C’mon City. We can do this! With Adams’ squad showing promise and desire, Norfolk expectsFri 22 Aug 14 by Sam Jermy
Remember this winning thing? Well, let’s do it again on Saturday lunchtime against the Suffolk lot.
There is no better feeling as a player, or person, when you sense it is your team’s time to shine and you think: “We can do this.”
Standing on my green chair watching Darren Huckerby be unveiled on Boxing Day 2003 by Delia and Michael before the Nottingham Forest game was definitely one of those moments.
Simeon Jackson’s knee effort in the 96th minute against Derby County was another. Fratton Park too of course.
In fact, all those last gasp winners in 2011 were special moments and the frenetic finish to the Blackburn game really felt like we had jumped into a time vortex and gone back to the Lambert years.
Those high-water mark moments versus Man United, Arsenal, Spurs and the sight of the cult hero that is Grant Holt clambering off the bench to score at Anfield are times I, like so many fans, will cling on to and remember.
But wait, let’s put down that refreshing glass of Hoegaarden beer and look at this soberly. I think it’s all too easy to remember these fantastic Norwich City moments after a good win or two and get a bit carried away.
We are only 3 games into a 46 game league season so let’s hold the horses even if it may seem the good times are starting to roll once more.
At the same time, let us not belittle the magnitude of these two (in the end) comfortable wins against Watford and Blackburn; both should be in and around the chasing pack for the coveted play-off places.
Certainly off the back of their late form last season, and on closer inspection of Tuesday night’s showing, I think Blackburn have enough to go challenge for promotion. Rudy Gustede looked a real handful and I would cash in on Jordan Rhodes if I were them.
What we need is to carry on just how we are. With every encouraging win a few more of the Yellow Army will gladly jump on the trusty old promotion bandwagon; it having already been used twice in the last decade.
And why not be optimistic for a change? There is a weird sensation of positivity breaking out among fans and happily it seems the bickering and in-fighting has subsided too.
Finally, I can once again go to Carrow Road with fire in my belly, bursting full of passion and looking forward to attack-minded, flowing football. A whole lot better than cussing about wasted money at the end of the ninety minute performance.
What really got the serotonin splurging down my spine was how much the players wanted the three points; they were so up for it.
Seeing John Ruddy launch the ball to Josh Murphy and then watch him hare towards the goal was more Roy of the Rovers than Blackburn Rovers. And that’s exactly why most of us go and watch football – sheer entertainment!
Clearly the like of Robert Snodgrass, Anthony Pilkington and Leroy Fer weren’t quite getting that same appetite for the Championship fight and were content to leave for hefty fees, bigger wages and no doubt some chunky fees for their agents too.
Despite this – even after pocketing around £20 million for the tempestuous trio – Adams’ Norwich is still looking incredibly strong for a Championship squad. But it’s one thing to be a slick second tier outfit on paper; you have to prove your worth. And that includes beating your local rivals.
I thought Kyle Lafferty was yet again a standout performer and it is his tireless work ethic seen across the whole pitch that will see points ground out. Hopefully this will continue on Saturday but also in the less mouth-watering ties against Bournemouth, Brentford and Blackpool in the coming weeks.
Confidence amongst the players should be pretty high going into the East Anglian derby after the week they’ve had and I am sure the new signings will be getting a quick education on the importance of the match.
Carlos Cuéllar is an astute addition in my opinion. On the cusp of 33 years old, he has bags of top level experience with Sunderland, Aston Villa and Rangers. Presumably after the injury to fellow Spaniard, Javier Garrido, he will be drafted straight into the squad.
Cameron Jerome is one that fills me with less excitement, but you know what, he wants to be here and he’s shown in the past he has quality.
I would think that signals the end for Seb Bassong and Luciano Becchio now and I am ready to see them leave and welcome in the new recruits.
Slowly but surely, Neil Adams is building his own team who are young and/or hungry for regular football. Funnily enough, the last time we had a manager do that… we got promoted. Too soon?
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