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Norwich City boss Alex Neil aims to keep making the tough calls

06:30 09 February 2016

Norwich City manager Alex Neil will keep making the tough calls. 
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil will keep making the tough calls. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil is pledging to do it his way in Norwich City’s Premier League survival battle.

The City chief insists he will stand or fall by his own decisions in a bid to guide the Canaries to safety after slipping into the bottom three at the weekend.

Neil spoke to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson ahead of Norwich’s top flight return last summer, but the Scot is not poised to seek advice from others to find the winning formula.

“I think everybody knows what the problems are. Tighten up your defence, keep an attacking threat but without shipping as many goals as you are conceding. It is not as if I am not aware of the problem,” he said. “The difficulty is trying to maintain that attacking threat and the back door shut. The difficulty, we understand, now it is about trying to fix that. Before we played Tottenham we worked all week on the back four and within a minute-and-a-half we concede a goal.”

City look to end a run of five consecutive Premier League defeats when they host West Ham at Carrow Road this weekend.

The Canaries were guilty of more self-inflicted blows in a 2-0 defeat at relegation rivals Aston Villa.

“We are making basic errors,” said Neil. “You don’t need a mastermind coach or tactician to say head the ball and don’t run out of your goal. It needs to come from the players. You watch Manchester City and do you think (Manuel) Pellegrini tells them where to play? Of course he doesn’t. Sergio Aguero gets the ball and skips past three players and puts the ball in the top corner and he just sits and claps his hands.

“What I have to do is get my players organised, get them drilled and make sure they know what the task is, with and without the ball, and hope they have the skills and quality to go and make the difference in the game.”

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  • The use of "newbie" is a clue. A recent "newbie" has a monicker which is an anagram of a "regular" contributor. Why do people want to create this confusion? What is their agenda? Answers on a yellow post-it to Ole Tommy Custard Enterprises, Rouen Rd.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • If I was a manager bringing a side to Carrow Road, my game plan would be to match NCFC for the first 20mins, press them for the next 20mins with a view to punishing the mistakes that NCFC will make during that period, and go for a goal in the final 5 to 10 mins of the first half. Themn for the second half, I would for goal in the first five minute, look to match them for the next 20mins and then press them for the final 20 to 25mins. The caveat to that being that if we go ahead, we sit back into "match them" mode, but ready to break and punish the unforced errors that will come. And that's the rub. Visiting teams know that NCFC will make both forced and unforced errors and will set themselves up to take advantage of that. Interestingly. we made those same errors last season. We just didn't get routinely punished for them . I'm not sure how the statistics shape up, but I see visiting premiership teams making the same errors, but not get punished to the same extent ... and there are two aspects to that ... when a mistake is made, NCFC are not as good at "snuffing out the risk", with the consequent corollary being that NCFC are not so effective at ruthlessly punishing mistakes ... so at the very basic level, the way up the Premiership Staircase is: Don't make unforced errors. cope better when pressed to minimise the forced errors, when a mistake is made RESPOND & SNUFF OUT THE THREAT more effectively, whilst maintaining a predatory threat to punish both the forced and unforced errors that other premiership sides make. When we can routinely win that contest against 6 premiership sides, we can happily start to talk about the formation and tactics etc. ... So, how dos one get players to deliver to on that basic goal? Well, that's AN's job and I don't envy him ... the team is either good enough for the Premiership or it isn't. Whether it is Championship or Premiership Football next Season, I'll be at Carrow Road, backing AN to deliver progress on this basic aim. OTBC

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    Joe 90

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Ha ha Lincs, NMTD, no spaces, here way back when. Mr N M T D only popped up last week, I think. I'm not really that clever to be honest. Don't even know how to change usernames. Is that even possible? Anyway, this NMTD will remain positive and hope West Ham's late night finish has caused some weary muscles to tighten up over the next few days. Keeping everything crossed for a decent performance Saturday OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • Having two nmtd's acting out a Jekyll and Hyde routine is brilliant. Nice to have you on board n m t d. Or if you are one and the same well done, that's very clever.

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

  • never mind the danger, how original. Excuse me newbie, you'll never be the original NMTD. Fakir! No doubt. Express your negativity all you like. Spurs has been and always will be a $h!t hole to leave. Good job they've got the Orient Stadium to move into. Good one on Hooper. Talented proven PL scorer leaves for desperate Champ club. Really? Are you smokin' what Jon is?

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • I agree with Trevor Keith re who the back 4 should be. But everyone who comments on here think they have the answers and my own solution to the current form would be to leave Alex Neil to get on with doing it his way. I believe (if given the time he deserves), he will prove himself to be a top manager. People are whinging about potential relegation but are quick to forget that he came here mid-season straight out of the Scottish League and got Norwich promoted when it had looked like there was too much ground to make up. Give him a break.

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    Johny

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • All good interesting stuff on here so let me give a slight change of angle. Some have hinted SAN needs help e.g. experienced Premier coach and that may be correct. My concern is what's going on behind the scenes. What DOES Rick Martin do? The management committee set up after the Hoots debacle, what do they do? The set answer is always to assist the manager. The word committee sends a shiver down my back. The very nature of a committee is to allow yes men to hide. Proof? I give you the European Union as starters. If SAN is not happy with that set up, he's not going to go public is he?

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    Bury Yella Fella

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • My biggest criticism of AN is the amount of self-inflicted wounds in , what we already knew, would be a difficult task We've let BJ go, refused to even try KL, sold our most natural goalscorer who now has scored 9 in 10(how was he £3m & Grabban £8m???) & played so many out of position so often Incomers look average, we needed a keeper(should have got Westwood), a CB(should have been Dawson) & a playmaker(Pritchard just gone to West Brom on loan) But the biggest crime is the lack of fight, Spurs didn't just beat us convincingly but wanted it more & their effort & work rate with & without the ball was a real lesson. It's hard to believe they played nearly all that team 3 days earlier whilst NCFC had over a week to prepare If he hasn't lost the dressing room, he needs to prove it, it's looking like it at present Just one thing, I was delayed by the traffic so ended up blocking off a car park so had to leave early from the Spurs game to make sure I wasn't blocking people in, I left at 80 mins, the first 2 people I saw was Laffery & Whittaker scurrying off to their vehicle...we're all in this together!!!...yeah, right

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    never mind the danger

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Everytime Norwich go on the park I fear the worst. It has been so long since I felt confident about any games especially the first 45 minutes. I remember when we drew with Everton at home..that first half performance was the worst Ive ever seen by a home team. Personally I cannot see us turning this around. By March we will be gone..I hope not but the performances are what I have to go by. Watford Bournemouth Tottenham Villa Stoke Man City Newcastle Southampton all destroyed us this season. If you include Man City Leicester WBA and Stoke in that it does not leave much hope. Sorry AN I gave you support but like many others no more. Your CV may have promotions but does it have relegation battle experience..sadly no.

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    Robin Sydney

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Read that Dorrens might be going out on loan. Surely we need all our players for the massive run in. Midfield has to be solid if Hoolahan and or Redmond aren't selected. 5 in midfield must be on the cards for most away games. Wouldn't want to be a football manager, that's for sure.

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    Comrade Smoultty

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • When Hughton left there was not many choices for a new manager. At the moment there are a few candidates. The phone will be ringing if we dont get 3 points against Villa Im sure of it.

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    Robin Sydney

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Lots of people on this message board ask us to 'get behind the team' as though that will solve the problem . We did when 3-1 up to Liverpool. Did it help? It's a bit like colonels in WW1 telling the troops to raise up from the trenches and the enemy will run. They didn't!

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    Canterbury Tales

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • I'm new to this forum lark so bear with. I don't see how Alex can be blamed for all our woes. City are in this pickle because of individual errors made by the players during this season, he can pick the team, choose the tactics but if players are going to commit basic schoolboy errors that is beyond his control. And as for calling for Alex to go because he lacks PL experience was anyone shouting for a manager with experience the day we walked off Wembley's turf? Now I come to the question should Redmond be in the team? At this present time it's a big NO!! He's a good times player - when the team is playing well he's okay but when the team needs to scrap he doesn't want to know. We should have sold him to Saints for the 10 Mill they were asking - I'd settle for a Boots Meal Deal to offload him now. Should we be above Watford & Bournemouth? The simple answer is no - they were the top two in the Chump, just because we'd been on the Prem before counts for nothing.

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    The Nest Is Best

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Why are Archie still showing the vid clip of Norwich Liverpool, after all we have played a couple more games since then??

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • School run then happy hour. Will discuss Saturday's team selection down the pub. Starting with Ruddy in goal? Isn't Tettey banned for this match?

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    canaryonaboat

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Caption for the photograph. AN addressing the Norwich players on the pitch.' Did you see what they did there? That's the way to score goals and defend. I'm afraid it's no lollipops after the game again'. Cue a chorus of he did it his way.

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    Letsby Avenue

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Ruddy - Pinto Klose Bennett Olsson - Tettey - Redmond Naismith Hoolahan Brady - Jerome .... Rudd, Wisdom, Howson, Jarvis, Bamford. Fook-in 'ave it ....

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    danpez

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Certainly would not disagree with that sentiment, canaryonaboat. There would be nothing to be gained by not giving full support to the lads from minute one on Sat . Then it's up to them. Either they can give it a damn good go, or they can give the kind of no-show we've been treated to lately . And , incidentally,there are plenty of smaller clubs than Chelsea, MU, and Newcastle where the manager has spent big, and been sacked soon afterwards !

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    Rick

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Know where you're coming from Rick, but clubs you speak of are not same as lilolenorwich. Whatever, it won't happen before Saturday, let's get behind them, hey?

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    canaryonaboat

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • I don't know why you guys are automatically assuming that, just because the manager has has millions to spend, the board would not dispense with his services. History is littered with managers at both NCFC and a host of other clubs where precisely that has happened . Jose spent a bob or two at Chelsea, but it did not save him. Similarly Moyes at MoanUre . And virtually every recent Newcastle United boss. So stop kidding yourself. Make no mistake, if the board sense AN has become a liability, not an asset, he will be on his bike.

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    Rick

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • You're pretty good at that ole sarcasm stuff, to be confirmed. OTBC

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    canaryonaboat

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • T'was only a touch of sarcasm, we so desperately need you and similar at the moment :-)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Ridiculous maybe TBC, but positive none the less. As mentioned, the board are not going to drop AN before the end of the season after investing in his team, so why not get behind him and the team?

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    canaryonaboat

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • I cannot believe its 36 years ago today that Justin Fashanu scored that goal. # Happy days

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • The saving grace for this saturday is the hammers have a cup game tonight i believe. However it seems AN doesnt have the team playing in top gear..needs an assustant with prem experience ir perhaps a new manager..sorry mate had to be said

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    johnty

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Super, good point. Plus changing AN now wouldn't give a replacement anytime to turn things around. Maybe he'll be good enough to give us another winning final at Wembley next year. Knowing how to weather the trials and tribulations of being a City supporter is all part of the game. I keep saying it, 'the good times will come again'. That's my MOG quote of the week.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Rick--very true & he was not the last one either. However i find it hard to believe that the board would let A.N. be involved in £24 + millions of pounds transfer unless they were prepaired to stick with him-----even if we were relegated.

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    superfan59

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • All our best players seem to have gone into hiding. This has to be the fault of the manager not giving them time on the pitch to express themselves. Redmond, Brady and Wes all look shadows of their former selves. I also think its time for Naismith to be given the captaincy and play as our most advanced player - something I am surprised AN has not tried out. Still have plenty of goal threat from Redmond, Hoolahan, Howson and Brady in addition. In other words: Ruddy, Wisdom, Bennett, Klose, Olsson, Redmond, O'Neil, Howson, Brady, Hoolahan, Naismith

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Sorry, Trevor and Custard, I do simply not accept that there is nothing that the fans can do about things. Over time, history has taught us that, once the fans' patience has run out and they turn on the manager his time is up. The sack (or resignation) inevitably follows in very short order. I'm not just talking about one lone rogue voice on here or in the stands. Nor am I talking about silly demo's outside CR . But, as an example I use what happened on that match v Burnley a few years back . The fans' patience ran out with Worthington, the board knew it, and within hours , he was toast. Now, whether we have reached that stage with Alex Neil is a different matter altogether. I suspect we have not. Yet. But it will not take many more performances the likes of which we've seen over the last month, and for us to get marooned in the bottom 3 for that state of affairs to change very quickly. And then, it will matter not what all Alex's bevvy of supporters say...they will not be able to save him.

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    Rick

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • The trouble with A.N. shuffling the pack is that our pack is so worn and dog eared that the opposition knows our cards before we play them.

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    61canarie

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • No idea what team will be put out on Saturday - my concern is that the players won't know till Saturday either. We have competition for places but that also creates uncertainty. Naismith and Hoolahan - which or both? Can we afford two wingers - Jarvis and Redmond? But if we have a big centre-forward, can we afford not to? AN when he first arrived talked of wanting movement up front, and interchanges. Suggests Bamford. Can we attack effectively with 2 holding midfield players? Can we glue our full backs into the defensive positions? Decide where to put Klose and work around him to his strengths and to cover any weaknesses. All seems so easy from the comfort of my armchair.

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Once again have to agree with OTBC, nothing we say on the site is likely to have any say in the current problems. However, we are only a single point from safety so the answer is simple, get more points than Newcastle and we should stay up. I can understand AN's frustration, especially against Spurs but that was always going to be a tough game. I would stick with Martin at right back but reinstate Olsson at left back. Likewise, I would prefer to see Bennett alongside Klose but Bassong is not that bad, Watford were glad to have his services last season foe example. All players make mistakes but as long as they roll their sleeves up we should be happy.

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    TrevorKeith

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Norfolk Farmer, I just don't think we have a best XI at the moment . . . . SO what is he to do? Stick with under performing players or shuffle the pack. He has to look like he's at least making decisions surely. Frankly it's not AN's fault the replaced player isn't taking the opportunity with both hands We do have a squad after all (No Lafferty posts please !)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • 3 simple problems that Alex Neil needs to work out: Stop changing the team around every single game. Don't play Russ Martin or Seb Bassong ever again! Finally, go back to how you used to play football, nice passing, movement and attacking.. Sadly it seems that he has adopted a Chris Hughton style of play! You can't go to the bottom club with a negative line up and defend for 90 mins, I still believe in Alex Neil, he just needs to go back to old ways... This should be the favourite 11 in my eyes: Rudd, Olsson, Klose, Bennett, Pinto, Tettey, Howson, Brady, Hoolahan, Naismith, Jerome. Playing 4-2-3-1 formation As for Mbokani- his work rate is so poor compared to Jerome.

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    WillC93

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • “The difficulty is trying to maintain that attacking threat and the back door shut". Then why not play Brady in his natural position of left midfield and Olsson at left back then you cover are best interests. Lets hope the Hammers game tonight goes the distance and AN gets his tactics right on Saturday. Need to work on our goal difference too!

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    OTFBC

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • The swirling sound of computers spluttering to life was only matched by a sense of premier league entitlement, ''get him out'' ''is he still here'' ''wee man'' were the phrases ringing around the crisp Norfolk air. A single tear rolled down the cheek of a distraught child in an OTBC tee shirt, as he looked up to see the flickering lights of computer screens spelling it out '' we never rated him anyway.'' As he began his solemn walk home the youngster felt the harsh reality dawn on him. He'll never be as plucky as Bournemouth....

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    GossVolley

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • I think 61Canarie got it right. We should look at Bournemouth. Same manager, largely same team, still stick to playing their way and they will survive. Why is Alex changing our team so much and the way we set up to play? It would be ok if he got it right every game! i would agree if he set up to play the long ball from time to time but he doesn't. And until he picks our best 11 and sticks with them we stand no chance. For me Martin, Bassong and Mulumba need to be dropped and kept as back up only. Brady up to left midfield, Olson and Whitaker back, and then in my opinion we should start picking up points. I do think the Championship is where we ultimately belong though, sorry to say. We deserved to get here but not so sure we belong to stay................

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    Norfolk Farmer

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Worked all week on the back 4 pre spurs,hmmmmmm does that not happen every week ? Stand and fall on your decisions ?,so far,probably not. Ponder not,the tough decisions,just make a few right ones,pleeeeeez

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    dis dressed

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • canaryonaboat, what a ridiculous outlook on life you have. You're just too positive, when will you ever learn ! ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • That's it cutty . . . . although you seem to be one blarin'. The MOG argument holds no water. Just as Kaza implies whether we stay up or do down. Some people will be smug if we get relegated, (you) nice attitude to have (not), and I'll just be pleased if we stay up. Les Dawson? Says 1000 words about your profile, ouch ! Don't mention the . . . . . .

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • A win this Saturday and we'll be on our way. Let's get behind them through to Saturday at 5, then start to look at the next match. 39 points by end of season, I'm sure that will be enough. Come on you yellows.

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    canaryonaboat

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Last week it was, There May Be Trouble Ahead. This week could be, Pick Yourself Up, Brush Yourself Down, Start All Over Again! Good luck AN. COYY!!!

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    rament

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Custard's got his Les Dawson face on again. You're defence is about as good as City's, the good times will come again, 'no good blarin' or a getin' in a muckwash when things dornt go yer way.'

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    cutty

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Excellent posts Kazakanary. Bloomin AN saying he will continue to keep making tough calls, all he is doing is making wrong calls for the players he selects cant do the their job in the position they are put in.

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    Jimhow

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Agree 61, one must always look for opportunities in business (and as much as we like to deny it that's what football is), and there are lots here - if anything more than if we were in mid table. For the current players - show you a worthy of playing in the Premiership, make yourself attractive to other teams scouts even if we get relegated. For the younger players on-loan - show that you should be in the 1st team by producing the performances at your loan club. For the management - demonstrate that you can produce the correct decisions when under pressure. So all in all not so bad after all, anyway I think it's a ruse to lull the opposition teams into a false sense of security before we embark on a record run of consecutive wins which will shock all the pundits and we can all look smug by the end of the season, and I can tell my workmates -'I told you so' (to quote OTBC)

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    Kazakanary

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • I still see at least 4 home wins before the end of the season..we can also spring a surprise or two and get over the 40pt mark. Whether that will be enough or not who knows..but please don't let me read any more comments suggesting we are worse than Villa..the table doesn't lie - we are where we deserve to be - as are they! Let's look up..things will look healthier in a couple of weeks!

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    Irish canary

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • We are the worst performing team of those who came up but that is down to to Bournemouth coming through the leagues with the same manager, the same squad of players, and never deviating from their attacking brand of football. Despite a billionaire backer, they haven't spent a huge sum of money. They may not be far above us but do look more able to stay up. Watford have had a great season up till now and also seem to have a settled team with the luxury or two natural goal scorers. I don't want to be relegated, but if it happens it is not the end of Norwich City. A drop back into the Championship will at least give us a chance to build a younger team ( our new signings just a start) and build some team spirit, then we will come back stronger. Brighter days ahead.

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    61canarie

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Yesterday's posts seemed to be more about having a go at each other rather than focussing on our Team ..on reflection, maybe not a bad idea :) It's a conundrum for our Manager..undoubtedly changes need to be made again for Saturday..and again he will cop the flak. I said last week that I felt it was time for Declan to take a backseat for a while. Not many agreed, but I still feel that way. If we are to go down (and I still believe we won't) I would rather go down fighting..lets go back to the free flowing football we played before the shocker up in Newcastle

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    Irish canary

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • cutty, no hiss(ing)y fits from Ole Tommy. You're really, really, quite confused aren't you? I've never said I accept what's currently looking like a relegation certainty. My point is and will always be, short of a several thousand demonstration, nowt will change. It's all very well the bed-wetters whining ALL of the time. You'll change nothing. You think Alex will change his back 4 because you demand a change. I accept we have professionals in charge doing their best. Spouting a load of BS on here just makes you look like your having a tantrum

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • This sounds exactly like 2 years ago in that the focus is on a negative (not conceding goals) rather than a positive (playing flowing football and scoring goals). That approach will end the same way now as it did then. The club needs to show it has learned something even if it's young promising manager has yet to learn it.

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    essex canary

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Some sensible comments on here today. Yesterday custard kept throwing a wobbly and interfering with the dialogue. I suppose that one day he'll realize his hissing fits and tantrums will change nothing. As you get older you learn how to forget the bad times, like this season, and remember the good, like last season. We beat the binners and won at Wembley, after that it was down hill. When AN didn't change the defence last summer most of feared it would end in tears. But the good times will come again and we'll all have something to cheer about, and maybe we'll pick up the odd point or two before the end of this season. It's a MOGs world.

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    cutty

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • …..It's not so much a question of whether...more a question of when!...and the when should be asap!….. …..It's not so much a question of whether...more a question of when!...and the when should be asap!….. …..It's not so much a question of whether...more a question of when!...and the when should be asap!…..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Drastic measures needed. Select eleven players plus subs. Tell them they will play every match until end of season. Play each player in his proper position. Ring fence them from the rest of the players and the club. Treat the operation as a military combat crew training for a mission. Build the morale and the mutual understanding of each others skills and psychologies. Get them to bond with each other. Spend lots of time with each other as a team and not just a few hours a day on the training pitch. Team performance requires shared understanding. Look how Spurs have that quality.Then we stand a chance. At the moment it's a mess. How would you feel if you turned up for work and didn't know if you would be asked to do the job you were trained for and who you would be working with? Are you likely to perform at your best?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • For me I'm not one to call for the Manager to go. We always knew it would be a struggle to keep up and it is proving so. My frustration is two fold, firstly that he doesn't explain why he constantly plays people out of position, and secondly why then keep changing every match. I would accept watching players in their right positions giving their all for 90 mins and still losing - ok I wouldn't like it but I would accept it. In many ways I understand the players looking unmotivated and 'confused' when they never know if they are going to play - one week in the starting 11, next week not even on the bench; Or even what position they will be asked to play in today. I agree with Wivenhoe, just keep it simple and get some continuity both in selection and positioning

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    Kazakanary

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • From team selection to team performances it is becoming increasingly more difficult to decide whether to slaughter the players or hang the manager. My biggest worry is that A.N. has lost the dressing room. Recent displays show a lack of commitment and interest on the part of several players and the manager does not seem able to rectify the problem. I still hesitate to call for the manager to go, as I am not part of what goes on in training and in the dressing room. Like other supporters, I can only voice my anger at what is happening.

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    61canarie

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Dribble, dribble only one thing to do AN go

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    iMac

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Yes, very commendable Mr Neil, but your way appears to be hurtling us towards the championship wee man. You can work on your preferred back four all you want but they are obviously not good enough. Silk purse and all that.

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    Quitefrank

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • God, is he still here?

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    Letsby Avenue

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Alex, please ask Nathan to pick up the ball, skip past three players and put the ball in the top corner. We can then all just sit and clap our hands. Get the shackles off the young fella, he looks a shadow of his former self. OTBC INIT

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    nevermindthedanger

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Hooray short version through. Longer one lost in translation.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • Comment, last paragraph of Neils Speil, get them organised now so what about the previous games.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • 'What I have to do is get my players organised, get them drilled and make sure they know what the task is, with and without the ball, and hope they have the skills and quality to go and make a difference in the game .' The game against West Ham is game no 26 of 38. It might have helped to do this organising a little earlier.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

  • AN (thinking) ......Now if I put a winger as a full back, play a central midfielder as a winger, put a full back as a center back.............. now get the striker to swap with the goalkeeper........."You don’t need a mastermind coach or tactician"..........no, but we wouldn't mind one that uses players in the right position now and again, only joking, just shake the bag and draw out the 1st 11 names and randomly place them on the board, much more fun, it'll also confuse the opposition.

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    Kazakanary

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

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