Johan Elmander can win over the Norwich City boo boys

Johan Elmander notched his first Premier League goal for Norwich City at Southampton. 
Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Johan Elmander notched his first Premier League goal for Norwich City at Southampton. Picture by Daniel Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, March 21, 2014
8:00 AM

Chris Hughton has backed Johan Elmander to win over his Norwich City critics after ending his Premier League goal drought.

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The Swedish international scored his first goal in 23 league appearances since joining the club on loan from Galatasaray in last weekend’s 4-2 top flight defeat at Southampton. Elmander’s late second-half appearance at St Mary’s sparked an angry reaction from sections of City’s travelling support but Hughton insists no-one can question the 32-year-old’s commitment to the cause.

“I was pleased for Johan,” he said. “There is never any doubt about his work-rate and his endeavour to want to do well for this club and to try and score goals for this football team. It has been unfortunate for him, whether that is down to poor selection in terms of the decisions you make as an individual during games or also the lack of service. Perhaps it is a combination of both.

“I think everybody was delighted that he got off the mark and he deserved it for the work he has put in. One thing he has found difficult is in front of goal but no-one can fault his efforts.”

Elmander’s late strike was the first time a City substitute had scored this season, and Hughton knows Norwich’s goal ratio must improve ahead of another critical game against relegation rivals Sunderland at Carrow Road.

“It is not for a lack of hard work,” he said. “We went through a period when we created plenty of chances to score more goals, so we have got into those right areas but we have not been clinical enough.

“They are all big games now. We are aware of the size of each game between now and the end of the season. It will take a huge effort from myself, the players and the club. They have showed character and there is plenty in that changing room, but it has to be aligned to having the quality to do the job, maybe get a touch of fortune that is needed, and you look back at some performances where we deserved better results.”

42 comments

  • Why does DUMBER insist on putting Becchio on the bench (apart from last week) to virtually never use him. He must show in training to even make the bench. Given the pathetic tally from RVW & JE, the poor sod deserves at least a chance.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I think Hooper looks like he could do it. Like JimmyH, I believe Holt would`ve been more effective than Elmander, but he had to escape from Calderwood. Vaughan and Chris Martin would`ve been more effective than RvW in this League. So would Simeon. With Holt as spiritual leader, something might`ve gelled. A Worthington style error, getting rid of Holt. Would`ve been better to get rid of Calderwood.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Btw, those `boo boys` have been cited by Machianalli as `The best fans in the World`.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Okay, lets get real now take the bull by the horns and name our next manager, must chew gum though ....look how good Alex Ferguson was. O.T.B.C.

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    yarco

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Here in Winnipeg, Canada 14 years, born and bred in Norwich. Used to go to every game.. Will be gutted if we drop, only premier league gets any tv time. Just can't beleive how the club has festered since Hughton came. All we can do is hope but I am running low on it.

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    Cuttlefishpie

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • All any of our strikers have to do is score a goal tomorrow and they will be Hero's but given their returns so far this year the odds are not that good. In fact Snodgrass probably has the biggest chance of adding to his tally, mainly because he at least puts in the effort, such a shame he cannot put in telling crosses from the right wing as well.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Elmanders strike rate was poor when he was last in the prem so why did hughton think that was going to change a couple of years on?Another striker should have been brought in in january as anyone could see this was a weak area,bar hughton obviously!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • i would just like to add that he will never win me over on the basis that he is absolutely rubbish. cheers

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    bonesy

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • People still banging on about Holt obviously havent seen him play in the last few months....

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    GossVolley

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Elmander is probably the single most useless signing ever, no pace, no control, no trickery, no finishing and yet Chris 'the ostrich' Hughton seems oblivious to these facts. Bottom line - I would rather have Stevie Wonder up front.

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    FIFACanary

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Sharky, you made some very reasoned comments as usual and were spot on in that we should have brought in a decent target man at Christmas as it was obvious that Elmander does not quiet fulfill that role. However, as you also say, both Hooper and RVW need a target man to work off and therefore the only option for us right now is to use Elmander but not as a right winger. I still think Hooper and Hoolahan worked well for the first half hour against Villa so would be tempted to try those two up front to start with on Saturday, but I would have no problem with Elmander coming off the bench to replace Wes if the pairing is not working. I also agree with Goldie in that loan players can often lack the necessary drive when the chips are down, as they know they will not be here next season whatever happens.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Strikers are fickle things. They can not score for ages then suddenly they're scoring prodigiously. Here's to hoping.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I don't recall hearing Elmander getting booed at all. I have heard sections of the crowd boo substitutions made by the manger (not the substitutes themselves). The thing is, the only reason he broke his duck is because of a mistake by Southampton. Fair enough, he still had to finish it, but I don't think that suddenly makes him the answer to all our problems up front. You can only hope it has given him confidence to have a few more attempts and gamble on things a bit more, and perhaps scrape a few more between now and the end of the season.

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    Smudger75

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • The Holt metaphor may have passed you by, Goss. What I was alluding to was the loss of an influential personality, a concept totally alien, it seems, to junior schoolmaster Hughton. I still believe one more productive season was available from Holt. But not under the yoke of this mediocre management morass. Bang on!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • We all know he has not been good enough, grant holt would done a better job, also the reason people boo isn't elmander it's the fool making the sub asking why he's not bringing on Beechio - who has a better goal scoring record by a mile

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    Jimmy Hupperby

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Having Hughton charge at NCFC feels much like my last boss at work. I hated the site of her ugly face and everything that came out of it. Couldn't avoid it all the time unfortunately and it came as a bit of a relief when I got laid off in the end. When will this nightmare end. McNally put us out of our misery please. HUGHTON OUT. OTBC

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I have watched Elmander closely, he mostly ducks out of headers and runs around in circles trying to look as though he is making an effort, obviously Hughton has his rose coloured specs on most of the time.

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    goldie

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • kenfoggo, surely POETS Day has been used by all and sundry for years! Did it start as an aviation term? Similar structure in the name of that dreadful chain of `bars`, TGI Friday or whatever it is.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I don't particularly rate him but I have never heard anyone - Barclay or Snakepit is all I can hear where I am but who makes all the noise anyway - actually boo him. All most of us do is boo Hughton in a kind of sotto voce way.

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    el dingo

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Yeah, they're all sat in the Woolpack.

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    Smudger75

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Loan signings don't have to be flops. Crouch and Huckerby did ok.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • The main problem with this striker problem is that Hughton who has spent nearly thirty years in the game cannot seem to get through his thick skin that our strikers are poor - he keeps on picking them and supporting them and living in cloud cuckoo land expecting them to change - for goodness sake get real Hughton.

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    VictorM

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Both Elmander and RVW are full international strikers for their respective countries, they are good players and good strikers who will score goals and have done at all previous clubs. If they don't get the service, they will struggle. If you don't put petrol in your car, it will not leave the drive!

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    DaveG

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • SPARK they are not our players Elmander has been borrowed from another team who did not rate him. He is just being paid to put on a yellow shirt for the season and by the way he plays he is just having a holiday.

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    goldie

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I can only presume the Boo Boys are a new Pop Group from out Wroxham Way as I have never heard them in the city limits!

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Whoopee a City player scored a goal after 23 appearances. It is about the going rate for this team. CH seems to be expecting RVP ,Hooper and this player to suddenly start scoring goals. What planet is CH on or has he accepted that the relegation battle is lost and is just awaiting his foregone dismissal. Thereby reaping a huge financial reward for failing.

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    norman hall

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • "One thing he has found difficult is in front of goal but no-one can fault his efforts.”...........hang on, isn't he a striker?I thought that strikers are supposed to find what they do in front of goal EASY. It's the goalkeeping and bookkeeping and brain surgery which they sometimes find difficult. Still, what do I know?

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    User Removed

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Pass Off Early Tomorrows Saturday (POETS) was an exclusively aviation term! Did not realise it also applied to the press!

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • What a great comment by the manager "It has been unfortunate for him, whether that is down to poor selection in terms of the decisions you make as an individual during games or also the lack of service. Perhaps it is a combination of both." Just as well it is not his job to sort such things out then! Just what is this man paid £millions for each year I wonder.

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    TrevorKeith

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Like "Dingo" I've never heard anyone Boooo Elmander, I've said from day one, if CH played him like Sweden does, running in from deep, and serving a striker with the right ball... where are the strikers, Hooper only score from 18+ yds, and Wolf is weak, and easy to push over, one hit and out, "If" only CH could work it out we would not be in this mess... for what ever reason he just can't or don't see it

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    OLDYELLA

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • SHARKY you are easily pleased 1 goal all season, the midfield and defence have scored more. I expect you will want him to be 1st on team sheet from now on and player of the season.

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    goldie

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • The main problem with this striker problem is that Hughton who has spent nearly thirty years in the game cannot seem to get through his thick skin that our strikers are poor - he keeps on picking them and supporting them and living in cloud cuckoo land expecting them to change - for goodness sake get real Hughton.

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    VictorM

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Why can no-one question the 32 year old loan players' commitment ? Afraid that I do. Why does Hughton always harp back to past games where he bleats "we deserved better results". Why does his master plan for Premier survival involve getting " a touch of fortune"? What next, everyone has to rub a rabbits foot before kick off? It's all too late now but of course he should have been replaced in November 2013.

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    kenfoggo

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • It has been bad today, Smudger - it`s not just you. seems to be worse on Fridays. POETS Day for Archant Tower`s IT Crowd?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I did post on here several hours ago, but it's not appeared. I can't be a**ed to post it again, which I think is a shame since I felt it was one of my better ones.

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    Smudger75

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • He can work his socks off week in week out but he still lacks quality and that's why he hasn't won over the fans. A striker who only scores one goal in over twenty games is just not good enough - and the same applies to RVW, he is useless, lightweight, and pathetic.

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    VictorM

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • I can't understand the mentality of anyone who would want to boo their own players or manager come to that. I have been critical of our strikers but as has been said all season there has been a lack of support going forward at times also it must be harder to connect to the in swinging ball which will always favour the keeper rather than the out swinging one . Still can't understand why we let Jackson go esp as tired defenders hate substitutes with pace .

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    spark

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Not good enough for Premier League and not good enough for Norwich that is why people Boo him because he was simply another useless signing by CH

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    dave123

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • @ goldie I,m glad you think he is making an effort. maybe its because he is. Wonder what circle he was running round when he scored last week.

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    sharky

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • So why are Jackson and Holt not banging in the goals now. My view is this and I will receive vitriol for saying it. Both Hooper and RWV played with target men previously. We have to play with a target man for these players to compete. By now I would know who that man would be. Either Elmander or Becchio. If they were not good enough by Christmas. The matter would and should have been addressed at Christmas. There are a few in the championship that could do the job IMHO. For now get behind the man when he plays. Believe me its not easy playing up front. .

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    sharky

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • This is just all too depressing. I want back my scrimmaging, splendidly rushing, never minding the danger, winning or dying, Norwich City. I just hope that IF we stay up the Board decides that they are not prepared to stomach another season like this and get rid of Hughton and his clueless assistants.

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    jigs69

    Friday, March 21, 2014

  • Reading the posts here it still all boils down to the manager, whether it be down to bad acquisitions, not the correct mix in the team selection to feed the strikers, or the fact that they all performed elsewhere but cannot at NCFC under CH. This is not difficult. His expertise is defence, yet we are not performing there. Mr McN if the fans do their bit and cheer the team through thick and thin, then step up and do your bit and get us good manager.

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    MichiganCanary

    Friday, March 21, 2014

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