Chris Hughton felt a sense of injustice at the manner of Norwich’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to West Brom which ended their club record top flight unbeaten run at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

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Romelu Lukaku towered above Javier Garrido to despatch Goran Popov’s diagonal ball in the 82nd minute after Zoltan Gera had cancelled out Robert Snodgrass’ superb free kick a minute before the interval.

Gera pounced from close range to despatch Jonas Olsson’s header from Chris Brunt’s corner after Mark Bunn could only divert Olsson’s header against his bar - a set-peice Hughton was adamant should not have been awarded in Albion’s favour following a headed duel between Alex Tettey and James Morrison.

“The first goal was frustrating because they are a threat from set pieces,” he said. “I was disappointed in the fact that it shouldn’t have been a corner in the first place. That was my feeling at the time and having seen it again, it was a goal kick and not a corner. So, frustrated by that and the timing of the goal. It gave them a lift.”

Hughton still felt his men were full value for a battling point at the Hawthorns before Chelsea’s on-loan striker Lukaku’s aerial prowess sunk the Canaries.

“Yes, I think we should have got a point out of that on the balance of play,” he said. “They are a very good footballing side, they are the home side, so you know they will have periods of good possession but I felt we enjoyed some decent periods as well. I think if you look at what you regard clear-cut chances there were not many - perhaps apart from the goals there was the similar chance when Steve Morison and Lukaku were put through. I thought it was a fairly even game. As the away team we had fairly decent possession.”

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  • We all know about the financial changes which happen from next season but what you see as the long term effects of these? I can see a situation in a few years where there are twenty three "Premiership" clubs of which three clubs will spend a season in the Championship alternating with those promoted the previous year. The gulf in wealth between the fourth team in the Championship and the bottom premiership club will be comparable to the difference between Tesco and a corner shop. There will be a new aristocracy of super rich players' and their agents who will dictate a list of rule changes each year to prevent over exhaustion of their players or Golden Geese as the agents think of them. There will be no football grounds, all matches being played in one purpose-built film studio as dictated by the TV companies and the Health and Safety Executive, (far too much noise for the players and bad weather not good for their tans). Each match will last 20 minutes and be shown in a three hour programme complete with 60 replays of every incident. Matches will be played to a script written by a panel of experts and voted for by contestants (each call to cost £10 per second, local rates may vary). Sorry can't believe I've just typed this rubbish and cannot be ar**ed to delete it.

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • The run had to end sometime and to be honest, Norwich have looked second best in the second half in many recent games. So it's something to build on rather than the finished item, onward and upward. Let's hope the players see it as a blip, learn from it and push on rather than hang their heads and get defeatist. Hoots, you do need an impact striker.

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    waclor

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • WIth regard to the subs coming on too late, it depends largely on how the game is going. Martin came on for Whittaker at 55 and Howson for Hooly at 73, which is not exactly late. At 1-1 the thinking was probably that CIty didn't need an extra striker, but then that situation changed with the West Brom goal and as we now had nothing to lose, on came Simeon.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • After praising Bunn I only wish he had a bit more height.Fraser Forster has it without Ruddy's presence and would make a good replacement for him during his absence.He did well during his spell with the club and seems to have been better with his kicking lately.

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    Peter Watson

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Shame the run came to an end, but it was a good day (if there is ever one) the bottom 4 lost, we are still well clear of the drop. It would seem my loosing faith in Morow has been re-enforced. I repeat myself, but I think we can see the season out and survive, in Jan sell C Martin (if we can!) and Morow, then promote J Murphy and Loza lets see if they can shine.

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I see that Mr Lambert's inspired substitutions worked really at Stamford Bridge today!

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • A well known pundit friend of mine makes the point "If you have overall 60% possession in an away game and lose, because you can spend the entire 1st half knocking on the door and never opening it....you have an obvious problem. Today you didnt have Holt there to bully the back 4.....and it showed" We need a striker to compliment Holt....and like it or not ....Morison must have run out of opportunities to prove the doubters wrong by now.

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • he wants to have a bit more faith in Jackson then and leave that DONKEY Morison out!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • sorry to say that Morison at best is a good Chamionship player, what City need is a FAB U LUSH Striker, i am sure he is out there somewhere ...... oh and forget about Craig Michelsmith

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • We live in a free society + all opinions negative, positive + in-between should be encouraged. We pay our money + the club wouldn't exist without the fans. Morison needs to find himself another club. He's got a certain level of talent, but his way of playing doesn't fit in @ City, where the only way we'll stay in the Premier is if we play as a team. The City total has to exceed the sum of the parts. Holty will chase a sweet-wrapper if he thinks he can score from it. Morison wants the ball sliding into his in-step, facing the goal 5 yards out with only the keeper to beat. That won't happen very often @ Norwich. Bye Steve.

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    Timbo

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • I hope that Chelsea have got that one out of their system - WTF happened to Villa? I see that the final legal settlement is that Villa pay us what they owe us and we pay Lambo his promo bonus.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Don't like the negativity here or the fact that we are comparing CH to PL (Sorry, Dubai Canary.) We've had a great run and I reckon all Canary fans would have happily taken where we are now at the start of the season. We're at home for the next 2 massive games. Think we can definitely get something against Chelsea. Let's hope everyone is fit. Injuries now could really hurt us.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Agree with everyone who says CH doesn't use his subs early enough and as I said on an earlier posting "Steve Morison stand up and be counted". but he missed a golden opportunity. He was too slow, porky (when changing his shirt and probably afterwards as well), gave away too many fouls and can't even get his head to the ball first any more. Spends too much time waving his arms about when he has made a mistake. All sad but true, I really do feel sorry for him but Norwich City come first.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Wrt our goalkeeper situation, did anybody else see BBC's football focus yesterday lunchtime? Ruddy was one of the guests and did I really hear him say he wont be back until the end of March? I thought it was going to be 3 months - from 6 weeks ago. Absolutely nothing (unless I've missed it) about this extra time out from our local press?! Please someone tell me I misheard him...!

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    zebbee

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • With regard to the Lambert Hughton debate it's fairly obvious, where are we in the Premier League now? Where were we under Lambert at the same time? I can't agree about Morison being lazy, I think it's more that he doesn't get the lone striker role and his major problem is that he's not Holt.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Bunn is the shortest of our 4 `keepers; Dec & Jed are probably still growing! So Bunn is 4" shorter than Ruddy. As others have said, it is his positioning and command of the 6-yard box that`s lacking. Also, he needs to learn how to levitate a bit. Down to Dave Watson, England GK Coach. Paddy Kenny`s not that tall, either? Can we have data on how long goalkeepers` arms are? Apart from throw-ins, only `keepers are supposed to use their arms & hands.........

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Really well I mean!

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Special Christmas pressies for 3 of our players. Snodgrass TURBO BOOTS (for that extra burst of pace). Pilkington CONTROL BOOTS (helps control crosses) and Bunn STACK BOOTS (for the extra 6 inches) Merry Christmas my canary chums.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Hope you're right about another striker Brewer. We really are very dependant on The Horse. I think another poster on here was advocating appointing an attacking coach. Maybe but some coaching to our midfield players in finishing skills may reap dividends. With the presently favoured tactics of a single striker, the midfield players have to up their scoring rate and be less profligate with the chances that come their way. However so far so good. The only other niggles for me are the failure to give Declan his chance and the lack of a plan B when things are not going our way. Apart from these, great Hoots keep it going. Happy Christmas everybody.

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    waclor

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • How much longer do we have to endure the inadequacies of Morison ? Without doubt the laziest player on the field, would be surprised if he he actually broke into a sweat, watch the replays !! CH has to be able to mix it up a bit quicker when its not working. Morison should have been gone at half time, he is as much use as a fart in a spacesuit. Compare him to Lukaka, hard working, pacey and prepared to put a shift in. We deserved a point today but you have to put the ball away. Need a fast striker without a doubt and we will walk some of these games. Defence is good , midfield fine and Holty shores the whole thing up but he needs someone to play of him.

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    Turkish Martin

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • GKs in ascending order: MB - 6`0". JS - 6` 2.5". DR - 6` 3". JR - 6` 4". Though Jed and, maybe, Dec could still be growing! No data on arm length or Levitational Capability. It`s a shame that Jed Steer`s name has a superficial resemblence to the pestilential, 1p5wich Ar-chant planted troll`s. Surely not........

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Valid point zebbee, ref Garrido being left exposed to a big striker. That has happened to Adam Drury in the past. Can`t remember that passage of play but certainly a big central defender should have picked up Lukaku. Or a certain Mr. Holt might have, had he been there. Hopefully Ewan Chester`s impressive haul of Air Miles will result in us having an impact striker of our own soon, waclor. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Christmas Greetings to Mr Houghton and his band of Merry Men. Since your arrival, many good things have happened at our club. Norwich City have some really good players at your disposal. You have decided on a plan and a way of playing that is basic and effective up to a point.... The point being the oppositions penalty area. It then comes to a grinding halt. ..Why?..Perhaps it's because their instructions are to 'ram rod' their way through the middle. Opposition have now sussed this ploy, and pack their Penalty Area We don't use our wings, so only light cover is required by them. Last season we had overlapping runs from the full backs, crossing to Holt and Morison for their headed goals.. Count how many of our goals have come from this source this season! Man Utd! With Garrido to Pilkington just about sums it up..... Most of our goals this time around have come as a result of set pieces-Free Kicks and Corners. These are no doubt practised time and agaiat Colney, with some success, but Snodgrass is capable of much more than taking Free Kicks...... Please install him in his natural position 'Left Wing' and get him to practice crossing to Holt with his LEFT foot. Same principle can apply to whoever you choose to play on the right wing. I feel sure we will become stronger in attack, with Holt getting more scoring opportunities. By the way the defence is starting to ship water again........ All my advice is given FOC . Well it is Christmas!

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    Pa Snipps

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • we desparately need someone like jermaine beckford - playing well for huddersfield and something to prove in premiership - tall and skillfull.

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    citizen

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • We could have had something but for periods in the second half we were outplayed. Hoots is very late going to his bench - when the chips are down you have to mix it - PL had a knack for pulling the rabbit out of the hat ! OTBC now go and beast Chelski on Boxing Day.

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • Wrt to the substitution business. When WBA made changes to put 4 strikers on, what did we do? Swap Hools for Howson. Only saw the highlights via Sky but looked like we went defensive rather than giving THEM something to think about by puttting on another striker. I like Hoots but it does unfortunately show his defensive tendency. And btw BBC were blaming Garrido gor the winning goal. But just where were our central defenders when the cross came in - and indeed why was little Garrido left to mark Lukaku? That annoyed me.

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    zebbee

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • but the extra inches make all the difference. Would have stopped WBA first goal for sure. but he'll be fine after he opens my Christmas pressie.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Like Lobbo, I`ve been trying to talk up the possibility that Morison will step up to the mark. Sadly, once again, he didn`t or couldn`t. In our team everybody has to work, if one player fails to do that, others get overloaded (Wes & Tettey yesterday?). Hoots obviously recognises the shortcomings, which is why Holt is so firmly No. 1 choice and why Harry Kane came in (only to get injured - see him in action soon?) It was only 2-1, not a hammering. This team is a goalscorer away from being top half. OTBC. IHWT. (DEFINITELY!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Our run was going to end sometime, a pity we didnt show a little more zip in todays performance. Steve Morison is probably well suited for a lower league, Anyway from down under I wish all you other NCFC supporters a Happy Xmas it was 42C here today a little cooler your way.

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    Adelaide Canary

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • Reference goalkeepers, I believe Declan was poorly yesterday? From what (relatively little) I`ve seen of him, he has a more commanding presence in the 6 - yard box than Bunn does. I mean, 6` 0" (Bunn), is not exactly short, is it? JR is, I believe, 3" taller. I have no data on the relative length of their arms and, anyway, forwards may not use their arms.... ;-). Ruddy has the better "jump-jet" facility by far. I think opposing managers have noticed Mark`s lack of alacrity to levitate at times. Btw, despite the initials, I am NOT Mark Bunn, nor he me. Ditto MBA Marine, Michael Bolton, Michael Bailey, Mitchell`s & Butlers, Moody Blues, Mammy Brown and Ged Steroo.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • sorry to say that Morison at best is a good Chamionship player, what City need is a FAB U LUSH Striker, i am sure he is out there somewhere ...... oh and forget about Craig Michelsmith

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    Colby Army!

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • I don't think Morison can replace Holt and be the lone frontman. Bunn is a sound keeper but could or indeed should have done better with West Brom's equaliser. He knows there are aspects of his game which can be improved. It is hard for Bunn to replace Ruddy - one of a select number of players to win an England cap playing for City. Not disheartened. Cannot see us finishing below Aston Villa after their result at our next opponents Chelsea!

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    Capri

    Sunday, December 23, 2012

  • I'm not too down about the result, the run had to end sometime and I have the feeling that we will bounce back against Chelsea. I share the frustrations about Morison but can't agree that Simeon should have been played from the off - he is a good second striker playing off the main man but is simply not a main striker in the HoltMorison mould. The only problem, of course, is that Morison has to turn up, which more often than not, he doesn't. Can't see him staying around much longer, he had his chance today and muffed it.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Saturday, December 22, 2012

  • The run had to come to an end, it has happened now we need to get onto the next run. Bunn was always going to have a hard time replacing Ruddy, a little like when Ruddy replaced Foster, but I would say he will play against Chelsea and Man City as Hoots seems to have the confidence in him. Though he is not up to the Ruddy standard he does pull of some good shot stopping, I would say they need to work on his positional game and then the inches will be compensated for. I was one who hoped Morison would come good but sorry to say need to hold my hands up and say no does not look like it will happen! Where we are at present I hope Holt is back for Chelsea, if not I would give Jackson a run more as winger come attacker and move Pilks to a more attacking striker role on the basis of nothing ventured nothing gained. Merry Christmas OTBC

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    Singapore Canary

    Monday, December 24, 2012

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