Against the Swans ball retention is king. If you let them have it they will keep it all day if they feel like it. That’s how they play – their schtick. To go four v five from the word go was, even without the benefit of hindsight, suicidal. Wes found himself having to play as a traditional left-sided midfielder and Olsson’s forays forward were limited in the extreme.
Archive for March, 2014
One step forward, another two back as the toothless Canaries slip to yet another abject away defeat and pile the pressure on HughtonMarch 29th, 2014 by Rick Waghorn | 6 Comments »
City were a shadow of their Sunderland selves; hesitant at the back, they looked distant and disconnected up front. Should they survive, there will be a huge summer inquest into just what it is going to take to deliver a Premier League level strike force…
For ‘the beautiful game’ read ‘the angry game’. Why is today’s football ridden with angst and conflict?March 26th, 2014 by Edward Couzens-Lake | 12 Comments »
Football’s modern trend for in-fighting, disagreements and cyber punch ups seem to filter right down to the very lowest levels of the game. They start in those gold plated corridors of FIFA and work their way down to the bottom feeders
The supporting roles played by Messrs Snodgrass, Howson and Tettey meant the midfield functioned probably better than it has done at any time this season. First to every loose ball, victorious in every 50/50 and in complete control
Tettey’s wonder strike caps a fine afternoon for the Canaries as their relegation rivals sink ever further into the mireMarch 22nd, 2014 by Rick Waghorn | 4 Comments »
It left the Canaries seven points clear of the drop zone with a 38-point finishing line now just two, tantalising wins away. As importantly, it kicked the Black Cats in the teeth belief-wise as they slumped ever further into the mire…
With the Black Cats in town, it’s not too late for a hero to emerge and provide that YouTube classicMarch 22nd, 2014 by Gary Gowers | 1 Comment »
In terms of a starting XI is virtually impossible to second-guess Hughton’s thoughts. If a 1-1 draw with Stoke was sufficient to prompt five changes one can only imagine his thinking following the debacle at St Mary’s
If City go down, what’s the charge to be laid at the board’s door? Last sane people left in the asylum?March 20th, 2014 by Rick Waghorn | 10 Comments »
To succeed in the English Premier League, you have to take your business brain out of gear; forget everything that 40 years of commercial life has taught you and throw enough silly money at someone and someone’s agent to make this thing work…
During the 1988/89 season, in a campaign that, for Norwich, lasted for 38 league games plus an extra nine in the two cup competitions, Dave Stringer called on a total of just 18 different players, eight of which started more than 30 league games.
Yet another dismal away day for the faithful as Saints dominate and make hay from some woeful City defendingMarch 15th, 2014 by Gary Gowers | 25 Comments »
A midfield that includes Bradley Johnson and Alex Tettey is designed to be be strong, to not take a backward step and to win the 50/50s. It was was therefore worrying that it failed on every count. Ditto the quality of passing from central midfield which has long been questioned. Today did nothing to allay those fears.
Two memories of Duncan stand out: the roar of the crowd on those odd occasions when he would start to dribble forwards tentatively from the halfway line, encouraging him to keep going and have a shot; and seeing him close up at the Royal Norfolk Show when I was about ten years old.