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.
Wednesday night’s damaging affair in the north started just as badly as it had ended. Newcastle were dominant in the first half, being profligate with opportunities and seeing Michael McGovern make a series of terrific close range saves. We deserved to go behind through the menacing Gayle.
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.
He is not under-rated by Norwich fans: we all appreciate his worth and his profound impact he makes on the team. His consistency in a yellow shirt has been remarkable, rarely demonstrating any form of profligacy in possession and surging forward to score goals too.
“Whilst the result at Blackburn may have been a slightly skewed indication of our quality given the opposition’s profound ineptitude both on and off the pitch, four points from two difficult home games is a promising start…
With the new Championship season looming, vital lessons can be learned not just by Alex Neil’s Norwich City but by all domestic sides. Be bold. Communicate. Provide leadership not just on the pitch but from the dugout as well. Take responsibility.
Away defeats at Aston Villa, Newcastle, Swansea and Bournemouth have had the most damaging ramifications, whilst the hammering at the hands of Sunderland last month was the most visible manifestation of City’s absence of quality.
The mentality that existed amongst that 2011 promotion-winning side was what achieved the astounding feat that season. Yes, we had a talented squad…but it was City’s relentless tenacity, psychological strength and fundamental perseverance that saw us promoted.
Whilst Timm Klose’s arrival has been an unambiguous success and clear boost to our survival ambitions, our other attempts to bring in big names have largely failed. Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper, Kyle Lafferty and most recently Steven Naismith… the list goes on.