Since that glorious glancing header, which had Anders Lindegaard clutching at thin air, we’ve seen very little of that tormentor of top-six full-backs. He disappeared, with a succession of injuries doing little to propel his career in a forward direction.
With Kyle Lafferty’s cameo catching the eye, will – or perhaps should – the Irishman be let loose on Beppe Sannino’s high-flyers? And should Adams persist with the Martin/Turner combo? Or has Ryan Bennett done more than enough to earn a shot?
When in possession City shifted the ball too slowly. Their passing was laboured, and lacked precision and zip. And, in truth, the home side looked to have a greater appetite for the battle. For City there will be better days ahead but the ghosts of the Chris Hughton era still remain.
That City haven’t managed a win on opening day for eleven consecutive seasons will hopefully mean nothing to Neil Adams’ chosen XI and the aforementioned clean sheet of paper applies equally to unwanted records and bogey grounds.
The basic premise is this: we’ll basically be playing a series of one-off matches against fellow websites representing the other clubs in the Championship. These matches will coincide with Norwich’s real-life fixtures.
While in the horses for courses world of the second tier he may have to be sacrificed on occasions, it seems that Wes Hoolahan ripping the Championship apart 2011-style in still fresh in Adams’ mind.
While the Lambert midfield would struggle to compete with the likes of Leroy Fer and Bradley Johnson in terms of athleticism and desire, only Surman comes close to David Fox if we’re talking quality of passing.
After last weekend’s gentle run-out at Dereham, things looked to have been stepped up a gear at Braintree with those Canary fans present being treated to the oddity of an avalanche of goals.
Whether City’s quicksilver attacking options will include the talents of Nathan Redmond remains to be seen, with Southampton and Stoke reportedly lining up a move
In the centre of defence one wonders if now is Ryan Bennett’s time. Since arriving in January 2012 the ex-Peterborough man has had a stop-start time in the Fine City, but when called upon has always played with a confidence and surety
They will have done their research, and any alleged foibles in the make-up of City’s latest international will have been weighed up against what Neil Adams and co think he can bring to the Carrow Road party.
If thirty-eight games in the Premier League felt a bit like a sprint, the Championship season is going to feel more like a 3,000 metre steeplechase.
The men from the Black Country have beef with us – the origin of which I’m not 100 per cent sure (I suspect it goes back further than Kevin Muscat) – and in the intervening years some of our number have made hay of their demise,
The quandary of quality in the final third is a different kettle of fish for Neil Adams in terms of the talent at his disposal, but the conundrum remains – even when adding relegation into the equation.
Away trips may even start being fun again. Remember those days when the Yellow Army would set off on a Saturday morning, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, full of hope and expectation?
I should be worrying over Neil Adams’ next move in the transfer market, or whether Snodgrass and Olsson are having their heads turned, but equally I find myself stressing over the fitness of ‘the Ox’ or whether Glenn Johnson is really good enough.
One of the accusations laid at the door of David McNally, Delia Smith and co is that, in Adams, they have appointed a manager with virtually no first-team experience. Well, in Royle it looks as if they have tried to address that deficiency.
I read recently, with interest, a messageboard thread that asked if we should recall Andrew Surman to the Fine City. The answer was an almost unanimous ‘yes’. I wonder if Neil Adams feels the same.
The Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules are clearly there to reduce one’s ability to ‘do an Abramovich’ but already loopholes are being found to scupper Sepp Blatter’s best made plans, and no-one is expecting to see a significant shift in the pecking order of the Premier League as a result.
The hard work starts now. Adams’ first task is to filter the current crop for those suited to a Championship challenge and those who are not. Those who are not will be on their way.