Norwich City will not wilt in the Premier League survival struggle

Norwich City's Joseph Yobo and John Ruddy celebrate a vital 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire. Norwich City's Joseph Yobo and John Ruddy celebrate a vital 1-0 Premier League win over Tottenham. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA Wire.

Monday, February 24, 2014
7:45 AM

It says everything about Chris Hughton and his Norwich City players that they are producing under the most extreme Premier League survival pressure.

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"A season that appeared in grave danger of being suffocated by a despondency and a pessimism which threatened to engulf has given way to a win that now serves to restore much-needed belief for what is still a brutishly tough road ahead."

Paddy Davitt

Norwich’s inability to marry genuine attacking potency with a heightened level of maturity running through most of their recent performances had combined to suck them closer to the bottom three and fuel the belief among many that they may not have enough to escape this time around.

That remains to be seen, even after a weekend when Norwich helped themselves whilst others around them obligingly faltered. But the way they swarmed over a Tottenham squad harbouring realistic top four aspirations offered irrefutable proof they can plot a route to safety through a hazardous run of fixtures.

Hughton’s squad were again resolute bordering on stubbornness, just like they had been against Manchester City last time out on home soil.

That vibrancy and positivity against the two of the very best has been matched by a home support who again found their collective voice when Hughton’s side needed it most in the eye of the second half storm.

Carrow Road has been transformed into a bear pit of raw emotion and passion at times during these past two home matches that had been lost for the majority of a campaign constructed on measured, controlled percentage football. Whether or not it is a response to the perilous situation Norwich found themselves in, City appear to have shed much of the cautiousness which irked so many.

What they had failed to eradicate during this current encouraging phase were the individual lapses which robbed them of points and arguably the wins they deserved at both Cardiff and West Ham. What set this latest offering apart was the delivery of a winner executed in such a cold, clinical fashion as to prompt the question why it has been seen so sparingly.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel harried Nabil Bentaleb into a miscue that was pounced on by the marauding Bradley Johnson who fed Robert Snodgrass to curl a left-footed finish around the diving frame of Tottenham’s French international keeper Hugo Lloris. It was a sliver of precision in a season of fitful attacking endeavour. Yet the truth is Snodgrass possesses a degree of technical proficiency shared by many in Norwich’s squad.

Van Wolfswinkel justified Hughton’s faith with a shift rich in industry and a willingness to press Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen to such an extent that it felt at times there must be two Dutch strikers on the pitch. The 25-year-old deserved his standing ovation despite another blank afternoon in front of goal where his one and only real half-chance came in the opening seconds when he tried to contort his body to divert Sebastien Bassong’s flick. Such was the softening up process, Gary Hooper’s late cameo allowed Norwich to finish the stronger with Johnson and Nathan Redmond denied by the woodwork and Lloris’ agility.

It was an afternoon when Hughton’s men shaded enough of those personal battles that decide games at the highest level.

Much of Tottenham’s power and dominance is sourced from a midfield that plays with an arrogance and whiff of the matador as they toy with opponents through blurring changes of speed and direction. Aaron Lennon cut inside at every opportunity, but in escaping the attentions of City’s full-backs he found an imposing barrier in Bassong and Joseph Yobo. Mousa Dembele has tortured Norwich on numerous previous occasions and Spurs could even afford to keep Christian Eriksen in reserve after the Dane helped destroy City in the corresponding fixture, but Norwich were equal to the challenge this time.

Leroy Fer and City’s wide players were disciplined out of possession and productive outlets when Norwich sought to lift the siege in the aftermath of Snodgrass’ incision. Alex Tettey and Johnson, stationed behind them, added muscular ballast to a defence marshalled superbly by John Ruddy. How different the scene from Upton Park when Ruddy’s misjudgement gifted James Collins that damaging late breakthrough. Here, the England keeper’s decision-making and reactions was magnificent. Twice he raced from his line to foil Emmanuel Adebayor with brave, perfectly-timed diving stops to halt the in-form Togo international. Nacer Chadli was then denied from point blank range as Tottenham threatened with each fresh incursion played out against a voluminous backdrop.

That second, pressure-relieving goal may have eluded Hughton’s side in the final throes but the sight of Wes Hoolahan’s arrival for his first outing since a tiresome transfer tango merely embellished the feelgood factor around this performance. Jonny Howson could even be kept in reserve following his lengthy injury lay-off. City will have the experience of Michael Turner and Jonas Gutierrez to call on for the run-in and the youth of Ryan Bennett and hopefully his namesake Elliott.

A season that appeared in grave danger of being suffocated by a despondency and a pessimism which threatened to engulf has given way to a win that now serves to restore much-needed belief for what is still a brutishly tough road ahead.

51 comments

  • I do believe a majority of players are behind the manager. (the ones I suspect are not, dont feature anywhere near regular for us anyway) Not being negative but I do feel long term it wont last. This seasons should never have been about surviving by skin of our teeth again....if we do survive. Recent games have been a massive improvement though. Dont get me wrong theres plenty of worries still there at times with our performances but for a huge period of season we wasnt even getting close to making a chance. Now we are creating though chances and bar the odd defensive slip were looking alot more solid at the back as well. Like I mentioned earlier. Big turning point is can we go to one of our rivals and get a result....whether its a draw or win it doesn't matter to me, we just have to come away from Villa park with something. Then maybe, we can say we've turned that corner. Its usually after a good performance against a bigger side we totally no show away from home against a relegation rival. Fingers crossed. Pleasing that Howson was on the bench as well (even if he didnt actually warm up during the game). Funny how his return to fitness has suddenly sparked good performances from Johnson, Tettey & Fer. Gives the manager some tough choices to make in the run in. Gotta keep everyone fit now!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Looking forward very much to the Stoke game now especially given my very limited visits to Norfolk. My last Carrow Road visit was a truly depressing experience for the boxing day misery against Fulham. Will actually be spending 3 nights in Norwich having never actually stayed overnight before, given my family living in the Fens. Anyone have any decent city centre hotel recommendations? Otherwise am booking the Duke Street Premier Inn. Looks OK....

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • 100 percent Timbo. Apart from being a season ticket holder i have been to many away games since last August (don't bother anymore)& believe me most have been an embarrassment. Lets see what happens against Villa,Southampton & Swansea + the final 5 games.

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    superfan59

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Jigs, gracious remarks about Johnson and Snoddy who indeed had a great game. On the money with your three "gripes" about yesterday. Three biggest positives for me were RVW out there biting defenders' ankles (and thus making the goal); Yobo's cool head; and CH psychology giving Wes a little run out. BTW Paddy, the word you wanted was not "voluminous"...

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    Pierre

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Mattias, the story about your mate being banned for life seems truly over the top, but are you sure you've got the full story? If it was his mothers season ticket, why did they ban him rather than her or, more to the point, the bloke who was sitting in her seat?

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    Canary on the moon

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Salute the Hoot!

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    bazzaboy

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Agree Barking. Exactly what i've told him to do. He sits directly in front of the man in charge of the Barclay end project. They've got a big meeting this week at Carrow road. Hopefully he will be able to aid getting him back at Carrow Road. The guy is in pieces. Horrible to see a fully grown adult man in such a way. Id be exactly the same had it happened to me. Far bigger fish to fry at the moment and totally overshadowed a massive win for NCFC for me and our regular bunch of Season ticket holders. Its more annoying when there is clearly people out there on Fbook & Twitter selling there seats at big profit weekly yet nothing is done with them. Very harsh treatment. Stewards were clearly on something sunday as they were out in force and waaaay over the top in the Lower Barclay. In terms of the game, im thrilled. Spurs were very ordinary though. Shocked me, but I guess thats why I had it down as a NCFC win with the bookies. Im not going to go all negative as we all know we've had many false dawns at NCFC this season but the true test will be next sunday. Get something from the Villa game whether its a draw or a win and maybe just maybe we've turned that elusive corner.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The difference for me has been Tetey and Yobo, they seem to be filling the gaps brilliantly. Did you see Yobo's reaction at the final whistle, great attitude for a loanee.

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    spanishcanary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Sharky do you think people want to be negative ?. Come on we all know its been a porr season, yes for sure things have improved in the last few games but for me CH still gets the basics wrong , west ham subs for example, and not usre when Fer looked past it yesterday why he took off Redmond but hey a fantastic win and we now need to follow it up next week. Its seems like every time we win the Hughton supporters want to make personal attacks on the outers and say we told you so. For me I hope it comes good but 2 wins in 12 isnt good form is it. If your postman only delivered 20% of the time would you be happy ?. Anyway good win, thought Wolf done a good job running and he wont find confidence on the bench so glad he started and hope he does next week.

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    Jimhow

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Apologies Canary on the moon. I couldnt post more details as archant kept filtering and not posting annoyingly so I gave up on my truly essay like post! lol. His was taken because he refused to say where the seat was he had given to someone for one game. They didnt know it was his mothers etc....they just oddly knew he had allowed someone to use someone elses ticket. Almost like someone had grassed or complained etc...all very odd. Way I see it, when you enter the ground its the clubs responsibility to ensure if someone is on an OAP ticket for example they are an OAP. Thats what makes me think its someone talking etc....as once inside how on earth do they know he allowed someone to use a ticket belonging to his mother. Bizarre as anything. Either way extremely over the top by the men in orange jackets. At a time when the club needs its passionate fan base in the Barclay they appear set on destroying it.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • LOL...well indeed Paul. Trust me, I've not forgotten them, but if I were to list all the Country Vicar's failings as a manager, we'd be here till.. 1p5wich got promoted ! I think today is a day for celebration but also a gentle reminder that after yesterday;s result our league postion has merely gone from dire to fair. I'm not the Hoot's biggest fan + I don't believe he's the right man for the city manager's job long-term. However, if we can play the rest of the season like we did yesterday we will stay up (just). All Hughton did yesterday was play as most of us have been urging him to all season. Perhaps he's started consulting these boards for advice..Ha Ha !- OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Indeed it does "say everything about Chris Hughton and his Norwich City players"....it might well be saying that whether or not they survive relegation then part of the arrangement will need reconsideration for next season.

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    Armchair fan

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • What an awful program MOTD has become.The few highlights bor no clues as to how we played. Credit where its due. The last four games have seen a big improvement. Maybe just maybe the players support the manager. Unlike some people here. Sad that they still want to be negative. OK time well tell.For goodness sake enjoy it. OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Heard Snodgrass on the radio this morning "we got this win because we have worked so hard this past month" Should they have not been made to work at this rate a lot earlier in the season?

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    Jim

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Sorry, DJB, I tried to make some helpful suggestions regarding your accommodation without giving away free advertising......but Archie was having none of it. However, if you own a caravan, there is a company based at Ruin Tower which is happy to let you use their car park. They've also been known to let travellers use their toilets. It's only 10 minutes walk to the ground too.

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    User Removed

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Sympathy, Mattias. Sorry about your mate. Quite ridiculous. But that's the modern way, isn't it? Organisations are so obsessed with red tape, petty regulations and ticking boxes that they fail to apply common sense. So much for a "family friendly" club. Suggest your mate writes letters to all the directors personally.....ad keeps writing them until this absurd decision is revoked.

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    User Removed

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • MY, I have been defending Snodgrass against the boo boys for a couple of weeks now and he certainly showed them just what he is all about yesterday. Perhaps not top draw first half but he turned it on second half. Lobbo, I think a number of the top teams come to CR thinking they will get an easy 3 points, put in 50% effort and then get taken by surprise. Once you start that way, it is difficult to change the mind set, when we play the other teams around us, they play with 100% determination as their survival depends upon the result. Mind you one poor mistake by Bassong so nearly cost us very dearly yesterday but for the brilliance of Ruddy.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Mattias333 - Some good considered comments - of course you are right, the likes of Mr McNally can never win - just like the manager, anyone in such a public position will always get criticised by someone. While I don't feel too sorry for any of them - after all, it's not a bad job is it ? and they are very well rewarded financially. It all runs in cycles at every club. A manager will have a good season and the criticism goes away (look at Wenger, he was also very much under fire a year or two back when all the Arsenal fans were saying he was clueless). Martin O' Neil could do no wrong as a manager but then his side had a dip and the Sunderland board wouldn't back him despite a long term impressive record. Like I say, it is all very fickle, football fans generally behave as a group (yes, like sheep) and don't think things through. Just my opinion. And why do Norwich fans bear a grudge with Paul Lambert who took the club from league one to the Premiership? He should be knighted.

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    Johny

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well Paul, others could turn round + say you're far too easily pleased! Yes mate, this was an excellent win, but the reason it stands out is that there's been too much dross served up @ the Carra + on the road since last August. How about the Hull game, we were beaten by 10 men if you recall? I'm afraid some of us aren't going to be bought off by a battling draw against Man City + the one fantastic win yesterday. Give me 3 wins out of the next 5 games (do-able) + I might start believing in the country Vicar a bit more. At the moment he still looks like a nice bloke way out of his depth- OTBC.

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    Timbo

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Obviously on M O T D this was an edited version but having watched it live on Sky it belied the evenings viewing. One swallow does not make a summer but this was an enormous, massive improvement on previous offerings. A lot of the midfield movements and passing was brilliant and they were able to get through Spurs fairly easily. Take your hat off to Winkle, he didn't threaten the goal but he more than worried and occupied the two Spurs defenders who were both booked. Keep this up and they could easily climb as West Ham have done.

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    blackdog2

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Oops! DJF not DJB. Sorry.

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    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Great result and a pretty decent performance in places but needs to be followed up with more of the same next week at Villa. Too often a positive performance has been followed by another bad one. Nothing less than a point will suffice. Very happy we played Spurs after a Europa League fixture. The format and timing of that cup will always be a challenge even for the bigger clubs. Despite that, very very happy to get the points.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Great result yesterday thoroughly deserved it. I agree about Danny Mills on MOTD what a load of nonsense I bet he decided what he was going to say before the game was played. I was a ball boy when he was just starting out at NCFC and couldnt get out of the reserves, I still cant believe he played for England....

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    GossVolley

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Timbo, you forgot to mention letting Holt, Vaughan, Butterworth and Ayala go, not to mention not giving Fox a chance! Those are usually the complaints we see about Hughton on these pages.

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    PaulWho

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Jim I was at West ham and very annoyed by the subs made. I was the first to mention it here. I did want change. Credit where its due. We are much improved. Enjoy it. Lets hope it lasts.

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • A great result, but worrying signs with Bassong missing a ball through the centre. Also, several chances coming from Spurs players with their backs to goal playing the ball to others outside them, with the full backs AWOL and only poor finishing or good goalkeeping resulting in a clean sheet. We, like Spurs, need more cool heads in front of goal, if we are to score more goals.

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    Sprowstonboy

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Come on Norwich fans, how about giving just a little bit of credit where credit is due? I've been a critic of Snodgrass all too often, but what a strike! An absolute peach of a goal. As for Bradley Johnson's thunder bolt of a free-kick; I bet that cross bar is still shaking this morning! A fantastic performance and a fantastic team effort deserving of praise - not criticism. I now just hope that the lads do the same at Villa - after all we owe them one don't we?

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Totally agree with you over Snodgrass TK. Don't think you should be too harsh on Bassong. The back four and goalie have an immense amount of pressure on them because we're not taking enough chances at the other end. The one slip didn't cost us, and he was otherwise excellent.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Sadly though i've not been able to enjoy the win yet. One of my best friends got banned for life by NCFC. His mother who sits elsewhere in the L.Barclay was sick on the day of the game and he let someone else use her OAP ticket. Oddly stewards said nothing on entry despite the light flashing Orange for an OAP etc...yet after HT on returning to his seat a load of police and stewards were waiting. Find it extremely over the top by NCFC especially when we support the club through thick and thin and all over the country and has a clean record by his name that they'd ban him for life. Especially when many people sell there tickets weekly via social media. As a club surely we have bigger fish to fry at the minute, like ensuring we stay in the Premier League. Taken away what should be a time of celebration for me and its not even me whose been banned. Really wonder what goes through the clubs head at times.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Nce smry, Mat. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well what a huge 3 points that was. Sadly hasn't changed my prediction of obtaining only 36points as I had the Spurs game down as a NCFC win. 1# Spurs, especially under Sherwood are distinctly average. 2# When ever pressures applied to Hughton we normally deliver the goods. Sadly though i've not been able to enjoy the win yet after some more Hitler styled stewarding by NCFC. Ive not seen C block get told to sit down in over 10 years, but they actually managed it at 1 point. No issue with that rules are rules & it didnt last anyway but what truly upset me was an extremely good friend of mine and loyal fan getting banned for life. His mother also sits elsewhere in the lower Barclay as is extremely sick an on the day of the game he ensured her seat was filled by an NCFC fan. Despite 1000's of people publicly selling there tickets via social media (home & away fans both guilty of this) and even worse fans selling there tickets to rival fans who sit in the home area, he has been rather harshly ejected and banned for life. Its all a bit of mystery and im still going round in circles trying to figure it out. Obviously the club have got annoyed as his mothers seat is an OAP seat and they want the whopping £9 difference. But he was approached a frog marched out the stadium immediately after HT. Surely if a fan goes through and the light flashes orange for OAP action is taken there and then. Not at HT when he returns to his own seat. Dont get how the two are tied up. Further more the person sitting in his mothers seat wasnt approached once so utterly puzzled how they've established he let someone use his mothers ticket. Obviously in the eyes of the club they want there £9 upgrade. Granted, hands up hes done wrong there. But seems incredibly harsh of the club to treat a life long (30 years +) fan with no history of trouble. Banned for life and threatened with arrest if he didnt either give up his ticket or the location of his mothers ticket. Very very harsh when countless other fans sell there tickets weekly for big money and never get one bit of punishment to them. I know its not a big deal to most, but when a good friend whose supported the club through thick an thin is treated like this its awful to see. Something was clearly up saturday as Stewards in the Barclay were out in force like ive never seen before. I hope the club sees sense as right now it needs every loyal fan it can get. Far bigger fish to fry like ensuring we all get behind the boys, make it a cracking atmosphere and keep our team in the Premier League. Sorry for the essay. Its just really wound me up. I should be celebrating a great win and the fact we've not let a goal in at Carrow Road in 2014!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • From what I saw of Wolfies effort yesterday, he suddenly seemed to have woken up to the fact he needs to create opportunities s opposed to waiting for them to literally fall at his feet. Yep, would have been nice to see him slot one or two chances into the net, but he seemed much more on it with regards to hassling the opposition. hope this continues to the last game of the season now!

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    powelld123

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well what a big 3 points that was. Sadly hasn't changed my prediction of obtaining only 36points as I had the Spurs game down as a NCFC win because 1# Spurs, especially under Sherwood are distinctly average. 2# When ever pressures applied to Hughton we normally deliver the goods. 3# At home in 2014 were been much more defensively sound.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The big question is, why we don 't play against the Fulhams and Cardiffs of the world the way we have done against Man. City and Spurs. I'm afraid that has got to be down to CH's mind set, team talk and tactics. What does anyone else think?

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    Lobbo

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Plenty of recommendations, DJB, but I'm afraid Archie would veto all of them (reason : Other). You selection probably ok but 20-25 mins walk to Mecca.Try Tripadvisor if you want alternatives.

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    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Did not look to great on MOTD , Three points gained by the Hoots style of play, IF we do stay up the big question will be does the club want to continue in the same way next season .

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    Melvyn Parkerson

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Generally, we've actually picked up most of our points from the bottom 10 teams this season. Our team been improving all season, but it's masked by a lot of injury troubles setting it back. Contrast the side we saw yesterday to the one that fell 2-0 to Tottenham earlier in the season. We created more chances than Tottenham were. The one missing ingredient at the moment is converting a higher proportion of those chance. Confident that will come. Everything else is in place now.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I have been a big critic of both Johnson and Snodgrass, but happy to eat my words. But why, oh why don't they play like that all the time? Three gripes from yesterday - Ruddy's distribution was woeful, when will Redmond learn not to be so greedy and why do the BBC pay Danny Mills to spout drivel?

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    jigs69

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • LYB, Not trying to get on Bassong's back as overall he had a very good game, as did the whole of the defence, Ruddy was outstanding and looked back to his best. The midfield was eqaully as impressive. RVW still looks poor at present and I think Hooper must start next game but it is good to have competition for the spot to keep the other on his toes.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Mellow Yella Lobbo, completely agree. The good days have been far too few and better consistency required. If the performance of the good days was replicated regularly and a strong last 11 games was achieved, I think the majority might even come round to accepting CH. I'm happy to give him credit for yesterday. Going to be a bumpy but interesting few weeks. COYY

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Yes, while we should celebrate the win we can't get carried away. As DJF says, our season is punctuated every so often by a good result but almost inevitably followed by a dismal display. Consistency and goals will be the key to survival, not just one result (great though it was). I know RvW worked hard but as a centre forward he is still woefully short of his prime objective - scoring goals. He looked so short of confidence yesterday that it was a real gamble to play him. When Hooper came on we looked a better team going forward and his run set up Fer beautifully. Pity about the finish! I feel that with due respect to RvW we shouldn't risk him but stick with Hooper. Even with two up front I would still prefer to see either Elmander or see Becchio given a chance. Nearly fell off my chair when Hoolahan was introduced yesterday!!!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Exactly we all know the problems. Been highlighted so many times its even boring to me Mr Essay now. Its what we do now that interests me. Is it another false dawn or will we kick on and get the run of games together. Right now its only going to take someone getting run together to save them from this 7-9 team fight. Ideally needs to be us before those final games! If we turn up at Villa next week and get rolled over in true NCFC style under Hughton then it really will be 1 step forward 500 back. Need to stop that habit now. I'd take a draw from the Villa game right now but im hoping for more. They awful at home and pressures on them to beat us or the increasing pressure will mount on Lamberts head.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Superfan59 - or should that be 'part time supporter' if you only go when the team are playing well? But if your glass is half empty then you will always find something negative to say. Football fans are fickle and like sheep, when things arn't going well they are all quick to jump on the 'sack the manager' bandwaggon. Fulham played West Brom at the weekend - 5 managers between them in one season. Is it coincidence that they are both at the foot of the league ? Hopefully the Norwich board are more astute though it was disappointing that they couldn't go further (as West Ham did) and give public 100% backing to the manager.

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    Johny

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • A lifetime ban seems a seriously over the top sanction although suspect the fact it was a reduced rate ticket was the thing that provoked the excess wrath. Try tweeting McNally about it (suitably humbly under the circumstances), see what happens. That sort of sanction needs to be reserved for racism and violence, not that sort of trivia.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • It's amazing the number of folk who can turn a real positive into something miserable. I hope they aren't milkmen as they would surely turn it sour every morning!

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    PaulWho

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Thanks Barking. I think I may have found a good solution just out of the city centre. Really looking forward to the game. Living in Belgium, I normally only get to a handful of games a season and Stoke and Fulham away (if I can get tickets) will be the lot for the rest of this season.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • very tricky. Totally understand those like yourself who desire 100% of the manager but I can also see why some fans and the board have acted as they have (and justified as well IMO). They were clear when Hughton was appointed that they were looking for the club to continue moving forwards and build on the already good work achieved previously. With the outlay paid out by the club the 13 months + of decline and flirting with relegation sort of demands answers or at least pressure being applied to a manager. The silly thing is everyone is wetting themselves over the McNally comments but if you listen to the entire interview he also praises the things Hughton has done right. Its not a total "lose and your fired speech" than some have made out. If you want personal opinion im still the same as always, I dont think long term Chris Hughton is the man to take NCFC forward. How much further we could possibly move forward without major investment is a totally different debate but ultimately my own personal opinion is the clubs capable of more with the squad currently at its disposal. Am I right? Who knows, its just my own opinion. Been wrong before an I will again. Im no more right than those who wont even debate the possibility Hughton may not be the right man for NCFC. What ever McNally says he cant win with fans. Hes in the thankless job where no matter what you do your wrong in someones eyes. I challenge everyone who hasnt to listen to the entire interview and dont go off what the papers publish. They pick and choose there quotes to suit there needs. We beat Spurs, we've been here before yes, it may be a false dawn but lets focus on getting the scalp of Villa. There awful at home, the fans are getting on Lamberts back (trust me I know, my mate I stay with up there when we play says there on the verge of fully turning on him), now is the best time to finally get one over on that smug scotsman and go along way to helping us survive another season in this divison. I know we will rock up there happy to take a point, but the longer we frustrate them the more there fans will turn, mark my words. Based on recent form there is no reason why we cant get some kind of result at Villa Park other than us doing one of our "no show" days which I truly hope is out our system now. (disclaimer: apologies for the essay)

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • On topic. RVW did have a much better showing yesterday. Agree totally. Im a bit of a stat geek and according to the official stats RVW achieved something truly unique yesterday that no other player in that game managed. He completed a pass.....to himself in the 1st half.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • OMG. We only won by one goal against a tired team that are only 5th in the league. We should be winning these games by at least 4 and with at least 75% possession. Anything else is just unacceptable and smacks of the negative dross served up by CH every week. Where was that proven PL striker Becchio? OMG, sack CH now. And then replace him with Neil Adams, whose massive PL coaching and managerial experience will definitely spark an improvement.

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    PutneyCanary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • We need to play with that intensity against all the teams ( not just the top sides) which we don't seem to do. Whether its Villa or Stoke we need to close down and play higher up the pitch .

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    andys

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Anyone seen Jiz Snott this morning?

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    B Inners

    Monday, February 24, 2014

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