Norwich City are still waiting for their first Premier League penalty of the season – as one of just three clubs yet to benefit from the referee’s fickle finger of fate.

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With two thirds of the top-flight season gone, only the Canaries, Tottenham and Swansea have yet to be awarded a spot-kick.

By contrast, Chelsea have had eight penalties, reigning champions Manchester City have had six and leaders Manchester United five.

City’s last Premier League penalty came 11 months ago when Grant Holt scored in a 2-1 home win over Wolves.

It was one of only two they were awarded in their entire league programme last season – Holt also scored the other in a 3-3 draw at home to Blackburn – and 26 matches this term without an award have stretched their run to 34 league games without a spot-kick.

However, Chris Hughton’s team have conceded five penalties in the Premier League this season, though only two have been scored – by Fulham’s Steve Sidwell and West Ham’s Mark Noble.

The Capital One Cup brought City one spot-kick, scored by Wes Hoolahan against Scunthorpe, and they also conceded one against Tottenham in the same competition, Mark Bunn saving from Clint Dempsey.

Is it just one of those freak statistics, do City not break into the penalty area with enough speed and urgency, or have they simply had a raw deal from the officials?

Former City winger Adrian Forbes, who has worked as a co-commentator for BBC Radio Norfolk on many of their Premier League fixtures, believes they have been unfortunate.

“In the games I have seen, it’s been the lack of getting a decision,” said Forbes.

“The West Ham game was an example, in a game I was commentating on. They might have had two in that game. In one instance, it looked at the time as if Harry Kane was being fouled, and when I saw it again on the replay, he was but it wasn’t given.

“In the same match, the penalty given against Norwich early on was fairly soft. The referees have only a split second and they get it wrong on occasions – which shows why I wouldn’t want to be in the position of the referee.

“But the big teams tend to get more penalties. Perhaps they have players who know how to win them, or referees are more aware that they have to get them right in those games.”

The last penalty awarded against the Canaries came in their 0-0 draw at QPR, when goalkeeper Mark Bunn was adjudged to have fouled Jamie Mackie, but then saved Adel Taarabt’s kick.

In the same match, City felt they might have had a stoppage-time spot-kick when Luciano Becchio appeared to be shoved, but referee Jon Moss was not about to become the first to point to the spot in their favour in a Premier League fixture since last March.

Playing just one striker may limit the number of times City burst into the opposing penalty area at speed, but Forbes is not convinced. He said: “I don’t know – you still have players like Wes Hoolahan, Snodgrass, Pilkington and Elliott Bennett getting into the box – as well as Grant Holt. Perhaps they’re being a bit too gentlemanly.”

• Penalties 2012-13

Barclays Premier League

Chelsea: For 8, Against 1, Scored 7

Man City: For 6, Against 1, Scored 4

Man Utd: For 5, Against 0, Scored 2

Fulham: For 4, Against 2, Scored 4

Aston Villa: For 3, Against 6, Scored 3

West Brom: For 3, Against 4, Scored 2

Southampton: For 3, Against 3, Scored 3

Reading: For 3, Against 3, Scored 3

West Ham: For 3, Against 1, Scored 3

Stoke: For 2, Against 5, Scored 1

Arsenal: For 2, Against 4, Scored 1

Liverpool: For 2, Against 3, Scored 1

Everton: For 2, Against 2, Scored 2

Newcastle: For 2, Against 2, Scored 1

Sunderland: For 2, Against 2, Scored 2

QPR: For 2, Against 0, Scored 0

Wigan: For 1, Against 6, Scored 0

Swansea: For 0, Against 1, Scored 0

Tottenham: For 0, Against 1, Scored 0

Norwich: For 0, Against 5, Scored 0

60 comments

  • It's open season on Davitt. The man is a buffoon. And as for Arcan't persisting with their trolls when a lot of us are understandaby worried - it sucks big time. Watch this # OTBC

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Could any retired refs help with the accuracy of my typing please?

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • That is a very very good comment ESSEX YELLOW and I second it as well !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    yarco

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Once again it comes down to human error L.O.L. Iam a great believer that if our beautiful game was to use cameras for the whole game we could let the blind referees and officials see where they went wrong in front of a full stadium of home and away supporters. It could be scrutinised by all on screens around the stadium. Not just for the hansenss of the world late at night after the game finished hours ago to tell the nation "NORWICH SHOULD OF HAD 3 PENALTIES TODAY"

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    yarco

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • The sky in Apiril is very good this time of the year

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    cutty

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • You have to get in the other team's penalty area to win a penalty. We dont. Simples ....eeeek!

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • The way things are going for us, The Pink Un can use this headline again, only minus words four and five.

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    NB

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • What a missed opportunity, the FA Cup was for us. I see Millwall, after beating Luton, are at home to Blackburn in the quarter finals. It would have been possible for to have progressed to the semi finals without meeting a Premier League team. Makes me so angry. I notice that after Arsenal playing a weakened side yesterday and getting found out, that Liverpool, Chelsea, Wigan and Man City all played more regular first teamers today and surprise, surprise, all progressed easily.

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    Kent Anglian

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Not thinking of Battenberg, Doc?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • If the rumours I hear are true,Holt will be using his 'guile' in Sotland next season.A done deal with Celtic for Hooper

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    Trevor Sadd

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • No doubt about it if they used cameras we would be in eighth position in the league on my calculations.

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    yarco

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • I wonder how many free kicks we've had about 20-30 yards out on the right wing by comparison. Ref can only give a foul where the play is happening (unless you're Jon Walters of course), and our "attack" pattern ain't exactly that varied.

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    Saturday Skin

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Not diving enough in the penalty area, can we afford Bale? Perhaps getting Michael Owen in to give some coaching would be more manageable?

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • It's already been said....but worth repeating. You need to get people into the box to earn penalties. Does Holt go down in the box,"too easily"??....of course he does....name a striker that doesn't! Last season, Holt was a "beast in the box" He terrified centre halves, and forced them to foul him.....excuse me....but isn't that part of his job??? His thankless role in this side is to run and run and run....and he does just that. but a target man?? Sadly not!

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Ho, ho, ho.....nice one NB Couple of classics there. I like your style! Ged - Pinkun Father Figure

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    Ged Steroo

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • I`ll happily shake on that, el dingo. Know what I mean? Nudge nudge. Wink wink.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • It's no secret that Calderwood and Holt don't get on. Calderwood froze Holt out at Notts Forest and is doing the same at Ncfc. The reason we are in the s--t is all down to Calderwoods boring negative tactics,Holt up front on his own,no support ,bet Holt can't wait to get away in the summer.Think Hoooton should play a 4.6.0 line up this Sat !!!

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    Essex yellow

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • I think the Divot criticisms are way off the mark. He`s far, far worse than that. Ask them at The Lodge, St. Gile`s Street. They`ll say he`s a great guy. QED.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • I have posted before that the only way to improve on the accuracy of the referees' decisions is to have two or three ref's (retired refs?) watching TV monitors who can talk to the man in black. This will end cheating and restore the beautiful game. Good luck to Neil Lennon who is asking for UEFA to review the appalling perfomance of teh ref they had against Juve the other noght. He says he fully accepts the result and that Juve were the better team but the wrestling at set pieces should have been penalised. Quite right now wait for some pathetic drivel back from UEFA.

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • I see that Steriod bloke—The one with the Milk Maids Rash-- is up and running again...What did your wife say Steriod, when she caught you scratching?

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • You have to get in the other team's penalty area to win a penalty. We dont. Simples ....eeeek!

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    CanaryWest

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • It's already been said....but worth repeating. You need to get people into the box to earn penalties. Does Holt go down in the box,"too easily"??....of course he does....name a striker that doesn't! Last season, Holt was a "beast in the box" He terrified centre halves, and forced them to foul him.....excuse me....but isn't that part of his job??? His thankless role in this side is to run and run and run....and he does just that. but a target man?? Sadly not!

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Just maybe this stat reflects the fact we dont attack enough. At the end of the day you can only get a penalty from a foul in the opposition penalty box but I can't remember the last time we made it that far up the pitch......

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    JonnyBeGood

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • It's already been said....but worth repeating. You need to get people into the box to earn penalties. Does Holt go down in the box,"too easily"??....of course he does....name a striker that doesn't! Last season, Holt was a "beast in the box" He terrified centre halves, and forced them to foul him.....excuse me....but isn't that part of his job??? His thankless role in this side is to run and run and run....and he does just that. but a target man?? Sadly not!

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • MB refers to the land of Aprons, unusual handshakes and self-help whilst donating a meagre smidgeon to charity to ease the conscience. Your version sounds a little like the Orange Order to me Doc, which would be strange considering our 'special relationship' with Celtic, he he. As there's no Private Messenger on this wretched thing I'll post re this on another "story" soon. OTBC

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    el dingo

    Monday, February 18, 2013

  • Not only are we bottom of the league in penalties, we are not much better with Sky Coverage on Live Games, we seem to be overlooked again by Sky in Aplril

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    Derek McDonald

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • It stinks, blatant bias from referees. Disgraceful.

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    Steady On

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Is it a Lodge where they wear funny sashes and bowler hats? If it was the Lodge with funny handshakes would they be allowed to admit knowing him?

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Yep I agree CW - do we really feel hard-done by? I think most penalties also come from attacking the box at pace (which we have been lacking) rather than shoves, pulls and handballs (which we rely on). I wonder if you divided the number of penalties by goals scored you might see a bit of a correlation...that said think we are due a "soft one"...here's hoping its against the Toffees!

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    Herr Fleck

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • You can either look at it that the referee's are in favour of the 'big boys' at the top of table (or should I say 'in fear of') or that we simply haven't threatened in the box enough to warrant a tackle from the opposition. Either way, I'm sure Hughton would select Camp to take the penalty.

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    wisemanthree

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Surprise surprise! If you had 2 up you'd have another striker in the penalty area and a greater chance that there'd be a foul. And I think ref's have wised up to Holt's 'guile' and are maybe less likely to award a penalty when he goes down.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • I love Forbesie`s understated irony; Holty "too gentlemanly in the box?". Nice one. Apropos of nothing, I see on Beeb Teletext that 1p5wich are championing the case for alcohol consumption to be allowed in seated areas. I suppose a bit of booze would dull the pain of watching the Donkeys trying to play football. Plenty of good breweries with NR postcodes - including ones in Lowestoft and Market Weston - at least they`re in Suffolk!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Clusterbuck, D'arso, many others, take your pick. On a separate note, glad we're not playing today, they're showing "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" as I post!

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • It's nit a majer problum wcalor. Iv'e just split a cap of tee over my kyboard, and the sime thing appens ta me. Just go ovar it with a hear dryer 4 a kipple of minits, then alll willl be ell

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Holt is up front, gives as good as he gets, is often pushed out a bit wide, so no penalties there. Our players do not dive in the box. We only play one up front. We are a provincial team, not a top team. All this equals no penalties.

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    Capri

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • It has NOTHING to do with our play,or ref blindness or "Big Team" bias! We should've had penalties against spurs,hammers,swansea..re watching ,the ref was unsighted in 2 of those,and you could see some sort of communication,and a glance at his assistant for clarification...For me the assistant, stood in front and touching distance,of the home fans,spurs and the swan,bottled it...we could've had a couple more,against wigan and qpr, but these were more in hope in my opinion....The only time the ref seemed iffy to me,and perhaps had ulterior motives,was afew seasons back,against the dons in league one,when the defender seemed to have to stretch really high to get his hand onto the ball,yet with the ref having a clear view,nothing given? The only time an assistant grew bearers of fruit,while standing in front of a baying bunch of village idiots,was in 96 against the .....when he was very much instrumental in having a penalty already awarded,overturned!

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    alan clark

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • We are blessed with a manager that is very polite by nature , he can't bring himself to argue with referees so they don't worry about it . Steady On , I owe you an apology for the comments yesterday , too much . So I'm sorry for any offence I may have caused .

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    mjc75

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • ged steroo why dont you do one and eff off

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    yarco

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Surprise surprise! If you had 2 up you'd have another striker in the penalty area and a greater chance that there'd be a foul. And I think ref's have wised up to Holt's 'guile' and are maybe less likely to award a penalty when he goes down.

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    Surrey Canary

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • DocOhNo

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Just maybe this stat reflects the fact we dont attack enough. At the end of the day you can only get a penalty from a foul in the opposition penalty box but I can't remember the last time we made it that far up the pitch......

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    JonnyBeGood

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • I wonder how refereeing would change if the MoTD pundits started exercising a bit of honesty, "XXX gave usual self aggrandising performance today". "YYY NEVER gives decisions against Chelsea at home" etc? I know it'll never happen but wouldn't it be nice?

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • I see it's night shift for the third raters.

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    DocOhNo

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Erm, listen people. You can't win a penalty unless you get in the oppositions penalty area. Under our dreadfully negative manager we rarely manage an attack, let alone a penaly Pathetic, as usual. Warm wishes Ged (AMF)

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    Ged Steroo

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Sorry for unintended repeats....but maybe if I make the point 3 times, somebody at NCFC, might actually take note!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Derik Mc Doughnut seem s to ave thr same tribble tew...mist be katching!

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Looks like the Archant journos have had the weekend off as well as the team. Probably pleased we were knocked out of the Cup. Clean sheet for Rudd against top of the table Bournemouth.

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    Kent Anglian

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Maybe that`s it; the Linesmen (assistant refs!) are too close to the baying hordes not to be intimidated. Remember that young lady Assistant Ref who was vilified for what was a spot-on offside decision? A few male chauvinist types showed themselves up that day! Worst not-given pen this season IMO was when Ekotto tried to remove Morison`s shirt at Spurs.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Trevor Sadd, I hope Holty does not go to `Sot-land`. While he has this reputation for "liking his food", he`s never been indicted as a boozer! Having seen H0-0per vs Juve, there must be a better way of spending £9million?? He`s just Simeon without the pace - or personality.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Why be so negative? Norwich are top of the league for fewest missed penalties. Hooray.

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    waclor

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • I see that Robins is playing Alan Lee as lone striker with Vaughan on the bench, interesting.

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    DocOhNo

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • You're right KA. Most of us here know there are things going on while Divot sits on his rump and does nothing 'cos Arcan't won't upset advertisers, including NCFC. Open season on Divot (who calls himself Canaries Writer, Grrrrr!) continues.

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    el dingo

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Have readers of these posts realised that some of the more disgruntled correspondents on these pages are actually not Ipswich but Arsenal supporters? The Gooners play much more entertaining football than City do but if you don't score you don't win.

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    Capri

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Does anyone know if the price of our season tickets will be reduced if we get relegated thisnext season. Buyer beware ----because i have been told that it won't.

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    superfan59

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • If only we could play like Millwall.

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    NB

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

  • Personally, I think it's a combination of bias to the bigger clubs + us failing to press other teams higher up the pitch. I doubt there's a conspiracy to get rid of us. My mate's father-in-law is a retired ref. You'd have to bribe too many people to keep it quiet.

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    Timbo

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Superfan (you've stolen my nickname! Ho ho), I can confirm that when we get relegated season ticket prices will still go up by the 7% - 12% already quoted. If you require any more info, do let me know. Warm regards, Ged - The other superfan.

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    Ged Steroo

    Sunday, February 17, 2013

  • Sky run the premier league. Sky are in the entertainment business. Norwich are'nt "supposed" to be in the prem so Sky want them out and have instructed their referees accordingly. Anyway thats what I think.

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    Admiral F

    Friday, February 15, 2013

  • Cuz we don't spend any time in the opposition box or run at defenders (Snodgrass excepted)

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    A fine city

    Saturday, February 16, 2013

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