“It wasn’t a classic for the supporters, but for a manager that’s had a few palpitations in a few games this season, perfect for us. Apart from that goal just after half-time.”
Archives for September 2014
For Gunn it was the start of a long and glorious playing career at Carrow Road, the beginnings of a club legend. For Benstead, it was the beginning of the end of his Norwich career. He didn’t feature at all for the Canaries during the remainder of that season, going onto have a three month spell on loan at Colchester United
Few have faulted Adams for playing a second string. With 30 players to keep happy – all of whom could expect a first-team start at some stage of the season – the cup competitions offer a perfect opportunity to offer game time to those on the fringes.
City will have better days although I was gobsmacked to hear a ‘Canarycaller’ bemoan the start they made to the game. Yesterday’s opening was, compared to recent offerings, of a tempo that threatened to overrun the visitors.
“The first one looks a tap in – it’s not. It’s a really difficult finish and he’s put it in the one place where he can score the goal. The second one he’s been clever enough to recognise the pace that he’s got to put on the ball. Two, excellent goals.”
The first time I heard McNally speak in public – at a meeting of the Capital Canaries days after that 7-1 humbling by Lambert’s Colchester in August 2009 – he banged on about needing to reduce debts. He spoke more about that than anything else.
Ruddy is quality, the best keeper in the Championship by some considerable distance. But not only that, he was also, during our three year residency in the Premier League, one of the best goalkeepers in that division as well. But not as good as Ben Foster – then or now it would seem.
Whether McNally just got lucky, or whether it was yet another masterstoke, will have to wait for another day but one suspects even the chief executive will be rubbing his eyes at the start Adams’ new charges have made to the season.
Out went the tippy-tappy passing in front of the Cardiff back-four and in its place was a more direct approach that played to Jerome’s strengths – with balls being slid into the channels. And crucially the tempo and intensity were upped significantly.
From the City boss that can do no right to the Canary manager that can do no wrong in 45 minutes of social media mayhem. Such is the life of a 21st Century personality; sporting or otherwise.
The confidence is high, the squad well-equipped and the manager bristling with bravado. And, as if to highlight the point, in yesterday afternoon’s press conference Neil Adams reminded us, “… it will be the same as every game, we’ll look to try and win it”.
The howls and anguish at Darren Eadie’s departure to Leicester City for £3million in December 1999 weren’t reserved for the fans alone. Eadie didn’t want to go and has said so since on more than one occasion
What’s surprised me about 4-2-3-1 is how well it allows players to get forward from deep positions; not just the two holding midfielders taking turns to join in with the attacks, but the full-backs too.
Vadis Odidja-Ofoe has clearly been bought to fill the void left by Leroy Fer and, if YouTube is to be believed, is of a similar mould. He looks to be a box-to-box type with an eye for goal and will not have made a move to the Championship on the premise of being on the City bench. Alex and Brad – you’ve been warned.
The arrival of two centre-backs made perfect sense and with both coming from good, wholesome footballing stock the element of risk that comes with every new signing appears to have been mitigated as much as possible.
If Redmond did have the “end product” that everyone is looking for he wouldn’t be playing for Norwich and more than likely would either never have signed for us in the first place!
Night matches at Carrow Road are always occasions to be savoured and the fixture against Blackburn was no different. That game asked some serious questions of the desire running through City’s veins and backed by a wall of noise generated by the Yellow Army two late goals proved enough for a yellow and green victory.
How do you replicate Championship-style hunger in the golden feeding trough of the Premier League – without resorting to the kind of pay-days a Loic Remy would demand to travel up the A11 on a full-time basis?