West Ham 2, Norwich City 1 - What the nationals said

Robert Snodgrass points out to referee Mark Clattenburg that Alex Tettey was injured in the build up to West Ham's second goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Robert Snodgrass points out to referee Mark Clattenburg that Alex Tettey was injured in the build up to West Ham's second goal. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Thursday, January 3, 2013
1:25 PM

The national newspapers’ views on Norwich City’s 2-1 defeat at West Ham.

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The Guardian: “Norwich were toothless without the injured Grant Holt and although Russell Martin made it an anxious finish by volleying home Elliott Bennett’s cross in the 90th minute, ultimately they were left to rue referee Mark Clattenburg’s generosity.”

The Sun: “Norwich knew it was not going to be their day within 90 seconds of the start when Ryan Bennett was penalised for holding Winston Reid as they challenged for a Guy Demel up-and-under. It was the sort of penalty-area tussle you see 20 times every game but Clattenburg still decided it was serious enough to warrant punishment.”

The Times: “Chris Hughton has to work out if his team’s present form is an aberration or the start of reality hitting home. This was Norwich City’s fourth successive defeat but all have featured elements of bad luck and all have been by a single-goal margin.”

The Mirror: “Mark Noble’s third-minute penalty and Joey O’Brien’s strike gave United victory, but it should have been far more comfortable with Carlton Cole, Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te all missing golden opportunities.”

The Daily Mail: “That Clattenburg is the source of much post-match discussion will frustrate West Ham as much as Norwich. The hosts were far superior and worth more than the scoreline suggests.”

The Observer: “Sam Allardyce said that this match would be a test of West Ham’s nerve after a recent wobble but by the end of it no one could quite remember what all the fuss was about. However, they were given a huge helping hand by a curious refereeing performance from Mark Clattenburg, who infuriated Norwich City with a number of questionable decisions.”

The Daily Express: “Both of West Ham’s goals that earned them a much-needed victory came in the wake of debatable decisions, but there was no doubting which team wanted to win this scrappy affair more. The Hammers’ muscular approach unsettled Norwich, who came to East London on the back of three straight defeats over the Christmas period, and they never looked capable of denying Sam Allardyce’s team only their second win in nine matches.”

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