It’s ‘only’ football and in the grand scheme of things, we should all remember that life is too short to get that worked-up. But when has common ever applied to being a football fan? It’s our passion and on this occasion, the outpouring of frustration and anger was entirely justified.
Archive for September, 2016
I blame Pep. Where once winning was the be all and end all, entertainment has now entered the football equationSeptember 30th, 2016 by Edward Couzens-Lake | 12 Comments »
I was lucky enough to spend time in the company of Kevin Bond not so long ago. Much of the talk was, naturally enough, about his father. And I wasn’t particularly surprised when he said to me in the course of our conversation, “…we never did much defensive training under Dad”.
Establishing a two goal lead was once a trigger for more noise, more celebration, more backing and more confidence. Now it just brings anxiety as soon as the opposition threaten, which palpably transmits itself to the players. Just look at what happened against both Wigan and Cardiff.
We definitely have enough creative spark to scare every single club in this division but there are concerns about the soft underbelly that appears to have rolled over from last season. I worry that a better side will take full advantage, where Burton failed to.
Mis-firing maybe but City still go top of the Champ and woe betide the rest when/if it all clicks into placeSeptember 25th, 2016 by Gary Gowers | 18 Comments »
That Jacob Murphy added to his ever burgeoning goal tally came as no surprise whatsoever, but for him to be joined on the list of goalscorers by Messrs Olsson and Pinto merely added another layer to an already slightly surreal afternoon.
With Jo-cob emerging as serious first team material, the faithful can finally rejoice in a Colney job well doneSeptember 23rd, 2016 by Edward Couzens-Lake | 8 Comments »
Luton paid Norwich a very decent sum for Cameron McGeehan’s services last year and, with him now attracting more than serious attention from a number of Championship sides, Norwich will, when he does move on again, benefit again by the sell-on fee that will almost certainly have been included as part of the deal.
Winning away, changing-room photos, and now a cup run – in four days, City’s season has been transformedSeptember 22nd, 2016 by Will Jennings | 8 Comments »
City – incompetent defending for Forest’s opener aside – were terrific in the Midlands, showing a potent combination of resolve, application and discipline to overturn a deficit in front of 2000 elated travelling fans.
Is there a way to address financial disparity between Prem and the rest? Or a simple case of “deal with it…”?September 22nd, 2016 by Steve Cook | 10 Comments »
Despite our relative wealth in Championship terms, we all know that Norwich City have financial constraints. Our ‘salary cap’ is defined, not by the League, but by those who hold the purse strings at Carrow Road – or rather those who own (and fill) the purse in the first place.
Those ‘Eureka’ moments: Gravity, Big Bang, Black Holes and two enlightening trips to Nottingham and MerseysideSeptember 21st, 2016 by Stewart Lewis | 5 Comments »
The now famous (infamous?) dressing-room picture after the game suggested that the players knew they’d done something special, and perhaps taken an important step on the path to success. Early days still, of course, but they proved to us – and to themselves – that they could rise to a real challenge.
Wos gorn on Y’Army? The rarity of a good one at Goodison, a clean sheet, four wins on the spin and a cup runSeptember 21st, 2016 by Gary Gowers | 8 Comments »
We rode our luck at times and were grateful to the profligacy of Barkley and Deulofeu, the abs of Alex Pritchard and the standing foot of Steven Naismith, but… so what.