With a new fire-breathing Scot now occupying the United dugout things are not about to get any easier for opposition teams with regard to referees. The last thing they need is an excuse to award a penalty.
Archives for October 2013
Maybe the day of the ‘true’ football fan has gone. We’re now seen, after all, as customers, even, and I shudder at the use of the word in this context, ‘consumers’.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the passing was again of a decent quality, the stats show we enjoyed the lion’s share of possession, we played with an attacking intent throughout, created a shed load of chances and had 31 attempts on goal.
That’s where the problems still lie. Converting chances at the very highest level on a regular enough basis to ensure comfort, let alone survival…
Hughton has clearly been at the heart of much debate of late and will continue to be. While I may disagree with those who call for his head I respect their views; the perception of him as a good, bad or indifferent football manager the only thing that matters.
We may be guilty of dwelling a little too self indulgently on our past every now and again, but so does every club. Bar none.But is it a good thing or an exercise in nostalgic futility, a yearning for a perceived golden age in a game that is so relentless in going forward it is sometimes in danger of eating itself?
That City came up well short was naturally disconcerting – crushing in fact in the hour or so after the end of the game – but, as often proved by the post-match interviews of Neil Warnock, perspective is a beast to grasp when the taste of defeat still swilling around.
A home game against crisis-torn Cardiff might offer some much-needed respite; it is the outcome of that contest that Norwich’s fortunes need to be judged on, not this one…
He seemed indestructible, so the news that his brain has been dying, one cell at a time, is crushingly sad. But I am fortune enough to have a personal recollection which has made me smile down the years and which is help at this most mournful of times.
There have been a number of periods so far this season when we’ve enjoyed plenty of possession but haven’t been able to create a clear chance – the Hull and Villa games being the most obvious examples
While Islington won’t be ablaze with green and yellow flares – or the Yellow Army singing about playing “at home” – there will be a wall of noise in at least one corner of the Emirates as City look to put right some of last season’s wrongs
Much was made of the eight changes that Chris Hughton made to his starting XI for the Watford game – but the same number were made by Hornets boss Gianfranco Zola
Backwards clearly isn’t an option with both CEO and chairman both making clear their desire for ‘continued improvement’; City’s ‘mission statement’ making that crystal clear
“It’s something that we would like to do in the mid-term,” added Canary chief executive David McNally at yesterday’s accounts briefing. “Its easier to be a Premier League team on a consistent basis with gates of 35,000 than it is on gates of 26,800.”
Just two wins in our opening seven games and seven points in all, much talk of a disappointing start to a campaign inevitably surrounded the new man whose presence in the side was beginning to be questioned, as were his footballing abilities.
That Mourinho chose to turn to Hazard, Willian and Eto’o to save a potential embarrassment also tells a story of its own, with Willian’s transfer value alone usurping the not inconsiderable sums that City spent in the summer. But that’s where the fine margins come into play.
Though Ruddy could be barely be blamed for the killer third that Willian unleashed into the top corner from nowhere – and all on his Premier League debut – given the current debate surrounding Joe Hart and his fitness for that England No1 role, so the Canary keeper could have so done with a big performance against the Blues this weekend…
With Gossy providing John Motson with his finest Norwich moment, and the site of one Robert Chase lauding it over his kingdom, the second leg joined the first in the annals of City history. Unlike for the Vitesse game, European football had finally captured the Norfolk imagination and Carrow Road was full
Our best ever season in the top flight as regards trips away from home was the 1988/89 campaign when, under the leadership of Dave Stringer and Mike Phelan, we won nine out of the nineteen played – a feat that was only bettered by Arsenal and Liverpool who finished in first and second place respectively.