Of course, it’s perfectly possible that footy fans of my current age thirty years back lamented the lack of a Bobby Moore or a Tom Finney but hell, with Roy Hodgson reduced to handing the captain’s mantle to Wayne Rooney, what is the world coming to?
Archive for December, 2014
Much to ponder, not least how to retain the hunger of those who still enjoy the Premier League richesDecember 29th, 2014 by Rick Waghorn | 21 Comments »
The argument against Norwich is that they are seventh due to an inexperienced manager whose squad is under-performing given the ‘obvious’ talent that sits in that dressing room.
And yet there are vastly more experienced managers than Adams sitting in lowlier positions.
“I did think it was a soft penalty – whether Bradley had caught him or turned him, but the lad did appear to be facing his own goal when the penalty was given. But then we’ve gone and conceded a second and given ourselves a mountain to climb.”
For City it’s the joy of six. A rare end-of-year pleasure that has put smiles on flushed Y’Army facesDecember 27th, 2014 by Russell Saunders | 4 Comments »
Quite a contrast to the same point in time one year ago when an early lead at home to Fulham fell flat and limp and we allowed Scott Parker to break his yearly scoring duck to give the Cottagers an all too customary 3 points over us.
Interestingly, while it appeared miraculous that after such a dire run of form City still found themselves within touching distance of the play-off positions, a run of three wins and a draw still leaves them outside the top six.
“We’ve put together some really good results recently – the key now is to keep the momentum going.” Consistent performances are starting to flow off the back of consistent team selections as Adams stuck largely to an increasingly winning formula with Gary O’Neil adding that little extra nous at the heart of a beefy midfield.
Players all have their little habits and rituals to go through in the minutes leading up to kick off. Some are physically sick; others go off for a crafty fag in one of the two cubicles in the changing room. Others sit quietly, heads down, chewing furiously. Jimmy Bone shouts encouragement to his teammates.
It works within the Norwich-supporting community. I’ve bumped into people at matches all over the country: at train stations, on the walk to the ground, while getting felt up by the friskers and in the stadium itself
We’re in touch with the play-off places if too distant for comfort from a current top three that not even Mystic Meg could have foretold back in August.
The decision to leave the starting XI unchanged from that which started against Huddersfield was justified and, against a side with a reputation for keeping the ball, City’s two banks of four denied the hosts any time or comfort on the ball.