Wes Hoolahan insists he is fully committed to Norwich City’s Premier League survival battle

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan insists he is fully committed to the Canaries. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan insists he is fully committed to the Canaries. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Friday, March 7, 2014
3:08 PM

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan will do everything he can to help Norwich City’s Premier League survival push.

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The Irishman has spoken for the first time about his understated goal celebration in last weekend’s 4-1 defeat at Aston Villa and insisted he was ‘over the moon’ to notch against the club who tried to sign him in January.

Hoolahan’s muted reaction following his early strike at Villa Park sparked a widespread debate in the immediate aftermath before Chris Hughton revealed on Thursday the matter was now closed after speaking to the Republic of Ireland international. The Dubliner backed his manager’s stance and was adamant he had not meant to cause any disrespect.

“Obviously it was the first few minutes of the game and you know, when I saw it hit the back of the net I was ecstatic and over the moon with the goal,” he told the club’s official site. “It’s been a difficult few months but I certainly wasn’t disappointed about scoring, I was delighted with the goal. I did a fist-pump and throughout the whole game I ran my heart out for the fans and for the team. At the end of the game I went over to the fans to say sorry for what a disappointing result it was.

“I’ve got so much respect for the Norwich fans because obviously they’ve given me a lot of support over the years so I certainly didn’t mean to disrespect anybody with the celebration and I’m sorry if anyone’s taken it the wrong way because I was over the moon with my goal.

“I was delighted to score personally and for the team and the fans although obviously really disappointed that we went on to lose the game.”

Hoolahan had a transfer request rejected following the initial transfer enquiry from Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa but the 31-year-old will give his all if called upon over the Canaries’ run-in.

“It’s been frustrating being out of the side, of course every professional footballer wants to be playing. You work hard in training week-in, week-out in order to basically get ready to play in games. But you’ve just got to keep your head down and work hard,” he said. “We’ve got a great bunch of lads here, we’ve got a great team spirit and we’re a good unit together and hopefully at the end of the season we’ll finish as high up the table as we can.

“Once the window closes you know where you stand and my head’s definitely here. I’ve got to work 100 per cent which I’ve always done when I’ve pulled on the Norwich City shirt and I’ll always be fighting for the team until the last minute of the game. The fans have been great to me ever since I arrived and cheered my name when I’m on the pitch. It’s special to me and I enjoy every minute of it.”

10 comments

  • "When I score, I don't celebrate because I'm only doing my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?" Mario Ballotelli

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    pablo

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • True but needed as well. Hopefully put this malarky to bed now. Sure at the end of the day what hes saying is factual. Hes always applauded the fans from day 1 of this saga.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • True but needed as well. Hopefully put this malarky to bed now. Sure at the end of the day what hes saying is factual. Hes always applauded the fans from day 1 of this saga. Sadly a blonde Ipswich fan journo made a silly tweet that was (as she put it) taken out of context.

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    Mattias333

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Plenty of lines to read between in his statement but Wes has been around almost 6 years now so that's loyal by todays standards. Midweek he was praised by Martin O Neill for his Ireland performance and our other internationals gave praiseworthy performances. What we now need is that standard in the next five games from which I think we need a minimum 50% return. At 35 pts we would then have a dogs chance of gaining the three or more points needed from the concluding group of death. PS, apologies in advance if this post repeats, logging in\submitting harder than ever

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Most certainly, richard. Hoolahan`s OK. Hughton is not. He is a devious dissembler hiding away like the Wizard of Oz. I expect both to be gone next season. Wes to put some joy back into the final few years of his playing career, and Hughton because he`s unfit for purpose. I think a lot of people will miss Wes.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • PR at its best on the day before a game - cynical, moi?

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    richard1

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • its taken days for that statement to come out!

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    tonyb

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Read the statement carefully and there are plenty of lines to read between. Wes however has been with us almost 6 years now so we know he is loyal. He gave a good display for Ireland midweek as did our players who represented England and Scotland. Now we need those players to deliver in the critical games ahead when I think the minimum return has to be 50%, taking us to 35pts. That will leave us scrapping for 3 or more points from the group of death this season's fixture list left us to finish with.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 7, 2014

  • Nice one, pablo. Did that crazy b****r Balotelli really say that? Very sensible. I`m having similar problems, LincsCan. `Expired page` is the usual obstruction.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Plenty of lines to read between in his statement but Wes has been around almost 6 years now so that's loyal by todays standards. Midweek he was praised by Martin O Neill for his Ireland performance and our other internationals gave praiseworthy performances. What we now need is that standard in the next five games from which I think we need a minimum 50% return. At 35 pts we would then have a dogs chance of gaining the three or more points needed from the concluding group of death. PS, apologies in advance if this post repeats, logging in\submitting harder than ever

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, March 7, 2014

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