Norwich City boss Chris Hughton insists the Canaries’ latest Premier League clean sheet at Reading proves they are no longer a soft touch.

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Hughton’s men were held to a 0-0 draw after being unable to penetrate a Royals’ outfit still searching for their first win since promotion, but the City boss preferred to accentuate the positives from a fourth shut out of the league season.

Both keepers were largely redundant at the Madejski, but City left Berkshire the happier after stretching their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions.

“The plus is another clean sheet,” he said. “Any draw or any clean sheet away from home in this division is always a good point. They are a team that amongst their difficulties this season have been able to score goals. That hasn’t been a problem for Reading. For us in the end it is a good result and I would say a fair result. We are certainly more solid at the moment. I suppose something has to give and although we have become more solid we haven’t got the goals we would like.

“We knew we had a side that could play, but we have to be at our best every game. That is the big difference. With the top teams, the quality they have got, they can produce something out of nothing. In a poor performance they have that quality to score goals. I think for us we have to be on top of our game all the time. Today is a good point for us.

“We have had a fair amount of consistency to our (team) selection of late and that breeds confidence. It also gives us real competition for places. Apart from Russell (Martin) we don’t have too many injuries. Those not in the team are pushing really hard and that is keeping everyone on their toes.”

39 comments

  • We are at least keeping the gap between us and the bottom three. Never thought I'd be cheering a Man U win but when that 3rd goal went in at Villa..... (Will have a completely different mind set next week, of course.)

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Did Butterfield get on for Bolton? Agree with bluelight on all counts. How can a pro footballer be so poor at heading the ball? (Snods). There are distinguished examples from history, too:- Bobby Charlton, Sir Twevor Bwooking, Bill Punton...... more recently Andy Carroll.;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Preston I wasn't saying that we should spend loads of money on players, however, most the other clubs around us have the added ability to add to their squad in a manner we can't, which does give them an extra dimension in increasing their chances of survival. I personally don't think some of our rival managers are up to the mark. Therefore we need to have more guile and flexibility to change things midway through a game and that can't happen if we are unable to switch from a defensive to an attacking formation within a game. We just seem to be one dimensional and it is all too easy to blunt our attack by marking Holty out of the game. Goals win matches. Unsurprisingly we are fast becoming the draw specialists and the football we are watching is pretty dull.

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    mellow yellow

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • I only listened on Radio Partridge, cdu. Nearly missed that `cos of disruption to buses in Naaridge caused by those odd people from EDL and WAN. Is EDL a branch of EDP? Eastern Dopey Louts? Is WAN just 4\7 of their full title?

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • That was a shocking game.I have never seen so many Norwich players under perform in one match.Ruddy was the only one to come out with any credit and thats only because of one save.

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    Trevor Sadd

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • A Norwich player scored today, E Ward, but sadly for Forest it was a own goal!

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Mellow,what good has the £30 mil Southampton have spent done them so far? I will conclude my argument by just mentioning QPR. I would rather not sign someone than get someone who is not right for our club. Having said that, I hope we are out scouting for potential striking options ready for January. At the moment, perhaps Holt needs a rest and Bennett should be brought in for Pilks. I'd also like to see Howson get a bit of a go too, but we'll see. I suspect he will go unchanged against Man utd as he will want to keep it tight.

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Don't get me wrong, I'm remaining a canary fan for life, it's just when I see stunted, uninspiring performances it makes me want to shake the players! And indeed Hughton! I echo the opinion that substitutions are made far too late. It was obviously clear that Holt wasn't going to get a goal as he was so strongly marked throughout as the lone striker. I know every manager seems to be against 4-4-2 these days like it is some kind of dirty word, but if the formation you're using isn't working (shall we call it the 'Spanish' set up) then switch it! No-one's going to laugh at you because you put on two strikers!!

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    wisemanthree

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • If there are two marking holt then it is up to Snodgrass and Pilkington, or even Tettey, to give other options with the space created. Agree with Snodgrass needing heading practice; he has missed a couple of good opportunities already this season

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • This season is all about surviving because of the even bigger money rewards next season. At the half way mark last year we had 22 points from 19 games. We really need to reach that benchmark and ideally exceed it, as teams below us will have lots more money to spend in January than us. Certainly Reading, QPR, Aston Villa, Sunderland and even Southampton have deeper pockets than us. At least another 11 points should be targeted by end of December for us to have a good chance of staying up. I can only see the aforementioned teams increasing their haul of points in the second half of the season, so we do need a cushion in the first half of this season. We may yet rue the missed opportunities at home against QPR and West Ham. We still have to play 4 of the top 5 teams in the first half this season. He who dares wins.

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    mellow yellow

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Not MOTD; Football League Show!

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • In fairness, MBA, Wardy did make a good goal-line clearance too! One Z.Whitbread conceded a penalty playing for Leicester. Looked a very harsh decision on MOTD. J.Vaughan and D.Ayala both out injured for their respective loan club..... IHWT.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • where do we find a Ba or Hernandez? I do not know but Ba went to Newcastle on a free and there were some really good proven strikers mooving for the £5 to 6m, we spent more on players than Newcastle, fulham, west brom and others but we did not buy a striker, I dont think buying one is the problem we could afford it but strikers get the glory and want big wages, that we do not pay. I do like to see what our loaned out players are up to but i do not keep track of whittbread as he is not ours! Steer had a clean sheet for cambridge.

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    MBA Marine

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • What has Jonny Howson done wrong. All these players doing badly and he still cannot get on.

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    JED53

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • It goes without saying how solid we now look in defense & midfield much credit to Hughton for that but with such a GAPING ! lack of pace upfront surely Jackson should at least be in the squad against teams like Reading . Holty cant do it all on his own needs more support upfront. Pilks looked poor yesterday apart from the last few minutes this is the one disadvantage of not having the unexpected team changes under Lambert to keep players on their toes (& opposition for that !) + freshens up the team and keeps frinqe players from feeling isolated & potentially unsettled.

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    spark

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • We are at least keeping the gap between us and the bottom three. Never thought I'd be cheering a Man U win but when that 3rd goal went in at Villa..... (Will have a completely different mind set next week, of course.)

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    Flying Canary

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • The striker issue; G Holt 'The horse' do we need him? yes right now we do, he his our work horse trusted, reliable you know what your gonna get and a leader but i think he would be best suited to sitting just behind a 'wild stallion' striker Holt is fantastic at receiving the ball hold up and give and go play. I think as loved as he is i would drop hoolahoop to the bench, play Fox a little deeper as the outlet to provide fwd or to the wings, Holt in that 'Rooney' role behind a Hernandez or Ba. Hoolahoop on for Fox with 20mins to go. 4-4-1-1 formation

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    MBA Marine

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • I agree with Soglio Star and let's be fair to CH he has made some pretty good buy's in the transfer market and let's face it if he had the money to buy a Rooney or the like then he could go for attacking football

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    leslie cater

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • If only we could play a side next week that is scoring lots but conceding as well. Frustrate with a six man back line, hit them on the break or a long range Tetey effort and game over. I'll take a clean sheet next week however it is achieved just so Ferguson chokes on his chewing gum

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    Pondlife

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Also in my opinion it is becoming clear that Garrido is incredibly temperamental! Sometimes he looks utterly world class, other times it is like he is wondering if he has left the oven on or not.

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Void of ideas in last third. The only good thing was we kept a 5 point gap between us and them.

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    Lobbo

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Contributors keep on about not being able to buy expensive strikers,but Holty didn' t cost much and look at the amount of goals he has scored. Good scouting is a more sensible answer. We are paying Martin and what has he ever done? He isn't even wanted by 1st div. clubs as a loanee.

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    goldie

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • What a terrible game! Can't believe I got up at 2.00am to watch it. Have to agree with Algarve, Reading were there for the taking if only Hoots was prepared to risk a more attack minded approach, Why not change it after 60 mins and try and win the game like Reading did? Answer: because we came for the point. Hope we don't regret it later. In other news from DownUnder, Ian Crook has just resigned as manager of Sydney FC, a week after being on the wrong end of a 7-2 loss. Sounds vaguely familar.

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    canarydownunder

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Burnley`s Charlie Austin - 20 goals already this season. Or give Cinnamon a decent run. He has pace, works his socks off and could be the perfect foil to Holty. But who do we leave out to accommodate a second striker?? Surely not Hoolahoop. And I doubt Hoots would revert to the "Diamond". We are desperately short of goal-threat. Another 29 goalless draws and we`re safe on 40 points!! Trouble is there are only 27 games left....... so we have to win one.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, November 12, 2012

  • It wasn't intended as a dig Mellow. I agree with most of what you say, but I don't feel that other teams spending money is necessarily going to translate into points. I think Goldie said on another board about the proper scouting of players and I suppose we have to hope that this is being done as we speak, because we do need someone else to come in upfront. I also agree that we need the ability to change formations. Look at what happened in the cup game against Spurs... OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • We have a manager who is only interested in defence, and is incapable of changing his lineup or game plan in order to kill off a poor opposition. Because of this we have taken only 1 point a game from the 4 very winnable 6 pointers this season. We have gone from being a high scoring exciting team under Lambert to a dull, unexciting team under Hughton. If we survive this season, it will not be due to our successes, but rather to the other teams below us failures. Hughton may be safe.....but TOTALLY lacks flair and invention.

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • I have been a Norwich supporter for some years now, and I find myself every increasingly torn at the moment. I like Hughton, I like the fact that he come in and taken on a difficult job (I always think it's harder to come into a club that has been doing WELL rather than one that is in decline)... however every Norwich game I have watched this season has been incredibly dull. I think, as a whole, we have defended very well, but there seems to be nothing up front. Teams seem to have cottoned onto Holt so they tend to take him out of the game, and apart from the occasional header here and there we don't seem to offer anything. Going against some other comments on here, I actually thought Reading played very well today, they clearly attacked from the word go and were just a lucky shot or deflection away from achieving their goal. I would much rather Norwich gave it absolutely everything and still drew 0-0 than the half-a**sed approach I saw today. Not a popular opinion I'm sure, but I find it frustrating to watch such talents as Pilkington, Snodgrass and Johnson idle away time (especially Pilkington. I thought today he had a real shocker. As did Bassong at times!). You can't win every game, but lord almighty at least try! Going for a draw against Man City is expected and possibly wise, but we shouldn't be taking it easy against teams who we should be getting points from. I still like Hughton, but my oh my, either he needs a kick up the jacksy or some of the players do!

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    wisemanthree

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • What has Jonny Howson done wrong. All these players doing badly and he still cannot get on.

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    JED53

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Agree with you Preston, and assure you I never took your comments as a dig. We do need a lightning quick striker with an eye for goal to compliment Holty. Good luck to CH in unearthing such a gem during the January window.

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    mellow yellow

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • What we need, Lobbo ol` paartna, is more of little Benno. He`s great in training but not much good on the bench! ;-) I agree with MBA Marine`s analysis. But where are we going to find a Hernandez or Ba? Perhaps a punt on a "lesser light"? Austin scoring for fun at Burnley. No doubt, others have noticed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • CH is a defensive minded coach. His best results at NUFC BCFC were 1-0. If we stay up, we will all be happy, and let's be honest, what more would PL have achieved than keeping us up. CH has never inspired me, but hey ho, he's the best we have at the moment!

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    Soglio Star

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • much rather be in NCFC's position than that of , say, Leeds, they have gone quiet havent they

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Do Captain Birdseye + Camilla always sit in the same place behind Hughton then? Even @ away games ? I think we should be told !

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    Timbo

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • could not understand hoots thinking,two on holt all game and getting stuck into hoolahan.it needed changing on sixty mins not four mins from the end.should have brought on jacko and howson.also i think snodgrass needs a lot of heading practice,he is useless with his head.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Wisemanthree is spot on! Hughton only seems to have one creed.....defend. Because of that we let a poor Reading side off the hook. Just as we did QPR, Villa and West Ham. Hughton does not have Lamberts ability to switch things and unsettle the opposition, and his substitutions are odd to say the least. Leave it to 86 minutes to switch things? Why?? What will that achieve ? Holt was knackered on 70 minutes!! It seems that Hughton is playing a percentage game that we survive on nil nil draws and the 5 teams below us get beaten every week. naive and dangerous....and intensely BORING!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Saturday, November 10, 2012

  • Two different mindsets. If we don't score we won't win (Ferguson, Lambert etc.). If we don't concede a goal we won't lose(Clough, Hughton etc.) Who is right? Perhaps both are - time will tell.

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    Mr. B

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • goldie---10 out of 10----who r u ?

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    superfan59

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • NO WONDER WE ARE LAST ON M.O.T.D.----WE ARE THE NEW STOKE CITY---

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    superfan59

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

  • Never enjoyed seeing City losing but watching them over the past few games is like watching paint dry. No entertainment value whatsoever. If I hadn't paid for my season ticket up front don't think I would bother to turn up but just be contentent with watching 3 miniutes of highlights on M O T D. We seem to have a NO attack policy in force, even the midfield are not doing anything. If Hoolahan is to have a roll it should be as a second forward so he might get into a position where he might take a few shots and leave the defending to the defence. We are allowed three subs, but subing players with minutes to go is worthless, even Reading realised this and tried to change their game to get a win.

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    goldie

    Sunday, November 11, 2012

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