The names had a certain oddity to them (perhaps not to a native English speakers) such as Butterworth, Culverhouse, Sutch, Woodthorpe, Fleck and, best of all, Robert Ullathorne who, for some reason, was programmed as a striker in this particular game.
Archives for September 2015
In the heat of battle our ‘Birdman of the Boleyn’ found the time and decency to move a stricken pigeon from the pitch to the sidelines. A small gesture which no doubt some will ridicule but, for me, speaks volumes of the man.
The old football adage of taking your chances when in the midst of a good spell rings true at every level, but especially in the rarified air of the Premier League.
For many years now City fans have had to prepare themselves for the disappointment of dropping out of the League or FA cup after a lacklustre performance at home or away to lesser opposition, with the most recent chance of a Wembley trip in the cup being thrown away to a poor Aston Villa side.
Peters ended up making 232 League and Cup appearances for Norwich, scoring 50 goals in the process. His form with us was so good that, for a time, he was heavily linked with an England recall. Hardly surprising really.
A lot has been made of this season of the lack of goals from our strikers this season and it is because of this that the Yellow Army has wanted Kyle Lafferty to be given more of a chance – especially given the Northern Irishman’s goals at international level.
Brendan Rogers has been able to spend £312.8 million in three years but even before that wantonness, the inequalities of resources had grown and grown, so that Liverpool have won nine of the last 11 meetings with Norwich.
Yes, they rode their luck at times and yes, John Ruddy was absolutely magnificent but this was not a point borne solely of fortune. It was a point chiselled out by a combination of neat inter-play, organisation, discipline and good old fashioned guts.
Publicly no doubt Alex Neil will say it’s just another game with three points at stake but I’m sure that inside he’ll be seeing this as his biggest challenge yet in a still fledgling managerial career.
The feeling is that Rodgers has lost his way and no longer has a clear plan and approach. It is perhaps reflective of a man under pressure who is desperately searching for the answer and becoming more confused as a result.
Alex has made no secret of his annoyance at some of the overreaction to the slightest of setbacks. In fact the steely gaze and furrowed brow has never been far away when talk of fans’ frustration has entered the conversation.
The much-discussed fragility of the back-four will continue to head the debate but the solidity of formation and method suggests to me that if the Class of 2016 can avoid too many more no-shows and adhere to the meticulously prepared game-plans, there are good times ahead.
Jerome is far more experienced than either Glenn Murray or Dwight Gayle. Clearly he can cut it even if chances have gone begging for us so far, but for the worst refereeing decision of this season or any before he would have one goal to his name.
Good times. As was watching and celebrating Mark Wright’s goal against Egypt, David Platt’s last minute winner against Belgium and Lineker’s heroics against Cameroon in a game that remains my all-time favourite England match.
All the best teams are built around organisation and the right attitude to win football matches and we have that with Alex Neil. Look at the likes of QPR or, perhaps this season, Watford.
Darnbrough was previously at Burnley where he made headlines by sending an email to various agents asking if they had any players. Logical? Or a desperate measure from someone struggling to identify targets through the usual means?
Virgil Van Dijk was maybe a possibility but he was always going to go Dutch at Southampton and his poor performances in the Champions Lwague qualifiers did put up a red flag as to his ability outside of Scotland.
Given that Watford and Bournemouth both enjoy external backing of an ilk we can only dream, I’d suggest that right now for a prospective new signing we’re the 20th most attractive in the Premier League. That’s the harsh and not very pleasant reality.
The arrival of Jarvis seems to have passed largely unnoticed among City fans. Two reasons are no doubt involved: the deal was announced well after the official close of the window – I refuse to say it ‘slammed shut’ – and he’s not a centre back.