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Alex Neil must decide what his Norwich City stands for in the Premier League

Alex Tettey and Jamie Vardy in action during the Premier League fixture between Norwich City and Leicester City at Carrow Road earlier in the season.

Alex Tettey and Jamie Vardy in action during the Premier League fixture between Norwich City and Leicester City at Carrow Road earlier in the season.

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Expect to hear plenty about how Leicester City is a role model for aspiring Premier League clubs like Norwich City prior to next week’s visit to the Foxes.

Whatever this season holds now for Claudio Ranieri’s club it truly has been a phenomenal effort from a team who 12 months ago were hurtling towards the Football League. The Leicester story is inspirational, a tale of what is possible and how that rich cartel can be disturbed and challenged. To label what is happening in the East Midlands as a fairytale would be to undersell the magnitude of the achievement.

Whether this is a glorious interlude or something permanent only time will tell but there is one, irrefutable strand of Foxes’ rise that should resonate for Alex Neil, his players and Norwich’s supporters.

Leicester have a clear identity on the pitch, a common sense of purpose where every player knows his place in the machine and what they need to do to function at their optimum.

Yes, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez are enjoying a stellar growth spurt but Leicester’s success is about the sum of the parts, not two talented individuals flourishing under the wily Ranieri’s light touch management.

Neil and Norwich seek the same attainable goal.

West Ham marked a return to the old, the aggressive values that served the Scot and his squad superbly last season in that ascent from the Championship but then failed to produce the wins to match the performances when summer receded into autumn.

City, at various stages in this testing campaign, have tried dominating opponents through possession then frustrating them through containment. Striving and failing for that balance between attacking creativity and defensive resolve.

Leicester’s approach may not be for the purists but take a look at the Premier League table if you are in any doubt as to the effectiveness of such a clear strategy.

Ranieri’s side cede possession by choice, invite teams on to try and pierce a well-drilled backline who remain compact and in close proximity to Kasper Schmeichel at all times. There is none of the acreage Norwich routinely afford rivals, seen latterly in the manner West Ham raided at will in that storming second-half fightback at Carrow Road last weekend.

Leicester’s midfield is obdurate and tigerish. Danny Drinkwater and the fantastic N’Golo Kante appear to take it as a personal insult if they lost the physical battle in those key central areas. The duo do not patrol midfield, they maraud across it, winning turnovers is the currency of choice and the end game when they get the ball is simple, feed Vardy.

The England man toyed with Norwich in Norfolk earlier this season in the manner he dragged defenders into channels and harassed centre backs when they tried to play out from John Ruddy.

Vardy has also perfected the dark arts, as Seb Bassong can testify, in the way he cutely earned a penalty from Mark Clattenburg. Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal was the latest victim at the Emirates on Sunday when Vardy’s speed of movement was matched by his speed of thought to go over the Spaniard’s outstretched leg.

Leicester, despite the sour end to events in north London, is a team brimful of confidence and self-assurance. Norwich may be at the opposite end of the spectrum right now, as they toil and scrap for their Premier League lives, but Leicester’s great leap forward illustrates what is possible if they can survive this season and then forge a philosophy; a robust identity of their own.

That is not a clarion call for Norwich to mimic the Foxes. Premier League rivals will eventually find ways to nullify Leicester’s strengths and only re-invention may maintain their upward trajectory beyond this season. But Neil must decide what his Norwich stands for in the top flight; how they not only compete but flourish. Then he must find the players to fit the template - from within and without. Stay up and his task is not further experimentation but distilling what he has learnt to drive the Canaries’ forward.

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  • walcor: that is the point! We ought to be getting far more out of the squad. It is indeed down to a settled system, players knowing exactly what are their roles and responsibilities allied to a true togetherness, fighting spirit and commitment. Even a modest team can go far based on these simple, sound, principles. I think AN and his coaches have been filling the players heads with far too much detail, conflicting ideas and systems, then compound the problem by selecting players out of their most effective positions. Keep it simple, show total commitment on the pitch and we would be doing better. We don't have a team of stars and technically gifted players who can absorb and handle different systems every week. We have a team which has enough quality to see us through if only we learned to utilise them properly. It would help if we stopped trying to play football that is beyond our technical abilities and got back to basics. No I am not saying lump it in the air, just get on the ball quickly, get players running into space, being picked up and passed to. The Leicester template is not complicated: get back and defend in numbers, break quickly and get the ball forward fast rather than sidewards and backwards.

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    malaga flier

    Saturday, February 20, 2016

  • Noggin the Nog , what can I say enjoy the 6X and be careful of the Old Timer. Any thoughts on the steam powered Arkells.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • @mardler; I have a scarf I obtained while working for Wilson's Brewery in Newton Heath. Indeed, Yellow (gold?) & Green! I think Newton Heath started as the Fire Brigade team. A few old boys in the brewery, ManU supporters, still wore Y&G scarves. And wooden clogs! 1973-ish. I was adopted as one of theirs cos of my NCFC scarf. And they gave me my nickname. Great days.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Leicester as a role model - sack your manager after 1 season in the PL and replace with an experienced European manager who also has PL experience. Is that what the article writer wants? I think Southampton is a better role model, they are perhaps a little more established and have shown they could adjust and cope to losing key players (as Leicester will in the summer). Ironic that we left Southampton behind as we shot up the leagues under Paul Lambert.

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Yes Alex Neil must ensure that all his players clearly understand the style of play he requires but also why the Canaries are a unique club.to play for every time they run on the pitch. At 86 after 78 years of support I'm getting mighty tired of having to repeat in writing and on air just why Norwich is unique. !. Location in the far east of the country with no other leading club throughout its 2000 square miles of land even overlapping across into Suffolk for some miles to garner further support. That is why it has long been maintained we can fill a 40.000 seat stadium and in twelve years time a 60.000.. What a development opportunity compared with Crystal Palace and QPR with other London teams competitively breathing down their necks however much they boast to the contrary! 2. Pronunciation of the name Norwich is Unique - the only ich ending in the world to end as in porridge. Look in the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes 19th c "The man in the moon Came down too soon and asked the way to Norwich and burnt his mouth on cold pease porridge" Leave the itching, scratching and lousiness to others! 3. Unique emblem - the Norwich Canary. It is lineally descended from City to F.C. 4. Yellowgreen colours are said to have appeared in 15th c Norwich which s why I told a Man Utd fan not to mention Newton Heath as all this happened when Norwich was a city with a mayor, Manchester a village and outside their area no one ever heard of Newton Heath! 5. Anthem 'On the Ball City - unique! 6 Every player should appreciate every time he pulls on the shirt he has the opportunity to play himself into the Canaries Hall of fame perhaps even in time come to appreciate the truth of Percy Varco's famous words.. "It was the finest club I ever knew The players the best friends I ever made And the Directors the finest group of people I ever met'' Special people Canaries!

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    mardler

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Brew, Feisty and Vocal? We definitely don't want someone with those characteristics playing at centre half do we? Much rather a yes man that would not say Boo to a goose!!! Give me feisty and vocal all over the pitch please!!!

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    Hoppy

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • A strong Captain is needed. One that'll work with the manager but not be his lickspittle. I bet Holty and Lambo didn't always see eye to eye. All the insipid platitudes in Russell's lexicon mean nothing at all. Hughton was scared of a strong captain. He was scared of Robert too. Adams fell out with Bass who was sort-of a Captain. The Mekon has gone down the Chrissie route and played safe with a placeman. Pals in Peterborough (NOT mates...) tell me that Ryan Bennett can be very feisty and vocal.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Hi Palmo, I sypathise with your views that our squad does not match up to the top half of the premiership in football quality. However there is nothing preventing them from being the equal of the other teams in terms of fitness, effort, fighting spirit and team spirit but this just does not seem to be the case. It is the way we are losing games rather than being well beaten by another team which causes the frustration. Even this squad at peak fitness with the right tactics and the right men in the right positions should have no problem avoiding relegation this season. We do makibng it difficult for ourselves by not turning up for 45 or even 90 minutes in some games and that is unforgiveable.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Palmo, much of what you say is true. Individually and collectively our squad does not match up to the top half of the premiership in basic footballing skills. However there is nothing preventing them from being the equal of the other teams in terms of fitness, effort, fighting spirit and team spirit but this just does not seem to be the case. Our background team seems particularly clueless in not strengthening the squad in the Summer and two of the three new boys in the January window look lightweight and overpriuced to me. So it is the way we are losing games rather than being well beaten by another team which causes the frustration. Even this squad at peak fitness with the right tactics and the right men in the right positions should have no problem avoiding relegation this season. We do have problems though and unfortunately they are of our own making.

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Wail weep, grumble grouse, bleat blar, sob sigh, whimper whine, snivel suffer. Feel a bit better now I've got that off my chest. Think I'll try aggravation tomorrow and recrimination on Saturday.

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    cutty

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Yes theres no point buying Bamford if you dont put him inbthe mix.Equally weve signed defenders presumably to improve the defense so play them No to Martin RB Ryan Bennett Klose Pinto pick from those. Get on with it and fir gods sake tesm leadership I think Naismith captain

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • There is one major factor that can undo us against Leicester, and that is if we as, A.N. suggested, play higher up the field. Vardy is the best forward in the league for playing on the last defender, so good balls over the top or through the defenders will make him unplayable. Vardy's strength is his pace running past defenders but if the we lay several yards off him it gives us a far better chance of keeping him quiet is that is possible. Get this right and we will beat the Foxes.

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    61canarie

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • I would imagine Tommy is busy in Abu Dhabi undergoing some warm-weather IT training...

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Malaga makes some good points and I'll chuck in another: communication. You could actually hear Klose yelling at the other three sometimes on Saturday - and that's an improvement. Maybe this should be the back four to see out the season? (I mean with Olsson in and Brady employed further up). For all the criticism of RM he's no worse than any other at RB imo - why buy Pinto if either a: he can't defend or b: you're simply not going to play him? Injured or not, Wisdom seems off the AN radar. A bit like Ryan Bennett...

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Where are the super optimists? I need cheering up. nmtd? Even Tommy Custard and some public flagellation of the MOGs, in hieroglyphics if you like so long as they're XP friendly.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Presumably Malaga AN will be working on the flaws that you highlight during their mid winter break. My confidence in the manager however is as low as our form and I think he is totally out of his depth. But I don't mind being proved wrong.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Francophile:-) I've worked in France and lived in Spain and thoroughly enjoyed both so I'm hardly anti. Anything but! It's just the EU itself and the politicians I don't like! Excellent second post.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • I am not so sure our defensive frailties have everything to do with the quality of our players so much as a a collective inability to defend as a unit allied to a series of frequent and costly errors which you wouldn't expect from footballers at any level of the professional game. Yes, of course players make mistakes as we all do. However they come far too frequently to be mere slip-ups. I feel maybe a big contributing factor is that, as we change our tactics and personnel too often, players appear unsure of their exact responsibilities and roles and that leads to confusion and dithering. Watching games it is very clear that we fail to keep our shape at the back and to look up and mark. This is compounded by the midfield and wide men not tracking back and helping our defensive cause. Even very average team can defend better if it is well-drilled to a set routine and system and therefore players know their roles both individually and collectively. Two uncertainties remain in my mind, however: is the squad fit enough and are their underlying mental scars brought about as a result of our previous relegation (which Martin recently alluded to)?

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • As alluded to by Adelaide the under 21's result reminds us what AN's Norwich stand for. What we need to know is how much more the board will stand for.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Correction.It is sad having to read all these comments by dedicated suppoirters, we are all biting our fingernails and hoping for a 17th spot at the close of the season. There is a rot in the club which must be cut out it looks as though it has flowed through to our under 21 side as well. We need replace this rot with morale fitness and determination, also to stop selecting non performing players, but then we might not have enough to field a team of eleven. Perhaps the players and manager can give a thought for all of us dedicated fans lift themselves and give us some hope, we must mean something to them?

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    Adelaide Canary

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • It is sad having to read all these comments by dedicated, we are all biting our fingernails and hoping for a 17th spot at the close of the season. There is a rot in the club which must be cut out it looks as though it has flowed through to our under 21 side as well. We need replace this rot with morale fitness and determination, also to stop selecting non performing players, but then we might not have enough to field a team of eleven. Perhaps the players and manager can give a thought for all of us dedicated fans lift themselves and give us some hope, we must mean something to them?

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    Adelaide Canary

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • This team, including the manager and coaching staff, got us out of the Championship and has kept us out of the relegation zone for nearly the entire season so far. Our squad is not as good as nearly all of the other teams in the league. So when we don't manage to hold onto a lead against Liverpool or West Ham...or whoever it may be in the Premier League, it is not really surprising to anyone other than Norwich fans. How many Norwich players would get into the Liverpool or West Ham team...or even on the bench? None. Therefore we have to acknowledge that their players are better then ours and stop crying when we don't win.

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    Palmo

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Dubai Im with you..Alex Neil get your finger out or resign cos you constantly get it wrong.

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • Well malaga these are my feelings... AN has to come back from the sun with some better game plan . Naismith for captain and build around the winning combinations. Brady Hoolahan Naismith ..forget RM ONeil these are not any good against the top prem clubs. Recap leicester at carrow rd.Vardy draws a foul from defender probably Bassong and bingo its a penalty. They can be beaten again and I want NCFC to do it!!

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 18, 2016

  • This will resonate: Tonight on ITV Champions League coverage Glen Hoddle was talking about Real Madrid's defensive qualities, saying they must improve in that area and become better organised - and that was simply down to the coach (Zidane).

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • What does Norwich City stand for? What a great question. Many years ago I seem to remember that NORWICH stood for Nickers Off Ready When I Come Home. Was this the start of the county's educational woes as reported on by offsted and which put off any professional footballer from moving here?

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    waclor

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Hopefully AN will bring the boys back from the sun with 3 CB's and wing backs. And if we do happen to go down... We go down fighting IANIT OTBC

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    DorsetCanary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Hi, Palmo. I'm an International. I have played in Cardiff and Dunedin as well as Sloughbottom and Earlham Park. Of course my career in England was not limited to Naaaridge and Naaaafuk. I played in some London Leagues against the likes of London Weekend Television and Putney Poseurs. I was useless but loved playing. @francophile; Delia has taken the P45 already. Young Tommy is in her place now. Succession is assured. Success remains unlikely. And irrelevant.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • City to win at Leicester who will lose top spot. Obviously Leicester will start to slide, they may just finish in the top five by the end of the season. Sorry, but that is about the size of it.....

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • When can all fans realise that the back line got NCFC relegated. So why does AN think they will be the saviours and keep us in the Premiership.Small minded owners, small minded Chairman,back to being a mid table Championship side but solvent and 26000 will turn up every week.Sorry Delia time for the P45.

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    francophile

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • dingo is a star.I propose the following double Norwich City to stay up and and UK to remain in the EU, What odds?

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    francophile

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Well for sure the team has no identity at the moment but then Alex hasn't a clue what he's doing and he's changing constantly , putting players out of position, favouring out of form players and so on. Leicester City -on the other hand- have an experienced clever manager. This says it all really.

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    Beachfarmpark

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Have any of you ever even played football?

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    Palmo

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Spot on, goldie. Too comfy. Too complacent. Too smug. Too cliquey. No sign that anything will change. It all starts and ends in the Boardroom. Too comfy. Too complacent. Too smug. Too cliquey. For far too long. A further generation's worth lined up. For starters... Here today, here tomorrow.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Spot on, goldie. Too comfy. Too complacent. Too smug. Too cliquey. No sign that anything will change. It all starts and ends in the Boardroom. Too comfy. Too complacent. Too smug. Too cliquey. For far too long. A further generation's worth lined up. For starters... Here today, here tomorrow.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • No secret about Leicester's way to success They just work extremely hard for each other from the first whistle to the last whistle. They don't wait half an hour before they wake up like City which by then it's usually too late. City lack energy and drive for the majority of the game. Watch Vardy he spends as much time helping his defenders until they are in possession then hares up field to grab any balls that come his way. City can not emulate them because they lack fitness and ambition.

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    goldie

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • AN doesn't want close comparison with Leicester; last year narrowly avoid relegation with Brit manager, this year top of the table with a very experienced foreign guy. Don't sack AN Mr McNally, bring in some experienced help - Jose is at a loose end!

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    GolfingCanary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Play people in their best positions,put Malumbu on Drinkwater and play the players the club took a punt with.There's no point in signing them if AN isn't going to play them,meaning Pinto in for Martin and Bamford up-front with both Houlihan and Naismith in a diamond with 3 at the back including Wisdom and Klose.AN might be able to solve the Naismith and Houlihan dilemma-play them both in a diamond.Mbokani will score with the right crosses.There's not much to lose v Leicester,or Arsenal and now Chelsea.It might be worth experimenting and just play the players we have bought in the right positions.We might then find a settled side and don't give up on Malumbu.OTBC.

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    Peter Watson

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • He picks players because they are his mates, really, its not Sunday league mate. Maybe, just maybe he see´s more day in day out than we do.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Uncle Stew's intuitive insights are utterly brilliant. The candid way in which he expresses them is a breath of fresh air. About time all the mealy-mouthed media pappekak was exposed for what it is. Mealy-mouthed media Pappekak. To my old buddy & hero, (NOT mate), Dubya, I say Hear! Hear! I hope we buy Bradley Johnson in the summer so he may once again help get us promoted to the Prem. A canny striker, the likes of Sheffield Wednesday's Gary Hooper, could be useful but probably a bit expensive at a reported £9.5m. Perhaps we could share him? They get him on Wednesdays and we get him on televised days. The rest of the time he can watch golf or observe paint drying, whichever is the more tedious.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Johnty, I have some thoughts along the same line as you. Alex pics GD because he is a nice bloke but knows he is not a good quality prem player. He picks RM because he has been asked to be godfather to his newborn etc etc, I am sick of the second guessing here, do you really think he really picks a team of mates and risks relegation and his job. Its not Sunday league. I agree, in my LAYMANS view, I would do things differently but I do not have the skills to do his job, maybe, just maybe these are the players who put it in day in day out and his other options are limited or lazy ones.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Problem withAN is he has his favourites Dorrans being one who seems to have achieved sweet fa Russell because he cant think beyond .At least Whittaker is out thats a start but Brady at full back ridiculous. Ryan Bennett ought to be there and somebody has to replace Bassong...Mulumbu another lumbering waste of space..that still leaves others to fill the spaces.

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    johnty

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Malaga. What if we pack the midfield with Tettey, Mulumbu, Howson and put O'Neil on Mahrez? Its definitely a game for Jerome to start up top with the support of Naismith and Redmond. I would give Wes a rest as he seems better at home these days and save his legs.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • The current Leicester team remind me very much of their E Midland rivals, Nottingham Forest, under Brian Clough in the late 70's and early 80's. Obviously there are differences in style, tactics etc, but fundamentally they are similar. A mixture of old heads, youngsters and imports from lower leagues, super fit, well organised, not over complicated, and all very well managed by a clever, astute coach. I'm not saying they can go all the way and win the European Cup as Forest did, but at least they are challenging the supposed superiority of the big boys.

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    Rick

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Leicester's midfield are formidable and as much as I would like to see us get something there on Saturday week, I think it is extremely unlikely unless we have the kind of luck WBA had last week at Everton! In Kante they have a midfielder who is everything; a good defensive player who can also spring a deadly counter-attack either with a deft, accurate forward pass, or running with the ball himself. If our defensive unit start pushing upfield en masse as they did against West Ham and we continue to get no defensive support from midfield we could get hammered. We have no balance between attack and defence. We started the season with an attacking intent, then when that failed, we fell back into a more defensive posture and that has also failed. Now AN is going back to an attacking plan. But football is not one dimensional; a team needs to do both and do it in an organised, cohesive, manner. It seems to be one or the other with us.

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    malaga flier

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Maybe in 10 years time NCFC could be a top 6 club. How? Well if all the top players from the Premier League head off to China to get improved wages and have to rebuild then we might be competing nearer the top in a weaker Premier league. #Sweet and Sour Canary.

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    OTFBC

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Stew me old buddy, do you have some insider info that we don't, how much time do you spend at Colney or in the dressing room? Conspiracy Theory!!, guess beans again for tea, the steaks have been tampered with, are you watching the X Files tonight, they are out there.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Never mind Leicester's lightening pace men - isn't it about time we started to physically impose ourselves onto sides with bags of pace ? In the same way as Duncan Forbes, Norman Hunter, Tommy Smith & Chopper Harris would impose themselves onto and nullify their opposition. The physicality seems to be missing in todays world of grossly overpaid namby-pamby superstar players. It's time we manned-up and got into the opponents faces a bit more - they won't like it up 'em !

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    Dubai Canary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • …..What is the point of spending money on goods that are no better than what you already have?….Is Pinto any better than Martin?… Is Brady any better than Ollsen (at leftback)?….Is Klose any better than Bennett?….Is Mbokani any better than Lafferty?…..and Naismith begins to look fed-up already!….This manager and his sidekicks have created, or allowed an atmosphere to develop behind the scenes which has destroyed the togetherness of the team!...We now have a squad of 'buck passers' who are happy to put their team mates into trouble as long as they are not caught with the ball at their feet….What should be happening, is that team mates are on hand to help out others!….players like Downing of Middlesbro', Vardy of Leicester, and many of the Manchester sides are ready to take responsibility and rely on their own ability to make things happen!….Our lot seem to have an 'Opt out' clause in their contracts, and leave the final mistakes to others!…..Lets hope a week in the sun will achieve a new bond between all the players and their manager!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Coo Essex, thats brave, almost thought you'd suggested Lafferty as a potential front player.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • Hi Dingo, how are you amigo? The changes in personel at Leicester were not radical, they were either very astute or maybe a bit lucky in their business, Huth was a clever buy tho´. They seem to have re-invented the wheel, no frills just good old fashioned values. Strong and disciplined defence and a fit and workman like midfield who can also spot a pass, just to top it all pace and strength up front. You can see the team ethic ouse from them, I think they have been a joy to watch and could have done a great deal for Football without realising it. Reference the Summer window mate, its gone, over 6 month´s ago and cannot be re-visited now. We are just as capable of staying up as any of those around us and its in our own hands now. Lets hope it all works out well for all of us, I really feel we will make it, just.

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    spanishcanary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • AN is grasping at straws. He has two players Bassong and Martin who do not have the senses they were born with. EVERY GAME THEY SPEND BALL WATCHING. THEY ALWAYS RUN TOWARDS THE BALL, never a thought for the space they leave for opponents to move into. How many goals have these two given away this reason because of their lack of awareness and common sense. ? Yet AN persists with them. The problem is clear, but nothing is done. The Championship beckons !

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    willb

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • We couldn't mimic Leicester if we tried, we don't have the pace, nor arguably the commitment or the nous. It's going to be one very bumpy ride from hereon in - I'd obviously love to see us get out of trouble but I am struggling to see how we can. Really hope I'm wrong but I don't see anything for us on Saturday week except further disappointment. We're now paying the price for the Board thinking Alex Neil could work miracles and that we didn't need to spend anything in the Summer. Same old NCFC.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

  • NCFC started the season with 3 precious squad places taken by strikers who have hardly played of whom 1 remains. We have averaged only 1 goal per game since the beginning of October. The defence has been chopped and changed with regularity. Now we have decided that attack is the best form of defence perhaps we should maintain continuity with defensive players whilst challenging attacking players to deliver their best form for the last 12 matches. To that effect perhaps NCFC should ensure that all attacking squad players are utilised to achieve the results we need.

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    essex canary

    Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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