V is for value for money: OK, those trips to Watford and Southampton may have tested the most patient of travelling fan, but we’re in there swinging where it matters. W is for Wembley: Cue tear in the eye time.
Archives for December 2015
You can meet various politicians – of every hue – and be struck by just how shallow and simple they are; that their sole purpose around the Cabinet table was to be the court jester – the one that was always good for a whoppee cushion moment.
For what it’s worth, Robbie Brady has turned out to be a great buy… but even then we dallied about upping our initial bid in small increments even though Steve Bruce and Hull had named their price.
City’s only truly cohesive attack of the opening 45 was the cue for the opener and, for all the intricacy of the build up, it took a thumping volley from the ‘wrong’ foot of Jonny Howson to finally test Brad Guzan, who failed at his first attempt.
“I remember the Millwall game in 2010. We had a vote at the House that night and they wouldn’t let me off attending the vote! I still went to the game though, along with Clive Efford (Labour MP for Eltham and a Millwall fan), we HAD to be back in the House by 10pm for the vote.”
Ed is formidably bright and disarmingly charming in person — but didn’t earn his reputation as a political bruiser by ducking a fight. I expect the new chairman to be our pugnacious champion in meetings with the Premier League and others.
Alan Shearer can wax lyrical for as long as he likes about Kane’s ability to “shift it a yard” to create a shooting opportunity but Spurs’ second goal just looked a bit soft. Not the sort you wish to concede when a half-time audience with Alex Neil is just three minutes away.
I think everyone of a Yellow and Green persuasion deserved that one. Having been agonisingly close to a couple of notable wins recently, it’s about time the footballing gods finally gave us a break.
City tapped into the Old Trafford nervousness and as the minutes ticked by without an opening goal so the disquiet gathered momentum.
If it had been a triumph for Paul Lambert, then it was also one for Norwich’s centre-half Michael Nelson. His signing had, at the time, symbolised the depths of Norwich’s despair that previous summer, coming, as he did, on a free transfer from Hartlepool United.
It is understandable that the Board are nervous about ever letting the club get into such a parlous financial state that saw us just days away from being extinct a few years ago. They deserve immense credit and thanks for turning that around.
Our 18 goals have actually been scored by TEN different players, with Nathan Redmond being top-scorer with FOUR goals. Perhaps more telling, our main three strikers – Cameron Jerome, Dieumerci Mbokani and Lewis Grabban – have just FIVE goals between them.
While it’s clear that more consistent quality is needed for the second half of the season at Carrow Road, the best teams of the moment are also benefiting from their boss knowing who to rely on from week to week, as long as injuries and suspensions don’t cloud their choice.
Compared to the Arsenals, the Man Citys, and even the Evertons, we lack quality – everyone knows it – and so, at the very least, the players need to make tackles, play with energy and operate at an intensity that never dips below 100 per cent.
He was big, strong, brave and he knew where the goal was. So he should have been embraced by all at a club that was struggling and needed someone like him, not afraid to put boot – or head – in where it hurts and get results by more direct methods.
Within the pragmatic approach that I believe he’s wedded to, can Alex fix the problem and inspire more Arsenal/Swansea performances while cutting the Watford ones? He’s such a quick learner and resilient character that I believe the answer’s yes.
But what about the squad?
With the bottom of the table getting tightly squeezed, City now badly need to pinch some points from Everton, Man Utd or Aston Villa going into the New Year to give the faithful some indication of a season’s second-half revival for survival.
The quality, or otherwise, of the squad has been discussed in infinite detail and most have concluded that in Premier League terms we’re nestling safely in the bottom three. In terms of the size of the wallet we’re at the bottom of those three.
The yellow and green carnage was unrelenting. Beckford again, Goss, his infinite supplies of energy making him a more and more prominent figure as fitness levels drop in others then compelled himself forward for an umpteenth time
On Sunday he was an unused sub against Arsenal, watching on as his replacement Ryan Bennett puts in a near faultless performance with the added bonus of him incurring the Twitter wrath of a certain disgraced former newspaper editor, turned genial breakfast TV host.