Lambert’s penchant for ‘grudge’ matches is well known, and documented, and his three trips to Carrow Road in a claret and blue tie have been painfully successfully
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Perhaps the only thing more surprising than the amount of money Norwich invested in him was the fact that then Canaries manager John Bond had never seen him play, relying instead on reports from other parties
Alex Tettey, Leroy Fer and the aforementioned Johnson were immense yesterday and were the springboard upon which City’s victory was based. Terrible cliches aside, there were thirteen heroes in yellow but said trio refused to take a backward step
Given the bad blood that flows routinely from Villa Park to Carrow Road and back again, next Sunday’s encounter promises to be a total thriller. On the back of today’s uplifting performance, can one manager finally lay to rest the ghost of another?
While it’s imperative that the issues in the final third are addressed if City are to give themselves even a chance of survival, Sunday’s game is going to be won and lost in the third inhabited by Messrs Ruddy, Olsson, Bassong, Yobo and Martin.
He has struggled this season. I can’t deny that. But what I will argue is that it is not because he has, or is, finding the standard of football played in the Premier League “too high” for a player of his now perceived limited ability.
For the first time this season I looked at the league table, and remaining fixtures, and concluded that in City’s fight for Premier League survival we’re now in the the realms of 50/50. As encouraging as it has been to see the clean-sheet count rise, the only thing that’s getting us out of this mess is goals.
My biggest complaint all season has been that the team doesn’t appear to know what it’s doing when going forward. There’s been no clear plan of attack; even when we’ve enjoyed plenty of possession, t’s seemed that the players don’t know how to engineer real chances to score.
He might not have been able to do this – or that. He might more often than not plant the ball in Row Z when it came to that or a simple pass. But if the next three months in the life of Norwich City Football Club can be likened to a bar room brawl, I would put a pound to a penny that Andy Hughes would be one of the last men standing…
Much of the post-Man City talk was of that performance only being meaningful if it were to be followed up with a good result at Upton Park. And how true. To have drawn another blank when it was imperative to win has rendered futile much of the weekend’s good work.
John Bond and Ken Brown both had sparkling playing careers with the Hammers before going onto have memorable spells in charge at Norwich. Glenn Roeder has managed both clubs whilst Peter Grant was Alan Pardew’s deputy at Upton Park before joining us for his brief spell at the helm in 2006.
Alex Tettey’s return to the midfield has provided a huge boost to a unit that was flagging. His rock-steady influence at the base of the midfield has afforded a rejuvenated Leroy Fer the chance to operate in more advanced areas, a little closer to Gary Hooper.
Norwich’s three-man central midfield of Leroy Fer, Alexander Tettey and Bradley Johnson were offering the counter-argument to those that insist that Norwich need to go two up top at the expense of that extra body in midfield…
That said fixture takes place within the confines of the city walls makes the Pink’un’s depressing – yet rational – list of predictions ever more hard to swallow. Whatever’s happened to ‘Fortress Carrow Road’?
The wealthy elite act like the superpowers did during the cold war. The USA and former USSR stockpiled so many nuclear weapons during that time that they both had more than enough in reserve to obliterate life on earth several times over. If one side had 400 H-Bombs, the other wanted 401. And so on and so forth.
Whether Hughton will have seen enough from the permutation he stumbled across in the last fifteen minutes to persevere with something of that ilk remains to be seen but there appeared an urgency hitherto unseen.
Slice and dice this squad any which way you want, but I strongly suspect that if you pay £20,000-a-week you get one player; if you pay £40,000-a-week you get another player…
Goals win games. Snodgrass, Bradley Johnson, Nathan Redmond and Sebastien Bassong came closest to adding that second – a roster of names that tells its own story…