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I have finally lost patience with Wes Hoolahan

12:54 09 March 2016

Wes Hoolahan celebrates his 45th goal for Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Wes Hoolahan celebrates his 45th goal for Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Usually after a defeat I am a very grumpy person, however, leaving the ground on Saturday, I thought I would have more emotions running through me than I did, especially with a six-hour coach journey in front of me. There was no annoyance, no disappointment, just a feeling of inevitability.

At the final whistle, the players’ reactions summed up how I felt in that moment, and although we lost, it helped to know that they were as despondent as the 2,000 fans who travelled to Wales to cheer them on.

By the time we had clapped the players off the field and made the short walk to the bus, I had resigned myself to the fact that there is a real probability that we will get relegated. I know it’s not over yet, and our plight is not as bad as Villa’s, but it is not looking good for us.

Big Sam has pulled off top flight survival before and it looks increasingly likely that Newcastle will sack McClaren and maybe a new manager will spur them on, but it’s not over yet.

We still have a chance, a slim chance yes, but a chance it is. Nine games to go and we have yet to play our relegation rivals at home, so I am not giving up all hope.

Although it was a huge blow to lose Brady and Naismith to injury during the game, there were some good performances on Saturday - Klose, Redmond and Bamford to name three. But what we need is every single one of the players to put in great performances until the end of the season. We have not got the luxury of being able to ‘carry’ anyone at this juncture.

At the risk of annoying any fellow fans, I have finally lost patience with Wes Hoolahan. I will preface this by saying he has been one of my favourite players over recent seasons. However, this season he often has been lacking that killer ball into the box.

I have lost count of the number of times he has got the ball and then either taken one touch too many before passing, or running around in circles until he loses the ball. How many times this season has someone been open and Wes has not seen them or has kept onto the ball for a little too long, giving the defence time to close in?

On Saturday we can go into the game with no expectations and maybe that’s what we need. When it looks like we don’t have a chance, then perhaps that’s when we can pull the proverbial ‘rabbit out of the hat’.

• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor

9 comments

  • Redmond had a good game? I must have missed that minute!

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    tonyb

    Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • I've practically been saying the same thing all season. Wes slows down play all too often.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Friday, March 11, 2016

  • Without Wes nobody else consistently looks for the ball. When he has the ball there is usually very little movement from anyone else which is sometimes why he appears to hang on to it for too long. The other thing I think he works better with two strikers. Drop Wes are we will sign our own premiership relegation.

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    spiny norman

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Whilst Wes might not be world class, he is simply City's mostonly creative player. AN will be aware that NCFC have only picked up one point this season when Wes hasn't started the game. I wish that he would be more selfish and go for goal sometimes instead of always looking for the killer assist.

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    GolfingCanary

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

  • Wes isn't world class, but take him out of the team and the ability to find a killer pass drops to zero - hence no wins this season when Wes hasn't started the game

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    GolfingCanary

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Bamford did more in the time he was on the pitch than Jerome has done in the last 3 games. Surely this lad has to start Saturday instead of the 2 lumbering donkeys AN chooses week in and week out!

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    dave123

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • The only player that should be guaranteed to start every game for me. Played 23 games this season, 3 of which he has played less than half of the game. The biggest contribution to the 31 goals we have scored this season (12 - 8 assists and 4 goals). Started in all 6 of our victories this season and clearly the most creative player in our team this season. When he hasn't played this season (6 games) we've only scored 2 goals

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    Adam Wright

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Lorraine: wouldn't argue with you regarding Wes. However I certainly would not agree that Redmond had a good game. He had several good scoring chances in this and other games but has a bad habit of over-hitting the ball, going for power over accuracy. And who was it who failed along with Pinto to make any effort to cut off the flow which led to Swansea's goal? Redmond too often flatters to deceive. On occasions he comes alive but very often he is next to anonymous and doesn't contribute enough to the team. Anyway just my opinion and respect yours.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

  • Wes can't be blamed for our profligate strikers. He has made 8 assists this season, that is 5 more than his nearest team mate Brady.

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    Joe Hogan

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

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