‘I say it how I see it’ Former Norwich City right-back Danny Mills defends criticism of his Canaries analysis

Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich in action in the Spurs area during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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23/02/2014 Ricky Van Wolfswinkel of Norwich in action in the Spurs area during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 23/02/2014

Kevin Hurst
Monday, February 24, 2014
2:39 PM

Former Norwich schoolboy and Canaries right-back turned football pundit Danny Mills has denied having an issue with Norwich City after receiving widespread criticism for comments made after yesterday’s 1-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspurs.

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Fans took to social media site Twitter last night to accuse Mills, who played 60 times for Norwich, of holding a grudge against the club following less than positive remarks on highlights show Match of the Day 2.


The pundit was criticised for being negative about Norwich City’s win, as well as his criticism of the performance of striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel for ‘not doing the hard work’.


Even Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, a Norwich fan, attacked his punditry, saying: “The #MOTD2 analysis of Norwich win over Spurs was shockingly poor and misinformed. Sorry, but Danny Mills can’t have seen the game.. #ncfc.”


However, the former-Sprowston High School pupil, said today: “I say it how I see it, I have done that at Manchester City, Middlesbrough and Leeds over the seasons.


“I am there to be impartial, if Norwich play well like they did for their goal, I will give credit.


“In the first half Norwich were nervous, Spurs dominated possession. You can’t dress that up any other way, though it was a fantastic three points for Norwich.”


Mills felt the nervousness on the pitch was potentially caused by comments made two weeks ago by chief executive David McNally about the club’s current position.


He added: “The manager is on the precipice of being sacked and Mr McNally`s comments haven’t helped. If the boss gets told he will be sacked if he falls into the bottom three that should be kept out of the public and in house.


“When you look at some of the comments, I don’t understand how that will help the club.”


On the subject of Norwich’s strikers, Mills added: “The first half was a non event. Van Wolfswinkel has had four shots on target in 18 games, for a multi-million pound striker that is poor. If people think that’s harsh, it is a fact and it is not good enough.


“Norwich had plenty of chances and that has been their problem all season. They’ve spent a lot of money and are probably disappointed.”


Mills also defended manager Chris Hughton and feels there are other teams much worse than City in the league. He added: “I think he will keep them up but there is ridiculous pressure on him. They haven’t been in the relegation zone all season. There are three worse teams, actually there are four or five.


“However, if points aren’t picked up in the next couple they should be worried.”


60 comments

  • How come he was nurtured through our youth system, played 66 games for the 1st team and was deemed not good enough, yet goes on to become an England international. What happened there then? Mind you, where I live (South Yorkshire) Kevin Keegan (born Doncaster) was deemed not good enough for Donnie Rovers. Shows how poor coaches are sometimes at spotting potential talent!

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Clown only gets the job alongside that other one because they are cheap to employ, his comments and views are rubbish but by being outspoken and critical is he hoping to get a cult following, he certainly will not get a following otherwise! This Sunday show is a very downmarket poor version of the Saturday show which has set a standard this other lot are a long long way short of.

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    blackdog2

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Football punditry seems to reply on agents pushing their clients into the media. For some of the players, they aren't capable of doing anything else. A lot of the pundits are mediocre and some are down right useless, step forward Michael Owen and Robby Savage. Pundits seem to get very well payed for not actually doing very much. I can't remember how much Alan Hansen was reputed to have been played. Oh yes, and another thing, how many pundits do you actually need? The BBC especially seems to have far too many on MOTD.

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    TiminCarlisle

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I think Mills left Norwich with a flea in his ear and ever since has failed to say anything good about the club. As a season ticket holder, I was at the game but also watched the highlights on MOTD. I cannot recall Mills saying anything that bad about the club and for me, his comments on RVW were fairly acurate. Like all supporters, I was hoping that he would hit the ground running for us and be well into double figures by this stage of the season. It is pointless to defend his current form and we can only hope that he starts earning his money sooner rather than later. We got the 3 points and that is all that matters, explayers can say what they like as long as we survive, bring on the Villa game which I shall watch on the box.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Spurs had about 1 shot on target all game, who cares if they dominated in the first half...[if they actually did],it's about winning the game. Don't forget the visitors are an away winning side.

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    Richard Bonham

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I genuinely thought we were the better team in the first half. We worked our socks off to match and even better Spurs. So i dont know what Danny Mills is on about. Did he see the whole game or just the BBC edited highlights which are of course always biased towards the bigger teams like Spurs?

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    CanaryWest

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • This sniping at Danny Mills is simply sad. Anyone is entitled to their opinion and all he is doing is giving precisely that. He is forthright and will not pander to an audience by saying what he feels may be popular as some others do! He was born in Norwich, played for Norwich, was scruffilly treated by Norwich and sold for a pittance to Charlton who then made a big fee by selling him to Leeds.He then proved Norwich wrong becoming through sheer hard endeavour at one point Englands first choice right back going on to win 19 caps. He is a first class pundit who contrary to some assertions bears no grudge toward the Canaries. I suggest some people should be big enough to listen. We have had flashes of greatness in the past as a club now we must be consistent,,& listen,learn take on board valid criticism to become truly great! OTBC NMTD

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    mardler

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • We were marginally the better team in a drab first half. The second half was more watchable and Spurs played some good stuff at times but not good enough obviously. Our goal was excellent and RvW made a vital contribution to it. If we continue to play at that level we are good enough to stay up and we shall stay up.

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    Cecil

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Oh come on Robbie Savage is entertaining just like the WWF villain yer 8-y-o son dislikes. Mills less so. If it was not for Savage we might still be in the Championship. What an apero he was v Derby!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Mills' "say it as I see it" stance is a bit unconvincing. The analysis had the feel of something which had been put together in advance of the game, based on the then prevailing mood (Norwich playing with trepidation, RVW a dud); then blundered on with due to lack of time to do something more appropriate after a high quality of NCFC performance. Why otherwise, for example did the hugely expensive and largely unsuccessful Soldado, who had a stinker, escape Mills' critique? I do not think it very likely that Mills saw much of the game anyway, will just have been walked through the footage selected for his analysis.

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Danny Mills must have watched a different game. Spurs didn't dominate possession in the first half - and quite frankly Wolfswinkel did do the hard stuff on Sunday - completely misinformed!!!!! I thought these people are supposed to know their football :(

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    Oli Fulcher

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Who cares what Danny Mills thinks, I don't, surprised the BBC even gives him air time what a male chicken head

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    Mills is even worse than Brazil

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Ummm Saturday. Preston

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    sharky

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • first point, three good points. second point Danny Mills is as entitled to his point as i am to mine or sharky is to his. Even if we all disagree. Third point, this much improved performance will count for little if we do not follow it up with a good performance at Villa Park.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • danny mills is absoluetly right, we scrapped a win against an out of sorts spurs, ruddy was the best player on the pitch which tells its own story, a great win for us though, on the subject of rvw, how can any norwich fan defend him or disagree with mills???? rvw has been worse than abismal since everton at home, 8.5m for a player who has 4 shots on target in a season, get real, in my book he has to go, recoup soem cash and give it to a different manager, houghton can keep us up but thats about it i think, i feel abit sorry for him though as players have let him down badly this season!!!

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    dannyotbc

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • It was a fantastic point for Norwich. If you can't even get the result correct who's going to bother listening to you anyway?

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    B Inners

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • The problem with being a fan is that your objectivity maybe just a little skewed. Throughout my career broadcasting football, and working on programmes about football, I had to remain objective, or it became difficult to do my job properly. Now I am retired, I can be a fan, but my objectivity is still hopefully intact. I watched the game yesterday. I think we were the better team even if territorial possession didnt reflect that. I was really impressed by Norwich, and saw RVW really putting a shift in, and I think that bodes well..............................HOWEVER............I heard Danny Mills, and I tended to agree with his assessment on RVW. Unlike many of you, I saw it as constructive criticism.

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Here we go again.... All bow down to Algarve with the superior football knowledge.

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    The Yellow Yachtie

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Someone being critical of NCFC? What on the EDP website? Well, he'd usually be in excellent company here dont you think? I think that the responses to this artical have been the most positive about the club for a long time. Not one mention of sacking CH.....

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    Tootyfrooty

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Sorry, season ticket holder and agree with mills on wolfswinkle. He does not defend from front as any basic fan would see. No defence you can see feel pressured and can play ball out at will.

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    goughy

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • Onwards and upwards guys! I was at the game too, in the upper Barclay right behind the goal so the first half was relatively entertaining as most of the play was up our end. I feel for RvW as he is desparate for that goal to kick start his confidence and that one on the 6 yard box just wouldn't drop for him. The lack of confidence was further shown when he managed to get the ball up front alone yet took too long to capitalise. I've seen videos of him run those and unleahsh fury into the onion bag so he's clearly down right now. However the rest of his game was much better than previously. He harrassed and chased and broke down play, and did it successfully. As a striker you have to do that through a baron run and wait for that bit of luck. Hopefully that will come soon but we need to keep supporting the boys. 12 points from next 7 games as a minimum, then look to next season. People behind me we banging on about Snoddy all game until he slotted that break away. We should have had more and everyone is to blame. Our final third was too slow and indecisive. Once we do better there the goals will come.

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    danpez

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Spurs looked lethargic but I don't take that away from our performance.Snoddy was on form and should be tried playing off the front striker with Redmond and Pilko on the flanks.I don't want credit for being the first on this Forum weeks ago saying that RVW is not up to it at this level.I saw the game and apart from running Don't see how he put in a good shift.Hooper contributed more in the time he was on the pitch.The problem is that when the Manager spends a club record fee on a player he has to play him to avoid fingers being pointed at him from all directions.

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    irongloves

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I just love the BBC. I worked for a company of which Sir "Huge" Greene was the Chairman. Mary Whitehouse hated him, which tells you just how good he was. His brother, Graham Greene, who wrote a few decent books, was an occasional visitor. Lovely bloke. I suppose they were both a bit `Left-wing` in a posh sort of way. Lose the Beeb, and we lose Britain!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • How can Mills comment when he only saw the highlights. We watched the whole game live from our house in Spain. Norwich deserved the win.

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    Barry from Spain

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • So now a Norwich Boy cannot be critical about NCFC..he's only following on from what you lot we're saying over the past few weeks or so , poor chap.

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    Norfolk Boy

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • How can Mills comment when he only saw the highlights. We watched the whole game live from our house in Spain. Norwich deserved the win.

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    Barry from Spain

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I'm pretty sure we have been in the bottom three this season...ill informed.

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    WembleyCanary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Oh come on Robbie Savage is entertaining just like the WWF villain yer 8-y-o son dislikes. Mills less so. If it was not for Savage we might still be in the Championship. What an apero he was v Derby!

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Danny Mills is wrong in so many ways, Spurs did not dominate possesion in the first half and Mr McNally did not say CH would be sacked if we dropped into the bottom 3. He's obviously been reading the news papers and only watched the hightlights of the match. The BBC needs find some new pundits as most are very poor and probably over paid from our license fee.

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    parkeg1

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well, I was at the game and for 90% of the game there was only 1 team in it - Norwich. A very well deserved win but as is is the Prem, just 1 goal is not enough to be certain. Ruddy was as good a goalscorer. Can we get a result at Villa?

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    BureValleyPaddy

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • RVW is pitiful and if that howler by Bassong had been punished then we'd have been screwed. Bloody McNally crying at the end cos he didn't have to sack his mate. Ridiculous. Fans giving it all "if we play like that we will win last 4 games" - spurs were awful. Just lucky we got them after Europe. Hoping like everyone else we scrape by but I still feel the cracks are there.

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    Nutster

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • I don't get the impression that he's got it in for us as such, but was surprised the negative outlook on our game when we came out of it with three points. In the meantime, those YouTube clips in the presentation, I don't understand what he got the red card for? Kicked the ball at a player on the ground. Is that a red card?

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • …..Lucky old you sharky!....thought you might have taken me up on the miserable one eyed git option...Glad I got something right!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • I see little point in stooping to Danny Mills's level by insulting him, he was not considered good enough for NCFC by the then manager, Mike Walker I think and so the club sold him on. Despite being a run of the mill right back, he managed to get himself in the England team for a short while so good luck was on his side. I suspect the BBC wanted to add a bit of spice to their programme so chose to go with him as one of their pundits.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Storm in a tea cup

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Easy to say it sitting in his armchair....but there again he was a C..p full back not so long back!!

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    dave123

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • the bloke is an eejit. Messi would struggle to score regularly in our team, can't just blame the lone attackers. And we got 3 pts not 1...eejit..and possession was even in the 1st half...eejit again. Not the best pundit, he must work harder !

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    kpg24uk

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Don't think he was ever international class but got picked. All down to opinions. I mainly disagreed with his criticism of the board for applying pressure. About time imo and who knows whether it helped, hindered or neither. As a spectacle, first half was poor but 3 points is all that mattered. MOTD coverage is so short and rarely tells the story. They'd be better off showing more highlights and less punditry but that won't change. I wonder if Mills will on next Sunday too?

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Tim - I do remember how much Hansen and Lineker are paid. In fact £1m and £3m respectively. All that from a broadcaster that has no live football. Agree with you regarding Owen and Savage. The bbc is a shocking organisation and the sooner it is closed down the better.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • BureValleyPaddy; did you know that, now City have links with Ferencvaros, Wroxham\Hoveton is to be twinned with Buda\Pest? As a result the Bure is to be renamed the Brown Danube. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • …..Hello! Sharky....you really are a miserable one eyed git!....Why do you have to find fault with everyone who takes a different view to you?....There were over 26,000 at the game, and they ALL saw the match through their own eyes, from the bloke who sat next to you, to those sitting at the other end of the ground!...many of those saw things that were not visible to you on your plastic seat!...Then there were 1000s more watching on TV with a much BETTER view than you could have possibly had! ....Replays were thrown in for good measure....I watched it ALL on my TV as usual and in MY opinion I thought Norwich deserved the win! ...Oh yes it was not perfect, but they did look interested, and worked their socks off – RvWW included!....Danny Mills reached international level in his career as a Full Back, much the same as our Chrissy, so don't write him off as a nobody!....Mind you Danny Boy may not have been picked for my school side!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • How can Mills comment when he only saw the highlights. We watched the whole game live from our house in Spain. Norwich deserved the win.

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    Barry from Spain

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Regarding Danny Mills, I felt that many of the comments were fairly constructive. I don't think players are showing for the ball as much as they should be. Like most people, I was hoping that RVW would be scoring fairly regularly by now, but it hasn't happened. I criticised him a few weeks back for giving up on a chase back towards his own goal when he lost the ball. That criticism was because I think that what will get him through this is getting the crowd on his side. However, he has to do the hard work in order to do that. He did on Saturday and earned the first ovation (I think) of his City career as a result. Strikers require confidence because they rely on instinct, and when you start to question your own game and what you are doing, then you have lost that sharpness. I do think that he is a good player, but he needs to be brave and stop worrying about missing chances. Over the summer, if he stays, then he will need to reflect on what he needs to do to succeed in this league, such as toughening himself up.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • He has always been over critical of us. Especially when we are doing well, as if trying to put a spanner in the works. Mind you he is a supporter of our feeder club Leeds so i guess jealousy is the issue.

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    AC Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Lose the Beeb, and what are we left with?!!! Much prefer their football coverage and general programming to ITV et al. They just need to get rid of Lawro and Hansen, and get Lee Dixon back.

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    Smudger75

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Sorry, season ticket holder and agree with mills on wolfswinkle. He does not defend from front as any basic fan would see. No defence you can see feel pressured and can play ball out at will.

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    goughy

    Friday, February 28, 2014

  • He didnt see all the game. Surely you couldnt be that stupid. Or was it Stew in disguise :-)

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Well yes, RvW did work hard. But the problem remains: he came to score goals and hasn't done so. His injury hasn't helped. On top of which he seems to lack any confidence whatsoever. He got one on one on Sunday but clearly couldn't decide which way to go and ended up dithering and losing the ball. Just my opinion but the jury is still out as to whether he can handle it at this level. I wish he can and does come good because we need goals. But as her is at present CH should have started with Hooper who came on and gave a very strong and positive performance and had Fer got his foot on the ball Hooper's assist would have led to a second goal. Overall what we must do is build on Sunday's result. On the occasions we have won this season we haven';t shown the same level of commitment, passion and desire in the following game. If we are to remain in the Prem League we have to develop some consistency and score some goals.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Good old boy, Smudger. We must not lose the BBC. Tantamount to surrender to terrorism. Yes, indeed, get rid of Kaptain Krispy, Lawro, Happy Hansen and occasional guest jesters like Barra `Arry & move on. Lee Dixon is quite sensible, as you say. For balance, bring in Ian Holloway. For integrity, bring in Seven Groan Riksson. Top guy. Ask Ulrika.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 26, 2014

  • Lots of god posts re RVW. WE all appreciated the shift he put in. Still hoping he will come good. Stew I,m too nice to call you that. By the way my seat is plush and I was on TV many times ;-)

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Danny Mills must have watched a different game. Spurs didn't dominate possession in the first half - and quite frankly Wolfswinkel did do the hard stuff on Sunday - completely misinformed!!!!! I thought these people are supposed to know their football :(

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    Oli Fulcher

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Agree that some pundits are rubbish and all of them are overpaid. The real disgrace is that our national broadcaster (of which I m normally very proud....sorry, Steely, but I am) cannot show live coverage of our major sporting events, especially football and cricket. Even Radio 5 live have started to do these programmes mid-week where a bunch of pundits sit around discussing half a dozen games as each goal goes in (or doesn't go in), instead of live coverage of one good game. Pathetic!

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    User Removed

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Danny always says it, baldly, as it is. Off the top of his head, so to speak. Bill Punton was a proper bloke. A shining headliner.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Ummmm, Pedant, sharky. At least Preston talks sense.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • irongloves, you don't want any credit and that's good because youre not going to get any credit.

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • Fortunately Stew I dont have a plastic seat. :-)

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    sharky

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Dont bow down, Yachtie.....just add something constructive to the debate, and try not to be TOO much of an anal retentive!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

  • How can Mills comment when he only saw the highlights. We watched the whole game live from our house in Spain. Norwich deserved the win.

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    Barry from Spain

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • With regard to RVW, you're right, it was a huge setback and he could have made more of it when he almost got away from the defence, but you can't blame him for being low on confidence on goal. He doesn't look out of his depth as a player. He's working hard and not giving up, so deserves all the support we can give in my opinion. When he gets back to goalscoring, which he has shown he's more than capable of in his career, he's going to be dynamite.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Monday, February 24, 2014

  • Can't see Danny Boy being voted into the hall of Fame then?

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    PaulWho

    Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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