Naturally, along the way there have been a commensurate number of duds – for every Dean Ashton there has been a Dean Coney and for every Andy Linighan an Andy Hughes – but crucially the production line never stopped rolling.
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That ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ that we’re all holding out for seems to be growing ever dimmer week by week, despite the bullish – if predictable – fighting talk emanating from Carrow Road before each subsequent deflating result.
It’s all about the squad as we are forever told, about every player. Tell us that often enough and we’ll start to believe it. The players certainly seem to have done so as no-one seems to caterwaul about being “on the bench” anymore.
It needs to be remembered that the Barclay and Snake Pit were magnificent during Saturday’s game. The support was loud and stirring. From my season ticket seat in the Community Upper, it provided goose bump moments.
If a rocket was delivered at the break it didn’t fire too many people into life in the second-half. And come the final whistle – as Norwich made it just the one win in the last ten – the reaction of the paying public was wholly predictable.
“We’re making it too easy for teams at times,” he told BBC Radio Norfolk. “It’s hugely frustrating and disappointing – and that’s the understatement of the year…
At the Brighton game, after Russell Martin’s goal, I heard the following in the Upper Barclay: “How lucky was that, bet he can’t believe it went in either…” This attitude needs to change but sums up where we are at as a football club right now.
Our reputation as a ‘good footballing side’ was crafted under the management of John Bond, who was himself was ingrained with that philosophy given he was brought up in a West Ham side that included the likes of Bobby Moore and Martin Peters
Conspiracy theories are rife. It’s all part of some grand plan by David McNally to put in place a manager-in-waiting should things not work out well over the coming weeks and time has to be called on the Adams-era.
To concede three in the manner we did was unforgivable. I’ll refrain from dissecting the all too obvious wrongs in each goal, only to say the defending for the second was of an ilk that would have earned me an earful in my amateur playing days.
“If we’re scoring three goals at home, we should be winning games,” said Martin afterwards, whose own special strike deserved more than a point.
you might not be blamed for thinking that Phelan is taking a downward step in coming to us. A lesser role at a smaller club alongside an inexperienced and under pressure manager.
As supporters, we forever seem to be getting het up about something or other now. I feel for Rob Butler and whoever his guest is on Canary Call post-match because, whatever has happened during the game, those that call in will, more likely or not, have an axe to grind about something.
Three seasons in the Premier League clearly propelled the club forward in a way that surprised, thrilled and angered in equal measure – finances and esteem both benefiting – but as a result the bar was raised dangerously high.Nowwe find ourselves back in an ever-growing group of Championship clubs who see the Premier League as their rightful place.
For me, at the risk of being overly dramatic, the next 5 games will make or break the Adams era in the top job. Will the season lift off again with the revised Adams family in control or will there be further horror shows to endure?
We didn’t just win the League One title during that first triumphant season under the new boys, pitch and boardroom – we bludgeoned our way to it, sweeping not only opponents aside but detractors and critics as well. We were a mad, bad runaway train with a massive snow plough at the front.
I think the defensive failings in the team stem from a general lack of confidence and belief – which in turn comes from the inability of the front two to play together. It’s like a fault which has gone uncorrected and has eventually compromised the whole structure.
I am in favour of refunding those devoted fans who travelled to Middlesborough. What a shambolic display – no one can come out and hide behind any excuses. It needs to happen, especially if the club want our continued support away from home
It’s ironic that Fulham’s recovery has been engineered by the appointment from within of a popular long-servant of the club who had been beavering away behind the scenes in youth development/coaching roles!
Explicit in the club’s statement was the continuation of Neil Adams as manager and Gary Holt as first-team coach, and an unequivocal ‘there will be no further comment at this time’.