She’s back! Prompted by something of a Villa Park disaster, MFW’s very own crowd pleaser, Anita Byrne-Phillips has put finger to iPad again and offered her thoughts on an afternoon that failed to deliver.
Take it away ABP…
25 years without a win. Sutch with the winner. A Gunn in goal!
Could, with another Gunn in goal, we pull off that inconceivable win at Villa Park?
That was the question I was asking myself before kick-off but sadly we now know the answer. And of course it was inevitable.
They hadn’t won a game and Bruce, an old Canary favourite, was whipping his fans up as they laid bottom of the pile.
We knew what was coming, it was written in the stars (one of which Ipswich have already claimed for winning the Championship already this season). Yes… along come Norwich.
Now I’ve into this new German coach, I hang on every word of every interview and I preach patience. But when you witness the 90 minutes of a team with no creativity and a calamitous defence the doubt starts to creep in.
Have we have we had too many changes from top to bottom too quickly?
Is this transitional period going to take far longer than I envisaged?
Two seasons are how long my rational thoughts said it would take. But my heart and my eyes want it to happen NOW!
That’s only human. It’s the passion that makes me yearn to see my team doing well. Three 3 points at home; at least one point away. And it’s the pride of looking forward to watching our lads on the pitch; the walk back to the car with a positive bounce in your step; the celebratory drink glancing at yellow shirts with that knowing smile.
‘Yes, we are Norwich, super Norwich.’
Without going back over the last two seasons we knew wholesale changes had to be made, and they have been made – in abundance. So we have called, the Board have delivered and in return we have to give them that P word we keep hearing (even if it is going to drive us mad from time to time throughout the season).
With a new regime and so many ‘new components’ time and patience are indeed key but it’s undeniably hard to smile, grit your teeth and accept it’s work in progress because as fans we want results and we want an excuse for some exuberance.
Patience wasn’t top of our list when we chose to be football fans but still, perhaps we expect too much? I mean we all become pundits and managers every game but to then be expected to be patient… maybe that’s a step too far?
But the least we can have is perspective – we are going to have to accept the lows and wait for the highs. And that’s one P word we can adopt.
As Bill Shankly said: “If you can’t support us when we lose or draw, don’t support us when we win.”
It’s early days and and we’ve had a tough one but let’s try to remain calm for another four games then and then let’s go full throttle. And if it doesn’t work out…
P was for panic wasn’t it?
? … And then I’m happy for the rest of the day, safe in the knowledge there will always be a bit of my heart devoted to it…
All the Germans… Farkelife ?
Thanks as ever to Anita. Something tells me we’ll be hearing more from her as the season progresses.