- Italy 4-3 Japan
- Brazil 2-0 Mexico
- Football fixtures for 2013-14 announced
- Violent protests mar Brazil match
- Striker Carroll signs for West Ham
- Hearts placed into administration
- Neville expects exciting campaign
- FA Cup final moves to end of season
- Mourinho ready for 'emotional' start
- Newcastle fans need more 'clarity'
Expect the unexpected
I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating what I should write in this blog as it has been such a long time since my last post and so much has happened.
It won’t have escaped anyone’s attention that the team isn’t riding on the crest of a wave as we were last season, or for that matter the season before.
A quick glance at any of the many discussion boards, Twitter or any other forum will also show that some fans are becoming a little frustrated by Norwich’s lack of points.
Feelings seem to run from one extreme to the other; ‘we’re useless’, ‘give them a chance’, ‘sack the manager’, ‘the wins will come’. The breadth of emotions is enormous.
And even after six games there is a small pocket of the yellow are green army who already want to see the management changed.
This scares me more than the challenges on the pitch. Are some fans so fickle to believe that we have a god given right to play in the Premier League? We don’t, no one does.
We have had two truly atrocious performances this season – against Fulham and Liverpool – but we have also played extremely well – against Tottenham – which means things can be put right because we still have the quality on the pitch which made last season so enjoyable. Changing the manager isn’t a likely scenario, I believe the board will rightly stick with Chris Hughton and the team will begin building momentum.
I don’t expect any points from the next two games, but I do expect Norwich to go out and perform admirably, winning some plaudits and gaining some confidence which can be taken into the games against the lesser teams. Games we stand a far greater chance of winning.
Stood in Stamford Bridge last season I wasn’t disheartened even though we lost 3-1. It was the game I realised that we can compete in this league. I expect the same this season.
- An aside: I was listening, god knows why, to Talksport’s drivetime with Adrian Durham and Darren Gough yesterday. Durham was mocking the Norwich performance and the fans. Our midfield according to Durham had no Premier League pedigree or experience. He looked at the teamsheet and thought it was a Championship midfield at best.
This confused me, didn’t Howson, Johnson and Surman all play in the Premier League last season?
He also said he was jumping up and down with laughter when Saurez stole the ball from Turner to score. He thought it delightful that Liverpool’s striker scored after the Norwich fans gave him abuse after missing a guilt-edged chance. I dislike Durham, like many radio journalists he enjoys the sound of his voice far too much, give me Stan Collymore any day of the week.
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