Now the going has got tough, we must see the tough get going for Norwich City

06:30 14 November 2014

Michael Mancienne of Nottingham Forest and Gary ONeil of Norwich battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the City Ground, Nottingham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Michael Mancienne of Nottingham Forest and Gary ONeil of Norwich battle for the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match at the City Ground, Nottingham. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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What were you doing in November 1985?

Of the week....

Such a poor way to treat a loyal supporter

VILLAIN OF THE WEEK: After several decades of going to Carrow Road, my Dad sadly can no longer attend for health reasons. He reluctantly cancelled his season ticket, so you can imagine the shock we felt as a family when we got an aggresive letter from the club saying he had not paid his direct debit. I’m awaiting a reply to my complaint, but the admin at the club should not be so poor.

So good to see Jacob flourish

HERO OF THE WEEK: Unfortunately there are no players wearing yellow and green who can take much credit after such a torrid week. So I’ve picked City starlet Jacob Murphy for this week’s gong after he made a scoring start to his time on loan at Blackpool. Top lad.

I bet Whittaker will shine against England

PREDICTION OF THE WEEK: I’ve made no secret that I’m not a great fan of Steven Whittaker in a Norwich shirt. He shouldn’t be troubled by wingers in the Championship but too often this season he has looked uncomfortable. For some reason he is a different player for Scotland and he’s bound to have a stormer against England next week.

Forget the stretcher - get the barrow out

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Those of us who have played amateur football - especially at the lowest levels - have seen most things when it comes to dealing with injuries. Carrying a player off in a wheelbarrow is a new one on me, though! See my Twitter feed for a hilarious video of it happening.

Proud to see football world remembering

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: Turnout at memorials and church services has been amazing as the nation has remembered those who made the ultimate sacrifice in conflicts. I have been really pleased to see the football world joining in the commemorations so well with silences and players wearing poppies.

I was starting my last year at high school, while Neil Adams had recently made his professional debut for Stoke.

Most of the current City squad hadn’t even been born. Cuellar was the oldest at four, while Wes was three, O’Neil, Turner and Hooiveld were two, Whittaker and Bunn were one and Garrido was six months.

Also in that month 29 years ago, a certain Billy Ocean released one of his biggest hits - When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going.

See where I’m going with this already? By the time that never to be forgotten track had come out, Ken Brown’s Norwich City team was already singing those words loud and clear.

The Canaries had been through a real rollercoaster of a year in 1985 from the amazing Milk Cup final victory over Sunderland in March to the awful relegation only two months later.

Getting straight back up was going to be tough for Norwich. The first month was very poor - one win, one draw and three defeats.

Things started to improve and after 17 games - where we at this season - City had won seven, drawn six and lost four.

Yes, if that catastrophic late goal hadn’t gone in at the City Ground on Saturday the start to the two seasons would be exactly the same.

I look back to the 1985/6 season as that is the last time Norwich bounced straight back to the top flight after relegation.

In that year the Kevin Drinkell-inspired City only lost four more games after this stage. What are the chances of that happening after two awful defeats in the past week? Mmmm.

Neil Adams has much to prove and pressure on him will only lift if the wins return.

The board has acted swiftly to sack Mark Robson but the spotlight will remain on the decision to appoint NA.

The key is with the players who should be good enough to stroll this league. We need to see passion, hunger and application. Now the going has got tough, we have to see them get tough and get going.

That shows why the FA Cup is so fantastic

Muddy pitches, chewed nails, true grit by the bucket load and pain kiilers to get through matches.

Throw in some great giant killings and the weekend dished up all the ingredients for a fantastic FA Cup first round.

Well done to the BBC for giving so much prominence to matches in the world’s greatest domestic competition.

Starting with Warrington’s amazing triumph over Exeter and ending with Worcester humbling former cup winners Coventry, the round had it all.

The Warrington players - led by the fantastic Shaun Reid – dared to dream that they could pull off a shock.

They scored early but then had to dig mighty deep to pull through. They could hardly walk at the end but continued to throw their bodies in the way of every shot and fully deserved to win.

Skipper Craig Robinson - who headed the winner - had to take pain relief to get him through the match.

“There was not a chance I was going to miss it, he said afterwards. I love that attitude.

Reid showed passion on the sideline that we all love to see and you sense his team may have more shocks up their sleeves.

I love the FA Cup and dream of the year when the Canaries can have another decent run.


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