Sunday, 15 August 2010

The "old team" show the way

Watching Norwich play Watford last week, I felt Lambert had somehow ripped the heart out of the team in the name of change, and as a result the midfield looked like strangers to each other. One week later things look very different.

The return of Korey Smith to the side has brought back some bite and energy, whilst Sion Lappin showed his value with an excellent cross for our great winner in yesterday's match.

Of course we need to move on and develope the squad, but not at the expense of team spirit and not by moving players out of the starting eleven who know how to win games.

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Been busy

Yes, I've been very busy with politics lately hoping another team in yellow can emulate Norwich's success.

I really do feel that the burden of leading the league for four months was starting to get to the players, but was delighted to see that with the pressure off at Bristol Rovers yesterday, Norwich really showed some class.

Let's hope they can do similarly next week in the final home game.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Oh do shut up Steve Claridge !

I really don't get Steve Claridge. He banged on and on last night on the Football League Show about how "Chris Martin made a meal of the contact he received" in the wake of the sending off of Leeds Tresor Kandol, without acknowledging in any way that the Leeds player had his hands on Martin's throat and Martin neither threw himself to the ground or exaggerated the contact he received.

Then again, Claridge has some form and must be feeling very daft as I seem to recall him saying last October that one thing was clear in League One, everyone is playing for second place as Leeds had won the League.

Oh dear Steve, egg on your face ?

Monday, 15 February 2010

Bad spell - Good results

In any season every team goes through peaks and troughs, and despite results seemingly saying otherwise, Norwich are in something of a trough at the moment.

In the last four matches Norwich have managed to pick up three points, the odd thing is, Nowich have been really poor in all of those games. In the three victories Norwich came from a goal behind to win 2-1, with ironically the only game lost being the one match that Norwich took the lead in.

The great thing about this trough is that Norwich are playing poorly but picking up good results, which is always the sign of a good team. I am sure that they will get through this, particularly as the pitches get a little easier underfoot and with a run of home matches coming up. But if Leeds and Charlton continue to slip up (and Charlton lost 2-1 to Bristol Rovers this evening) it could be that Norwich come through their "dodgy" spell in better shape than they went in to it.

It all goes to prove what a fascinating sport football is.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Supporting your local team

As many people who read my blogs will know, I follow two football teams. I know for many that is hard to comprehend, but for me the logic is simple. I became an Everton fan when I was seven. I didn't really choose to be an Everton fan, I tend to think I was chosen. I watched Match of the Day, saw Everton beat Liverpool 1-0, got very excited that the glory hunters at school would be very upset if I went in on the Monday morning saying I supported Everton, and that was that. the added bonus that as a seven year old Everton was easy to spell and I liked blue was an added attraction. However, as I got older, particularly entering my late teens, I could see what a major asset it is both financially and culturally to have a thriving local team who represent Norwich and Norfolk as a whole, and so after several years of casual attendance at Carrow Road, in 1992 I became a season ticket holder. And not for one moment have I regretted it.Although it is odd when Everton play Norwich to find myself supporting Everton, but those occasions (sadly) are not as common as they were.

So with Norwich announcing season ticket prices for this year will increase by about £1 a game, people really ought to be proud of what their local team have achieved. Okay, we're in League One, but to get 25,000 fans regularly, to get this consistently and to know that Norwich really could sell 30,000 tickets if they had the capacity really says a lot about the community feel of the club and the feel good factor that having a winning team can engender in the local community.

Last year, when bottom of the Championship, Norwich still had 25,000 people at the games, a point often ignored by the media, when it should be noted that Leeds had 22,000 fans last week and Charlton just 17,000. With a so called big club like Middlesbrough getting only 18,000 in the Championship, its about time people started to realise that actually Norwich realy does have the potential to be a bigger team than many so called big teams.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Where are the News of the World now ?

Lasy Sunday the News of the World reported that Norwich City would go in to administration on Thursday.

It's Friday now, and as 99.999% of the world already knew (except it seems on NotW journalist) Norwich are not in administration and have, in fact made another signing. It is prettty abvious to anyone with any sporting knowledge that clubs that are close to asministration do NOT make signings.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

That's entertainment

What an incredibly exciting game today against Brentford. All the ingredients were there, missed chances, great saves, hitting the post, some incredible tackling, and the obligatory numpty of a referee. I noted before the game that this was only the second game the referee had been in charge of this year, and boy did it show.

Whilst I can't disagree with the red card for Grant Holt, the player he kicked was sliding towards him with both feet in front of him. Had Holt not raised his legs, he would have been kicked. So why not at least book the Brent ford player for intent ? Also why were Brentford players allowed to repeatedly shirt pull, but Russell was booked for "repeated foul play", despite the fact that the other tackles the referee was pointing out were in fact committed by Korey Smith. Heaven forbid I should suggest the referee could not tell two black players apart, but it is ridiculous to get the confused. And why was a Brentford player allowed to raise his hands to the neck of a Norwch player without a card being produced ?

Still, a great late goal from Martin, another good cameo from Olli Johnson, and despite a three game ban for Holt, al looks good.