Whether your Norwich City glass is half empty or half full, it’s a funny old game

15:00 30 October 2014

The traveling Norwich fans during the Sky Bet Championship match at Hillsborough, Sheffield
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The traveling Norwich fans during the Sky Bet Championship match at Hillsborough, Sheffield Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 25/10/2014

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So is your Norwich City cup glass half full or half empty?

Of the week.....

At least our promotion rivals also slipped up

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK: I’m clutching at straws a fair bit after that disappointing draw in Sheffield on Saturday. But at least our main rivals were also below par and somehow the Canaries remain in a position where a win tomorow will put us top of the Championship table again.

Uwe going, going, gone – and it was very funny

FUNNIEST MOMENT OF THE WEEK: Have you seen the video of Wigan boss Uwe Rosler being taken out on the sideline as two players went for the ball in his team’s match at the weekend? I shouldn’t laugh at his misfortune, but it is very funny. I’ve tweeted the link to the comedy footage if you want to take a look.

If only I could do an Erik Lamela

HERO OF THE WEEK: Unfortunately there aren’t too many heroes at Carrow Road at the moment so I’m handing out my gong to a player who scored an audacious goal which us mere mortals could only dream of scoring. Take a bow Erik Lamela. That was amazing.

We’ll finally have a first half goal to celebrate

PREDICTION OF THE WEEK: The local cricket season was still going strong and a whole half term for schools has passed since City last bagged a first half goal. The barren opening period run has to stop – and I predict it will tomorrow. How much better the cuppa at the break will taste without a zero on the scoreboard.

Why do keepers save their best for City?

VILLAIN OF THE WEEK: How many times do we have to endure custodians playing blinders against the Canaries? We could all rattle off the names of No 1s who have thwarted us in recent years and on Saturday Kieran Westwood topped the lot at Hillsborough with his annoying brilliance. He got a very rare perfect 10/10 from some pundits and he was a perfect pain for us.

I’m no MORI pollster but from chats with fans in recent days I’d estimate that about three quarters are sipping at the half empty saloon at the moment.

A very small number are super happy, a handful want Adams out (yes, crazy I know) and the rest are sort of ok, if you follow me.

As always football fans are a fickle bunch and if you put 50 in a room, you’ll get 50 different opinions.

Football is a funny old game, so a former England striker used to say.

And that is so true as we head in to a home match with a struggling Championship side knowing that victory would put us back on top of the tree.

Surely we would have taken that at beginning of the campaign?
For the “half full army” there are clearly reasons to be cheerful.

As well as the obvious fact of being able to return to the summit, City still have the second best defence in the league, the fourth best goal difference, Grabban and Jerome are both in the top 10 scorers in the league and overall we are fifth top scorers.

The goals have dried up, but City still have a higher shots per game average than anyone else.

The strike force is loaded with potential – and the positive gang is certain the net will soon be bulging.

Bolton are second bottom in the away table and have lost six of their seven matches on the road this season.

Also, while the Canaries’ form is questionable, our rivals are also struggling.

Forest have only won one in eight and Watford have bagged three points just twice in the last seven outings.

So that’s it then. The juggernaut to promotion will soon be rolling down the hill with unstoppable force then?

Er, maybe not.

After 15 goals in the first games, there have been only seven in the previous seven.

City are 15th in the form table over the last six matches with just one win and five goals.

A win tomorrow night and we’ll all be smiling. Anything but three points is no laughing matter.

Yes, it is a funny old game.

These fallen giants make us feel more grateful

Things aren’t perfect at Carrow Road at the moment.

But we have to count our blessings that we aren’t supporting the likes of Birmingham and Leeds.

It isn’t that long since the Midlanders were in the top flight, in Europe and winning at Wembley. Things have gone really down for the Blues.

They are facing huge financial problems, suffered managerial turmoil (including sacking Lee Clark recently) and looking early favourites for relegation, especially after their worst defeat for 84 years on Saturday.

The 8-0 demolition was played in front of less than 14,000 fans. And a large number of those had cleared off before the final whistle.

The soap opera is being replicated up at Elland Road.

I sometimes think Leeds’ main role in football is to provide entertainment for other fans.

Neil Redfearn is the Yorkshire club’s fourth permanent manager in five months,

Owner Massimo Cellino sacked 36 managers in 22 years during his time at Italian club Cagliari and you’d expect him to carry on his brutal approach.

The fans seem to think they are still a big club who have a right to return to football’s top table.

Both these fallen giants look set for many years in the wilderness.

1 comment

  • I think an issue with the Championship is that it's easy to get caught in which clubs have a "right" to promotion, which are "returning" to success and which are at homehere. We should be under no delusions that we "deserve" promotion based on our few years up there recently, or even our decent previous record. We have no more right to a spot in the Prem as any other club down here, or up there at the moment. At the same time, we cannot think that any other club deserves it more, based on being "bigger", richer, or having one or two FA Cup wins or even title wins compared to our 2 league cups and a third place finish. Even European cups count for nothing. The only teams that have a right to promotion are the 2 that finish top and the one that wins at Wembley. They will be the 3 teams with the right to the a year in the promised land, whether they are tourists on a holiday of a lifetime or natives returning home. If we want it, like all others we must earn it.

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    Chris Mugglestone

    Friday, October 31, 2014

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