Fulham 1 Norwich City 0

John Ruddy cuts a dejected figure at the end of Norwich's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Fulham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd John Ruddy cuts a dejected figure at the end of Norwich's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, April 12, 2014
5:01 PM

Neil Adams’ first match in charge of Norwich City ended in a 1-0 Premier League defeat to bogey club Fulham as the Cottagers moved within two points of the Canaries in the survival scrap.

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Hugo Rodallega slotted Lewis Holtby’s 40th minute free kick but he hosts’ were indebted to a world class stop from David Stockdale to deny Ricky van Wolfswinkel before the breakthrough. Robert Snodgrass had also struck the bar with a free kick in a vibrant opening from Adams’ much-changed side but City’s Craven Cottage curse continues with Norwich now having failed to win by the Thames since 1986.

Adams signalled his intent with six changes to the line up that lost 1-0 to West Brom which triggered the end of Chris Hughton’s tenure. Russell Martin switched inside to form a new central defensive partnership alongside the recalled Michael Turner.

Steven Whittaker came in at right-back with no place in the matchday squad for either Seb Bassong or Joseph Yobo. Leroy Fer was also included after returning to training this week following a hamstring injury. Bradley Johnson came back in along with Nathan Redmond as Alex Tettey and Wes Hoolahan dropped to the bench and Johan Elmander was another notable omission from the squad.

Adams also recalled van Wolfswinkel with Gary Hooper kept in reserve and there was a place on the bench for Josh Murphy, one of Adams’ FA Cup Youth winning starlets, and Spanish full-back Javier Garrido.

Fulham’s Felix Magath made one change from the team that beat Aston Villa at Villa Park as match-winner Rodallega replaced Cauley Woodrow. Redmond was deployed right up top alongside van Wolfswinkel in the early sparring with Snodgrass the tip of a diamond and Johnson anchoring the base.

Pajtim Kasami tried his luck from 20 yards but John Ruddy was able to watch the ball drift wide. Redmond then escaped down the right but Stockdale pawed behind.

Martin Olsson raced onto Johnson throughball but Brede Hangeland cleared his lines before Howson’s volley deflected behind off Jonny Heitinga. Steve Sidwell then over-hit his cross as the frantic pace showed no sign of abating in the first 10 minutes.

Ruddy then went full length but Rodallega’s angled strike flew a yard wide after Kasami had beaten Turner to the flick on.

Rodallega failed to anticipate Steve Sidwell’s touch eight yards out with City’s central defence momentarily breached in the 19th minute.

Johnson then made a timely intervention to send Kasami’s hit spiralling over Ruddy’s bar before the visitors cleared their lines. Ruddy spilled Kieran Richardson’s corner but the City keeper was relieved to see the ball squirm across his six yard box.

Stockdale denied van Wolfswinkel in the 28th minute with a world class one-handed save to divert the Dutchman’s volley six yards out from Martin Olsson’s driven cross. Stockdale’s reactions proved just as sharp to keep out Fer’s header before Howson poked wide.

Heitinga then hauled down Fer, but it was the midfielder who was cautioned by referee Dean for attempting to take a quick free kick and roll the ball into the empty net. Snodgrass stepped up but drilled against the top of Stockdale’s bar.

Fulham broke through in the midst of City’s attacking onslaught five minutes before the interval when the unmarked Rodallega swept home Holtby’s vicious free kick after Whittaker had been booked for hauling down Richardson. Fer tried to trigger an instant riposte but Sidwell threw his way in front of the strike.

Olsson was dumped to the ground by Kasami in the first minute of added on time with the Swede clearly in pain with the damaged shoulder he had been nursing for weeks but the full back was able to continue after treatment.

Redmond burst down the right but his cross was claimed by Stockdale with Snodgrass in close attendance. Snodgrass and Fer then combined in a confined space centrally but Stockdale gathered Fer’s first time hit.

Olsson then shovelled Rodallega’s close range header behind with City seemingly unable to track the Colombian striker in the penalty box.

Snodgrass was then only denied by a desperate lunging challenge from Hangeland six yards out after Johnson spotted Olsson’s overlapping run inside the dozing Sidwell.

Fulham’s second half arrival Askhan Dejagah whipped in a cross Rodallega headed over the top on the run 14 yards out.

Johnson’s slip deep in the Fulham half looked costly as Sidwell led a counter with team mates steaming up in support but Turner got back to diver the ball towards Ruddy.

Adams introduced Hoolahan for the visibly tiring Fer in the 68th minute but Fulham responded with Scott Parker replacing Holtby. The former England man was straight into the action when he dragged wide after Sascha Riether had led the breakout.

Hooper then swivelled onto Hoolahan’s threaded pass but Fernando Amorebieta’s touch diverted the ball over before Rodallega denied Turner a certain equaliser from the corner when he headed the centre back’s header behind.

Fulham were now operating on the counter and Ruddy used his lower body to keep out a swinging hit from Sidwell.

Adams played his last card with Murphy replacing Howson in the 79th minute as City strived to turn their territorial dominance into a late leveller. The fearless youngster drove inside only to guide a right-footed curling effort a couple of yards wide.

Dejagah enticed Hoolahan into a foul to waste a few extra seconds on the edge of the Norwich box but the substitute slammed the free kick into the visitors’ wall.

Murphy backed up Riether to force a corner in the final minute of normal time but Johnson was crowded out and Snodgrass had to take evasive action to haul down Richardson to earn a third Norwich yellow card. Things could have got even worse for Adams’ men when Dejagah skied over the bar with just Ruddy to beat deep in stoppage time.

• Fulham: Stockdale, Heitinga, Hangeland, Amorebieta, Richardson, Kasami (Dejagah 58), Riether, Diarra (Kvist 84), Sidwell, Holtby (Parker 68), Rodallega. Subs (not used): Stekelenburg, Riise, Roberts, Bent.

• Goal: Rodallega (40)

• Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson, Johnson, Fer (Hoolahan 68), Howson (Josh Murphy 79), Snodgrass, Redmond, van Wolfswinkel (Hooper 60). Subs (not used): Bunn, Bennett, Garrido, Tettey.

• Bookings: Fer (ungentlemanly conduct 32); Whittaker (foul on Richardson, 39); Snodgrass (foul on Richardson, 90).

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 3 minutes

• Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

• Attendance: 25,028

102 comments

  • We got 47 points in Lambert`s Prem season. Away games count, too. I recommend the back\slash, Olainka.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Norwich under Houghton played good football and lost games they should have won. As a West Ham fan, I witnessed this at Upton Park where Snodgrass, Hooper and Yobo lost many chances before we scored our late goals. Many Norwich season ticket holder have complained that Houghton brought failure to the club, but to me they have memory impairment. In 20112012, Lambert at Norwich lost 6, won 7 and drew 6 home matches. In 20122013, Houghton at Norwich lost 4, won 8 and drew 7 home matches; Lambert at Aston villa lost 9, won 5 and drew 5 home matches. This year, Houghton lost 5, won 6 and drew 6 home matches, whereas Lambert at Aston Villa lost 10, won 5 and drew 2. For two years under Houghton, Norwich fans went to the stadium 36 times and only went home as losers on 9 occasions, which means Norwich lost just 936 (25%) of home games, whereas Lambert lost 1936 (52%) home matches at Villa this year. Some of you that want Lambert back can go and get him because Villa is a big club turned to strugglers by him, but still Villa aint knee jerkers like Norwich.

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    Olainka Omiserere

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Rip van Wolfwinkle.....only certain proof we have is that CH did not buy wisely, in fact he bought a load of nobodies, it was panic buying, after peeing off all the decent players we had, and showing them the door, the board are Guilty of Club Neglect, and they know it, bottom three next week and I believe one of the board members said he would die..sad days ahead

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    OLDYELLA

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • So four games left , against four of the best sides in Europe. If that isnt incentive enough, then the future prospects of actually playing in the top flight of world football, against the games best performers may do the trick. Liverpool are going to lose at some point, hopefully not today against ManC, but next week when a visit to lill old norwich looks like a forgone conclusion. Even proffessionals have mind games, where all they need to do is turn up. Chelsea have the return leg of the semi final within only 4 days of playing NCFC, and thoughts are definately going to be elsewhere. Arsenal are saving themselves for the FA Cup final, and dont want to risk any injuries for the seasons last game. My point is that this is a fantastic time to meet these great clubs, because I still believe we cant get something out of them. On yesterdays performance. Winkel showed all his prowess and skill with one miss, and one pass to the ballboy. Typically the goal, and or the ball, was watched by three defenders, who stood in front of Rodallega and let him score. Full credit to NA who shook things up, and I for one was convinced we were in the game, and would score. Chins up lads, it aint over yet! OTBC

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    Yellowfirebird

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Against spurs and man city we got 4 points, against Fulham villa Swansea Cardiff and west ham away we got none, so the last four fixtures probably work better for us. Trolls are out early aren't they, shame more of them don't show up and follow their own team isn't it

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    ncfcchristof

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Sadly, we cannot block the trolls, they have seized the Moderator`s cubicle.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Hey MB, we are on a roll. Sadly, I've got to do some work now so will have to leave you, kenff and the other regulars to write sense and block the trolls

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Pubmandave, I think you will find that the reason the Chelsea, Mancs and Liverpool clubs can string 20 passes together while we average 3 (fact or guess) is they are considerably richer than NCFC and buy some of the worlds best players. Doesn't mean NA is not trying to improve our pass and move game but as you go on to say he does not have the material to work with.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • And again... agree with Gruff, too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Agree with Gruff, too. The Board members are guilty of abdication. Delegation is not the same as abdication.. they blithely entrusted the well-being of our playing side to a trio of mediocrities. Shameful.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • `The Crab`s Fragmentation Technique`. Tried and tested. Will attempt to post original stuff (with content) another day, perhaps.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • On ethering, could it be there is an IP bias in the Moderator`s Cubicle? Plenty of 1p5wich trollery, but quality contributors like LincsCan are blocked....

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • jops, your notion may be `outside the box`, but it has imagination! How about Ibrahimovich? ;-) On strikers, it baffled me that Neil preferred RvW to Hooper. Orders from above? Becchio played in the development squad Friday, and scored. Perhaps one (4) last throw(s) of the dice next game(s)?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Met with the same result, LincsCan. Twice. Methinks there is an IP bias in the Moderator`s Cubicle today. As witnessed by the volume of childish trollery that`s got on the board.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Common pattern that, LincsCan. Simultaneously, schoolboy taunts from the trolls are perfectly acceptable to Archie. I wonder why this is so? Answers on the back of an Archant pay-slip, sealed in a Manila Envelope, postcode IP-- ... I agree with kenfoggo too, though the total spend during Hughton`s tenure must`ve been in excess of £30m, what is the combined resale value now? Knock off €10m (£8.5m) for starters. Our away performances were, in the main part, shameful. Defeats at home to Villa, Fulham and WBA likewise. The board is collectively guilty of complacency. Other than Machianalli, they are not `proper` football people. They are just `ordinary` fans with surplus money. Even Machianalli isn`t really a football person per se - he`s a marketing man, a businessman. They entrusted the well-being of the playing side to a trio of mediocrities without due diligence. There is a not-so-subtle distinction between `delegation` and `abdication`. On a point of detail, I was surprised to see The Young Toe-Stubber of Old Amsterdam preferred to Hooper. Neil playing to orders there, methinks.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Yesterday, atmosphere was great. Team was set out interestingly and tried hard. We did not deserve to lose the game... we were very unlucky. But without a confident strong striker we are never going to win any football match.. Rodallega was the difference between the sides, we have not has a striker with his power and presence all season.... is it a crazy idea to suggest we scour the benches of Europe for a big powerful striker on loan for the last 4 games of the season, who wants to make a name for himself by scoring against 4 of the best teams in the country?

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    jops

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Nice to see a healthy dose of realism here. No I don`t think we were relegated yesterday we were relegated long ago. Yesterday just put the final nail in the coffin. A shame that the usual trolls cannot resist posting insults rather than intelligent comment!

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    stayingup

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Just sent a response endorsing kenf's comments. It has been blocked. This one, saying nothing, will get through.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Agree kenf that the club needs to look inward after this season ends. I think that applies even if by some miracle we hang on to PL status. Most important, assuming we have no unforseen change of ownership, is the board has to address its decision making process concerning team managers\coaches. The miracle appointment of Lambert was the exception that delivered financial stability but even he looked another forlorn gamble at the time of arrival. Perversely Hughton appeared to be one of their better choices. Then the decision makers persevered with him way beyond the time when everyone else saw he was a flawed product. Now they have put themselves in a position of having to decide Adams future based on what he does against four of the leagues best teams. Perhaps we need a non executive football advisor on the board because McNally has not read the situation well and clearly needs help in that direction.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Hello all, at least the sun is shining here in Malaysia, so I can brighten up my day. We should have coasted to a 3-1 win against Fulham. Easily the better side, but the lack of goals has cost us yet again. I have a wee bit of sympathy for the Wolf, this is a young lad who has had his confidence sucked from him by the previous regime. He was never a single target man, and never will be. He needs players feeding him the necessary openings ala Hoolahan & Howson etc. I am no physcic guru, but the guy needs a mind coach to remind him how he used to score with his eyes shut, hmm maybe that is the answer? With application and effort the team showed today, there is just a small chance we may upset one of the big boys? Trouble is, everyone around us is lifting there game, and scoring goals? I will reserve my usual OVERPAID PRIMA-DONNA's rant for the next game. Sobering thought though, if these players fail Norwich, they will still retain there over inflated salaries wherever they may roam. A wee bit like bankers really? Gees a job as a football player, then pundit on retirement. What a life, if you can get it? Maybe these players should remember or be reminded by Neil Adams, they are the very priviliged few? The poor old supporters are not, so up and at em for the remainder of the season gents, it is always 11 men against 11, Wigan showed that against Arsenal. The Border Reiver

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    The Border Riever

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • I do not think we were relegated yesterday, that has been an ongoing process all year. Some really poor performances away from home have been our biggest downfall , a failure to score goals and a failure to defend. No shame attached to Neil Adams. If blame needs to be apportioned, and I think that at the least some introspection and analysis will need to be , then you have to look at how the Club is set up. Are we happy to be the little Club who tries or do we want to be a regular middle table Premier Club ? If it is the latter then something needs to change, and that means money has to be spent. As McNally rightly points out, Premier position is directly proportioned to how much you are prepared to spend. Still , all decisions which are made above our pay grade , but something needs to be considered with regard to long term ambitions and direction of the Club.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Bassong, thought he's been rubbish as a captain and a captain of the defence pretty much all season, Bechio the ghost, Wolfie..I did say before we bought him, that he was too light for the Portuguese League.. Snodgrass who for an attacking mid fielder averages a goal in every five and an eigths games. We have played better without him despite his faultless work rate. Elmander.. I actually like him, he can't score goals however. Hooper..why did we get rid of Grant Holt exactly, ah yeh because the management team that many of the contributors on here kept faith with right to the bunkers end decided that he didn't fit the grand plan. Redmond should have played on the right instead of Snodgrass, many many times. Hoolahan, always liked him and I understand why he now must hate the place. To see your place of work lose its joy for you, I've had some good times times at work so i know. Pilks hasnt been about much understandably, last I saw him he kept falling over instead of working his toosh off. Johnson.. I know he's supposed to be a defensive midfielder, but barn door at 6 yards, forget it. Fer..sometimes he's simply brilliant..in his head he's already gone..who could blame him really. Tettey, who apart from his wonder goal charges forward for a whole 6 yards, short passes to a colleague either backwards or sideways, puts him under pressure and... back to Ruddy to be booted out to, generally, the right wing.. Works well because we have scored 26 goals from that tactic. I voted Fox player of the season a couple of years ago, not because he was better than others, just because he deserved recognition. I like the Bennetts.. Turner and Whittaker are alright. Olson, our left back is player of the season which shows how rubbish its been! Board, Management, Players, none of you have, in corporate language, achieved anything going forward. Yet the poor supporter like the poor citizen has to pay more and settle for less, rant over

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    Gruff

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • As we move forward to our last 4 games in the Premier League we will all be looking back at the decisions made by the Board and the previous Manager. The signing of some expensive strikes who cannot score and the decision to keep a failing Manager in position when it was obvious he was not cutting the mustard. Time to look at a Board who have placed the Club on a good financial footing but with lack of vision and ambition have lead us back to the lower Divisions. On a positive note I liked the way Neil Adams set out his stall and got the side to actually play with intent to score. All to no avail when we could not translate pressure into goals. It 's been emotional, but relegation now seems inevitable. A summer to take stock and set out on the long struggle to get back to the Premier.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • The simplest 'rule' in football is "When i have the ball, you cannot score". Its not rocket science, The Chelsea's,Manc's and Liverpool's have been following this simple rule for years, so "why cannot Norwich"? A long sequence of ball retention and passes to Norwich is on average 3 passes, yet the aforementioned manage 20+. Lastly, Usually a relegated clubs best players all seek transfers to better clubs, but in all honesty "which Norwich players could command a move to any other PL club" ? None Im afraid, Championship class at best the lot of them

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    pubmandave

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • It's only liverpool, man city, Chelsea and arsenal and you only need to win them all. Still, you've found your level - your manager who got you promoted couldn't wait to leave to go to a bigger club and you'll be back in the championship next season.

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    Tom

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • For those who expected a big win against Fulham today, why? The manager may have gone, but the players were the same and if they had of managed such a win you'd have to ask why they haven't done it before? Regardless of club, too many players first interest is their wages, their club loyalty is too low on their priority list.

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    KeithS

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • I will also add that one or two 1p5wich trolls have shot their duff way two early in the excitement of us losing to Fulham and them getting a shock giant killing win against Downcaster Rovers! They are getting close to the play offs. They would be wise to remember that we are not out of it yet and when we stay up, I will relish watching them get ripped to shreds in the play-offs!!! OTBC!!!

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    ivan sadd

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • The performance and effort today was excellent, particulary closing down and winning the ball. We just need a bit of composure on the ball and in front of goal. We have to get behind the lads now and I think there are still points to be gained looking at the Gunners performance. Just believe. COYY! OTBC!

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    ivan sadd

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Agent Hughton, the cheque is in the post. #theboydonegood

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • I think I must have been at a different game from everyone else if they think that performance was any better or any worse than under CH. Many times we dominated teams under CH but couldn't score and this was the very same. if I am honest I think we were les organised and players drifting out of position frequently. Today Fulham were poor and if we do that next week we will be torn apart by Liverpool. I still think we can get 4 points from the last 4 games because the players are good enough. I disagree that the change of manager was too late. It was too early. We should have changed at the end of the season. Adams has noe experience at this level and Hughton pulled big results out when needed in the must win games. it is correct that he didn't remain as Norwich City Manager but I think he would have got something from that today. Now I think the big matches are the Chelsea Man Utd and Arsenal and to have a manager who come from youth team to be relied upon in those games is unrealistic

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    GPL

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Might have known the trolls would be out in force, rubbing it in. Typical pi$witch rsoles.

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    FXT Canary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • It's as if Hoots never left the building. His dismissal gave us an uplift in spirits like one of the home wins he came up with every time his job look theatened. A week of mindless optimism then ends in defeat against opponents we need to be beating. It means the outlook, as some of our guests tonight point out, is bleak. If you look at Fulham's points return from the same fixtures we now have to play they gained 1 point from 12. Put another way, our failings against the worst teams in the league need to be compensated for by miracles against the best. Who to blame as the (seemingly) inevitable nears? Ch for being poor, but more so the board for not seeing the writing on the wall no matter how large writ. If relegated, do they sack Adams? Why? Surely he can mastermind fortuitous wins against Doncaster etc? I have said before - you can't sack a board. But those who run the club need to look at how they appoint and dismiss managers. We thought McNally was here to do that because he was a football as well as finance man, but something has clogged up the decision making process. That needs to be addressed. Otherwise, I feel quite positive. OTBC.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Letsby, Portaloo Rd, Carrot Rd, it' all resorts to a low level of wit in the end... As for the 5-1, what about the 5-0? Mathie, Marshall & Mason spring to mind... You are as good as relegated and you can't take it.. Where's my old mate Mad Brewer?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Look who's hurting now, lol.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Letsby Avenue "they need to win something" lol. Sorry what have you won in your long history. You never have and never will win anything. At least Ipswich didn't have the embarrassment of being relegated to league 1.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Mel Lacey the stadium is ours. The larger stadium that England played in.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • 5-1 You are the experts on feeling hurt.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Oh its nice to see the hurt on this page, NCFC are a laughing stock and the sooner you get relegated the better.. waste of space in the Premier League..

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • I see that Portaloo Road had its biggest crowd of the season at 19500.A very small club with Championship aspirations. They are certainly winners in that, perhaps they will get a medal as longest inhabitants of that division, they need to win something.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Please please explain the feeling of hurting oh intelligent one, or should I say, 5-1.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Oh dear you are obviously very upset. This is a common reaction from someone who runs out of intelligent things to say. Still, I won't take offence, as I know that you must be hurting, it's those big boys isn't it?

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • JohnnyH, what 'real' trophies are you talking about then? I think NB's referring to the League, the 2nd Championship, The FA CUP & the UEFA Cup. Which of those four have Norwich won?

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • No Brains, just clearly heard your Mum calling you in for your tea.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • JohnnyH. Just stating the facts here. It would appear that there's no need for a trophy cabinet at Norwich. However, I'm surprised that Ipswich can find room for the trophies that they have acquired. I assume that you mean club? You mustn't let small club mentality stand in the way of being realistic, that's not the way forward.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • NB, best inform JohhnyH that he is a deluded fool!

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    Chalkyblue

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • NB, just seen your post about a small CUB. I worry about you

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    JohnnyH

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • NB you must have a dodgy internet connection. I think you'll find they haven't won more "real" trophies than us and nothing since the 70s. Even allowing for the time warp that Ipswich is stuck in that is a long while ago!

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    JohnnyH

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Bruce87. Well I personally never. However it appears that Ipswich have left little Norwich in their shadows, a very impressive record indeed.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Where are the usual culprits ? Everyone must now agree what a disaster the purchase of Van Jokeswinkel and NoHoper was! Oh for Hot and Martin. Congrats Neil for not parking the bus,

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    Expat

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Emulate 1p5wich's record! When were you last in the premiership?

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • This was our only defeat this season where I felt we were unlucky not to have got something out of it.In a week NA has got us playing forward moving attacking football.Some of the passing was excellent.The only thing missing was a good number9.The Winkle again was a non event and I am now inclined to think that Hooper is no more than a Championship player.Everyone who watched the game with me agreed that Hewtn should have gone months ago and it is the Board who must shoulder the blame for that.If we had played months ago with the style and spirit shown to day we would not be in our present position.But I don't think all is lost yet.If Hewtn was still here it would be for sure,

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    irongloves

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Bruce87. Just had another look at Ipswich' s record. I fear my last post was a bit optimistic, this is obviously a bridge too far for Norwich, never mind.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Far too little, nothing has changed. It has been over for too long. Surely the board should have acted sooner, the players are the same (has beens) or cheap buy ins. We were better off with P.L. but that was not to be, due to the board.

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    FIGGIS

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Bruce87, I would say things are looking decidedly roses at PR. It looks like McCarthy is building a solid squad this year, ready to challenge next year. The boys in Blue will welcome you & your t-shirts, to a club with real history, next season.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • We will not be relegated! Today proved this team can play well and another week training with NA should put us in good stead to see this through

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    Powers1902

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Bruce87. Not sure why you have mentioned Ipswich. However I've just looked them up on the Internet. It appears to me that they have had way more success than Norwich over the years. A club for you to try and emulate perhaps?

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • RvW is the most expensive waterboy ever! Snodders MOTM- gave it all! But hey, statistically we get something from one of four matches against the big-boys, so we still got a chance... snowflakes chance in hell, but its there!

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    Norwegian Canary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Yes, Cyril Baker, we will be relegated. But I wouldn't swap our last four seasons for yours. And we do play in our own stadium as opposed to a council pitch.

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    Mel Lacey

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Plenty of spirit today even if no goals. There are still points to be won this season. Hope springs eternal. We can stay up with this spirit.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Ps bye bye Bassong.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • We will not be relegated. Write off the Liverpool game next week, but Man U, Chelsea, gunners, yes I think we will get something from them. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • OTBC!! #HoveringOverTheTrapdoor

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    Warkys_Tash

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Why are so many of you so called supporters getting at Rvw he was unlucky today, pity Snods don't put in a decent centre perhaps we might score. As soon as Wes & Hoops came on we looked poor . we created nothing in the last twenty minutes.

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    canarybell

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • In strictly football terms our Board is collectively thick. And that is why we are going down. Good try Neil!

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • What a waste of time Hooper has turned into.How much fatter can he get.Definite championship now.Thanks for nothing Hughton

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    Peter Bloomfield

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Come on, lets be avinyou. Arsenal are there for taking in your last game, so 3 more points at least. ITFC getting nearer.

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    bristan

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • NB if you want to know what it feels like to always have your chin on the floor, ask an 1p5wich fan.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • So, it's trips to Wolves, Bournemouth, Forrest, and Doncaster next season. More games- and a chance to see us win a few. We've done that before. We'll do it again at some point. Hooper will find his scoring boots in Div 2 * and there will be a clear out - Ruddy - Bassong - Yobo - Fer- Snodgrass - Pilkington - RvW - Hoolahan - ?Tettey. No blame on any, they have simply not been good enough, and we our coaches have not had the nouse, to cope at this level. To be honest, I am looking forwards to a promotion campaign...

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • We are not yet in the bottom three but Fulham will overtake us then we shall be. The last chance saloon was at Craven Cottage today. It is not AN's fault but I fear we're going down.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Bruce87. That's what I like to see, optimism in the face of adversity. It's fans like you that a small cub like Norwich deserve.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • I was very surprised that Adams chose to start with RVW, this guy aint ever going to do it for us. I know we have 4 games to go, but in all honesty, I have accepted we are in the championship next season. We are still clueless in front of goal, I cant see that change in the next 4 games. We need a clear out and to rebuild for next seasons challenge.

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    Henry

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • We will probably have to be more reliant on other teams failing to win from now till the end of the season. But I'm hopeful COYY

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    Powers1902

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • For sure RVW will be off if we go down but the flip side of relegation is that JR and some of our other performers will probably join them. The tides of change.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Ludicrous to suggest the board step down. Mistakes have been made this season and now we're paying for it. CH was given far too long in the job and it's blatantly obvious that we'd be comfortably safe by now if he'd gone sooner. Now we need to fight for our lives and I believe that we will. OTBC!

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    Powers1902

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • My chin's not down, we are not in the bottom 3.

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Yes, a much more gutsy performance today but once again no goals. Can't win games without scoring. Our record this season is appalling. However while our fate may have been sealed this afternoon, the foundations of failure were laid by Hughton long, long, ago. Calls for the board to be sacked are ridiculous. However they must shoulder some of the blame for allowing Hughton to continue his disastrous reign far too long. And as other have said, some of the players should also take a long hard look in the mirror at the end of the season because numbers of them didn't show spirit and guts. A lot of money was wasted in the summer, signing players who haven't cut it at all, especially up front. Sadly this seaosn we have slid backwards alarmingly and it's too big an ask for Neil Adams to turn it all round in five games, especially given the opposition.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Bruce87. Is 8 and 7 added together your age? Come on, chin up, this was a plucky little effort.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Please be grateful everyone, after all, Norwich have had the chance to rub shoulders with the big boys for a short while. For a club of Norwich's significance in the world of football, this must be looked upon as a miraculous achievement.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Looking at results overall. We are the second worst EPL team to Sunderland.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Ignore the silly and mischievous comments. A good spirited performance today, apart from lack of goals. We can pick up points from the next four games. Maybe a surprise win even. Brave to start with RVW, who should have scored but for a brilliant save. Hard decision next week about who should start up front.

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    Green man

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • 'NB', does that stand for No Brains by any chance?

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    Bruce87

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Not only beaten, but ethered by Archant!! As I tried to say, along with many others, the management change was 4 months too late. We paid the price for at least 4 nailed on chances today. They score against the run of play, and its boxing day all over again. The fat lady may not have sung yet....but the conductors baton is raised. Well, at least we have the derby with Ipswich to look forward too. This season has been one of shameful mismanagement and a lack of leadership. In this life, you get what you earn and deserve. We have earned our ignominious relegation.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Neil Adams did well today, hopefully more positivity from him and we will stay up. However, I'll never forgive CH for what he's done to this club. I just hope the board haven't acted too late...although I think they have. Four games to stay up. OTBC!

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    Powers1902

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • ncfcchristof. If thats the case, the board are being realistic, fans must realise that this is Norwich, not Cardiff.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • The issue is still being able to put away chances. We donot have a quality striker at the moment. Maybe Becchio's goal Friday will give him the confidence to come in and save us. Let's hope.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • A much better performance.at least we showed some fight. To those who want the board sacked. Are you crazy, exactly what planet are you on, what illegal substance have you taken. exactly who would you replace them with. Get real for heaven`s sake.I agree that the decision to sack CH was taken too late but the current board have done wonders to even get us to the Premier League .Don`t the players have some responsibility in this OK so it looks as though we`re going to go back down but hindsight is a wonderful thing. We can beat Ipswich twice next season.!

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    stayingup

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • No disgrace here. Fulham a far superior side. Good effort for a little club like Norwich. Remember, must be realistic, realise who you are. When you play clubs who have won major trophies, you come up against clubs with a much better pedigree.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Four games with firstrow left then.. 26 goals this season, brilliant work by all concerned..

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    Gruff

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Goodness me! Look what's crawling out of the woodwork.

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    la barbe

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Welcome to The Championship. £25M spent and you go backwards. Down to League 1 once again.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Ha ha ha that worked for you can't wait to pass you eieieio up the football league we go little old s c u m back to the chumpionship o my sides hurt with laughing at you

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    Townman

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • They said on Anglia TV that Adams had a plan. Well he obviously did, marvellous performance at Craven Cottage to keep Fulham down to just one goal. Lets be honest, if Fulham stay up instead of Norwich, it would be a fitting finish. After all, Fulham have a great history, we are talking about a club with their name on major trophies here.

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    NB

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Possibly the best 45 minutes of football we played all season - only the woodwork and brilliant goalkeeping kept us off the scoresheet ,but why oh why did Neil Adams choose to start RVW over Hooper ? Snods "ran his socks off" today and again was so dreadfully unlucky from the free-kick. Now I fear we're doomed !

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    canadiancanary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • We all seem to be in agreement that if the team had played the way they played today we would never be in this position which highlights the fact that the same players playing under Hughton were not happy.......so why could no one within the club see this coming??? The word is that certain board members wanted Hughton out in November but Delia and McNasty had other ideas......let's see if they can do the decent thing and leave with theirs heads bowed in shame....is it time to sell the club to someone who wants to move if forward?????

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    Stavros89

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • we looked confident,we played with confidence until it got to VAN WHO and he let the team down.Van Who should be put out on loan to Kings Lynn.I still think we will escape.We play better against quality teams but we must not pick van who again. Well Done Neil on your first match of many.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Never say die. It ain't over until the large lady warbles!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • That we couldnt score against a team that conceded 74 goals in their previous 33 EPL games suggests we're just not good enough for this league. We spent money, but unwisely it seems. I think, yes, had we changed manager earlier it mightve been a different story. I don't know. I'm depressed.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Its only time now !! before the trap door opens, the change in Manager was far too late, and Adams will not gat a win out of the last 4 games. so its bye bye !! going going gone !!!!

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • We just need players to put chances away and because of this we deserve to go down. Looking forward to next season and a mass clear out.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • That was a real last chance of getting anything, McNally and Hughton should hang their heads in shame!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • Damage was done, too little too late. The board have had a "little Norwich" mentality and no ambition! A major overhaul needed in the summer!

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    ncfcchristof

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

  • i think if the change of management had happened earlier, we would not be having this conversation in respect of norwich going down, the board have made a serious error of judgement in retaining mr hughton and his team for so long

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    Dave

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

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