Chris Hughton insists referee Mark Clattenburg got the key first half penalty decision wrong in Norwich’s 2-1 Premier League New Year’s Day defeat at West Ham.

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Ryan Bennett was adjudged to have held Winston Reid’s shirt inside the visiting penalty area two minutes into the game at Upton Park. Clattenburg pointed straight to the penalty spot and Mark Noble stepped up to send Mark Bunn the wrong way. Joey O’Brien’s close range finish doubled the hosts’ first-half lead before Russell Martin’s 90th strike reduced the arrears as Norwich slipped to a fourth consecutive festive loss.

“We were certainly on the end of the key decisions, which didn’t go in our favour, but we didn’t start well enough,” said Hughton, who made his views known to Clattenburg at half and full time. “I asked him about the first decision and when I speak about things not going in our favour I mean, firstly, the penalty. We accept that Ryan Bennett had a hold of the lad (Winston) Reid’s shirt. I accept that, but I also saw Reid’s forearm or so in Ryan’s chest or neck. They are very close. He is not pulling Reid so that he can’t get away.

“That is something you see game in, game out and on almost every occasion you don’t see a penalty. Particularly so early in the game. I was very surprised he gave it. I also don’t accept that is wasn’t on a foul on Alex Tettey in the build up that lead to their second goal. It is West Ham’s prerogative to play on and I think if the referee is going to stop play then he has to accept it is a foul to us.

“So, frustration with the big decisions. There was certainly also a handball in the first half that wasn’t spotted (in their box) and Harry Kane had a penalty claim in the second period. So we were on the wrong end of some poor decisions. Mark was very calm (when I spoke to him) and he said he had given the penalty for Ryan holding the lad’s shirt. I accept that as fact, but it is not one where a player is trying to get away and you are pulling him back. They were that close they were pulling each other.”

44 comments

  • dragonfly, that Celtic striker was probably Gary Hooper. Look him up on Wiki - he is scoring for fun at the moment. As for Battenberg, he clearly has friends in high places, as he so obviously displays his arrogance. (The cameras should show Big Bass tackling him by "mistake". That`d take the supercilious smirk off his face!). An Untouchable. John Terry was hauled thro` razor wire for a similar offence to that which was brushed under the carpet by the FA et al for Battenberg. Btw, I am no great fan of JT either!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • The time to judge City is after the Xmas period . Well, enough of a points` cushion to keep up this season . CH is a decent manager . If he keeps City up this season , there will be so much TV money coming to the club from 201314 , that even if relegated in the future they will be so much richer than the Championship sides , that promotion at first attempt should be a piece of cake ....

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    dragonfly

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • canary_canuck, you are 100% right. This new breed of "referees" is not worthy of the name. It courts approval in the courts of the High & Mighty, ie "Big" Clubs, the FA & their mutual paymasters. Clattenburg is dire. I used to umpire cricket. Impartiality is the essence. There are some vested interests preventing that in professional football now.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Christmas is here and so is the Canary slump, welcome to the Championship boys. There's no point beating Man U and then losing to those around you!

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • Hoots is right about the big decisions not going our way, but on the other hand if you use your hands in the box it is technically a foul, even though nine out of ten refs would have overlooked it. I thought City played some neat football at times, particularly in the last 20 minutes, but the lack of punch up front is - and always will be until we address it - our main problem. I wouldn't be too hard on Kane, he obviously needs more games. Also maybe City need to practise with a lightweight ball - the skied efforts from Fox and Tettey were embarrassing.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • The troll access does make you wonder. Are they Archant clones employed in the mistaken belief that mindless abuse and drivel (note, not dribble?) from simpletons spices up their site?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Another double ethering. Happy New Year, Ar-chant! Reffing is not a piece of cake, but Battenberg must have a jam sponge cake where his cerebrum should live.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Best way to deal with trolls is simply to ignore them. Can't argue with the villa penalty as it's the rules. Aside from that, the more I look at the foul on Kane by Tonkins without a penalty being awarded the more I fume. Absolutely inexcusable failure on Clattenburg's front. Not too bothered about the losses mind. Chelsea and Man City are two games I would have assumed that we'd lose anyway. Any points from them are a bonus. West Brom was a shame, but no big deal. Yesterday we were robbed of an away point by the referee, plain and simple.

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    Adam Penny

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • el dingo, I had a protracted dialogue with a lady @ Archant who serves as PA to the Company Secretary. She was very polite and, I believe, genuinely tried to be helpful, but was wheeling out excuses about "Servers" and "IT" blah blah. I think you & I did compare notes at the time? Anyway, the Staff Trolls at Archant Towers are still prolific, mainly in the guises of Ged\Rob Steroo & Liz Knott. One & the same? The "Rob" one specialises in irritating Ipswich fans.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • You see those situation in every game, pushing and pulling in the box. There was several during the game after the ref gave the one against Bennett but ref did'nt award any more pens. For me the big decision was what formation to play at the start of the match and for me CH got that wrong. H Kane as lone striker not in this life. 4 - 3 -3 diamond with Kane and Simone would have carried more threat. 3 centre back, 1 full back and no left back, whats going on there?

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    tunsteadtiger

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Getting a bit frustrating now,same old story...lack of punch up front.This situation was mentioned by everyone pre season...if Holt is out we have serious problems.I think Hoots is actually better for this club than the other chap who ive already forgotten but for gods sake get some quality in up front.We cannot break the bank but surely we are past scouring the lower leagues and hoping for another Holt,there is simply too much at stake now to risk not staying up.

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    woodfarm canary

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • I think that the best way of dealing with egomaniac referees is to laugh at them. Clusterbuck clearly enjoys TV close ups of upset players, that's probably the reason for controversial decisions. I bet if MOTD showed close ups of players laughing at him with the derision his decisions deserve he'd improve quickly. Hard to do,I know but wouldn't it be wonderful?

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Can anyone tell me how many penalties have been called against Norwich and how many in favour in the last one and a half seasons in the Premiership? Also, when did we get our last penalty call?

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    canary_canuck

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • The BBC radio reporter at the Celtic game today , Wednesday , said CH was there , and he was watching a Celtic striker .

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    dragonfly

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Both got a start vs P`bro, cancan. Tierney had little to do and Benno looked lively (good goal) against an admittedly below-par Posh. But you can see what he`s capable of. I hope he really makes the breakthrough, preferably for NCFC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, January 6, 2013

  • It makes me laugh when they see the highlights and replays, they still get it wrong. Dion... never walk into Carrow Road again. We were hard done by you know who. He has something against us. Why? Yes we were outplayed at times but battled on. Hit the post etc. No Luck. We had it on our long run. Keep the faith and it will return. OTBC

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    sharky

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • It`s funny how things turn out sometimes, isn`t it cancan? Last season a fit Tierney was a certainty to play and Bennett the Smaller is indeed a classy & versatile player. Almost an Ashley Cole style full-back in the making?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

  • I am not a manager so I do not know, but when you have some internationals sitting on the bench week in and week out it is hard for them to come in and do much for the last 1520 minutes or so, if city needs another Holt type forward then for petes sake get one. Let the ones who have not performed go and get some fresh blood in...

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    canuk

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • In answer to my earlier rhetorical question Norwich have been awarded less than one and a half percent of penalties in the EPL over the past season and a half. As a mid table side ( i.e nearly as likely to be in their opponant's box as their own despite losing a lot of points to penalties ) this is well below the neutral 5% for each of 20 epl teams. The comparison with Manchester United is farcical. The mantra that things even out over a season is absurd and there is a huge big team home bias to penalty awards. This suggests a lack of professionalism among allegedly top level referees.

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Hoots` seems always to be photographed with Paul Trollope. Does Bewilderwood still work for NCFC?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • To complement my earlier whinge, though we have been awarded less than one and a half % of penalties over the past season and a half, we have done a lot better in incurring penalties against,to the tune of 7.4 % of those awarded. Only Aston Villa have fared worse than we have in net negative penalties. The refs must think Lambert is still our manager....

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    canary_canuck

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • Really, the solution is simple. Stick Clattenburg and the rest into League 2 for three months that would soon sort their big inflated egos out. The most exposure they would get would be two mins on the local footie roundup if they were lucky!!! The standard of refereeing in the PL is appalling at the moment.

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    Canarygirl

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Jonny Minns (minser) ooh sailer ....luv you x

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    Colby Army!

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • The last four games are a reality check. The City are a very small club who have achieved wonders . They will never compete with the big boys. The Citys Premiership consists of the bottom eight. Staying fourth from bottom is the aiming point. Maybe over the years City can start to look to gain better players but it is essential to stay in the Premiership. City supporters deserve the best for their loyalty. Lets hope that this latest run can be reversed and the few remaining points be won to retain Premiership status. Well done Norwich City.

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    norman hall

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • May C H should stick martin up front!!

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    Cockney.canary

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • MB & others - challenging Archant is pointless. I tried privately and politely to explain why many of us are dissatisfied only to be told to report problems. In other words, do their job for them for free. The monopoly Archant enjoys means it can continue to be as rubbish as it likes as long as the advertising revenue comes in. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Just cant understand how Clattenberg gets key decisions our games this season so wrong. That aside, anyone else notice he once gain let forwards infringe into the penalty area whilst the penalty was taken. I'm currently looking at a freeze frame of their penalty. As its taken, Clattenberg has his arm out pointing to the players to stay out of the area. Doesnt appear to care that someone in claret is leading the charge already 2 yards into the area. Seem to remember he also ignored the same thing at Carra when QPR scored earlier this season. He'll never make a linesman!

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    zebbee

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • The trolls seem to have free passage to the NCFC sites though, Archant. Had that staff meeting yet?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Get real CH, as I've said on an earlier posting, "Playing like that will get us down to the bottom of the league quickly. Where or who was the inspiration,we were void of any ideas and consistently beaten in the air both in attack and defense. We never really looked like scoring and when you think our last three goals have been scored by our full back then "Norwich, we have a problem". Shame, but simply not good enough! "

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • As with most fans I prefer Chris Hughton to our previous manager , but wish he could find more use for Tierney [ our best defender until injured last season ] and E.Bennett [a classy player]now they are both fully fit.

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    canadiancanary

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • I can understand the refs not liking Lambo, but what`s not to like about Hoots? Battenberg was so eager to give that pen vs WHU, he almost awarded it before he blew his whistle for the kick-off. It baffles me that this clown still struts his stuff at any level of the game.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, January 4, 2013

  • The premiership referees panel should ask themselves why it is that controversy follows Mark Clattenburg around and then deal with him

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • here we go again,the doom and gloom merchants are out .for goodness sake put your faith in hoots,we will be ok.all defeats by the odd goal,two of the games against chelsea and man city.come on,stop moaning and get behind the team.dont be like the trolls who post on here who never go to carrow road,just sitting at home with nothing to do but write a load of cr--.happy new year to all the real supporters on here.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • In answer to my earlier rhetorical question Norwich have been awarded less than one and a half percent of penalties in the EPL over the past season and a half. As a mid table side ( i.e nearly as likely to be in their opponant's box as their own despite losing a lot of points to penalties ) this is well below the neutral 5% for each of 20 epl teams. The comparison with Manchester United is farcical. The mantra that things even out over a season is absurd and there is a huge big team home bias to penalty awards. This suggests a lack of professionalism among allegedly top level referees.

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • We shouldn't get carried away with these defeats. Two were to teams who are in a different universe spending wise. It's clear the squad needs freshening up. It's now the CEOs job to help Hoots bring in fresh troops. Hoots is a good manager working in a tough league with the odds stacked against him . Get behind him and we will go another winning run.

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    andys

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Whooton feels hard done by??? I feel hard done by too. Having been to the last 4 matches and watched us get stuffed in all 4 of them.Things need to change and they need to change quickly. I'm so angry, so angry. Ged - Unhappy, but still the Number 1 NCFC supporter (even if we are hopelessly doomed)

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    Ged Steroo

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

  • West Ham not villa I meant in the last post.

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    Adam Penny

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • The amount of shirt pulling that goes on these days is a disgrace and we should see penalties given more often for it then it would stop - the grounds for City's complaints seem simply to be that they usually aren't given! As to the other incidents, I've no complaints really except I can't see how the Kane "penalty" wasn't given - the defender clearly clattered him from behind and knocked him off the ball and over. No real concerns here, we've lost 4 all by one goal, we've won a few by single goals too. However we do lack presence up front without Holt and the absence of Morrison too has made the need for at least one new striker glaringly apparent. I'm sure we will be back on the winning trail soon.

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    SussexYellow

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Any criticism of the truly dreadful Clattenburg being serially ethered now, canuck_canary. Précis; I agree with you. Referees should learn from the old standards of cricket umpiring. Impartiality. Competence helps a bit too.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • Don't you just love the doom and gloom merchants? Ignoring the obvious sad inadequates I see that "we never looked like scoring" so the shoreline was 2 nil was it? We didn't play well and let ourselves get upset by Clusterbuck's desire to be at centre stage but let's not get carried away in our own misery!

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    DocOhNo

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • The premiership referees panel should ask themselves why it is that controversy follows Mark Clattenburg around and then deal with him

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    leslie cater

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • Another constructive and well thought out comment from the clearly intellectual supporter of our little feeder club. Well done ‘thewhites’. Two full stops but not a capital letter in sight??? Perhaps next time you go past a facility of education you might like to drop in for a few lessons in written English before posting on sites that are clearly well beyond you tiny little mind. Alternatively, perhaps you could get your mummy to type what you’re trying to say for you? You could even take Gedward with you because he appears to think that losing by a single goal is called getting 'stuffed'? Perhaps he's getting it confused with the usual stuffing he gets from his imaginary girlfriends?

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    baguio

    Wednesday, January 2, 2013

  • In answer to my earlier rhetorical question Norwich have been awarded less than one and a half percent of penalties in the EPL over the past season and a half. As a mid table side ( i.e nearly as likely to be in their opponant's box as their own despite losing a lot of points to penalties ) this is well below the neutral 5% for each of 20 epl teams. The comparison with Manchester United is farcical. The mantra that things even out over a season is absurd and there is a huge big team home bias to penalty awards. This suggests a lack of professionalism among allegedly top level referees.

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    canary_canuck

    Thursday, January 3, 2013

  • oh no not another defeat ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha lmfao. championship here we come.unless you can splash out on some more first division players

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    thewhites

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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