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Saturday, August 30, 2014
Those of us who had first hand experience of our newly enriched friends from south of the border waving £5 notes at us at Carrow Road back in 2007 while eulogising about their new found wealth will have thoroughly enjoyed Mick McCarthy’s post match comments.
Apparently City have gained an unfair advantage by being debt free and enjoying the financial benefits of actually constructing a team good enough to have spent three years in the Land of Plenty that is the Premier League.
The simple fact is that City have actually earned the money which now gives them that perceived edge. Had Ipswich Town not sold out to a shadowy businessman who turned out not to be prepared to invest in the development of a team perhaps things would be different, but its difficult to see McCarthy’s comments as anything other than sour grapes. As they say “be careful what you wish for”.
What with Financial Fair Play, Neil Adams forgetting to shake his hand and the phantom call of “keeper’s” leading to the goal McCarthy had plenty to moan about, which at least deflected some attention from how awful his team had been.
With 10 six-footers in the Ipswich line-up (presumably Jay Tabb was there to try to scuttle between defenders legs) it was obvious that City were in line for an aerial bombardment and we weren’t disappointed, but when that failed there was no sign of a Plan B.
In the event, apart from the gilt edged chance that fell to the lumbering Daryl Murphy, City’s back four largely dealt with everything comfortably enough.
In fact there must be concern that Michael Turner may soon struggle to get off the ground given the weight of the growing collection of strikers in his pocket. However, credit is also due to Russell Martin for his most convincing display at centre-back so far this season.
City were good value for the win, but Adams will be well aware that they weren’t firing on all cylinders. There were too many misplaced passes, some indecision in possession and, of course, a litany of missed chances, but to win away when not at your best is a sign of a side with a huge amount of self belief.
However, that can be a double-edged sword and after a heady week that saw three league wins, Adams will want to ensure that his players have their feet firmly back on the ground today. While City’s start has been impressive, the Championship season is gruelling and things will not always go their way. Nevertheless, it’s good to see the excitement and enthusiasm returning game by game both on and off the pitch.
What with Tuesday night’s cup win for a youthful second string and all the incoming transfer activity this week it’s been difficult not to get carried away. However, Bournemouth are a team who many expect to be in the play-off places, with a highly regarded young manager in Eddie Howe, and despite their mixed start to the season they should not be taken lightly.
There will inevitably be a great deal of interest in Callum Wilson, signed as a replacement for Lewis Grabban and, apparently, a Canary target himself during the summer. Wilson has already found his scoring touch at Bournemouth and his pace will ensure that City’s defenders will have a testing afternoon.
However, if City are to bounce straight back to the Premier League it’s vital that Carrow Road becomes a fortress and hopefully the Canaries will pick up where they left off against Watford and Blackburn. If they can do that then it’s difficult to see too many sides being able to cope with a home side lifted by the growing bond between players and fans.