The faith shown by Adams in his defensive midfield pairing of Bradley Johnson and Alex Tettey has been admirable, but when they are not producing and you have Jonny Howson, Gary O’Neil and Vadis Odidja-Ofoe sitting on the bench it just feels a little uncomfortable.
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“It’s been three games now – and it can’t go on,” said the City chief. “And there’s obviously a lot to be worked on; we’re still dominating games in terms of possession, but we’re just not scoring the goals that we were.”
I suspect that vocal support doesn’t affect performances on the pitch as much as we believe. It’s a factor, but a relatively minor one; in the case of Fulham, for example, any encouragement from the crowd at the start of the season would have been greatly outweighed by the malign influence of madcap cheesemonger Felix Magath.
Football fans tend to see the game in a very simplistic manner. Clubs, games, players are all the same – they’re either good or bad. There is rarely, if any, middle ground. Look at how that’s reflected with our club at the moment.
This is our 10th season at this level since 2000/01 and the first time we’ve been top at this point – after eleven games. We had more points in 2002/03 (24pts, 3rd place) but only finished 8th. Promotion came in 2003/04 and 2010/11.
At that time the only seats in the ground were in the old Main Stand from where its occupants would frequently hurl cushions – presumably there to provide comfort from the wooden benches – to express their disdain at events on the pitch
Of course, there are plenty of examples of highly successful foreign managers in England and I give them full respect – but let’s be honest, if your own club isn’t involved, it’s much more fun to see someone fail spectacularly.
Our performances this season put me in mind of our having just bought a brand new car and driven out of the showroom and on to the open road for the first time. It looked so damned good, stood there, in the sunshine, surrounded by pot plants and posters of cars driving through parched deserts
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During his playing days, Holt was the epitome of the ball-winning, box-to-box midfielder. A combative steeliness, augmented by a desire to push play forward and support the attacking players in the side.
Neil Adams and his troops do need to find a way of grinding out home wins, especially from games where they have massively dominated possession. It goes without saying that the majority will arrive in the Fine City and park the proverbial bus.
“And I can’t criticise the players at all for their application – you can see that they want to win. And we’ve got to be careful that we don’t have a knee-jerk reaction and think that it isn’t good enough…
After that first game at Wolves I was feeling pretty negative about all things Norwich City. We always start poorly and even taking into account the red card we were pretty dire. Neil disagreed.
Vasper was one of a cluster of hopefuls doomed to spend time at the club hoping upon hope that they would, one day, supplant the one and very only Kevin Keelan in both the side and the hearts and minds of Canary fans.
“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.”
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.