Fulham and Cardiff illustrated the psychological difficulty of bouncing back after relegation. It explains why three out of four clubs don’t, and it’s graphically described by Adam Drury in his excellent chapter of Tales from the City Volume 2.
Archive for October, 2016
We’ve suffered some heartaches over the years and, as is the wont of the average football fan, have become accustomed to the disappointments outnumbering the highs but seldom have we witnessed and then had confirmed that “too many lads gave up”.
The riddle that all but one gaffer has failed to solved: How do I stop the Canaries being pushovers?October 29th, 2016 by James Finbow | 12 Comments »
City collapsing is not a new phenomenon. They’ve continually found exciting and inventive ways of screwing things up when in commanding positions, or missing golden opportunities to treat supporters to a modicum of success.
Geoffrey Watling had been appointed as the new club chairman in 1957 and had declared that his objective was top flight football. When Norwich appointed Ron Saunders as their new manager in the summer of 1969 it did so with the caveat that he got the club promoted to the First Division within three years.
The Amex awaits. For City it has ‘awkward’ stamped right through it and won’t be for the faint of heartOctober 27th, 2016 by Rick Waghorn | 19 Comments »
If you don’t ring changes with new players – particularly when results and performances are going awry – then why did you bring them in at all? If not to freshen up the place and offer genuine competition for places?
Canaries wave goodbye to the EFL Cup for another year and same old same old when a lead needs defendingOctober 26th, 2016 by Gary Gowers | 24 Comments »
The first-half of normal time was, at times, a passing masterclass and Alex Pritchard’s stooping header should have been the signal for City to take a vice-like grip on the game. But a few warning signs late in the half were not heeded.
Gorleston, Watford and beyond – my crossing paths with a City great, and a missing piece of the jigsawOctober 24th, 2016 by Stewart Lewis | 17 Comments »
Stringer was a right back converted to central defender. He played alongside Duncan Forbes, whose aggression and strength made him the eye-catching one.
When the updated league table hovered into view it became evident that the Canaries record against those in the top half of the table is currently not one to be proud of. Of the Championship’s top fourteen only Bristol City have succumbed to City’s Premier League charms, in one of the aforementioned bum-squeakers.
Stop the Premier League, I want to get off! For Boro Paul, Craven Cottage offered a breath of fresh airOctober 21st, 2016 by Paul Armstrong | 11 Comments »
I’d watched two desperate, horrible Premier League matches in two days – my lot Boro in the flesh against Watford on Sunday, then that “Red Monday” abomination on Sky on Monday, and I desperately needed to flush my brain by watching some real football.
A point on the road and sitting second, but City’s profligacy with leads may end up costing them dearOctober 20th, 2016 by Will Jennings | 25 Comments »
The players must receive some form of criticism, too: the same eleven who looked so comfortable throughout the first half on Tuesday night subsequently crumbled after half-time, letting what could be two critical points slip.