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Keep the faith: Ex-striker Dean Ashton urges Norwich City fans to stick by Alex Neil

06:30 11 February 2016

All eyes are on Alex Neil. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

All eyes are on Alex Neil. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

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Dean Ashton insists Norwich City’s fans will achieve nothing positive if they turn against manager Alex Neil.

The Canaries have slipped into the Premier League relegation zone after a miserable run of five defeats in a row. And the former City striker insists that sense of gloom will only deepen if City’s fans do not give the Scot, and his players, their backing during Saturday’s home clash against West Ham.

Ashton, who went down with City in 2005, said: “There’s no point in anybody wallowing. When you’re battling relegation you know you have to somehow get over the defeats as quickly as you can and move onto the next game because it could be the one which provides the win which lifts confidence.

“Tottenham was a good example of what can happen (during a bad run). The players had to do more in terms of their performance on the night and by doing their jobs, they’d have got people on side. In the same breath, fans are also there to support.

“Calling for the manager to be sacked is something I don’t see the point in though. Fans have got to try and look at the positives. It’s a winnable game on Saturday and if Norwich play as well as they can, and have done, they could find themselves out of the relegation zone.”

Ashton, who also played for West Ham before he retired in 2009 after failing to recover from a long-term ankle injury, admits Saturday’s defeat to Aston Villa side did little to dampen Neil’s fiercest critics.

“I think everyone knew it was going to be a very, very tough season,” added the former England hitman.

“Staying in the Premier League is still the goal. Alex Neil has done very, very well since he’s come in and things can change very quickly and look different with a good result or two. As soon as you go below the dotted line it feels like the pressure gets on top of everyone. Norwich have lost to some good teams but losing to Villa probably hurt the most.”

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  • Really Steely ? I have a Theoklitis top. How rare is that ? And a miniature kit to hang in your car of the speckled Euro shirt, signed by Eadie. It actually looks full size for Dazza ! My hero (ღˇ◡ˇ)♥ℒᵒᵛᵉᵧₒᵤ♥

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • Good stuff Tom - well researched. The Dan should of course be number one in that list ,we all love an anti hero. A studio band who always employed the creme a la creme of studio musicians. Obscure lyrics - 'Your gold teeth' and 'Your gold teeth 2' would be typical and they never wrote a love song. Dingo aint that old Tom. Did you know that he has Neil Adams' old training top ?

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    Steely Dan

    Friday, February 12, 2016

  • I've thought about it. Dingo's really quite old isn't he ! Or did he go to all the games in the '59 Cup run ? P'raps also the game v Saint-Christophy Vallee d'Aoste. Good for him though. Super, super, ultra dedicated dingo. Praise the Lord. Steely Dan I see are 82nd on the list of MOG fave's "antiheroes of the 70's". B'lox.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Tom , you kindly mention that Dingo takes in some games. Well he has missed only 4 home games in the last 28 years (maybe 29 by now). That would total about 570 or 580 plus the ones before that run and not including any aways. Think on that one Tom.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Uh oh, shall I warn sticky w!lly ! Sahll I? Oh, there we are then !

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • In answer to your question dingo, I don't get the home privileges re: tickets. They're like gold dust, you know that. Spot an empty seat from your lofty view. I bet you can't. What I could do though and would be very pleased and prepared to do, would be to switch my usual seat to the Community. That way I could gain entry for someone, let's say for instance someone who's desperate to go to "A" game, Brewer for example, and I could be his carer. If he couldn't quite see over the wall he could sit on my knee to peek a view of our beloved. I would do that. Definitely. For the sake of another NCFC "fan". It would like roll reversal of Santa and doting child. Bless. ᕦ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽ᕤ

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Key words, el dingo. Devil. Back. Yard...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • P´borough were more than just spirited, they have some real young talent and played great football. I really enjoyed the game and was gutted when they lost on pens. Young talent, great football, now there´s a thought?

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    spanishcanary

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • someone should drive to peterboro and bring back gallons of their water to give to our players.If only city players had showed that much passion and commitment as posh did last night v Bournemouth and villa we wouldn't be in this mess!

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    tonyb

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I find particular humans are suspicious and jealous creatures. I wonder why? When they see something perfect, they want to find a flaw. I don't need no education ta. Dingo is a true supporter. Early on forums. Takes in some games. Incredibly loyal. Overall top bloke. Search and destroy, geeks in town

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • To avoid the whole world falling out of my rear, I switched to single malt, purely medicinal. BOCPS remains. Will stop posting about NCFC matters for the rest of the season; nothing matters anymore anyway as we are doomed to go down. Will reconvene next season in the lower league and see who remains to crawl out of the wreckage and rebuild in an attempt to bounce back to the Premiership in a yo yo fashion.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Where is the battle cry from our captain ? Even Ruddy or Wes ? Dean was great no doubt but the silence from senior players is deafening. Itching to know the back story to the latest shinaningins. Enjoy the Norfolk banter on these pages, especially Waldorf and Statler with their pelters, keeps me going through these dark nights !! 2-0 NCFC this weekend

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    twopips

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Dingo; he's just another pr!ck in the wall. He don't need no education. Why do you bother? Are you really Mother Theresa?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Ken: has the bottom fallen out of your world? Then drink Nelson's Revenge and let the world fall out of... (oh well, you know the punchline). Tommy: Your Penelope is my Pig's (different generations, same concept).

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Nothing wrong with the sentiments addressed by Dean Ashton in this. But the sticking point is in his fourth paragraph.......'if Norwich play as well as they can'..... There is a growing belief amongst fans that the players are simply NOT playing as well as they can . In the brief summary after the Posh v WBA match last night, all the pundits said that Peterborough could hold their heads up high, because, to a man, they'd done their best, tried 100%, given it a damn good go,but sadly it was not to be. Over the last few weeks it's become pretty clear that there are a few in the NCFC squad, from Manager downwards ,for whom that cannot honestly be said . Whatever the reasons for that is a different debate for a different day. But, what a large number of fans are worried about is that we will go down with a whimper, and full of regrets that we'd not give it our best shot. The time to start putting that worry to rest is at 3pm on Saturday.

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Good. My work isn't wasted then

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I've got B.O.C. P. S. (Bored Of Custard's Postings Syndrome ). I've taken three pints of Adnams and it's not getting any better. I consulted my barman and he prescribed switching to Nelson' s Revenge or some such .

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Oh Tommy sorry to hear you have PMS. Take 2 paracetamol , with a nice cup of tea and if its not better by the morning, consult your GP

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • The problem is rick they are not wet spam but a highly motivated fc and unless a miracle occurs city wil get a hiding.

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Its a shambles to say the least.There is something seriously lacking at carrow road. Capitulating to Liverpool fro a lead of three one is bad enough To be trashed by bottom of the league ex paul lambert team the pits.

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Of course you were, my mistake, sorry, yours(!) Sick ! 3\10 for at least an effort. Of sorts. Found your first posts. You weren't angry or aggressive or bullying people back then. It all changed before my first posting. What happened? MRSB? Pyramidal Memories Transmutation would have been more apt, but I guess you didn't reach that far down the abbreviations list. SO there we are then (ღˇ◡ˇ)♥ℒᵒᵛᵉᵧₒᵤ♥

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I was referring to Pacemaker-Mediated Tachycardia. I grant you, Parent Management Training might be more apposite. What's PMS? Do you have it and is it catching?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • PMS ! Just sayin' . . . . it is 2016 ! NSAID's are good when cramping. Did you know that there was once a successful homicide defence in the UK based on the actions during PMS. I prefer Gramping, it's much more comfortable

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • B Inners; HPD? Not PMT?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • That Big Beast Borthwick, with Burgeoning Brian Blessed Beard, was superb for P'bro last night. He's only 27.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Hi dingo, I do get free travel to home games, yes, although the journey there is usually in a straighter line than the journey home. A bit like yourself no doubt. Occasionally needing a Penelope or two on the way.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Bogaz, re allegedly: I think there may have been a little bussy bust-up that day as well. I sure wouldn't pick a fight with either of them:-)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Do you get Corporate tickets and free travel to home games too, Tommy?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Dean is right it is the spirit which is missing. ( We won't mention THAT game at Fulham in 2005 when the players didn't bother because 6 of them were told their contracts weren't being renewed...allegedly). Just cut of the stupid mistakes at the back and we'll be fine. How can we beat Man U away and 5 weeks later lose to Villa away? Unbelievable. A strong response on Saturday will make us all feel better. I do wish AN would try and get a settled team though. Leicester and Bournemouth have hardly changed apart from injuries this season.

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    Bogaz John

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • It IS funny how I'm on here every day isn't it? Glad to know I'm wearing you down tho'. Stick by your team B I. I'll go put kettle on. Jammy Dodger?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Fans like a trier, hence who some awful players did so well in previous POTS polls. We need effort with quality and somewhat lacking recently. Contrast that with many of the POSH players last night. Inspirational defending and lots of attacking guile.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Perhaps the club should bring out the clappers on Saturday in an attempt to raise supporter noise. However, I think we all show support of the club by paying a relatively high price for our entry, we then expect to be entertained. We certainly got that against Liverpool for example but could not believe how easily we gave away a 2 goal lead. Nobody could say that game was boring. The Spurs game however, got off to a very bad start and then the team let their heads drop before finally raising their game but it was too little too late, so many fans started to feel down themselves. The Villa game, however, was a massive game for us, whereby many fans thought 3 points was a must but anything less than 1 would spell disaster and here we are waiting to see how the manager and players respond.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Funny how you're on here everyday even spouting before anyone's taken a contrary view to you. You are getting somewhat tedious. Your "look at me" posts are possibly the result of histrionic personality disorder.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • City fans urge Ashton to stick with City, put some effort in and not naff off to West Ham

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    B Inners

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I agree with Dean entirely. It's a confidence thing to play without fear. Workrate, battling and fighting for every 50:50 ball comes with working as a team, being prepared to "get in there" where it hurts (as the brilliant Posh did last night) and this is far more likely to happen if we fans are behind them. I understand completely that it's difficult to keep the faith when City play like they have at the start of the year but look at the begining of the season when we were all "as one" and behind AN and the team 100%. Was it coincedental that they played there best football then? If the City faithful rally the boys from minute one and stop the negative vibe that's looming over the club at the moment, then we'll have the best chance of getting something Sat against the Hammers. So come on lads and lasses, time to step up. It might not make a difference to the result... but it might just. CTID

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    Bombdoors

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I agree with Deano that we stick with AN - I just wish he had an experienced Premiership coach alongside him. Lambert had Culverhouse, who had nearly a decade of NCFC experience, including top flight and Europe - we finished 12th.

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    GolfingCanary

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • "fans are there to support" . . . . good luck with that on Saturday ! Funny how all the pro's that have been in the game say Alex has done well and are positive, yet the MOG's just simply can not see anything positive. Do you all have that same outlook on life? I'd wager a tenner half of you won't be buying a Valentine's card for their beloved . . . . .

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • If the Canaries played their remaining games with the same team spirit shown by Posh last night we would not be relegated this year.

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    canaryonaboat

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • Today I tend to share this view, and I believe it's shared by a majority of fans. Certainly agree that we've got to give the lads full backing v Wet Spam. But unless there is a reaction to last week's shambles, and we see a real, tangible, improvement, it's going to be very hard to 'keep the faith' . What's going to be interesting will be the reaction if we do not play very well, but sneak a 1-0 win, in contrast to if we play a lot better, but still lose . My money is on a draw, incidentally.

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

  • I share this view..last time we dropped below the drop line, we responded in exactly the right way..exactly the same is required now. My one wish would be that we get back to the playing style we enjoyed prior to the Newcastle shambles. Let the players build some confidence and play attacking football.. As we all know, most of our problems are at the back..so let's play further up the field and back our attacking and flair players ...simples!

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    Irish canary

    Thursday, February 11, 2016

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