The Blues will compete – that much is guaranteed – and City will face a very different beast to the one they humbled back in August. Back then they were low in confidence, even lower in quality and excelled only in sporting a collective hipster look that was more London Fashion Week than Sky Bet Championship.
Archive for February, 2015
Tomorrow’s bear pit might just be what A Neil was invented for and could offer him a place in legendFebruary 28th, 2015 by Rick Waghorn | Comments Off
To pick up a seventh win out of his first nine games at the helm – and all at the expense of the neighbours one point above Norwich in the Sky Bet Championship – is the sort of opportunity the footballing fates offer up only very rarely.
I think it’s fair to say that it’s part of the Norfolk character not to be easily impressed by reputations. People from outside may misinterpret this as coldness or suspicion, but it’s more a case of us wanting to make our own minds up in our own time.
Alex Neil: The 50 days that have turned a squad of non-believers into focussed and driven promotion hopefulsFebruary 27th, 2015 by Samir Osman | Comments Off
I never understood those who said Lambert or Neil were “unambitious” appointments. What could be more ambitious than going for a bright young manager whose previous club didn’t them want to leave?
With the whiff of promotion in East Anglian nostrils, it’s time to gird the loins for the big Sunday roastFebruary 26th, 2015 by Russell Saunders | 10 Comments »
While we fondly reminisce about the Saunders, Bond, Walker and Lambert eras, Town were blessed to have two of the 20th century’s truly great managers in Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson, who went on to be the best we’ve had at international level. Credit where it’s due.
Week by week it is gradually dawning on us that this bloke has more than a little something about him. Seven wins from nine games is one hell of a honeymoon period. The good run that we all hoped for is here, happening now.
Neil’s Norwich fast proving an unstoppable force as Johnson’s late peach seals another big, big away winFebruary 24th, 2015 by Rick Waghorn | 2 Comments »
“It means the world to me,” Neil told BBC Radio Norfolk. “I’m here to win games and do the best I possibly can for Norwich and my group of players.”
City approach the 400m final bend in decent fettle and with the benefit of an ‘unknown’ in charge of the tillerFebruary 24th, 2015 by Rick Waghorn | 5 Comments »
In short, next Sunday’s encounter might be tailor-made for the Neils of this world. I would expect him to rise to the occasion. If his team does too, that’s another big moment on our famed back bend.
It’s been tough but with the home straight finally in sight pleasure is now overriding the Canaries’ painFebruary 23rd, 2015 by Russell Saunders | 10 Comments »
Those nasty scars inflicted by the pitiful Reading and Preston defeats at the tatty end of the Neil Adams regime are not forgotten but have all but healed. Pleasure rather than pain is now the overwhelming sensation emanating from the terraces, message-boards and social media circles.
The protection afforded John Ruddy against opposition who have been full of goals was not only a testament to the game-plan but also to those who implemented it. Against opposition with whom he was also too familiar Seb Bassong again stepped up to the plate.