Norwich City aim to halt Liverpool's Premier League title juggernaut

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Neil AdamsPA PhotosNeil Adams will look to mastermind a victory over the Premier League leaders.

Few outside the tight confines of Norwich City’s dressing room will give the Canaries much hope of denting Liverpool’s surge to a first-ever Premier League title at Carrow Road this weekend.

City teeter two points above the relegation places after losing a straight shootout with Fulham at the weekend, when Neil Adams took charge for the first time since replacing Chris Hughton. Liverpool swept aside Manchester City the day after in a title duel fuelled by the relentless momentum of their previous nine straight wins. Continue Reading...

New management, same old problems

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Hugo RodallegaGettyImagesHugo Rodallega scored his second winning goal in as many games.

There was no trace of defeatism in the words or body language of Norwich City’s new boss Neil Adams, but Fulham’s 1-0 Premier League win felt like a fatal blow to the Canaries' survival hopes.

Adams’ side dominated for long spells but fell to Hugo Rodallega’s instinctive finish, sweeping home Lewis Holtby’s free kick five minutes before the interval. Norwich exuded a freshness and an attacking spirit largely absent in the final stages of Chris Hughton’s weary tenure, but it was not enough. Continue Reading...

Neil Adams is used to proving people wrong with Norwich City

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Neil AdamsGettyImagesNeil Adams has a fearsome task ahead of him as Norwich fight for survival.

Norwich City’s new manager Neil Adams has form for upsetting the odds as he strives to pull the Canaries out of their Premier League tailspin.

Adams’ appointment as Chris Hughton’s successor for the final five games has hardly received universal backing. For all the club’s stated ambitions and record transfer activity in recent windows they must endure another fraught passage to safety, much like 12 months ago when City’s survival was only guaranteed in the last week of the campaign. Continue Reading...

Norwich City put Chris Hughton out of his misery

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Chris HughtonSoccernetNorwich City manager Chris Hughton shows his dejection

Chris Hughton’s exit will come as little surprise to those who gathered deep in the bowels of Carrow Road on Saturday night waiting his arrival to dissect a 1-0 Premier League defeat to West Brom that signalled the death knell.

Hughton looked weary and beaten down by the onerous task of trying to preserve the Canaries top flight status. There was no spark and precious little different in what he said to try and minimise the damage from a desperate defeat to the Baggies that edged them closer to the precipice. Continue Reading...

Cold war breaks out at Carrow Road after West Brom loss

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Chris HughtonSoccernetNorwich City manager Chris Hughton shows his dejection

Norwich club captain Russell Martin hailed the special relationship between the players and fans prior to West Brom’s Premier League visit, but it felt more like cold war had set in at Carrow Road after the Baggies' 1-0 win on Saturday.

Morgan Amalfitano’s 16th-minute strike past John Ruddy boosted Albion’s own survival chances and sucked Chris Hughton’s squad into even greater danger. The magnitude of the defeat triggered a furious reaction from sections of the home support on the final whistle. Continue Reading...

History must repeat itself for Norwich vs. West Brom

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Clive Mason/Getty ImagesNorwich City hope to repeat last year's emphatic 4-0 home win against West Brom this weekend against the Baggies.

When Jonny Howson's sublime 20-yard shot hit the back of West Brom's net, Norwich City's Premier League prospects felt limitless.

Nearly 12 months to the day when the Canaries secured their top flight status for another season with a 4-0 romp against a disinterested Baggies, they need an encore this weekend. Only this time they face a West Brom side in dire need of league points to ease own their relegation concerns.

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City were excellent and robust when the pressure was at its most intense in that Carrow Road league finale and Howson's hammer strike was the crowning glory. Continue Reading...

Hughton’s mask close to slipping

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Chris Hughton is universally regarded as one of the most mild-mannered members of his profession. However, that mask appeared close to slipping in the aftermath of a 3-0 Premier League defeat at Swansea City that sucked them back into the relegation mix.

One step forward at fortress Carrow Road is countered by paltry offerings on the road. A sixth consecutive away defeat in the league in 2014 was always on the cards the moment Jonathan de Guzman lashed past John Ruddy. His second followed before the interval and Wayne Routledge sealed a win at the Liberty Stadium that eased the Swans’ own fears of being embroiled in the survival struggle. Continue Reading...

Tale of the tape gives Bony the edge over Van Wolfswinkel

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Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Norwich's marquee can deliver goals.GettyImagesRicky van Wolfswinkel has scored just one Premier League goal.

Norwich City's Premier League trip to Swansea City this weekend brings into sharp focus the contrasting fortunes of Dutch-bred strikers Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Wilfried Bony.

Ivory Coast international Bony notched his 20th goal of a prolific debut campaign in England to help the Swans earn a battling 2-2 draw at Arsenal to instill renewed belief they can avoid a prolonged relegation skirmish ahead of the Canaries' visit to the Liberty Stadium.

Norwich City eased themselves seven points clear of the bottom three with a timely win over Sunderland on Saturday, but victory over the Black Cats once again highlighted the enduring struggles of their own club-record signing, van Wolfswinkel. Continue Reading...

Ruthless Norwich push Sunderland closer to the Prem precipice

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Norwich City's 2-0 Premier League win over Sunderland was more emphatic than it suggests, but did illustrate they might just avoid a fraught passage to safety.

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Robert Snodgrass' fourth goal in eight league games and Alex Tettey's wonderfully instinctive volley lashed past Vito Mannone all inside the first 35 minutes barely reflected the superiority of manager Chris Hughton's side.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was forced to make a double alteration to his midfield before the interval. Continue Reading...

Friendship put on hold as Norwich host Sunderland

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Christopher Lee/Getty ImagesA win versus Sunderland would help Norwich City manager Chris Hughton's Premier League survival hopes.

There is much more than silverware at stake when Norwich City and Sunderland meet in a Premier League game to stir the soul at Carrow Road.

Shared history between these two top flight strugglers dating back to a 1985 Wembley League Cup final success for the Canaries has seen the "Friendship Trophy" contested ever since; an indelible reminder of a rare moment in the spotlight and an occasion notable for the camaraderie on the terraces during a time when hooliganism and disorder appeared to have a grip on the English game. Continue Reading...

Norwich staring into the abyss after Southampton surrender

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Rickie Lambert had a galvanising effect on Southampton against Norwich.GettyImagesRickie Lambert had a galvanising effect on Southampton against Norwich.

Chris Hughton was not fooled by the late gloss his Norwich City side put on a 4-2 Premier League loss at Southampton that carried an over-powering stench of defeatism.

Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass struck within a minute to threaten the most improbable late comeback at a sun-kissed St Mary's after Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez had eased the hosts into a merited lead.

City surged forward against a home outfit reduced to 10 men in stoppage time when Dejan Lovren limped off after all three home substitutions had been made by Mauricio Pochettino, but it felt painfully symbolic that Alex Tettey's slip on half-way ended with Sam Gallagher sealing a Saints win. Continue Reading...

Redmond not out of place against Saints' highly-rated Englishmen

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Jamie McDonald/Getty ImagesNathan Redmond is a young Englishman with a big future.

Southampton's English contingent are in vogue at present, but Norwich City have an emerging talent who could again grab the headlines in Saturday's Premier League game at St Mary's.

Nathan Redmond's fearsome strike earned Chris Hughton's squad three points in the corresponding fixture earlier this season. Redmond served up an almost identical encore, cutting in from the left flank before unleashing a low shot squeezed in at the near post, for a match-winner on England Under-21s duty last week in a European Championship qualifier against Wales. Continue Reading...