Norwich City record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel gets Chris Hughton’s backing

Ricky van Wolfswinkel is held back in the box. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Ricky van Wolfswinkel is held back in the box. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, September 30, 2013
7:00 AM

Gary Hooper’s omission against Stoke proved Chris Hughton’s biggest selection dilemma.

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The Norwich boss readily admitted Hooper’s match-winning brace in the Capital One Cup win over Watford had offered a compelling case for inclusion, before he opted to retain Ricky van Wolfswinkel up front after the Dutchman overcame a toe injury.

“Yes, Gary was very much in my thoughts,” said Hughton. “I really had to give that one some serious consideration because I wanted to be positive, in whichever way it was we set up. In the end I felt we could get more joy from having a bit more possession and breaking from midfield, and that is how it proved.

“We know Ricky is a goalscorer but sometimes it takes time. He is the type of player who needs help from his team mates to create chances. What you can’t fault with him is his work-rate for the team. We have to give him enough decent service to score goals, but the other side of his game and his work for the team is excellent.”

City’s club-record signing was quick to remove his right boot in the process of being substituted in the closing stages by Johan Elmander, but Hughton allayed fears van Wolfswinkel may have suffered a recurrence of his toe injury.

Nathan Redmond (thigh) and Javier Garrido (thigh) are also both expected to be in contention for Chelsea’s upcoming visit, whilst Hughton confirmed Sebastien Bassong (hamstring) may be fit to feature against the Blues.

“Seb wasn’t close for this one in the end,” said Hughton. “We’re hopeful for the next game and that goes for the other two lads. They just have minor knocks. Nathan, after his exploits at Watford, just felt his thigh slightly at training on Saturday and Garrido came off at half-time in the same game with his groin but we’re hopeful they will be okay for next weekend. They are all very, very short term injuries.”

21 comments

  • Where are the boo boys gone?? I am pretty sure Mad Brewer aka MB aka Slang Talk aka Cant Understand Anything He Says aka (sic) aka Boo Boy aka Ring Leader was one of the Hughton out brigade!!! Whats happened??

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    KevBarnbrook

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • MOTD has a habit of concentrating on selected incidents but missing others. The camera did not lie yesterday and we too were denied a penalty. I am sure RVW will get there but I still think Hooper may be the better player right now and I would have started with him. I think when a player gets the tag of being the most expensive, he becomes a millstone around the managers neck. There is no shame in switching the squad around from time to time and then playing the man on form that is for sure.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • CH got this one right! We were on it from the off and defended really well in the second half when Stoke did wake up. I wouldn't have started with Hooper after his tiring shift on Tuesday night and Elmander put himself about to help close out the game. Two matches without Johnson and two wins says it all really. Long may this new look midfield set up continue.

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    jigs69

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • What really surprises me is that the EDP also talk about the Fer incident, even when the RVW incident is in the picture at the top of this page. Did you watch the game Paddy or simply base your report on last night's MOTD2?

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • MellowYellow, there`s also a Mellow_Yellow around today! One and the same? I thought one of them had morphed into Hurdy Gurdy Man. The MOTD team seem determined to dismiss Norwich. The `penalty` incident on RvW was at least as real as the one involving Fer. Hull City seem to have the Midas touch with penalties so far this season (outside the special Six). Fer could make a big difference to this team; a midfielder who is not either a defensive one or an attacking one, just a very good one all round.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • I thought The Wolf put himself about quite well especially given that Stoke away is not the kind of game i would expect his style of play to flourish in. Feels like he's on his way and upping his work rate, I dont think it will be too long before a game when it all clicks and he bangs a few in.

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    GossVolley

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • Have you ever known MOTD to talk at length about Norwich, Sky are just as bad. It was a good performance at Stoke, a deserved win. Norwich are stuck on the geographical wing, and at times ignored

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • Leroy Fer was outstanding against Stoke, he can certainly pick a pass or two, i think Hooper could certainly benefit from Fer`s vision , get im in !!

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    marcohendy

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • KevBarnBrook, sorry but I have to defend Mad Brewer here. If you actually think he is a chief boo boy you clearly don't understand what he posts!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • The media seem intent on focusing on the Fer penalty incident. Lazy journalism. If they bothered to research or look deeper they will see that sort of thing happens constantly throughout the game, especially to Fer himself. Fer to so strong though he rarely takes a tumble. Switch focus to earlier in the game and watch replays of when Ryan Bennett hit the woodwork....look at what is happening to RVW...hes been placed in a headlock that wouldnt look out of place in a MMA or WWE ring. That was more stonewall than the Fer one. In real life if Jones dropped his wallet and I quickly picked it up and grabbed his arm to tell him I doubt highly he would fling himself to floor because of the force of my tug.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • Doc, you've 'stolen my thunder', with your article - totally! Well done that man!

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • We just need Redmond back for the tediously frustrating Snodgrass . . .

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    jigs69

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • I think RVW has got toughen up a little bit both physically and mentally. He got beasted by some big lumbering Stoke rugby players at CB on a number of occasions and I think that was because he was too static off the ball. Yes he did get man handled but I don't recall him ever finding space for a pass or taking on a defender with the ball? I don't want people to think I’m lambasting him (I'm not, honest) I believe he's working hard, just not doing the right things at the moment. Hooper must be chomping at the bit to get a start and I think it's time to give him a couple of games to see what he can do.

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    MellowYellow

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • Trev, I too am totally convinced RvW, along with Hooper, will prove their worth over the season. As has been said, over'n'over - ad nauseam - the PL is not a sprint, but a marathon, time for all for their place in the sun? The Hughton Out Brigade, will be both muted & forlorn this morning, not having a Sunderland-esque horizon. A new manager in the offing, the psychedelic mist of assured success, and Sooty's magic wand to direct proceedings.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • For those thing the Wolf is not tough enough I would point out that it was his challenge on 2 stoke players that created the space and goal for Howson. The biggest problem for the Wolf is Pilkington and Snodgrass continually cutting inside and cramping the strikers space. This current obsession with playing wingers on their wrong wing is not limited to Norwich, and despite being continually criticised by the MOD pundits still happens too frequently. Was there one quality cross into the box for the Wolf yesterday?

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • I think RVW has got toughen up a little bit both physically and mentally. He got beasted by some big lumbering Stoke rugby players at CB on a number of occasions and I think that was because he was to static off the ball. Yes he did get man handled but I don't recall him ever finding space for a pass or taking on a defender with the ball? I don't want people to think i'm lambasting him (I'm not, honest) I believe he's working hard, just not doing the right things at the moment. Hooper must be chomping at the bit to get a start and I think it's time to give him a couple of games to see what he can do.

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    MellowYellow

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • Oh "Doc" i do know, i read the comments every day as i do like reading the articles and then the comments, to which make me frustrated with pettyness of some of our "fans" who like i have said, last week were mainly calling for Hughtons head, but one win, thy all seem to have disappered. Plus his (I am guessing its a he) annoying comments that never make any sense and struggle to fathom any sense out of it, frustrate me... But on a lighter note, i do think Van Wolfswinkel will come good, the premier league is a totally different league compared to many others and like anything it takes a while in getting your feet and finding out how your team mates work.

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    KevBarnbrook

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

  • One away win (by one goal) does not mean that Hughton is suddenly the Messiah. Let's face it, Stoke were not that good on the day, and although I did eat my words and say that Hughton got it right on the day, let's not kid ourselves. He still has a long way to go to prove to most City fans that he is the right man for the job, and if he wants to move onwards and upwards he should be looking to get rid of Bewilderwood and co. and go for Mike Phelan or someone with more nous than our current coaching team. With regard to RvW, he is only ever going to be as good as the service he gets, I bet it is a real culture shock to come to a club that have had such a negative mind set up till now. Snodgrass is definitely due a rest and a quiet word in his ear about continually falling over and whinging, and wouldn't it be nice just once in a while for the wingers to change over and get crosses in with their natural foot, swinging away from the keeper?. All of that said I think the penny has finally dropped. Hughton knew he was getting close to going and now needs to keep up what we started to do at Stoke.

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    oldtimer

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

  • Trev, I too am totally convinced RvW, along with Hooper, will prove their worth over the season. As has been said, over'n'over - ad nauseam - the PL is not a sprint, but a marathon, time for all for their place in the sun? The Hughton Out Brigade, will be both muted & forlorn this morning, not having a Sunderland-esque horizon. A new manager in the offing, the psychedelic mist of assured success, and Sooty's magic wand to direct proceedings.

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • That picture shows it wasn't just Stoke who were denied a penalty because of pulling in the box. This was when Ryan Bennett hit the bar, I was wondering why RVW was going backwards when the ball was in front of him. Strangely this was totally missed by Match of the Day who spent the whole analysis talking about Stoke. If you notice, at the goal RVW disrupted 2 defenders at the vital time, well done that man!

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, September 30, 2013

  • Doc, you've 'stolen my thunder', with your article - totally! Well done that man!

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    Dissaster

    Monday, September 30, 2013

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