The current squad, for all its undeniable faults, has an attacking edge that’s matched by very few in the Championship. To take a sledgehammer to that part of the squad threatens to throw a baby or two out with the bathwater.
Archives for April 2017
The benchmark in English football is the Arsenal back four of Adams, Keown, Winterburn and Dixon. During the same 90s era, over in Italy, arguably the greatest defensive unit of all time was strutting its stuff at AC Milan: Baresi, Costacurta, Maldini and Tassotti.
Make no mistake, Webber cannot achieve his objectives by being nice and gentle. For him to be successful, the olde worlde order at Carrow Road has to end. He will know that and is prepared to act on his intellect I am sure. He would never have joined City if he thought restrictions on him would be too stringent.
There are only so many times you can say the same things before the words completely lose their impact. Whoever was offered up to the media was faced with the unenviable task of explaining performances which repeatedly failed to live up to expectations.
“If you’ve got the right coach, you sign the right mentality of player and get them in early, it gives you six weeks for them to gel. Because our identity and the way we played was so nailed at Huddersfield, it was easy from a tactical point of view for people to settle in.”
Naturally, Stockdale’s reception from the Barclay for the second half was rather appropriate. Quite apart from his ‘Suffolk connections’ he’s played a couple of blinders against us in the recent past so his luck had to expire at some point. And absolute praise for Messrs Ruddy, Martin and Bennett.
There was no taking away from Pritchard’s impact on proceedings and thanks to the cacophony of noise that accompanied his every flick, trick and dropped-shoulder his evening’s work was played out under the brightest of spotlights.
The money raised by the NCFSC over 2015/16 season will help a team of local footballers with learning difficulties take part in this summer’s National Special Olympics in Sheffield.
Hughton is a man of dignity, integrity and principal. He never shied away from providing the fans with honest, sincere and forthright answers in times of adversity. In a long term sense, things didn’t work out for him at City. I – like many others I’m sure – wish things had ensued differently.
The changes promised post-match by Irvine on Friday were duly delivered with Wes, Jacob Murphy and Nelson Oliveira, three of Friday’s strugglers, finding themselves rested in favour of Messrs Naismith, Jerome and Josh Murphy.
Martin has an unshakable belief in his own ability. You can hear it in every interview he gives. Whilst he commendably doesn’t shy away from admitting to a mistake, he will always believe that he can put it right and that he should be in the team to help right any wrongs.
It’s been a subdued start to Wildschut’s City career and I’m certain we’ve not seen the best of him. There’s a dangerous player at this level in there somewhere but it’s not working for whatever reason. However he must stay.
It must be said that Fulham employed every trick in the book to knock us out of our stride, but apart from a four-corner burst after Cameron Jerome’s goal, we didn’t really hit a stride of any particular note. But that counts for nothing in the grand scheme of things.
Too many within this group are able to excel when the planets are aligned and the going good but lack the wherewithal to impact on a game when the chips are down; their ability to come back from a losing position almost non-existent.
City’s season has turned to mush. In the true tradition of sport the least they can now do is their best to scupper it for others and, given the unquestionably impressive home form, Fulham will be well aware that a yellow and green banana skin awaits.
It can’t be denied that the demands of a 46 game Championship season, playing Saturdays and Tuesdays, (while still playing for the Republic of Ireland in every international break) are catching up with the wee man. As much as we may want him to, he can’t go on forever.
We often agree that most of our football discussion comes down to opinion. Should City start with Jerome or Oliveira? How many games should Wes be asked to play? Who is our worst central defender? We can debate all those and more.
Russell Martin has had so much stick – some warranted, some not – this season, but the Barclay could see how much his goal meant to him. I really feel we should retain him in some capacity. More importantly, it’s simply not true.
As it transpired, those hoping for a window of opportunity to unleash their wrath were to be disappointed and the general mood as the folk filtered out at the end of the game was an odd mix of joy, mild amusement and bewilderment.
We have McGovern with two years left of his contract who inspires zero confidence from the City fan base and seemingly little confidence from what currently passes for our defence, as they have no clue where he is or whether he’s coming to collect the ball at any given time.