If there’s a way to send it to a recycle bin and free up capacity for new information, I’d like to know what it is. And soon, because even new football facts aren’t sticking. Before last Saturday’s trip to Millwall, I had to look up who scored when we beat them at home on Boxing Day. And that really isn’t good.
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Millwall look a racing certainly for the play-offs at least and as many predicted, they are having an extremely strong second half of the season, so there is no shame in losing at the New Den.
“I have never dwelt on our victories and never once said we would do x,y or z because I know how hard every game is and how badly teams want to beat us because of our long run,” said the Canary chief.
“Things on any given day can go against you and you sometimes need a bit of luck,” said the Scot. “But the level of consistency in the performances has been so high. It’s an impossibility to do it the whole time but we keep on winning so it’s not too bad.”
“Martin, Holt and Hoolahan are well-over the 50-goal mark for the season and, even though one of them isn’t playing, we have to keep the other two quiet,” said Millwall boss Kenny Jackett.
“We’d be happy to talk to him,” said Alan Bowkett. “We will be searching for new investment from Hong Kong to California and look at alternative methods to improve revenues and reduce costs.”
“They’ll probably have a half each as they need game time now to get back to match fitness,” said Ian Crook on the return of Jens Berthel Askou and Michael Spillane.
“When things are not going the way they have been for the last few months you sometimes have to grind out a result – and they are every bit as important as if you are winning 5-0.”
“I’ll take one performance like that in 19 or whatever it is,” said the Canary chief, speaking after Norwich made it a club record 11 home wins in a row. “You can’t play well every time and you’ve got to give Hartlepool credit.”
“He’ll get up the pitch that’s for sure and he had a great upbringing at Manchester United,” said City chief Lambert on his new signing, Michael Rose. “But he’s done well at Stockport and was a big part of their promotion.”
“The pitch made it extremely difficult on our legs. You really have to concentrate the whole time and you’re having to smash the ball instead of pass it because it was difficult to play any football on it.”
“They were dead on their feet after Saturday on a pitch that was really heavy,” said the ecstatic Scot. “But it was a big, big effort and what a result that was.”
Given the volume of small, Norfolk businesses whose livelihood is in some way, shape or form entwined to the continuing fortunes of their local football club, taking them to the cleaners to the tune of two pence in the pound whilst the players’ wages are ring-fenced by Football League law would destroy any sense of Norwich City being a ‘community’ club.
“Grant has been absolutely terrific for us, really good. But we’re going to lose him for three games and, as I’ve said, whoever comes in will do fine.”
“It would be disappointing to leave after becoming part of such a winning team. It would be nice to stay and, hopefully, win the league. But we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.”
“As far as the Club is concerned we consider the story is defamatory and accordingly we have placed the matter in the hands of our solicitors, and will be pursuing for damages,” said Canary chief executive David McNally.
“Have I got any complaints over the red card? Yes I have. If the referee had have done his job properly in the first instance, it would have been a free-kick for us,” said the Norwich manager, after City’s 10 men overcame Brentford in a pulsating Carrow Road clash.
“I was really apprehensive about moving so far from home but all the lads and staff have been great with me, helping me settle. It could not have gone better.”
“I always think, and it may be naivety, that we can win every game home and away,” said Canary boss Paul Lambert. “Whether we do, we will have to wait and see.”
“It’s going really well and the goals have been flying in,” said the City captain, looking for No 24 this Saturday. “I’ve got 23 goals and things have gone better than I thought they would.”