Familiar feeling at Molineux doesn’t dispel Bradley Johnson’s early season Norwich City determination

Norwich City is investigating claims of racism at the game yesterday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Norwich City is investigating claims of racism at the game yesterday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Monday, August 11, 2014
8:13 AM

The last thing anyone wanted to feel after the Canaries’ opening 90 minutes of the Championship season was deja vu. Not after City’s dire Premier League relegation. Things are far from straight forward after another opening day failure – one all too familiar before half-time, but that threatened to see City shake off any potential hangover after the break.

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That was, until their increasingly reliable habit of conspiring against themselves struck again. This time, it was Martin Olsson’s red card at the very moment Norwich were building a head of steam. Conceding the game’s only goal soon followed, when shutting up shop – if only for 10 minutes – was the sensible plan.

But while fans – and yes, journalists too – felt a familiar sinking feeling, the players won’t be allowing it. They spent a summer being drilled on how this season will be different, how wins will make up for defeats and how this will be a title push. So after a day one disappointment, they are mantras they have to stick to, as much as they’ll now be sorely tested.

“You could say it’s a familiar feeling,” said Bradley Johnson, allowing himself a brief smile. “We’re bitterly disappointed in there to come off the pitch and get nothing from a game where I felt we had to ride out the storm at times – Wolves were a good side – but we were unlucky too. We had chances.

“It all changed when we went down to 10 men, but that’s no excuse. They scored their goal from a cross that should never have come in. We’ve got to defend better than that – especially in this league, because we know the ball is going to be put into the box a lot more.

“But we felt after that goal went in we looked confident and I actually felt we would get that equaliser.

“The Championship is a tough league. There are some great teams in it and we know it’s going to be a hard year for us. There will be ups and downs. This is a down and hopefully we will put that right next week.

“But to come away to Wolves, who have got that positivity from getting promoted last season, we knew it was going to be hard. In the end it was down to a cross and a header.”

That, and perhaps Olsson’s dismissal – plus another 90 minutes without a goal away from Carrow Road sending the running total over seven hours, since City’s late double at Southampton.

“I though his first booking wasn’t a booking,” said Johnson. “And then when you’re on a booking and the lad looks like he’s clean through on goal, I don’t know if he’s pushed him or not – I didn’t really see it – but the referee’s decided to send him off.”

Johnson added: “I really don’t think the lack of a goal will worry anyone. We know we’ve got good strikers here, and with Hoops (Gary Hooper) to come back from injury. It just needs one of them to get off the mark and the goals will come.

“We showed in pre-season we can score and we had a few chances here, but when your luck’s out it’s out. It wouldn’t go in for us today.”

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  • THIS BOARD ARE ONLY INTERESTED IN SELLING ANY PLAYERS THAT WILL BRING MEGA MONEY IF A CLUB WILL PAY IT ,GIVE NEIL ADAMS UNITL SEPTEMBER 2015 BEFORE HE WILL GET THE CHOP ,WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM THIS BOARD OF MAD HATTERS DON'T HAVE A CLUE .

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Steady On - Anyone who uses the phrase "massively overreaction" should not criticise the English of another poster and "I'll tell you what" is a phrase used across the country not just in Norfolk. Either you could not find another way of countering an alternative point of view to yours or you need to travel a bit further afield.

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    JohnnyH

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Mr. Brewer, I am starting to have grave concerns for your mental state. Your last couple of posts suggest that depression is looming on the horizon! One bi-polar director is enough for any club ( forget not the proposed take over of NCFC by SLOBS). So, with the unfortunate Robin Williams incident last evening in mind, I want you to promise me that you will give yourself a darned good talking to.(I hate ending a sentence with a preposition). Remember my motto (well, one of them) " almost everything in life is easier to get into than to get out of" (there, done it again). Have just received an invitation to partake of ale from a man calling himself Fagen, is it cosher?

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    Igno Rance

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • You don`t hear a lot from our board when things are not going well. When they are going well, `the likes of` Hyacinth open up with little motivational gems like "Lambert`s too impatient" or "Holt is too old". The chances of getting that lucky again are slim. This time any success will have to be the result of some real work by the ruling elite. Not much hope, then?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • We already know, Slovenia, that dropping to Div One will not cause the board to fall on its sword. If it happens again they may not be as lucky and find another Lambert.

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    Lincs Canary

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • I fear the happy clappers may have to prepare themselves for another relegation season, as I have said many times, the worst team to ever wear the Canaries shirt, no sign of any change, question is how far will this Club fall before our useless Board falls on it's sword

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • Suppose this is only a re hash of the interview he gave to Norfolk at the end of the game. These always tend to be inane and certainly do not merit a print version.

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    Steely Dan

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • …..tonyb! ...When Wes is playing we need a couple of wingmen to remain on site and not disappear all over the place!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Johnson gives us the first useless soundbite of the week, there will be a few more before Saturday gets here, it's all wearing a bit thin.

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    barnsleycanary

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Hopefully fer and o'neil will come into the midfield saturday.when wes is playing,especially away from home you need two decent ball winners in the team to strengthen it up.yesterday we had Johnson,say no more!PS,Hurry back Howson.

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    tonyb

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • P00r Arch!e. Very p00r indeed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • So, comment on Archie`s purported claim of racism, is forbidden?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • ... and what`s this "rac!sm" thing about?? Until now, nobody has commented. Is it a caption from an old story, cut & pasted into this article?? Or what? OMG, this a poor newspaper. With no ethical underpin.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • ... and what`s this "racism" thing about?? Until now, nobody has commented. Is it a caption from an old story, cut & pasted into this article?? Or what? OMG, this a poor newspaper.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Kent Anglian makes the point that Adams was prepared to change things - something Hughton did not do. Defence needs sorting. New centre back etc. It will take a few games to get the midfield and shape of the team right. Won't be easy against Watford, Blackburn and Ipswich. Better performances and a win or two will help improve the mood all around. The Championship is tough but the standard is much lower than in the Premier League. Our last visit to the Midlands was a 4 -1 defeat against Villa.

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    Capri

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • JB; Archant does not have a decent journalist on its books. If it did, that poor person would be sacked PDQ.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I can't believe Bailey has allowed this to go to press! How can Johnson say that the only difference was the cross and header. There was a much wider gap in commitment , quality, desire and effort in the game I was watching.

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    JB

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Redmond ripped Watford apart down the right wing at their place in the League Cup, let's hope someone reminds Adams of that. Lafferty has to play up front with Grabban, he was the only ray of hope on Sunday.

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    jigs69

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Correct LC, I did discount the last 5 games under Neil's charge last season as the circumstances were completely different, and was referring only to yesterday. The point I was trying to make is that it is still early days and most of the friendlies could hardly be considered as competitive, so we need to give him time to assess the players and the challenges the Championship presents. The sending off was a tad unfortunate and to concede a goal so quickly afterwards was quite a setback but there were some encouraging signs of him being prepared to change things around. Taking off Whittaker and bringing on Lafferty for example - CH would never have done that. Like many, I was not impressed with his comments after the game. Maybe he was taking a leaf out of Lambert's book but of course, the team normally played well under Lambert so there was just cause to praise the effort. Saw very little of praiseworthy note yesterday. Two goods wins at home against Watford and Blackburn, some new faces in and all will be well.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Actually Colin I fear you are right: we appear to have developed a losing mentality and keeping most of the team that failed so badly last season hasn't done anything to banish this psychological scar. It is hard to remember our last competitive win.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • A lot of people are letting the Devil into their backyards... Ummatellinonyar... Beware this beast. It is a malevolent presence. As my pal Mattias says, a lot of people are trying to be clever. Only a few succeed. Fair enough - but it is the evil ones you have to watch. No names, no packdrill.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Neil Adams got it wrong tactically yesterday and has to hold his hands up instead of trying to convince us we played well and were unlucky. Starting with Redmond and Grabban up front was weird and clearly didn't work and Lafferty should have come on at half time. We had no width and sadly all the faults that were there to see every week last season, manifested again. When we get the ball we move it far too slowly and too often sidewards and backwards. Grabban needs service. But the players themselves must take most of the blame because there was little cohesion and we didn't match the fire which Wolves showed. Hoolahan spent too much time mopping up deep because others weren't dropping back to fill gaps and mark opponents. I am hoping O'Neil will be in for Saturday and give us at least some stability at the back and Adams will change the system to give us width and pace out wide. I also hope Hooper will be fit and as either he or Lafferty must partner Grabban. The first20 minutes showing against Celta Vigo was more on the money and I am hoping we can make some amends against Watford. However both they and Blackburn are good teams who will hurt us given half a chance.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Maybe the losing mentality is still very much a present feature and perhaps we should have overhauled the squad? Players get so used to losing it doesn't bother them any more.

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    Colin

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • DD? Is that Double Diamond, Stew, as in works wonders? Maybe NA could try a double diamond as a new tactic.Or if it's still available, give the lads a glass of it before they step out. That said, I need to stay away from tactics because I am easily confused. I mean, Colin, what is 4-1-2-2-1 and 4-3-2-1? (I recall Ted Rogers and 3-2-1 where all roads lead to Dusty Bin). I was ok with your stat though, ie last victory. Can I add to that - last competitive goal 22nd April. To Kent Anglian, get your point although NA has seen his team in competitive action for six games now, although you might mean since his full appointment thus not including the five PL games in his charge.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • 'Steady On', search for the 'The Boy John Letters". Here is a sample: Dear Sar - Well, the time a' cum round agin for me and Arnt Agatha and Granfar, to rite an wish yow, and yar starf an orl, a werry Happy Christmas. Arnt Agatha, she say, specially to that there gentleman wot go about a taken them photos o' pretty plearces in Norfolk, he must a' got a bike, to git about like he dew. " I'll tell you what, if we don't beat Watford, Neil's in trouble already!" "Oil tal you wart, if we doon't beat Wartfud, Nail's in trouble awlridy"

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    CrichtonCanary

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I hate being so negative after only 1 game but like may others the comments are giving me deja moo feelings. Th song that was in my head most of last season has re-apppeared. It's Talking Heads - road to nowhere...not looking forward to the local derby game at all.

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    FXT Canary

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Fed up with players churning out the same old manure after yet another dismal performance. And a manager, who I thought was a good, honest guy, apparently at a completely different match. For goodness sake, no more words. Just action and a lot of it.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Once again the players are trotting out the same old stuff as last year. Under NA's guidance the City have accumulated one point in six games. Is he the man for the job? Time will tell. The players were woefully inadequate at the highest level and there is little to show that they have improved .It was the first game of the season but the old problems are still very much in evidence.. What is this squads playing level? City need to act quickly and spend money to rebuild if there is to be any chance of a quick return the Premier league. Or are the board just willing to let City languish in the back water knowing that a full house is always guaranteed by the best supporters in the land.Supporters who deserve far better than what is on offer at the moment. There is a distinct lack of drive and energy from Mc Nally and co.,

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    stormy

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • …..APOLOGIES DOBBY!...I am still into double D's, even after all these years!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • …..Well\1 Well! Well...The Moderator has moderated!...The ban has been served....Even a touch of common sense has emerged!....Let us hope it continues!....Nearly right Doddy!... Neil has to make his mind up fast as to putting players in their right places! ….Redmond is a right footed right winger and that is where he should play...Draw a line level with the edge of the penalty area to the halfway line...Tell him 'that's where you play!..keep in it'! Didn't used to find 'Hucks' in there too often!....Every one of our midfield and attack must be assigned a space to dominate!....Not wander around at will...That's down to coaching and obeying the manager!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Funny you say that Steady On. I had them down as making the play offs as an outside bet. Certainly look plucky enough. Remind me of many other clubs (like NCFC) who had to drop down to league 1 to recreate themselves.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • He go again same old story playing players out of normal place that they play best , City has still got the premiership hang over they will not go straight back up not putting them down after one game. I condem them to stay in the championship for long time before the the season started and at lease stay down for 2 years at leased just another big mess up by the board yet again will never learn.

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    DOBBY1970

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • "I tell yew wha buh" to move away from the Norwich bashing for a second I though Wolves looked really handy! I thought they moved the ball around well and although they didn't have many clear cut chances they used their wings effectively.They are buoyed as we were when we came up from League one. I will follow their progress this season with interest, a dark horse for sure.

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    Steady On

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Thats the issue. Clearly Adams wants Martin there. Hes changed his squad number to number 5, Removed Bassong, Refuses to give Bennett minutes (even in the friendlies he barely got a look in). Think we are kidding ourselves if we think Martin will be moved to right back or removed from the starting xi. Hes an Adams man, end of. Gordan Strachan dont help, constantly harping on about how he will only get in the Scotland squad if hes playing Centre back for NCFC. Thanks a lot for the unneeded pressure to play our player where you want. Agree with Steady and TK today. Disappointed massively with yesterday but wipe your memory of everything after the red card and we were just starting to come into our own and created 3 quick chances. 1st half was a write off, I accept that, but Adams had adjusted at HT and we were starting to get there and was pinning Wolves back. Sadly the red changed everything though. We cant afford many blips like yesterday but lets not blow a gasket yet folks.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Like everyone else, I was thoroughly disappointed and frustrated with yesterday's efforts or lack of them, but come on guys, it is one game. The last thing we need to do now is put Neil Adams and his new backroom team under pressure. Wolves were at home and really up for it and were much better but it is the first time that Neil has seen his team in a competitive situation. There will be new faces and several changes before he gets it right so let's 'cut him a bit of slack'. Not long ago all the pundits were calling for Alistair Cook to be removed from the England cricket captaincy - two tests later and two thumping wins, the guy is the 'best since sliced bread'. Calm down everybody and give him a chance.

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    Kent Anglian

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • As a former winger himself, I dont get why Neil Adams wants Redmond upfront. He is wasted there. His strength is his speed, but he needs to put a lot of work in to improve on those crosses! Watford are a good team, lets hope we see a different Norwich City in that game.

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    Henry

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • A good point Steady On, yes we were outplayed even before the sending off but still only lost by a single goal. I think NA got the tactics wrong but was a bit disappointed that he did not change formation at half time. It is very early days and all we can hope is that things will improve over the next couple of home games. I still live in hope that we will either bring in a left footed centre back or bring Bassong in from the cold. No he is not perfect but better than using Martin out of position followed by Turner out of position. Even Bennett would be a better option but I really see him challenging for the right sided centre back position with Turner.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Technically the diamond was most successful with Fox at the base of it getting on with the job with no praise from fans or media. Just quietly going about his job of getting the ball off the back line and supplying it to those who could do the damage. Thats a seperate debate all together though!

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • " I'll tell you what, if we don't beat Watford, Neil's in trouble already!" Could you try to be a little more Norfolk when you type please, you aren't quite Norfolk enough with "I'll tell you what" you need to add "Buh" at the end. Seriously, how does someone "type" in a Norfolk accent?

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    Steady On

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I'm either in a parallel universe or experiencing deja vu. A deluded manager who thought we were in control for large parts of the game, Bradley Johnson wheeling out the same old nonsense, players played out of position and a midfield that is so lightweight that we were simply walked all over. For pity's sake, Johnson cannot pass, cannot tackle and cannot track whoever he is supposed to be marking. Am I dreaming or was our diamond its most successful with Tettey at the back of it? I'll tell you what, if we don't beat Watford, Neil's in trouble already!

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    jigs69

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Im kind of in the same boat as Steady On. I felt like the only NCFC not surprised by yesterdays result. We cant afford many days like yesterday but before the red we were just starting to come into the game after sorting things in the HT team talk. We came out and created 3 very good chances in the space of a few minutes and Surman could have easily scored (and won me some money), followed by Grabban whose shot went just wide and then Redmond hit it high, wide and ugly. The red card ruined the game following that. Im hoping its just a blip rather than everything we (including) myself have said so far.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Total rubbish, if any NCFC supporter thinks he going back to prem football think again, pre season is trash, they looked tired and unmotivated, the squad needed a freshning up , they offered a new contract to a tired donkey last week, they shou;ld have sold him when they had the chance, they wiil do a wolves and be back to league 1 next season, we needed new ideas for this season instead we are playing same old , same old and predictable, give Adams 3 games if he has not won any then sack him.

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    thefox77

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • We didn't play amazingly but the massively overreaction hasn't disappointed. You can set your watch by it these days. Seems a lot of our fans will kick off at almost anything, sometimes they even make remarks in front of players families (say no more) bottom line, I don't know enough about this team and this manager yet to judge. There were good elements to our play but work to be done.

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    Steady On

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I said in an earlier thread it was only a matter of days before Russ gets wheeled out to tell us how unlucky we were...blah...blah, but I forgot about the other club spokesman Bradders, oh well Russ tomorrow then guys

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    Jimhow

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I think O'Neill could be exactly the type of player we need in midfield. Hopefully we'll see him against Watford.

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    GossVolley

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Totally agree Malaga. Obviously I wont pretend to have ever managed on any level similar to Norwich's but I had a player like Redmond. One footed, young, full of tricks and most of all Full of Raw pace. Other managers locally who he'd played under always used him in the hole or as a striker without much effect. I played him on the right wing and always instructed him to run at the full back and make his life hell! Pretty basic, but sometimes football is at its best when its kept simple. For me i'd have Redmond as a traditional winger (like for England). Dont Mess around trying to re-create him as a striker or in the hole type. Let him be natural. Back to basics. Everyone is trying to be a little to clever these days.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • What is Redmond doing playing up front , not a fan of him plenty of pace but just wacks the ball anywhere . Bad result got a feeling in won't get any better for a while , lack of leadership on the field, need to sort out the defence and get a leader.

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    iMac

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Circus is in town, roll up! roll up!

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    Amiee S

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Last competitive victory was 2-0 v Sunderland on 22nd March.

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    Colin

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Agreed Canary: There is an awful smell of self-delusion, starting with Adams assessment of the game and now Bradley Johnson. Remember when we last won a competitive game, Brad? I have lost count! We were second best by a mile in every department and Wolves showed how to play the game - get it wide, move it quickly and get decent balls into the box. Where was our width? If Adams is going to play Redmond in the middle up front then it just doesn't work. Stick him on the wing and let's have pacew on both sides for once. Tiki tacki football is all very well if you have Barca's quality but we don't and it just doesn't work especially in this Division. At best we moved the ball sidewards and worst backwards for it to be thumped upfield.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Agree Colin. On paper the midfield should be so strong. I thought the same last summer though. We need a better version of David Fox as im not going to start the "we need David Fox" debate again. Someone of his type though that will quietly get on with the job, never get the praise he deserves in the media etc...but gets on with the job. Most teams who want to play attacking football without the need to hoof have one. Someone who literally demands that ball from the back line and is more than comfy on it to deliver it to those who can do the damage.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Every day is a school day as the saying goes. "Now Neil, it was clear in class yesterday that unlike that good boy Kenny, you had not done the preparation that was set for you last week. If you do not do your prep you will continue to fail the tests that are set for you and will consequently fall behind the rest of the class. If you want to please Auntie Delia and have a good report at the end of term you really must pull your socks up. Must try harder Neil. Now cut along or you will be late for assembly".

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    Igno Rance

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • The performance was poor yesterday, but the analysis on here this morning is really good. Adams and co, could do worse than consider it. Early days though, and the next month should tell us more about the manager and team.

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    Coldharbour Canary

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Agree with Mattias on the missing link between defence and attack. Central midfield was weak yesterday, yet on paper we have Fer, O'Neil, Howson, Surman, Johnson, Tettey and Hoolahan, so it should be strong. But in away games you should be playing either a 4-1-2-2-1 or a 4-3-2-1. We need to resolve that, and if any of our central midfielders leave, we ought to replace them. I'd also advocate playing our wingers on the wing. Look at the damage Van La Parra did. Pilkington, Bennett and Redmond can do that too.

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    Colin

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • TK do agree by the way on Martin, I just didnt mention it as I'd already wrote more than Archie could handle ;) Not saying he is the answer but when we played the diamond under Lambert we had a little fellow called David Fox playing. He consistently demanded that blooming football from the back line and he then went about delivering it to people who could do damage. He wasnt a 6ft2 bruiser like Mr Johnson but he did the job we required so badly in the diamond formation. I know we've got players like Howson and O'neil to come in and maybe O'neil will do it but without that link between defence and attack we will continue to hoof it, the danager men wont see the ball, people will moan at Grabban, Wes an who ever else they feel like giving the blame. Cant believe me of all people is trying to be the voice of reason. Calm down folks. OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Send Wes to Wolves then Colin as after the game their timeline was full of "Id have Wes here if NCFC dont want him", "he was their best player" after the game. I saw a young foul mouthed lad giving it the big one about Wes claiming "Wes made 11 passes today and gave it away 10 of those 11 passes". Utter rubbish. At one point he dropped so deep because Johnson wasnt interested in helping the backline that he completed 5 passes in the space of 5 seconds with Surman and Bennett. People seem to have an agenda, ready and waiting to rant over Wes. Fact is he shouldnt have to be so deep near our backline.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • We're doomed! Hughton told TalkSport this morning that we've a very good chance of automatic promotion - and we all know how much he knows about football!

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    Colin

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Colin. You are spot on, Wes is the most light weighted midfielder in England and makes far to many mistakes and is constantly disposessed

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    citycanary

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Nope! Hoolahan is vastly over-rated and does more harm to our play than good.

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    Colin

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Powers1902; your comment reminds me of Steely Dan citing a lyric from a "The Who" song, "Won`t get fooled again". The final words were "Meet the new boss. - Same as the old boss". All a bit Orwellian, in an Animal Farm kinda way... On a similar literary theme, comparing the lofty status of Season Ticket holders with that of ordinary mortals, Igno Rance came up with "All ticket holders are equal, but some are more equal than others". Such fun.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Not a Wessi fan then, Colin? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Bit of advance warning Neil. I locked myself in the shed yesterday evening but my wailing still upset the dog, and the wife says if things don't improve she'll be round to your place for a sort out.

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    cutty

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Russell Martin is not a centre-half. Never has been, never will be. Elliott Bennett is not a central midfielder. And Wes Hoolahan is absolutely useless, but no one notices because we're supposed to believe he's some sort of creative genius, a Norwich version of Dennis Bergkamp, when actually Hoolahan cannot pass a ball. If he makes 9 mistakes and one good choice, people remember the one good thing he did.

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    Colin

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • That had the zander good advice about it, Lucioperca ;-) It`s far too early, of course, but fans won`t be happy until they see some real `green shoots` of regeneration. We need "big" characters on the field; we need an influential Captain. As Mattias says, a midfielder who is good enough and confident enough to demand the ball from the defence, and give them confidence that there is a safe channel out, without resorting to the big boot. At a lower level we had `the likes of` Korey Smith, Daryl Russell, Andrew Crofts and David Fox. We had the inspiring leadership, at 3 levels, of Grant Holt. I fear I see no green shoots yet. None at all.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Here we go again, after all the preseason hype and optimism we have gone back to the future, NA clearly got his team selection, tactics and motivational team talks wrong. Yet again we see players occupying none natural positions with all the passion and desire of a condemn man with the rope around his neck, Has NA been taken over by the ghost of Houghton or has he been mugging us off with all the talk of attacking fan pleasing football… it’s going to be a long season for city but hopefully a short one for NA .

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    john dab

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • I'm afraid we've all been duped by the Club. The majority of us knew that Neil Adams was an almost carbon copy of CH, yet we were fed article after article about how this is a new chapter and that exciting football was back in the mind's of everyone at the Club. We were told Adams was a young, fresh manager with big ideas. And we believed the hype machine. Well after yesterday's performance, I'm afraid there appears to be little, in any, improvement in the team at all. Strikers still lost in the pack and playing more in midfield than up top, a lack of discipline which led to multiple bookings and a red card, odd substitutions (Garrido, seriously?), all this has served to leave us wondering if we've got a new manager with the exact same tactics and style. My verdict, yes we have...OTBC.

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    Powers1902

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Matt, I totally agree with your comments but it is not helped by playing Martin as the right sided centre back as he simply cannot play there. Had Turn been in that position, he would have jumped higher and got a block in. We must play Bennett alongside Turner until we can find a decent left sided centre back or bring Bassong in from the cold.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Adams got the job on the basis that he wanted Norwich to play pacey, attacking football and he has gone on about that as his philosophy all summer. So where was it? We looked like Hughton was still in charge .... after all teh press bluster and hype - I am now fearing that he is all talk and no substance. Nathan Redmond as a striker .... against a big, tall strong team that was screaming out for Kyle Lafferty's presence ....really? Are you sure you know what you are doing Neil? If you get tanked in teh forthcoming derby (Ipswich looked well organised against Fulham) you will have calls for your head already.

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    Lucioperca

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Also a select few were taking issue with Wes yesterday but he was the 1 player consistently looking to get the ball off the DF. Dont think ive ever seen Wes drop so deep but atleast it prevented the DF having to hoof every single time! Only problem was it meant he wasnt anywhere near Redmond, Grabban, Bennett etc...and being able to supply them with that killer ball. (The fact Redmond and Bennett were not played in a system that enabled them to hurt Wolves at all is a complete seperate debate) This is only More reason why we need someone comfy with playing DMC that isnt just there for muscle reasons.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • The team looked very flat from the off and no player seemed to be giving it a real go. That is worrying in itself but the fact that we were being outplayed in midfield with three light players was also a concern. We needed to change to plan B at half time but were caught out because we left it too late to make a change in formation.

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    TrevorKeith

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • We can talk all day about the back line needing help and the strikers not getting anything but end of the day the midfield was woeful Sunday and didnt help the Defence or forwards. I've harped on about it for months and months but we need a DMC who is literally going to demand that ball from the back. Someone who can take it from Turner, Martin & co and deliver it to those who can do the damage. We dont have that in Johnson. He continues to shy away from helping the backline and as a result they have no option but to hoof it clear just like last season. Escapes many peoples attention but similar to so many goals last season, it was Johnson's man who scored the goal. He tracked him in the initial build up as the Central Midfielder advanced, but at the last minute stopped dead and allowed the Wolves player to breeze into our penalty area and get the jump on the flat footed backline. People will of course jump on me saying "you just dont like Johnson" but its not about him. Its about a clear issue of linking our defence and attack. I saw the same people who moaned at RVW, moaning about Grabban yesterday. These players are not magicians! They require service. I didnt think Grabban had to bad a game. In fact after a disjointed first half, I thought we were just starting to come into our own 2nd half and carved out 3 really good chances with Surman, Grabban and Redmond all deserving to score. The red card that followed ended our hopes of getting something from the game. I think if we hadnt let that goal in soo soon after the red, we may have been able to hang on for a hard thought point but wasnt to be.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Determination, that is a desire, for things to get better is a delusion carried over from last season. The simple fact is that the team, regardless of how good some of the individual players may be claimed to be, is just not performing. NCFC as a unit appears to carry no threat to other teams, and as sport at the top level is significantly psychological that lack of a fear factor can be as good as being a goal down before you start. Until NCFC are able to acquire and gel together a team whose performance unsettles the mind set of other teams as they walk out to face us, we will have endure another season of heart sinking results.

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    CrichtonCanary

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Redmond is in serious need of some quality coaching. He was going backwards under Hughton, and he is still going backwards. We have to let Laffing Boy loose and hope he does have a touch of Holtiness about him. Redmond as striker? Hmmph.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • We can talk all day about the back line needing help and the strikers not getting anything but end of the day the midfield was woeful Sunday and didnt help the Defence or Attack. I've harped on about it for months and months but we need a DMC who is literally going to demand that ball from the back. Someone who can take it from Turner, Martin & co and deliver it to those who can do the damage. We dont have that in Johnson. Most people know my feelings on Bradley Johnson. He continues to shy away from offering to the backline and as a result they have no option but to hoof it clear just like last season. A select few were taking issue with Wes yesterday but he was the 1 player consistently looking to get the ball off the backline. Dont think ive ever seen Wes drop so deep but atleast it prevented the backline having to hoof. Only problem was it meant he wasnt anywhere near Redmond, Grabban, Bennett etc...and being able to supply them with that killer ball. More reason why we need someone comfy with playing DMC that isnt just there for muscle reasons. Escapes many peoples attention but similar to so many goals last season, it was Johnson's man who scored the goal. He tracked him in the initial build up as the Central Midfielder advanced, but at the last minute stopped dead and allowed the Wolves player to breeze into our penalty area and get the jump on the flat footed backline. People will of course jump on me saying "you just dont like Johnson" but its not about him. Its about a clear issue of linking our defence and attack. I saw the same people who moaned at RVW, moaning about Grabban yesterday. These players are not magicians! They require service. I didnt think Grabban had to bad a game. In fact after a disjointed first half, I thought we were just starting to come into our own 2nd half and carved out 3 really good chances with Surman, Grabban and Redmond all deserving to score. The red card that followed killed the game. I think if we hadnt let that goal in soo soon after the red, we may have been able to hang on for a hard thought point but wasnt to be. Positives? We have O'neil 100% in for next week, Howson hopefully not far behind and heck who knows, maybe we may use Fer while we've got him! OTBC

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    Mattias333

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • Redmond is best out on the wing in my view with licence to cut in when the opportunities present themselves. Yes, I agree cutty our formation allowed a very workmanlike Wolves too much time and space in midfield, but I suppose in playing a diamond formation Adams wanted Redmond in there somewhere. I will say though that our passing was poor and as a consequence there was very little fluidity about our game. Every team has a poor performance at some point - hopefully that's ours out of the way and we can go into the next couple of matches at home and get points on the board.

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • If we've got good strikers why is Neil p'ssing about with Redman in the slot?

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    cutty

    Monday, August 11, 2014

  • It seems Johnson is as deluded as the manager. I can only remember about one half chance. The performance was as bad as anything we saw last season. The score-line could and should have been much worse.

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, August 11, 2014

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