Norwich City 2 Sunderland 0

Alex Tettey celebrates his wonder strike in Norwich City's 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Alex Tettey celebrates his wonder strike in Norwich City's 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, March 22, 2014
4:55 PM

Norwich City overwhelmed Sunderland in a stirring 2-0 Premier League win that injected renewed belief into their own survival battle at the Black Cats’ expense.

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Robert Snodgrass rolled home Johan Elmander’s cut back before Alex Tettey unleashed a stunning 30-yard volley to spark delirious scenes at Carrow Road. City comfortably played out the second period against a lacklustre visiting outfit who had Marcos Alonso sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time to move seven points clear of the third-from-bottom Wearsiders.

Hughton made another five changes to his starting line up in an echo of his experiment against Southampton the previous weekend. Captains Seb Bassong and Russell Martin came back into defence at the expense of Ryan Bennett, who dropped out of the matchday squad, and Steven Whittaker.

Wes Hoolahan was drafted in with Bradley Johnson making way and Johan Elmander’s goalscoring cameo at St Mary’s earned him a recall with Anthony Pilkington another notable absentee from the squad.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel was preferred up top for Gary Hooper with the former Celtic striker dropping to a substitutes’ bench that included the fit-again Jonas Gutierrez-

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet brought back in Jozy Altidore for the injured Steven Fletcher, with Jack Colback replacing Seb Larsson in the two changes from the Black Cats’ goalless Premier League home draw against Crystal Palace.

Snodgrass clubbed a free kick over inside the opening two minutes with City showing a refreshing desire to get on the front foot. Elmander harried Vito Mannone into a rushed clearance before Bassong earned a lecture from Phil Dowd for contesting a free kick awarded for hauling down Altidore.

Snodgrass cleverly switched play for Martin Olsson who whipped in a cross Mannone pawed behind with none of City’s strikers taking a gamble inside six yard box.

Sunderland’s willingness to play out from the back was nearly their undoing in the 12th minute when Hoolahan pounced on Ki’s weak pass before unleashing a strike that deflected against Wes Brown into Howson’s path, who gathered to test Mannone with a rising shot.

Phil Bardsley halted Hoolahan’s progress 25 yards out but Mannone was again proactive to punch the ball off Bassong’s head at the far post from Snodgrass’ free kick.

City’s team captain was then required on defensive duty at the opposite end when Altidore threatened to burst through and test John Ruddy.

Martin’s strange square pass landed in the vicinity of the dangerous Adam Johnson who drove forward before inviting Ki to clip in a cross dealt with comfortably by Olsson.

City broke through in the 20th minute when Snodgrass sidefooted into the bottom corner from eight yards, but the finish owed everything to Elmander’s instant control and vision to pick out the Scot after Brown could only half clear Olsson’s initial cross.

Sunderland looked for an instant riposte with Johnson’s teasing free kick, but Tettey did superbly to prevent Brown get a clean header at the far post.

Fabio Borini escaped detection in the 24th minute but Ruddy got his angles correct to cut out the cross at his near post. Howson then tested Mannone from the edge of the Black Cats’ area before van Wolfswinkel was unable to apply a decisive touch to Olsson’s cut back on the six yard line.

Hoolahan’s left-footed shot veered wide seconds later with Norwich emboldened since Snodgrass’ opener. City’s soaring confidence was illustrated by Howson’s attempted lob from fully 35 yards after a cute chest control and lift over Liam Bridcutt with Sunderland committing men forward on a free kick.

Tettey’s thunderbolt rocked Carrow Road to its foundations to double Norwich’s lead in the 32nd minute when he hammered a volley past Mannone after John O’Shea’s header dropped to the Norwegian.

Poyet’s displeasure was evident with a double change in the immediate aftermath. Lee Cattermole and Larsson were introduced for the ailing Colback and Ki – and Cattermole took four minutes to earn his regulation yellow card.

Sunderland’s players emerged fully five minutes before City during the interval, no doubt with Poyet having underlined his unhappiness after a dominant first half from the hosts. Van Wolfswinkel forced Mannone to tip over his header in the 48th minute after Hoolahan’s teasing cross picked out the Dutch international.

City were indebted to Ruddy’s sharp reactions to foil Brown with a point blank reaction stop after the centre back stooped to connect with Larsson’s corner.

Sunderland pinned Norwich back for a five minute spell with the Black Cats’ desperately throwing men forward but Elmander was inches from a third when Hoolahan dropped an inviting ball in behind the retreating visiting defence only for Mannone to sweep up on the edge of his area.

Martin and Snodgrass then surged down the right flank forcing Brown to take evasive action at the concession of a corner.

Van Wolfswinkel bravely won back possession at the feet of Bridcutt before desperately trying to connect with Snodgrass’ far post cross in an energetic burst from City’s record signing. That was the Dutchman’s final meaningful act before departing to a rapturous ovation to be replaced by Hooper.

Hoolahan weaved his way into range but Mannone was down low to his right to gather before O’Shea subdued Elmander long enough for Bardsley to complete the clearance.

Hooper’s slaloming run was ended by Larsson 25 yards out but Snodgrass’ dipping free kick just failed to dip under Mannone’s bar. Elmander and Hoolahan left to another huge ovation with City looking to play out the final few moments with no alarms. Martin failed to read the script in stoppage time with an errant pass rifled over by Cattermole but Sunderland’s misery was completed seconds later when Alonso departed for a second yellow for deliberate handball.

• Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Yobo, Bassong, Olsson, Snodgrass, Howson, Tettey, Hoolahan (Redmond 88), Elmander (Johnson 87), van Wolfswinkel (Hooper 71). Subs (not used): Bunn, Whittaker, Gutierrez, Becchio.

• Bookings: Howson (foul on Altidore, 47); Snodgrass (foul on Alonso, 69).

• Goals: Snodgrass (20), Tettey (32).

• Sunderland: Mannone, Bardsley, Alonso, O’Shea, Brown, Bridcutt, Colback (Larsson 39), Ki (Cattermole 39), Johnson (Scocco 71), Borini, Altidore. Subs (not used): Ustari, Celustka, Giaccherini, Vergini.

• Bookings: Colback (foul on Howson, 37); Cattermole (dissent 43); Bridcutt (foul on van Wolfswinkel, 65); Alonso (foul on Snodgrass, 77); Bardsley (foul on Hoolahan, 81).

• Sending off: Alonso (handball, 90)

• Added on time: 3 minutes / 4 minutes

• Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)

• Attendance: 26,654

81 comments

  • Preston Canary. It is not a case of resorting to Wes in desperation. Wes is part of a 25 man squad at our disposal and sometimes he plays and plays well. Other times he plays and he is a liability. I accept Wes can be brilliant sometimes but sometimes he costs us possession and goals. Our squad is progressing and we are 13th in the League as it stands. All the clubs which changed managers are all the clubs at the bottom. Mc Nally has got it spot on as have West Ham Villa and Stoke by keeping faith with their managers

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    GPL

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • In Manila and just seen the result - I am very happy !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • You missed a great game today Brew, however I cannot believe the praise radio Partridge is giving to RVW once again, he just does not look up to the Premiership and we must start Hooper next week. Once again that much maligned Snodgrass score, his 4th goal in six games and yet still fans behind me were suggesting he should be taken off, it really is a funny old game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • thats better. now please follow it up next week

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Ofcourse MB we would all love that for Norwich but the sad fact of the matter is we could probably put a decent starting line up on to the pitch but once we need back up due to injuries we do not have a strong enough squad yet. We are down to 7 games to play and not once this season have we been able to get Tettey Howson and Fer on the same time due to injury. Maybe when we can for an extended period then so might the consistency.

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    GPL

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Ramsey-esque, even! Hi, Road Warrior. I didn`t know you were a Wes fan ;-) Wes was a real wasp yesterday; he pestered the Sunderland defence and his movement & passing were terrific. Marvellous player. But.... he`s getting no younger. Do they make them like that any more? (At a price Norwich could afford). Unless we already have potential in-house. Josh Murphy? Wes was once regarded as a `left winger`. I hope your take on relative longevity is correct.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Okay, GPL, the purpose of transfer windows is to buy better players and progress as a team. Have you seen any progression as a team, or in our football, under Hughton? Also, do you believe that he can coach creative, attacking play. I, personally, don't. I was prepared to give him time, but so far I haven't seen anything that makes me think that he and this coaching team can take us forward. Away from home we are particularly dreadful and I won't go to another away game while he is in charge.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • A great performance and result. I have been taking a sneaky look at the remaining fixtures that the teams around us have and I think Sunderland could pay the price for their two cup runs. Can’t see Cardiff or Fulham getting the points to overhaul us. Still think we’ll just make it but 16th or 17th is the best we can hope for. Just hope Arsenal aren’t playing for anything in the last game of the season. Not sure my fingernails will cope with the next 7 games!

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    Bohnhof

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Thought RVW put in a good shift today but should have scored,needs alot of work in the gym over the summer.He just needs a goal to give him confidence.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Great First Half.. no doubting that... ooohhh sat back in second half and defended, would have been taken apart by better side.. good 6 pointer.. if useless Wolf plays again CH shows his worth, only one good tackle in 90 mins and 2 sitters missed, sorry £8mill wasted.. Elmander put in great shift again, Alex Fash goal was best seen at Carra Rd for years, take this into next game and survival is assured.

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    OLDYELLA

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • GPL the manager of a football club is responsible for the playing personnel, tactics and motivation. Hughton fails at all three. In rejecting first Vaughan, then Holt and now Becchio, he shows poor judgement on strikers, hence we have Hooper, RvW and Elmander who have scored less than ten EPL goals between them. Tactically he is a complete wimp, only once making a positive substitution and at least twice bottling out of a match which we could have won. He is out thought every time as he cannot change tactics to counter any change an opposing manager makes during the game. With seven games to go, he still has not worked out his best starting eleven. However I believe that his final inadequacy is that he does not believe that Norwich City should be in the premiership and he thinks he is achieving the impossible keeping us there. The players must hate his negativity. The art of good management is getting the best from every player through the way you play them ie tactics and team selection and the way you manage them ie motivation. Just listen to a few of his interviews and ask youself if that drivel would spur you on to give 110%.

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    waclor

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • RESULT.... well done to the lads, awesome goal from Tettey. I can't see Swansea rolling over like that but lets take the positives and bloody use them in the next game please. Oh and Chris how about using Hoolahan again eh? OTBC

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    yeeelllowsss

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Sorry to be an old grouch tonyb but what's this about RVW put in a good shift today? You mean he came off nights at the supermarket having stacked shelves for minimum wage. Or was it security patrols in the city car parks. A qualified nurse maybe. Perhaps there are some Norfolk coalfields he mines we don't know about? Anyway having done his shift he then went along to Carrow Road and played a bit of football. Is that it?

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Can anyone explain why Snodgrass never pass to the Wolf ? Perhaps this would give the Wolf more chance of scoring

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    canarybell

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • CRACKER!! Reminded me of a Ruel Fox cracker against Liverpool early 90s

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    BrisbaneCanary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Great performance today and such a contrast with last week! Excellent work by Elmander for first goal. Pity the Wolf didn't get a goal but this looks like the team and tactics for the next three games at least.

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    Green man

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • i know what you mean LC,enjoy your wine.Lets just hope this was not a one off performance again!

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    tonyb

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sorry, my PC froze and I had to hit refresh. Another point I would make is that Hughton does not use his squad or subs well either. He seems to have his favourites and isolates certain players, examples being Hoolahan and Becchio. Why put Becchio on the bench when you know he is never going to play?

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • That will do nicely. A game we should be winning, we did win. Of the bottom 7 teams, 6 lost and one won. We have more points than games played and three more fixtures which are winable. We probably only need to win 2 of those and then maybe pick up one point in our last 4 games and that should be enough. Will staying up be enough to keep CH in a job? Seems the a large number of fans have had their say on that. Wonder if the board will listen - or will they consider that sticking by their man while all around them were panicking and saying we're a certainty to go down under him is yet more evidence of what a shrewed (and calm) operator DmcC is. A very good day.

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    PutneyCanary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I will definitely be "not following" the game more often if this is the result. If only we'd done this earlier in the season (especially against the lower teams). Too little too late or just enough football CPR to save the day.? We'll see ! OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • My only complaint about yesterday was the poor MOTD coverage once again. Why do they persist in showing a 'nothing' game (Utd VsWest Ham), where neither protagonist has anything to play for, instead of ours which was crucial in the relegation battle?? On a positive note, what a goal and a good performance by the players. There is nothing that I am going to add about Wes that others haven't already said, but just a note on Snodgrass... he has been very unfairly criticised this season by some of the fans. The criticism about his diving has been justified, as was the criticism about taking the pen against Villa, though it went too far. His form was poor early on and was hampered by injury, but he does work hard during games. Now he is starting to show good form, I hope those who slated him will remember next time when a player is out of form how to be a supporter - the clue is in the name.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Credit where credit is due, Norwich pulled out the sort of performance today that they should be capable of every week. They were excellent in every department. RVW got credit because along with Elmander he ran the Sunderland defence, (but he will be embarrassed to watch back that sitter!!) The midfield worked their magic. Howson the powerhouse, Wes weaving his spells. The defence was solid, I thought Yobo looked class, but Bassong nearly dropped another brick. Tetteys goal? Absolute class.......SO....the $64,000 question?? Do we consolidate that win in our next 2, 6 pointers, OR, has been the re-occurring case this season....blow the good we did today???

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • thats better. now please follow it up next week

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Wes at the point of the diamond? Now there's a thought? Oh wait. First name on the team sheet please. The board didn't want to sell Super Wes in January, looks like he is going to be at Carrow Road a little longer that the present Management set up!

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    RoadWarrior

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Hi, TrevorK. Yes, pity I wasn`t up to accepting your kind offer. I made do with Radio Partridge and sensed `Green Shoots`. Interesting team changes; playing with only one (quasi) winger in Robert and finding a way to fit in both Wes and Jonny. Plus Elmander. As you say, the commentary belies Wolfswinkel`s performance. He may have `worked his socks off`, `put in a good shift` etc, etc, but he missed two sitters set up by Wes. One a tap-in opportunity that he was asking Wes to lay on a plate and duly received, and one a free header. Wes also involved in the build-up to both goals. We were `wingless wonders` with Olsson & Martin giving the width. Both did well but Olsson was specially effective doing that. Every player seemed to up his performance. RvW cannot complain he got no `service`. I hope all the good stuff from this will be carried into the remaining games. Leave it the same, except Hoops for Winkel. Wes was POTM for me - would`ve been a ahoo-in had RvW converted those two golden chances provided by him. I wonder if Becchio is heading for some sort of Guinness Book of Records entry? I`ll vote for him as PotS! All the other results perfect for us. God is in his Heaven. Dubai is in a Manila Envelope. Mattias` Tardis is in the Cayman Quadrangle. BP2 is in Plaistow. Blaffen Wijs is in Ecstasy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • MB I do take your point about Morison scoring and Holt scoring goals but some managers want players who work hard in traing and others will overlook it of they deliver the goods on match days. Holt and Morison were delivering less and less on matchdays and they were of an age that to get anything financially for them they had to go. If Bechio did the business in training then he would get his opportunity but he obviously does not but we need 4 strikers in the squad. The James Vaughan question you ask. That is not for a social media and No I am not an insider at the club but I do get little snoppets now and again. All I wouls say about Vaughan is. keep an eye on the ''exit door'' at Huddersfield.

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    GPL

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Decent result today but not out of the woods yet ,the team played well today and the longer hooli is on the pitch the better we are .not counting any chickens yet but If we stay up I would still like to see a change at the helm,we deserve to be watching better football than hoots provides

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    Victor meldrew

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • We must follow this with a second performance next week. Something we have not done so far this season. Just wwatching West Ham go 2 - 0 down. What a day.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Brew, you got me thinking that we should begin a campaign for Becchio or Wes as player of the season. I can't really think of anyone who has been a standout performer anyway, and maybe this would send a message to the board that we are not happy with the football and the decisions that Hughton has made. His treatment of those players has been dreadful in my opinion. What do others think?

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • I agree Brew. Consolidation was indeed what the majority of us were hoping for this season + not the unseemly scramble to avoid relegation we've become involved in ( for the 2nd year running). Funnily enough, yesterday's performance was exactly how I'd imagined football would be @ The Carra under the Country Vicar's management when he first got the job. Stylish Spurs-type performances with plenty of smooth passing, followed by closing down of opponents till the final whistle. A lot of 1-0 or 2-0 wins. Never expected us to be beating the big boys, or a place in the top 8, but did imagine we'd be hovering around 9th-11th + certainly in no danger of demotion. It's all a bit late in the day + we certainly could do with more wins going into the last 4 games plus other teams below us losing their games in hand.. BUT...I think we might just escape now. If no improvement, Hoof the Hoot come May tho. I can't stand another season of this over-defensive nonsense. OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Jengr was suggesting on the live blog that it was the strikers who have let Norwich down this season not Hughton. I agree that had the strikers taken a higher percentage of the few chances that came their way, we would now be safe. However it remains clear that Hughton is not up to management and we must not risk him for a third season. He will never get the best from any group of players not will he be able to maintain the standard of todays motivation and performance. Whatever the result he has to go by June at the latest.

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Just watching Villa lose 1-4 at home. Their 10th home defeat of the season. Holt was on in the second half. The ground is a third full at the end. I praise every single thing Lambert and Holt did for us but can we now put it all to bed. It's the past. It's over. They left us. We are no worse off than half the teams in the Prem. Let's get real.

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    Stopper

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • I would play Hooper in place of RVW for the rest of the season and during the summer sort out the problem with training and specialist coach.

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    Watton Warrior

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Yes, TK, I suppose that was a `diamond`. I`ve been pondering whether it might be a Ramsey-esue `Wingless Wonder` plain old 4-4-2. But I wasn`t there, so I defer to your take on it! ;-) Where`s Mattias??

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • It would seem, GPL, that you are an `Insider` at Huddersfield, too. You are a paninsider, no less. I am in awe.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • I think you may well be right 'brew' re RVW, Something just doesn't sit right. CH was as animated as I've seen him after the Wolf's fluff.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Btw, in his only full Prem season, `Freeloader` Morison scored 10 goals (including one in Cup competitions). Not a Morison fan, but getting rid of him by taking on a player who never plays makes no sense. Now, if we`d sold Becchio on for a decent fee (I`ve seen £1m+ figures bandied about) then that`s good business. As it is, the club has paid him that sort of money in wages for virtually no game time. We also paid Leeds a balancing fee of £200k, reportedly. Leeds don`t seem to want Morison either, but at least they`ve loaned him out to Milwall, whence he came. Crazy. Then, I`m not an `Insider`....

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Hi, TrevorK. Yes, pity I wasn`t up to accepting your kind offer. I made do with Radio Partridge and sensed `Green Shoots`. Interesting team changes; playing with only one (quasi) winger in Robert and finding a way to fit in both Wes and Jonny. Plus Elmander. As you say, the commentary belies Wolfswinkel`s performance. He may have `worked his socks off`, `put in a good shift` etc, etc, but he missed two sitters set up by Wes. One a tap-in opportunity that he was asking Wes to lay on a plate and duly received, and one a free header. Wes also involved in the build-up to both goals. We were `wingless wonders` with Olsson & Martin giving the width. Both did well but Olsson was specially effective doing that. Every player seemed to up his performance. RvW cannot complain he got no `service`. I hope all the good stuff from this will be carried into the remaining games. Leave it the same, except Hoops for Winkel. Wes was POTM for me - would`ve been a ahoo-in had RvW converted those two golden chances provided by him. I wonder if Becchio is heading for some sort of Guinness Book of Records entry? I`ll vote for him as PotS! All the other results perfect for us. God is in his Heaven. Dubai is in a Manila Envelope. Mattias` Tardis is in the Cayman Quadrangle. BP2 is in Plaistow. Blaffen Wijs is in Ecstasy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • I still cant believe the negativity towards CH. Yes the football has been hit and miss this season but barring a lot of individual errors by Bassong mostly, Ruddy Once against West Ham and Hooper against Cardiff and some excellent goalkeeping by David Marshall against us then we would be sitting pretty. In my opinion we are very close to being safe. And to be honest I think we will end up between 12th and 10th. If that happens the H has helped earn us another £130 million. The more seasons we stay up the more we can afford to improve the squad. The football is not pretty but by god he gets the job done and I for one don't want to go into the unknown with someone who brings us no guarantees of Premiership security

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    GPL

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • So `DmcC` is a `shrewed` operator Cayman\Putney? You`ve met his wife then? Would`ve thought he`d have tamed her by now. Or are you talking about Davina McCall?? ;-))

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Yes, TK, Hooper for RvW and leave the rest as it is. Early in the Villa game, Wes & Hoops seemed to work really well together. The `tap-in` that RvW failed to make contact with was bizarre. Is he afraid of hurting his toe again? He was pleading to Wes for that delivery, got it, then fluffed it. Seemed easier to score. Ar$enal don`t look as daunting after yesterday. Press `em high early and they concede early. Against Liverpool & Chelsea, anyway!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • My fear is that Hughton will change the shape again for the Swansea match and we'll not show up. We desperately need a settled team. I too would like to see a change in team tactics next season, either with CH or not.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Spot on PC, even after scoring a great opening goal for us, a group of fans behind me were suggesting that Snodgrass should be replaced at half time, just where would we be now without his goals. I for one will vote for him as player of the year but Olsson also deserves a mention, especially as he is playing with an injury. By the way, were we actually playing the diamond formation yesterday, that was a first for CH.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • I meant West Brom, not Fulham. The game against Fulham is a foregone conclusion!

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    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Woo hoo!!!

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    la barbe

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Indeed Stopper. Since Summer 2012, PL has grossed one point fewer than CH, albeit with one game in hand.

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    Pierre

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • A result and performance to feel happy about. Let's hope we can now build on that and for once get into a run of more positive results. I feel we still need about seven points to be safe and allowing for our hard run-in, the sooner we get them the better. Nice to see Howson back and have a good game and especially to see Hoolahan start. As many of us have said he is the key to midfield supply and should be playing far more frequently.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • An absolute screamer from Tetty. PLTV played it over and over and for good reason. Right up there with Safri's goal against Newcastle. Shame Rooney has trumped it just now against West Ham. MOTD will be good viewing later.

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    Dan

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • YOU BEAUTY!!!! Wonderful performance. Stay positive and keep the faith!

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    BrisbaneCanary

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I was fortunately in that both goals were down my end of the ground yesterday and right now, Snodgrass looks to be our best striker. Wes had a great game, lets just hope he can continue to perform at that level given the chance. RVW still looks totally off form right now but all we can do is hope he refinds himself during the summer. His first half chance was brilliantly created by Wes and there is little excuse for not at least hitting the target or even ball for that matter. I would start with Hooper next week but other than that keep the same team as Swansea will allow us to play football. I think a point away will be just fine but if we go out looking for three it might be easier to achieve.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Walcor. firstly Holt got shown the door for showing no interest in Norwich once he got his 3 year deal signed. Bechio was never good enough. By taking him we got rid of Morison who was another freeloader. And as for Vaughan he would have been kept based on footballing ability. Let us just say he had to go for other reasons. Another season in the PL will allow us to strengthen further. We ar not Man City or Chelsea, we need to build a squad over a number of years, not 3 or 4 transfer windows transfer windows because we do not have the funds to do it that way. I take no notice of his interviews because the press are there waiting for slip ups so CH just answers like a politician and we all know you cant read anything into anything they say

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    GPL

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • If only the team had had that attitude and skill all season.

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    Pondlife

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • It hi season hasn't been amazing. Us it hadn't been terrible. The stats tell us we are in 7th position based on home record. I'm glad the Board and David M didn't knee-jerk a CH dismissal. There is no evidence they it works and we only need to look at Palace, Sunderland, Fulham, West Brom and Cardiff to see that. It's easy for some fans, Boards, owners and players to hide behind criticising managers but the fact is success in the Prem is super hard and everyone is in it together. It's the sign of a well-run club that everyone is held responsible and the whole thing doesn't fall on one person. Could some players have performed much better? Yes. Has the manager made some mistakes? Yes. Do the fans who criticise lead perfect lives where everything goes well and they have little awareness of how things actually happen whether you are a football club, a company, a rock star or whatever? Apparently they do. Of course, I'd like us to be Everton but it's taken them years. I'm really glad we aren't Cardiff, that's for sure. Oh, Swansea don't seem to be holding it together right now, either.

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    Stopper

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Good point, LincsCan, about Holty the tyre fitter. He never forgot his roots. An honest and greatly underestimated player. Do you remember him revealing a `T`-shirt proclaiming "Evo-Stik Premier to the real Premier" or something similar? Hi, Timbo. Isn`t it amazing that, after 68 Prem games in charge, Chrissy discovered `The Diamond`. Or was it just Sir Alf`s old 4-4-2? Anyway, the 69th game was encouragingly good. Has he finally realised what a jewel he has in Wessi? Subsequent games will reveal all. He should depart at the end of the season. Best for him, best for Norwich. In his defence, I suspect Wolfswinkel is not all his fault.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • well LC you are bit of a grouch,tell me what you were drinking so i never have any,lol.RVW is not the best striker we have seen at CR but certainly not the worst either.should have scored yesterday, but he was chasing and pressurising their defence and did nick the ball a couple of times.Not a great game from him by any means but hes slowly getting better and we dont have many other options, Hooper is not exactly setting the prem on fire is he, Becchio never given a chance and elmander has only just started to find form.I,ll give RVW a bit longer to prove he is worth £8 million.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Whatever rings your bell, GPL. We were within a West Brom of oblivion last season, and this season is worse. All I expected\hoped for from Hughton was consolidation, Stoke style (but with half-decent football). We are not out of danger yet, but I desperately hope we soon will be. Hughton has done a `Clark Kent`. He feebly dithers about until disaster is imminent then transmogrifies into Superman just in time to save himself... from himself.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • …..What a Difference a HOOLAHAN makes!....he worked every one and they responded!....We would not have bitten our fingernails down to the quicks if that fool Hughton had played him as the main man all season!....He was told often enough, but was too pigheaded to take any notice of 20,000 people from lowly Norfolk...reluctantly he gave in today, in the hope of letting a little light into that hole he has dug himself into...What's the betting HOOLAHAN will be dropped next week!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Sorree. Not me. Archie.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • shows what a bit of passion can do!Howson superb but everyone played well.

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    tonyb

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Where have they been? They took it to the enemy...We all knew, including the team, what losing or drawing meant..

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    Gruff

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Swansea away is obviously winnable and they are looking shaky. Any result is possible of course. Will CR go with same setup?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • The wolf is a bit of an enigma, he seems to put himself about and dive in to contest the ball but sometimes appears to be a bit wimpy and gets knocked off the ball too easily, there also seems to be a tendency nowadays to not attack and head the ball but worry about the player coming in to contest for the ball, also yesterday twice his ball control let him down. The majority of supporters I think really want him to do well and accept that at the moment he is not performing well but it's all to do with confidence and he can score goals as his record shows, though not in the EPL as of yet but big oaks from little acorns grow and he has one so it's a start, then I'm so optimistic my glass is 99% full, next year Champions League not Championship oyveh OTBC.

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    Gibbo

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • CRACKER!! Reminded me of a Ruel Fox cracker against Liverpool early 90s

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    BrisbaneCanary

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • You`re being a bit cryptic re Vaughan there, GPL. `Other reasons`? We all know his injury history so what else? If you`re an `Insider`, pray give we poor peripheral people a peep.. In defence of Holt, even in his `disinterested` condition, and operating as an ox under the dual joke (sic) of Hughton\Calderwood, he still mustered 8 Premiership goals. I suppose Snods might yet beat that this season.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Well done City - you deserve all the plaudits today for a good performance and result. It seems that Howson and Hoolihan made an enormous difference. On Sky Phil Thomson said that Hoolihan should be the first name on the Norwich team sheet after a fantastic performance today..

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    VictorM

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Great game with lots of commitment. Glad the manager listened to me ;-) Middle of defence, needs working on. 7 more games with that work rate please.

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    sharky

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • I had to chuckle MB at your comment that I am an insider at Huddersfield. Sadly not. I like you am watching that from the outside but I just know that leopards do not change their spots as the saying goes so I doubt it will take them too long to realise what his previous clubs already know. Maybe if you ask the question is he really injured at all these clubs or is that just the statement they release.

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    GPL

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Finally a great performance, wonderful result, brilliant goal and the other results went our way. We looked hungry and didn't allow the opposition to settle. Onwards and upwards!

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    bogbog

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • My sentiments entirely, Preston. There are no stand-out performers for a variety of reasons; poor form, injury, or just out of favour. Who knows, Tettey, Fer, Howson, Olsson, Johnson et al could`ve been it (At least BJ & MO stay injury-free, touch wood). So Becchio deserves the title. Or Wes. Both have been treated poorly. While Hughton has been forced to realise what wes has to offer, the hapless, expensive RvW has been preferred to Becchio (and Hooper of late). Yesterday`s formation at last harnessed Wes, Snods, Tettey and Howson in an effective formation,. To be scrupulously fair to Hoots, injuries to Tettey & Howson have been an impediment. But there`s no excuse for failing to appreciate what Wes has to offer after nearly two seasons in charge. Let`s `Go for Wes`! OTBC. PS. Hughton is a survivor, `twould seem. :-(

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Sounded good on radio Partridge. Can we build on this? Other results perfect. A very very good day for NCFC.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Finally, CH opted for Hoolahan behind two strikers - and of course it paid off. Let`s hope he dares to stick with this further on. And what a marvellous strike from my countryman!

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    norwaysbiggesthoolahanfan

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • That's more like it. Ok, Sunderland were awful but Norwich still had to exploit their weaknesses, and City were always comfortable. More of the same against Swansea and Fulham, and who knows..........?

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    User Removed

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • Okay, GPL, the purpose of transfer windows is to buy better players and progress as a team. Have you seen any progression as a team, or in our football, under Hughton? Also, do you believe that he can coach creative, attacking play. I, personally, don't. I was prepared to give him time, but so far I haven't seen anything that makes me think that he and this coaching team can take us forward. Away from home we are particularly dreadful and I won't go to another away game while he is in charge.

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, March 24, 2014

  • Where have they been? They took it to the enemy...We all knew, including the team, what losing or drawing meant..

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    Gruff

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • A very sensible posting Wacs + I entirely agree. Unless by some fluke Whotun was kidding us all along + he really is a football genius ( doubt it), then let us not lose sight of the fact that this performance was the exception not the rule. However, I'll sleep a lot better tonite + Tetts strike was good in any game in any division. Much, much better overall today + the match stats evidence that fact as well.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • GPL, I did try to respond, but was edited out by Archant. Basically, I do not hate Hughton, but he has had time and money to buy players to improve us. believe that generally the players he has bought are good ones, but neither he, or his coaching team are getting the best out of them. They seem incapable of developing a style of play that will create chances. This is exemplified by the fact that he has had to resort to Hoolahan, who he clearly does not rate, in a bid to solve the problem and get him out of the hole he has dug. Like Timbo, I hoped for more attractive football from him and I have been disappointed. To be honest, if all I have to look forward to each season is to avoid relegation then that seems a pretty poor dream to aspire to, and not why I started watching football as a child. Under Hughton, I only dream because I have fallen asleep.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Praise to all who contributed to what was the best first half this season. Even the second half was enjoyable after the first ten minutes of indecision. Like a number of you so I had to watch the match on TV, and like many have commented the expert commentator praised Wes to the hilt, along with Johnny and Snoddgras. dare I even say it even Elmander looked like a footballer today. This is the level thats required for the rest of the season and not just a one off after last weeks disaster. 10 extra kilos of muscle for RVW, and a big portion of the Duncan Forbes bravery elixir, and he just might make it. More of the same please.

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    Yellowfirebird

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Hi tonyb. I was drinking a cheap ginger wine with high alcohol content. My grouch was not about RVW specifically, just a thing I have about any high paid footballer knowing what putting in a shift means out in the real world. I guess Holty the ex tyre fitter knew and look at his output. Anyway, I've got a nice red wine in for tonight and intend to snuggle up with it while leering at the league table. That should cure the grumps.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Fantastic result. Great performance. So pleased David M and Board didn't do the knee-jerk thing and get rid of CH. There is no evidence that it works. How about Fulham (twice!), Sunderland, Cardiff, West Brom, Crystal Palace. Anyone spot anything. Of course it's been tough and sometimes horrible but it's everyone's responsibility. Boards and players often hide behind managers while they take the money. It's great to see a club that is trying to hold everyone to account. This is what it means to be a well-run club as opposed to the ones above . OTBC!

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    Stopper

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

  • well LC you are bit of a grouch,tell me what you were drinking so i never have any,lol.RVW is not the best striker we have seen at CR but certainly not the worst either.should have scored yesterday, but he was chasing and pressurising their defence and did nick the ball a couple of times.Not a great game from him by any means but hes slowly getting better and we dont have many other options, Hooper is not exactly setting the prem on fire is he, Becchio never given a chance and elmander has only just started to find form.I,ll give RVW a bit longer to prove he is worth £8 million.

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    tonyb

    Sunday, March 23, 2014

  • Not sure Canarybell but could Snods have developed a phobia after being taken to the pantomime Little Red Riding Hood as a young lad? Perhaps as The Wolf is Dutch, Snods expects him to meet him halfway? Any other suggestions. Mad Brew seems to be the Stephen Fry of these boards; where is he when we need him?

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    waclor

    Saturday, March 22, 2014

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