Norwich City 1, Fulham 1

Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel made his first start in three months in the FA Cup third round 1-1 draw against Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel made his first start in three months in the FA Cup third round 1-1 draw against Fulham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, January 4, 2014
4:53 PM

Norwich City’s highly-rated teenager Josh Murphy produced a sparkling full debut but the Canaries face a Craven Cottage FA Cup replay after a 1-1 third round tie at Carrow Road.

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Robert Snodgrass despatched Murphy’s cross in first half stoppage time to cancel out Darren Bent’s earlier opener but the Canaries were unable to fashion a winner despite largely dominating the second period.

Wes Hoolahan was omitted from Norwich’s matchday squad, which inevitably fuelled fresh transfer speculation following reports on Friday evening in the Midlands of a £1.5m enquiry from former boss Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa - although Norwich boss Chris Hughton confirmed afterwards he was unaware of any firm bid from the Villans.

Hughton rang the changes with Snodgrass and Martin Olsson the only starters from a New Year’s Day Premier League draw against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. David Fox went straight into the line up after his return from a three-monthloan stint at Championship club Barnsley with Leroy Fer suspended and Jonny Howson (back) and Alex Tettey (ankle) missing in addition to Hoolahan. Ricky van Wolfswinkel was included for his first start in three months after a muscular toe injury.

Michael Turner’s absence with a hamstring injury allied to a minor knock for team captain Sebastien Bassong saw Russell Martin paired in tandem with Ryan Bennett at centre half and a place on the bench for development squad prospect Adel Gafaiti, along with FA Youth Cup winners Jacob Murphy and Reece Hall-Johnson. Javier Garrido was also back in the fold deployed in front of Olsson in a midfield three for the Canaries.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen opted not to include Dimitar Berbatov in his plans after the Bulgarian returned from a groin injury in the New Year’s Day Premier League win over West Ham, but there was a start for former Ipswich striker Bent. Clint Dempsey was also named in the Cottagers’ line up after returning to Craven Cottage on a two-month loan deal from MLS side Seattle Sounders.

Josh Murphy underlined his intent with a confident strike on his right-foot in the opening seconds from 25 yards that flew over David Stockdale’s bar. The youngster then freed the overlapping Olsson but Stockdale gathered at his near post.

Dempsey fired the first salvo from the visitors with a vicious long range effort Mark Bunn watched over his bar. Johan Elmander then dragged a right-footed strike from the edge of the area just past Stockdale’s far post after Fox’s initial hit had deflected into the Swedish international’s path before Josh Murphy cut inside Elsdad Zverotic but drilled at Stockdale.

Fulham continued to pose a threat on the counter with Alex Kacaniklic forcing a fine fingertip save from Bunn. Van Wolfswinkel pounced on Aaron Hughes’ hesitancy to feed Olsson who cracked a right-foot shot that brushed Fernando Amorebieta and flew behind, but Stockdale comfortably claimed Fox’s corner. Bunn kept City level in the 28th minute when he denied Bent with his legs after Pajtim Kasami had threaded a pass through the centre of Norwich’s backline. Kacaniklic forced Bunn into another dive with a swerving left-foot shot off-target before City tried to pick up the pace again in the final stages of the opening period with Steven Whittaker dipping inside Derek Boateng, but rifling into the Lower Barclay after a promising surge from Snodgrass and Elmander down the Norwich right.

Stockdale then parried from Josh Murphy after Snodgrass and van Wolfswinkel played in the winger only for Hughes to react sharply to clear for the visitors. Bent headed Fulham in front in the 39th minute from seven yards out after Bunn rashly elected to race from his line in a forlorn bid to clear Chris David’s inswinging cross.

Stockdale clawed out van Wolfswinkel’s goalbound strike a minute later after the Dutchman expertly controlled on his chest before guiding a right-footer destined for the far corner until Stockdale sprung to his right. But City were level in first half stoppage time and it owed everything to Josh Murphy’s attacking intent when he committed Zverotic before drilling a low cross that Snodgrass despatched with a stooping header seven yards out which squirmed underneath Stockdale’s body.

Josh Murphy continued where he had left off after the restart with a penetrative burst and square pass Fox sliced wide. Fox returned the favour to slip in the teenager but his side footed effort drifted wide from 16 yards. Van Wolfswinkel glanced Olsson’s ferocious cross wide seven yards out after Josh Murphy and Fox again combined to slice through the Fulham midfield. Stockdale denied the Dutchman again in the 59th minute with a one-handed reflex stop to deny van Wolfswinkel who climbed majestically seven yards out to head Olsson’s out-swinging centre goalwards. Snodgrass curled a 20 yard free kick into the side netting in the 67th minute before Nathan Redmond made his entrance before play could restart for Elmander.

Redmond escaped the attentions of fellow second half arrival John Arne Riise but Stockdale got a hand to his low cross and Fulham were able to survive the penalty box melee.

City’s greater weight of possession and territory forced the Cottagers into sporadic counter-attacking forays but Norwihch switched off defensively from a visiting corner in the 77th minute only for the unmarked Dan Burn to head skywards with Bunn able to collect. Josh made way for brother, Jacob, for the final ten minutes with Jacob introduced for his senior debut after a sparkling display from his twin. Fox calmly switched the play for the umpteenth time on his return to the ranks, but Whittaker’s angled hit struck the heel of Hughes before Jacob Murphy pulled a right foot strike wide from 20 yards. Kasami’s free kick was cleared by Garrido with both sides striving to avoid a replay and van Wolfswinkel was edged out by Burn at Fulham’s near post with Garrido’s inviting centre tempting the Dutch international. Redmond drove menacingly at the Fulham backline two minutes from the end of normal time but his wayward finish drew groans from the home support.

• Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Martin, Bennett, Garrido, Snodgrass, Fox, Olsson, van Wolfswinkel, Elmander (Redmond 68), Josh Murphy (Jacob Murphy 79). Subs (not used): Ruddy, Hooper, Becchio, Hall-Johnson, Gafaiti.

• Goal: Snodgrass (45)

• Fulham: Stockdale, Zverotic, Hughes, Burn, Amorebieta (Riise 70), Kasami, Boateng (Christensen 70), David, Kacaniklic (Plumain 45), Dempsey, Bent. Subs (not used): Joronen, Rodallega, Dejagah, Dembele.

• Booking: Riise (foul on Jacob Murphy, 90).

• Goal: Bent (39)

• Added on time: 2 minutes / 3 minutes

• Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)

• Attendance: 21,703

67 comments

  • Looking on the positive, at least we didn't lose two one, that would have been a bit deja vu. Also, we can look forward to another midweek trip on one of our happiest hunting grounds. Let's just hope the Thames doesn't flood

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • It's not great right now but why is no one mentioning the lousy job Lambert is doing at Villa or that the great passing team Swansea have only won two at home all season or West Ham or any other of the teams like us. This is a tough, tough league and we are in our third year after a very rapid rise, which Lambert abandoned. This is not the league to try and simply score more than the opposition, at least not when our summer spend in total was about 55% of Arsenal's spend on one player. Along with many other teams, we are having it tough in the Prem division 3. Anyone really surprised?

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    Stopper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Well said, Timbo !

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    Barking Wise

    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

  • I just don't believe I am still paying good money to watch this dross.What part of Hughton's brain thinks that Elmander is a right winger? He can't see the futility of playing wingers on the wrong side, still persists with tactics and a formation that wouldn't scare an under-11 side, and if I was Becchio I would be seriously tempted to come out and say exactly what I thought of the muppet, before walking out. He managed to choke off our Captain Marvel, and it won't surprise me if he lets Hoolahan (unplayable according to the media in lots of games under Lambert) go. It makes no sense whatsoever to keep Hughton and his equally useless coaching staff, we are probably heading for another 5-0 drubbing at Craven Cottage, and relegation from the Prem. Why can't the board see what every true fan can see and get rid before he makes us the laughing stock again

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • What a thoroughly boring and predictable scoreline, even Mark lawrenson predicted it correctly

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I went to the game yesterday, and it was pretty similar to the usual "football" we've been served up this season. Elmander was played on the right wing as that's always where the goal kicks go so he was put there to win headers from keepers kick (think he won two). This also seems like something calderwood might have influenced as he tried doing this at forest with holt. We started brightly, they scored a goal from mistake by bunn and then we managed to get a leveller before half time. First half performance was pretty good. But yet again, we err on the side of caution rather than try and actually win a game, which is what annoys me. Since our win at west brom we have played Swansea, Sunderland, Fulham twice, man united and palace... And have won none of these games. Now taking united out of there that's four games, and 12 points up for grabs, that were winnable and we have 3 points. Can anyone so still thinks hughton is right for this club help by explaining why? Because I have supported Norwich since I was 7 so for most of my life and can't see any way were going to stay up.. How does that old saying go "he who defends may contain, he who attacks can conquer" .. Btw I'm new on here xD big fan of mad brewers comments, but that may be because his comments are usually creative...

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    ncfcchristof

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • The funny thing is Burglecut, that we could probably state each match identically, and for that matter have roughly the same thoughts on what the players motivations were behind why we won each of those matches. Other than that its just endure what others find acceptable, heretics, that's what we've become. Like poor old Brew who was hounded to the outside of the village and burnt as a witch. I never was a commentator tbh,however, since the demise of that contributor due to, I believe, juvenile abuse, I have felt more motivated to join the Hughton out massive..

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    Gruff

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Can't you people Archant doing anything right, like only showing one article on this page instead of repeating it 4 times, how many more times is going to happen

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    Derek McDonald

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Spanish...I was watching text updates and reading live reports. I have seen Murphy in most matches this season (so comment was worthy) And it reported fox got man of match (Pleased!!!) Fair Comment?

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    AC Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I appreciate this wasn't the first choice team but whoever plays can we please have just one game bordering on exciting.

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    Norfolk boy in Hackney

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • The positives today were David Fox and Josh Murphy. The former Chris Hughton appears not to rate so is unlikely to feature in a premiership match despite four midfield injuries and the potential sale of another midfielder and a premiership squad three short of the permitted number. Meanwhile we have two continental strikers who have scored online goal between them against premiership opposition. RVW has two plum headed chances that Holty or Iwan would have buried in the corners one wide one in the Centre of the goal. Isn,the about time that the highly paid players, managers, coach's and scouts started earning their money?

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    essex canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • It seems we are going down a dead-end street at the moment with the way we are being set up and the way we are playing. There simply doesn't seem to be any improvement and whilst we are not in the 'drop zone' yet, we easily could be in the next week or two. Let the Board stop the debate over the future of the manager once and for all. Hold a Press Conference on Monday and either give the manager the full backing and support until the end of the season OR make a change and do so now. At least that will make a strong statement to the fans. Whatever the outcome I think we have to respect and accept the board's decision and then we can all 'get on with it'.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Did anyone notice that Everton won 4-0 at home today ? Ominous......

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • It's a no-brainer. Hoolahan wants to play regular first team football. Lambert has always been a fan and will play him every week as well as giving him a pay rise. Meanwhile, Hughton (who doesn't rate players like Hoolahan) is rubbing his hands at the thought of pocketing £1 million + so he can give Elmander a pay rise and bring in in Mrs Elmander as well. Injuries are only "unspecified" when they don't exist. The reason he didn't make it even onto the bench is because it'll reduce his value if he's cup-tied. Wake up, smell the coffee. Hoolahan is history and NCFC are the poorer for it.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I went to the game yesterday, and it was pretty similar to the usual "football" we've been served up this season. Elmander was played on the right wing as that's always where the goal kicks go so he was put there to win headers from keepers kick (think he won two). This also seems like something calderwood might have influenced as he tried doing this at forest with holt. We started brightly, they scored a goal from mistake by bunn and then we managed to get a leveller before half time. First half performance was pretty good. But yet again, we err on the side of caution rather than try and actually win a game, which is what annoys me. Since our win at west brom we have played Swansea, Sunderland, Fulham twice, man united and palace... And have won none of these games. Now taking united out of there that's four games, and 12 points up for grabs, that were winnable and we have 3 points. Can anyone so still thinks hughton is right for this club help by explaining why? Because I have supported Norwich since I was 7 so for most of my life and can't see any way were going to stay up.. How does that old saying go "he who defends may contain, he who attacks can conquer" .. Btw I'm new on here xD big fan of mad brewers comments, but that may be because his comments are usually creative...

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    ncfcchristof

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Gruff your correct theres been approximately 4 enjoyable games since Houghton took charge, maybe we were spoilt by having a decent manager priviously that consistently produced exciting football from a squad with less ability

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I keep trying to understand why these results and performances are acceptable to the board, who prior to this season, we all thought were forward thinking and were trying to move the club onward and upward. It can't be a "Vincent Tan" syndrome trying to avoid paying compensation for sacking, as relegation would cost us far more. Maybe they are negotiating something different behind the scenes, but they need to do it fast.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I was at the match... and in general thought we played quite well in both halves... Better than the first half against West Ham and the whole Palace match that I saw recently (even though we won both of those). Back 4 looked solid and I thought Bennett linked up well with Fox. Fox was outstanding and it was great to see a midfielder making himself the time to put his foot on the ball and think before spraying some great passes (would be good to see him in the middle with Fer and Tettey or Howson). Murphy was brilliant going forward, especially in the first half and would have been good to see him in tandem with Redmond for longer... GarridoOlssonMurphy was an especially interesting 3 way link up down the left at times.. Snodgrass did OK in the centre and worked really hard to close the ball down.. whittaker looked good sometimes also when he pushed forward. Which brings us on to our only problem in this game... there is no point in putting in the best amount of quality balls into the box I have seen this season when no one is there to finish. RVW wants too much time on the ball, is to slow to react to situations and he needs to go to the Gym and put on a bit of muscle and learn to fight hard and just about fair (like Holt). Elmander is a nuisance player who is one of the best defenders from the front we have probably ever had... but he is never going to score if he doesn't get into the box on time..... our biggest problem today was not enough pace up front to keep up with Murphy... none of our strikers have got real pace... if we had a Jermaine Defoe or Javier Hernandez or Nicholas Anelka in our ranks today we would have scored 3 or more.... but Elmander is always out of position, RVW is too slow off the mark and Hooper and Becchio are not fast enough.. however what we proved today is that with a player like Fox pulling the strings from deep we have enough power on the wings to persist with this formation... provided we get ourselves the right striker to blend with Hooper

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    jops

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • For god's sake! If he'd played a full strength side, you've all moaned. So he rests everyone he can and due to our depleted squad puts people out of position. So you moan. The , with this squad (which includes a player who can't get into the Barnsley team) we draw against a Premier League team who beat us a few weeks ago. So you moan. No only that, they play well. So you moan. We've been playing bad - we need something to freshen the side up, a couple of signing would be great but I'd be happy just to see a fully fit squad to start with. And as for criticising Murphy - he's a KID! How great were you at your job at his age, or had you mastered sweeping up?

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    Dan

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Anybody who believes losing at home to Fulham and 9 days after drawing at home to Fulham is good enough needs their brain testing.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Barking Wise: "And to cap it all, Hughton is now trying to flog our only exciting, creative flair player to Villa." --- Please learn to differentiate between Newspaper speculation and the facts. The two rarely coincide! MR Hughton has repeatedly denied that there is any truth in this theory since it was floated on Friday. Why do you choose to believe some newspaper hack who is trying to stir up even more trouble and unrest at the club, and unsettle players, before a manager who is doing his best to do his job in the face of all this undeserved flak? Why would he lie when the truth will be known by the end of the month?

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    The Crab

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I did submit this once..

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    ncfcchristof

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Thanks for the match report 'jobs'. Sounds like a reasonable performance. I especially have taken note about having no one in the box when a quick break and cross comes in. To be fair it's been like that all season. Do you think CH realises?

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • The Oxford Dictionary defines the verb to moan as to ‘make a long, low sound expressing physical or mental suffering or s&xual pleasure’: eg. 'just then their patient moaned and opened his eyes'. The modern latin equivalent would be: Uso eccessivo di Hughton di wingplay inverso fece infuriare i tifosi oltre misura, causando molto gemiti e stridor di denti Or in English: Hughton's excessive use of reverse wingplay infuriated the fans beyond measure, causing much moaning and gnashing of teeth. [taken from Caesar’s Gallic Wars]

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • …..Match report as promised lobbo!....'ZZZZ ZZZZ ZZZZ ZZZZ'.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Dan don't bring in the imagined head of a monotheistic fairy tale or I really will start moaning. We're c**p because of the managers tactical strategies and have been for some time, now get over your affected anger please, you sound like a child.

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    Gruff

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I went to the game yesterday, and it was pretty similar to the usual "football" we've been served up this season. Elmander was played on the right wing as that's always where the goal kicks go so he was put there to win headers from keepers kick (think he won two). This also seems like something calderwood might have influenced as he tried doing this at forest with holt. We started brightly, they scored a goal from mistake by bunn and then we managed to get a leveller before half time. First half performance was pretty good. But yet again, we err on the side of caution rather than try and actually win a game, which is what annoys me. Since our win at west brom we have played Swansea, Sunderland, Fulham twice, man united and palace... And have won none of these games. Now taking united out of there that's four games, and 12 points up for grabs, that were winnable and we have 3 points. Can anyone so still thinks hughton is right for this club help by explaining why? Because I have supported Norwich since I was 7 so for most of my life and can't see any way were going to stay up.. How does that old saying go "he who defends may contain, he who attacks can conquer" .. Btw I'm new on here xD big fan of mad brewers comments, but that may be because his comments are usually creative...

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    ncfcchristof

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Jopps, Most of what you say is spot on. With regard to RVW, I was looking forward to seeing what this megabucks striker could or would bring to our team but to date have been sadly disappointed. He has started 11 games and only managed to score a single goal. As you rightly point out, he cannot play the lone striker roll and looks too slow for the English game lacking pace and reaction. Yesterday he was playing against 21 year old centre half Dan Burn, who cost Fulham just £350k, that was his first team debut by all accounts and yet he had RVW in his pocket. We desperately need to find a good target man to play up front with Hooper. RVW may ultimately adjust to the 100 MPH English game but I am not sure we have the time to wait for it to happen.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Glad im not the only one who thinks elmander is not pl standard.I said weeks ago he's not and can not understand why he keeps getting picked.A gamble on a new centre forward in the next few weeks is a must!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • There's only one Darren bent one Darren bent

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    Townman

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Were you actually there Stew?

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    Clueless

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Disco dale a supporter wants the best for their club, and supports the team, however just because, houghton has bored everyone senseless, leaving moaning as the only cause of venting frustration does not make anyone less of a supporter. Do you approve of hougton tactics? Do you watch the same boring games as me?

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    Burglecut

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • We cannot be a 'work in progress' - that tiresome phrase - we are not progressing. We are a work in regress.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • AC Canary .... didn't see the game, but has plenty "opinions" on how it went. I don't know AC Canary but in my opinion he (or she) is a typical Pink Un whinger, who probably bases their opinion on what journalists and other (non)-fans write!!! duh .... :(

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    The Crab

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • We all love a winner! unfortunately C. H. is not one of these...Roll ov er Mabel the customer is always right !!

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Steady on Derek... Misery upon those who criticiseth Archant:)

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • 'jops', another good post. You say that "it's work in progress" and I think the board know that as well. I do believe our ball sk ills, quick one two's and movement off the ball have improved, my real gripe is our tactics, lack of (as you say, a predator (interestingly enough my spell checked changed predator to predictor)), in the box and CH's ability to change during a game to any obstacle thrown his way. many refer to this as a plan B. In many respects I can see why the board is sticking with him, BUT !!!!!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • For Goodness sake! What is this idiot of a manager on? Elmander on the right wing, Garrido in midfield, still with cack handed wingers, no Becchio again. does he do this just to antagonise the fans? No doubt he will let Hoolahan (unplayable for most of his games under Lambert) go, and really choke us all off. Please, please, please McNally and co. GET RID OF THIS INCOMPETENT before he makes us the laughing stock again.

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    oldtimer

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I went to the game yesterday, and it was pretty similar to the usual "football" we've been served up this season. Elmander was played on the right wing as that's always where the goal kicks go so he was put there to win headers from keepers kick (think he won two). This also seems like something calderwood might have influenced as he tried doing this at forest with holt. We started brightly, they scored a goal from mistake by bunn and then we managed to get a leveller before half time. First half performance was pretty good. But yet again, we err on the side of caution rather than try and actually win a game, which is what annoys me. Since our win at west brom we have played Swansea, Sunderland, Fulham twice, man united and palace... And have won none of these games. Now taking united out of there that's four games, and 12 points up for grabs, that were winnable and we have 3 points. Can anyone so still thinks hughton is right for this club help by explaining why? Because I have supported Norwich since I was 7 so for most of my life and can't see any way were going to stay up.. How does that old saying go "he who defends may contain, he who attacks can conquer" .. Btw I'm new on here xD big fan of mad brewers comments, but that may be because his comments are usually creative...

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    ncfcchristof

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • @ "Disco Dale"- if your idea of loyalty is meekly surrendering to whatever rubbish Clueless Chris serves up every week, then get on with it. But don't try to force your ridiculous notions of "loyalty" on the rest of us mate! I've supported City since 1969 + this manager is a joke.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Lobbo... I think CH realises and reacts to everything a bit too late... he needs to find a number of formational adjustments that gets the best out of all the players in all match situations... without wishing to labour the point we would have won today with a predator in the box... in previous weeks we weren't even making chances for a predator to finish... in my eyes this is progress.. the problem is we are all angry that norwich are not 10th right now.. if we had won the league match v Fulham we would be 7 points above the drop and everything would be rosy... currently we are work in progress and CH knows it.. he needs to start moving in the right direction more quickly.. today was a little sign that a naturally cautious man wants to try out new things.... his next problem is that the squad is 2 star players short of where we all want it to be.

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    jops

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • When we get men in the box it is like a super-sized Tardis; so big inside that it is never possible for them to find each other.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • …..Yes I was there!.... From my seat in the Geoffrey Watling City Stand, Row H..... I watched an evenly matched game of football....both sides looking to win, or not lose the game!...Generally Defences came out on top, but good passing moves trying to break them down were absent....Norwich City looked solid in defence with decent displays from Bennett, Martin, Whitaker and Olsen...Man of the Match Fox deserved that award for his overall control of midfield, and for once Hughton's favourite Snodgrass played well in midfield..... We never looked like winning at any stage...chances were few and far between...Murphy had some success against his full back but failed to get a 'decent' ball into the box, being well drilled in the Hughton style of attacking..two steps forward and one back...RvWW and Elmander posed little threat at any stage and lack the spark that can change things....the replacement substitutions of Redmond and Murphy no2 just carried on with the same aimless attack... How can this Club even think of hustling Hoolahan out of the door!...He is the only hope we have....BUT NOT UNDER THIS MANAGER!!!....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Murphy looked promising, Elmander was even more useless on the wing than he normally is in the hole. Overall impression: a bore-draw executed by donkeys, orchestrated by the biggest ass of them all and endured through gritted teeth by fans whose patience must surely be limited. And to cap it all, Hughton is now trying to flog our only exciting, creative flair player to Villa. Wish someone could sneak into the office and tippex out "Hoolahan" on the transfer documentation and type in "Hughton". That would be the best substitution of the season so far.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • We play a 4:3:3 and still no service for RVW. Elmander looks lost on the right What does Hughton do? SFA! If we are forced to keep Hughton, can we at least employ a specialist attacking coach? We seem clueless in the final 3rd

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • AC Canary, I didn't see it either, so I cant offer an opinion on any part of the game....How can you???

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    spanishcanary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Well said Gruff, I miss his contributions. Barking Wise, I think you may well be right much as I hate to admit it. It'll be a grave loss for us, but a good move for Wes, and I think he deserves it. Also, if he must go, we don't want another long and drawn out Grant Holt situation. That did no one any favours, least of all him. Lord beseech us, what is that man going to do next. Its like someone putting sugar in your petrol tank and saying 'Ha, that should sweeten her up'.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Definition of a supporter? Not those that continually criticise on here. It is your responsibility to get fully behind the team and leave the board to make the decisions. Results ultimately decide a manager's fate not the fans. Regardless of tactics, substitutions, whether wingers are playing on the wrong side and players being left out it is your 'job' to get behind the team. All those individuals that think protests removed Worthington are misguided. The board did not act last time on the basis of discontent, pure results and if we remember we went far with a fans favourite! The chant loyal supporter should be heard and carried out by posters on here. You should remember what type of club Norwich City are, we should conduct ourselves in the most dignified manner.

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    Disco Dale

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Lobbo... I think CH realises and reacts to everything a bit too late... he needs to find a number of formational adjustments that gets the best out of all the players in all match situations... without wishing to labour the point we would have won today with a predator in the box... in previous weeks we weren't even making chances for a predator to finish... in my eyes this is progress.. the problem is we are all angry that norwich are not 10th right now.. if we had won the league match v Fulham we would be 7 points above the drop and everything would be rosy... currently we are work in progress and CH knows it.. he needs to start moving in the right direction more quickly.. today was a little sign that a naturally cautious man wants to try out new things.... his next problem is that the squad is 2 star players short of where we all want it to be.

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    jops

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Anybody see the game? Did not even see the highlights,if there were any. The FA cup is a distraction at this moment in time. Particularly as CH seems to have left his " rueing " behind to concentrate of the " injuries " excuse. More games more injuries.More excuses. League or FA cup, winning is ultimate goal. Pardon the pun. CH seems to be content with a drawn game. Cannot see how he can turn this season around. But the board seem determined to stick with him. I do hope that he is successful. It would be so good to comment on how well the City played. Something we all want.

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    stormy

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Were you actually there Stew?

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    Clueless

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I did go to the match today expecting a make shift set up and will give CH credit for trying something different with a 4,3,3. I actually thought Fox, Garrido and Snodgrass played very well as a midfield trio, likewise Martin played well as a centre back. Had Ruddy been in goal then we would surely have won this one. I aso thought Murphy put a number of excellent balls into the box, just a shame we did not have a striked capable of getting on the end of a couple. Mid way through the second half, Murphy made a glourious run down the right wing and put a perfect out swinging cross in, RVW stood on the edge of the penalty area rather than challenge for the ball, then missed the rebound as it came out. He certainly cannot play the lone striker roll, his movement is poor, he fails to challenge for any ball into the box and looks as though he is afraid to get himself hurt. I really hope he does come good but on todays showing, I fear we have purchased a dud.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I went to the game yesterday, and it was pretty similar to the usual "football" we've been served up this season. Elmander was played on the right wing as that's always where the goal kicks go so he was put there to win headers from keepers kick (think he won two). This also seems like something calderwood might have influenced as he tried doing this at forest with holt. We started brightly, they scored a goal from mistake by bunn and then we managed to get a leveller before half time. First half performance was pretty good. But yet again, we err on the side of caution rather than try and actually win a game, which is what annoys me. Since our win at west brom we have played Swansea, Sunderland, Fulham twice, man united and palace... And have won none of these games. Now taking united out of there that's four games, and 12 points up for grabs, that were winnable and we have 3 points. Can anyone so still thinks hughton is right for this club help by explaining why? Because I have supported Norwich since I was 7 so for most of my life and can't see any way were going to stay up.. How does that old saying go "he who defends may contain, he who attacks can conquer" .. Btw I'm new on here xD big fan of mad brewers comments, but that may be because his comments are usually creative...

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    ncfcchristof

    Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Dan: --- couldn't have put it better myself.

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    The Crab

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I see that McGoldrick chappy scored again. I think we could offer a few quid for him. He must be itching to play for a proper team

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • We don't moan about everything, Dan. We love Delia, the facilities, the ground, the bank balance, the fan base and lots of the players. Read the posts carefully and you'll see that most people moan about one thing and one thing only. It begins with "H" and ends in relegation. Rest a few key players ahead of some key PL fixtures, no problem. But why play the new people out of position? Since when was Garrido a midfielder or have I been asleep the last 2 seasons? And since when was Ellmander a PL player, let alone a winger? I mean you've got the Murphys and you've got Redmond, players who can do what wingers do, which is run fast and go past people. So why would anyone with half a brain play Elmander in that position? I've seen corner flags with more ability. Meanwhile, our best player is packing his bags. Moan? You bet I moan and until someone convinces me that Hughton is not dragging our fine club back to the Championship, I'll continue to moan. Get used to it.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I see that McGoldick chappy scored again. I think we could offer a few quid for him. He must be itching to play for a proper team

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Didn't see the game. But looks like wolf did not get the service again. Surely Murphy wasn't "Sparkling"?. Very over rated in my book. Not premier class. Glad Fox did well. Top midfielder

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    AC Canary

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • A tedious game this afternoon. Olsson and Josh Murphy played well down the left and Fox controlled the midfield and rightly deserved the MOTM award. However, why oh why does CH insist on playing Elmander? He is worse that useless and that's being polite. RVW was on his own again! Surely 2 up front would be better so he would get the service. We're doomed I'm afraid and if we sell Wes Hoolahan who is by far our best player then the board deserve everything thrown at them.

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    nobbly1

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Just back from a thoroughly entertaining match at Malaga (only downside:1-0 to Atletico Madrid) and straight to the FA Cup scores, hoping for a Norwich win. Oh dear! Then to see Hoolahan may go to Villa. Is there no good news from Carrow Road?!

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • we = w\e. Oh and another thing, did CH actually watch a copy of the Hull game before he decided on his team and our tactics, or does he just do his own thing irrespective.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • You should admit it more often, BP. You never know, you might get to love doing it.

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    Barking Wise

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Just bumped in to David Macnally. Said that the club would be willing to provide free tickets for the replay if we forked out for the transport

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • Let me get this right. We play Fulham at home and lose 1-2, they go away to Hull and lose 6-0, so we get them back at home again a few days later and struggle to beat them. Am I missing something. If we'd lost at home today I'm sure the happy clappers would have said, " we can now concentrate on the Prem. and we'll get an extra we off to recharge our batteries", instead we get an EXTRA game and an exciting midweek trip to London. If anyone was at the game today can you give us a, I was there match report please.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • A tedious game this afternoon. Olsson and Josh Murphy played well down the left and Fox controlled the midfield and rightly deserved the MOTM award. However, why oh why does CH insist on playing Elmander? He is worse that useless and that's being polite. RVW was on his own again! Surely 2 up front would be better so he would get the service. We're doomed I'm afraid and if we sell Wes Hoolahan who is by far our best player then the board deserve everything thrown at them.

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    nobbly1

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • ....match report coming up lobbo....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

  • I did Dubai, and I suspect in that particular case, QPR would have had their thoughts on the league. We must align our thoughts more toward the Sunderland performance, and hope that lightning or divine intervention strikes to enlighten the board as to show the vicar the nearest exit route

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 4, 2014

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