Norwich City manager Chris Hughton backs Steve Morison and denies Aston Villa interest

Gareth McAuley and Steve Morison do battle at The Hawthorns. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Gareth McAuley and Steve Morison do battle at The Hawthorns. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, December 24, 2012
3:40 PM

Chris Hughton admitted supporters’ criticism of Steve Morison is unfair – and dismissed tabloid speculation linking the striker to a reunion with Paul Lambert at Aston Villa.

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With a hamstring injury forcing Grant Holt out of the fold at West Brom, Morison made his first Premier League start since September.

His tough afternoon as a lone striker prompted harsh words from some City fans, but the City boss felt criticism of Morison was undeserved.

“Yes, and also what we have to remember is we’ve had a very stable team for a period of time,” said Hughton. “That’s really been based not on the inabilities of those who haven’t made the team, but more so the fact the team has done well and we’ve decided not to make any changes. It is always difficult – whether it had been Steve Morison or Simeon Jackson, and Harry Kane has just come back – because you’ve got players there who haven’t been playing regularly and to step into the tempo that all the players have gained over a period of time is difficult.

“I thought Stevie did OK, considering he’s not started.”

On Villa’s rumoured interest, he added: “Not that I know of. There will be lots of speculation coming into January. It will come thick and fast.”

Whether Morison gets another go against Chelsea at Carrow Road on Boxing Day remains to be seen, with Holt back in training at Colney on Christmas Eve.

“We will see how he gets on but at this moment yes, it is looking good for Wednesday,” said Hughton. “Someone like Grant is always going to be a miss but I’m also conscious of the fact that for us it’s not about any individuals; it’s about a team performance.

“Steve Morison came in, hadn’t had a lot of starts and I certainly wouldn’t want to under-estimate what he gave us on Saturday. But Grant is a player who has been playing regularly, on good form, and it’s certainly good to have him back in the squad.”

One man who definitely misses out on Boxing Day is right-back Steven Whittaker, after a recurrence of his hip injury at The Hawthorns.

The full-back is still yet to finish on a losing side for Norwich since his summer move from Rangers.

“He will certainly miss Chelsea and we will assess it. He is still a little bit sore, which we expected after Saturday’s game, so we will assess it over the next couple of games.”

37 comments

  • Pity about Whittaker. Russell M will be fine. Would be great to have Holty back. Time to give young Harry Kane a bit of match time, Depending on how the game is going? Hopefully, Chelski have emptied their goal reservoir. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Morro is so inept that as a sub and being a big unit, fails to run into a corner flag and retain possession when we are winning with a minute to go. Like a rabbit in headlights he will attempt to cross the ball into the box with no yellow shirts to be seen. A certain lacking in savvy I believe which is evident throughout his game.

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    A fine city

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • norwich only want more money.

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    gu caesar

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Its not right,having a constant go at Steve. He gives all for the club,he's not Grant and no one else is.You have to remember he hasn't had a run in the team,so is not going to be on top form he needs a run of games to be that. It's not fair to him or is family to make him feel unhappy. Thank You Steve for helping us stay in this division last season. I completely support you and hope you get the break. Happy christmas Steve to you and your family And wishing you a break in 2013, God bless you. Hope all the moaners get payed back. Support all the people who wear the yellow and green,ON THE BALL CITY

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    Bob

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • Ah-ha! They`ve belatedly relented. Arsene Wenger`s Arsenal now no longer on verboten list?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • They can have him, good riddance.

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    Bruce87

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Cherrio Morison

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Morison may be OK in the Championship but he has not got what it takes to compete at this level. His all round game lacks the necessary quality. I agree with Dubai Canary. We are just a few players short of a real quality squad. We already have the commitment and team spirit and in general a squad of players who are up to Premiership levels. Incidentally, I was at the Malaga - Real Madrid game on Sat night, which further proves that a team with real commitment, good organisation allied to no small measure of skillful players, can be more than equal to the big spenders and equally big egos!

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • It's the season of good will, we should give morow to ip5wich

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    cutty

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • Its not right,having a constant go at Steve. He gives all for the club,he's not Grant and no one else is.You have to remember he hasn't had a run in the team,so is not going to be on top form he needs a run of games to be that. It's not fair to him or is family to make him feel unhappy. Thank You Steve for helping us stay in this division last season. I completely support you and hope you get the break. Happy christmas Steve to you and your family And wishing you a break in 2013, God bless you. Hope all the moaners get payed back. Support all the people who wear the yellow and green,ON THE BALL CITY

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    Bob

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • I agree with Hoots. Morro is a brilliant player worth at least £12m but out of fairness to the player, who needs regular football, and loyalty to Paul Lambert for all he did for NCFC, we should consider letting Villa take him for £5m. Sorry to see him go but it is the gentlemanly thing to do.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • come on hoots, you have to sat that[politically correct and all that] but dont take as long as over getting hoolahoop into the starting 11,as moving to a new supermarket

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • I have a pal who admits to being a Millwall fan. We used to go to the Old Den `way back when I worked in London. His take on SM is that he wants to be Top Dog; playing 2nd Fido does not suit him. At the start of last season he was preferred to Holt and did very well. In particular, I remember he bullied Arsenal`s Mertesacker off the ball & scored @ Carra Rud. He paired up well with Holty when we put 4 past the Toon. He got 9 Prem goals; not bad at all. But he does seem to lack ooomph, Va Va Voom or whatever. Perhaps a move would be to his advantage too; he can`t be a bad player or Lambo wouldn`t have brought him in.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • I have a small wager on for NCFC to beat Chelski. Mind you, I bet on them every week to win! See `Arry- "the players get too much money"- Redknapp is rumoured to be going for Newcastle`s Demba Ba. That on crowds of, what, 18,000?? Mr. Fernandes must`ve "found" a bit of loose change somewhere. Or `Arry`s dog is raiding its savings account. They`d be better off with Moro; a snip at £8 million. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • YESSSSSSSSSSSS Lawron has Chease to win 0-2 today. Kiss of death for Chelsea !! Has he Ever predicted a Norwich City score correctlt this season ? We once has a guy in our village who was a Radio Norfolk racing tipster called 'Sprint" - he was so bad, we all wore badges to the pub saying "I backed Sprint - now I'am Skint".... Lawro are you "Sprint" in disguise ?

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • Ye gods! The Ar***al thing again. Beyond belief.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • IF VILLA WANT HIM--LET HIM GO---I WILL DRIVE HIM THERE FREE OF CHARGE

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    superfan59

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • That`s right, Bootneck. There was Craig Bellamy & Robert Green in recent history but not a lot else? Chris Martin flattered to deceive. Korey Smith looked very promising in the L1 season under Lambo. Tom Adeyemi looked a prospect but what next for him? Then we`ve gone out and got products of other clubs` Academies like Butterfield, Pilks & Howson. Maybe under this management régime with Category `A` Academy status that`ll all change? Time will tell.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • I hear you Bob and I would never boo a Norwich player but if he refuses to give anything back to the club or fans than don’t expect us to back him on this site. His earnings are far superior to mine yet I work far far harder than him and that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. Every time he comes on we all hope that he’s going to put in a shift but every time we’re disappointed. It’s not acceptable from where I’m sitting! Sorry but that’s how I see it!

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    baguio

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • I have a friend who is a lifetime Millwall fan. His take on SM is that he is only happy being Top Dog - playing 2nd Fido does not suit him at all. At the start of last season, he was preferred to Holt and did very well. In particular, I remember him bullying Ar***al`s Mertesacker off the ball & scoring @ Carrow Road. He paired up well with Holty when we put 4 past the Toon. He got 9 Prem goals; not bad at all. But he does now seem to lack ooomph, Va Va Voom or whatever. Perhaps a move would be to his advantage too; he can`t be a bad player or Lambo wouldn`t have brought him in.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • I definitely think we need more options up front and disappointed that Steve M hasn't risen to the standard he showed last season (albeit not consistently). With the right formula and service, SM scores goals and is a handful. Perhaps our style of play simply doesn't suit him? Either the team and SM quickly find a way of playing together with goals, or it will be best all round for him to move on. SM, the team and the fans need more from the current status. Can't see a Prem League team taking the gamble though.

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Tell me bald mammoth, how does it feel now that Big Mick's honeymoon period is over and you're losing again! I always thought he was a nice chap but a mediocre (I'm aware it's Christmas and I should be generous) manager. I don't wish Dipstick Town (not a city?) ill and hope you do really well in League Two the year after next.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Hope you're having a merry Christmas guys. On the subject of the Moro transfer, I'll be bitterly disappointed to see such a massive player who has been an integral part of the City team leave Carrow Rd. We shouldn't take a penny less than the £15 million I clearly remember us paying Millwall for him ......A-hem..........

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE, and loved the report that Fulham are after a Turkey keeper, after all it is christmas

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • DocOhNo, from its last botch of pestings, I concluded that the depiliated, extinct, trunky pachyderm was a Swansea supporter. But who knows? These trolls infest the board without there really being a reason for it. The "LAM8-0 for Morison" thing really is too good to be true, surely? Unless it`s the contrite Celt`s way of saying he`s sorry? Merry Chelskmas everybody. (Well, nearly everybody!).

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Superfan59, I will help out with the fuel costs! If Villa are prepared to plash some cash then yes please, sell sell sell.

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    MBA Marine

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Morro now better than Messi !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • I would imagine Villa need all the help they can get, and if they table 5m+ for Morison, then so be it. If we can see off Chelski and Man City in the coming few days then I am sure Chris Hughton will to looking for a top five finish and bringing European football back to Carrow Road. I'd say we are probably about 2 or 3 first class players away from a top five finish now, so lets see what January brings in ! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Ah-ha! They`ve belatedly relented. Ar**ne Wenger`s Ar**nal now no longer on verboten list? Or perhaps they are?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • My missus won £2.70 on the lottery the other day, we'l donate that to the fuel costs to take him to, anywhere really. One thing I don't understand is the Academy system. It's very rare that we produce anyone of worthwhile standard. Equate that with the money spent over the years to investing the same in a top striker etc. Just a thought. As much as I'd love to produce home grown Messi's , it seems very unlikely.If we do find that exceptional youngster, he invariably spends years on the bench before going to a lower league club, only to disappear into the realms of 'could have beens'.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • On this one you're kidding no one CH. The bloke appears to have no interest or pride in wearing the shirt. 25,000 + fans are not wrong! If he tried we would back him. We're not backing him because we lose more sweat getting to the game than he does on the pitch!

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    baguio

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • Chelsea next, looks like a blue christmas for the budgies.

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    bald_mammoth

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Steve Morison, great player, got to be worth at least 5m.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • IF VILLA WANT HIM--LET HIM GO---I WILL DRIVE HIM THERE FREE OF CHARGE

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    superfan59

    Monday, December 24, 2012

  • First of all Merry Christmas + a Happy New Year to all Yellers everywhere ! Superfan I'm afraid you're @ the back of the taxi rank. I offered to drive the Welsh cock-er-knee skinhead to Villa Park about 4 threads ago.PS: I think he's woth £10 million + a sell-on payment Lobbo !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • I think gu ceaser has a point, Norwich do need more money. As we don't have a sugar-daddy picking up the bill, we have to make sure that we make a profit and have enough money put aside to invest in the squad, the facilities and the academy. We may be due a big windfall at the end of the seaon, but so are all the other Premier League clubs. We are never going to be in the position where we can gamble huge sums on a player like the big five, or like QPR rapidly blowing away Tony Fernandes fortune.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • Thanks Brewer, mind you, Carthorse, sheep lover I really don't care. What do you call those things you put oars in? That''s how my Irish friends would describe him. On the question of Big Steve, a wonderful player, in the mould of Antoine Sibierski, I'd be disappointed to let him go for less than £10 million.

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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