I will paraphrase – if only because I can’t lay my hands on the tweeted quote too easily. It’s a Sunday night and too many tweets have now passed beneath the bridge to make my life simple.
Anyway, it was two lines of reaction from City boss Neil Adams fresh from witnessing his best-laid summer plans come a-cropper on the back of the 1-0 defeat by Wolves today.
‘We now have two home games coming up,’ he observed. ‘And we need the crowd to get behind us and get some points on the board.’
The two, home games in question are Watford on the Saturday, Blackburn on the Tuesday – hardly the pick of the bunch. After that, of course, it is the small matter of Ipswich (a). Hence Adams’ desire to have picked up something before City make the trip south.
But having scanned the fixture list properly for almost the first time, when coupled to the tenor of today’s performance and result the immediate reaction is something of a sinking ‘Hmmm…’
Getting back into the Land of Milk and Honey at the first time of asking was never going to be easy and, to my mind, today’s events might serve as a ‘welcome’ reality check for anyone who thought otherwise.
Not that that will come as much consolation to the 1,500 travelling Canary fans who might have fondly hoped for a start to the season that would see rather more by way of attacking invention and purpose as opposed to a re-run of all too many limp trips on the road in the higher flight.
As an aside, August is a terrible month to make any snap judgements – particularly for clubs fresh from the drop.
Until the transfer window finally closes you can never be wholly certain as to whose minds are really on for this – and whose are still hankering for a move elsewhere.
And that doesn’t make for a dressing room wholly at ease with itself. Unlike those that are travelling in the opposite direction a la Wolves. Wind firmly in the sails as opposed to still bailing out the last of the water from someone else’s sinking ship.
But Adams’ point is heart-felt and bang on the money.
He might have been handed a wholly lost cause at the end of last season, but this is now his cause – no-one else’s.
He has re-shuffled the deck up top and with two new faces in the building striker-wise he needs both to hit the ground running sooner rather than later. Norwich need to rediscover a penalty box menace they have lacked since G Holt disappeared.
The back two-thirds of the team ought to be able to do a job in this division. Even if the full-back positions give cause for concern.
Of more concern, however, is just how long the Faithful will keep faithful; how long they will give a decent lad like Adams before their frustrations start to vent forth again.
Because that’s where it goes wrong; change after managerial change only gets you one place. And it is not back in the Premier League; nor in the top half of the Championship.
Part of the trick will be further evidence of going out – or down – guns blazing.
Even if you lose a game 4-3, you have kept the punters on the edge of their seats; given them something for their hard-earned money.
For too long in Norwich’s case, it has been ‘first goal wins…’ As it was again today.
Adams’ heart will be in the right place; he can do swash-buckle.
Effective won’t wash all too well – even if short term you would take back to back 1-0s over Watford and Rovers now.
The punters deserve more; they need to be fed better entertainment-wise.
If not, it will indeed be a long, hard season of toil and potential turmoil should the restlessness return.
Nip it in the bud early; get on the front foot early at home – and stay there.
Goals not only win games, they win hearts and minds.
And right now Adams and the City board need to win back hearts and minds just as much as they need to win points.