Chris Hughton saluted his Norwich players for a job well done in Saturday’s FA Cup third round 3-0 cruise over Peterborough at London Road.

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The City chief made eight changes to his starting line up from the New Year’s Day Premier League defeat to West Ham and Hughton was rewarded with an emphatic response from his new look side. Elliott Bennett and Simeon Jackson were paired in tandem up front and struck a goal apiece before the interval. Robert Snodgrass wrapped up the cup win with a cool roll underneath Bobby Olejnik in the 70th minute to ease the Canaries into Sunday afternoon’s fourth round draw.

“I think our approach to the game was spot on,” he said. “Sometimes you get a feel for the game early on and I felt if we could score then it was there for us because our approach from the first minute was very professional. Of course you need the goals to give yourself a bit more of a comfortable time. Half-time was crucial, I felt, and if they get one back it could be a tough afternoon but I thought we were very professional first to last. I was delighted after deciding to make some changes.”

Posh counterpart Darren Ferguson revealed he planned a clear-the-air meeting before his under-performing players would be allowed to leave London Road on Saturday night to sift through a lifeless display from the Championship strugglers.

“Disappointment is one word I would use,” he said. “First and foremost given it was our biggest crowd of the season I would like to apologise to our own supporters for that performance. We are at home in a cup game but for whatever reason my players turned it into a pre-season game. I’ll have a meeting with them in a bit. I didn’t want to say anything straight after the game because sometimes you can say things you regret. It was a shocking performance. I know what I am going to say. They will expect me to pick them up again either tonight or tomorrow or Monday or Tuesday. Perhaps they are starting to take that for granted. Are we lacking leaders? I’m not going to answer that question.”

13 comments

  • Sounds like Babyferg may be composing his resignation\sacking in his head just now. Hoots never criticises his players in public. "The buck stops here" principle. The difference between a proper manager and a spoilt whinger. He had half time to kick-start them, after all? Steady job by City against a strangely unmotivated team. Motivation is the primary responsibility of the manager, I used to believe. If Babyferg leaves, it could be the boost the squad needs. I wouldn`t like to see Posh relegated.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • A great confidence boosting win for the lads; just what was needed before the big clash with Newcastle this coming week. And I do hope from this that Hoots will start using other game plans and not keep sticking with this one lone striker up front. Different tactics are required for different games; but he does seem to have problems changing things around. But a fantastic win and a good solid performance. Well done!! otbc

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Perhaps yesterday we saw a new game plan (Canarygirl) and a new attacking philosophy (Lobbo). The way they took their goals, both Little Benno and Cinnamon could cause havoc on the break with their pace. Is it an alternative against the better teams or throw them both on for a last ditch equaliser? Great to have the choice of so many good players. Glad Fox did well yesterday too.

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • I think that Lamps has a few good years in him yet - remember the effect Martin Peters had on the team, he was such class.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • I can't help noticing that quite a few teams seem to have on off day or don't play well against Norwich. Couldn't be anything to do with NCFC could it? Nothing against either Tettey or Johnson or the rest of the team but would quite like to see perhaps Howson or Fox starting to give us a bit more attacking options andor Jackson plus Bennet up front to put more pressure on the opposition. Or change to that in the second half if we are not making enough impact with what we have used recently. I think CH has been doing well for us and he now often seems to have quite good quality in reserve to cover injuries, etc. That is a big improvement on what has often been the case in the past.

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    andy

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Good result, but the number of times we had the ball on either wing, level with the penalty area, and not crossing because there was no one in the box gives me cause for concern. We ended passing it back into our own half and sometimes all the way back to keeper. Not really sure what our attacking philosophy is actually.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Whatever happens, Andy, it`ll be not about how good Norwich may be. Let`s just stay in the Prem!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Thanks for those kind words, smalltownboy. It`s reassuring to know I don`t annoy absolutely everyone! Ref attacking intent, I wonder if Hoots now feels ready to play an extra "attacking" midfielder instead of Tettey or Brad? It would be very hard to leave either of those two guys out, though. Or at least make a substitution if the state of the game merits it? I think we`re only a sliver away from being "there". A bit more quality in and around the penalty area plus some clinical finishing. Work in progress? OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Wise words from mad brewer as usual...I think Hoots needs a few minor changes here and there. My idea would to be a little more adventurous in attack, not quite as gung ho as Lamberts days but given the improved defensive situation we must push on, mix it up with the odd long ball and have a go!

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    smalltownboy

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Nice to not have slipped on a potential banana skin. Good to see others on the pitch but unfortunately did not see the game over here. Whilst I agree a boost to the team it is only what the "neutral" would expect given the differences in league position. Newcastle will be test as they are also looking to bounce back and this is a must win game as it is against a team around us. If Holt is not fit then I hope we have brought in someone to fill the gap or Hoots tries a different tactic. As for the FA Cup do we get Villa home or away! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Had a dream last night that Frank Lampard so loved walking his dogs on the Norfolk beaches that he signed for Norwich on a free. He had just scored a hat trick to seal a Champions League place when I woke up. Got his agent's number Hoots?

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    waclor

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • ps, that is assuming Holt will not be returning for the next game in which case put either Jackson or Bennett on with him.

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    andy

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • Btw, Babyferg mused "Are we lacking leaders?" You`ve answered that question by asking it, BF.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

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