Looking back, this current Norwich side had too many gifted footballers who lacked the physicality, desire and mind-set to scrap and battle. It’s notoriously harder to defend because it is exhausting physically and mentally and our soft underbelly and poor application was simply exposured too often this season.
I still have faith in Neil but to turn things around but I would just hope for a little more unpredictability to our play and for the manager to be able to change tactics if things aren’t going well in any particularly during a game.
There are those who believe that the team should play well for the fans to get behind them and start being vocal but my view is, what’s the point of going to games if from minute one you’re not supporting the team?
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.
My main concerns are to do with our defenders. City conceded 48 goals in the Championship last season and I expect that figure to be far greater this coming season.
I never understood those who said Lambert or Neil were “unambitious” appointments. What could be more ambitious than going for a bright young manager whose previous club didn’t them want to leave?
The league table looks good from a City point of view but is deceptive because Middlesborough and Derby have games in hand. Although Norwich are six points from the top, it is likely that the leaders will be seven points ahead by the time said games in hand are played.
Cardiff will head east with a spring in their step because last week their owner Vincent Tan decided to change the club’s colours back to blue.
I hate to be one who blames Adams when City lose and give everyone else, apart from him, credit when we win but Saturday had the knowledge of Mike Phelan stamped all over it. We kept it tight when we needed to and pressed them all over the park.
During his playing days, Holt was the epitome of the ball-winning, box-to-box midfielder. A combative steeliness, augmented by a desire to push play forward and support the attacking players in the side.
After that first game at Wolves I was feeling pretty negative about all things Norwich City. We always start poorly and even taking into account the red card we were pretty dire. Neil disagreed.
Night matches at Carrow Road are always occasions to be savoured and the fixture against Blackburn was no different. That game asked some serious questions of the desire running through City’s veins and backed by a wall of noise generated by the Yellow Army two late goals proved enough for a yellow and green victory.