Norwich City - Outthought...
UK time is: 22:21:31
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'


And so to the visit of Aston Villa in the Capital Cup Quarter Final - With the way Norwich have been playing, coupled with how Villa have been playing many thought that we should turn them over easily.

After using the 4-5-1 system so well in recent weeks, Chris Hughton surprised everyone with a change of formation as City lined up 4-4-2.

Paul Lambert`s Villa lined up in a 3-5-2 with Lowton and Lichaj as wingbacks and with Benteke and Bent up front together.

Norwich were forced into changes due to injuries to Wes Hoolahan and Steven Whittaker and were still without Tettey and Ryan Bennett. Leon Barnett and Marc Tierney made their first starts for a while as Holt was joined by Morison up front.

The match kicked off at a lightning pace and was played as such for most of the first half. Within 2 minutes, Morison`s cross from the right had hit Shay Given`s post and bounced away to safety.

At the other end Bent found himself one on one with Bunn but the City keeper superbly dived low to his left to keep the score level.

Indeed, it became a feature of the game with Bunn making very good saves from Holman, Bentekne and Lowton.

On 19 minutes though it was City who opened the scoring with Morison chipping a flick on over the advancing Given.

The crowd erupted with chants of "WHO ARE YA?" But it was to be short lived. Two minutes later, after all his good work, Bunn was finally beaten by a powerful Holman shot from the edge of the area. He was given way too much space and his movement behind the strikers was making him hard to pick up.

The scores were level at half time but both sides could`ve increased their tallies.

Early in the second half, Bent pulled up holding his hamstring and was quickly replaced by Andreas Weimann. He immediately formed what looked like a much more dangerous partnership with Benteke.

Around the hour mark, Steve Morison had the chance to score again as Holt found him and put him one on one with Given. It seemed easier to go round the keeper but Morison decided to try to chip him and lifted the ball over the bar.

Moments later, Morison thought he had scored from a similar position but after putting the ball in the net it was ruled out for off-side.

At the other end, Benteke did the same as the crowd howled with derision at the Villa fans who also had to cut short their celebrations.

The second half seemed to fall away a bit compared to the frenetic first hour. But with ten minutes to go, City collapsed as Villa scored three times. Weimann scored a quick double on 79 and 85 minutes before Benteke scored his 10th of the season in injury time.

At the end, Paul Lambert shook the hand of every Norwich player as they left the pitch. He didn`t receive much stick from the crowd and was applauded by Norwich fans in the City stand when he first walked out into a wall of flash bulbs that were waiting for him.

In terms of the game and the way it panned out, I think Hughton was out thought by Lambert as he tried something different.

We haven`t played 4-4-2 for a while and looked to struggle as we were outnumbered in midfield. For all their endeavour, Johnson and Howson struggled to play much other than sideways and Holman was always dangerous.

Pilkington looked a little tired and the two Villa wingbacks meant that he and Snodgrass spent a lot of time backing up their full backs.

Tierney looked short of match practice, which of course he is and was often left with no other option by Pilkington than to just launch it down the line.

Holt and Morison? I`m not sure they can play together effectively, just like Lambert has spoken off with regard to Bent and Benteke.

Morison could`ve scored at least four times last night, based on the chances he had but was wasteful. He did look lively(ish) though and Holt only had one really good effort when Given made an outstanding one handed save from his header after a corner.

The changes when they did come were too late and Jackson would`ve been a better starter than Morison, in my opinion.

Our players should be able to adapt to different formations better than they did, but I`ll be happier when we return to the 4-5-1 and hopefully see some of the injured lads return.

We miss Tettey and Wes badly, but on the plus side, Michael Turner is fit again so should regain his place soon enough.

Tierney did look out of sorts as Hughton rested Garrido and I do wonder for his future in the first team now, while up against the classy Spaniard.

This is our first defeat for a long time and it doesn`t feel good. We will need to shake this out of the system very quickly in time for the visit of Wigan on Saturday. A very good chance to get to Wembley has gone for the second time in two seasons and that is very disappointing.

I don`t think we were short on effort, it was the application that did for us.
This chance has gone and it`s up to the players to make sure they push on from here, starting against Wigan.


The Journalist

Writer: The Tuckster  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 12 2012

Time: 7:54AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Sadly didn't get to watch the game, but the report reads much as the Five Live commentary sounded. Real shame we're out of the Cup, but at least our unbeaten record was broken in the League Cup. Hopefully now that monkey is off the back, and the team can go into the next league game against Wigan at home: surely a match we should w..w.. ................... well, not get beaten in. I do wonder what CH's problem is with Simeon Jackson: there have been a number of occasions when I would have hoped to see him come on with a good twenty minutes to go: his pace really can trouble the opposition, and his finishing can be pretty good. Maybe against Wigan...................
Report Abuse
12/12/2012 08:49:00

Fantastic Cup tie. End to end. Great atmosphere. I thought we deserved to win but 4-1 was very flattering. Glad to see Norwich fans in general respect PL for what he achieved there. Hughton seems a great replacement for him, and I think both clubs can be confident about the future. I know we are at VP. This season will be tough but the potential in this side and the fantastic academy we have leaves us hoping for a very bright future. You are right about PL tactically. He changes from game to game and seems very switched on.
Report Abuse
12/12/2012 10:57:00

great match, good luck the rest of the season folks.
The Fear
Report Abuse
12/12/2012 12:33:00

Congratulations to Villa, a deserved win.
Report Abuse
12/12/2012 13:15:00

With defending like that we deserved to lose , and Villa deserved their victory .
yellow belly
Report Abuse
13/12/2012 00:39:00

Not that upset. Would rather win on saturday. 2 more midweek games in january and we could get even more injuries. hopefully it will lead to even worse villa form in league and down back into bottom 3.
Report Abuse
13/12/2012 13:47:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. FCBEARS 310
2. Steve from Oz 259
4. yellow belly 93
5. suffolkcanary 72
6. screaming canary 69
7. northern yellow 32
8. Rex 30
9. adrian21 24
10. sminky 17

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Norwich 1 - 1 Arsenal
Chelsea 1 - 0 Norwich
Norwich 1 - 0 Swansea
Man City 2 - 1 Norwich
Norwich 0 - 1 WBA
Newcastle 6 - 2 Norwich

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. WBA 14 5 3 6 -5 18
14. Chelsea 14 4 3 7 -6 15
15. Swansea 14 3 5 6 -5 14
16. Norwich 14 3 4 7 -8 13
17. Sunderland 14 3 3 8 -10 12
18. AFC Bournemouth 14 2 4 8 -13 10
19. Newcastle 14 2 4 8 -16 10

Norwich City Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

Sam Wants Shock Wins In December
Sunderland : 30/11/2015 19:38:00
Strange But True - Leicester (a)
Man Utd : 30/11/2015 19:02:01
Praise For Bridcutt From Leeds Manager
Sunderland : 30/11/2015 18:57:01
Ivanovic Says Costa Will Be Back
Chelsea : 30/11/2015 18:47:01
More Hammers Injury Woe
West Ham : 30/11/2015 18:33:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

MOTM Vs Arsenal?
Suggested By:  Tuckster
Ruddy 1%
Wisdom 0%
Bennett 22%
Bassong 0%
Olsson 0%
O'Neil 11%
Howson 0%
Dorrans 0%
Brady 66%
Hoolahan 0%
Grabban 0%
Redmond 0%
Jerome 0%
Odjidja-Ofoe 0%