‘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.”



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