Fulham 3, Norwich City 0

Norwich City boss Chris Hughton looks a dejected figure at Fulham with his side crashing out of the FA Cup. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Chris Hughton looks a dejected figure at Fulham with his side crashing out of the FA Cup. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
9:36 PM

Norwich City miserably crashed out of the FA Cup on Tuesday night with a 3-0 defeat at Fulham that intensified the pressure on manager Chris Hughton.

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Darren Bent and Ashkan Dejagah profited from fresh hesitancy in the visitors’ defence prior to the interval and Steve Sidwell sealed a fourth round trip to Sheffield United with a 68th minute far post header. Norwich’s dire display at Craven Cottage was the club’s eighth consecutive match without a victory ahead of what is now a crunch Premier League home game against Hull City at Carrow Road this weekend for the manager and his under-fire players.

Hughton’s line up contained five starters from last weekend’s Premier League 2-0 defeat at Everton. Seb Bassong was partnered by Russell Martin in central defence with Steven Whittaker also retaining his place at right back. Javier Garrido played his third consecutive game, but the first in his more accustomed left-back role, with midfielders Bradley Johnson and Robert Snodgrass also on duty after their Goodison Park shift.

Josh Murphy made his second senior start after an eye-catching outing in the original tie with Johan Elmander preferred to Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper omitted from the squad. The Dutch striker was joined on the bench at kick-off by Luciano Becchio, who did not feature on Merseyside, and Murphy’s twin brother, Jacob.

Cottagers’ chief Rene Meulensteen opted to include the likes of Maarten Stekelenburg, Brede Hangeland and Steve Sidwell who all sat out the Carrow Road tie that ended 1-1.

City started with David Fox sitting in a withdrawn role in front of the visitors’ back four with Snodgrass deployed alongside Johnson in central midfield. Nathan Redmond drew a sharp save from Stekelenburg after Josh Murphy had slalomed his way across the face of Fulham’s 18-yard line, before Snodgrass curled a left footed strike against the bar from long range in a positive signal of intent from Hughton’s men. Elmander then attempted a swivel and hit in one flowing movement after rolling Dan Burn but the Swedish international’s finish lacked the precision of his initial set. Elmander was prominent again seconds later when Hangeland tried to shepherd a ball out of play but simply proceeded to allow the striker to cut an inviting ball back for Snodgrass only for Sascha Riether to sense the danger.

City were enjoying themselves in the early skirmishes with Martin and Bassong committed to playing the ball out from deep and the Canaries’ midfield looking to supply Josh Murphy at every opportunity. Sidwell tested Mark Bunn at the other end but that was a rare incursion for the Cottagers. Redmond drifted inside Riether after swapping flanks with Josh Murphy, but the England Under-21 international dragged his effort into the side netting.

Dejagah tumbled under the attentions of Bassong in the 14th minute but there was no repeat of the Boxing Day horrors from Norwich’s defensive wall with Pajtim Kasami’s free kick rolling tamely through to Bunn. Bent, however, was intent on a reprise of his goalscoring impact from the original tie when his predatory instincts nudged Fulham in front against the run of play. City failed to prevent Kasami’s low cross on the right and compounded the error by leaving Bent free to slot a first time finish past Bunn from eight yards.

City’s collective confidence appeared to visibly evaporate in the immediate aftermath with Bent just unable to divert Riether’s angled strike. Norwich had now surrendered midfield to the Cottagers, with Sidwell a growing influence on the contest. Whittaker ran down a blind alley which allowed Sidwell to trigger a counter by picking out the unmarked Alex Kacaniklic but Fox was back on the cover with a sliding near post block. Bassong then hacked away at the third attempt inside his own six yard box with Bent sensing another opportunity as Hughton gestured frantically on the sidelines.

Even Josh Murphy’s urgings had lessened in their intensity with the Cottagers now swarming around the teenager whenever he tried to get City on the front foot. Norwich’s commitment to build through Fox could not disguise the fact it was the hosts’ who carried the latent attacking threat; Sidwell anticipated Snodgrass’ reverse pass intended for his team mate before releasing Bent but Martin raced across to thwart the goalscorer.

Josh Murphy’s persistence earned a corner five minutes before the interval which sparked the hardy travelling support to raise the volume but Hangeland beat Bassong in a heavyweight aerial duel to trigger another counter which brought Fulham’s second – Kacaniklic escaping undetected to square for Dejagah to roll home from seven yards.

Josh Murphy again led the break out in the final seconds of the opening period with Snodgrass in support but Riether hacked behind – Johnson heading the Scot’s corner over under pressure at the far post.

Hughton introduced van Wolfswinkel for Redmond at the interval with Snodgrass reverting to his berth on the right and City deploying the Dutchman alongside Elmander. Van Wolfswinkel was denied by Hangeland’s intervention with a noticeable increase in the tempo after Norwich’s laboured efforts for the majority of the first half. But the quality deficit was painfully evident in the final third, typified by Whittaker’s errant cross after van Wolfswinkel pestered Hangeland before feeding the Scottish international.

Bassong then connected with Snodgrass’ deep free kick but the captain’s header lacked the power to trouble Stekelenburg. Garrido bravely prevented a third goal for the hosts when he denied Dejagah but relief was only temporary as Sidwell fended off his marker to despatch Riether’s cross.

Hughton turned to Luciano Becchio who replaced Elmander and City pressed forward more in hope than any expectation with Stekelenburg remaining a virtual spectator despite one or two sporadic skirmishes in front of the Dutchman. Fulham could have increased their lead in the closing stages when Kacaniklic drew a low save from Bunn. Johnon skied over deep in stoppage time much to the derision of the home fans.

• Fulham: Stekelenburg, Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson, Karagounis, Sidwell (Christensen 84), Dejagah, Kasami, Kačaniklić (Tankovic 87), Bent (Dembèlè 79). Subs (not used): Stockdale, Hughes, Rodallega, Dempsey.

• Bookings: Karagounis (foul on Johnson, 71)

• Goals: Bent (16), Dejagah (41), Sidwell (68)

• Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Martin, Bassong, Garrido, Fox, Johnson, Snodgrass, Redmond (van Wolfswinkel 45), Josh Murphy, Elmander (Becchio 68). Subs (not used): Ruddy, Fer, Hoolahan, Ryan Bennett, Jacob Murphy.

• Time added on: 1 minute / 3 minutes

• Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

• Attendance: 11,172

126 comments

  • I don't think the NCFC Board will sack Hughton after tonight's result. I would like them to act now as our next game is MASSIVE. If we don't get anything other than the win against Hull then the board must act for the good of the club. Obviously Malky is available and would be the bookies favourite. I have seen a few postings on here recently of Neil Lennon being touted.

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    Michael Merrill

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Dismally predictable, awful display lacking in every area, hughton has no idea how to change things that is obvious and has been for months

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Well there you go happy clappers, another Hughton triumph. We only conceded three to one of the worst teams in the Prem. we were also very lucky to have scored nil again. The whole Hughton episode is beyond a joke now, it would be laughable if he wasn't wrecking our club. What I cannot understand is why Delia and the board are sitting there with their heads buried in the sand watching our demise under these incompetents. Do they feel that since we are debt free, it doesn't matter if we are relegated, after all there are still next seasons parachute payments. I love the woman for what she and MWJ did for our club, but I seriously question their reluctance to show their heads above the parapet now. The TV money has meant that they don't really need loyal fans money, and it seems to me that they couldn't care less about our opinions now. Oh and please don't tell me that it was only the FA Cup, because we have been subjected to this rubbish since the day Hughton and his equally inept coaches came here

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Top sports report recognises a very poor premiership club. This was what Sky Sports had to say, Fulham cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 success over sorry Norwich City in their third round replay at Craven Cottage. Summed up a treat I think

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    NB

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Quote. "Some of our possession was very good" - but it never leads anywhere, Chris. He says we kept driving to keep on the ball but......there's always a but. He says himself that we are in a downward spiral. He has GOT to change it round.

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • looks like went exactly to C H plan, didn't want to stay in this silly cup

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    Blocked User

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I don't think the NCFC Board will sack Hughton after tonight's result. I would like them to act now as our next game is MASSIVE. If we don't get anything other than the win against Hull then the board must act for the good of the club. Obviously Malky is available and would be the bookies favourite. I have seen a few postings on here recently of Neil Lennon being touted.

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    Michael Merrill

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I was just looking at the Daily Mail's online report. On the comments board are three emanating from Norfolk and, unbelievably, two of them have managed to spell Hughton's name incorrectly. A guy from New York City has corrected one of them.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Figgis - Team selection may have been on the weak side, but there was no desire that is more of a concern. Lose 3-0 to a better team but driving for it can be accepted but what was on display tonight no way. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • "Fulham are a well drilled team, full of confidence and plenty of experienced players. Difficult to play against blah blah" I wonder how close I am?

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    lordbesty

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • i used to really enjoy reading all of the available local, national and international articles on ncfc. our performances over the past few years gave me a buzz to pursue my own goals no matter how lofty they seemed. now reading about ncfc including the comments has become an exercise of psychological self harm where i begin to doubt anything and everything. chris hughton is breaking my brain help delia! anybody! please! it hurts!!

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    vintage633

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Fox jumped out of the way for Sidwells goal! Ridiculous, something is very wrong.

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    lordbesty

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • So some cannot understand lack of action by the NCFC Board. Surely it is blindingly obvious that they are playing a waiting game for the man they want. He must have tactical and motivational skills together with a passionate attachment to the Canaries.Until then just have a little bit more patience in extremely testing conditions.

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    mardler

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • looks like went exactly to C H plan, didn't want to stay in this silly cup

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    Blocked User

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • OK, Lobbo, I will take the bait. As someone who has supported CH I will acknowledge that the team is in jeopardy and he has to accept a lot of responsibility. I watched today's game and it was dire. I was, however, bemused by your suggestion that were the roles reversed his critics would put up their hands and acknowledge they were wrong. I distinctly DO NOT remember that happening at the end of last season which ended as well as the previous one under Lambert. Perhaps you could refresh my memory with your comments at that time and those of other constant critics ( a couple did grudgingly concede success. Perhaps you were one ).

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    canary_canuck

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • You we have to pay someone to take it

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    Chris Butcher

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Waclor you said it all, I have been saying it since July 2012, it is blindingly obvious to anyone with a football brain, Hughton is a loser and bringing the great NCFC into a shambling laughing stock? This is what happens with women owning football clubs. Delia act now sack Hughton, sack McNally for appointing the loser

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • You can count the good games we have had since Chris houghton came to carrow road on one hand

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    Howesy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Football is a results business. Let's look at ours since our 'fantastic' win at West Brom on 7th Dec. P8 W0 D4 L4. Four of those have been against teams below us in the league, and this is the seventh time this season that we have conceded at least 3 goals. I was wrong earlier this season when I said this was probably our best-ever squad - Hughton has ripped the soul out of the team, and our competitive, positive, never-say-die players have been replaced with complacency, carelessness, ineptitude, and lack of direction or tactical nous from the bench. He has taken us back to the days of Roeder and Grant (Peter, not Holt). The board must act now - there are alternative managers available, and prudence and indecision is not where we can afford to be. Bold decisions are called for if we want to stay up, let alone improve on last season as Bowkett claims. No heart, no passion, no response to going behind, no creative spark - and the only player we have to provide that still can't get a game, and will probably soon be creating chances for Holt to tuck away at the Holt End. Fulham are our bogey team, which means we are unlikely to win any of our last 5 games, so we need to be safe by the beginning of April. On this performance, and our current run, we'll be lucky to gain another three points anywhere the rest of this season. CTID, but something needs to change quickly.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • From the moment he reacted to James Vaughan's preseason goals in July 2012 by giving him to Huddersfield it was obvious he was useless and totally inadequate. His choice of equally pathetic back room staff show that he is aware that he is out of his depth and does not want any potential successors on the payroll. Finally from the drivel he spouts in interviews anyone can see he is not one to inspire or motivate. His Norwich career started with a five nil defeat at Craven Cottage, now give it the symetry of making it his last match. Hoof The Hoot Now.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Tommy Cooper used to make money from making us laugh at his foul ups, all this comedian does is to make excuses and infuriate everyone. Is there still a board of directors? He couldn't run a tiddly winks team!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • *last month & half that was meant to say! not month & 12.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Another fall out from this result is that yet another club round and about the relegation zone have received a lift and go into their next game with renewed confidence whilst we..........

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    Flying Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • To 'canaryonthemoon', ncfc boy' 'steady on' to name but a few, I say this, if we had starting playing well, getting good results and showing signs of progression and improvement, myself, and I suspect many others would have held our hands up and said, we were wrong. HOW ABOUT YOU DOING THE SAME. Norwich City are an embarrassment. End off.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Ground control to Delia and the rest of the board. If you can hear us, and I'd be surprised if you can't by now. 26,000 loyal city fans have had a gut full. It is time you all woke up smelt the coffee and realised our beloved club is doomed unless you act now. Sack Hughton now!!! Don't wait until Saturday do it now!!

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    nobbly1

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • we are all having a go at hughton and rightly so,but what about the players last night?Elmander,whitaker,never prem players in a million years,the rest were below average,johnson,snodgrass and Rvw were the only ones in the 2nd half who gave it ago.they should all be embarrased by that display!

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    tonyb

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • All we ever read is CH is confident of this and that,but the points still do not come.Maybe he does not realise he is only a caretaker at norwich.Norwich fans are NCFC for life.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Well, they are a very good side with some outstanding players. They worked hard but I thought we were the better team, especially in the last five minutes. We need to pick ourselves up and look to win a game in our next few matches. Is this close enough Tom?

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I would sell my ticket for rest of the season. Not sure there will be too many offers while we have the current incumbents in charge. There should be no need for a board meeting! They should call him tonight and give him the old heave ho!!!!!!! Taxi for Hughton!

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Made my first attempt to use my "free" BT Sport facility on my PC to watch this. Alas, my attempts were akin to the failure of a fumbling teenage lothario to release his lady`s bustenhalter. So, to Plan B (that`s a concept to consider, Hoots) - Radio Partridge. So I can only judge the game from the commentary and the remarks of Chris Goreham, Daryl Russell, phone-in fans etc. Plus the comments on these boards. Plus the hesitant, limp, insipid, monotone and depressing interview with our manager after the game. I go with waclor`s comment; we were lucky to survive last season and were not safe until WBA gifted us that 4-0 win. The previous season under Lambert, we were safe with 6 games to go. I felt that Hughton would now consolidate, build and move forward. I believed he was the man for the job. (Not so sure about his back-room team). You`ve "mugged me off" there, Chrissy! I estimated we`d get close on 50 points and maybe finish as high as 9th. The team has been mediocre to poor in most games. We have scored a massive 17 goals in 21 league games. The defensive record`s nothing special, either. Fulham`s is a lot worse, not that you`d know that from the way we play against them. In the words of the great Roy Orbison, surely now, for Hoots & Co, "It`s Over". Golden days before they end.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Forget Hughton...we all know exactly what we have there....WHAT are the BOARD doing? Is Mr McNasty becoming Mr McPussfoot? For THREE months we have all known we are on a downward spiral. We all know Hughton is useless but it's the boards responsibilty to the club and the supporters to do something about it. Yet they do not act. Hull(A) Cardiff(H), Sunderland(A), (Fulham (H), Palace (A) to name but a few league games we could hope to win, yet we won 0 o f them. Now a cringeworthy cup exit to the lamentable Fulham (who recently lost 6-0 to Hull and 1-4 to Sunderland). Played them 3 times in a fortnight, twice at home, and cannot even beat them once. The only bright side its better then last season's non-league home humiliation against Luton. How is Hughton in a job? I am beginning to lose any faith I have gained in the NCFC board too. I honestly and sincerely cannot understand the lack of action.

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    CanaryWest

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • We have a Hall of Fame here for our past players and managers. There should also be a Hall of Shame, and leading it should be Hughton, along with Calderwood and Trollope. Add to them Roeder, Grant, Hamilton, and Gunny and you have the worst managers in the history of this football club. And I do seriously think that Hughton tops the lot

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Just listened to the insipid Hughton interview on Radio Norfolk.. Downward spiral he droned.How right for once. Betfair has himat 49 favourite for the chop. Bookies are rarely wrong are they. Please make it tomorrow , get Neil Adams to fire the team up for Saturday for three points. then make a wise choice of the man to save us.Suggestions ?

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Pathetic team selection (did not want to compete). Pathetic performance ( where do we go from here). Sorry Chris but please resign. Only upside was the support we had at Fulham ( would you have gone?) Cannot beat Fulham, then who?

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    FIGGIS

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Football is a results business. Let's look at ours since our 'fantastic' win at West Brom on 7th Dec. P8 W0 D4 L4. Four of those have been against teams below us in the league, and this is the seventh time this season that we have conceded at least 3 goals. I was wrong earlier this season when I said this was probably our best-ever squad - Hughton has ripped the soul out of the team, and our competitive, positive, never-say-die players have been replaced with complacency, carelessness, ineptitude, and lack of direction or tactical nous from the bench. He has taken us back to the days of Roeder and Grant (Peter, not Holt). The board must act now - there are alternative managers available, and prudence and indecision is not where we can afford to be. Bold decisions are called for if we want to stay up, let alone improve on last season as Bowkett claims. No heart, no passion, no response to going behind, no creative spark - and the only player we have to provide that still can't get a game, and will probably soon be creating chances for Holt to tuck away at the Holt End. Fulham are our bogey team, which means we are unlikely to win any of our last 5 games, so we need to be safe by the beginning of April. On this performance, and our current run, we'll be lucky to gain another three points anywhere the rest of this season. CTID, but something needs to change quickly.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • My Dad is a pensioner & can play better footie than that awful performance

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    DollyP

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • same old same old sh!te! once we lose to Hull on Saturday he needs to walk, this is carp! saving my £500 next season if he's still here by some miracle!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Two teams destined for the drop i'm afraid. We made Fulham look a good side - probably the only top flight team who could achieve that.

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    spark

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Yes, sack him now, don't wait. We've waited too long as it is.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • It would be difficult for any Norwich supporter or Board member to take anything positive away from this shambolic, sorry performance tonight. Can anyone see this team under this management achieving a result on Saturday. It is a MUST win game.

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    kenfoggo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Please Delia, McNally, anyone. Get rid of him now.

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    suffolkcanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hughton lost the plot ages ago, he lost the majority of the fans' support months ago, he lost the dressing room weeks ago. The only thing he hasn't lost is his job, and until our ineffectual Board takes its collective head out of its backside, he will still be there when the Premier League lights are turned out in 4 months time.......if not sooner. These are truly worrying times and a very sad chapter in the history of Norwich City Football Club.

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    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • 22.08 and there is no news,Delia is working on how to get rid of the damp Squid and find us a new saviour

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • This has got to be the final nail. No more chances, finished!

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    Henry

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The Archant boys must be loving this every game. Copy, Paste, home for a pint.

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    North folk

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Last 5 games. Fulham, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man U, Arsenal. Next 4. Hull, Newcastle, Cardiff, Man City. Oh dear! Reasons not to be cheerful parts 1 and 2.

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hmmmm no interview from CH. Interesting, I'm watching sports news for a bit.

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    lordbesty

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hull struggled to put six past them, Sunderland could only manage four but somehow, heaven knows how we struggled to keep our powder dry and register NIL POINS, what a wash out, if he doesn't go and take that shower with him I fear the worse. Championship here we come!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • looks like went exactly to C H plan, didn't want to stay in this silly cup

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    Blocked User

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Figgis - Team selection may have been on the weak side, but there was no desire that is more of a concern. Lose 3-0 to a better team but driving for it can be accepted but what was on display tonight no way. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Excellent post, Brewer. Perspicacious, eloquent, lyrical..........and, yes, rather sad. I too fell for that BT Sports package thingy, but didn't get as far as you. My black box is still in its cardboard box. No matter. I was quite content with Radio Partridge. It's bad enough listening to Norwich's decline, but to have to watch it too while also having to endure adverts for feminine hygiene products......no thanks. There' a limit to my masochism. Now.........what time is that press conference scheduled for?

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    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I for one will not be going to the next home game if CH has the rains...... I am happy to sell my ticket for the rest of the season if any interest!!! 100%... I am not spending £150.00 aweek to watch this!

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    Chowman

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • season over

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    mossey

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hughton interview was a joke, drive? When did he see any drive??

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • A Fine City - I like it. Prize for the most positive NCFC comment all day!

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Thank goodness we out of the cup. We can now concentrate on getting relegated. He should have gone last season, simples.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Dismally predictable, awful display lacking in every area, hughton has no idea how to change things that is obvious and has been for months

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    Burglecut

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Well there you go happy clappers, another Hughton triumph. We only conceded three to one of the worst teams in the Prem. we were also very lucky to have scored nil again. The whole Hughton episode is beyond a joke now, it would be laughable if he wasn't wrecking our club. What I cannot understand is why Delia and the board are sitting there with their heads buried in the sand watching our demise under these incompetents. Do they feel that since we are debt free, it doesn't matter if we are relegated, after all there are still next seasons parachute payments. I love the woman for what she and MWJ did for our club, but I seriously question their reluctance to show their heads above the parapet now. The TV money has meant that they don'treally need loyal fans money, and it seems to me that they couldn't care less about our opinions now. Oh, and please don't tell me that it was only the FA Cup, because we have been subjected to this rubbish since the day Hughton and his equally inept coaches came here

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I really fear for us if this is the sort of performance we're putting in every week. I can't see the current management turning it around. The players look like a bunch of misfits who haven't played together. We can't create anything in the final third and are always outplayed and overrun in midfield. We're failing where so many other clubs have in the past. We're trying to replace a predominately Championship players whilst mixing them with a higher standard players. We just can't create anything for the forwards and those players brought in by CH aren't successful. We're conceding goals, can't score and players are falling out with one another. A clear sign in itself that things aren't right and need to change. The following set of players need to go but the thing is they're the ones which will hang around if we get relegated. Whittaker, Martin, Fox, Johnson, Snodgrass, Elmander and Becchio. Even if we do give CH the boot and I think it'll come down to Saturdays game. They're aren't any instance successes for those teams who have done the same. I think we need a decent international coach and that means a bucket load of cash. The only reason CH hasn't gone is that it's a bad reflection on Mcnasty who brought him in and supported his acquisitions.

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Sack him on the TV now

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    Chris Butcher

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The board will probably wait till Saturdays result ,we win it and he stays and we limp on like a wounded animal waiting die ,he loses it and they may sack him,either way it might be to late

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    Howesy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Up til now I haven’t had any time for some of the utter drivel that people have posted about Hughton, but last night broke me. It is obvious, many of those posts lambasting the manager are based on listening to games on the radio and the ridiculous ‘cuts’ on Match of the Day. Those same people suggested that Fox deserved a chance in the team is based on what? Last night, he was one of the worst of a very bad bunch, and his pathetic attempt to prevent Sidwell’s header , a punctuation point that surely closes that argument. That aside, the time has come for inspiration, and unfortunately Hughton is not the man. I didn’t hear his post match monotones. More important to me was his pre-match..…er monotones. They are all the same. There is no stirring of the troops. No up and at them. No what we are going to do and too much of how good the opposition are. I was hoping that this was just for public consumption, but I am seriously beginning to wonder if this is what leads to the ‘beaten before we go out’ attitude that seems to melt in to one game after another. Throughout the team, players form is going backwards, and some dropping like a stone. Ruddy is nowhere near the keeper he was before last season’s injury, which is a crying shame with the England job up for grabs. Bassong and Martin have almost dropped off the chart. Snodgrass tries so hard, but as a result, the harder he tries the worse he seems to get. There is no mobility at all from our midfield. Nobody runs beyond the strikers. Nobody can put their foot through the ball accurately. Nobody except Johnny Howson, who seems hogtied by the Hughton regime. Fer was a bright new flame that flickered promisingly, but has been snuffed out by the H-neg bomb. Up front, proven strikers struggle to feed on the crumbs that come their way. There is a bright spot. Redmon and Murphy continue to play with the refreshing abandonment that comes with youth that not even Mr Gloom and Dr Doom can dispel. The time is now. No more about who we are playing. Let’s go out and try and win a game, rather than feeding off mistakes by the opposition. Please.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Hough can they keep on misspelling Hoghtun`s name, Steely? Shuold be aesy maet. I suppose a guy from NYC is the idael one to correct it `cos he knows how to spell "coulor". Any replacement manager must be spellable; the key criterion. That rules out Stef Clerk, Macchi O`Velli, Shorn Ditch and Niall Lenin. Now, Calderwood`s an easy one.... as long as he doesn`t bring his Appalling Trollop with him.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • HOT OFF THE PRESS! Houghton has gone because he finds it difficult to fit football in around his paper round!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The Daryl Russell comments near the end sent me into a rage! "If we had won a few games during the last month & 12 we'd be sitting in 10th place miles from the drop and wouldn't be having these discussions about sacking the manager". THATS THE BLOOMING POINT! Thats why we ARE having these discussions because We have NOT won thoses so called "winnable games"! For the most part we've not even come close to winning thoses games. That is why people dare to question the managers position.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Let's look at the positives. We are not from Suffolk.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • elmander couldn't score against my daughters school team please don't play him again at least with hooper and van wolfswinke we have some chance of goals.

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    citizen

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I for one will not be going to the next home game if CH has the rains...... I am happy to sell my ticket for the rest of the season if any interest!!! 100%... I am not spending £150.00 aweek to watch this!

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    Chowman

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Can we get our money back on that useless excuse of a striker RVW??

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    Bookface

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • You try to start your car but it won't go so you lift the bonnet,adjust a few things and try again but no joy. By the time you have done this 3 times you have to figure that you don't know what's wrong with it. What do you do you..... call a proper mechanic. Hughton out!!!

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    NICEONE

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I dont understan it! How much less do the players need to do until he gets the sack?

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    Keep it Low

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • No heart, no organisation no hope -- Hull must relishing the thought of coming to Carrow road on Saturday! OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I for one will not be going to the next home game if CH has the rains...... I am happy to sell my ticket for the rest of the season if any interest!!! 100%... I am not spending £150.00 aweek to watch this!

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    Chowman

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • To the faithful that were made to endure yet more drivel I applaud you and am proud of you . To the clown and his staff , pack your things , clear your desks and empty your lockers , your services ( if you can call it that ) are no longer required . I won't thank you for your efforts , because there haven't been any . You took over a healthy and united squad , spent more money than any manager in our clubs history and destroyed everything . GET OUT NOW !!!

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    mjc75

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Top sports report recognises a very poor premiership club. This was what Sky Sports had to say, Fulham cruised into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 success over sorry Norwich City in their third round replay at Craven Cottage. Summed up a treat I think

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    NB

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • About right La Barbe,,,plus he wasn't expecting it to rain...I'll take off Redmond but leave Elmander, then I'll take off Elmander and put on Bechio.....should get a result!

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Canuck, last season's final league position was a success but that is all. The quality of football was the poorest and least entertaining in many years, we became the only Premier team EVER to be knocked out of the cup by a non league team and for the last three months of the season, relegation looked a possibility and at one time almost an odds on certainty. As one who has always doubted Hughton's ability, I did concede that having achieved safety, he deserved a chance for a dozen matches of the new season. His failure is now as obvious as the reasons for it ie that he cannot motivate, he is too timid and has inadequate knowledge of tactics. Hoof The Hoot Now.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • CH.......explanation please...??

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Please Delia,read all these comments,no one want CH anymore.He lacks flair and passion.Get a manager who wants to win not one who thinks that every thing will be alright tomorrow.

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Football is a results business. Let's look at ours since our 'fantastic' win at West Brom on 7th Dec. P8 W0 D4 L4. Four of those have been against teams below us in the league, and this is the seventh time this season that we have conceded at least 3 goals. I was wrong earlier this season when I said this was probably our best-ever squad - Hughton has ripped the soul out of the team, and our competitive, positive, never-say-die players have been replaced with complacency, carelessness, ineptitude, and lack of direction or tactical nous from the bench. He has taken us back to the days of Roeder and Grant (Peter, not Holt). The board must act now - there are alternative managers available, and prudence and indecision is not where we can afford to be. Bold decisions are called for if we want to stay up, let alone improve on last season as Bowkett claims. No heart, no passion, no response to going behind, no creative spark - and the only player we have to provide that still can't get a game, and will probably soon be creating chances for Holt to tuck away at the Holt End. Fulham are our bogey team, which means we are unlikely to win any of our last 5 games, so we need to be safe by the beginning of April. On this performance, and our current run, we'll be lucky to gain another three points anywhere the rest of this season. CTID, but something needs to change quickly.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Figgis - Team selection may have been on the weak side, but there was no desire that is more of a concern. Lose 3-0 to a better team but driving for it can be accepted but what was on display tonight no way. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Figgis - Team selection may have been on the weak side, but there was no desire that is more of a concern. Lose 3-0 to a better team but driving for it can be accepted but what was on display tonight no way. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hull beat them 6-0, Sunderland beat them 4-1 and we lose 3-0, 3 bloomin nil, Im totally sick of this, and now if he doesnt go then its not his fault we should be angry at the board, how much longer can this go on. If we dont win Saturday he better be gone, we are a embarrasing joke team

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • That's right the F A cup? What's that

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    Chris Butcher

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Give Bt Sport a chance guys. Im really enjoying it. Plenty I watch, Serie A (with Paul McVeigh on commentary!!!!), English football, NBA etc.....only issue I have is blooming french football ZZZZzzzzzz & Michael Owen commentary! Other than that there doing a really good job.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Boot the Hoot!!!

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    la barbe

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Ok I take it all back Hughton out!

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    Konrad54

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Sack him - tonight!!

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • please sack this clown now if not its championship next year

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    batesy

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Chris Butcher

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Sack him now!

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    Chris Butcher

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • To be fair, As CH already knows, Fulham are a TOP CLASS side full of QUALITY and based on their nine changes tonight, it was always going to be TOUGH

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Let's look at the positives. We are not from Suffolk.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • From my previous post, it is the people who travelled that have been let down.How can it go on? The best support in the minority teams, they all deserve better.Please go C.H.

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    FIGGIS

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I don't think any comments need to made after this. Action from the board is all that is needed.

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    MichiganCanary

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Hull struggled to put six past them, Sunderland could only manage four but somehow, heaven knows how we struggled to keep our powder dry and register NIL POINS, what a wash out, if he doesn't go and take that shower with him I fear the worse. Championship here we come!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Let's look at the positives. We are not from Suffolk.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Jekyll & Hyde,that is what CH is doing.The first half we walked about like a stroll in the park,2 nil down and they start trying to play.When you are 2 down it is impossible unless you want to lose a game.Maybe CH is a spy for I****H,they need a manager there .Its time to hold your head up MR H and say I tried my best.Tonights game is the worse I have seen them play since the mid 60`s.Lets get behind the team,if the manager wants to play everyone out of position let him find a team who is not a good team.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Just listened to the insipid Hughton interview on Radio Norfolk.. Downward spiral he droned.How right for once. Betfair has himat 49 favourite for the chop. Bookies are rarely wrong are they. Please make it tomorrow , get Neil Adams to fire the team up for Saturday for three points. then make a wise choice of the man to save us.Suggestions ?

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Brew don't give up on BT Sport. I run mine on tv smartphone and tablet and their tech support is good too. Ony trouble is when The CH Excuse Show comes on. Why they are dithering I simply don't know. ..

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • looks like went exactly to C H plan, didn't want to stay in this silly cup

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    Blocked User

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • The words silk purse and sows ear come to mind.

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    barnsleycanary

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Thank goodness we out of the cup. We can now concentrate on getting relegated. He should have gone last season, simples.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • looks like went exactly to C H plan, didn't want to stay in this silly cup

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    Blocked User

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • From My heart, It really upsets me to see this football club gradually dying. Will someone listen to the supporters? will someone be bold enough to do the right thing? before its too late, I cant see it! If they cared about NCFC they would call a board meeting tomorrow and do the right thing? Firstly sack CH then look for a replacement, banging there heads together so they can wake up might help first though!

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    Keep it Low

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • It's always tough when you come to a good club like Fulham. They have some excellent players, and have players that can hurt you! Oh unless of course you are Hull, Sunderland or any of the other teams that have scored a shed flu against them! Enough is enough.

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    Malcolm Holmes

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Let's look at the positives. We are not from Suffolk.

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    A fine city

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • CH is going to resign monday morning if he can not lift team spirit and take 3 points! listen to radio norfolk for interview!!!!

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    Chowman

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • We want our Malky back, We want our Malky back, We want our Malky back, We want our Malky back, (repeat)

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    Wymondham Wonder

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • looks like went exactly to C H plan, didn't want to stay in this silly cup

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    Blocked User

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • HOT OFF THE PRESS! Houghton has gone because he finds it difficult to fit football in around his paper round!

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Enough is enough. resignation on air tonite. or realistically press conference at high noon tomorrow. Neil Adams as caretaker for Saturday and fire up the troops for a vital win.

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Football is a results business. Let's look at ours since our 'fantastic' win at West Brom on 7th Dec. P8 W0 D4 L4. Four of those have been against teams below us in the league, and this is the seventh time this season that we have conceded at least 3 goals. I was wrong earlier this season when I said this was probably our best-ever squad - Hughton has ripped the soul out of the team, and our competitive, positive, never-say-die players have been replaced with complacency, carelessness, ineptitude, and lack of direction or tactical nous from the bench. He has taken us back to the days of Roeder and Grant (Peter, not Holt). The board must act now - there are alternative managers available, and prudence and indecision is not where we can afford to be. Bold decisions are called for if we want to stay up, let alone improve on last season as Bowkett claims. No heart, no passion, no response to going behind, no creative spark - and the only player we have to provide that still can't get a game, and will probably soon be creating chances for Holt to tuck away at the Holt End. Fulham are our bogey team, which means we are unlikely to win any of our last 5 games, so we need to be safe by the beginning of April. On this performance, and our current run, we'll be lucky to gain another three points anywhere the rest of this season. CTID, but something needs to change quickly.

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    Ghanawintheleague

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • elmander couldn't score against my daughters school team please don't play him again at least with hooper and van wolfswinke we have some chance of goals.

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    citizen

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Only 3 words for our sleepy board on this one: out, out, out. Season ticket for sale........ no on second thoughts, I'd probably have to pay someone to take it. Will just put it in the recycle bin..........

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    Honest Injun

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I think Slovenia and CanaryWest have it right in that the blame for the predicament lies with McNally. The trouble is these people never shoulder any of the blame. When it all goes wrong they behave as though it was never anything to do with them in the first place. They talk about the departed manager as though he was some kind of misfit whilst they embrace the incoming 'messiah'.

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    Steely Dan

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I had the misfortune to watch this rubbish on BT tonight, apart from the first three minutes we weren't in it. Fulham were more determined and up for it. Some of our lot looked like they didn't want to be there. How much more have the ordinary loyal and honest Canary fans got to endure before we see some positive action from the board.

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    Bob of the hill

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • All we ever read is CH is confident of this and that,but the points still do not come.Maybe he does not realise he is only a caretaker at norwich.Norwich fans are NCFC for life.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • What's the matter again Archant, all getting too much for you is it? Yet again with no abuse, swearing or offensive remarks you can't publish the truth.

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • That's right the F A cup? What's that

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    Chris Butcher

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Another Inevitable result. CH OUT!

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    Keep it Low

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Just watched the goals again. What has happened to our defence. I just don't understand.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • looks like went exactly to C H plan, didn't want to stay in this silly cup

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    Blocked User

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • What is shocking is that Martin, Bassong and Garrido are all much worse than last season... Becchio seems like he has forgotten how to play football.. RVW had a bit more fight tonight and might still come good if he gets a lucky break to get him going... but he hasn't exactly been fired up.. I wonder what Tettey, Howson, Pilks and bennett will be like when they return from injury? My point is the guys not getting a game every week seem, in general, to have massive negative morale issues. I have been a CH fan for most of this time and thought he would come good, but the next 3 months are too important... if we don't beat Hull he should probably go, provided we can get an experienced Premier League replacement. there is no time for anyone to have a learning curve here, we need a fire fighter and man motivator most of all.. What we are witnessing is players like Fer and RVW playing without belief and or so much care.... whilst player like Snodgrass are trying to do too much of everything and not trusting their teammates enough. A new manager can take our top Premier League standard players like Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, Fer, Tettey, Howson, Hooper and maybe RVW and remind them they are great and lift them, if this happens the rest of the squad will raise their game with them... we have a good squad here, Hughton has made good signings, he just cant motivate them and in particular he cant manage strikers... I think we know that 100%

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    jops

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • As consistent as ever. Once again we managed to avoid scoring a goal. Bet Hughton manages to find some positives....we had a few seconds when we looked as though we might put two passes together......the boys worked so hard they nearly broke sweat.....if it wasn't for their three goals we'd have got a result....we will have to be on our game on Saturday as Hull can play a bit.....

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I think CH is now more disliked than Glen Roeder. Since Roeder the fans have seen what can be done with a limited budget, and now we have wasted 25M+.

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    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

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