Chris Hughton pushed the positives after his Norwich City side slipped to a 3-2 defeat in an entertaining pre-season opener against Hertha Berlin in Gleisdorf on Saturday evening.

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The Canaries’ chief had no complaints over the result, after Elias Kachunga’s hat-trick had proved the difference with City’s second half arrival James Vaughan grabbing an encouraging brace.

Hughton revealed Steve Morison (ankle) and David Fox (leg) both sat out the game as an injury precaution in southern Austria, but the bigger picture was no fresh concerns following a gruelling week and the benefits of a more than competitive first outing of the summer against the former Bundesliga outfit.

“It was a very good run out but what we had was a team who are two weeks ahead of us in terms of preparations,” said Hughton. “They start their league campaign two weeks before us so it was a good test. We were able to make 11 changes at half-time and we wanted to get a bit of rhythm of course but I’ll wait until I get the physical data from the coaches to assess how well the boys have done (in this game). We have come through with no new injuries and it has been a good week for us.

“We need to take this on now for the Celtic game and approach that in the same vein, look to improve on the fitness level. Of course it is disappointing to lose a game of football but I would rather lose them at this stage of the pre-season than later on.”

Hughton admitted City paid for a sluggish start with the lively Kachunga calmly slotting underneath the advancing John Ruddy in the 12th minute before beating the England keeper from longer range two minutes later before Vaughan’s arrival triggered a second half fightback.

“We knew before the game about the quality they had from what they did last year. They’ve had a good pre-season, speaking to their coach, and they were ahead of us fitness-wise so it was a good test,” he said. “We’ve come out of it unscathed and look forward to Tuesday. When we got two goals back I felt we could perhaps go on and win the game. I was a little disappointed at the silly penalty that we gave away, which is something you don’t like to see. We were certainly better in that second half and I felt we were at least capable of drawing the game.”

36 comments

  • It's unfortunate that archant doesn't show us the respect we deserve and rid us of the trolls.. Thats their problem... But what WE can do as a collective group of NCFC fans is ignore them, don't feed them at all, end of... The brewer is right, they are here to stir up emotions. They envy us and our club. Please ignore them!!!

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Glad you complained about that too, heard NOTHING from the moderators, what sort of message is that giving out in this day and age?

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Zak to Leicester? That`s him stuck in the Champ until he retires. He could`ve done better than that, surely? I wonder why he left NCFC? No offer, no acceptable offer or he just wanted to? Ded Sterile, are you sure you`re not an alter-ego of the Doyenne of Depilation - Sian? You`re not trying to pull the wool over our eyes, are ewe,Zak to Leicester? That`s him stuck in the Champ until he retires. He could`ve done better than that, surely? I wonder why he left NCFC? No offer, no acceptable offer or he just wanted to? Ded Sterile, are you sure you`re not an alter-ego of the Doyenne of Depilation - Sian? You`re not trying to pull the wool over our eyes, are ewe? There has been a small leek of info here. I must try trolling the "other paper" to see if I can get in. I`ll report back........... Btw, agree with canarydownunder ref Vaughan. He might just be our ace in the pack. Nothing to lose. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Ged is quickly becoming a paraody of ...............himself. You could tell he could hardly type his latest crock of shih tzu for laughing. Bit lame troll. Could try harder !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • It may only be a friendly but it gives Hughton a chance to see what's what and Vaughan looked sharp. On the other hand we let in 3 which emphasizes what many of us have been banging on about, we have to strengthen the defence!

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • It tells you how good dipsticks are if they are obviously concerned about playing Walsham le willows, even though it could be the only trophy the might win this season. I missed the comment you refer to about Hoots but if that is the case there is no place on here for that sort of thing, best to ignore it and let it go away!

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    blackdog2

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Elias Kachunga seems to have been the best thing to come out of this encounter - sign him !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • With regards to the trolls, who gives a t*#s what they think? If as has been hypothesised they follow 1p5wich, Leeds and Walkers Crisps City they don't know very much about the game anyway.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Looks like DocOhNo spotted it too, bd2. It was bad enough that it appeared once, but it was allowed a second time. If we`d ignored it, would it have gone away? Doubt it. The definition of what is "offensive" on these boards is aberrant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Apparently Kachunga is only on loan to them

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    danpez

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Thankyou for that support, Canarypostergirl; I shall always wear it! ;-). Seriously, though, I have had this battle with the system for some time, it only gets worse when you think it might be getting better. Unfortunately, my persistence seems to irk a few new posters and it`s a thankless task much of the time. As you say, the flow of discussion is disrupted and mars much of the enjoyment of footy discussion with fellow Canaries (and sometimes others, eg Birmingham fans recently). I enjoy the chat and banter with folk on these boards and it`s a pity when worthies like Kent Anglian give up out of frustration. But I`m not going to do that. Sorry folks! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

  • BTW, I like the new spelling of "Nowich", Paddy!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • A good workout for the squad and a good opportunity for Hughton to assess our strengths and weaknesses. And lets not forget that the players are getting used to different training methods and team strategies; so all in all a good first pre-season game in my view. We will build on this and I am sure with one or two more additions will be more than ready for when the season begins. OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • There has to be some sort of "Trollwatch", blackdog. There is another troll who makes overtly trisca (anagram) comments which Ar-chant let through. This is my last Crusade (no offence intended to saracens). Apropos of nothing, Kerchunga sounds like noises from the Sebcolimpix Tills! Btw, bd2, you have just committed the same folly as I! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Crumbs Brew, what have you been reading? Could be the alcohol though but gee whiz that troll has rattled your cage!

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    blackdog2

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • He would be an overseas signing, as we were told would be an area we would at for new players but it would getting lower league player which if past history stands is not that bad a move! Celtic I guess the team they field will be different challenge to the one for ADS testimonial and will be a good test.

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    Singapore Canary

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • That`s weird. A sort of double-yolker of a posting. Ar-chant`s server must be an early steam-driven one.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • The troll does have a small piece of truth amid his usual rubbish. We do need to strengthen the defence. We haven't replaced Zak and that gives us weaker defensive setup than last season. Ruddy has voiced his concerns, I just hope we can bed someone in before the first Prem game.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Ah, the return of the Gedi. Grant Holt must have been telling him porky pies I reckon...... Anyway, at least he is pointing to the defence as an area for strengthening, so we have to conceed that we agree !

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • There`s no doubting the veracity of the defensive concerns. What is in doubt is the presence of any real concern at all, beyond the desire to crow with delight should things work out badly. Genuine NCFC fans express the same worries for diametrically opposed motives. I find it difficult to understand WHY somebody so `anti` feels it necessary to troll in this way. Except the obvious one; envy. Or simple (good word) attention-seeking. I wonder what Zak is up to? Spurs, to replace Ledley King? Norwich, to replace himself? Aston Vanilla, to rejoin the man who released him as a free agent?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Biggest positive may well turn out to be not selling or loaning Vaughan out to Brum. Let's hope he can kick on from here. Pity Morison didn't get a run out don't you think, Algave?

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • I'm sorry these may seem a bit woolly, but I understand Sian is off to pastures new. What really annoys me and I mean really annoys me is that if I try to troll the sister paper 44 miles down the road, I get ethered. I won't mention the troll other than my posting ID name fits him perfectly.

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    Ded Sterile

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • I swear that this site is getting worse with its "ethering" rather than better!! There is no rhyme or reason to what gets through and what gets ditched. Either way it makes joining with the other bloggers very frustrating when you just don't know what will appear. Brew don't let anyone stop you badgering Archant. It really is time they got this dinosaur into the 21st century so we can enjoy sharing our thoughts!! OTBC

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    Canarygirl

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • OMG, it`s pantomime season already.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Ded Sterile, as promised, I had a go at posting something to Ar-chant`s lead paper in 1p5wich. An innocuous comment about the forthcoming Suffolk Premier Cup match with Walsham le Willows. Ethered. What does that continue to tell us?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Thought for a moment that Craig Mackail-Smith was on the radar again, then realised it was an article from March last year! Reminding me how a grinning, triumphant ex-player pundit can be a b****y nuisance, Dion! Poor M-S is still stuck in the Championship. Could`ve been a career-destroying bit of mischief, DD. Hope the sinecure fees made it worthwhile. Hall of Infamy. Badness.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • So what was Hughtons alternative statement? "Oh my GOD.....I've inherited a crock of sh*t!!"

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    Algarve Canary

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Where's Cian?

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • So the king of the trolls returns for another season, we must have fed him to well. Question, We does the league start in alphbetical order and in the order that teams finshed the last season, with the promoted teams filling the bottom three in order of promotion?

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Cage not rattled, bd2, I have a vivid and creative imagination without recourse to substances of enhancement. The other troll (gambling man) had made unpleasant comments ref our new manager`s ethnicity. That`s all. Rest easy, I`m a cool dude. I do appreciate your concern. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • Brew, sadly over the close season you seem to have lost your touch regarding the troll! Don't feed him and he will go away, you know it is envy that keeps hom coming back on here, plus of course the Prancing Donkey lot haven't signed anybody, have they?

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    blackdog2

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • The main positive is that we only conceded 3 goals. We are going to be thankful at only conceding 3 many, many times this season. Sort the defence out Whoton! I told him that the defence was the problem when we spoke the other week. He'd be foolish to ignore someone with my understanding of the game. Whoton, Whoton, sort it out!!

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Looks like Zak is going to join Walkers Crisp City. Not Aston Vanilla as predicted by many. Did a good shift for us so let's wish him well.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, July 23, 2012

  • That is right he is on loan from Borussia Mönchengladbach where he has come up through the ranks. He is only 20 and has been with them since 2009. Has been out on loan at VfL Osnabrück where he scored 10 goals in 17 games. Looks like Hertha got a good loan here. Certainly a prospect in the making - maybe try and get him here for a loan season in the Prem ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • make that and not in order

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

  • Took me a few minutes to work out what you were getting at Marine, but I guess you are referring to the initial Table. I suppose your idea would have the merit that you could see the relative seniority of all the teams before we start. But we can see that by reference to last years final Tables. This is a whole new season and we all start from scratch. Nobody has kicked a ball yet, so the Table is listed only to show who the contenders are for the coming season. Therefore all teams start with equal records - all zeros - and are equally placed in the league. When two or more teams have an equal record, the appear in alphabetical order by default.

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    The Crab

    Sunday, July 22, 2012

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