I’m sure I’m not the only Canary fan who is absolutely delighted with the way we have started this season. For various reasons (damn university…) I wasn’t at the game against the Addicks but I have been to the majority of the first 11 (including Shrewsbury) league and cup games this season.
Shrewsbury away was an appalling performance but I only paid £7.50 for a match ticket and I was ‘lucky’ enough to be at the derby day victory so I won’t complain too much. Swings and roundabouts.
When I first became a Norwich City supporter, Nigel Worthington was manager. The response to relegation from the top tier then compared to how Neil Adams has helped us to react to the drop this time could not be any more different.
On both occasions we had the relegation ‘prize’ money from the Premier League and we also had the tag of promotion favourites.
However this season City have taken to the Championship brilliantly. Keeping our best players like John Ruddy, Martin Olsson and Nathan Redmond have certainly helped in that respect. I felt last year (and I’m not the only one) that we had the squad to stay up but, for whatever reason, it didn’t quite work out.
I really believe the squad we have is the best in the league.
Is there a better goalkeeper than Ruddy?
Is there a better left back than Olsson?
Is there a….. well you get the idea.
Adams has done very well to get the team performing how we should ‘expect’ them to perform. Given the criticism the club received (from me included) for his appointment he has done well to shut the critics up and get us to top of the league at this early stage.
There have been some negatives for sure: Wolves and Shrewsbury, giving teams a head start in some very average (at best) first half displays, conceding some sloppy goals and failing to take some good chances against Charlton. But the Championship is never a straightforward league.
They say that the 10 game mark is a good stage at which to judge how a team has started. Could it have gone much better than being top of the league after 10 games?
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 – as we would have expected him to.
However since then his Norwich have hardly looked back. Let’s not let Charlton’s unlikely smash and grab detract from a great start.
On the topic of expectation – why shouldn’t we expect to win this league? We’ve got arguably the best squad on paper and we’ve got a manager who seems to be getting the best out of the players. My confidence was further boosted when I caught up with a Nottingham Forest supporting friend of mine said that he and his fellow “tricky Trees” fans aren’t expecting them to keep up the pace with us and our “squad full of Premier League quality players – his words not mine!
I really don’t fear anybody in this league – we’ve played the likes of Wolves, Cardiff and Watford who are right up there. There will be the odd surprise package as always but we should be expecting to finish in the automatic promotion spaces.
It’s not arrogance – it’s what we should be aiming for. I’m sure Neil is.
I won’t have been the only person of yellow and green persuasion to be delighted to hear that Grant Holt has signed for Huddersfield Town on loan. The legend still has something to offer teams and I highly expect him to be a success.
Best of luck Holty!