Norwich City’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel will hit the goal trail pledges Leroy Fer

Norwich City's Leroy Fer has no doubts Ricky van Wolfswinkel will come good in the goal stakes. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's Leroy Fer has no doubts Ricky van Wolfswinkel will come good in the goal stakes. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
11:11 AM

Leroy Fer is convinced his fellow Dutch import Ricky van Wolfswinkel will weigh in with goals for Norwich City.

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Van Wolfswinkel has failed to add to his solitary strike on the opening day of the Premier League season in a debut campaign blighted by injury.

The 24-year-old was agonisingly close to a vital late winner in the weekend’s 0-0 goalless draw with Manchester City, but his international team mate Fer believes it is only a matter of time.

“Of course the goals will come. He is a really good striker,” said Fer. “It’s not just Ricky but we have Gary Hooper and Johan Elmander. As a team we want to score goals. He had a good chance at the end against Manchester City and the ball went between his legs. There is a little bit of luck involved but I know in the future he will score goals for us. Everybody knows Ricky is a striker who has scored a lot of goals in his career and he is still doing the same things and in the future his goals will come.”

Fer himself was denied by Joe Hart in the first half against the Blues and the powerful midfielder would love to add to his own four goal tally.

“Yes, I would like to have scored more goals,” he said. “The keeper at Cardiff made a great save from a header recently and it was the same against Manchester City when Hart made a really good save. I always want to score more goals and be very important for the team.”

Fer came face-to-face with one of his idols in the weekend Premier League 0-0 draw with Manchester City, and Yaya Toure’s shirt is now a cherished momento.

“We swapped shirts and it is already in a frame. I was happy with that,” he said. “He is a really good player. He has been a big player in the Premier League and also at Barcelona. I love the challenge of playing against him and that was good for me.

“It was a massive point against a really good side. They are going for the title so for me that is a good point. Having Alex (Tettey) back in the side gave me a little bit more freedom.

“I am a player who wants to attack and defend and on Saturday I played in front of Bradley (Johnson) and Alex. I like that freedom in my game. We looked very solid and that I think should be a big compliment to all the lads. We defended really well and we have to carry that on.”

Fer accepts West Ham present a different type of challenge at Upton Park on Tuesday night.

“I think it is a plus for us that Andy Carroll is not playing because he is a really good striker. But they have another good player in Kevin Nolan who has been doing well in the centre forward position,” he said. “We just want to win the game, how we do it doesn’t matter and we will do everything to achieve that.

“We must take each game and treat it as the most important. We know we are strong at home and we showed that against Manchester City.

“We all know here that to stay out of the bottom three we have to win games. I felt we did enough to do that at Cardiff when we had eight or nine chances to get the second goal and we didn’t take them. We never go to any game looking for a point, we want to take all three and especially against a team like West Ham around us.”

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  • Seems to me NCFC are trying TOO HARD to score, and blasting the ball which ends up off target. Increase the on-targfet ratio of goal attempts and things will happen. Anything that is goal bound has the potential to cause probolems, and that is surely what should be concentrated on. And that requires a bit of poise on the ball. The desperation to score is making it all a bit too frantic. Once the goals start coming I think there will be a hat full... And I still think 4 man defence, Johnson and Tettey ahead of them, and all holding position, with the other 4 players just told to run at the opposition is the way forward, whoever those 4 are...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Brew, My comment was a bit of tongue in the cheek as I have long since gathered Ale is your real poison. In truth I am by no means a fan of the wrong sided winger either and think Elliott Bennett has been missed this season as he can offer cover to the full back as well as put in well placed crosses as a right winger. I will be happy to see Snodgrass on the bench tonight but think the squad is better with him rather than without partly because we are still light on cover with only Murphy in reserve due to injuries. I feel the same about RVW, coming off the bench late on gives him a chance to rediscover his goal scoring form, such a shame he missed the chance on Saturday, I think SC has it right in that we are perhaps trying too hard especially Redmond who always tries the 100 MPH ball, whereas the best strikers know when to roll it into the net. Bellamy's goal for Cardiff against us being a prime example. What we all need to do, it to get behind all our players and try to drive them over the line.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Ricky will get there though. Service has been his biggest issue and Fer was playing exactly where he should be to provide that.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Hit the nail on the head as usual Matt as we failed once again during the transfer window to bring in a target style man to suit our system. The 4,5,1 defensive style worked very well against Man City but the three offensive midfielders rarely looked like scoring, something we must address tonight. I still think Hooper may score a few more for us, as he at least can take a shot from distance, something that does not appear to be in RVW's locker. We simply must not lose tonight so I expect the same formation to be fielded, OTBC.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • RVW must have a very good agent to persuade the Norwich Board to shell out 8 million for him. His miss on Saturday cost us two more points, any half decent centre forward ( Bechio ?) would have snapped up that chance. What we've seen so far shows he is way off the pace for the Premier League. Saddens me to say this as I wish every City player to be successful. Getting correction in first ! Signed Eastbourne Canary. OTBC.

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    codger8

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • glad someone else said that about Howson. Yes I like the lad, yes, but is he the answer? No in my eyes. good midfielder who makes us better granted. But getting him back isn't going to suddenly make us start creating the kind of chances a predator fox in the box type needs. Ideally I see us playing Tettey as DMC with Fer & Howson in the middle. Johnson has done ok but fact still remains we lose the ball far to much with him in the team and as far as doing the muscle job, players still seem to breeze past him without much...muscle in the way. Tettey, Fer & Howson are the way forward for me.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • That's formation, not system little yellowbird

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    EdamOnToast

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Totally agree mad, just in certain games I personally feel 2 x DMC styled players are not required and if I had to choose between Tettey & Johnson, Tettey would get the nod from me. In other games (Like Man City) both of them playing is 100% spot on. Restricts them without it bothering us really because we wouldnt create alot against those sort of sides anyway.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • He needs to hurry up, season will soon be over, and our most expensive player could finish with just one goal, a couple tonight would be handy

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    Derek McDonald

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I'd love to believe you Leroy, I really would, but...

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • £8.5m flop of the highest order. Championship level player, as you'll no doubt see next season.

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    Liz Knott

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I too would love to agree with you, Leroy. RvW was a prolific scorer in Portugal, but he looks all at sea with our set-up. No point in deluding ourselves, there are no real signs of him `clicking` yet. But, you never know. I wonder how he would`ve worked with Howson providing some ammo. At least with Robert injured, he might get some assists from the RW position. I think your perception of what is `spiteful` may be a bit hyperbolic, Cotm.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Seems to be some accord that these two chaps haven`t suddenly become bad strikers. It`s the service they do not get. It`s not just `systems` though, it`s players too. Snodgrass, despite all his huffing and puffing, rarely produces any tasty morsels for the strikers these days. As TK says, a `target man` is needed to support Hoops or RvW. Perhaps that was what Elmander was brought in for, but he`s not been that effective. It really is time to give Snodgrass some bench rest and perhaps reassess his best role in the team. He has much to offer, but what he`s offering at the moment is stifling our attacking potential. Down to you, Mr. Manager. Rest also the cack-footed winger fixation. Despite some aberrations, Redmond is a real threat to defences. Even ManC`s. PS. Sooner Howson`s back the better.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Play to there strengths, then have a moan at them if they dont produce the goods. There doing the best they can working within a system they are not suited to.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • System they're not suited to? If you're not suited to 4-2-3-1, 4-1-4-1 or 4-4-2, all of which we've played this season, you're probably in the wrong game.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I cant help thinking if that peach of a top corner curling shot he struck against Everton had gone in he wouldn't be cutting such a frustrated figure...It's not Ricky's fault his chances have come few and far between. In some games I've thought him to be unlucky, although I must admit there have been games when I've agreed with the people around me that have groaned as he's fluffed it....

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Spot on TK. Tonight we have to address that. The system against Man City was fine by me. The trio of Fer with Tettey & Johnson as defensive shield behind works against big clubs like Man City. Restricts them but of course restricts us as well. Thats fine by me against the big clubs. Its knowing when to change that against other certain teams. Sometimes you don't need 2 DMC players. All opinion of course but at times I feel we've done well against the big boys but then incorrectly applied the same system when playing a fellow struggler. to LYB its not so much the formations like the ones you've listed, its more the kind of style we play within them and the amount of clear cut chances we produce for predator type strikers like Hooper & RVW. The answer being very little in terms of clear cut chances. Been like that a while. Even Holt was having to run, battle and work his socks off just to make his own chances. Hopper & especially RVW are never going to be a industrial, hard working battler upfront. that does not make him a bad player. far from it, more its poor management or scouting on our part. Lack of communication between scout and what the manager needs to fit in with his style of play maybe? Or maybe the club just couldnt find a suitable target man, or maybe they assumed Elmander would fit that role, or maybe Mr McNally wanted a big name and forced the RVW deal through? Not saying any of these are correct or true, just thiking out loud trying to figure out why we never signed the target man Hughton desires to make his tactics work. Look at the difference Carroll makes since her returned. While i'll never agree with hughtons style of play, hes our manager, he picks the team, so therefore I just want him it to work for him. Although not easy on the eye, having a target man made his tactics work with Birmingham & Newcastle.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • RVW thrives on crosses! He's a great header of the ball! Oh how different our season would have been with E Bennett and Redmond on the wings. Howson and Fer feeding from the middle. I'd play Olsson left wing for the moment. The strikers will strike when the crossers will cross.

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    EdamOnToast

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Brew, I am not sure even Howson is the answer to our problem, yes he did have a couple of good games when played in the hole but again does not have the passing ability to set up the single striker. However, he can shoot better than Wes, who in turn is a better passer of the ball. CH and the previous manager have both tried to find a Wes upgrade which includes Fer but none have so far delivered what is required. We could try Pilks, Redmond or even your nemisis, Snodgrass in that position but this game is possibly not one for experimenting. Saturdays formation is fine if we are looking for a draw but we must have a plan B in reserve just in case the score a goal or we may struggle to recover.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Good thinking, Surrey Canary. For that to work, there needs to be some pace in that `running four`. We have Redmond, and Josh could be used as an impact sub for Pilks. As long as he gets at least 20-30 minutes. I have nothing against Snods but believe he should be on the bench for a while.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Rather agree, Matthias. There is definitely good football chemistry between Fer and Tettey. It iis a shame so much of the season has had Tettey out.

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Cotm - if you read several of the other posts you might see what I (and probably Kevin) meant.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Don't hold your breath!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • "Championship level player, as you'll no doubt see next season"....How Liz? Is he signing for 1p5wich..?

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • A very good point Steely and it goes to show that there is a very fine line between success and failure. I also think the same applies to international players, many remain in the team on past glories rather than on current form. However, it would be very difficult for the club to write off their record signing, I agree with you it is such a shame that we no longer field a reserve side as that could be just what is needed to get him back on the goal scoring trail.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • RVW must have a very good agent to persuade the Norwich Board to shell out 8 million for him. His miss on Saturday cost us two more points, any half decent centre forward ( Bechio ?) would have snapped up that chance. What we've seen so far shows he is way off the pace for the Premier League. Saddens me to say this as I wish every City player to be successful. Getting correction in first ! Signed Eastbourne Canary. OTBC.

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    codger8

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • RVW thrives on crosses! He's a great header of the ball! Oh how different our season would have been with E Bennett and Redmond on the wings. Howson and Fer feeding from the middle. I'd play Olsson left wing for the moment. The strikers will strike when the crossers will cross.

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    EdamOnToast

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I believe Leroy, however I dont see it happening at NCFC for RVW or Hooper. Not in the current style of football. However if they both grew to 6ft +, grew a pony tail and occassionally took a swing at a hair bobble they would score for fun in Hughtons system. The facts of where were at. On a serious note though I wish people would lay off RVW & Hooper. They quality strikers stuck in a system there not designed for. Its like trying to use a Vauxhall Corsa to plough a field. Not really that hard to grasp. Yet I stand there in the lower barclay each week hearing the odd "your rubbish....win the header (against that 6ft3 centre back!)" etc....Very unlikely that RVW or Hooper will win the hoof with no intended direction, hold it up with no support around them, take on all 4-5 players near them & score. Thats seemingly whats expected of RVW & Hooper. The fact the club couldn't go two minutes without saying "our record signing" didnt help matters either.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • From all accounts they've been spotted at Schipol airport on several occasions looking depressed. Maybe they've been going to Amsterdam to get some lessons on how to score?? I think it's fair to say they haven't settled into the area and will be off in the Summer regardless. It might be time to try Murphy or Redmond up front or in behind Hooper.

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    Oz Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Would you really Dingo? One less thing to be angry about in your life, don't forget. Your and Kevin's posts have no constructive point to them - we need to get behind the club and not make spiteful and undermining comments. I may be the eternal optimist but I think the goals will come eventually.

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    Canary on the moon

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • RVW has scored many goals at all the levels at which he has played. Just look at his record. It came to a sudden halt the moment he started playing for N City. Strikers need service and it is so sadly lacking at the moment. A creative mid field is essential in todays football. Under the present set up there is no cohesion between defence and the strikers. Hopefully City will come alive after the good result of Saturday. It would be marvellous to be discussing the merits of a winning team instead of the struggle against relegation.

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    norman hall

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • @Canary on the moon, so what makes you think he's going to score anytime soon? I would love him to prove us all wrong but the work rate and effort just isn't there, never mind ability!!

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    kevin

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • The problem is that when a Manager shells out a club record fee for a player he has to play him to avoid fingers being pointed at him from all directions .

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    irongloves

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Norwich really need to win tonight while safety is still very much in our own hands. I'm going to be optimistic here - Norwich win and Wolfswinkel scores. OTBC

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    Powers1902

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Pierre - I completely agree with what you've said. It saddens me to have read so many comments in the past few weeks that range from being dismissive of his talents to being outright rude about him. Of course, he may not turn out to be quite what we hoped, it may be that he turns out to be more than what we all hoped. But I don't think an injury-hit first 7 months or so is enough to judge him, particularly not in the negative way so many on here have. Benteke looked awesome in the second half of last season but he didn't do too much in the first half, and he didn't suffer any injuries in that time...it's always likely to take time for someone to properly settle in and bang in the goals. Sure, he's our record signing, but we're competing against clubs who pay over double that for a player they don't see as first team material for at least 3 years (e.g. Lukaku at Chelsea). 8.5m for a striker in the PL is really not that much. There is a point about expectation here...we'd have been seriously lucky for him to come straight in and hit a bunch of goals in his first season. I feel sorry for him though, if he had, he'd be going to Brazil. As it stands, he almost certainly won't be.

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    PutneyCanary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • There's a parallel with Darren Beckford here. .. he got three against Everton in one of his final games. Not the same type of striker before I get slaughtered.

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    el dingo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Worth bearing in mind that highly rated and priced strikers hitting long barren runs is a very common phenomenon. Torres and Carroll are two celebrated examples but there are many more. Wrong to blame the player, or the manager. Ricky has a good record and has made the national squad. That said it was awful to watch the ball go BETWEEN his legs...

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    Pierre

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I do believe that RVW is a good striker, however he lacks confidence at the moment and needs to stay brave to keep putting himself in positions where he will score goals. He also needs help from his team mates to create more than one chance a game for him. However, in the meantime he has to get the fans onside by showing that he is working hard for the team and fighting for the cause, and not giving up the chase when someone starts to run away from him. If he does these things then he will be a success. As for Hoots, I am swiftly coming to the conclusion that being a nice man does not make you good at man management. I also agree with the comments that it is not about the system, but the way that you play within it. Our play between defence, midfield and attack has too often looked far too ponderous and disconnected.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • There are many comments here that Hooper, RvW (by the way the club's record signing) and Elmander stopped scoring when they joined Norwich. However coinciding with that is the time they first encountered a Premier League defence. In the lower leagues, inc SLP, there are big defenders and there are faster more athletic defenders. In the EPL, many are quick, big and athletic. Hooper's goals are coming from further out than he was used to at Celtic. Don't forget two incidents with RvW. His one goal showed very quick reflexes and he beat John Terry easily in the air to set up the equaliser against Chelsea. All strikers feed off confidence. Without it comes anxiety, then the timing goes. Perhaps in the preseason games next July he will come good but my biggest fear is that he will get a season in the Championship to hone his skills. Give the guy a chance and for Ricky's sake, Hoof the Hoot.

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    waclor

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • If RVW had been a youngster coming through the ranks eg. a Coote or a Broughton, would we still be persevering with him based on his performances thus far? I don't think so. We would probably be saying that he looks a bit out of his depth at this level and should be back with the reserves (who no longer exist). That's not saying we have written him of and it will be good to be proven wrong with an out of the blue hat trick somewhere down the line.

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    Steely Dan

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • HUGHTON FOR GODS SAKE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how the hell can you win by scoring nil as USUAL

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    Mawther07

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • 'Cotm' , you said "I may be the eternal optimist", I truly think you are the only one left. Bless you, you might be the difference between us going south or not.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • No prob, TK, just the use of the word `nemesis` tickled me. Images of Austin Powers vs Dr. Evil, or of the Greek Goddess of of divine punishment for hubris. On footy - I think, despite the inordinate injury problems, we have a squad good enough to survive in this League. They showed that vs ManC. Terrific, in the context of this drab season (and most of the last one). We still lack strong leadership on the field, a concept beyond the ken of Hughton. Probably anathema to him and his assistants. My post should have read that my joint nemeses were good beer and bad marriages!

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • RVW thrives on crosses! He's a great header of the ball! Oh how different our season would have been with E Bennett and Redmond on the wings. Howson and Fer feeding from the middle. I'd play Olsson left wing for the moment. The strikers will strike when the crossers will cross.

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    EdamOnToast

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • Surely to goodness RVW knows exactly what type of ball he thrives on, and one would have though he has told CH exactly this. So why then is it not happening. The red mist that descended on him after the 'kick in the back' is pure frustration. Managers these days are more than just tacticians, they also supposed to be man managers. Unfortunately for NC, CH seems to me to have neither of these attributes. I am, however, positive about tonight's game though. After Tottenham we've got a run of 7 games which SHOULD give us the 13 or so points we need for survival, and that's assuming we don't win tonight!. There's no way we can go down, is there?

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • TK, I don`t regard Snodgrass as my `nemesis`! He`s not brought about my downfall - that was due to marriage and beer! I have no axe to grind with Robert, he has many attributes. But he`s being played as a square peg in a round hole. Or a left-threaded screw in a right-threaded hole. It`s down to Hoots to reassess the best way of getting useful product from the player. Snods is not unique in that respect; Hoots doesn`t seem to have the scantest clue how to get performances out of RvW or, to a lesser extent, Hooper. Matt333; I thought Johnson looked a `different player` vs ManC. Some decent passes, tackles and blocks. I think he does what he says on his tin. He`ll never be a Yaya Touré, but he does contribute to the team. I am NOT `anti-Snodgrass`! - I voted for him in the last PotS (in fact I had to toss up between Bass, Brad & Snod, who were indeed the Top 3). The essential problems are mismanagement of resources and inept recruitment. Nothing serious there....

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • 'Cotm' , you said "I may be the eternal optimist", I truly think you are the only one left. Bless you, you might be the difference between us going south or not.

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    Lobbo

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

  • I think you are spot on Norman and Mattias. Strikers with good pedigrees don't suddenly become bad ones. It is all about service, or in our case lack of it. I spoke to some Porto fans at Malaga last season and they said RvW was a good player who scored goals. Likewise Hooper scored regularly at Celtic and Elmander has a track record. So the problem has to be quality of ball up front. Hughton's tactics drive me nuts and his insistence on playing wingers on their wrong sides is just crazy and is at last partly to blame. How many telling crosses has Snodgrass produced this season? He may be good defending but he doesn't have the pace nor a right foot to make any impression up front. Sorry if I offend the pro-Snods brigade but he is a Championship player being played out of position at Norwich. We looked far better against Man City but can Hughton bring himself to persist with that line-up or will be revert to his tiresome defensive (and still totally frail) setup? I do think Yobbo brings some added strength, though. If we can get Howson fit that would also help, providing again Hughton allows him to get forward where he can be a great asset. Overall most of the blame must lie with Hughton for failing to set his teams up to supply his front men.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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