I wrote a piece during the last international break in which I said the games leading up to November’s break would define City’s season. My view was that if they were still in touching distance of the playoffs, it was still game on.
With that in mind, what follows is a journal of the last week:
Tuesday evening. 21:35.
I have just witnessed two of the daftest goals that have been scored against us recently (and there have been plenty) and, in conceding them, Norwich have tumbled to their second home defeat in four days. After being two goals up against Leeds and still managing to lose, we have again contrived to snatch defeat from the jaws of mediocrity.
The team tonight started off quite brightly, but Boro came back into the game and started to cause us problems. But it was still goalless at half-time. Then, 35 seconds into the second half, a classic Norwich City W.T.F. moment. I repeat… 35 seconds.
And it was game over because this team doesn’t come from behind.
But still, there are three games to go before the next international break, and on Saturday we are away to our friends from the old Milk Cup victory before we hit Blackburn and Cardiff.
Having said that, the team looks short of just about everything at the moment.
Wagner in his BBC interview after the Boro game says we are conceding too many goals. Wow, how damnably insightful. Do bears defecate in the woods?
Now I’ve never been involved in professional football but I have run an amateur hockey team, so I do recognise what togetherness on the pitch looks like, and I’m really not sure I see that from Norwich at the moment.
Sure, there is an outward appearance of all being in it together, but it’s not obvious during the games. A stark lack of on-field encouragement to and from certain players is increasingly noticeable.
Still, there are three games to go before the November break, and my mid-break ‘aaargh’ might become rendered unnecessary by the team’s upcoming performances. But I’m doubting it.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s game, realistically I’m hoping for a draw. After all, Sunderland have just lost three in a row.
This also allows me to express my surprise that Stuart Webber is still here. Obviously, we were not going to pay any compo for Ben Knapper so, presumably, he’s had to work his notice period. But if he’s going to be a football-responsible director, one would hope he’s up to the job without 4-6 weeks of training by Mr Webber.
All very odd. Almost as odd as Mr Anastassio doing an internship to learn how to run a football club a la Delia.
Saturday afternoon. 17:00.
The game at the Stadium of Light(s) going out for Norwich has finished. I’ll just note that City have lost and, in doing so, still have the worst defensive record in the league.
What’s it going to take to change this centre-back pairing? Another Plymouth?
There’s no point in waiting until the international break to reassess my ‘still in touching distance’ forecast. That’s clearly not happening.
I’ve no idea where this team is going, other than to say it’s definitely not going up.
It falls to me to say that our Martin Penney is in a bad place, and will soon be going to a hospice for end-of-life care. Gary has hinted at Martin’s problems over the last few weeks and we hoped for a miracle.
Unfortunately, that has not happened.
This one is for him…