Norwich City 1, Hull City 0

Norwich Citry's Ryan Bennett is congratulated after his late winner sunk Hull City 1-0 in the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich Citry's Ryan Bennett is congratulated after his late winner sunk Hull City 1-0 in the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, January 18, 2014
4:58 PM

Norwich City earned a priceless Premier League win when Ryan Bennett crashed home an 87th minute header to sink Hull City and ease the pressure on Canaries’ boss Chris Hughton.

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The hosts had toiled for much of the second period at a tense Carrow Road in their bid to earn a first win in nine games in all competitions, but Bennett rose above two Hull defenders to despatch Robert Snodgrass’ corner to huge relief from the majority packed inside the stadium. Hull’s central midfielder Tom Huddlestone was dismissed in the closing seconds for a second yellow card offence with Norwich’s first Premier League victory since beating West Brom in December moving them five points clear of the bottom three prior to Newcastle’s top flight visit later this month.

Hughton made two changes from the starting line that lost 2-0 at Everton last weekend in the Premier League with Russell Martin and new loan signing Jonas Gutierrez replacing Steven Whittaker and Javier Garrido. Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Gary Hooper were paired together in attack at home for the first time in the top flight. Hull boss Steve Bruce handed a debut to recent signing Nikica Jelavic, but Shane Long’s move from West Brom was not completed in time for the Republic of Ireland international to be involved.

Jelavic almost enjoyed a dream start to his Hull career when he swivelled seven yards out to crack a shot against the base of John Ruddy’s left-hand post in the early sparring after Huddlestone and Liam Rosenior combined to free the unmarked Robert Koren down the visitors’ left.

Hooper teed up van Wolfswinkel but the Dutchman’s sliced effort deflected behind before Bruce’s side cut Norwich open again in the fifth minute when Ahmed Elmohamady’s deep cross was volleyed wide by Rosenior who had escaped detection at the far post. Van Wolfswinkel hooked wide with his back to goal six yards out in the 11th minute after Snodgrass re-directed Bradley Johnson’s centre back across the Tigers’ area.

Jake Livermore’s speculative long range strike drifted wide but Hull were forced into an early change with James Chester departing with what looked like a right hamstring problem; Maynor Figueroa slotting in the visitors’ backline. The Canaries’ worked a decent position through Leroy Fer and Johnson to slide in Snodgrass who had found a pocket of space in front of Hull’s back three but he dragged at Allan McGregor from 25 yards.

The Norwich midfielder led the break out again shortly afterwards, but was crudely upended by Livermore, although McGregor confidently claimed his floated free kick.

Seb Bassong rose powerfully above Curtis Davies midway through the opening period but his attempted header flew over from Snodgrass’ probing centre, with growing signs the hosts had got to grips with Hull’s slick possession and genuine threat down each flank. Norwich switched play smoothly when Hooper freed the overlapping Martin but Snodgrass’ cross was cleared by Davies. Van Wolfswinkel thrust his hands to his head after Rosenior had denied him in a far post aerial duel just past the half-hour mark with the visitors’ now far less comfortable than in the opening skirmishes. Hull were increasingly circumspect in their attacking forays but Norwich were thankful Rosenior’s heavy pass rolled through to Ruddy in front of Jelavic after Johnson and Fer had been over-run in central midfield.

McGregor palmed away Snodgrass’ swerving shot in the 42nd minute which raised the temperature amongst the home support inside a subdued Carrow Road before van Wolfswinkel required treatment after heading the back of Davies’ head. Strike partner Hooper then miscued on his left foot from the edge of the Hull penalty box in the first of five additional minutes at the end of the opening period.

Johnson was the first Norwich player booked by Howard Webb for a mistimed lunge on Robert Koren, although the Tigers’ midfielder was fortunate to escape the same punishment moments earlier for hauling down Martin – a point made forcibly by the Canaries’ club captain. Koren’s whipped free kick was headed behind by Bennett before Alex Bruce’s follow-up header sailed over.

Martin’s driven cross on the restart merely needed a touch from Gutierrez but Elmohamady reacted quicker than Norwich’s loanee seven yards out. Huddlestone was cautioned for tripping up Johnson but Snodgrass’ free kick struck Jelavic in the Tigers’ wall. Johnson and Fer then worked a position for Martin but Davies headed over with van Wolfswinkel lurking at the far post. Van Wolfswinkel and Snodgrass were both denied within seconds of each other through some last-ditch blocks from the Hull defence. Fer then planted Snodgrass’ header over after rising above a posse of Hull defenders eight yards out. Hughton made his first move from the bench in the 69th minute with Anthony Pilkington making a welcome return after his hamstring injury to replace Gutierrez.

Hooper tried to repeat his stunning Swansea strike with a dipping half volley from van Wolfswinkel’s knockdown that drifted over McGregor’s bar before linking with Snodgrass to free van Wolfswinkel but his driven cross was cleared by Elmohamady with Pilkington on the move.

Luciano Becchio replaced van Wolfswinkel with Norwich desperately trying to up the tempo in the closing stages after a sterile period since the hour mark from Hughton’s struggling side. The Argentine’s first intervention was to roll in Hooper, but Rosenior was around on the cover. Martin’s ambitious long range lift sailed behind with Norwich rapidly running out of inspiration.

Pilkington’s shot from the edge of the area clipped George Boyd with Hull forced into some desperate defending but the hosts made a vital breatkthrough in the 87th minute when Bennett rose above two Hull defenders to power home Snodgrass’ corner six yards out. Hull’s afternoon deteriorated further when Huddlestone earned a second yellow card for a lunging foul on Fer and Norwich almost doubled their lead in the aftermath when McGregor denied Bennett with his legs from close range before Becchio was crowded out.

• Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Fer, Johnson, Gutierrez (Pilkington 68), van Wolfswinkel (Becchio 79), Hooper. Subs (not used): Bunn, Whittaker, Hoolahan, Redmond, Tettey.

• Booking: Johnson (foul on Koren, 45).

• Goal: Bennett (87)

• Hull City: McGregor, Rosenior, Bruce, Chester (Figueroa 15), Davies, Huddlestone, Koren (Fryatt 81), Livermore, Jelavic, Sagbo (Boyd 67), Elmohamady. Subs (not used): Harper, Meyler, Faye, Quinn.

• Bookings: Figueroa (foul on Snodgrass, 39); Rosenior (foul on Snodgrass, 49); Huddlestone (foul on Johnson, 52).

• Sending off: Huddlestone (foul on Fer, 89).

• Added on time: 5 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Howard Webb (South Yorks)

• Attendance: 26,655

69 comments

  • That relieves a huge amount of pressure. Thank goodness for 3 valuable points today. I know the knives have been out for CH recently, but in his defense they can say 23 points in 12th position - things could be a lot worse. There are eight clubs below us tonight - in reality things could be a lot worse ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I noticed Hooty was very quick with post match interview...usually he takes a long time...quick to pat himself on the back. I thought it was poor again..can only score off set pieces. Hooper played well. He gives service but gets little in return. Johnson was lost again...hurry up Tettey. Valuable 3 points but too little too late i fear. 17 points needed from the remaining games is super hard

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    AC Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I see the binners lost again today - of well no PL for them next season - I think any remote and distant hopes of scarping a play off place have gone by now. Never mind, at least they won't have to be humiliated again by Holt. Lets watch Liverpool beat Villa now - Happy Days !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Dubai`s had too much Shiraz. What does the Real Bay version taste like? Or is that too close to the Danger Point? I don`t think I`d like sweet Shiraz that much. Maybe Liebfraumilch + beetroot erxtract is truly more your style, oh Quasi Qatar Quaffer? Or are you referring to the Iranian city of that name, Syrah? I really envy you optimists; you can ignore a mediocre 18 months and an 8 game winless run, but a late winner, by a second choice defender, against Hull, makes it all Pollyanna time. BTW, I think Ryan Bennett should be the first choice CB.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Did not see the game today.Only the highlights of the goal and when Hull should have scored. There are mixed reviews on here and I would like to know if this is the new dawn for City or a false hope. Personally, I think that CH and his staff should have gone weeks ago. Having said that ,his brief of just staying in the league was totally wrong. N City have been my team for many decades and I cannot understand the lack of ambition from the board. Why should the City always be expected to struggle? Particularly as we are no longer " new boys' . CH has spent a lot of money and it has not really paid off. He went for two very similar strikers when the defence leaks like a sieve. All good teams are built on a strong defence. It is possibly too late for CH to go. I so desperately want him to achieve success. Wouldn't it be great to comment on how well the City are doing?

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    stormy

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I was at the match today. After 5 mins I thought Hull were going to murder us, so forget the comments about them coming for a draw - we gradually took a grip on midfield which Hull could not break and Johnson's performance was key. I for one would have been happy with a draw so a win was way beyond expectations. Martin was outstanding and was the out ball of choice particularly in the first half. Gutsy is excellent at ball retention and uses it well. - not much pace and perhaps could help the fullback more. Under impressed by the strike force. Felt the wolf was largely anonymous, and hoops was knackered after 70 mins. Becchio really looked the part in his 10 min cameo. His problem is that the woolf cost 8 mil and he was makeweight for offloading a greyhound trainer. If you were manager who would you start? You'd hope that a clever goal from woolf would tell everyone how astute you were. And pigs will fly. To give h credit, the team were really solid after the first 5 mins and didn't look like conceding. Behind stone walls, he might also take credit for the goal, which was clearly a training ground move. The problem he needs to fix is the build up is pedantic. If he can instil urgency and incisiveness in this group of players then top 8 awaits. - but I think we may need to wait for someone else. I think he will get the rest of the season, maybe the rest of his contract, but then McN will think about an alternative. Pocchetino from Southampton would be my choice.

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    JDDons

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Defense? Are you American Dubai? What do you know about Soccer, still defending Hughton?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • The "only 3 shots on goal" statistic is misleading; there must have been at least ten shots on target that were blocked. Yes, we're still making too many mistakes and not doing the job in the final third, but we played with passion and deserved the win against a top 10 team that has just spent a lot of money on new players. Credit where credit is due -- to CH. (Some) fans' reactions reminds me of the unfair "Ashman Out!" chants some 50 years ago, which I'm ashamed to say I joined in. Call me out of touch -- by some 4,000 + miles -- with what most fans are thinking, but we need to stick with Hughton even if he doesn't come across as very passionate and makes seemingly bizarre decisions. OK, I asked for it.....

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    atlanta canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Why can't you just give credit when it's due and hope this is the start of something good?

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    Konrad54

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Anyone else noticed that the posters here who say we should write off our last 4 games of the season as 0 points (as a way of suggesting that our current 12th position is somehow false) are largely the same people who criticise CH for not going all-out to win every game? And they're the same people who said we only beat Man City last season because they were 'already on the beach' with nothing to play for. I guess there's three things to consider: 1. Pretty much all the teams around and below us have to play those teams between now and end of season (albeit not in their last 4 games); 2. It's quite possible that one or more of our last 4 will have nothing to play for by the time we play them so if its true we could only beat them if that's the case, perhaps our chances are improved; and 3. We are not the only team with a difficult run-in. At present, our position is good. Fine, people might not like th style of play under CH, but anyone confidently predicting terminal decline with him at the helm is perhaps being over-pessimistic and jumping the gun.

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Good effort and a deserved win. Still too many schoolboy errors but understandable given the pressure in the ground. Glad we played attacking football. Would be nice to see Becchio start with Hooper and give the wolf a rest. Next 3 or 4 games crucial and on today's performance and the injury prone starting to drift back we should have a fair crack of the whip.

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    Turkish Martin

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Today we saw drive within the team, yes also some school boy errors especially Bassong and Fer. Becchio gives some pace up front which Hooper and RVW does not, I would like to see him start a game. Gutierrez was solid and had some good passes. It was good see some balls into the box and if this continues the goals should come. In defense Bassong is a worry he just does not seem to be playing to standards of last two seasons. The Newcastle game will show if this was a flash in the pan or the beginnings of something new. OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Best to hoof the hoot now and give the new manager some breathing space.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Tried to respond, Drossel; double ethering. Topic was optimism. My pre-season prediction was 13W, 10D, 15L. 48 for, 57 against, 49 points. 9th position. So, even I have outbreaks of Pollyanna Positivity like the syrah-swilling expats of Old Arabee. I managed it on a few pints of Green Jack Trawlerboys Best Bitter!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Good win today, Becchio to start ahead of RVW. How'd Ipswich do?????

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    Bookface

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I am not convinced by Hughton yet and feel that he has had enough time to show progression, but in all honesty I cannot see the board getting rid of him during the season now. That said, I agree with TK's comments, today we dominated the game against a team who set up to defend a point (something many of us have been critical of Hughton for doing). There was some good play, but too often it broke down in the final third. I was pleased to see Martin pushing much further forward than I have seen him do for some time and we were getting more balls into the box than we have for a while. However, the quality of the delivery was too often poor and the strikers need to sort out who is going to make a run across the near post. There were some good signs, but we need to start putting together some cohesive performances and creating some proper chances. I cannot agree that the Wolf needs a rest as that is the last thing he needs coming back from injury. He needs a run of games and to start scoring.

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    Preston Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Thought we were good today, it is difficult to break down well organised teams with men behind the ball. Look at the teams around us not many wins or goals for them either. Agreed completely with TK snodgrass for me once again excellent and our main threat. Rvw and hoops linked up nicely at times as well. I am not a chris h fan but would give him until the summer so that our next manager can structure his own squad and implement his own style during the off season. H is doing no worse than 8 other managers, and I can't see us doing greatly better under a new manager. Calculated and correct summer appointment required. Ps dont forget to enjoy the good results!

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    canarypete

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Thought we were good today, it is difficult to break down well organised teams with men behind the ball. Look at the teams around us not many wins or goals for them either. Agreed completely with TK snodgrass for me once again excellent and our main threat. Rvw and hoops linked up nicely at times as well. I am not a chris h fan but would give him until the summer so that our next manager can structure his own squad and implement his own style during the off season. H is doing no worse than 8 other managers, and I can't see us doing greatly better under a new manager. Calculated and correct summer appointment required. Ps dont forget to enjoy the good results!

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    canarypete

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Great result, welcome relief and some breathing space. Hull came for a draw and got what they deserved. We were lucky, in that it looked like a draw, pretty much all the way. So, what do we need? Let's say 40 points. That means at least 17 points in the next 12 games, cos we shouldn't even think about getting anything from the last four. So what's the bottom line? I tentitively suggest the following: Newcastle home D Cardiff away D Man City home ...Please West Ham away D Spurs home D Villa away D Stoke home W Soton away D Sunderland home W Swansea away D West Brom home W Fulham away D The last four are Liverpool home, Manchester United away, Chelsea away, and Ars*nal home. Don't even think about it The above are not predictions, more of a minimum requirement. We'll need to be about nine points clear of the bottom three by the time we play Liverpool, and preferably by the time we play Fulham, cos we always lose against them. It won't be of much use if we're in, say 15th place and only three points clear of 18th when we come to play Liverpool, we'll only get relegated. That's my two penny worth, what's yours?

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Putneycanary do you actually go to the games. Any halfwit can see how useless we are. All today's result did is prolong the agony of watching a clueless team

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    andys

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Indeedibus Brew. South London is all well and good, but there are an awful lot of second hand car dealers, and I have my suspicions that PutneyCanary might be one of them. Best keep that to yourself though.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Great win certainly with plenty of attacking intent. Hopefully we can build on this positive result with back to back wins. Snodgrass immense today . I think the biggest hurdle we have to overcome is some of our fans

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    spark

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Ephemeralness is a decent word, Bill. Nothing wrong with it at all, grammatically, is there? Totality vs Totalness etc? Extremity vs Extremeness doesn`t really work out though. The `dictionary noun` is Ephemerality but I like your word more! I reckon Putney`s postcode is SW13, Putney & Barnes area? Unlucky for some! Lived in Barnes for a while when I worked for Watney`s at Mortlake Brewery (SW14).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I'm amazed. I really can't imagine any real Norwich City fan wanting us to lose any game. Makes me wonder how many on this site are Ipswich trolls.

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    PaulWho

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • And breathe...

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    troublesome1

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Hoof the Hoot !!!!! I really thought that we would beat Hull convincingly. 23 shots and only 3 on target. Hull no shots on target. We play like we are using the u12's book of football. The commentator was constantly saying how static we were, this is just elementary, so frustrating. and how many times did Fer give the ball away. This result should not effect our quest for another manager \ coaching set up. Glad we've won but HOOF the HOOT.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Will we ever get rid of Hughton and bask in the sunshine of exciting attacking football again? We limp on to the next crisis must win game.

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    andys

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Thanks Jops, though please note, they weren't predictions, more baseline requirement. Before I read your very positive comments, I was reading your post, which I thought was very astute. I too like the look of Guitierrez. He isn't fully fit yet, but I like the way he doesn't get bullied off the ball and he also looks well capable of harrassing the opposition to get the ball off them. One person who doesn't fulfill these criteria though, is Ricky Van Volkswargen, who frankly, epitomises ephemeralness. That might not actually be a word, but I don't care, cos it describes him to a tee in my humble opinion. So Ricky, partner up with Guitierrez and get down the gym. Mr Putney, I assume you went on Tuesday night as I suspect your post code is SW something., though as regards that particular game, surely even you must agree that SW stood for 'Spectacularly Woeful' on the night.

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Do you realise from our position this morning we could have been sitting anywhere between 10th and 20th in the league right now, half a day later, depending on how all of today's matches went... that is how tight the bottom half of the league is.. I can never remember it being so close... @Bill Punton:- You are spot on about the fixture list and I almost totally agree with your predictions but.... seeing as we will lose to Fulham it means we will need a win away at either Cardiff, West Ham, Villa, Southampton or Swansea to get 41 points and stay up

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    jops

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I don't understand this whole "lets get behind the team now" talk... People are behind the team, just not the manager... I am not a fan of hughton, I don't tink he's right for the club and haven't since feb last year... But have always supported the team the best I can and hoped hughton will prove me wrong (ATM he hasn't) but just enjoy the win and 3 points that take the pressure off a little

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    ncfcchristof

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Unbelievable, Villa two nil up. Add a point against Liverpool then. Just don't rely on it though

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Well done Hoots and the team. Great result. If we keep injury free this could be the start of our season.

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    Simple

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • To fair Trevor all the pundits on sky had us to lose at home as they said how good Hull were. Brave of CH to go with 2 upfront. Would have liked to see Wes but I'm not the manager. Don't care who the manager is as long as we stay up so our 2 up front have time to develop into a great partnership #otbc

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    Konrad54

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Grateful for three points but it does not change the fact that we have a useless manager. Hoof The Hoot.

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Super happy to win regardless. Need every point we can get. Still wrong man for me. Just hope wheels are in motion in the board room - can't believe they aren't.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • We definitely need change, whether it is the manager or a good attacking coach. With 20 plus attempts on goal, but only 3 or 4 on target says a lot about what is being achieved with these tactics. All the strikers have proven records at other teams, yet it took a defender to score. The fact that we had 20 plus attempts says we are getting balls forward. RVW looks too slow and too weak for the EPL; Becchio looks just as good. Hooper is strong but is not finishing well enough. Someone to run the offensive tactics and give them confidence in their abilities is needed now, or we will struggle for the remainder of the season to avoid the drop.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Great to have won but no euphoria over a I-0 home win against a side looking as poor as us.Looked like 2 average Championship sides.No craft in midfield , too many inaccurate crosses and RVW confirmed my belief that this level is a step too far for him.Hooper would be better playing off Becchio.We miss Howson and maybe for a long time.Too early to assess the new boy.Fer needs a rest and Wes should start certainly at home,Martin, for me has the edge over whittaker and had a decent game.

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    irongloves

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • The match report on yahoo makes interesting reading particularly criticism of the overhit crosses. Didn't look good on MoTD. Bassong's positioning at times looks very suspect. Get a centre back ASAP.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • It had nil nil written all over it until Bennett popped up and scored a wonderful header. I have to say that RVW actually started to look the part today. The new winger looked ok but was nothing better than that so I feel a bit sorry for Redmond getting rested. I cannot see the board changing the manager at present so feel there is little point in fans keep calling for his head on this site. We really must now look to beating Newcastle at home then we will all be able to breathe a bit easier.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Some better individual performances but I thought Fer was poor and so was Bassong, again! Bennett was a rock and deserved his goal. Did Pilks come on to prove his fitness for a move I wonder?

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    kevin

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Andys - I can only assume you are a half wit that thinks we're useless? Don't you think the fans tension (palpable at times in the stadium) is at least a little responsible for flat or edgy performances? Whether it fits in with your preconceived ideas on how rubbish CH is, we dominated every stat there is today. We had attacking intent - even though final product wasn't quite there and we won.

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Isn't life beautiful ? See Holt starts on the bench with his #29 shirt for Villa, who are on equal points and we are only separated by a mere -10 goal difference ! The False Bay Shiraz tastes sweet tonight. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Massive 3 points but the underwear truly soiled. I had to resort to desperate measures and wear my lucky Beth Orton autographed colmans shirt ( only brought out for special occations ) . Happy about the effort from the lads, Gutierrez looked good but not so sure about the formation. Wolfie looks so frustrated, I think he needs a rest, lively shift from Bechio (He should start against Newcastle), but still think we missed Hoolahoops and the directness of Redmond. Our set pieces have really been bad so the goal was unexpected. Have we finally turned the corner, I hope so, Houghton is off the hook for now and I hope he proves us wrong and goes for it against Newcastle. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Obviously andys didn't go to the game either

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    sharky

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Looks like mid-tale mediocrity to me!

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    ScotCan

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • What a painful match... but at least we showed passion all the way through and looked like we wanted to win for the entire 90 minutes. I thought there were some positives to take away... my low down on the men that count: Hughton actually looked scared and like he cared... he was definitely fearing the worst at some points... maybe a near brush with the sack will shake him out of his stupour and make up shake up his backroom staff and get us a decent attacking coach.... both from open and set plays. Martin and Snodgrass linked up well and both had good games. Bennett's goal rounded off a good game for him, Bassong looks like a high class Leon Barnett right now... when it comes off he looks so composed, but you still always watch with your hand in your mouth. Olssen is as reliable as Drury.. a great signing. Johnson is warming a spot for Tettey, Fer is over-confident and needs to sharpen up again. Gutierez showed a strength that we have lacked a lot and wins a lot of ball... but is no beckham. Hooper needs the ball at his feet more often. RVW needs to go to the Gym and get some confidence training.. he is noticably better in defence than attack right now, but linked up play better today. Pilkington is still not match fit, Becchio has a touch that may provide other people with more than he scores.. think poor man's teddy sheringham.

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    jops

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I agree with you Konrad, Bennett had a very good game and deserves full credit for scoring the winner. There was little doubt that Hull came with the intention of hanging on for a draw and their game plan failed. Both of the strikers could have scored had luck gone there way and a partnership looks like it is starting to develop. Lets hope we can now consolidate our position with a win against Newcastle.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • atlanta, you should be ashamed of chanting "Ashman out". You asked for it.... ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Massive 3 points but the underwear truly soiled. I had to resort to desperate measures and wear my lucky Beth Orton autographed colmans shirt ( only brought out for special occations ) . Happy about the effort from the lads, Gutierrez looked good but not so sure about the formation. Wolfie looks so frustrated, I think he needs a rest, lively shift from Bechio (He should start against Newcastle), but still think we missed Hoolahoops and the directness of Redmond. Our set pieces have really been bad so the goal was unexpected. Have we finally turned the corner, I hope so, Houghton is off the hook for now and I hope he proves us wrong and goes for it against Newcastle. OTBC

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    MrCarrowIsInTheHouse

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Interesting comments on RvW and Bassong on this thread. Both have caps for teams which have qualified for the World Cup and both are struggling to find the form needed to get an international call up. I wonder if this is affecting their form?

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    Capri

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Could of anything worse happen today? i think i'm going to echo a lot of fans thoughts not being funny but yet again we were slightly lucky to win, and not even playing wes or bringing him on what is he thinking? i still think this bloke has got to go, he isn't doing our club any good, and lets look at our away form, we need to win away from home to stay up, and lets face it up mr negative that wont happen, sounds harsh after us winning but sure fans will back my comments,

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    hooley14

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I was disappointed to hear a number of fans behind me having a constant go at Snodgrass as I thought he once again put in a good shift with a number of quality balls into the box including the corner which let to the goal. Yes one or two of his crosses went astray but few if any wingers get it spot on every time. I likewise thought Martin had a good game and rarely looked threatened. Bennett was outstanding in denfence and the strikers look as though they are forming a decent partnership so I hope CH keeps with two up front for future games.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Drossel:- In my wildly optimistic pre-season bet-losing prediction, I included 48 `Goals For`. A few people questioned the poverty of that, on the basis we scored 41 last season and we recruited 3 new strikers (including Elmander). At the current rate we`ll be lucky to top 30 for the entire season. My `Goals Against` guess, 57, looks not so far out, though we have the likes of ManC, Arsenal, Chelsea & Liverpool to play again. They`ve already collectively done us for 21 goals in the previous 4 league meetings!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Why can't you just give credit when it's due and hope this is the start of something good?

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    Konrad54

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Agree Atlanta - good call

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    Konrad54

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Just so relieved to get a win and a bit of space off the bottom line. I don't care who's in charge so long as we can win and stay clear. No easy task though. The bottom floor keeps rising: 12th place is only 5 points off the line. We're still jammed in with several others who are just as fearful of being swallowed by the black cloud behind.

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    Seattlescion

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Quite a relieve when we scored at the end there, but I must say that when we are struggling as we do to create good chances (shots on goal) and Hughton opts for not using neither Hoolahan nor Redmond in this match - then it must be something wrong with him. We will not be saved by a late winner from a corner each time, that`s for sure.

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Deserved win, albeit by a narrow margin. Can anyone tell me what RVW brings to the party? 'Intelligent runs' is not a valid answer as he doesn't run. Becchio should start, works much better with Hooper and actually wins more balls in the air. Nice to see Pilks back and needed the game time given Jonas can't play against Newcastle. Plus Ipshit play off chances in tatters so tops weekend :)

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    Bookface

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Whenever there is a crisis must win game then they seem to be able to do it. I read on the Evening News advertising board outside the newsagent on London Street 'crunch match for Houghton'.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Glad we won today at least CH is still manager at the club, If the club can get 2 or 3 decent players in before the next game then we can stay in the premier league. Time the fans got behind the team, A battling 3 points and 12th in the table lets hope this is the start of a winning run for the club. And Ipswich lost today so a good day all around.

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    David

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • This coming and going Is driving me nuts This to-ing and fro-ing Is hurting my guts So get off the fence Its creasing your butt Life is a party Lets get out and strut Youre not the only one That's feeling lonesome Youre not the only one With mixed emotions

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Where are you Steady On? Can't you type after dark in your rose coloured glasses?

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    waclor

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Good effort and a deserved win. Still too many schoolboy errors but understandable given the pressure in the ground. Glad we played attacking football. Would be nice to see Becchio start with Hooper and give the wolf a rest. Next 3 or 4 games crucial and on today's performance and the injury prone starting to drift back we should have a fair crack of the whip.

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    Turkish Martin

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Well said brewer, the point is to make change from a position of strength rather than desperation as Southampton did last season, this is the sign of truly good management. It's like make substitutions, it's easy to make when losing, but a good manager makes substitutions when his team are winning and still goes on to win the game. Something it appears Hoots and McNally are not very good at. The worst scenario is that City stumble on like this for a couple of months, dip into the bottom 3 with 5 games to go and them the new manager has an impossible task. If this happens McNally will never be forgiven.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Dubai`s on his Emirates Euphoria Elixir again! There is a pure Gulf between him and ordinary fans. I am delighted we got 3 points. So pleased, too, that Ryan B, who is usually below Turner in Hoots`s pecking order, got the goal (and nearly a second). But it papers over no cracks for me. Slovenia has it about right. Lifting the matchday tension for me was Gweg Daaans`s uncanny impwession of Len Goodman. Cwacking! (Or was it Len Goodman doing Gweg?). A Ten for Len if so. Ya naar it makes sense, John. 15 more points?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • The definition of mixed feelings. Glad to be in 12th place, glad to have won today, glad to see we have a gap of 5 points to the relegation zone. However a dismal performance and still the spectre of Hughton being in charge for the foreseeable future. Talk about confused emotions!

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    Bohnhof

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I didn't go to the game eiter. Used to, then couldn't get tickets from 300 miles away on a regular basis. So much for us old loyals! No, I haven't enjoyed what I've heard or read, it all sounds very tortuous every game (No, MB, that's tortuous, not tortoise, but hang on you could be right). However I really don't think the Hoof the Hoot adds any value to the season. Spare managers to fill in mean they're spare for a reason, and anybody else decent would break the bank. The (normally vociferous, but now quiet) Board are obviously happy just to scrape survival, and that makes financial sense as long as it works. Basically, back off Hoots, whether you like the style and results, because that's the best chance, short of a miracle manager coming in for bunce. Not saying I like all of it, but we are where we are.

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    Les Lee

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I see Wes was an unused sub again today, i dont think he played any part against Everton either? He's been a good player for you for the past 5 seasons, served you well. If Villa upped the money to £1.5 to £2m, should you let him go? Be a shame to see a talent on the bench for the next X months wouldnt it?

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    MonkeyNuts

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I totally agree Brew, it must be nice being optimistic but where they grab their optimism from is beyond me! I was a Hughton fan but for the past 12 months I've seen enough. It has been a gradual decline, last year we didn't score enough goals - this year after spending 25 million we still don't. I mean the fact we're the only team who hasn't scored with a sub this year says it all about his dire tactical substitutions. The happy clappers come out when we win, and hide away when we have poor spells like 8 games without a win, and so the cycle shall continue.

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    Drossel

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

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