Norwich City boss Chris Hughton’s pleased to come away from QPR with point

Mark Bunn joins a lengthening list of Norwich City bookings from referee Jon Moss at Loftus Road on Saturday - before going on to save Adel Taarabt's spot-kick. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Mark Bunn joins a lengthening list of Norwich City bookings from referee Jon Moss at Loftus Road on Saturday - before going on to save Adel Taarabt's spot-kick. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, February 4, 2013
2:09 PM

Mark Bunn’s latest heroics in the goalless draw at QPR underlined his value to the cause, according to Chris Hughton.

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Norwich’s stand-in keeper has had to take his share of flak during the Canaries’ recent downturn as part of a side that in recent times had appeared to abandon the miserly defensive instincts of their Premier League club-record run.

Bunn’s shot-stopping ability preserved a midweek point against his boyhood club Tottenham at Carrow Road and the former Blackburn keeper served up fresh evidence in west London he remains an able deputy to England international John Ruddy.

The 28-year-old was again a resolute barrier in a commanding shift highlighted by his second half penalty save from Adel Taarabt after he was adjudged to have clipped Jamie Mackie in attempting to deal with Javier Garrido’s weak back pass.

Bunn also acrobatically denied Andros Townsend with a flying mid-air leap in the frenetic final stages to underline he is still very much the man in possession following Lee Camp’s arrival on a free transfer during the January window.

“He has been good for me since he came here,” said Hughton. “Unfortunately for Mark he has been in a period when our form has dipped and we have had a couple of big ones, Man City where we conceded four and five at Liverpool. I think his overall game has been good. We certainly needed him here. From our point of view the penalty is a good save from Bunny. I haven’t seen the incident again but no complaints from us. Fortunately for us we have got a keeper who guessed the right way.

“I think it was a decent point for us. Any point away from home in this division is a good point. Particularly against a team in good form.

“We’re on the back of a dip in form which has seen us not pick up many points. We needed a reaction and we certainly got that against Tottenham who are a good, offensive team. We knew QPR would want to win this game and hence it was a tough game but I thought a draw was a fair result.”

Toiling Rangers remained a distant 11 points adrift of the Canaries at the final whistle despite Harry Redknapp handing a debut to big-money signing Chris Samba and introducing one-time England striker Bobby Zamora from the bench to offset the injury loss of Loic Remy. City may have proved more than a match on the pitch, but off it is a different matter.

“Yes, but I think QPR can afford to do it,” said Hughton. “I’ve been nothing but impressed by the way Norwich City Football Club go about their business. They are very conscious that three seasons ago this was a League One team and I think at one stage, three or four years ago, almost went into administration. The club has had to build slowly and build in the correct way. For us we went through this window putting in two very big, substantial bids for players, far more than this club has ever done. So I think that shows the direction we want to go but it has to be done in a very, very sensible way and I think that’s how we’ll continue to do it.”

Anthony Pilkington’s hamstring injury provided the one genuine sour note from Norwich’s trip to the capital. Hughton confirmed afterwards the wide player would be withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for this week’s Polish friendly in Dublin.

“We’ll assess it and how bad it is but certainly we will be pulling him out,” said Hughton. “It is a case seeing how bad it is over the next day or two.”

53 comments

  • Alot of good points from Billy and BD2. Long term, its the only way. Hope I,m still here to see it lol

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    sharky

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • This has to be the joke of the year, Dipswich funding for transfers! Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg is leaving the club, it has been announced today. Owner Marcus Evans made the surprise announcement this morning. Clegg will not be replaced, and it is understood that Evans himself will take a more hands-on role. Some of Clegg’s salary, believed to be about £150,000 a year, will be available for manager Mick McCarthy as he aims to build a first-team squad capable of challenging for promotion from the Championship. What can they buy for that?

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • If Divot gets an award, other than one for verbosity, it would be a travesty. The best newspaper in these parts is the Happisburgh and Sea Palling Siren. Owned by Archant. It`s their intellectual organ. Divot also merits the Lickspittle Prize for Supreme Sycophancy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • WELL SAID BILLY. I completely agree with all you write. There's a couple of people on here who dont as come here to read and share views as to try and make themselves look clever and gain some kind of following. (I am very suspicious that these people are in fact the same person who likes to post and try to make himself look clever). What a dull life these people must lead sitting at the computer all day just waiting for the next article to appear, desperately wanting to be the first to post on each and every article and feeling the need to offer an opposing opinion to just about everthing the other people post or pulling apart the Pinkun journalism.

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • what a dreamer,palace the pride of london.that says it all.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • The main problem with swapping witty banter with our southern neighbours is having to move away from a Premier League mindset to provincial thinking. Actually NO, the main problem with swapping witty banter with our southern neighbours is they don't understand it.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Some posts on here make it plainly obvious that if we were managed by the forum of posters here we would would probably be close to where our illustrious neighbours currently find themsleves. Chris Hughton is a professional - let him get on with it. We have Kamara & Becchio to unleash soon, so it should make for interesting games. I'd like to see us start by getting a good win against Fulham. Can you imagine if we got on another roll of 3-4 good wins - we'd all be talking about the possibility of qualifying for Europe !!! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • For Saturday how about 4-4-2 with Pilks and Garrido getting a rest. Whits can do a very good job at left back.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Excuse my duplication! It's my first ever post and I posted it thrice. Wish I was (MB's favourite word) ethered!

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    andyrew

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Dave? What pub are you in mate? Just so I can avoid it. The thought of being trapped in the snug with you + your greasy hair, half a shandy + faded green M + S anorak, whilst you reel off how many decimal points of goals City need to survive, does NOT appeal to me. On second thoughts fella, you'll be quite easy to spot. You'll be the one stood @ the bar, all on his own .....

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Ho Ho, another pessissmist joins the trolls! Where do they come from and obviously the tone of comment indicates need of a life! Come on Ged and Snottie, where are you? Probably helping Mick McCarthy spend his £150,000 buying a new team! Ha Ha Ha, good for the Portaloo Road stalwarts.

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • i liked your comments billy.pa with your wonderfull knowledge of football,you must be paul jewel dressed up as a vegetable.

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    bluelight

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • How can he be pleased with a goalless draw with a team at the bottom of the league? Should be ashamed not pleased!

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    IT Man

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Swiss Cottager, Wacker & Bimbo - Why is it that you are incapable of debate ? Other people do have an opinion and its as valid as yours. All i have ever asked is for you to look at FACTS, and fact one is you will be relegated whilst you take 0.25 pts per game when no-one below you has a worse record. Fact 2 is that The Canary-Tart and her cronies are laughing themselves stupid at Norwich City, 'they buy in for 8 million, yet refuse to sell for less than 12 million and in the mean time each draw 30k per week from youre club. A few years ago when Robert Chase was doing the same, you were all sucking his ? and praising him - Now its happening again and you see no wrong in it - When i moved here from London friends used to warn me you Norwich boys were abit slow, but surely you can see whats going on, its not rocket science - they give you enough to keep you quiet, when all the time you are paying for it and getting nothng in return. This year you were rolled over in the league cup asthough it didnt matter, the FA Cup was equally treated the same, I could nearly understand the policy if you were buying good players who got you a league position, but that looks doomed also. And finally, I am not a Ipswich supporter, though they do have a manager i admire and you'd go along way to beat. You be careful youre not relegated cos "them err tractor boys" (see i can talk Naaarfolk too) they'll be spreading their muck all over you. Up the Palace - Pride of London

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    pubmandave

    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

  • Lambert lost his way. Only two wins in 13 because of the Gung-ho attitude. I still think we are fine. I,m in favour of left footers on the opposite wing and also vise versa but do agree to switch at times. Liverpool do it and Man City

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    sharky

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Welcome to the site Andyrew, glad you could make it. Obviously you and Dubai Canary hate to hear any criticism but you must understand that this board is one of the few outlets for frustration at some of the strange decisions made by the management. Of course Hughton is a professional but so are the managers of all the clubs who will be relegated this year. Being professional does not mean infallable. Personally I do not think Norwich will be one of them and survival will be in part due to Hughton and in part despite him. Even those born optimists must have scratched their heads at some of the seemingly weird decisions but then we are not in possession of all the facts are we. I enjoy posts from MadBrewer and Pa Snipps even if Pa Snipps' desire to see Stanley Matthews on the wing banging in crosses to Nat Lofthouse will never happen (check obituaries on google). It is good entertainment. Good for you Blue Tractor, I wish you and yours the very best as well.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • No offence intended Doc, and to all the others I seem to have upset! Just points of view that I feel strongly about, and have tried to make clear. Can't win them all, but I can try!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Thing is Dubia,A few of these posters are fakes,who post a few semi positive posts over the years,to cultivate a Norwich supporting persona,and when accepted,they start to sow the seeds of gloom and doubt...1 who did this on the pink un boards for years,who came from 1p5wich,and worked in Norwich at a famous American snack factory,stopped when he met and married a NCFC season ticket holder.,he reckoned there were a few more "Sleepers" undetected ,from the posts he read.

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    alan clark

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Hear Hear!.. But who will commit to who plays where up front?

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • The only man who does a sterling job in the our chant is Mike Bailey who does the live reporting on our games in the PINKUN to keep your eye on the game and our comments as well throughout the game is not easy on line .Ihave trouble with my one touch index finger .L.O.L.

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    yarco

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • A fair question Sharky. Well, I do vaguely remember there being another team down there once........erm....Long Melford I think they were called.......or was it Sudbury....?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • If Divot gets an award, other than one for verbosity, it would be a travesty. The best newspaper in these parts is the Happisburgh and Sea Palling Siren. Owned by Archant. It`s their intellectual organ. Divot also merits the Lickspittle Prize for Supreme Sycophancy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • DocOh No!...You obviously have NOT been paying attention. Since our current manager took the throne his actions have been scrutinised by many, and through these columns our opinions have been well and truly aired. ..He is NOT trying to win games, as our scoring success shows, but merely trying NOT to lose them..... The actions of a frightened man...Nothing ventured, Nothing gained. He insists upon playing good players in wrong positions, making their job so much harder to the detriment of the team. For my own part, I suggested 'The Chevron' with left footed players playing on the LEFT, supplying a more than able Central Striker. That and many other suggestions that have found agreement with fellow contributors.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • I agree with the comments re: formation. A change of formation would certainly keep opposition on their toes. Other teams have, obviouly, recognised the formation CH prefers so now is the time to do something different. Going back to 442 would certainly add to our firepower and increase the amount of goals scored. The defence is more solid than last season. Nothing ventured and all that.

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    CovCanary

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Pa, none taken.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Singapore has got it right. I moan sometimes but I've missed about four home games in nearly 30 years and of course me (and mates) are 100 per cent yellow at the games. Even Colchester and Luton, he he. CanaryWest: IMO Bailey and Pete Raven are both excellent, it's the written stuff I worry about - and my opinion, although personal, is also professional. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Blue Tractor - how long since 1p5wich's last Premier League win? And I couldn't agree more with the posts regarding Pa Snipps' ranting, negative posts! Move to Suffolk (and take Brewer with you!) OTBC IHWT

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    andyrew

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • I laughed so much I nearly bought my own beer.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • MB. Archant are also up for another award in the category 'The UK's most inappropriately named paper'. As The Watton & Swaffham Times always includes 95% stories about Thetford, they'll be no competition. There was also a lot about Diss in the last issue! Pa Snipps, I hate to tell you this, but Carra Road is not an allotment.

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    Ded Sterile

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • since last league win . . . 51 days and counting

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    blue tractor

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • I was a big supporer of Lambert until he did the dirty on us and I realised he always went to clubs where the only way was up. He couldnt do that here again after the great job he did. Hopefully he will be in the championship again soon. Get use to Hoots as its long term OTBC

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    sharky

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • As always nice lively debate and that is what it should be, provided we are all on the same song sheet of supporting the team on matchday, both the team on and off the pitch. QPR are on the beginnings of a roll and have had good results so I was not too disappointed with a draw on Saturday, their keeper played a blinder at times and Bunn was not far behind him. A change is needed just to freshen things up and give the opposition a line-up they do not expect and 4-4-2 just could do that. The way we played Saturday was also encouraging as we did not wilt second half as we did against Spurs. Who to drop for the 4-4-2 is goiong also raise debate and for me I would give Pilks a rest to get over the injury and I also think we should bring Whits back in place of Martin, not that Martin has done badly or anything wrong but I think Whits gives us a better attacking option and is just a shade better defender- just a thought. OTBC

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    Jakarta (ex-Singapore) Canary

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Thanks for your best wishes, Pubmandave and the interesting statistics. The fact is every team has a good run and a bad run and the current Norwich team is a work-in-progress. Strange that Mr Clegg is leaving you guys just as it looks as if he has the right manager at the fourth attempt. We all know how easy it is to get the right manager eg Grant, Roeder, and Gunn. See bad things come in threes. Now I hope you'll be OK with big Mick. Good luck

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Holtie and Beccs, wherever most effective.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Blue Tractor - how long since 1p5wich's last Premier League win? And I couldn't agree more with the posts regarding Pa Snipps' ranting, negative posts! Move to Suffolk (and take Brewer with you!) OTBC IHWT

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    andyrew

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Blue Tractor - how long since 1p5wich's last Premier League win? And I couldn't agree more with the posts regarding Pa Snipps' ranting, negative posts! Move to Suffolk (and take Brewer with you!) OTBC IHWT

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    andyrew

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • That sounds good to me Doc and Pa.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Reckon our friends down the 140 should try and get the "Loan Ranger" as a new chief!

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    tom the taxi

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • i see there is more tightning of the purse strings at portaloo,sacked clegg,(i exspect he is going back to last of the summer wine) evans is now going to do it all himself.should be interesting

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    bluelight

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Cum Cum Sharky! You must not criticise!. I was taken to task for almost all I posted yesterday... Try and be a good boy and say “Yes Master” to the semi-literate feed we are getting. Thank God for this site provided by Archant which enables us to let off steam.

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    Pa Snipps

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Unfortunatly I think it will still be one up front with a mad rush to support by those given the instruction. I just hope it will change if we are one down with 20 minutes to go. Um!!! who are these people down the road. Seems a long time he he OTBC

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    sharky

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Sharky! I don't think Lambert lost his way. He knew exactly what he was doing. His team selections from the away game at Sunderland, were plainly obvious....He appeared to walk out at the end of the season, but to a cynic like me, that was a long way off what really happened..

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • QPR may be bottom of the league IT Man, but since the New Year they are unbeaten and have won against Chelsea and drawn with Spurs and Man CIty, which is not exactly bottom of the league form, if the league had started in January they would be around mid-table. Pa, you seem to be aiming to be the king of the keyboard worriers. I don't think you can complain if people on here have got a bit irritated with you, you come out with the same stuff week after week and it's always negative. Lambert was great but he's gone. As the young people say, get over it.

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    Johnny Gavin Lives

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Two nailed-on certainties: Archant Eastern Region Newspapers of the Year (there ain't no others); Paddy Divot Sports Reporter of the Year (special distinction for pointless rehash). It really needs a good seeing-to, does Archant.

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Pa, who do you think you are? Our director of football? Why do you seem to think you're here to spread light to us mere mortals and gain a legion of followers? You're simply grouping the sentiments of the pessimistic posts and claiming that people are hopping on to your bandwagon. Don't come here for attention, come here to see other views and voice your own, it's not a contest. As for playing Snodgrass on the right, he played there for almost the entirety of his Leeds career because it gives you a good body shape to get between defenders, get the ball on the outside and bend in a good cross, both of which he has done a lot this season.

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    Billy

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Lambert was gung ho and improved the club and it's position without any doubt but being a family, community type of club with no big bucks backing he knew it would be hard this season. With Macnasty's ability and shrewdness and Hoots not taking gambles it is a season of consolidation, the big times might come in the years ahead. Build from a firm base slowly and the dividends will be reaped but build on sand and spend money like water and one can see many examples of clubs that did so and look where they all are now. Remember the old saying "Patience is a virtue!" The trolls and pessimists serve no use on here, our glass is half full or half empty?

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    blackdog2

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Another amateur statistician struts his stuff. As the Beatles said, "All the lonley people, where do they all come from? All the lonley people, where do they all belong?"

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • I love reading the posts from our lower division rivals down the road....." Oh, Oh , Oh please don't forget about us...we're so important....we're only little now...but we're here too....please, please talk to us big club up the road...". Sad.

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • He may not have seen the 'incident' again, but I have a dozen times, along with replays of the entire match. Does he switch off after the game, or like people on here watch out for where things did not go right, where improvements need to be made, and plan to rectify HIS mistakes. I wonder!

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Billy Boy, try 'Spec Savers'

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Its commendable how you Norwich boys stick up for youre club, but reading these posts you do seem to bury youre head in the sand re lambert and youre current position. Facts are Norwich have scored 0.25 of a point in their last 8 games, QPR have made 1,25 points, Reading 1,75 pts, unless the trend changes you will be relegated. Re Lambert - Great championship manager, but he just does not cut it in the premiership - Last seasom Norwich conceded more goals under him than any team has ever done in the history of the premiership, though that record maybe be beat now Lamberts at Villa. He insists on playing 3 at the back, none of the other managers do, but Paul knows best and the stats prove he is a disaster. Youre current manager may not be a Mourhino or Fergie, but he's an improvement and i think that when and if youre board realise that premiership is business and start spending some money, you'll be ok. I see tonight the Canary-Tart has ended her TV career, obviously doesnt need the money when she's taking 30k a week from youre pockets - and remember that 30k would get you a decent striker because youre olde favourite Holt has had too many kebabs, hes unfit, fat and slow. Hope you stay up, but the stats say you wont.

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    pubmandave

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Pa Snipps, do you always answer a polite enquiry with a rant? You talk about this chevron, who should play where in it? Or would you just prefer to have another go? The way you have answered other posters here indicates you like a bit of a tirade.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • So, what do you think he should do?

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, February 4, 2013

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