He should, without doubt, have been the first Norwich City player to have played for England. The fact that he still wasn’t considered, even when he was winning the FA Cup and reaching a major European final with West Ham is a footballing travesty.
Archives for April 2014
To be put forward as cannon fodder at the canonization of St Ryan was always going to be a challenge but to roll over in such limp fashion when the stakes were so high speaks volumes of the current crop.
Fulham might have been held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hull City; Norwich might still be one point clear of the bottom three. But the Londoners have Crystal Palace at home on the final day of the season. City have Arsenal at home.
In the cold light of day we’ve been marooned on 32 points for over a month. Not since the win over Sunderland – the one we thought had taken us to the cusp of safety – has the points total headed in an upward direction.
Who’d be your preference. Darren Fletcher or Ray Wilkins? Nani or Bryan Robson? Danny Welbeck or Frank Stapleton? Paul McGrath or Chris Smalling? Shinji Kagawa or Arnold Muhren?
Rather than being steam-rollered, the Canaries rolled up their metaphorical sleeves up and dug in. The heads stayed high and the chests remained puffed out. And what we witnessed was a City side ‘giving it a go’. Something we have been asking for all season.
Gary Hooper’s first Premier League goal since Boxing Day and a late header from Robert Snodgrass ensured that the Canaries at least went down all guns blazing this afternoon as Liverpool’s irresistible charge towards the Premier League title wobbled briefly in the midst of their eventual 3-2 success. In fairness to Neil Adams’ men they […]
My son’s simple, unjaded attitude is a reminder of two basic truths about our situation as supporters: first, about what our expectations should be; and second, that our love of the game and of our team overrides all setbacks
With the bookies, pundits and ‘experts’ alike now predicting a return to the Championship, City now find themselves in the realms of ‘nothing to lose’.
Here’s another question. If Lambert and Villa were to part company this summer, which of the two men would be the first to be re-employed? Who would get the bigger gig?
People who have supported the Canaries for far longer than me will be even more aware of the ups and downs of following our club. Times of celebration and local rejoicing are inevitably followed by those of despair and depression.
Tactically few could have complaints with the new manager’s approach and it was refreshing to see a more fluid look to City as they pressed forward. The narrow midfield certainly plays to the strengths of Martin Olsson.
Never say never; football has a habit of throwing up the most remarkable of results – witness Crystal Palace’s 1-0 victory over title-chasing Chelsea. But come the final day of the season and Fulham play host to the Eagles – as Norwich entertain Champions League chasing Arsenal…
Clearly the task of getting the message across to a bunch of impressionable 17 and 18 year-olds is different to instructing a dressing room full of established Premier League players, but Adams has passion and belief.
Large numbers of the Norwich crowd jeered at the end and cushions were peremptorily, and with some feeling, thrown onto the pitch from the crowd; an early echo of those yellow clappers that took a similar route on Saturday.
Only a dark hurt deep in his eyes betrayed the bleakness Hughton was feeling. Only private, whispered conversations revealed Delia’s mood. She was in pieces, but with practised sincerity, she produced smile after smile as countless fans asked her to be in their “selfies”.
For those paying van Wolfswinkel’s estimated £30,000-a-week wages for the next three years, the sight of the misfiring Dutchman being an unused substitute for a game of such importance this weekend will not have gone unnoticed…
Those who follow City home and away will have been thinking ‘what’s the fuss about… we see this every other week’, but for 25,000 to witness such a listless, lacklustre and abject performance in a game that just had to be won was hard to take.
Fulham’s late away win will not have helped the fearful mood; they now lie just five points distant. Victory next weekend will carve that gap down to two with just the four games remaining…
Of course there have been plenty of away-days that were as bad – worse even – than Swansea, but following this week’s no-show it’s clear Russell Martin and co decided, on reflection, it was one let-down too many for the travelling support