Norwich City chief Chris Hughton is a relieved manager after late Premier League win over Hull City

Norwich City keeper John Ruddy hugs goalscorer Ryan Bennett after his late headed winner in the 1-0 Premier League victory over Hull City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City keeper John Ruddy hugs goalscorer Ryan Bennett after his late headed winner in the 1-0 Premier League victory over Hull City. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, January 18, 2014
6:08 PM

Chris Hughton admitted he feared Norwich City’s late Carrow Road winner to beat Hull City in the Premier League would never come.

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The Canaries looked to have run out of ideas after a spirited display against the Tigers until Ryan Bennett leapt above Alex Bruce and Leroy Rosenior to despatch Robert Snodgrass’ 87th minute corner. Norwich’s first win in nine games came as a major relief for the under-pressure Hughton after guding his side into 12th place - five points clear of the bottom three.

“I was concerned. There is a part of you that does think it won’t come,” he said. “We showed great resilience to keep going because I don’t think there was any doubt we deserved to win the game. We knew this was a big game and there was no point getting away from that but I actually felt there was more tension before the game. During the game the supporters were excellent. It has been a difficult time and we know we haven’t got the results we wanted. We knew it would just take one goal and one win to lift everybody and I was delighted for the supporters because they stayed with the team and they could see a group of lads who were trying to have a go.

“We want to be looking upwards in the table and not over our shoulders. I said it in the programme notes that a win would put us on the same number of points as Hull and it proves just how tight it is. We have to keep putting in performances and hopefully we get a few more breaks along the way, perhaps like we did in this game.

“We are talking about small margins and big wins. These three points become even bigger. You are then looking at the results of other sides, which is something you shouldn’t do, really. The tighter it gets, the wins get bigger. These are big wins. We will enjoy it today as we have a big game coming up (against Newcastle).”

Hughton was full of praise for match-winner Bennett who has stepped into the side with Michael Turner ruled out with a hamstring injury.

“It capped a very good performance from him. Overall, he’s done well Ryan when he’s come in,” he said. “He’s been in and out of the side so it’s difficult for him, but when he’s come in he’s applied himself very well so I’m pleased for him also.”

Hull boss Steve Bruce was left to rue an early chance for new signing Nikica Jelavic which struck the bottom of John Ruddy’s right-hand post inside the opening five minutes.

“We had a big chance in the first couple of minutes when Jelavic hit the post and Liam Rosenior has a really big chance but overall in the second half we were a touch disappointed with how we handled the ball,” said Bruce. “He (Jelavic) has done everything right, his connection with it was right, he struck it really well and I was expecting it to nestle in the back of the net. It has hit the post and missed by two inches, what a start that would have been for the lad. When you play like that away form home and come away with a point it would have been terrific for us, another point on the board - but it wasn’t to be.”

62 comments

  • A double edged sword if ever ther was one. A win and three points (and yes I did jump up and cheer when w finally scored). The problem is that it moves us up to 12th and that makes it look as though we are moving in the right direction, but to lyb and the other happy clappers, have you forgotten the no wins in eight, or the style of play we have under this regime? That was a win scraped against a very ordinary Hull side, and it only papers over the cracks of the bigger issue. We still cannot supply our forwards with clear cut opportunities, still substitute like for like late on, still play with cack handed wingers and worst of all.....we still have Hughton, Calderwood and Trollope

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • We may be limping, we may not be beautiful, BUT, the league position doesn't lie, a FACT not an OPINION, and has always been so. We are a small club, set in rural England, not in the huge, mega-populated metropolitan conurbations. Where the chimney-pots grow, is where the real cash is generated. Looking at the so obvious 2 tier PL, best we keep our dreams and expectations on a tight rein, merely competing will ALWAYS be a struggle - no matter who is at the helm. FACT.

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Against those examples LYB, may I mention Ron Saunders, Dave Stringer and Mike Walker. Yes it is tight in the Premier "second division" as this season the Prem appears to be split into two sections rather than three as in previous years where there has been a group of teams who spend the season relatively safe from the drop and with a chance at Europe. Judging Hughton as a success or failure cannot hinge on one match. There have been too many disappointments, poor performances, baffling decisions and humiliating results. I accept that Lambert was always on a personal mission but when he was here he gave the team and fans some pride. I guess Hughton is too nice a person to suffer from that sin but as fans we want to be proud of our team. Thanks for your advice on stewing in my misery. I shall not do so nor aspire to wallow in the boredom of self chosen mediocrity which is what you seem to suggest all City fans should be grateful for.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Yet another attempt to say that we are still papering over the cracks. It was a win albeit over a very poor Hull side who came for the draw, and three very welcome points for us. As for the perfomance, pretty much as usual, another a dour, dire affair screaming out for a bit of flair, then a like for like substitution late on and scraping a late goal, which I cheered like all of us did, but it was a double edged sword, because it means that Hughton and his cohorts have escaped the chop again, and we'll have to endure this misery for a while longer yet.

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • catchments - in reality NCFC probably calls on all Norfolk and maybe bits of surrounding counties too. Swansea have Cardiff 20 miles down the road and Southampton have Pompey 10 miles away. Personally I don't think the catchment argument holds water, City have long been shown to have a commited and loyal following at present only limited by the size of the ground and the cost of casual tickets, Remember, when Saints were in league 1 they were getting crowds of 15k in their 30k plus stadium, when we were getting 25k. I'm not saying we could command huge crowds like the urban teams, but in reality our support base is no worse than most other prem teams.

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    SussexYellow

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Hughton is unlikely to be sacked with City outside of the bottom three. That means five or more points from the three games starting with Hull followed by Newcastle and Cardiff.

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    Capri

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • I don't want us to lose a game but can understand it being a means to an end. I didn't want to get relegated to L1 but is was the catalyst for our rise to the prem!

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    kevin

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • What I would really love to know is why Archant will not post my comments however innocuous. Maybe I should say that Hughton is our Messiah and definitely better than the "Special One"

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    oldtimer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I think the best scenario is for Hughton to leave quietly in May after the team has limped to safety. He will consider he has been successful in avoiding relegation and so save face and we can appoint a tactically aware manager with sufficient belief in his ability (not false belief) to inspire the team to greater things.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Wow! Sense breaks out. Dissaster is right. The top 8 clubs are from big cities which have all been in the Prem for ages. Below them is this year's success team, Southampton. Then it's the rest of which we are second equal. And, as I write this, Swansea are losing at home again. It makes me think that all the grumblers are so successful at their jobs they have found the magic ingredient for the rest of us to share.

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    Stopper

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I've watched Villa twice in the last week, and I think they would really give NCFC problems. They don't give anyone much space. I agree with the comment about GH, but if he gets himself fit, I can see him giving defenses problems again.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • If we are measuring size by attendances then we're 14th in the EPL. Catchment areas or whatever are immaterial surely. It's bums on seats.

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    Cecil

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Worthington got us a season of premier league football, Lambert got us up there and won us another season of Premier League football, Chris Hughton got us yet another season of it and is on course for another. Every other managerial change that has been forced by fans over the years has been a travesty. You should learn from that. If not carry on stewing in your own misery, for what good it will do you.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • What's the point in getting someone in to help Hughton with tactics and motivation, he is the manager if he can't do get rid! There is no point having him here to twiddle his thumbs and to make extremely dull comments

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    Burglecut

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • A win is a win , but what a struggle against a poor poor hull side, Hughton must still go, how many times have we been here, I give it 5 games till it's another must win one.

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    Burglecut

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Dissaster when you say catchment area are you referring to catchment area for fans or players? If it is players it is irrelevant as we can recruit from anywhere. If it is fans, then I have a couple of points to make: 1. We don't have the smallest attendance in the premier league. 2. How many teams are FORTY miles away from their nearest league rivals? Hardly spoilt for choice looking for a team to support in Norfolk are you. I know we are never going to win the Prem unless the financial structure of football changes dramatically but why because we are in rural England should a cup success be out of the question? "We're only naarwich bor we'll never win nothun and we don't moind. We know our place." Spare me the tugging of the forelock please.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • My nerves could just about take 11 draws and a win MB but that win would have to be sooner rather than later!! Last year was bad enough - but with our final fixtures this year,my blood pressure would greatly benefit from getting the required 4 (plus) wins in really early this time around.

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    zebbee

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Catchment area means little? Norwich population 140k, Stoke (next smallest) 228k, I could go on, and mightily express my point . . ? Norfolk - 5th largest English county? - is hardly vastly populated. Do we even border large populations, Stoke, Hull, Soton, Swansea? No we don't.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Hughton AGAIN scraped through yesterday but how long will it last? Another couple of bad results and we'll be back down the bottom it's so tight. If he can keep us up I think we should remain with him although it'll be painful to watch but he needs to go in the summer. Nothing can excuse our shocking goal scoring record and his lack of tactical awareness and zero game changing substitutions. If the rest of you love seeing Norwich scrape wins 1-0 just enough to survive in this league instead of beating teams by twothree goals deservedly then your choice!

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    Drossel

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • LYB. The negative part is having an inadequate manager. Why do you and a few others always suggest there is an ulterior motive behind a desire by many supporters to get rid of Hughton. The only thing I have against him is what he is doing to the team. His inferiority complex and his lack of tactical knowledge have combined to take a team who had self belief down to the level where they are demotivated. As a leader he is certainly not inspirational, in interviews he comes over as very lightweight and some of the decisions he makes look stupid at the time and later prove to be. Shall I also mention that his style of football makes very very poor entertainment? There is no hidden agenda here LYB. We just don't trust Hughton to get the best out of the players and therefore do the best for our beloved Norwich City.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Benji, the Hoof The Hoot campaign will only end when his tenure does. There won't be a miracle with this coaching set up. He may keep us up this year but do we want to be known as the most boring team in the Premier league?

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • A another very poor performance am i pleased we got 3 points YES and pleased to see it has saved Hughton job for know NO . The players just can't or put in a good performance for Hughton why may be the players just don't like him. I still say he got to go no matter what happens to city stay up or go down. He will wast another £25 million if city stay up and CH stays just be more of the same

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    Obi-wan

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • There could be a lot of merit in what you suggest there, kenfoggo. Not just to help with the tactical side but to inspire the players. Hughton seems to recruit decent players, they start well (Bassong is the best example maybe) and then fade away. Rumours of CC departing for the top job at the North Walsham Cat Pottery still abound.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • "footyboy Oh FOOTYBOY....come out, come out wherever you are pee-wee....".....

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • You are the gentleman, Dissaster. My wish is that our team will soon meet the expectations of the most optimistic to the delight of all including those more pessimistic. We all want the same thing, don't we?

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    waclor

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Well I'll say one thing for the country vicar..when the chips are down, his luck goes up. Much better performance as well as result yesterday. Majority of possession to us + even as a " Hoof the Hooter" I'd have to say it would've been a travesty if we hadn't won yesterday.I'll be interested to see what happens next time we play a big team. Make a fight of it, or meekly surrender? We'll see. On a lighter note, the wheels have well + truly fallen off the Binners play-off bandwagon. Oh dear...good wkend for us- OTBC !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • LYB - Not soi sure we need 40 points this year to be safe. I reckon 37 will be enough to keep teams up. The bottom 3 teams have 18 pts from 22 games. Others not much more. So, they will need to double their points tally with 6 games less to play with to get to the 37 point mark. Not impossible I know as many teams improve when the going gets tough.I just think this year its unlikely. So, we might well need only 14 points - 4 wins and 2 draws. And long before those last 4 games ....please!!!

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    zebbee

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Yesterday must have put ten years on CH and probably the board as the game could have gone either way. A win was a must for us and thankfully that is what we achieved. I am not a great supporter of the manager's tactics at the best of times but will give him credit for going with a 4, 4, 2 yesterday. As I have said before, the board seem determined to stick with their man so lets all get behind the team and try to get them over the line so to speak. There were signs that the Hooper RVW partnership might just work but I still think the club should be looking for a decent target man to go with either of the above two and we also need a decent centre back as Turner is out for a while.

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    TrevorKeith

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • My thoughts exactly Cecil !

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    nelly

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Zebbee, you may be right. The Prem has split into 2 leagues more clearly than ever. Top 9 and bottom eleven. Villa lead the bottom XI with 24 points - just one more than us! I think in the Worthy Prem season we went down with 33 points, but had we won our final game (At Fulham!) we would`ve stayed up with just 36 pts. But we lost 5-0. Seem to remember WHU being relegated with 42 points or so another season? 37 could well do it. Pretty please!! How would 1 Win and 11 draws suit your nerves, zebbee? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I've watched Villa twice in the last week, and I think they would really give NCFC problems. They don't give anyone much space. I agree with the comment about GH, but if he gets himself fit, I can see him giving defenses problems again.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • No, the 'hoof the hoot' campaign won't end whatever he does. Those that set their minds against CH before he'd even started, for reasons known only to themselves, will continue to drip-feed the poison to other more open-minded fans that saw first McNally close his Twitter account and most of the Norwich squad to abandon theirs of late. I can understand their desire to insulate themselves from the unremitting negativity of it and I'm personally thankful that they have, as getting the results will need plenty of positivity from them. It's a bit of a shame for something that has always been a community club though. It was interesting to hear Ryan Bennett's mild rebuke of the anti-Hughton banners in his radio interview. That said, that same negativity seems to be binding them closer together if the group hug during the game was anything to go by. Regarding today's football, encouraging I thought. We were pressing high a lot of the time and service to strikers seems to be coming together, even if none of them were converted today, but nice to see a set-piece deliver. Very good to see Hughton's 4-4-2 approach deliver yet another three points. Out of 8 appearances in a 4-4-2 formation we've got 4 wins and 2 draws this season. Jonas put in a good shift I thought considering this is his first serious competitive game in a while. He's obviously very strong judging by the way he was batting off players challenging for the ball. I think his experience will be valuable for the younger players in the squad. Delighted to see Snodgrass get a cracker of a shot on target. He's definitely getting back to it, providing he hasn't decided to move away from the constant abuse up to Celtic seeing as Neil Lennon is interested in signing him. Bassong likewise looked more assured than he has in a long time. 4 wins and 5 draws to go then we're there. or 5 wins and 2 draws, or 3 wins and 8 draws or anything else that adds up to 17 points.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • considering the pressure the team was under ,i thought they gave it a real go.you do make mistakes when it is a must win game.rvw is a top player and would score loads of goals if the right tactics where being used.we must cut out the crossfield passes and coming backwards when we brake forward.we need quality and through balls delivered quickly to the strikers.trouble is the way we play we give teams to much time to get back in numbers to defend.football is such a simple game,why do we make it so complicated.by the way, havent seen much from the binners trolls to-day.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • It's a step in the right direction. Looking at February's fixtures, Man City aside, similar results like today will need to be achieved before the Hughton out campaign stops. Did anyone else notice Snodgrass with his mouth shut the whole game? Quite clearly someone has finally told him to button it! Hardly surprising that focusing on himself rather than complaining at others led to his best performance of the season. I am one of his biggest critics but if he continues to play like this then I will gladly eat my previous comments.

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    Benji Dubai

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • It's a step in the right direction. Looking at February's fixtures, Man City aside, similar results like today will need to be achieved before the Hughton out campaign stops. Did anyone else notice Snodgrass with his mouth shut the whole game? Quite clearly someone has finally told him to button it! Hardly surprising that focusing on himself rather than complaining at others led to his best performance of the season. I am one of his biggest critics but if he continues to play like this then I will gladly eat my previous comments.

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    Benji Dubai

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Gentlman, I bow to the greater knowledge.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Well if you can't be a good manager then being a lucky manager will get you half way there. City really need to get a good run going now to lift us to safety then we can get a new manager in as soon as possible.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Why do we have Chris Hughton ? Because Lambert walked out on us. It was always going to happen that after Lambert 'got the calling' from a 'big club' that City's fortunes may falter. Look at the Premiere league and there is a clear separation between 1 to 9 and 10 to 20. This is no coincidence - it is where the money is ! City stand 3rd out of 11 in this lower PL tier with eight clubs below us. It is incredibly tight with only 6 points separating 11 teams. Sorry the Boot the Hoot is becoming divisive and boring. The Board decides on the appointment of managers so let it rest there. Lets get behind the team and reel in the points that will see us back again next season. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I heard a couple of fans at the game saying that a loss would be good news, but they were still jumping up like the rest of us when the goal went in. I just put it down to emotions making some irrational. Whatever your view on this, I think we all realise that something needs to be done to give the whole place a lift. This will either be done by getting a new manager in or signing a big name. If the board have confidence in Hoots they should back it by making an impact signing.

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    Ellie

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • The debate about Hughton an interesting one with good points on both sides. I think the middle ground the best one - that the Hull victory seems to mean we might stay up, and that Hughton will be there till May. And then: I think we can all thank him for keeping us up during two uninspiring seasons and say but now we want to move on from the platform you have built. The bigger problem is the way the Premiership is now entirely about money. I would say that it should split into two - except that I'd miss seeing great teams like Man City or Arsenal. As things stand, we can probably only hope for a future position somewhere like Southampton's is now.

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    canary tifoso

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I certainly didn't want us to lose, and am delighted we gained 3 points. Maybe if RVW starts to convert a few, CH won't look such a bad manager? Some confidence would help everybody, players, manager and supporters alike. And I'm afraid, losing at this stage of the season is only a means to relegation, not to anything else. What price Cardiff's new manager?

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    Michael D

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Well CH & CC think they are safe,sorry NO.Yesterday we should have closed the game off early but NO we didnt.As always we ignore wide play,lump everything down the middle and when we realise the only way to win is go down the channels we look better.It is not the players at fault it is the instructions from the bench.Hands in pockets CH should go.Maybe if he opened his mouth and gave encouragement to his players and advice to them we may get better but NO.Hands in pockets stands there like a lemon.Use the width and win the games,most goals in football matches start with the ball in the channels not trying to dribble it thru` the middle.Are players are good,they aint Messi.Go back to basics.I enjoyed Holty last night on the pitch for Villa running about giving instructions and being in the right position a number 9 should be in ,not wandering about in a daze.Again it comes back to management.WE cant blame the players they dont lose their skills over night.It is what the manager tells them to do.Put him on paid leave and let the players play the way they want to.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Further to my last? We have the smallest catchment area in the PL. Just look at it? Every other team comes from a larger city. Does that not speak volumes?

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    Dissaster

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Ellie, I don`t want us to get loose. Hughton`s already relieved himself. Good not to lose today, no doubt.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Yes, I was pleased too when we scored, especially when I saw the delight on Delia's face. But today's win does not make up for all the poor Norwich performances I have witnessed under the Hoot. I still want to see the back of him.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Hughton is criticised for team selections and substitutions. Better tactics against Hull who came for 0-0 and were found out, if only just! Playing Hooper and RvW upfront. Bringing on Becchio and Pilkington welcome. Has Hughton been too nice to Snodgrass? Has this changed now Gutierrez has arrived?

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    Capri

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Watching Grant Holt who has just come on for Villa at Liverpool. He is certainly looking fat and slow, but, you gotta love him !!

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Perhaps keep Hughton and get rid of Calderwood and replace him with someone to give Hughton more support in the tactical sphere, like Phelan? Something needs to be done to make City mor entertaining, more dynamic.

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    kenfoggo

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I wanted us to lose - in a way - because we could then have got rid of Hughton which I believe is in the longterm interests of the club. Now I suppose we are stuck with him until the end of the season and into next if we stay up. Which is still a big if; we are only 5 points clear of the relegation zone. The next 2 games are vital also.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Well, at least it's good to see some comments that, if not in favour of CH (which is difficult right now) are putting the case for not dismissing the manager too easily. The evidence from other clubs is that dismissal doesn't work as much as people hope it will. This comments about some of these players who 'won't play for CH' or whoever, if true, are a disgrace on the highly paid so-called 'professionals' we employ. They have personal responsibility to themselves, families and the club. As many top, top pros have said, in the Prem hard work and effort is just the very minimum required, not something that has to be encouraged. If some of our players can't 'play for CH' they may be realising that they don't have this basic attitude to be a Prem player, which is different than not being able to adapt to a system for which I have some sympathy.

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    Stopper

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • CH is no more lucky or unlucky a manager than anyone else. The often quoted Gary Player ironic comment of "the more I practice, the luckier I get" sums it up for me. We were "lucky" to get 3 points at West Brom and "lucky" not to get hammered at Everton but We were definitely "unlucky" not to have beaten Cardiff and were only a Snodgrass penalty miss away from being above Villa today. I agree that the football has not been inspiring this season but we're where we are on merit, not luck. Slag CH off for overly-defensive play by all accounts but at least give credit where it's due. We're in the mix with half the Premier league in the relegation struggle but, hard as it may be for some to acknowledge, there are only 9 teams clearly more successful than us in the Premier league.

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    Canary on the moon

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • Well done Norwich. Great result and Ipswich lost - weekends don't get much better. I can't understand those that wanted us to loose; I'm just chuffed that we are 3 points closer to safety.

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    Ellie

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • Dissaster - well said, also we are a club that is owned by people who live within the community and CARE about it too. You have seen what can happen when clubs fall into the hands of foreign owners who treat them as toys and playthings. Equally bad are those owners who care little other than making a fast buck and a hefty return on investment. OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Well, at least it's good to see some comments that, if not in favour of CH (which is difficult right now) are putting the case for not dismissing the manager too easily. The evidence from other clubs is that dismissal doesn't work as much as people hope it will. This comments about some of these players who 'won't play for CH' or whoever, if true, are a disgrace on the highly paid so-called 'professionals' we employ. They have personal responsibility to themselves, families and the club. As many top, top pros have said, in the Prem hard work and effort is just the very minimum required, not something that has to be encouraged. If some of our players can't 'play for CH' they may be realising that they don't have this basic attitude to be a Prem player, which is different than not being able to adapt to a system for which I have some sympathy.

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    Stopper

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • I was wondering when 'disaster' would return, on a wave of euphoria generated by an scratched out 1- 0 win (which was seriously touch and go anyway) over poor opponents. How you, (and others) can rattle on about how well we are doing, being a "small club" and not being able to draw on a large catchment area. I say RUBBISH, we were starting to move up the leagues, we were spending more than we ever have, we were EXPECTED to improve. You load of easily appeased amoebas. Great real and expect better things of Norwich City. Can't be doing with this squit!

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Well if you can't be a good manager then being a lucky manager will get you half way there. City really need to get a good run going now to lift us to safety then we can get a new manager in as soon as possible.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, January 20, 2014

  • I've watched Villa twice in the last week, and I think they would really give NCFC problems. They don't give anyone much space. I agree with the comment about GH, but if he gets himself fit, I can see him giving defenses problems again.

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    MichiganCanary

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • My calendar needs 17 little marks on it... Better but I still want CH to go.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • CH's reveals his overly defensive, yes dull tactics by leaving out Wes and Nathan Redmond, two attack minded players. I'm baffled by the club's treatment of Hoolahan who when he plays for club and country is often the most outstanding player, possessed of vision, determination and elan. Redmond is the only Canary who can beat a man with his ball skills. The more he plays the more he'll improve his final ball and decision making. So no case for leaving either out of the staring line up. We have been badly hit by the injury to the outstanding Howson and Tettey, but I don't think CH uses the squad properly nor understands the need to play attacking football to win games.

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    Lastsongster

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • catchments - in reality NCFC probably calls on all Norfolk and maybe bits of surrounding counties too. Swansea have Cardiff 20 miles down the road and Southampton have Pompey 10 miles away. Personally I don't think the catchment argument holds water, City have long been shown to have a commited and loyal following at present only limited by the size of the ground and the cost of casual tickets, Remember, when Saints were in league 1 they were getting crowds of 15k in their 30k plus stadium, when we were getting 25k. I'm not saying we could command huge crowds like the urban teams, but in reality our support base is no worse than most other prem teams.

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    SussexYellow

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • Totally right waclor. We ARE the most boring side in the Premier League and that is the principal reason I want to hoof the Hoot. I am not a Hoot-hater - what's to hate?

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    Cecil

    Sunday, January 19, 2014

  • CH has the luck of the Irish, always manages to get a result when he most needs it, must be on his 9th life!

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    kevin

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

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