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Alex Neil insists there’s no crisis of confidence at Norwich City

Alex Neil insists confidence is not an issue within the Norwich City squad. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Alex Neil insists confidence is not an issue within the Norwich City squad. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil insists there is no crisis of confidence within his Norwich City squad as they bid to end a four-game Premier League losing run against Swansea City.

The Canaries’ battling 2-1 loss at leaders Manchester City failed to arrest a recent slide down the table but a bullish Neil is convinced City remain on the right track.

“I don’t think there are any confidence issues. If you win, you are happy, if you don’t, you are not,” he said. “It makes you angry and frustrated, as you can probably tell from my face at the moment. We have to take the pain into the next game and make it better. I just think we chucked away a point (at Manchester City) because we had it in our own hands and that is where the frustration lies.

“The players know that. It is a case of continuing to play well and we will get the results we have merited. When you are going through difficult times, in terms of results, you find out more about your players. They haven’t surprised me. I have a good idea of where they are, what their strengths and weaknesses are.”

Neil is adamant the manner of Norwich’s self-inflicted loss at the Etihad will not be tough to get out of the system.

“It won’t take a time for us to get over it, no. We’ll do what we always do, which is go through it, analyse it and we have been saying this for a number of weeks but there has been a lot of positive stuff again we did in the match,” he said. “At this level the opponent is so good they are always going to create a chance or two, but it is about limiting those from our point of view.

“I think we have gone through a spell where we come out of games saying we have played reasonably well but we haven’t done this or that. Ultimately we have to take those chances and be a bit more resolute at the back. It really is pretty simple.”

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  • El Dingo, compared to me you are a giant!! I played up front for a while too and scored quite a few with my head. I also had lumps kicked off me playing in the Yarmouth league as a kid. Luckily as I matured I moved into midfield, no where near as painful, in fact it was my turn to dish a bit out. Hee Hee, as you say Happy Days.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • I'm not sure about Whittaker as centre-back\sweeper, and last week's line up was specially selected to stifle the most potent attacking team in the league. We never looked like scoring until Hart's mistake. The same line-up (personnel allowing) against Swansea at home sounds very negative to me?

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • TK: Well said. I wasn't in any way skilful (so I couldn't really play midfield) but I was quick until one then two ankles went bang! My abiding memory of the Harlow League where I played most of my football was the LM telling me not to lump it up all the time. Most times I laid it off to him he lost it and it cost us. Happy days and I don't regret any of it:-) Cheers to anyone who remembers Stag FC.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • As Cyprus says, a one-nil to us on Saturday would be an absolutely stonking result. Would help our cause generally no end. Indeed a few more of them between now and Xmas would suit me fine. Might not be pretty, but, hey, who cares ? A lot of MoanUre fans are getting their knickers in a twist about perceived boring, non attacking play just now, but they are doing pretty well in the PL compared to recent times, and their 1-0 v CSKA last night will help their CL chances no end . As some others have said, AN and the players need to go back to basics and realise that not conceding silly goals is a good way to set up winning football matches.

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    Rick

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • el dingo, good strikers come in all shapes and sizes and do full backs and I am sure your effort was appreciated by your team mates. For most positions ball skill is far more important as well as a decent understanding or reading of the game. I was not the quickest player over 10 yards but my positional sense mostly got me in the right place at the right time.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • Crunch time is here for AN I think. The lineup at Man City suggested he is learning (other than LG on the bench). If he now puts out a similar strong at the back team this weekend I will begin to beleive he can keep us in this division but if we revert to schoolboy all out attack tactics I fear for the future. I would bring in whittaker for RM and Wes for Jarvis with Brady moving to the left side. Keep a clean sheet and win one nil would be good progress.

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    Cyprus Canary

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • el dingo, I would not for a moment suggest that players of your height are any problem at all, in fact most really skilful players tend to be your height or less, Messi being a prime example, not to mention Wes. Likewise many of the best full backs and indeed strikers are of similar size, in fact few really tall players have great ball skills although I think Crouch is better than many ever gave him credit for. The only point I was trying to make was that I would like to have seen a couple of decent centre backs come in during the summer and at least one with a bit of height and presence. However, I would have settled for a couple of up and coming centre halves rather than none at all.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • Interesting stuff on here. I still think AN is the man for the job but whoever said we need an RB and two decent, tall centre halves is spot on. TK: I'm only 5'9" but was a reasonable striker till I lost my pace and played LB (right-footed) thereafter just to stay in our side. I would have done anything to play and most of our lot were the same. Sunday League maybe,but it meant the world to a lot of us at the time.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • Bass gets my vote too. Let him bollock a few people and lead be example!

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    baguio

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • You are right baguio. Most people on here were screaming for signings in the summer, and we are only 3 players short of a mid-table Premier side. Need a quality right back, centre back and centre forward. Mulumbu is quality and it is no coincidence that our last 2 performances (Man City and Everton) we managed to hold our own. I would be tempted to throw Bass the captain's armband on Saturday as he is exactly the player that would thrive on it.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • AN needs to realise that all the coaching in the world is not going to change the fact that several of our squad were playing at their ability ceiling last year. To stubbornly refuse to admit and drop them appears to be a flaw in his personality?

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    baguio

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • Just like we did up front then? When LG was considered by AN as cover for CJ then it says it all. The team winning the Play Off's is always going to be playing catch up by AN should have been looking for replacements in both of those positions even before the final took place and even if we had lost they needed strengthening. AN clearly doesn't fancy Lafferty so why is he still here costing the club considerable wages? No one can blame the board for that one so I can't see why they blame the board for the defence? I blame one man and he had better learn fast!

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    baguio

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • I agree that there has indeed been some great centre halves in the past who are no taller than those we currently have and I may well be proven wrong if and when Wisdom gets played at centre half. The main worry I have is that this lad has certainly not been played in that position by us thus far and I was not overly impressed by what I have seen of him at right back. I know we have to make do with what we have right now, but my main point is that is was folly to go into the season without have decent cover for an area of the team that just about every fan saw as our weakness. We surely could and should have gone out and found some decent cover for our central back positions and given we let three go, maybe we should have brought at least two in, not just one lad who has thus far failed to nail down a centre back place in even a championship team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • As is Dave Watson!

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    baguio

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • And Steve Bruce is 6' 0" .

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    baguio

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • TK, I'm not saying that the extra inches wouldn't help either but your examples just don't add up. The facts remain that Wisdom is the best we have so we have no choice but to give him a try. I certainly don't want to go back to the days of putting a Simon Charlton against Duncan Ferguson that's for sure! Craig Fleming wasn't so bad though and I believe that he was only 5' 11" from memory?

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    baguio

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • Agree with Trevor. Thats not like you Baggy to insult others, Trev has some good points to share and they are just his opinions, and I dont agree with all of them, thats life and footy. As for size, my wife says size dosn't matter, she loves me anyway -:)

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • I am glad to read some facts about all that money alleged to be available! I tire of reading negative comments about mean directors, or AN being happy with current defenders. Both he and McN stated they wanted and expected to sign at least one CB. btw ... John Terry is only 6' 1", and he's done ok at CB, until this season. I'm also tired of reading about players lacking motivation. That's absolute nonsense! Players wait for each other to clear a ball because of a lack of leadership on the field. And both the inaction and lack of leadership stem from a loss of confidence. The leadership should be coming from Ruddy and Martin, but both are under performing and thus lacking the confidence to put their head above the parapet. I would restore Bassong to team captain and rest Ruddy. I also feel quite optimistic after excellent play against Everton and Man City? Granted Southampton and Newcastle were disappointing performances, but to hold Everton to a draw over 120 minutes away from home, and very nearly share the points in the League leader's back yard suggest AN is doing a superb job in identifying the strategy and motivating our limited players.

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • baguio, It is so easy to sit behind a keyboard and insult others, I like many true supporters have my own opinions and know there will be plenty out there who think otherwise, try to be a real man and state your opinion rather than throw insults. Fine, you may well think Wisdom is the cover we need at centre half, I happen to think we should have gone out in the summer and purchased at least two decent centre halves. Having played in that position myself, I know how much that extra few inches can be an advantage. By the way, I stand 6 feet 3 inches tall and am relatively stocky but when I came up against a 6 feet 6 inches giant, he certainly got to many high balls I could not. In some positions size does matter, in others quick reactions and ball skills are required. At the top level at times you need both.

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    TrevorKeith

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • I'm glad to read some facts about all that money alleged to be available! I'm sick of reading negative comments about mean directors, or AN being happy with current defenders. Both he and McN stated they wanted and expected to sign at least one CB. FYI... John Terry is only 6' 1", and he's done ok at CB until this season. I'm also tired of reading about players lacking motivation. That's absolute rubbish! Players wait for each other to clear a ball because of a lack of leadership on the field. And both the inaction and lack of leadership stem from a loss of confidence. The leadership should be coming from Ruddy and Martin, but both are under performing and thus lacking the confidence to put their head above the parapet. I would restore Bassong to team captain and rest Ruddy. I also feel quite optimistic after excellent play against Everton and Man City? Granted Southampton and Newcastle were disappointing performances, but to hold Everton to a draw over 120 minutes away from home, and very nearly share the points in the League leader's back yard suggest AN is doing a superb job in identifying the strategy and motivating our limited players.

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    Reg Breeze

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • So let's get this right TK, if Wisdom was 3,4,5 or even 6" taller he would have got to that ball would he? NO he wouldn't because he left it to someone else like they all did! Put some mittens on pall and save yourself from yourself. You appear to be the new Jammy, judging by the rubbish you post! Embarrassing!

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    baguio

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • I'm with Surrey on this one . All this 'get over it and move on' stuff is yet another example of modern life's dumbing down and a euphemism for accepting lower standards. The correct attitude to use re mistakes is to learn by them and not make the same one again, particularly if it's a basic one. And, sadly, we are patently not doing that. When that happens , either the people concerned are not motivated enough to learn from errors, or not of the sufficient quality to do so. I suspect with our defence, there's a bit of both.

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    Rick

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • Exactly the way it is Lincs. We have to roll up our sleeves and hang in there until we can build up to the next level but you are right that any investments now will have to be financed out of current resources as the broadcast cash does not arrive until later and we are the country cousins as far as that is concerned. Most of the mould-breaking clubs of late have a lot more cash behind them than we do.

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • otfbc not too hard finding the clubs accounts. Type in search NCFC accounts 201415 and you should be ok. A site called Vital Football even does an easy to understand summary. Last season saw a loss of just over £5m . Ironically that came about because of £11.1m bonus payments for promotion so failure to go up would have left a profit close to£6m. Prem tv money does of course see off that loss but the tv money comes at season end so (and here we go) the spending on players this season comes down to owners before they get their money back later. Our owners are poorest in league hence lifes not easy. Dont expect a spend spend window.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, November 4, 2015

  • Supporting most of the teams in the football league will always be a roller coaster ride. But for some to say they would be happy for us to be in the Chump, really? Like I have said before on here, most supporters of most teams would give their life savings to be where we are at the moment. Ask all the managers outside the Prem where they would also like to be, it,s a no brainer. Yes we have a board who I believe are trying to maintain top flight status on a shoestring, which possibly will bite us on the a### come the end of the season. But in the meantime, for heavens sake get behind the team, there is still 27 games to go. After all it could be worse, we could be Ipswich.

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    Bald Canary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • 'It won't take a time for us to get over it, no.' Maybe it should? All this analyse it and move on stuff somehow doesn't feel for real. You mess up, lose a point, and you hurt. Hold the hurt, use it, don't analyse it away and leave it behind. I don't mean dwell on it, that then becomes a distraction and our defence doesn't need that! But you have to be in touch with the hurt to use the hurt to motivate you to get it right next time...

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • TK, the financial fair play rules should prevent an Oligarch or the like from dumping his ill-gotten games into buying success although the rules seem pretty toothless (also too late to stop Chelsea Man City doing exactly that). I remain supportive of the board and owners but they will absolutely need to add quality to the current squad in January if we are to stay up (which I still believe we can). Survival is the target this season and to expect much more was never realistic. Can't wait for Saturday. Been a long time since my last visit to CR.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • See that gets through and is actually aimed at being offensive to Archie to test the water, ridiykulous.

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    spanishcanary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Apparently if your name is short for Richard (Dijk) you can post. But if try to reply to Dijk you get censored. What Dijk vets this site?

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    spanishcanary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Dick what a very apt name you have. Only 3 prem quality players? Wessie, despite having not started every game is a gem and leads the assist table. Olsson is a class act going forward and would not have a problem finding another Prem club if needed. Mulumbu is tried and tested at this level and despite being out for while has looked good. Tettey has not been himself in the last couple of games but is a very good holding player, With your 3, that makes 7 in my opinion, But if it makes you feel better mate look on the down side.

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    spanishcanary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • I am with you Palmo in that it does not bother me unduly if we get relegated as I think we see better games where we have a great chance of wining in the Championship. It is true that unless we import a mega rich Russian etc., who is prepared to throw mega money at the team, we are never going to compete on a level playing field, so must always expect to be around the lower section on the league. None the less, given how much money will come our way this season it does seem short sighted not to spend a sensible portion on players in an attempt to remain at this level for as long as we can.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • I am well aware that Wisdom is supposed to favour playing at centre back but thus far we certainly have not tried him in that position. I remember one game where he was hopelessly caught out by a high ball into the box but as he only stands 6 ft 1 ins tall I was not surprised. At Premiership level you really need to have a slightly taller centre back to compete with some of the taller centre forwards and therein lies our problem. Shackle for example is 6 ft 4 inches tall and that little extra height makes so much difference. I am certainly not convinced that Wisdom is an upgrade on the centre halves we discarded as not being up to the Premiership.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Haha - good one Golidie. I do enjoy reading these and leaving the occasional comment too, but some of the points made are nonsense. Malaga Flier is talking like he played as an international defender - how simple it is to be a centre back etc...OTFBC would have signed Dawson or Curtis - both recently relegated with their clubs from the Prem and getting on in age - I'm sure the fans at their own clubs would be glad to see them go. Of course we are facing relegation - we were favourites to get relegated as soon as we won the play-offs and the bookies rarely get it wrong. That doesn't mean I am defeatist - but a realist. I'd love it if we stayed up, but wouldn't be that bothered if we were relegated either as the game has changed so much in the last 10-15 years with all the billionaire owners etc that clubs like us will never be able to compete.

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    Palmo

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • There are others who should be given an opportunity. Too many favourites!!

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    Terry Buxton

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • @dick - Really, do we only have 3 players are 'Premier League' quality? Have you not considered Wes, Mulumbu, Dorrans to name a few... Seriously, I really dislike all the negativity on this forum. There are definitely at least 3 teams worse than us right now. Logic says they're in more danger of relegation than us. If you don't believe me, check out the video from the Sky Sports team summing up Agbonlahor's performance on Monday - his 8 touches on the ball in 90 mins was laughable!

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    JMOTBC

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • we have three premier division standard players; Jarvis, Brady and Redmond. The standard of the rest fluctuates between championship and the Thurlow Nunn league. It is a miracle that AN has achieved some of the results he has. It is no longer a matter of wondering if we are going to loose but wondering by how many goals this time.

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    dick

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Wisdom is an understudy to RM who can also play both positions!

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • The headline reads " Alex Neil insists there’s no crisis of confidence at Norwich City" I completely agree. I also am confident we will make the championship by the end of the season.

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    Panic

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • I don't know how many times that some of you need to be told but Wisdom was brought in for cover at full back and centre back. WE HAVE FOUR CENTRE BACKS IN OUR SQUAD AND NOT THREE!

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    baguio

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • It's a fair point you make Derby . None of Turner, Miquel, or Cuellar were of the required standard for this league. But the point that's surely being made here is that it was madness to let them go, without better replacements being lined up. it's a bit like flogging your unreliable old car without getting in a newer model; and then discovering that you have no way of getting to Tesco's to do the weekly shop ! I remember a lot of press rumour etc during the summer about people we were allegedly in for, but each and every rumour quickly died a death, only for a new name to surface. And so on. The only thing that really came to any fruition was the acquisition of Brady. A good piece of business indeed, but even that had an element of farce about it.

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    Rick

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • DerbyCanary surely with our 10 players out on loan that covers the 3 we have on loan? Also with the increase in ticket sales, merchandise etc. of the Premier League (excluding TV money), I don't think there can be much difference in net spend. There has to be quite a bit of money available in January for reinforcements - I would like to see the club's accounts. Anyone know where this can be found?

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • OTFBC, whilst the sale of BJ did cover the Brady fee we still brought in 2 PL midfielders - Dorrans for c.3m and mulumbu on a free (plus signing on monies). Mbokani will have a loan fee attached and we wanted to buy but the issues between kiev and anderlect prevented it. so yes we do and did spend. HOWEVER I agree the lack of a CB was an issue - I think we were looking for players who wouldn't come (the dude at Napoli) so looking for a level above what we need. regarding the 3cbs who left - turner was often slated on these very boards. Miquel was rubbish. Cuellar was poor cover in the PL (those penalties conceded- ugh).

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    DerbyCanary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Totally agree with you TrevorKeith. I am not sure who is to blame for us being so short of quality at the back. Ultimately the blame is with AN. He obviously feels that he wants to show a sense of loyalty to the defenders who got us promoted, but also I feel he is verging on arrogance if he thinks that is possible. We dont know the circumstances as he may have asked for more transfer funds but this may have been rejected. Did we actually spend anything in the summer!!! The sell of BJ pretty much would have covered Brady's fee.

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • I am certain there are better players out there, even in the Championship who would have jumped at the chance of playing in the Premiership with us. I recall a number of keepers coming to Carrow Road and playing out of their skins against us, thereby looking far better than Ruddy. Likewise with a number of centre halves. Alex however made the statement that he would not bring in players unless the were an improvement on what he already had, I will not castigate certain players being used in our defence but I saw plenty better than them last season, what worries me far more is the fact that the manager was happy to offload three centre backs without bothering to bring in cover, no team can afford to start a season with only three players for two positions. Now Martin is banned we have no cover on the bench at all, I just hope Howson can play centre back!

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • What if Brighton under Hughton get promoted and we get relegated? Add to that the prospect of Sheffield Wednesday with Turner and Hooper also getting promoted or Boro who we beat comfortably in May's play-off final going up. Anyone else feel like we've gone backwards since promotion. As much as defending is a problem for us, also the inability to recognise our best striker. Who knows who will start on Saturday up front? Most other clubs in the Premiership know who is the preferred strikerstrikeforce. Can I suggest in January we sign a striker such as Fulham's 19 year old Moussa Dembele (clearly talented and capable in The Championship) so should we go down he can fire us back up. I would suggest for defenders we get them in on loan to prove themselves first. As we know Championship defenders are not always made for the Prem and vice versa. I look at Hull and see Michael Dawson and Curtis Davies and think why did we not get one of them ahead of Brady? I am a big fan of Brady but clearly the board were reluctant to part with their pennies and some scout thought he was worth bringing in before a defender.

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Fortunately Diss, I also think that Bournemouth are doomed. They're not great at all. Wilson papered over the cracks but is out for 6 months. If we sell them LG their fate will be sealed. In fact that's a good tactic. We stay up by default!

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    baguio

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • A major part of the top flight game is played out in the mind with application and concentration and in part I think it a shame there is no "crisis of confidence " in the defensive 5, as this might help them focus on their prime task to keep the other team out. Having seen how poor Villa and Sunderland are there is every hope for City but I am having bad feelings about the 3rd relegation slot.........

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    Diss man

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • The comments below by both Goldie and Speed have an air of the defeatist about the. Nobody is saying that it's easy to run a club of Norwich's size in the PL, and clearly we cannot go about splashing the cash like Chelsea, Arsenal and the Manc two. But I'm afraid that I just do not buy this theory that good players do not want to come to Norwich. There are literally hundreds of top quality operators all over the UK and Europe who would give their right arm to play for us in the Prem. Whatever, the fact that we are regularly selecting effectively the same defence that relegated us two years ago is a bit of a nonsense . Are you really saying that, in the intervening two years it's been impossible to find at least a couple of players who are an upgrade on them ?

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    Rick

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Reading the posts on here is like reading what comes out of a photo copy machine that has got stuck, the same posters saying the same things year after year. Methinks we are wasting our time.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • I think JimBob made an astute observation re-AN - think he had a real belief in his approach and ability to make the defensive players we have deliver. It worked in championship and was OK for first few games of season - but not any more. It will be interesting to see if he 'learns'. But I don't agree with those who blame the Board for lack of ambition. I think we have money to spend but it is very difficult to find any sensible value and some one who wants to move to Norwich. But it is not just us. Anyone who thinks that running a successful football club is easy lives in fantasy land.

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    SPEED

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Ruddy is horribly out of form and has had a real confidence issue. There were several instances of problems with Ruddy last season. In my mind was the time he dropped the ball into our own net last season against Derby as he was fouled from a corner, he was he was so lacking in confidence he didn't even shout and complain to the ref for the foul. He just accepted it. However what has really made my mind up that we should give Rudd a go in goal is the form of Jack Butland and his performance against us at Carrow road. It reminded me of Ruddy a few years ago. So I think Rudd should be given a run to see if he can help us gain some much needed points. Ruddy needs a break and will surely comeback better. We know Ruddy is good but currently he needs to be benched. Time for the young Rudd - before long we may be chanting England's no.1

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    Edinburgh Canary

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • For some years I thought of those who espoused the view that the NCFC owners and board were happy for us to be a top Champ team with occasional brief , profitable, stays in the PL, as conspiracy theorists of the 'Elvis isn't deadMoon landings were faked' persuasion. But, actually, of late, I'm coming round to their way of thinking. How else can one explain the failure to strengthen in defence that so many people have outlined in this and other threads ? The only other possible thesis can be that they genuinely believe that it's worth gambling that there are three teams in this season's PL who are even worse at conceding sloppy goals than us!

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    Rick

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • …..It could be that the defence is getting the wrong messages from the sidelines!…..They are not drawn away from their defensive positions by the opposition!….They are expected to join the attack at every opportunity and leave their own posts unattended!….Doing what they are told to do!….Obeying orders!…. Watched Hutton of Villa doing just that last night, and when it came to marking Kane , he was nowhere to be seen!…Consequence!.. another goal from an unmarked player!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Why are we so surprised, our back 5 (including the keeper) are the same personnel that got us relegated 2 years ago. Weren't good enough then and haven't improved. Why oh why were they not replaced? Answers required Board to this question at the AGM please. I'm totally cheesed off with the apparent lack of desire from the board to make a go of staying in the Prem League, we had the same attitude before and we are going through it again.

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    Sportsman

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Supporting Norwich is such a frustrating pastime . They have the ability and skill and commitment to do so much better, with good Managerial set up and direction. And yet.....self destruction! How many points already this season have been wasted? We can only hope for improvement and a good transfer window...... if our season is not already over by then.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • I actually think Neil's confidence has gone against him. He believed he could get a weak defence functioning properly, which has not done him any favours. Even in the champ teams were getting a goal for almost every shot on target, so this was inevitable. Right now, January feels like an age away to be able to purchase, but the board are going to have to ditch this easy way out by saying, 'it's a horrid month to trade in'. I don't care how inflated or murky it is...we are utterly desperate for some players, because right now we're in a relegation lottery.

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    JimBob

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Too many games we have lost points when we deserved more - how many games have we taken points from when not deserved? Zero. I am not questioning the players desire or attitude, its more the concentration levels. October was a terrible month with no points and knocked out the League Cup. Lets draw a line under this and move on. If we can target a win on Saturday our season is firmly back on track and we will not get detached in the league. Did anyone expect us to be higher than 16th in the league at this stage?

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Yes, those below have summed it up well. What annoys me is that, even given their lack of quality and technical abilities, our defenders should not be making the kind of dreadful, basic, mistakes that they commit week in, week out. It is a simple matters of concentration and ensuring the ball is cleared. We are poor in the air and on the ground seem muddled and confused. Central defence should be one of the easiest positions to play if they keep it simple and make sure they do their job, which is to clear danger. On occasions that may mean hitting the ball long. Yes there are occasions when they will have time to play the ball out. But when they do that, they need to make sure it is a good pass and equally some of our midfield must make more effort to make themselves available by running into space. I watch the FL games when I can and to be honest often see better defending. May not always be pretty but it is effective from players who know their limitations and play within them. I fear these days there is too much technical talk, too many flip charts and diagrams. Get back to basics, please, and stop trying to be better than you are, defence. If we had got better players in during the summer it might be a different story but we have what we have and they need to play within their limitations and simply make sure the ball doesn't go past them too often.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • All comments spot on, just about every fan could see that the defence that got us promoted was never going to be good enough and we therefore needed to upgrade, instead, Alex let three centre halves go without bringing in one replacement, utter madness. What has happened this week was so predictable and what is also there to see, is that Swansea will be more than willing to take a couple of bookings in an attempt to injure one of the two remaining centre half's. Scoring is not a massive problem for us, conceding is and it was exactly the same last time we got relegated.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • That's what's so frustrating about this, HGM. I'd agree with AN up to a point. There certainly does not seem, in the main, to be a confidence problem in midfield or attack. But too often the defence has looked a bundle of nerves. They do look short on confidence, I'm afraid. As regards Ruddy, it's a bit of a chicken and egg situation. Is his poor form down to his lack of confidence in the defence in front of him, or vice-versa ? Like you, and thousands of others, it was clear as daylight that we needed to sign two experienced , quality defenders during the summer, and, for reasons that have never been explained, it did not happen. As you say, if we can eke out enough points to keep us away from the trapdoor between now and Jan, then hopefully this will be addressed during the transfer window.

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    Rick

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • Spot on, Hurdy. In a nutshell - too many missed chances and too many mistakes in defence. Unless Wisdom is fit, we are 'down to bare bones' in central defence for the next game. It was predicted by many here. An injury this week or early in the game to Bassong or Bennett could see us with a big problem. In the circumstances, it might have been a good idea to have kept Turner as cover - a good friend of mine is a Sheffield Wednesday fan and continuously expresses his gratitude for the loan and says that he is playing exceptionally well. My friend also asked about Hooper - my response was that he will get Wednesday the goals to see them into the play-offs at worst. Meanwhile....

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    Kent Anglian

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

  • During the transfer window most of us were screaming for a central defender or two. It never happened. Why the management couldn't deliver a couple of central defenders is a mystery. On reflection, apart from a couple of games where we never turned up, we have been creating chances and making gaffes in defence. So many points lost on individual errors in defence. We should have been in a comfortable mid table position by now. Hopefully we will grind out another 10 points before the end of the year, and buy 2 decent central defenders. We should then be fine. If not, we are facing the real possibility of yet another relegation which could have been avoided.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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