Norwich City’s League Cup hopes were painfully extinguished by their former boss as Paul Lambert enjoyed his Carrow Road return thanks to a customary late show from his new Aston Villa charges.

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It was a quarter-final every Canaries fan desperately wanted to win and it started perfectly – but City’s first half lead earned by Steve Morison lasted barely two minutes before Brett Holman equalised.

And while both sides, with relatively strong starting selections, had gilt-edged chances to book a place in the last four it was Andreas Weimann’s double and a fine Christian Benteke strike that put Chris Hughton’s men to the sword in the final 11 minutes.

City’s job now will be to ensure the end of their 10-match unbeaten run does not affect their Premier League campaign, with struggling Wigan the visitors to Carrow Road at the weekend.

“We’re very disappointed,” said Jonny Howson. “It was a fairly even game with both teams going at it for a large period of the game and I think it could have swung both ways, so it is disappointing especially to lose here at home.

“Possibly the score flatters Aston Villa but it doesn’t matter too much whether they win by one or win by five.

“It doesn’t make any difference, it’s all about getting through to the next round and we haven’t done that.

“So we are disappointed. I think we did give it a good go and maybe it was an entertaining game to watch, but we are the disappointed ones and it’s now about bouncing back on Saturday.”

Morison and Benteke both had goals disallowed for offside in the second half before, with time running out, Villa went for the jugular and got their rewards.

“If we could maybe have held out a little bit longer when we did take the lead, it would have helped,” added Howson. “But it wasn’t to be.

“We came out in the second half and had a good start, and we had the disallowed goal – but then they had a disallowed goal as well.

“So both teams were going at it and it could have swung either way, but unfortunately for us it went against us on the night.”

It was October 6 when City last lost a competitive match, their Premier League trip to Chelsea.

And while the Canaries still have a nine-game unbeaten run in the top flight to protect on Saturday, Howson readily admitted Hughton’s side cannot allow a painful evening to dampen their Premier League enthusiasm.

“It’s very important it doesn’t carry on and when you get beat you always want to bounce straight back,” said the midfielder.

“And the good thing is we go straight into another game come Saturday. Yes we are disappointed with the results tonight, but it’s a case of moving on to the Wigan game now.”

31 comments

  • Oh, and another thing Steve Morison is a joke of a footballer! He makes Grant "£60K a week" Holt look committed. He should never wear the shirt again. To be honest, I'm better than him! All the best pals! Your friend Ged.

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Oh Steroo, I "almost forgot". Last time I was in the players lounge.........no-one had heard of you. Funny that. With you being a personal friend of so many of them...

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    Timbo

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Better to be in the Premier Div next season than win a tuppeny halfpenny tin pot whilst struggling to avoid relegation like some midland team! All of a sudden they win a game and they have a super teams of kids, previously Lambert was not the flavour of the month and was the wrong man, there is an old saying "One swallow does not make a summer" Might as well laugh now whilst you have the chance. A trifle soon makes these trolls come out, do they have nothing else to do but post on other sites?

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Had a good run of results, one goes pear shaped not because they were played off the park but could not take their chances. Remember we are a small fish in a big pond and to be positive getting there was an achievment. We knew survival would not be easy and the ride would be bumpy so why do the trolls and dismal jimmies have to all come out from under their stones?

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I can only have praise for Hughton and the lads for the how they have performed in the league this season (except our first game against Fulham). But this performance was simply not good enough. The expectation of the supporters was huge for obvious reasons, but our boys in yellow let us down badly. To lose at home against a team like Villa by this kind of margin is unforgiveable. I'm still at a loss for an explanation....the inept defending, dire passing, almost absent midfield, and total lack of ideas and invention had me think I was watching Ipswich Town. We made an average Villa side look good. We all know City can play much better than this, and come Saturday I'm sure we will. OTBC!!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • 1p5wich slumming around the bottom of the Chumpionship with 17,000 fans....still laughing .....

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Hooray, just like Gary Glitter, He's Back! I'm only surprised that he did not come back earlier on his prophetic "Shambert out" theme as Johnny Gavin Lives points out, but I guess the form was too good. Clearly the team were uncomfortable and distracted on Tuesday evening, could it be the company in the players lounge? Now it all starts to make sense.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • What a shame you're not on your way to bloody Liverpool!

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    blackdog2

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • See what I mean about the hands on hips routine! ...Or give us a hug Chuck!... Anyone need a F***y for their XMAS Tree?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Mr Lambert made Whooton look like the poor imitation of a football manager that he obviously is. We should never have treated Mr Lambert they way we did, it was disgusting. We really need to win our relegation 6 pointer on Saturday now. I just hope that it doesn't become a tactical battle. We'll have no chance. Cheers fans! Gedster x

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Anyway it's good to see 2 giant killing acts on the same night!

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Much higher in the league, 10 matches unbeaten, playing at home, a better manager......victory was inevitable, wasn't it. Unless of course the players decided to give up after an hour. I hadn't reckoned on that. Bassong was the only decent player on the pitch. Holt, our so called talisman, was initially quite boisterous but mostly slow, ineffective and uninterested. He and his teammates could not have hit a barn door, so inaccurate was their passing. How on earth have they reached 12th place in the league? I think they would struggle to hold their own in the championship on this display. After conceding 14 goals in 3 matches at the start of the season, I thought relegation was a certainty. I haven't changed that view, especially as Hoolihan and Ruddy (our best 2 players) are set to leave in January. All I really wanted out of this season was a home win against Villa which is why I chose this as the one match I would spend my very limited income on attending. I wont be going again. God help the team against Wigan on Saturday....it'll be a cricket score.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Most important game for years and they blew it !!, Q P R,Reading already down, The seasons more or less over

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    billythebookie

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Well, no one seems to have spotted that PL's tactics were simply better than CH's. Pushing the full backs on, playing a high defensive line, restricting space for Pilks and Snoddy, and enabling Delph the freedom of the park without Hoolahoop to snap at his heels. Yes, that said, had Moro 2nd goal been allowed to stand, or Holt's header had not been saved; but than again Vanilla had more goal bound efforts, and were prepared to shoot from 20 odd yds. We need Tettey, Hoolahoop, Turner, Whits, Garrido fit for Saturday; and perhaps play Rudd in goal as Bunn seems 'shot' at the moment.

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    Soglio Star

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I had not read your Swallow\Summer comment when I posted mine, blackdog! Great minds......?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Liverpool are welcome to "Holty". Come next season, he'll be the same size as John Hartson, but slower. With the money we can hopefully buy a lean, keen, mean young striker who really wants to play for Norwich. Could blackdog2 go with him, or perhaps turn his attention to another subject, the Syrian crisis for example. One swallow may not a summer make but 3 letters does this correspondent barking mad make.

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    Barking Wise

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Oh, I almost forgot. I was in the players lounge after the game yesterday and all the talk was that Holt was on his way to Liverpool in January. Just passing on what I heard pals! Don't shoot the messenger. Warm regards - Ged x

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Totally agree Mellow. Inept, dire, absent....they are all words to describe our performance! The lack of ideas and invention was indeed truly shocking. Whooton was certainly out thought by Mr Lambert. Still as you say, at least we aren't as bad as Ipswich!! (yet) All the best my friends - Ged "Pinkun Legend" Steroo.

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    Ged Steroo

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • What a fickle , superficial bunch you norwich "fans" are. Norwich 1st team 1- Villa KIDS 4....still laughing !

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    Liz Knott

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Fail to comprehend the posting from "barking wise" (Who is he?) re my wish for Ged Steroo to depart to Liverpool, what on earth rattled his cage I know not unless he is a relative. Why should I choose another subject when we all know who the trolls are with their pessimistic gloomy remarks.

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    blackdog2

    Thursday, December 13, 2012

  • Agreed Barking! There's some very odd characters that post on here isn't there. I like to think that a few of us add some realism and intelligence to the debates. It's a shame they can't all be like me! Ged - The Voice of Reason.

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Paul Lambert did not achieve what he did at Carrow Road without being a great tactician who injects belief into players who fight to the very last second.His selection of players has been good too.An interesting transfer window awaits.Disappointing.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • When our favourite illiterate numpty says "the seasons over" (note the inability to use an apostrophe in the correct place) is he referring to Colin and his merry men?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Agreed Barking! There's some very odd characters that post on here isn't there. I like to think that a few of us add some realism and intelligence to the debates. It's a shame they can't all be like me! Ged - The Voice of Reason.

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    Ged Steroo

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • A very disappointing performance all round by City. These things have happened before and will happen again but we were clearly the second best team on the pitch last night. I am not going to join the "we're all doomed" camp or be goaded by the bitter comments that arrive after the odd bad result but I will be expecting a better showing agianst Wigan OTBC.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I went to the game last night and yes i was a bit disappointed at the result,more so probably as it was Vanilla and Lambert,but dont forget we got to the last eight,would we have felt any better if we had gone out on pens to Bradford? We bought Swansea down to earth Saturday and we have now had a reminder how quick things can change,but we need to keep positive and stay right behind CH and the team,we are in a good position and im sure we will finish higher than vanilla at the end of the season come on city fans lets get right behind the lads on saturday,IHWT OTBC

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    ncfcforever

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Howson a disappointment, Johnson below his recent best, Pilkington never in it, Tierney out of touch, Barnett was Barnett, Snodgrass needs to at least make the oppositon THINK he can go outdside them on the right, Holt and Morrison need to believe that someone might just play the ball into the box to make a run worthwhile. Without Tettey there was a total predictabillity about Norwich's play which Villa had sussed out. Done for pace in midfield; Wigan have pace in midfield. Thatcould be worrying. Oh if only I were an 1p5wich fan I cooud just wallow in mediocrity

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Good to have you back with us Ged, if only because you manage to make the rest of the posters on here sound positive and cheerful. But one thing puzzles me: aren't you the same Ged who was bleating 'Shambert out, Clark in' towards the end of last season? Meaning Lee Clark, then jobless, but now manager of that same Birmingham City who are currently nineteenth in the Championship?

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • I totaly agree half did not look that interested from the start wich is very disappointing for us fans. I hope that CH stires them up for Saturday this is going to be a BIG game for us

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

  • Just as one swallow does not constitute a proper dring, Barking Wise, nor does one defeat mean a disaster. I am as disappointed as you. Btw, one Snott does not constitute a `flu epidemic, either.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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