The time has come for Wes Hoolahan to do his talking on the pitch at Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan made his second consecutive start for Norwich City in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Stoke. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Wes Hoolahan made his second consecutive start for Norwich City in the 1-1 Premier League draw against Stoke. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Monday, March 10, 2014
1:00 PM

Wes Hoolahan must do his talking on the pitch for the rest of Norwich City’s Premier League run-in.

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Chris Hughton opted to withdraw the 31-year-old against Stoke after his third start inside a week which served to underline his residual value for both club and country. Hughton now wants the focus to settle on Hoolahan’s creative ability to influence the Canaries’ defining phase of the season, rather than the Dubliner’s career prospects or the fallout from his recent goal celebration against Aston Villa.

“I think we all know it has been a difficult time for Wes not playing the games he would like and with the bid from Aston Villa but from the day that window closed Wes has been excellent on the training pitch,” said Hughton. “I thought he did well (at Villa), I watched the Republic (of Ireland) game in midweek and he was excellent and that is the reason why I played him in this game, but Wes has not been involved so much this season.

“He played 90 minutes last week and 60 for the Republic so arguably you could say he has had more football in the last week than for a long time. I just wanted some fresh legs in there in the second half and Jonny Howson is now back and most remember how well he was doing before he got injured. I felt he could give us a spark.”

Hughton also introduced both Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander from a substitutes’ pool that did not include Ryan Bennett.

“I just wanted more offensive options on the bench. I think more so at home than away you can do that,” said Hughton. “I felt we could go with one defender on the bench and more offensive options.”

Fit-again striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel was preferred to Hooper but the Dutchman was unable to add to his solitary Premier League goal scored against Everton on the opening day.

“There is no doubt he is working hard enough for the team,” said Hughton. “I think it is a combination of things. It is us making sure we provide the opportunities for him to score and it is perhaps a lack of confidence from the lad himself in struggling to adapt to the league. We’ve got to play a part in that and create more for him.”

23 comments

  • It would help if you actually played him Hughton and as for RVW tell him to actually get into the box he may get on the end of something then,but I still think he is lightweight for the premiership.

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    leslie cater

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • A cunning way to get round Archie's new automatic filter, De Heer Brouwer. Why does Divot even bother to interview the Crouton? Every time he open his mouth, his foot goes in it and garbage comes out of it. Please, Mr Hughton, stop giving interviews. Also, please stop (mis)managing our football team. In fact, whatever you are currently doing, please stop it. Full stop.

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    User Removed

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • FFS! Archie clearly wants this to be `antisocial media`, or asocial at best.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Nelson, seven of the starting line-up were Hughton signings. He has been here nearly two seasons. There has been no progress, in fact the reverse is the case. Without pre-Hughton players like Ruddy, Johnson and Hoolahan, we`d be up the creek a long time ago. Without a paddle in a barbed-wire boat. Johnson is the only player to have improved, and the admirable Russell Martin has stuck. Too much apologising for his mismanager, maybe?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Sorry about the `b` inserted in error before the final word.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Let's just say that Suarez would cut a lonely figure up front if he dared to pull on a Norwich shirt (not that we'd want him to!). Some criticise Hoops and RVW but the service to both this season has been so appalling in general that I feel sorry for them both; having been lured by promises of premiership success, only to find themselves competing against 6'4" defenders for a badly aimed high ball. Sigh.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • bring back Paul Lambert,re sign Holty and lets show the PL how it should be done.City havent become bad overnight it is the Dizzy Plonker who is in charge who is destroying the club.Get Gone we dont want you Hughton.....OTBC

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    canarykid

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Can you think of a single player who's excelling under Hughton? He can't get individuals to perform, he can't get the team to perform. We are a dreary side struggling to stay in the EPL. We could and should be better than that.

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    Cecil

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Ok, Ryan Shawcross & most of my fellow City Fans seem to be on the same wave length. Why has it taken almost all season to show that we push forward a lot more when Hoolahan is on the pitch? Maybe due to the fact that Houghton he can’t the end of his nose & play the way Norwich have played before. Norwich have had different managers that can get the BEST out of the players, no names need to be said, but it looks like Houghton hasn’t got a clue how to play in the premier league. I am still trying to work out why Houghton is still in charge when with Bassong making game changing mistakes in the defense & not pulling him off. Hughton can make excuses that he wanted more forwards on the bench etc. etc. If the Manager can’t make a decision on whom to start & know who will give 110% for the team & the fans, well sorry to say it, He should pack his suitcase & exit stage left. It looks like the players have seemed to have lost the heart for playing for the supporters. I hear Russell Martin is getting frustrated with it all. Maybe the Board should take a stand for all of City Supporters, while making things happen for Norwich City to stay up in the premier league where City belongs. OTBC

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    Canadian Canary

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Well said by most here guys. A majority clearly appreciate Wes Hoolahan and what he can bring to the table. In the right games he can be lethal.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • Exactly, You dont have to be Stoke to contain RVW (or Hooper). Most teams manage it because of the way Hughton sets us up to play. RVW (or Hooper) will never work. Does not mean they are awful, or rubbish as ive seen so many people say. They are actually doing really well for players being totally played out of their comfort zone. When or if the management change comes im excited to see how they perform under a different manager with a different tactical attitude.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Seems like we've now played 71 subs without a goal or assist and RVW has only hit 4 shots on target in 19 league games. That's 1015 minutes of football, or 1 shot every 254 minutes! Don't think I'll bother to work out the cost per shot!

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    tom the taxi

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Nelson, seven of the starting line-up were Hughton signings. He has been here nearly two seasons. There has been no progress, in fact the reverse is the case. Without pre-Hughton players like Ruddy, Johnson and Hoolahan, we`d be up the creek a long time ago. Without a paddle in a barbed-wire boat. Johnson is the only player to have improved, and the admirable Russell Martin has stuck. Too much apologising for his mismanager, maybe?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014

  • All season long the refrain has been the same, 'the manager is at fault'. What we need to ask is 'are the players good enough?' If they thought that the manager's plan wasn't working wouldn't they change things themselves or are they so afraid of the manager or afraid of getting dropped that they don't change things? I would rather be on the bench or dropped rather than playing in such a dreadful atmosphere. I think that they aren't good enough to play at this level. They MIGHT get us back out of the Championship, with a different manager but then we have to start again with another new manager and probably new players.

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    Nelson

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • ... To my friend Sharky I would say that ' if he should turn around in his plush complimentary seat, he would be able to share in the despair that is written over the face of Mr McNally'....It's incredible how much more you see when watching from an electrically adjustable armchair!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Mellow_Yellow, you beat me to it. What a load of self-serving guff from Hughton. It`s all Wesley`s fault now. Chrissy is proven to be right all along. Chrissy`s Sicknotes like Fer, Gutierrez, Turner & Whittaker are fine. As are the under-performing superstars like Bassong, Winkel and Hooper. Winkel also has a touch of sicknote about him. At least it gives Hughton more time to concentrate on draining the juice out of Redmond and ruining the careers of a few other players. Like Becchio, Ryan Bennett and, given time, probably the Murphy Twins. Why no argument allowed, Matt? Not like you to go all dictatorial. Is Time Lord status finally going to your head? Repeat, Mellow_Yellow; spot on. We so rarely agree. Normally guaranteed. The Padster is his normal, banal self.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • ha! no, people can debate it of course I just see little need. Pretty much everyone (bar 5% ....maybe less now) are in agreement to where the problems are and how are style does not compliment some of the playing staff.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • …..Peter Beagre, commenting on the internet channel I watch, said that he found it incredible that Mr Hughton took Hoolahan off after the hour mark....He was asked to name his 'man of the match' just before the end and said that there could only be one candidate....Wes Hoolahan!....So he will definitely be dropped for the next game!.... Strange how a retired forward of ability, has a completely different idea how a football match should be played compared to a stopper!...

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • So all of a sudden Wes is being called upon to save the day? Ridiculous. And as for RVW's lack of goals, well that's an easy one to work out; our build-up play is so slow, deliberate, and predictable that the opponents defence can see what's coming. Both RVW and Hoops will only prosper if they are provided with quick through balls for them to run on to in space. Instead we provide them with occasional, low quality, high balls from out wide.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • My complements, Matt. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Indeed, M_Y. Indeed. This Hoots is made for walking. Apologies to Nancy Sinatra.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Exactly. There is no guarentee the next appointment will be right either. (I hope it is and to be fair who ever comes in after Hughton will have it easier as they are no longer trying to fill Lamberts boots etc....yadayada). But Im excited to see how Hooper or RVW, Wes etc...perform under someone else. Hooper regardless of what people say about the Scottish league was lethal, same with RVW. They do NOT become average or awful players overnight. They just dont fit the system the manager wants to deploy. No arguement or need for discussion really.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, March 10, 2014

  • Ok, Ryan Shawcross & most of my fellow City Fans seem to be on the same wave length. Why has it taken almost all season to show that we push forward a lot more when Hoolahan is on the pitch? Maybe due to the fact that Houghton he can’t the end of his nose & play the way Norwich have played before. Norwich have had different managers that can get the BEST out of the players, no names need to be said, but it looks like Houghton hasn’t got a clue how to play in the premier league. I am still trying to work out why Houghton is still in charge when with Bassong making game changing mistakes in the defense & not pulling him off. Hughton can make excuses that he wanted more forwards on the bench etc. etc. If the Manager can’t make a decision on whom to start & know who will give 110% for the team & the fans, well sorry to say it, He should pack his suitcase & exit stage left. It looks like the players have seemed to have lost the heart for playing for the supporters. I hear Russell Martin is getting frustrated with it all. Maybe the Board should take a stand for all of City Supporters, while making things happen for Norwich City to stay up in the premier league where City belongs. OTBC

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    Canadian Canary

    Monday, March 10, 2014

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