Nathan Redmond can be Chris Hughton’s Norwich City wildcard

Norwich City's Nathan Redmond has caused plenty of problems for the opposition in recent weeks. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Nathan Redmond has caused plenty of problems for the opposition in recent weeks. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
11:30 AM

Nathan Redmond can be the spark to ignite Norwich City’s Premier League survival push.

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Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton has restored the teenager to his starting line up in recent weeks with Redmond’s pace and directness causing problems for both Manchester City and West Ham. Hughton knows the England Under-21 starlet is far from the finished article but the exciting wide player could prove the difference over a tense run-in.

“We have to be solid and difficult to beat but it is impossible to pull that off without having an attacking threat. You have to relieve pressure and give yourself a chance to score goals,” said Hughton. “Nathan perhaps lacks that end product at times, but he gives us a really good outlet. That is there to see and he keeps getting in those positions. He is 19 and he has everything in front of him.

“He would have possibly played more games than even he would have envisaged when he first came here at the start of this season. That is all good for his development and he is gaining great experience. He is only a young man and there is probably no-one at the club who works harder on the training field on his finishing, but this is a great learning curve for him and he is so enthusiastic to improve.”

Norwich returned to training this week to prepare for Tottenham’s Premier League visit to Carrow Road when the focus will once again be on City’s hunt for goals. Gary Hooper, Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Johan Elmander have all had game time in recent outings as Hughton strives to find that elusive attacking mix.

“You are always striving for the right formula in every game you play,” he said. “Whether its Manchester City or Tottenham at home or West Ham away. It is about keeping that level of competition and apart from Luciano (Becchio) the three other strikers have had a fair amount of minutes on the pitch and they have been instrumental in some of our good results.”

88 comments

  • Blimey, it looks like we might agree on something, M_Y! Pax Canaria. I think Drossel has a very pertinent point about Elliott Bennett. Perhaps he has the makings of a top full back, in the style of Ashley Cole, but would currently be more effective than Robert at right-wing. It`s beginning to look like EB`s injury has finished his season and I really hope it`s no more serious than that. On the Wild Card front, we also have Josh Murphy. In Iwan Roberts we must trust. All hail Iwan, the Welsh Wizard of Wishful Thinking and City Manager designate. I bet he`s having a good laugh about the success of his gentle wind-up! (Experts` Prediction Board).

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Sadly tony despite all the u21 games he could play a part in (not forgetting how woefully bad we've been) the nearest Becchio has had to 90minutes competitive football is running down the touch line to clap his loyal snake pit fanbase and then the race to get to his car first after the car to beat the traffic.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Wivenhoe , like the sound of that . More bite up top with service from the wings.Five across the middle for insurance and as you say a bit of a risk at the back but worth it!!!!! The boring negative stuff that has blighted the season could then be replaced with exciting positive stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ps Wes on the left. PPS Lennon here next week pls.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Trevor - take your point about Snodgrass and why Hughton plays him on the right wing. But if you are going to play a winger because he is cover for your fullback, what kind of structure is that? As we see week in week out, the effect of this is that there is no outlet on the right because Snodgrass is left-footed. It is just the same with Hughton and midfield flair. He would rather have a totally defensive midfield unit rather than a balanced one with a flair player who would create openings for the front men. Snodgrass and the midfield situations are just a reflection of one thing: an unbalanced team which offers little in the way of support or creativity.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Pubman, whatever are you like!!!! Where do you get the disruption idea from? Hughton wont give Becchio a chance under any circumstances and Wes -who could blame him wanting to get away from the clowns and re-unite with a proper manager. THE DISRUPTION is being caused by a weak Board and inept management and coaching. Hopefully a wind of change is now blowing through the club cant happen soon enough. OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Maybe if Redmond passed the ball to the strikers instead of going on some pretty run and then kicking it into the stands we'd get somewhere.

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    Kangaroo Court

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Why did you have to spill the beans pubmandave?. I had just received an e.mail inviting me to attend a pre-Press Conference meeting on Monday, with a view to a consultation with a fellow pleasant pheasant plucker. If it turns out to be, what I think it could be, then I am in for an extremely hard couple of months work!. Probably be pruning the trees that the money has been growing on!. Or salvaging what had been discarded and binned. Rest assured, that what ever it is I would give my full attention to the problem, even if it meant that Norwich City were about to change their colours to Blue and white! Well perhaps that would be asking too much!

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Oh, it`s `Luciano` now. Promising - he`s moving into `Robert` territory. What a `Roy of the Rovers` story; Becchio plays, scores a hat-trick, including an injury time winner. Hughton`s bacon duly saved. Becchio resigns in disgust and joins Ipswich.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Redmond's the wild card, Snodgrass is the banker

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    B Inners

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Pubman, whatever are you like!!!! Where do you get the disruption idea from? Hughton wont give Becchio a chance under any circumstances and Wes -who could blame him wanting to get away from the clowns and re-unite with a proper manager. THE DISRUPTION is being caused by a weak Board and inept management and coaching. Hopefully a wind of change is now blowing through the club cant happen soon enough. OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I am so bored waiting for the next match and have begun to worry that if CH holds on to 16th place much longer he will be granted an extension to his contract. Another worry is we could lose and still be 16th after the weekend (WBASunderland not certainties for points). That means more waiting until Lambert improves his abysmal home record at our expense. What I am getting at is the assumption McNally and the board will not act until bottom three is reached. Badly need a glass of wine or three, I am beginning to look for solace in defeats.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Hit the nail on the head there Pa.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Spot on, Waclor. Your handle does not reflect your wisdom......whereas CotM's handle does.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • When Redmond shoots, he looks at the goal, not the ball. And that's why it ends up on the railway track or in the river Wensum. He's so desperate to see himself score a stunner that it won't happen as a result. Unfortunately, neither Hughton, Calderwood or Trollope have the intelligence to pull him aside and teach him that if he focuses on the ball, he will strike it more accurately.

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    Colin

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • We are now the bookies third favourites for the drop after Fulham and Cardiff. Odds are 12 for us to survive (ie: they think we have a 66% chance of survival)

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    jops

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Poor old Matt. In the space of a fortnight, he's gone from City's attack strategist,to Job Centre jobsworth, to tanning salon manager, to "prost***te" (a tad harsh that one, Brew) to vicar. With such a track record in job security, it can't be long before you are appointed an EPL manager.....unless of course your middle name is Hughton in which case you have a job for life. Let us pray.

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    Barking Wise

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • No! Use Redmond as an impact player when the opposing defence is tiring, and YES, on his natural side. Piling ton is far more effective and likely to score, Redmond is a wildcard who gets the ball and then loses all vision

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    Algarve Canary

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Would help Redmond to be our wildcard if he were allowed to stay on the pitch for the whole 90+ minutes, unlike the West Ham game when he was hauled off with Hooper changing the whole game while we were on top . Hughton is completely clueless and as for his disgraceful treatment of Becchio and Hoolahan words fail me. Please Board get Neil Lennon here pronto while we still have a chance of staying up. And to those saying the Scottish Prem is not the English I agree but think back- when Paul Lambert was appointed think of his humble background. Lennon is like Lambert fiercelypassionate and competitive and his spirit would drive us onwards and upwards.

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olssen, Fer, Tettey and Hooper will play every game.. so only 3 places for grabs per match. Johnson and deep 451 if it looks tricky, Howson or Snodgrass (central, he might win a few penalties) and 4231 if it looks in the balance, extra striker and 442 if it looks winnable. Personally I would go with Becchio as second striker on current form, Redmond on right, Guttierez on left (if fit). Snodgrass, Hoolahan, Elmander, RVW, Pilkington and Murphy can all be used as different kinds of attacking subs. Johnson, Whittaker, Garrido, Turner, Bennett as defensive subs.

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    jops

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • For me Redmond was excellent against Man. City and showed why it's important to play him on the right. When on left, a left foot cross is not natural for him, hence why he cuts in to shoot with his right. That's worked once all season, home to Southampton. If we want him to be the spark, then play him in his natural and preferred role. 5-Live pundits talking about Pulis at CP were clear on the difference he's made there. He's playing the best players in their best positions!

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    Double D

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Play Hooper up front, with Redmond behind him. No brainer.

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    Chris Manning

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Remember the old panel game: "What's my line" Brew? You can be Lady Isobel Barnett. If I had to surmise what Matt did for a living, I would have to suggest that it is something in the public sector. No commercial organisation would stand for that level of inactivity so it sounds like a olocal government officer or civil servant just filling in time while they wait for their taxpayer funded pensions. Ex players visit him so as a guess Matt is an appointments clerk at the special clinic.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • "Nathan Redmond can be Chris Hughton’s Norwich City wildcard" but will he be allowed to be? Doubt it. More likely he will run another team in circles and just as we look like making the breakthrough.....he gets subbed.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • You see Oldtimer the posts here without the insults. No need for it. Maybe your pills are not working.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Apparently I have to apologise to PMD on Monday along with quite a few others. The problem is I have no idea what I have to apologise for. I didn't really understand the rest of PMD's post either. Can someone help? Maybe you can! Brewer. Apparently you are exempt from the apology obligation. Is there some reason for that or is PMD just indulging in a bit of hero worship?

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Wouldn't it be interesting had Bennett not been injured and Snodgrass was how different our points tally would look? Snodgrass is the arrow to our Achilles going forward most of the time. Redmond is far more effective on the right than Snodgrass.

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    Drossel

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Brew I used to know several of the ECN journos many years ago and sometimes played against (not for) them 6-a-side at the UEA in an early-mid 1990s league. Some of my mates (ECN but non-journos) played in the league for a different side, needed a keeper, and that was me. Beyond that I have no influence at Archant HQ at all - only a negative one actually as I have the feeling the Head Honcho does not care for my input, even when I do the decent thing and input the input on a private basis. I have never met Paddy Davitt in my life and am probably far too hard on him - I just don't like his style. I was Sports Ed of an Essex local at 22 and worked two shifts a week on The Sun Sports Desk on top of my day job in the 1980s. Then I did other things! I'd love to see us stay up am as loyal as anyone on these Boards but I wonder if Hughton deserves it. And that's a low feeling. Cheers bud.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Redmond must be the enigma of the season. He can take on a defender, yet his crossing and shooting seem to be really wayward this season. There's a dilemma between playing him vs. Pilkington(as Snodgrass will always get called upon.) Pilkngton is a better two footed player but hasn't deposited a single goal this season. I can't make heads or tails as to who should get the better part of 60 minutes, but that's how their playtime should be split. I guess I would put Pilks on for the first 60 and then let Redmond have his go for the last 30 minutes.

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    NorthCarolinaCanary

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Pretty much my thoughts oldtimer as well. I tried warning people the very day hughton was appointed that in the long run I feared fans would adjust to his dull, dire style of play and it would create a split between fans that would snowball out of control. I got utterly slated via Social media for my opinion. Low and behold I was 110% spot on and worse still those people who slated me via social media or at the groundpub etc....now not only agree with my original opinion but are even more passionate about it than I was! People get confused though. They try and shift the blame onto you for having an opinion that is negative despite being factual. The thing is im sure you're just as behind the team as me and the rest of the carrow road faithful. Were still behind the lads what ever our opinion.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Btbtw, PMD, I must concur with Pa Snipps - you are a bit S\O-esque in your invective when using `stupidity` etc. No need to, Pa & the other `turnstile tillys` are open to criticism and generally take banter in good humour. Note, no apostrophe in `tillys`, though the plural of tilly may be `tillies`. Trouble is it`s not a dictionary word. Any road oop, I look forward to events on Monday morning. I wonder if Becchio is buying the club? He`ll surely get a game then.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I take yourpoint TK about playing Snodgrass because he does put in 100% and is a better defensive bet than Redmond, but surely, if your strikers are getting very little service from a creative midfield player, (the type that Hughton dislikes so much), then the service should come from the wings shouldn't it? Hooper and RVW stand little or no hope of ever seeing a decent cross coming in from either flank, and the lack of goals from them is largely down to lack of confidence and belief that they will ever get the type of service they thrive on. RVW anall didn't suddenly all become bad players on their own, it's Hughton and his ridiculous tactics that make them look that way.

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I also Think from time to time but am glad the Snodgrass supporters are out in force today.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • 2nd name on the team sheet? Robert.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • haha! The silly thing is usually im exceptionally busy in my day (still am to be fair). Im just ever so slightly more computer friendly than the few people higher up than me. A majority of folk here get confused figuring out where the caps lock button is or what it even does. So simple ALT + tab or multiple web browsers or by passing site blockers is a bit beyond them. Add the fact ive got an exceptionally high word per minute count, it doesn't take long to quickly whirl through comments or an article and reply. The size of my posts often deceives those who assume I spend an hour typing them ;) ...........................anyway on topic with comments i've just caught up on. Ask a West Ham fan who gave them the most trouble against us? A fair few even rang up talkspot5live and commented how Hughton played straight into there hands taking him off. Does not surprise me though. Hughton made it clear at the start of the season that he didnt see Redmond being a regular and wanted to ease him in.....problem has been Redmond has been the shinning light in our awful season. At least McNally admitted Hughton hasnt reached the target of progressing the club and even said he wont reach it. All focus is salvage and staying up now. Fingers crossed. Concerns me that my prediction of 36 points ties up with the stats index projection of 35.7 points we will obtain. Obviously doesn't always go according to the stats but if it does they have us finishing 18th going down by a single point. Hopefully we get a mother load share of luck. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Pubman, whatever are you like!!!! Where do you get the disruption idea from? Hughton wont give Becchio a chance under any circumstances and Wes -who could blame him wanting to get away from the clowns and re-unite with a proper manager. THE DISRUPTION is being caused by a weak Board and inept management and coaching. Hopefully a wind of change is now blowing through the club cant happen soon enough. OTBC

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    Mawther07

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I stood by him until I went to Everton. I didnt think the players were playing for him. That was it for me. However we have been different since then. We will see. However again at West Ham he was guilty of some strange choices and decisions. I wish he wouldn't. There was a long conversation between the three of them. Strange what they decided. Easy for us all to be wise afterwards. OTBC

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Pubmandave!. If you are on the inside and have all this knowledge at your disposal, I bow to your superiority. Us on the outside can only guess and try to read between the lines. You say a lot, but tell us very little, in what is becoming a nasty arrogant fashion. You commented that 2 players had set out to undermine the rest and had therefore been benched when the 'Boss' was made aware..It makes one wonder who the 'Grass' could be! Surely you would have that knowledge also!

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    Pa Snipps

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Hughton will be looking to build on the Man City performance, which was a quality finish away from a triumph. Ruddy, Martin, Bassong, Yobo, Ollson will be our first choice defence for the rest of the season and we have good cover in all defensive positions. Likewise Tettey and Fer are shoe ins in midfield every match and the return of Tettey has given us more hope that we can survive and keep the goals against tally down for the remainder of the season. Also Hooper looks so sharp when he has the ball and is our top goal scorer so is unlikely to be dropped. So in reality there are only 3 spots up for grabs each match. Johnson should only start in matches we think we are likely to lose (ie Arsenal, Chelsea etc.) otherwise he should be used as a sub to bring on with 20 minutes to play if we are ahead. Becchio, Hoolahan and Howson are all different types of attacking link players that can play behind the main striker. Guttierez seems to be our strongest left winger and may yet prove to be a key player for the remainder of the season, Pilkington is our only other true left winger. Redmond needs to be given time on the right wing to develop his crossing ability and is the scariest player we have from the opposition pint of view but he needs a man at the edge of the box to lay the ball back to as an outlet ball (ie Howson, Hopper, Becchio or Hoolahan (all of whom can pass)). To me Elmander and Snodgrass can both be used as impact subs to shake up the game if we are trailing.. Snodgrass should be getting fouled in the area to win us penalties... he would be better with more license to roam as he has real nuisance value and could really trouble tiring defenders. RVW badly needs a goal but his best role is as a straight swap sub for Hooper. Murphy should be used as an occassional sub for Redmond. In the games we can win I would like to see a starting lineup of 4231. Ruddy - Martin, Bassong, Yobo, Olssen Tettey, Fer - Redmond, BecchioHoolahanHowson, Guttierez - Hooper. This should give us a strong physical spine to the team and plenty of passing options going forward to vary the play through the middle and down the wings (yes... through the middle as well)

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    jops

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Do you have any influence at Ruin Towers, el dingo? I know you`re a close pal of The Padster. I`d like to develop waclor`s idea and recreate, on Mustard TV, the old Panel Game "What`s My Line". We could then all make a concerted effort to find out by what mysterious means Mattias makes his mealticket. I bagsie being Gilbert Harding, Wac, ol` pal, YOU can be Lady Isobel Barnett. Michael Bailey could take the Chairman role (was that originally Seamus Android?). Such potential fun. My current theory is that Mattias `works` in the Box Office at the Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe. The theatre`s closed down but nobody told Matt. But, hey, let`s rejoice in all the pleasure we get from his always interesting and good-natured comments. You see, Barking Wijs, I am his No.1 psycho- fan (aka sycophant).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Don't get the pack mentality near bullying of Snodgrass. He never hides and despite not being at his best this season is still one of our more effective players. Redmond is exciting and a great prospect, but so far has not delivered an end result. We need all of our players and we need our fans to stop behaving like spoilt kids and get behind whoever wears the shirt.

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    Abraham

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • If Redmond is on the field causing havoc against Spurs please don't take him off in an attempt to 'shut up shop' you saw what happened last time....

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    GossVolley

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I am not going to join the predictive unit. Reminds me of the opening to Up Pompeii - can't remember the old bird's name. If anyone thinks we can beat Spurs I hope you are right. Draws are no longer enough. March will sort our fate, and then we can sort Hughton, who is unwelcome imo.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Waclor. The last three games has seen a big improvement. Dont you think the players were motivated for those games. Their livelihood demands that anyway. I dont agree with what goes on sometimes. Like you I am sitting here on my laptop while the powers that be are very comfortable. Whose the one smiling ;-)

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    sharky

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • well lets keep him on the pitch for the whole game plse hoots and what the hell has happend with hoolihan? still not getting games.

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    rh04

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Of course you are right mat333. If we all felt the same it would be a strange old world. Its just the words people use sometimes that are upsetting. No need for insults even though we are all hurting right now.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Oldtimer, We are all entitled to our opinion but I try not to insult people with my posts. I actually think Snodgrass was brought as a replacement for Hoolahan in the hole but has never actually been played in that position. As an ex-coaching badge holder, player and manager, I can see a lot of merit in him, not least his never say die attitude. No he does not have lightning pace, but he puts his all into the game. That may or may not be enough to play him every game but right now we do not have anybody substantially better. Redmond has the pace you desire but his end product is not there yet and too many of his shots hit row Z. He did put in one glorious cross for RVW against Man City and had that gone in he would have become the hero of the day. However, he is also slightly weak at defending and give CH is so obsesssed with defending, he naturally has to settle for a left wing slot as Olsson is a capable left back, or a place on the bench. Like you, I would have changed manager some time back but cannot blame that on Snodgrass.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Perhaps the answer for Redmond is to play him in the hole then at least the wild card shots have slightly more chance of hitting the target. I likewise thing Pilkinton may actually be a better bet as a second striker and he also has the physical build of a target man so I would go for a 4,3,1, 2 formation against Spurs on Sunday.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Our biggest problem is not who plays on the day, or who sits on the substitutes bench. it is so apparent to spectators on all sides of the ground and those watching on TV and other mediums, that it rests squarely on the shoulders of the man who watches from the technical area, and his bodyguards!

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    Pa Snipps

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • 1st name on the team sheet? Robert.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Hi, el dingo. Like you, I don`t know Davitt and I don`t like his pretentious, prolix piffle. I am not a `proper` student of English, but I do respect our language. I have had direct contact with folk at Archant, trying to fathom their seemingly self-serving and rather random rulings. They were very polite, very glib, very no result. I suppose we shouldn`t expect particularly high journalistic standards from a parochial periodical? What about waclor`s great notion though? "What`s My Line - Revisited", starring our mate Mattias. Could be such fun and keep our minds off the current crisis at Carra Rud. Pax Canaria. Keep dingoing along ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Wow! Hughton knows what to do, do ya just stop them getting a goal and then score yourself, yes you do. All i can say is everything you have tried has not worked, so try Luciano you muppet and while you are at it, get holahan back in, break the legs of the jock, and let Redmond play on the right, he might even be able to get a cross in then.

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    acornlake

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Strewth, I can't believe there are still people who have some sort of ffaith in Hughton or Snodgrass come to that. Hughton proved long ago that he is a totally inept clown, stubborn, arrogant and clueless. As for his coaching staff, well the less said the better. As for Snodgrass, he punched above his weight last season, has shown us his true colours this. A whinging, one footed slow and one dimensional journeyman with whom Hughton seems to have a love affair. Don't know about any comment maade on here by regular contributors that are childish or insulting where Hughton is concerned, on the contrary, were it not for Archie I suspect the air would turn blue at the very thought of the idiot.

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    oldtimer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Why not start Becchio, with Hooper, and Redmond on the right, play 5 across the middle and risk 3 at the back. ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • 5th name on the team sheet? Robert. And so on...

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Nice to see someone else not on Snodgrass' back. I still think we'll make it. Throughout the season we've seen some good defending, some quality goals, albeit not enough and more recently a major upsurge in creation of chances. Just need the three ingredients put in at the same time. We'll be alright.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Do agree chap. I try not to get wound up by anything online anymore but still gets to me at times. Some on both sides of the fence go over the top. If its a 1 sentence comment with something abusive I dont even entertain reading it. If its something a bit more witty or tongue in cheek however I dont mind that. Need a bit of light entertainment at the minute....even if it is laughing at ourselves or at our own clubs expense.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Hughton will be looking to build on the Man City performance, which was a quality finish away from a triumph. Ruddy, Martin, Bassong, Yobo, Ollson will be our first choice defence for the rest of the season and we have good cover in all defensive positions. Likewise Tettey and Fer are shoe ins in midfield every match and the return of Tettey has given us more hope that we can survive and keep the goals against tally down for the remainder of the season. Also Hooper looks so sharp when he has the ball and is our top goal scorer so is unlikely to be dropped. So in reality there are only 3 spots up for grabs each match. Johnson should only start in matches we think we are likely to lose (ie Arsenal, Chelsea etc.) otherwise he should be used as a sub to bring on with 20 minutes to play if we are ahead. Becchio, Hoolahan and Howson are all different types of attacking link players that can play behind the main striker. Guttierez seems to be our strongest left winger and may yet prove to be a key player for the remainder of the season, Pilkington is our only other true left winger. Redmond needs to be given time on the right wing to develop his crossing ability and is the scariest player we have from the opposition pint of view but he needs a man at the edge of the box to lay the ball back to as an outlet ball (ie Howson, Hopper, Becchio or Hoolahan (all of whom can pass)). To me Elmander and Snodgrass can both be used as impact subs to shake up the game if we are trailing.. Snodgrass should be getting fouled in the area to win us penalties... he would be better with more license to roam as he has real nuisance value and could really trouble tiring defenders. RVW badly needs a goal but his best role is as a straight swap sub for Hooper. Murphy should be used as an occassional sub for Redmond. In the games we can win I would like to see a starting lineup of 4231. Ruddy: Martin, Bassong, Yobo, Olssen: Tettey, Fer: Redmond, BecchioHoolahanHowson, Guttierez: Hooper. This should give us a strong physical spine to the team and plenty of passing options going forward to vary the play through the middle and down the wings (yes... through the middle as well)

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    jops

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I have said it before, but I am sure that CH plays Snodgrass on the right wing because he offers cover to the right back who often struggles at this level. Snodgrass was also the last player to score for us so I suspect that also plays a part. Hence my suggestion that Redmond should be tried in the hole as I think he would trouble most centre backs with his pace. I am not a die hard Snodgrass supporter and certainly think he should be rested from time to time but likewise I think it is a shame too many supporters have started to blame him for the managers shortcomings. CH picks the team and decided where and how players should perform, I think he gets it wrong far too many times but it is down to him not Snodgrass.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Spurs at home Saturday, they beat the Toon four nil away. Will this be Hoots last stand? Personally I would get MacKay in now as Canaries have one win in last eleven matches, a dire season. Redmond should play on the right, Pilkington on the left, Hooper upfront with Hoolahan in behind Tettey and Fer in central midfield, must have more going forward not just trying for a point, not enough as need 15 points to survive.

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    Simon Thetford

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • 4th name on the team sheet? Robert.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Sharky and CotM, the sarcasm comes from having to endure a situation we abhore but are powerless to change. Many and possibly the majority of fans agree with Lily Savage and the bookies that Norwich will be relegated this season. Many of us have doubted Hughton's ability from very early on and can see no earthly reason why those with the power to sack him still cannot see it even at this late stage. The players know that the blame of relegation will be laid at Hughton's door not theirs and I wonder if they are as sick of losing matches through Hughton's poor decision making as the fans are. It does not make for a team of super motivated players. If there was a management change now, those players will at least see that the directors care and perhaps that would provide motivation. The new manager would also have a full squad as it is obvious that there are some players in the squad who will never get a game under Hughton. Those rejected players will have something to prove and could just save our premiership place. The alternative is to watch the same tactics bring about the same results and getting ready to go to Barnsley and Portaloo Road next season.

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    waclor

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Pa, I have been saying that for a season and a half now, and got slated for it in the early stages. Seems now that every true fan of the club is now in agreement that the idiot and his muppets should have gone months ago. Only the foolhardy few friends and his mum thinks he is right for this club, he hasn't been from the start, and as I keep saying he can't even attain the incredibly low standards he set for us. When he is finally ousted, I will still be here and supporting my team, so please..no more of this "let's get behind the team", we already are, it's the management team we are not behind, and want shifted NOW

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    oldtimer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • All this talk from Hughton is very laudable. However he hasn't yet managed to show that, when push comes to shove, he is able to carry through any of these verbal assessments. What's the betting that he will play Snodgrass on the right wing as usual? That alone will make sure we start with ten men. I agree with those who say Redmond is a bit of a loose canon. But at least he worries defenders with his pace. Snodgrass on the other hand must be a dream to play against as you don't even have to coax him to cut inside - he always does it for you! If you have the pace and dexterity of a Gareth Bale you can do that and be a threat. But Snodgrass doesn't have the turn of speed to get away from defenders. Nor does he have a right foot. End of story! As for Becchio, I suppose he couldn;t do worse than RvW or Elmander, neither of whom have produced any goal threat. But as ever he needs support and to be fed and unless Hughton is prepared to play a flair player midfield like Hoolahan he is unlikely to get it. When it comes down to it Hughton cannot break the mould and seems unable to accept that you need a creative playmaker despite the fact that he doesn't do all the donkey work. The team will never have balance and potency while all the cards are stacked up in favour of a defensive setup.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Hughton will be looking to build on the Man City performance, which was a quality finish away from a triumph. Ruddy, Martin, Bassong, Yobo, Ollson will be our first choice defence for the rest of the season and we have good cover in all defensive positions. Likewise Tettey and Fer are shoe ins in midfield every match and the return of Tettey has given us more hope that we can survive and keep the goals against tally down for the remainder of the season. Also Hooper looks so sharp when he has the ball and is our top goal scorer so is unlikely to be dropped. So in reality there are only 3 spots up for grabs each match. Johnson should only start in matches we think we are likely to lose (ie Arsenal, Chelsea etc.) otherwise he should be used as a sub to bring on with 20 minutes to play if we are ahead. Becchio, Hoolahan and Howson are all different types of attacking link players that can play behind the main striker. Guttierez seems to be our strongest left winger and may yet prove to be a key player for the remainder of the season, Pilkington is our only other true left winger. Redmond needs to be given time on the right wing to develop his crossing ability and is the scariest player we have from the opposition pint of view but he needs a man at the edge of the box to lay the ball back to as an outlet ball (ie Howson, Hopper, Becchio or Hoolahan (all of whom can pass)). To me Elmander and Snodgrass can both be used as impact subs to shake up the game if we are trailing.. Snodgrass should be getting fouled in the area to win us penalties... he would be better with more license to roam as he has real nuisance value and could really trouble tiring defenders. RVW badly needs a goal but his best role is as a straight swap sub for Hooper. Murphy should be used as an occassional sub for Redmond. In the games we can win I would like to see a starting lineup of 4231. Ruddy: Martin, Bassong, Yobo, Olssen: Tettey, Fer: Redmond, Becchio (or Hoolahan or Howson), Guttierez: Hooper. This should give us a strong physical spine to the team and plenty of passing options going forward to vary the play through the middle and down the wings (yes... through the middle as well)

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    jops

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Instead of continually playing strikers that aren't scoring, why not START one that hasn't been given a chance? Becchio. After all, things can't be any worse.

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    Mel Lacey

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I dont understand within an article about Redmond, people are taking swipes at each other or ref them as part of some imaginary cult or bad boys club. Its a regional newspapers message board. Nothing more, nothing less. Just passionate fans voicing an opinion. If it differs from your own, thats life, thats football. Oh the glory of it.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • agree with everyones comments on here. great work acornlake. the last paragaraph from hughton annoys me. admits he's not given becchio a chance and yet still wont give him one. all i can say is elmander must be the nicest most charming man on the planet and becchio must be horrible for this to continue. JUST PLAY HIM CHRIS!!! it is not humanely, physically possible for him to do worse than Elmander. PLAY HIM

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    bonesy

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I like the idea of Redmond behind a front two, BUT only if we have a problem. I,m sure it will be 4-2-3-1, otherwise we will get over run in midfield. And of course Snodgrass will be playing. Like it or not. Becchio linked well with Hooper the last time he was given a few minutes. Strange we have not tried that over a longer period.

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    sharky

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Nice `jibe`, sharky ;-) Cotmoon, I`m flattered indeed that you read my stuff so avidly. Thankyou, it gives me encouragement to do more.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Give it a rest girls. The sarcastic comments are tedious and unhelpful. Brewer, I may not often agree with you but I didn't expect you to lower yourself to the degree you have lately. Of course it's Luciano - he works with him every day - and on another board you called CH a clown - come on - stop the playground style name calling. It doesn't make you look clever

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    Canary on the moon

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • No pressure on a 19 year old then.....

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    CanaryWest

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • remember the winner yes winner against Southampton ....... wasn't considered a bad finisher that day. If he got more of a look in rather than son of Hughton Snodgrass he may have scored more. more of a wild card would be actually letting Wes play and try and create something

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    OhhhhHuckerrrrby

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Abraham, please explain why you think Snodgrass is effective? As a winger how many crosses does he deliver per game? How often does he fall over in an attempt to win a free kick because he knows he cannot beat a defender? You say Redmond is ineffective. Did you see him tear Watford apart down the right wing, when he was finally played there in the second half, putting in cross after cross after cross? I dare say Hughton does play Snodgrass to help out our right backs, both of whom are slow and weak, but surely he should have bought a decent right back in January to release Snodgrass if he believes he is the man to taunt defences! Sorry, but all of this comes down to Hughton and his assistants who do not have any attacking nous whatsoever. I doubt very much that any of them spend any time with the strikers. Why would they? They know nothing about scoring goals. I am sick to the back teeth of this complete joke of a season and believe our only salvation will be the return of Jonny Howson.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • oldtimer is the most entertaining and eloquent contributor on this site. Anyone who finds him insulting is a prissy idiot.

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    Cecil

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • …..Hello again! ….had a few days away from commenting in the hope that actions would be taken in my absence that would stop the rot...but nothing!....the usual contributors are still chomping away at the same piece of chewing gum....it would be great to have some interesting topics to talk about...I see pubmandave dangled a carrot on a stick in the hope that some silly ass would go for it... that was fine until he burst into song with his impression of the Tyneside Tea Lady ….time will tell!....If he is to be believed, he is confirming that all is not well amongst the players, and what may have been a small crack has turned into a whopping great 'sink' hole!....Oldtimer is still telling things as he sees them, but is under the impression that he was alone with doubts, from the time of Hughton's appointment, and others have jumped on his wagon of late!....Sorry oldtimer (Les) but there were others before you....In't that right Pa?.... Sharky is as charming as ever....and if I could spare the time, I would try and take on board 'Matt333' 's easy reads.....There does seem to be one or two names missing though....Niceboy...and co!....I expect they have b*ggered off to support Ipsvich !......So where are we?...Saturday in Suspense....Sunday on Sky...Monday on the move...Tuesday in tears (crocodile)....Wednesday's child is full of Woe!.....Thursday' child has far to go!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • 3rd name on the team sheet? Robert.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • I think the reason that PMD exempted me from any need to apologise, is that I did give him credit for getting it right about Holt`s exit, in the face of howling, abusive derision from Steady On, who opined "Holt is going nowhere". I wish S\O would return (JUST BRIEFLY) and say "Hughton is going nowhere", then all will be well. I don`t really buy into the notion that Snodgrass provides better support to his full-back because, when he inevitably runs into a dead end and loses the ball, he then turns his attention to conning a free kick or berating his team mates. Very supportive. Somebody used the phrase "the near bullying of Snodgrass". Robert does far too much of it. Jigs69, spot on ref Holt\Calderwood. I bet Holt was straight on the blower to Carlise`s top Estate Agent when he knew who was coming along with Hughton. Smart enough to get a contract extension though, just in case. Barking Wijs\waclor; the Enigma that is Mattias` mode of employment. He has given but scanty clues, going only as far as to say his job is somewhere between cleaning the pole at a pole-dancing club and God. So vicar seemed a reasonable guess, specially as vicars only work part time (4 hours on Sundays). Good detective work, waclor, but are we any closer? Is there a clue in the `333` bit? Is he an ex-NCFC player called Matt?? Btw, I don`t want to be Isobel Barnett; I`d rather be that grumpy old devil, Gilbert Harding. Type cast. One thing for certain; Mattias is `Box-Office` now. (Or perhaps he works in one?). Where`s Columbo when you need him? Falking nowhere.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Pa Snipps & fellow "turnstile tilly's"... who told you first about Grant Holt ? Who told you first about Becchino.? McNally tells you any old bollox and you all prove your stupidy by taking it as gospel... I wonder who of you has the balls to post apoligies on Monday, other than Mad Brewer, none of you have the balls or decency. 11am Monday ?

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Very easy to be right and also to criticise managers. Very few are successful. I wouldn't think it deserves a medal therefore.

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    sharky

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • Mawther07. You are defending the 2 players who tried to disrupt and undermine the whole club. they will both be off loaded asap.

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • MF, Brew, Oldtimer, Jig, you all make very good comments but the truth is, none of our wingers are currently producing for whatever reason. I thought the club would have gone out and found a right back in the transfer window as neither of the current players look quite up to Premiership level, although Martin played a blinder against Man Utd. Wes is an exciting player in the hole but cannot really perform as a left winger, likewise, he seems reluctant to shoot, choosing to pass every time. Howson is a better shot taker but his passing is perhaps not quite on the button. Fer likewise, sometimes looks disinterested, hence I suggested Redmond might be tried in the hole position. We should have also brought in a target man in the window as none of our strikers look comfortable up front on their own. I would have changed the management team a long while ago and even an attack minded coachdirector of football would surely have improved our attacking play. I will give credit to the fact that we are playing more attacking football of late and just live in hope tht Lady Luck will finally see Hooper hitting the net once more, I am not sure RVW will ever work for us and he probably needs to return to Europe to rekindle his career.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I wish i'd been wrong. Really do. Still sat on the fence hoping he'd be the man to take us forward long term for so long. Everyone has a breaking point though. Silly thing is I can only see two things happening now. 1# Our future is still in the balance and technically in our own hands come the end of the season so Hughton will still be in charge. We bottle it and get relegated resulting in Hughton's dismissal. Or 2# he keeps us up (whether its down to a run of results that nobody saw coming or down to 3 other teams being worse than us I dont know) and remains manager of NCFC. I know some people feel he willshould be sacked regardless if we stay up or not but other than when McNally got rid of Gunny for Lambert suddenly its just not the NCFC way. If we stay up i'd bet good money Hughton is kept on. Going off McNallys interview the other day though 'if' we stay up I imagine they wouldn't hand around sacking him next season if the trend of the last 13 months continue and we make no progress.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • I think he should be left upfield when defending corners. Current tactic is to bring everyone back with no outlet out of our half should we win the ball.

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    Bookface

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • As much as im all for Becchio getting a chance, when was the last time he completed 90 minutes of competitive football at any level. Due to the awful doing away of the reserve league and introduction of the u21 system I doubt he's played anything more than a stopstart drill esq behind closed door friendly. He (along with others Fox, Garrido, Bunn etc) dont benifit from playing regular reserve football to keep them sharp. Adreneline will help, yes, in an effort to show the man who gives him no chance how wrong he is but beyond that he will be lacking sharpness.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Yes unfortunately Brew has become one of the lads here. Its a shame because he adds alot to this forum. He has made more turns here than a yacht tacking against the wind on the River Yare. On subject. I agree about Redmond. I was shocked when he was subbed at WH. Yes his shooting is wild to say the least, but he scares the living daylights out of the opposition. OTBC

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    sharky

    Wednesday, February 19, 2014

  • Yes, jigs and Old Timer, fair assessments. The question isd: what is a winger for? Surely he is to get decent crosses into the box? A winger's role is primarily as an attacking player. Any defensive work should come secondary. But in Hughton's distorted view of the game, it appears to become the primary objective. You are right, jigs. If our right back position is weak we should have brought in a replacement. Not used a winger to help him out! As many of you are saying, rightly in my opinion, Hughton has not a clue when it comes to team balance - you need a good solid defence sor sure. But you also need midfield creativity to supply the front men along with some decent wing play. Wathcing Bayern last night was an object lesson. Taking aside the sheer quality of their players, it was noticeable that they moved to receive the ball individually and as a unit and always had wide men ready to receive the ball. That doesn't take technical ability. It is down to basic coaching. Which is totally lacking under Hughton. As I have said before he is always looking down the wrong end of the telescope. He will take us down for sure. His track record proves his inabilities.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • on the subject of becchio he should have been tried weeks ago instead of goal shy elmander.He could have played for the u21's or in the fa cup to keep up his match fitness,along with hoolahan and fox.But no he occaisionally gets to warm the bench and if hes really lucky gets 5 mins on the pitch!We need goals and he cant do any worse.

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    tonyb

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

  • PS. Remember Calderwood played Holt on the wing when manager at Forest. Holt's departure from NCFC should have rung alarm bells upstairs as to how our strikers were being treated and nobody should be surprised that they are not scoring.

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    jigs69

    Thursday, February 20, 2014

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