Here’s a question for you. Since the new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007, how many of the 92 teams currently in the Premier and Football Leagues have played there? Go on, have a think. I’ll give you a bit of time. Dum-de-dum-de-dum…
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From Watford’s 88 points, 68 were accrued from the sides below tenth place. City have taken just 50 points from those same sides. Similarly for goals scored. Watford’s 90 goal haul is made up of 69 against teams placed 11th to 24th. Norwich have found the back of the net just 55 times against those sides.
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Should the video replays confirm that he had, indeed, thrown a sneaky punch in the midst of a tangle with a Millers’ defender, he would be well advised to stick a cushion down his trousers on Monday morning as Neil prepares to deal with matters ‘interally’.
The ten players left on the pitch – particularly given the circumstances and the raw meat that had been served pre-match to Rotherham’s finest – made a more than decent fist of smuggling the three points out of South Yorkshire and will consider themselves a tad hard done by.
A three-match ban for Grabban might just be the least of Neil’s concerns as his best-laid plans for a £150 million ticket to the Premiership promised land threatened to unravel in front of him in unbelievable fashion over the course of two, crucial contests.
In 2012 the good folk of Rotherham were honoured to have their spiritual home officially opened by a minor Royal, the Duke of Kent. Good for them but us Norfolk folk can claim to have a major Royal residence and Kate and William settling down in our county – so 2-0 to us already if you’re patriotically inclined.
The end of the hoodoo? It has to end some time and given the state of flux in which the Cottagers find themselves there can be no better time for City to end what has been one of the most miserable runs in football.
The 3-1 scoreline was too much for Wolves to claw back in their home leg, and we were on our way to the Millenium Stadium. What brought Wolves down wasn’t lack of quality, but lack of belief. Belief that keeps the heart pumping and the legs moving. This time, of course, the boot is likely to be on the other foot. We’ll be favourites.
Why the kid is there putting pen to paper on a ‘long term’ contract. Aged 15? The interest was sparked by the story of Patrick Bamford. As in the 19-goal England Under-21 striker short-listed as the SkyBet Championship Player of the Season who rocked up in Norfolk on Friday night with Middlesbrough.
Full credit to Boro for ‘doing a job’ on us last Friday night. They started brightly, defended manfully and carried a threat on the break. Going behind so early to the side with the best defensive record in the division was always going to be the worst case scenario.
I’ve read some online nonsense this morning about City being ‘bottlers’ but, as disappointing as last night was, I couldn’t disagree more. I saw no-one hide, no-one shirk a tackle, no-one give less than their all and, from the outside looking in, no-one froze.
“It’s painful just now,” he admitted to BBC Radio Norfolk. “You never want to lose any game but particularly not one of the magnitude of that.”
For those of us at the mercy of BBC Radio Norfolk, the Goreham tones told the story perfectly. Before the break it sounded as if it was to be one of those nights: stray passes, spurned gift horses, needless fouls and furrowed brows. But it soon it became clear that everything was going to be OK. Finally, a goal threat.
“How much did they really want to get to where we all want to go? And credit to them as a group – they responded. And then some.”
I have as much right to call Gary Hooper ‘a fellow striker’ as I have to call Mick Dennis ‘a fellow journalist’. However, let me draw on my long career in the West Fulham League (Division 5) to say that was a real striker’s goal.
The players have clearly bought, hook, line and sinker into the Neil way, and desire vividly seeps from every pore. While the rest of us were sweating, fidgeting and stressing over results elsewhere the players’ focus on the task in hand never wavered and neither did their faith in their ability to win the game.
“We went for it – and it paid off. And I would always do that rather than err on the side of caution. If you’re going to be aggressive and be bold, then a lot of the time you will get your rewards.”
For me, Jerome deserves it for the number and quality of vital goals which have left his boot, but Johnson appears to be the red hot favourite after a stunning Easter period. He seems to have a more visceral connection with the fans despite being on the wrong end of sardonic observations of his weaknesses in the past.
In the aftermath of Monday’s impressive 3-0 win at the Cardiff City Stadium the Trotters’ manager was bullish in his defence of the two, and cited “a few sniggers behind our backs” when both were initially deployed. Their obvious lack of ‘legs’ have been compensated for by him surrounding them with others who can run.