1 win with 3 superb through balls. Such a shame seeing him as he is now. Totally lacks confidence. Not being able to play football has really hit him hard. Oh how we could use a player like him now.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We all have a view Stew. Nothing wrong with your post. By the way I really hope Cardiff get relegated now. That ejut deserves nothing. OTBC

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • bit of positivity here.bottom of league based on last 5 games played. 15th norwich 5pt, 16th hull 4pt. 17th cardiff 4pt, 18th newcastle 4pt, 19th wba 3pt, 20th fulham 1pt. and 3 of those teams are still below us.right i'm off for 4pt. myself

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    buckeee0

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Don't care what Ashton thinks. Didn't read it. Farce that the bloke is in the hall of fame. Can't you get some work at West Ham

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    B Inners

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • El Dingo.......Not office hours......retired and studying for a degree in NCFC message boards!!!

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    NICEONE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Leaving the pathetic aside, every pundit and manager has commented on the good in NCFC and Chris Hughton. Do the self appointed experts really believe they are better than all of them ??? Its all very well to have opinions, but keep them to the decent and just try to have some respect. The detractors on this site in some cases show that they cannot under any circumstances have an opinion taken with any seriousness what so ever. It`s alright to take the p***, but if you can only dish it out to those who cannot give it back, do show some respect, if you ever want to be taken seriously.

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    willb

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • It's the utter silence from the Board that gets me. I just don't understand why they won't say something - anything! Fans are passionate and don't like being treated like fools- I honestly think that's why many of us who post are often so vitriolic - cos we have no power or influence and we are often treated like sheep.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • O'ps meant Helsinki not what you see.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • The board says nothing, well isnt that the principle reason Lambert decided hed had enough because he was cold shouldered?

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I dont think you can criticise Archant for running this article. They do it to give us something to read about "our club". If there was nothing to read people would also be critical. Plus it sells papers.By the way, of course supporters are all part of this club. However the board dont have to say anything. Its too late now so keep with it to the end of the season. We have played VERY well in the last three games. Credit where its do. Opinions opinions its all part of the game

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • At least Becchio has the lowest no- goal to time on the pitch ratio... A spot of hypnotherapy all round, I think, send 'em out with no memory of having not scored!

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • High FINN.BLUE. I wish I shared your optimistic take on our prospects. Kindly thought anyway. I just have this Hell sinking feeling.... Thought your `Heilsinki` typo was rather funny. Hope you`re not a N@2i sympathiser!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Hooper,looks the best of the four strikers but cant score at the moment,Rvw,out injured for weeks and homesick (supposedly).Elmander??not a pl player and wouldnt hit a barn door.Becchio,never given a chance to prove himself.so why oh why didnt the management team move heaven and earth to get someone in on loan in january who can score?something to do with keeping debt free i bet!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Anyone remember Dave Stringer's last gasp header which beat Palace and kept us in the First Division way back when? Strap on those boots, Dave. We need you.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • bypass Snodgrass cant even bypass long stratton.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Strewth, I thought Hughton was the biggest plonker on the planet out there, but then along comes willb to defend the moron. I take it you don't actually go to games as most of us on here do will,only because when I said vast numbers, I meant vast numbers. Work out the maths if you can, the ratio of Hughton supporters on here is about 1 for and 100 against. The ratio in the ground where I sit and watch the same old rubbish served up by our illustrious(???????) leader, is about 1 in a thousand. I can only assume that you are in some way related to the waste of space or you are equally deluded as he is

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    oldtimer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • We have decent strikers with good pedigrees - internationals even. Unfortunately they get a lack of chances and have had injuries and have never really got going. I think RVW and Hooper will prove themselves to be PL quality but that may not be this season. Ricky is a young lad who needs to beef up over the summer and I think he will come good in his second season. The PL can be unforgiving league for strikers as chances can be few and far between for teams like us.

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    Cap Canary

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • THAT,S the new plan sack C.H. And appoint Stew Pydsopp with his greatly under read plan.. By the way what was it again

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    FINN.BLUE

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I will tell you whats wrong with our strikers, Elmander is about as good as a colander. Becchio has fallen out with CH, so he will never be given a chance. RVW is a dud, we are not the first and wont be the last to buy 1. Hooper is our best option, but he is used to playing at a much poorer level. Considering Celtic claim to be such a massive club, when they sell there star striker, instead of some massive signing they get some bloke from Wolves, and their super excited! He will go on and score 30 goals, but do you no his name? No thought not. In a nutshell, they are not good enough.

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    Canaries007

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • The clue is in the name,striker,which means the skills needed are those of the serpent.Before the strike is set,the scene has to be antipicated and subject to meticulous planning.The strike itself requires speed and timing.All good goalscorers have these qualities but when confidence is low,they panic and don't think or shoot straight.Maybe,therefore,if they were taught to think better,they might shoot better?

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    Peter Watson

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Also Dave Stringer is a top top top bloke. Until McNally & co came in, the club still came to him for advice on appointments & club matters. really down to earth guy. Don't have to be a ex football manager to see theres issues at the club currently. Were better than this. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Finn sounds like a reasonably affable sort of bloke (even if a little misguided about City's prospects of survival). Might explain why he posts here instead of the Portaloo cubicle walls. If you ever decide to buy a season ticket for the Snakepit, you'd best disguise yourself in those yellow and green tinted specs of yours.

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    Barking Wise

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • .....Has nobody bothered to read my ' Save Norwich City from relegation' plan on a previous board today?...Brew asked for it, and I went to great length to explain it....Surely some of you could understand it!....Matt333 seems to have similar views....old timer too!..I don't expect those that half watch a match would be able to comprehend...It's quite straightforward really...Give it a look !!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Understand Wilb, but just ignore those people. However right you feel you are theres others who feel just as right about the opposite opinion. I was on the fence for blooming ages despite pointing out what everyones found out now at the very start. Just my opinon but it does feel the tiny minority of people in full support of Hughton get very defensive of others thoughts and opinions. Personally I think most are quite justified and understandable. Yes there is mick takers & or total clueless wonders but blank them out chap. Just because I see no long term future for Hughton or any sign that things will magically change does not mean im right? Just my opinion.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • It's the utter silence from the Board that gets me. I just don't understand why they won't say something - anything! Fans are passionate and don't like being treated like fools- I honestly think that's why many of us who post are often so vitriolic - cos we have no power or influence and we are often treated like sheep.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • You beat me to it, B Inners! Deano, could you offer your `Hall of Fame` coronet to Hughton - in the understanding that he will then leave after achieving very little? Yours should be a perfect`fit` for him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We're mid table in terms of shots on target, yet getting bugger all goals. It's just crazy.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Which board, Stew? My attention span is akin to a Hughton`s.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I dont know why we are so surprised at being hit by a sucker punch fro a team which defended against us for 90 minutes. After all we did it to teams last year and defended and ground out 0-0 drawas and 1-0 wins enough to take us to 11th in the table. Our fans screamed thats not good enough, we want attacking football - Now we are getting more attacking football since we got petter players in so teams now defend against us and do to us what we did to them last year. CH cant win here at Norwich, he is damned if he does and damned if he doesnt. He is now caught in no mans land of do I please the fans or do I ensure we stay in the Premier League. I would say Chris, I would rather be in the Premier League , you wont please everyone MR H so do it your way because for me, the end justifies the means

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    GPL

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Nice try, buckeeeO (have I spelled that correctly?) Why are you looking at the last 5 games which make us look 15th? I'm looking at the last 26 games that make us 16th and the next 12 fixtures which include 4 of the current top 5 along with Man Utd, Fulham and Villa ( the last 2 of whom we NEVER beat). I'm looking at the teams below us who have the momentum and support from fans engendered by a new manager. I'm particularly looking at West Brom and Sunderland, both of whom have goal differences which we will never match between now and May and one of whom has a game in hand. And Im looking at that chump in our technical area. I'm looking at all this and all I can hear is the voice of Private Fraser repeating his two most famous catch phrases. Still, you're right to say we should remain positive......admission and season tickets should be a tad cheaper next season. How's that for positivity?

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Ha, Daves enjoying retirement although hes none too pleased with whats going on, on the pitch at Carrow Road. Wilb just ignore those who cant debate. I really do hope im wrong regarding everything NCFC and it suddenly 'clicks' but I do feel were heading for the drop where people will say 'if we'd beaten so & so' or 'if snodgrass or hooper scored against so & so". Will be truly horrid going down with so many ifs & buts.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Where abouts was it Stew? Ill try have a look if I get a chance.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Agree M333. We all have opinions. Some bad decisions were made at West Ham. If we thought Hughton read this forum and did whats wanted here. yes it would be very scary.

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Hughton said after the West Ham game that you can't work on finishing in training.

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    Colin

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Really helpful and insightful comments by Dean. That sorts that out then, Should see a glut of goals in the next few games!

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    andys

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Could Blue Finn or Finn Blue play us a tuna as we slowly sink[ like the titanic]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I remember going through the allotments to Vicarage Road to see Dave Stringers header that earned us a 1-1 draw and promotion. On another tack, what right does Ashton( rats and sinking ship spring to mind) have to comment on our current plight. And to willb and co. as I have asked on many an occasion, what earthly reason can you have to defend Hughton judging him on his record here? and what planet are you on when you condemn the vast majority of fans who can, and have seen the light for months that the man is a complete waste of space. I have a very very good friend who is an ex-player here and in his opinion Hughton is to Norwich what the bomb was to Hiroshima.

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I too found your rescue remedy on another board, Stew, and I approve. I would have Johnson and Tettey and I would interchange Hoolahan and Fer in that central circular bit you were talking about, depending on the state of play. Hooper and Becchio would be my first and second choice strikers while Elmander and RVW stay at home to do a spot of gardening. Of course, I'm only saying this to while away a dull Thursday evening. It's never actually going to happen of course, and if it did happen I don't think Crouton would inspire the team with the confidence they need to beat the odds and stay up. Another nice try though. PS. for the benefit of fans of the other club, a Crouton is a cross between a Cretin and our current manager which floats around uselessly in the soup becoming soggier and less appetising until it dissolves completely.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • total side note but who was the member on this forum who went to great lengths adding up & working out how many goals we were set to score on average for the remaining part of this season. Off memory he worked out on average we would score only 10 more goals this season. Many people laughed him off....looking a pretty good bet at the minute! Scored twice since he wrote that piece I believe (Cardiff & Hull).

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I still dont think its a case of having bad players. I personally feel we have a very, veeeery good squad. A squad I bet some other managers in this league wished they had. Just something somewhere between off pitch and on pitch it just doesnt happen. Not saying its all Hughtons fault but being a manager is as much about man management of the players as it is picking the team and tactics. ~Just my opinion though. :) behind the boys what ever! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • So let's all accept being treated as mushrooms then...

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • We could do with Dean Ashton now

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    Derek McDonald

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Malaga actually Sharky has a point - kind of -they don't have to say anything. It's the fact they don't that underlines the contempt and Indifference they feel for us fans. There's no pies. Let them eat cake. And a few posters think that's all okay. ..

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • "Persevere, work hard, keep believing, blah, blah" And what qualifies Dean Ashton to diagnose the ills of Norwich City apart from a Masters Degree in the Bleeding Obvious. My postman has shown more insight. He (that's the postie) and me both agree that the club is like a human body. At its heart are the fans pumping out passion and pumping in money, the players are the limbs and the manager the brains. Last October during a routine rectal examination, the surgeon discovered what he thought was a hemorrhoid, but on closer examination, he found the brain had found its way into the back passage. A biopsy revealed that this was not benign, but rather a malignant growth that needed excising. Unfortunately, a bed won't become available until May such is the waiting list. Mr McNally has asked the surgeon to amputate some of the limbs at the same time because they have wilted as a result of lack of oxygen from the brain. He hopes to sell the body parts to other clubs while ours is recuperating In the Championship Nursing Home.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Oldtimer, opinion is what its worth, some good, some bad, lack of substance. Don`t Know where you get your "vast" numbers from?? the contributors from here wouldn`t fill a small church hall !! Don`t wish for something you have no control over !

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    willb

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Been there now, Stew. Have a look. Turned over a few scones in the process. Don`t alienate FINN.BLUE; thus far he`s been a quite civilised enemy. He`ll probably play footy with us in the trenches on Christmas Day. Hughton couldn`t organise Table Football in a canteen.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • The board dont have to say anything if they are backing the manager. Agree with most of what you say Malaga. Confidence has gone with our so called strikers.

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • "Takes time to settle in"........er we dont have any Dean ! This should have been sorted in the window.......Somebody at Carrow road needs to get a grip of this mess

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    dave123

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • My favourite Stringer memory was a blazing row between him and Mark Bowen near the dugout Iin the very early 90s. Handbags it was not and the language was exquisite.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • I did mourn the inaccuracy of my Dubaiesque prediction for the season: 13W, 10D, 16D - 49 pts. Goals for 48, Against 57. Position 9th. The only one that looks remotely correct is goals against, as things stand we could be heading for about 57, now we`ve got past ManC, and only Liverpool, Ar$senal & Chelsea to come. Oh, and Fulham, Villa & ManU. As things stand, we`ll be unlikely to achieve 30 goals. Or points. I want to go to sleep then wake up to find it somehow was made `all better`. No sign of stirring from Count McGnarly`s crypt. More like Vlad the Impala. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Why does Archie always dissect my Smiley Face? :-((

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Well oldtimer, you who thinks the very small world you live in is the only one available. Get out of your closet and live in the real world, its not always better than the closet, but at least you will share it with those who can see more.

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    willb

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • Could Blue Finn or Finn Blue play us a tuna as we slowly sink[ like the titanic]

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • btw, good evening FINN, how goes it it deepest darkest Suffolk. Whilst you boys cruise along quietly getting closer to the play offs, we are sinking faster than the Titanic hitting an iceberg

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    oldtimer

    Friday, February 14, 2014

  • …..Sharky found it Brew! But as expected disagreed....Didn't like the idea of by-passing Snodgrass....Look under the Heading ..West Ham 2..Norwich City 0.....it follows your request for enlightenment, and currently is the final contribution on there! ….Sorry FINN, I really expected Norfolk Folk to digest it, and I am sorry if it went over your head!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Ha ha ha stew. So you want to leave out an international footballer who has been the only one to look like scoring. Interesting. Dont leave your chair though ;-)

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 13, 2014

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