Neil Adams warns his Norwich City players to cut out the self-inflicted errors after Manchester United hammering

Neil Adams and Ryan Giggs share a word prior to Manchester United's 4-0 Premier League win over Norwich City. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Neil Adams and Ryan Giggs share a word prior to Manchester United's 4-0 Premier League win over Norwich City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Sunday, April 27, 2014
11:10 AM

Norwich City boss Neil Adams warned his players they must cut out the self-inflicted blows after a 4-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United left them teetering just one point above the bottom three on Saturday evening.

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Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata struck braces to give new interim boss Ryan Giggs a comfortable start to his managerial tenure, but Adams was upset by Rooney’s ‘killer’ second shortly after the interval which had echoes of Raheem Sterling’s long range strike in the previous weekend’s 3-2 defeat to Liverpool.

City had resisted for 40 minutes at Old Trafford before Rooney slotted from the penalty spot when Steven Whittaker was adjudged to have grabbed Danny Welbeck. Norwich’s fifth consecutive league loss left them just one point above the relegation places with only two matches left, but the Canaries will be overtaken by Sunderland if the Black Cats beat fellow strugglers Cardiff City on Sunday.

“Very tough to take,” said Adams. “A disappointing day, really disappointing. I thought for 40 minutes we were looking okay. We might have not caused (Manchester) United enough of a problem but what we did do was quell the crowd. We said how important that would be for the first 10 or 15 minutes with what had happened here this week and the shape looked good. We were solid and disciplined. Then we concede a penalty.

“For me, I don’t know how much contact there was. It looked minimal, maybe a bit on the arm. I would have to have a look at it again but the killer blow was really the second goal. We didn’t really learn the lesson from the previous week when (Raheem) Sterling scored from a similar distance. We have to get closer and shut down those type of players.”

United chief Giggs admitted it was a relief to get his Old Trafford reign off to a winning start.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself this week. As a manager there is probably more relief when you get the result because as a player you are in the thick of it,” he said. “It is the same feeling to win a game. I picked a team I thought could win the game. The first half tempo was not as quick as I would like it to be. Maybe that was down to it being an emotional week. It took a bit of time to get going but the goal came at the perfect time and going in at 1-0 I just said to quicken up the tempo and we would be okay.”

149 comments

  • Lets face it, this team is not good enough for the Premier League. We have five or six who would not even get in Cardiff`s team, no matter who the manager was. Some are totally incapable of learrnig the simple lessons and have repeated the stupid errors all season. No Awareness. We havn`t got a stiker on the books.

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    willb

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Actually ken, I would go back further to that humiliating defeat by Luton Town when we couldn't even muster one shot on target if I remember correctly! I also remember coming away from our two pre-season friendlies under Hughton saying we were far too lightweight and possessed no striking power.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • The blame for our fate lies entirely with Hughton, the players and to some degree the Board for failing to act at the right time. It has nothing to do with bad luck, bad refereeing, rub of the green, as kenfoggo rightly says. Trying to find some positives I hope the Board has learned more about key decision-making and timing. I also hope we don't fall into the trap of trying to buy our way out of the Championship. The club spent a vast sum of money on players who by and large were not good enough or who were not strong enough characters to handle the heat. Better to look for a core of good seasoned professionals and give some yougsters who would be proud to wear the shirt a chance. My third hope is that our scouting system is totally overhauled along with the squad. We spent far too much effort and time chasing Hooper last year, even to the point of escalating his already over-valued transfer fee. We paid far too much also for the likes of RvW who, like Hooper, had no experience of playing in a top European league such as Italy, Spain or Germany. Rather than buy those two, we would have been better to have purchased one proven talent. We were chasing the fella from Juve whose goals blasted Celtic out the European Cup the season before last and who was surplus to requirements at the Italian club as they had six strikers on their books. In all we need to drastically cull the current squad and overhaul our scouting system. The Board will also have time to reflect on its mistake with Hughton and do very careful due diligence on his successor. Whatever the outcome we need a team next season we can again be proud to support. One that will regain the work ethic, be balanced, have some pace about it and try to entertain us with some goalmouth action. Let's hope football breaks out again at Carrow Road after a summer of remorse!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • 2020 hindsight is a wonderful gift for any critic to possess , but I think that I said this at the time. Alarm bells should have been ringing when we went down 7-0 at Man City. An appalling result of that nature cannot be put down to an "off day" or a freak incident. It was a portent of the failure to come, an indication of the lack of professional integrity of this squad of players. They attend only for the cash, and operate with no professional pride or commitment to the Club, the Supporters or even their own careers. The lack of application or commitment even at this stage of a relegation struggle is fathomable to me and the uncaring performance at Old Trafford was unforgivable. I hold them all (possible exceptions of Snodgrass and Ruddy) in contempt, especially Van Winklehoff, Fer, Howson, Johnson, Martin, Turner,Elmander who made me feel once again embarrassed to be a Norwich supporter.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • What's happened to Mad Brewer? Has Finn.Blue eaten him? Hope not, otherwise the sad troll will not have a friend left in the entire world.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Doing well for 41 minutes. A meaningless ball directed towards our goalmouth.A slight deflection, through the legs, a complete wild miss, Welbeck pulled down, a penalty, game lost. In a moment of shear lunacy the Gods conspired to strip City of all the progress made in the Liverpool game and we were back to a team of incompetence and frailty. What's more Norwich lost badly to ManU, Sunderland won, the relegation trapdoor opened. we fell in and I sense there is no way out. We can no longer hope and rely on other teams to lose. Given our terrible negative goal differential all the teams around us can lose their remaining games and we still go down. We now have to have points. But from where.Too late my friend. There is no salvation for us and I am gutted. What a waste. Leadership has failed badly, who will pay the price?

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    Pritch

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Sorry directed for johnny h.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • kenfoggo.....If you can't rememeber Maybe you choose not to. As you are going DOWN with 31 million of useless players hanging around your neck R.v.W. one goal all season O.M.G. what a joke he turned out to be. P.S. dont forget to dust off that milk cup that you have and will only ever have. Good luck at Chelsea dont think so...

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    FINN.BLUE

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • Two thoughts. 1) I have always hoped that ITFC would get promoted to the EPL so we could bring back the local derby in the EPL. So why do the ITFC ignoramouses on here keep wetting their knickers in excitement that we might get relegated as opposed to supporting their own team and hoping they get promoted. Maybe they realize that the only way the local derby can happen is by NCFC being relegated, as ITFC will never have the ability to make the EPL, and 2) It looks like all three EPL relegation teams will be relegated because of poor board decisions - Cardiff because of Vincent Tan's vendetta with Malky, Fulham because of the hire and fire of managers, and NCFC becasue they did not see what most supporters saw a year ago, Hughton was not an EPL manager in terms of building a squad or managing it.

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    MichiganCanary

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • We will not get anything at Chelsea now so a win against arsenal is the only hope.. problem is 3 points will not be enough to save us, so we are down... next season we will be mid to low championship with a much changed squad... the main error this season was not to spend big money on another striker in the january transfer window, because by then we already knew RVW was useless and we only had Hooper who could score sometimes.... without Sondgrass's goals we would have been dead long ago... look at Jelavic and Shane Long and weep... that could have been us.

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    jops

    Monday, April 28, 2014

  • looking at today's results its championship here we come, i really cant see Chelsea or arsenal giving up any points especially as Chelsea has a chance of the cup.

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    MrB

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • It is out of our hands now, we should have acted earlier but Board deserve another chance especially McNally. Yes we will hear loads from the stereotypical ITFC fans like FickBlue but they do have some normal fans, they just don't waste their time on other clubs websites. OK Fick, I'm an old man, I can't remember your era but I can remember Oxford, Coventry and Luton winning something not you lot though. When you did win something players did time for throwing matches to you so doesn't count

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    JohnnyH

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Flying Canary, this season has had nothing to do with "the rub of the green" or "the gods" or bad fortune or Lady Luck. Nothing to do with the stars or your horoscope . It has everything to do with under performing , highly paid footballers who have demonstrated neither commitment nor application.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Yup, Chelsea will be going at us with all guns blazing and Arsenal will fluff it tomorrow night so that they have to beat us on the final day to secure Champions League football. For all the dire situation though, this lot have delivered shock results before. Personally I think we need Jonas and Becchio out there. The Argentinian influence might bring the Hand of God to our rescue.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • "N" ? I'm a Manchester based Norwich City fan. Would you like to swap jobs + houses? Timbo.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • If the team, manager and board are guilty of anything it is that they play and act as if they do not believe they belong in the Premiership. I have felt for some time, purely by watching a number of games, that all the other clubs have a quality and determination that we lack. We are as currently constituted just too nice and naive and no alternative team selection would make much difference. I am not blaming any individual for this at board, managerial or player level but just feel that it is endemic in the club and as such is a first priority for whoever is the next manager of NCFC. I hope this is NA but I feel that whoever the next manager is he should have the ability to build a team suitable for the Premiership before any other qualities. Whatever division we are playing in next season I shall be there to follow the next installment of the NCFC story. Supporting any football team requires an acceptance that there will be good times and bad times and you will survive the ride if you embrace both. If we do go down we have survived at the highest level 3 times longer than we did last time!!!

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    NICEONE

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Ever get the feeling the gods are against you? Not only do we get the backlash from Man Utd going there just after they sack Moyes but we also get to go to Chelsea just after they beat Liverpool and are in with a chance of winning the league. When you're down and out you never get the rub of the green. Still in with a chance, of course, as you can never tell with football but Sunderland have all the momentum now.

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Crystal Palace loose tonight but have 43 points and Norwich have 32, how did they do that then! It's only after a glass or two of fine red does it rub against the grain on how atrociously poor we have been against our fellow bottom halfers!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • As a Norfolk based United fan who went to the game, I thought that Norwich were marginally the better team in the first half although that's not really saying much because almost everyone on the pitch didn't really seem up for it, perhaps with the exception of Ruddy and Snodgrass. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall of the United dressing room at half time because whatever Giggsy said definitely had an impact and the reds really upped their game in the second half. I think its a shame that Norwich are probably going down but the stats say it all; if you can't put the ball in the back of the net you are doomed, but at least try and go down fighting.

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    N

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • I seriously hope there isn't going to be a lap of honour at the end of all this.

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    Bookface

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Player of the season ????

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    Cornwall Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Well the question is how far will City sink? Is this team good enough to secure bottom place ? Yes, it think so. Blame the managers ,coaches and board but once on the pitch it is the players that have to perform the basic skills well. It is not rocket science to give the ball to a fellow team mate and chase and harry the opposition when they have the ball. The defense watched the ball with all the ardent fervour of bird watching twitchers. Surprised City did not issue them with binoculars. Against Liverpool, Suarez , the most dangerous striker in the EPL , was allowed to in to score unnoticed. As for the City strikers, no let's not go there. The board and owners have had a great financial three years.MacNally made much of the debt free state of City. They certainly blocked funds for players. Is it significant that Delia's at Carrow Roa is no longer Delia's having been sold on. Maybe City is up for grabs, the board did not act as though EPL survival was their priority.

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    stormy

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • First decision the board has to make once relegation is confirmed is who will be manager. If, as seems possible, Adams ends his five match run with a 100% defeat record what do they do? And if they decide to replace who will they turn to? The likes of Lennon and Sherwood will most likely want PL jobs. Malky perhaps. Effectively their dithering over Hoots has presented them with an early problem for next season. Where is the next Lambert? Perhaps there is no need to ask because the vibes from Villa suggest the old Lambo might be available before long. Mutton dressed as Lambo? Perhaps not.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • A complete bottle job on Saturday from all involved. Way too much like a Hughton performance unfortunately. Adams gave united too much respect. On the other hand, we might be almost down but at least we can all still laugh at Ip5wich who can spend yet another season without knowing PL football. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • it was interesting to watch Sunderland this afternoon. They showed all the traits which have been conspicuous by their absence in the Norwich team - commitment, attacking intent and when they had the ball they broke at pace and moved the ball with purpose. The only ones to come out of yesterday's game were not the players but our loyal travelling fans. It must be heartbreaking for them to suffer such spineless, inept and dysfunctional displays. It is not the losing that makes me sad so much as the manner of our defeats, especially the gutless displays against lower reach teams. All through the season we were told by Hughton, the players and even the Board of Directors, that all would be well, winnable games were just coming up and we would finish in a boring mid-table position. What a hollow ring it all has now. Hughton has gone, but far too late. Many of the players seem to have thrown in the towel weeks ago and the Board has sat on its hands when it was crystal clear change was vital. The only positive I can glean from this is that we can rebuild with players who want to commit to Norwich City and have the ambition and desire to succeed. As far as I am concerned few of the current squad are either good enough or motivated enough to stay at Norwich and must go. No doubt we'll suffer a big loss financially as many of them have done their cvs no good at all. But go they must.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Recriminations have already started and blame will be apportioned according to your own personal view point. My own opinion is that the Supporters and the Club have been let down and sold short by Board who were too slow to act , a Manager who was not fit for purpose and a squad of players who did not have the talent to be in this League and who had no inclination to prove that view point as inaccurate. All told a sorry mess of a season and we have been relegated fair and square. We were a very , very poor footballing side this year and deserve to be rusticated.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • The players were of the required standard but the manager was not so the team was not. Now we're doomed it seems. Ourselves, Cardiff, and Fulham most likely.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Sorry, realised I knew the answer to who the hungry players are - they play for Crystal Palace and Sunderland... I had great faith in Redmond but now I can see he is a liability. Not disciplined enough. And I am afraid to say that at times yesterday Adams looked like a startled rabbit caught in a car's headlights...

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • I for one am looking forward to next season. This season has been a struggle in almost every game and not nice football to watch. Yes the board is probably to blame for putting so much faith in Hughton and co when it was blindly obvious that they weren't up to it. They messed up, its too late to put it right this season. So I look to next season. I hope the board pull out all the stops to get us in a quality manager who wants to be here and is up to the job. He in turn I hope will bring in the players who want to play for this club and make us fans jump out of our seats. Things have got to get better next season, the board owe all us fans that much, time for payback!

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    Henry

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Norwich's biggest problem is this drive to want to move forward as club - business decisions etc, but still retaining this softly softly approach to who they hire and the way the teams managed. There's no killer instinct to be found anywhere. Norwich city football club is, ultimately, a business and in order for a business to do well it has to distance itself from this trite sentimentality. It's also slightly embarassing and old hat for a club in 2014. That sounds cold and I guess it is but they get promoted do so-so and then hire a "nice guy" to fill the boots of a career shark. Was never going to work. McNally's a smart man but I can imagine that as he's surrounded by folk who want to keep the club cemented in this 'family orientated' mindset then they will forever be doomed to remain an almost ran, the school of thought in Norwich seems to be the "that'll do" attitude. And I'm afraid that mentality in the premier league has no place. Chris Hughton was a man without a plan and there's nothing that anyone can do now to change that fact. Getting annoyed with him is fruitless when it's the whole attitude of the club itself that harbours this cringe worthy apathy. Let's be realistic, it's not done the side any favours whilst being back in the Premiership again; it worked getting them there but once Norwich arrived the 'team spirit' foundation petered out, the soul of the team disappeared, players that were purchased for stupid amounts of money in terms of a lower league clubs coffers didn't gel.

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    Morgan Hewitt

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Sorry - last sentence should read you did not do anything about it.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Well our season is in the death throws now and we are likely to finish bottom. Everything has been said about the failings of the board, manager, coaching staff and the squad of players - the only positive is that the fans were obviously right in their assessments of most things and the others - particularly board members, McNally, Hughton and his crew, and most of the players were sadly out of touch with reality and clueless , despite their statements of bravado at various stages. One thing McNally - relegation is as bad as you said it would be - it's a pity out didn't do something about it six months ago when the writing was on the wall.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • And now Chelsea beat Liverpool so next game we play a title chasing team, not one with its mind elsewhere. Arsenal may also need a win for fourth place. It's as if we are being punished for the wins gifted us by WBA and Man C last season that gave us a delusional position and blinded the board to what was required. Look at the fixtures, form and goal difference and tonights bottom three looks cast in stone. Quick return? Doubt it, although we are financially strong compared to most in the Championship and some clubs will have to concentrate more on complying with financial fair play rules than strengthening their squads (trolls, take note). Much depends really on the board being dynamic when the season ends. We need a decision on the manager, not made easier for giving the job to Adams when all he had left was four of the worlds richest clubs to play and our bogey team. How do you judge if he ends up losing all five? No dithering though because this seasons playing staff needs to be culled and, as Lambert used to say, new blood brought in to help those already there. With our squad in place we can then study the fixtures and take comfort that our last four games are Brentford, Peterboro, Doncaster and Bournemouth.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Well we're finally in the bottom three and as much as I would like to dream that we can get the required points, after yesterdays performance where we seemed to go back to the old days and not show any commitment or have any game plan it does seem nigh on impossible to recover. I had the pleasure or misfortune to be at the game yesterday and probably the only players to come out of it with any credit were Snoddy, Ruddy, Howson Johnson Olssen and Turner the rest were not at the races, I must say that Fer was slow and didn't track back to cover runners also needed too much time to play. As a previous poster commented we seemed to be lacking fitness and energy and you can't give players of their ability time on the ball to play it around,last week against Liverpool we were heroic and deservedly got a standing ovation, where was that performance yesterday. I will still be there next season, supporting my team.OTBC

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Obviously a typo in my previous post...."NCFC players are NOT EPL standard"

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    Tootyfrooty

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Are some of you really still blaming Chris Hughton?? Why do some of you fail to acknowledge the simple fact that the vast majority of NCFC players are EPL standard. Only a complete fool honestly thinks that we can compete with the big boys.... (awaiting the abuse from the usual contributors....)

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    Tootyfrooty

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • OMG What a time to play Chelski... haha we're cursed..

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    Gruff

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Who are the 'hungry'players?

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    Surrey Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • It's all down to the board every time there is a big decision to make they blow it time after time after time . Lets be having you out

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    Howesy

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Best wishes Swiss. Hope all goes well. 3 points against Chelsea and another 3 against Arsenal will just be an anaesthetic dream.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • 4-0, then you look at what we've got..

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    Gruff

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • As Ken says we will need a big clearout because many of our players are not prepared to roll up their sleeves and work hard, others are disaffected (probably due to Hughton's dead hand) and others would hardly get us anywhere much in the Championship, given it is a much more competitive league than a lot of people imagine. Much as I admire Neil Adams I also feel we need to move on and look for someone who has more managerial experience and who also is not in any way connected with or tainted by the current bunch of losers. Neil has been awarded mission impossible by the Board who must accept a lot of responsibility for our position given their failure to axe Hughton when it was obvious he was taking us backwards by the week and in time to give a new man a chance to start to rectify things. However if the Board stick by Neil then they must give him the opportunity to assemble a new team, based on players who will give 100% and who will bring enthusiasm back to a club which has to rebuild its image and standing in football. This season we have been unbearably poor most of the time - to the point of utter embarrassment.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • So so sad . You lack the good grace to support your team and then spend your time on a Norwich site , at least that explains all the empty seats at the blue toilet , too busy trying to find ways to annoy us . Oh and what's the point in gobbing off at others for living in the past , then doing so yourself ? Swiss , all the best and a speedy recovery :-)

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    mjc75

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • What a pathetic bunch of losers, I hope their careers emulate our season and they get booed to oblivion on their final game in front of the home support. I will hate that tw*t Hughton for the rest of my natural..

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    Gruff

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Thanks guys - I hope that they are handing out the rohypnol, it would certainly make the end of the season more bearable. See you later!

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • At Least we had a era. mjc 75½. And will have again well before you Win anything my Little rambling canary.

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    FINN.BLUE

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Good luck 'Swiss'.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Good luck Swiss, been there and done that. You will be ok. Oh dear Gerrard. Dont water the pitches.

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    sharky

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • I don't believe this. Gerrard slips and gifts Chelsea a goal. Pity he couldn't manage that against us.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Good luck with the op Swiss. Ideally you'd go in next sunday and ask for a really strong pre med.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • And while I am on the subject of spilling some bile and venting frustration; Van Winklehoff even runs like a girl. How we were ever conned into purchasing his invisible talents is a mystery. How he has the audacity to look shocked at being substituted after another failing exhibition is unbelievable! I suspect we could not even give this player away, who would want him? He could play for another 3 seasons in a Norwich shirt and not trouble the back of the opposing net. Get rid of him , NOW if not sooner. A complete mismatch of player to team. Just another passenger trying to convert a minimal talent into a maximum financial reward without the requirement to produce anything and with a minimal effort. He has to go if for no other reason than to demonstrate that his kind will not be tolerated. Expensive passenger!

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Well that was my last game before checking into hospital for an operation frustratingly delayed three times. When I finally get out again we will officially be in the Championship. I am sad that some supporters have had a go at Neil Adams who has done masses for this club and took over the helm after the previous management team had managed to hit the iceberg that they had been looking for all season. He explained that RVW was put in to try and win the ball on the wings and play it into the midfield coming through. When it was not working he changed it, good man. Russ Martin, 100% committed to the team but just does not have the toolkit to work consistently and successfully at this level. We have half of Scotland's back four in there, they are currently doing as well for us as they do for Scotland. Leroy Fer, lots of potential but does he really have the right attitude to succeed? Nathan Redmond, a great prospect but he needs to play more with the team than despite them. We will be fine in the championship, it is all part of the long-term plan. Leave McNally alone, I agree he did not act early enough but I will bet that he has learned from it. No, Paul Lambert is not coming back, we've both been there and done that, let's move on. Finally, a big thank you to those trolls for reminding me that how ever unhappy I am about what Norwich are doing, there are always people that are so much more sad that they feel that it improves their sorry lives to revelling in our disappointment.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Lower gates now because , as I said , you only turn up when times are good or when we're in town . When you start turning up to support your team , then maybe I'll take your tin pot support with with slightly less disdain . As for living in the past , you lot haven't moved out of seventies . Clown .

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    mjc75

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • To think the majority of fans stood and applauded the team when City lost to Liverpool. I now wish I hadn't, I think it gave the impression that the team can lose and all will be forgiven.

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    goldie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • mjc 75½. Check your imfo you will find that we had around 25,000 most sesons after comeing down. And lower gates now because lack of leadership over the past years. something you will soon find out about. Suffolk Canary ..Pray tell what sits in your cabinet. A old Milk Cup i believe and when was that please tell. As Said before what go's around comes around.. As you will soon find out..

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    FINN.BLUE

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • See City are now in bottom 3. Goodbye Premier League.

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    goldie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • As we finally slip into the bottom three the inevitable conclusion is that the Supporters and the Club have been badly let down by a squad of players with no professional pride in their own performance and hence no commitment to their employers or Norwich in a wider term. It has been an awful experience watching this squad this season. A brief dawning of hope as Hughton was belatedly sent on his way only for all hope to be extinguished by yet another woeful exhibition at Old Trafford. Man Utd we're not especially good but we WERE exceptionally weak. Let's get this charade of a season over and wield the axe to all the dross we have masquerading as a team and look forward to a solid rebuilding period. There is no hope of a rebound back to the Premier with this bunch of wasters who refuse to perform even when their careers are at stake. Too many passengers have been on board for too long, time to get rid of them in a night of the long knives , send these bunch of overpaid girls back to their play schools and get some men in who are prepared to battle.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • How funny is that a ex Ipswich player and fan has just relegated you lol

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    Townman

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Usually the three teams with the worst GD are the worst teams in the league and will be relegated, I am afraid it is nailed on that will be Cardiff, Norwich and Fulham, don't expect the bookies to be taking any more bets now. Sorry folks

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Just watched Sunderland hammer Cardiff. That's desire! 7 points from 9 and that includes man city and Chelsea, why can they do it ............... Well we are one officially in the bottom 3 therefore we can now officially sack houghton......... On the basis he has already gone then my nasty should be next...... He is the link between football and the board, his head has to roll over this seasons farce, absolute disgrace!

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    JB

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • All RVW needs is a loan out to a championship team like Connor Wickham, how about ahhhh Norwich

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Citys slow defence are always putting themselves in the position of giving away penalties and the attackers too slow to be likely to get any penalties.

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    goldie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • FinnBlue please look at the attendances at your place , dire , dismal , appalling or maybe fair weather would be best . You lot only turn up when times are good or when we're in town . Our attendances on the other hand are constant , sell-outs for each and every game . As for hatred , there are far more important things to direct energy on . Quite why you feel the need to share your inane jibber jabber is beyond me . Maybe you would be off concentrating your energy towards the side you claim to follow . Me , I'm looking at two games where points are required to stay up , but if we don't get them , so what it's not the end of the world is it , more like another page in a great novel full of twists and turns and ups and downs . Try to remain cheerful old chap :-)

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    mjc75

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Henry, I hope we don't go down with Fulham AND Villa, it will be like a 12 point deduction before we even start. And if Mad Brewer is around, look at your mate FinnBlue's latest posting and explain again his nice points.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Finn Blue - learn to spell and we might take you seriously. You do nothing to disprove the stereotype ITFC supporter. Thick, fixated on NCFC because your team haven't won anything since black and white TV and probably clinically obese. I'm right aren't I??

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Careful change is needed. Much as I love NA he will be tainted by these last games and the losing mentality. The blame for this season is obvious. Board, Hoots, underperforming players. At least those yesterday got on the field. It's those players who have taken a back seat since Hoots left I reserve my contempt for. We get probably one decent chance before we stick in the mire and other yo yo teams come down like WBA. While I'm not a great fan of Malky he has something to prove and knows how to get a team promoted. When the new season starts we need to hit the ground running, not still be carrying the baggage from this wretched season.

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    suffolkcanary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Wow looks like Sunderland are gonna escape, they have got points from the big games and well done to them. Looks like Cardiff Norwich and either Fulham or Villa for the drop now.

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    Henry

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Again a referee decides the fate of another club. Something has to be done.

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    sharky

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Sharky re tackle I largely agree. It's the bark bolok and bite in the Championship I mean. Like Shawcross nearly did to Rose yesterday. (Diff league same situation). Easier for the twins with better refs I feel.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Wounder if i'll get a rebate on my season ticket ????

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    superfan59

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Ah heck, we'll be fine, we just need to score nine goals if nothing changes

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Yep, I can hear the trap door opening.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • OK its 12-28 and we are in the bottom three. We could finish bottom. Sad !!!!

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    sharky

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Opps that should be "Not show the goal"

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    sharky

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • We can talk until the cows come home about blame. At the risk of repeating myself nearly any element can be blamed for our demise. We are where we are because of many things. Sad but true. El D the tackle has gone out of the game. By the way why didnt MOTD show the "Goa"l we scored. Pathetic!!!!

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    sharky

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • If we get relegated, it won't be because of this game or the others against the top clubs, but because of our failures against the bottom clubs, especially Cardiff and Fulham. Most of these (excluding technically Fulham away) down to Hughton's over cautious and inflextible tactics, All the fans knew this months ago.

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    SussexYellow

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Backing off has been a major part of our demise. I sit right behind the goal in the UB and from that angle you quickly see how vulnerable we are. The last minute block attempt really does not help Ruddy's vision either.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • To qualify that a little I don't mean they're lightweights just that there are some cynical old devils in that league who could not deal with their pace legally. They would have more protection from better refs.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Yep, Lobo: anyone who thinks we will bounce straight back is not being realistic, just optimistic. The Championship is a hard league with a lot of decent clubs, many of whom also think they ought to be in the Premiership! Re out fitness - the problem yesterday was that we spent so much time chasing lost causes - long, useless balls hoofed upfield and when we were defending we ran around a lot but to no effect because when push came to shove very few of the team were willing to make challenges. Many of those that did so were so half-hearted. It was no good getting into two banks of four if you then just back off. Someone has to close players like Rooney down but it didn't happen. His second goal was just another example of our inability to put in a challenge on a player running on with the ball. Back off, back off, then turn our backs when the shot comes in.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • LYB in the Championship either Murphy would be hacked out of it and the tragedy is most of the refs probably would not be sharp enough to spot it. I've played LB and when you're in your 30s and lost some of your speed you cannot play like a gentleman.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Like most posters, I firmly believe that barring a miracle, that's it for the Premiership. I think that putting NA in charge in the Championship would be an astute move. There is a lot of young talent lurking in the wings at the Carra and combined with a few older faces, Hooper, Fox, Snoddy? a team could be built that will grow up together and push on maybe not next season, but in two or three years time.

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    ToxicGasWarningSystem

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Leslie, I think your point is exactly the right one. We have no strikers that have ever cut it at Prem level before. RVW, Hooper and Becchio have scored many goals but always at lower levels. Elmander has not been a success in the Premier league. Couple that with playing in a team that creates nothing and we've no chance. I don't blame the strikers - I blame the management team that thought this combination of inexperience at that level and defensive tactics would lead to goals. The performance against Liverpool was the first time this season I have seen our midfielders run beyond our strikers. Both goals came from midfielders getting in the box. Adams has the right ideas - yesterday was appalling, no hiding from that, but lets hope they can learn and go again against Chelsea and Arsenal. No more excuses. Now is the time to show they care and get the 4 points I think we'll need. OTBC.

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    Crazy canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • What a pathetic effort. I don't like being critical but how can a "hungry" team play like they've just emerged from an all- inclusive week long break. Some of us work our backsides off all week to watch this lack of desire and commitment. Is it tactics? Is it the players? Is it the club culture at present? I'm in the space where a drop to the Championship is needed to sort this out. I don't want another season in the PL like this - it's not worth paying for.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Martin should be the first player to go, another awful display please dont play him again as one misplaced pass against Chelsea or Arsenal and the slim hope is gone. Snodgrass never gave up but cant see him staying next season and Ruddy and Johnson played well but will go to Chelsea hoping against hope.

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    citizen

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Kenf, I agree with most if not all of what you say and Hughton must take the blame for buying many of these players in the first place. Yesterday was like watching the team under Hughton all over again and it worries me that NA started with RVW when it has been obvious to all that he cannot play the loan striker roll at all. Like some others have said, did we actually buy the right player or were we fobbed off with his non footballing twin brother. One thing was evident yesterday, few of the players on display cared enough to put 100% effort in and that is a big worry. Redmond looked poor and I would have given Murphy a run out second half as he at least would have put effort in.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Same old same old go a goal down and collapse,goal difference will be our downfall.

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    Jamie Knights

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • RVW has never played at premiership standard before and that's why he has looked good, I agree with Dobro that he looks like a fish out of water and we will be lucky to get £1 mil. for him.

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Is it just me, or did anyone else notice how unfit we look. After 35 minutes, our players were puffing and blowing and recovering with hands on thighs after any run. Utd looked far fitter all game. Is this to do with CH carrying out his training sessions at a slow pace (Mentioned earlier in the week). As a runner myself, training should be done almost at "race pace", otherwise the step up on the day is too much.

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    DaveG

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • RvW is still a good player. He's done well everywhere he has gone except for this season. It will prove to be a blip. And if he's throwing away his water bottle when he comes off, it's more than likely just venting his own frustations. QPR's problems this season have been similar to our own, but I'm still sure we can bounce back. In a way, as an opportunity to get Josh and Jacob firmly embedded into the first team on their way to become really class Premier League players, a stint in the Championship might be just the ticket.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • How much for RvW & Hooper... I'd stick em on Preloved & see if there are any takers. Hooper will probably do well in the Championship, RvW is like a fish out of water all the time. We only have a handful of players that could realistically be described as Premiiership standard & to me it is evident every time I watch them play. Full marks to Snods yesterday, he ran his socks off & looked like the only one worth the wages.

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    Dobro

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Don't delude yourselves, we are going down, and I'll tell you what, we've next to no chance of coming straight back up. Look at QPR, they managed to keep some fine players and didn't take the Championship by storm. They'll be a massive shake up of our playing staff and there by lies the rub. It's one thing being a good tactician and man manger but identifying replacements is a different proposition altogether. Which brings me to RVW, who brought him in, many have posted that it wasn't Hughton, a theory which I would agree with. Yes, next season we will have more money than most of the other Championship teams, but spend it wisely. We've got a good stadium and a fantastic fan base giving us a head start but I see trouble ahead. Bring on Brentford, Ipswich and hopefully Rotherham (my home town at the mo.) Everyone knows you are closed down a lot quicker and get chunks knocked out of you ( another reason the light weight Netherlander won't cut it), it's the pass and move game that'll pay dividends in that league. I've no doubt that we will be back in the Premier league, fitter, wiser and stronger but if truth be told we have struggled for the few seasons we've been there. One final point, I sincerely believe we would not have gone down if CH would have been given the big E at Christmas. OTBC.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Good stuff Kenny Malaga and Dan particularly. I think the ex-Leeds lads would be assets in the Championship along with Turner both Bennetts Hooper Fox etc. Keep Olsson if we can. Those to go for me would be Fer and Ruddy (the only two worth a fee), the three loanees, Pilkington. Wes will never play for us again. We must get rid of Bassong and the Dutch cap. That's vital. But I hear rumours it will be expensive to do.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • On a different subject, how much do we now think the likes of RvW and Hooper are worth on the football open market?

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • While I think it is right to criticise the Board for its failure to act and remove Hughton much earlier, I don't think it is correct to revile them as some are doing. We have to see the bigger picture: Delia and her husband in particular injected a huge amount of cash into the club when its finances were perilous and probably saved the club. So we must respect them. They are fans after all. I would save more of my bile for Hughton and for a number of players who have not given enough on the pitch. I accept that some are certainly not Prem quality but Hughton failed to get anything much out of them as a collective team. PL got far more from even lesser quality players due to good leadership, coaching and team selection. In that respect Hughton had no idea nor could he read a game in progress - evident by his indecision and then often bizarre substitutions. Sadly this team is now well an truly wedded to the losing belief and mentality and I cannot see them getting a single point from the remaining two games. The team deserves what it gets. The fans deserve much better, especially the loyal away support which was again terrific yesterday. Pity the team can't even come close to that belief and passion.

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Subtle analogy there DC, like it.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Ah well, I'm assuming relegation, but you never know. Nobody was expecting the Tottenham win earlier this year. Two chances for a miracle left.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • I realise that I may be going against the flow here but I think it is difficult to judge just how good a player is when they have had all the confidence drained out of them. For example, the main problem for all the strikers is that the rest of the team have consistently failed to provide them with chances to convert. Even RVW's goal was from a mishit shot by Whitaker! Kane 'failed' here but he is doing ok at Spurs now & Chris Martin is enjoying himself too. GH & RVW did ok before they got here. The blame lies at the door of CH and his indoctrination of the players with a negative approach that was never likely to succeed. Although I also wanted him out some time ago, he did have the luck of getting a result when the writing looked to be on the wall. Getting things right will take some time.

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    andy

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Watching City this season has been like watching an old friend dying on cancer..........

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Watching City this year has been like watching a car crash in slow motion, waiting for the final crunch, still not long to wait. The simple truth is we are not good enough. No goal scorers, poor defence, no leaders on the pitch and no tactical ability in the dug out. Last year we were flattered by the last two results, this year? I very much doubt it. OTBC

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    b arclay

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • If it's any consolation I have just had a quick look at other clubs message boards. ITFC fans holding a bitter inquest on failure to make play offs. Lambert reviled. West Ham supporters want a football purist to replace Big Sam. As for yesterday, that game was a cameo of our season. Players doing the talk all week but not the walk on Saturday. I seem to recall Adams, on becoming manager, saying he was looking at the players to see if the hunger was there. After Man U I think he has the answer. Or maybe they are simply not up to it. As for the blame game, regardless of where it all ends, the board have had a really bad season. PS . Why did RVW start?

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • never mind the danger.... sounds ironic now!

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    wallybrain

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Yes, Ken, many of the players don't show any appetite for the battle and I agree that many also appear to think they are great players and just operate on cruise control. They should be made to watch videos of real class players, all of whom are dedicated and who while having true talent also work their socks off for the team and the fans. Yesterday, rather than relishing the challenge of playing on the big stage, we looked intimidated, fearful and expecting to lose. Losing has in fact become the norm and the expected - something which has permeated the team and which no doubt came from 20 months of poor, ineffective, coaching and leadership. I would exclude the likes of Snodgrass from this. Much of his problem has been a manager who somehow imagined that a left footed player would be a shoe-in on the right flank! Pity the Board didn't invest the 27 million quid on improving Carra Rud. At least they'd have something to show for it!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • To continue my theme about players who do not show any professional pride. It is obvious as we are relegated and slip into the Championship that a wholesale clear out of the squad will be necessary. Time to get rid of the failing no -hopers like Bassong, Van Winklehoff, Fer, Howson ,Johnson, Elmander and Hoolahan. They have proven not fit for purpose , displayed a chronic lack of ambition and are now tainted with the stink of failure. They have to move on. Time to be ruthless and chop out the decaying dead wood and the passengers we have been hauling around since Hughton arrived. And I think it is time we learnt a lesson from history where Lambert stated he would rather employ a not so gifted player but one with something to prove, a trier with ambition. So many of the present squad appear to think they are better than they are and are so good they have nothing left to prove or achieve, witness the lack of effort on match day week in and week out! They have to be culled and moved out of the squad to continue their mediocrity with any other club. The few players that we have who show any real Premier class will be hard to retain and motivate. I suspect we will lose them too. How many crowd favourites are there who we would miss? I see no Grant Holt type out there. So , whoever is in charge next season, and I like the cut of Adams gib, has an enormous task of change ahead. We should support him in the transition.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • damage done over last 70 games, NA was really given the sticky end of the stick, really was too late to make the change but all the fannying about by the board and McNally since the Luton game slowly led us to where we are . Teetering over the abyss with nearly all hope gone.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • The media (Sky) went over the top yesterday and spent most of the match build up and during the match talking about Giggs, Giggs did nothing different from what Moyes would have done, Man Utd beat a City team who held out for 40 mins, then the penalty, what else at od Trafford. In the second half we were blown away, like you cannot hail Giggs as the new Messiah, no can you blame Adams for the defeats. Its time some of the players had a good look at them selves

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • What I find amazing, unforgivable and confusing is that a team of professional players who are fighting for their careers to avoid relegation can turn up and not try. Minimal effort displayed, no running off the ball, no attempt to close opposition players down. It was a Hughtonesque performance. The players should hang their heads in shame at such a weak , truly pathetic 90 minutes. It is obvious we have a squad who are not Premier quality players, but to not even care, to show no professional pride in their performance is unforgivable!

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • The guy I feel most sorry for is Snodgrass. He always plays with heart and determination and it's too bad that rest of the slugs upfront can't emulate that or give a toss about what they're doing to capitalize on and fed off his energy. Watching the match today, I had the feeling that he wanted slug all of his teammates. Maybe I missed a meeting or something, but I can't figure out why Hoolihan isn't starting every game instead of Fer or Redmond. Wes has more creativity than either or of those two out together. Honestly, am I missing something here? As for our so-called frontline, overpayed and underperforming is an understatement. What a waste of money ((and to think Jose Mourinho thinks HIS strikers aren't worth a toss)). Really it boils down to who cares and who has spirit. It seems that CH slowly but surely burned a lot of the care, spirit, and verve out of a lot of the lads. They don't know how to do what they used to do....pass effectively, control the midfield, and find the back of the net. Snodgrass can't do it all. As for Ruddy, he's been great all season for the most part, but dodgy defending has let him down. And given that sorry state of our offense, I really can't blame him for hoofing the ball upfield to an imaginary Grant Holt ((after, Petr Cech did the same thing last season...hoofing the ball up to imaginary Didier Drogba)). I hate to say it, but I've pretty much resigned myself to us going down. I know that's not the right attitude to take, especially since we're all crying for the lads to be tough-minded, positive, and play with verve and caring. But I think it's going to be the reality. If so, I think Neil Adams should be given a shot...or at least consideration. If we stay up by some miracle, then I'd be all for Malky Mackay or maybe Tim Sherwood...someone like that. But.... I'll leave y'all with one thought. Paul Lambert, having learned that the grass isn't always greener ((except in the wallet)) couldwill be out of a job soon. Would you want him back?

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    FatNakago

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • CH has gone, so lets look forward, not back. Neil Adams for me would grow to be a great manager in the Championship, where he can complete his apprenticeship. The worry of course is money. We need a clear out, but you need big money to bring good players in, Parachute payments are not going to do that, and stop the club going into debt again. Contrary to popular belief there is not a spare 50 million sitting gathering dust in the local TSB branch waiting to buy a bunch of new players in order to get us out the championship at the first time of asking? I fear we will be down their for quite a few seasons, but gives Adam's the chance to cut his teeth and build his own team? Why was the Wolf a free scoring striker in the Dutch & Portugese leagues? I suggest he played in creative teams who created chances, and was not expected to run around like a headless chicken as a lone stricker. This guy has had all confidence completley sucked out of him by the previous regime? It was men against boys at Man U. and as Adams said, you need to close down good strikers, and not make it easy for them, but we are not learning that simple defensive technique? C'mon you Yellows. The Border Riever

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    The Border Riever

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Very wise words there by the way, Saturday Skin.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • CanaryInSlovenia, you actually haven't been proved right at all. We don't know how the last games would have gone with CH in charge. What we do know is that self-inflicted wounds have been the story of our season. Given that that element has passed from one manager to the next, I'd say it indicates how silly it was to lay all the blame on the manager in the first place. Not that blame actually achieves anything anyway.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • If you get an experienced manager interested in a team at our level, he will be a plodder and nothing special. Much better to take a gamble on someone less experienced who shows good potential, like Adams who also knows our club inside out. Besides, an FA Cup Youth victory title beating Chelsea in the final is no mean feat. Beyond that, if we don't keep him I'd put money on him getting a job with another Championship side next season. Nah, I reckon give Adams next season and see what happens.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • We were outclassed by better players giving their all for their team mate in his new Managerial role.There are few sides who would have come away from there today with a point.NA can do nothing about being landed with the worst strikers in the League.Hooper and Elmander are Championship players at the most and Rvw is the most ineffective No.9 I can remember since Dean Coney.Add to that the petulance he showed when subbed I hope we never see him on the pitch again.NA has no one to put up front who can cause problems.I don't include Becchio in this because the poor lad has not been given a chance.Still, it's not all over yet.Chelsea have bigger fish to fry and Arsenal may field a weakened side to avoid injuries.

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    irongloves

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Whatever happens this year, whatever one thinks of the previous manager, whatever mistakes the board did or didn't make - this is not anywhere near the worst team ever. It's not even the worst in the last decade. Let's keep a little perspective lest we start sounding like the uptight, over-ambitious drama queens the national press were so quick to paint us as a few weeks ago, eh?

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    Saturday Skin

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • Like Algarve I too live there and watch city from afar. There seem to be a number of problems with Norwich City FC that stem over many years. Poor decisions from Management and ineffectual managers - nice guys but that's all. We will probably never hit the big time until we are bought out by a wealthy Arab family or similar. It is all a big money game from here on in.

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    glayva

    Sunday, April 27, 2014

  • I agree Erp. The best (or I should say the most likely) looking partnership this season has been Wes and Hooper. I'd prefer those two in the next two games. Although Howson I thought was our MOTM today. I'd laos like to see Pilks on the bench and Snodgrass on the left. I hate this whole idea of wingers having to cut back to cross.

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Les Lee. Lower clubs?

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    NB

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • No urgency. Johnson, Snod and Jonny worked their socks off, and Olson was our only decent defender. Whittaker and Martin were easily United;s best two players. And the Dutch guys played as if they had clogs on. Once again not even good enough to come out of the away dressing room. What happens when we get in there. Very disappointing.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • That's part of football unfortunately. Robert Chase was in charge during the club's most successful period in its history and yet he almost destroyed the club too. McNally deserves credit for pulling us out of L1, clearing the debt (worth approx £3.5m per year, which in the Championship is a small fortune) and turning the club into a profitable business. He is the boards football person who can guide them. It'll come out over the summer I'm sure but I think he gambled that Hughton could consolidate and keep us up for a couple of seasons. I think that gamble failed. I also think that had we'd stuck with Hughton and stayed up, McNally would've sacked him in the summer anyway. The NCFC 'brand' has been badly damaged by the poor and unentertaining football Hughton dished up. Similar in fact to Manchester Untied and Moyes.

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Our passing game only appeared in the final quarter when the game was well and truly lost and Man U were cruising. Before that all we saw was the ball being played sidewards, very slowly and then back to Ruddy, who every time gave it a big hopeful boot upfield, only to be picked off every time by the Man U defence. Even when we did pass the ball, we did it far too slowly and it was all too predictable. We had opportunities to counter attack in the first half but we showed no pace anywhere on the pitch to exploit the openings. As for our defence, I think many a pub team would have been embarrassed by some of the things we saw today. How three defenders couldnt between them get a foot on the ball that rolled past them and that led to the penalty was beyond belief. Nobody even attempted to close Rooney down for his second goal - a failure we have seen all this season. I fear we will finish bottom. Is there a worse team in the division? - even Fulham beat us. Good job we are not playing Luton Town next Saturday - just Chelsea!!!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Dan, again agree if Adams had just started with a winnable home game that would have given the team some confidence we have stayed up, this is what is so annoying about our inept board. Lets face it how many on the board actually have any professional football experience.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • I lost patience with CH after the West Ham away match. This might have been too late for other supporters but I don't believe there is ever a 'right' time to sack a manger in the PL. But I do believe that if Adams' first match had been the West Brom game then we'd be in a totally different position right now.

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Dan, now you have made your point I actually agree with you about 80% which is exactly why I have been calling for Hughton to be sacked since August 2012. People called me all sorts of things then, but I have been consistent and I have been proved right.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Flying Canary: isn't Fox out on loan too? That's like two good Championship signings already!

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • (Sorry everyone if my reply was a bit over the line, but Canaryinslovenia and hisher bile is starting to grate)

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • My.. point... is... that... so... many... strikers.... and ..... soooo.... much.... potential..... and.... yet..... ALLL.... of... them.... have.... failed.....Now......... is.... that..... their...... fault..... or...... Hughtons? I didn't think it was too difficult to get....

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Quite agree, Les Lee. Barring a miracle we are down. It's been a good three years in so much as we are now out of debt. It's not so long ago that administration was a real threat. Looking to the future, we need to have a good clear out although we are going to lose certain players anyway. We have some good young players coming through. We've the likes of Declan Rudd and others to come back having had a year's playing experience. These players should be hungry, committed and ready to put their bodies on the line. Hopefully we will learn from our experience the last time we dropped out of the top flight and regroup ready to go again and get back to the PL.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Dan and your point is?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Kane is not scoring freezing. The weather is not that bad - i meant freely of course.

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Jesus, Slovenia with 'supporters' like you, we don't need the Ipswich trolls on here! Anyway my point: Is Wolfswinkle rubbish? Or has Hughton ruined him. Look at Kane: scoring freezing this season, Holt goals dried up last year, Wolf: can't hit a barn door, Hooper: lethargic but with 7 goals the only silver lining, Becchio: can't get in the team, Murphy: debuts when 6-0 down - the list goes on. (Even Elmander looked better than RVW today which is saying something). RvW's attitude seems to be his downfall. He's looked nothing like the way he was before he was injured but before that he was looking pretty good. It's not going well now but he doesn't seem to care - unless he's waiting for his meddlesome agent to engineer a transfer out. If that's he cast I'd happily oblige: to the Conference on Loan for a year to mellow him out a bit and toughen him up!

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    Dan

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • The result today didn't matter. We lost the important points against lower clubs, often at home. One thing that struck me today is that the Norwich passing game is returning, but not as crisp as Man U's or struck as firmly, it seems to be the first touch that lets us down on passing, starting from Mr Ruddy's speculative kicks out, and then on up the pitch. Basically outclassed today but lost points too often against lower teams there for the taking.

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    Les Lee

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Lobbo, correct , let's admit it this is one of the worst City teams ever, despite being the most expensive and probably the most overpaid, along with its Chief executive

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Dubai, as leading happy clapper for so long, happily cheerleading Hughton as the team slumped from one dismal performance to another, what exactly is the point of your opinion?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • The missing ingredient, VERVE. Unfortunately our players are not good enough. Poor vision, poor sk ill levels and little or no striking capability. Quite frankly we deserve to go down.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • The other day I said forget the words its action what is now needed. The only action from our performance at MU, was a pitiful display of 11 men running around lost. We have to be the worst side or at least equal worst side in the PL. The new manager cannot be blamed as others said on here he has to use the tools at his disposal. However we still belong and support a fine club. OTBC in the future, in whatever league that is.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Why is anyone worried? The future is bright, we have Luciano Becchio.

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    Johny

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • 'Algarve' you seem to always write well. Well summed up.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • The problem is the manager could only work with the tools available to him and this squad mostly built by Hughton are nowhere near good enough, especially the strikers. Hooper may cut the mustard in the Championship but that will still leave us needing at least three more strikers including a target man. Given the wages Elmander and RVW are on, they simply should be embarrassed to take the money. That said, I was amazed that NA started with RVW and only one defending midfielder, we surely should have started with Tetty rather than Howson who once again looked woeful today, as he did first half against Liverpool.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Why feel sorry for Neil Adams? Hes in a no lose situation. Nobody expected very much from the last 5 games and nobody pins any blame on him - the damage was already done and could not be reversed. If he tried his best for the last 5 games thats all anybody could ask of him. I feel sorry for the fans, myself included. I dont think Neil is the man to take us forward however, we need a more experienced manager. We cant risk it all on Adams, now that would be unfair.

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    Henry

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Hi all. Well our only chance is that on the last day we are level on points with Fulham, Sunderland or Cardiff and hope for a miracle. The damage and moral is down, there is no reason to suggest any of these players can change a season long illness. RVW should not even be in the squad anymore along with a few others. Howson ineffective. Fer ineffective. Unfortunately we are in a losing mind state now, only a freaky win against Chelsea can save us, but I fear we are gone, we are probably along with Fulham the worst team in the league, our players are Championship a best, and as for the coaching team, well they were left with an impossible job. We all new at the start of the season we had these 4 games,but lack of decisions early on has sealed our fate. Our squad has no depth, and no game winners, no real Captain and no fight anymore. Like the fans the players want this season over. I for one think we were relegated after the 1-0 to WBA and the draw to Stoke at home. thats 5 points gone and safety at 37, anyway not to worry Chelsea may play a weak side against City but even that is not enough.

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • As I said when Hughton was sacked ..... You can have the best manager in the world but if the players are no good there's no chance!

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    samphirelover

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • I REALLY FEEL SO SORRY FOR NEIL ADAMS.

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    yarco

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Poor City. Cannot complain if we go down now. Glad I don't support Fulham. It is for Sunderland to blow 17th place now.

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    Capri

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • I thought Winkle was poor and so was Fer I thought...

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    Colby Army!

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Warn and analyse all you like but the plain fact is - the players just don't cut the mustard.

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    la barbe

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Slovenia, are you Ged Steroo in disguise ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • I watched the game and it looked to me as though Adams had gone to the game hoping to snatch a 0-0. All was going to plan until the penalty, which was a penalty, then as usual, we crumbled.

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    Henry

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Even under pressure we looked OK for the first 40 minutes, then one silly mistake, Man utd put the pressure on and we effectively collapsed. They bossed and bullied us in midfield. Their defence intercepted our too inaccurate passing, and when we got something going in the last third, we were devoid of ideas. I still feel that Redmond is not ready at this level. Pretty stuff, but inaccurate and ineffectual delivery. He can run, he can twist and turn, but then he hasnt got a clue as to what to do next. We dont compete in midfield or "ping"our passes. We were out muscled overall. I was so sad watching this......it really was men against boys.....and time is running out for the boys.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Self inflicted errors, heard that one all season. Trouble is the players are not good enough for the EPL and most of them will struggle in the Championship at the current rate.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

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