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Premier League drop zone pressure will not get to Norwich City, says Alex Neil

07:00 03 March 2016

Nathan Redmond can not bear to look after Norwich City

Nathan Redmond can not bear to look after Norwich City's 2-1 Premier League defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Alex Neil is adamant slipping back into the Premier League relegation zone is not a major psychological blow to Norwich City’s survival hopes.

The Canaries head to rivals Swansea City this weekend, who pulled off a surprise 2-1 win at title-chasing Arsenal on Wednesday, still smarting from the manner of a controversial 2-1 home defeat to champions Chelsea that sucked them into the bottom three ahead of the final 10 league games.

Norwich have immediately hauled themselves back out on the two previous occasions this season they dropped into the relegation places and Neil expects another positive reaction.

“Our responsibility is to get out of there when the season ends,” he said. “The fact we are now in the bottom three will have no bearing because we have been in and around that area of the table for most of the season. I don’t think psychologically that has any real bearing. We have Swansea Saturday, then Manchester City and then a collection of about five or six matches that will determine where we end up. Those are games against teams in and around us and we are capable of winning those.

“Whether we do or not will be dictated by how we perform but we have to win games, simple as that. We will have a lot that are six pointers, in the sense we can gain three and deny the others three points at the same time.”

Norwich have failed to win any of their last eight Premier League matches but the Scot is drawing on the lessons of history to help inspire his men.

“You find in a lot of seasons there will be a team who have not performed for the majority of a season, find themselves down at the bottom, and then for whatever reason they hit one result or a formation that works for them and they go on a run that takes them clear,” he said. “Sunderland and Leicester spring to mind and I am sure there have been others in recent seasons.

“I feel we have been really unfortunate, not in terms of bad luck, but in making crucial errors at bad times and we haven’t capitalised on good opportunities. When you don’t win as many games as you would like it is going to tough but I think there is a realisation in the Premier League we have a team capable of winning games at this level.”

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72 comments

  • @Robin Sydney; revisionism is rife in the Meeja Community. They never let dubious "facts" get in the way of a feeble story. No "likes ofs" or "insists" in this piece, just a tasteful little "adamant".

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • @Bald Canary; if you're still toiling for 55hrs a week, you are probably not a real MOG! We MOGs are burdens on society who get free bus travel, concessionary footy ticket prices and buckshee prescriptions. You've mentioned joining in a MOG-Fest before. I don't get out much at weekends ( P!$$-poor to zero public transport). The others might. I'm sure you'd be very welcome - as an Honorary MOG?. No need to lurk in the shadows just to watch and listen, like the likes of...

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Correcting the article. Norwich did not haul themselves out last time. Newcastle lost and our goal difference was then better. I would suggest Newcastle hauled themselves back in. Forget Swansea this weekend. We will have one win away this season to come and that will be at Palace. Maybe a point at WBA as well.

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    Robin Sydney

    Friday, March 4, 2016

  • Some good posts on here today, and funny. From the football side of things, I would like to say I'm a glass half full guy, but unless we get 3 points Saturday we are pretty much doomed. Not going to blame AN but feel like others have said, we should have done our business at the start of the season. With regards Ole Tommy, keep you going to all the games bor! With your support we should stay up, after all you are the voice of Carra Rd, and by your own account all singing all dancing away fan. In my own humble experience on away days is a lot of p##### up fans singing and chanting in the local hostelries. How could you possibly be in that bracket, unless you get your mum to write for you, because of what you write on here lays you open to question. But I think you've been rumbled, anyway must get on, after all Thursday night is the new Friday night. Btw Brew, El D, Barking, Cutty, Steely, and anyone I've missed, please arrange a weekend MOG meet, some of us still have a 55hr week to contend with. Goodnight all.

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    Bald Canary

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Everyone... if we beat Swansea on saturday then we drag them back into it... we have to treat this match as a do or die situation.... put it this way Swansea would rather lose to Arsenal and beat us than beat Arsenal and lose to us.... let's take the shine of of their surprise victory and not be so begruding about it, after all we already had ours at Old Trafford

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    jops

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Steels, wrong! ᶤ ᵈᵒᶰ'ᵗ ᵍᵉᵗ ᶠʳᵉᵉ ᵗᶤᶜᵏᵉᵗˢ, no free travel either. Gotta pay for the Merc Viano. As for Ged, never ever known the guy. Is he an anagram? You're as far away as dingbat . . . . ask and I will tell (⊙.⊙)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Everyone... if we beat Swansea on saturday then we drag them back into it... we have to treat this match as a do or die situation.... put it this way Swansea would rather lose to Arsenal and beat us than beat Arsenal and lose to us.... let's take the shine of of their surprise victory and not be so begruding about it, after all we already had ours at Old Trafford

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    jops

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Lincs - I get the gist of what you are saying regarding concessions. I think its fairly common knowledge that Tom Custard gets free tickets plus free travel to away games with Ged Steroo.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Lets face it, we are going down chaps. Swansea won. Newcastle game in hand. City playing Man City, Arsenal, United and Everton. We cannot win. Our Manager has tried almost everything except Lafferty. We buy players never use them. We keep with those that cost us games. We have no decent striker now Hooper has gone. We have a few players on the payroll that are not good enough. We get young guys in send them out on season loans. And we concede more than anyone else. Swansea 3 City 0. Sorry but this season is as miserable as the Hughton one.

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    Robin Sydney

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • By the way, did you ever meet her Bru?

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • There was a girl in our village called Amy L Nite-rite. I always suspected that was her professional name so once plucked up the courage to ask her. Turned out I was right and she had been forced to change it to that after threats from Buyrite. I wonder what happened to her. I guess she's probably now known as Amy Bad-nite-and-I-promise-I'll-never-get-that-drunk-again.

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Hi, el dingo! We were as $#!ts that passed in the night. My offer to walk Geezer still stands. And I did mean what I said. Stop being so nice! You're so loose, you're like Dubya on amyl nitrite. A lofty ambition. Arsk Barking. Blaff!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • @cutty, as we both know, el dingo is a youngish, very good ole boi. Absolutely no doubt about that. I sometimes worry that he is just a tad too nice. A bit like Dubya - but Dubbs owns most of Dubai, Yabba Dabba Abu Dhabi, Newmarket Road, Eritrea`s Hagar Nish Plateau and the good bit of Cyprus as compensation. I will never hear a bad word spoken about el d - even if Geezer poos on my front doorstep. $#!t happens. Dingo's still my mate.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Brew: Dingos are notorious for politeness - just watch us enjoying a family meal! Spanish or Australian, it's all the same to us. You can't beat a nice juicy bone. Whoever is behind the creations is running out of hiding places. Not a good way to escape from the average dingo.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Dingo gets my vote everytime, a loyal supporter who soldiers on. Salt of the earth.

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    cutty

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I like the Z, cutty. I've never been sure about S versus Z. Or which one superceded, superseded or superseeded the other. I am a tad concerned about the slab-faced dictator of tone and humour, though. The cache me if you can man. It's all a bit disturbing. Or disturbed? el dingo deserves a medal for staying polite. Much respect.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • My experiences far outweigh those of most of the posters on these boards. Can you see your appendix yet Tommy. Got to admit it that one could give Donald Trump a run for being a fool.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • If the so called big 5 and their mates from the continent want a euro super league , let them form it and go play in it. It would just need the national federations [eufa] to tell those clubs you are on your own. Pick none of their players for the national teams and revamp Eurpean Champions league and Europa League. Would the Premier League survive, you bet it would, would the TV guys still pay big bucks for whats left, of course they will, and once the honeymoon of Chelsea V Barcelona, etc, is over they can always return to league 2 and rise again. If you wanted even transfers to the breakaway clubs could be made 'unsanctioned' by EUFA. Let them go, probably be good for the game.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • walcor - I didn't say we are too good for the Championship, simply that we would expect to be competitive there, as opposed to what amounts to cannon fodder in the PL. There is no doubt that our almost total failure in the transfer market in the summer has been a major factor in our failure. It is scarcely possible to play at this level with the central defence we have been fielding; and so it has turned out. In our hearts we may have believed we would be Ok - and indeed I was originally a glass half full person - but that was just wishful thinking. The reality was that we were starting woefully short of the quality needed. The January transfer window simply creates a panic scramble for someone (anyone!) who may just turn out to be a tad better than what we already had. But, unless you are lucky, it is money less than well spent. On the subject of recruitment, when you look at the players we have signed over the last two seasons, how many have turned out to be half-decent? Not many. Some have just been seen on occasions, other hardly appeared at all. So not only have we failed to recruit at the right time but we have also in general not chosen well. In fact we seem to have a penchant for signing players who do not fit into the manager's systems. Finally as regards stadium expansion, I fail to follow OTBC's reasoning regards concessions, income and and stadium capacity. Put simply, if we had a larger capacity, we could easily continue to accommodate the concessions while deriving added income from the extra 5,000 or whatever seats.

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Like Tommy I never miss a Norwich game home or away and they will continue to be the team whose result I first look for, regardless of division. Many years ago I even went to matches and have a horde of programmes from the sixties and seventies. And I was never a concession except for my schooldays. I have a bus pass now and sometimes wonder if it would get me from Lincs to Carra for free. On the other hand if AN remains in charge and keeps gathering one point in every 24 I can wait a couple of seasons and watch the lads at Peterborough.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I feel same as Dingo, with some more effort to recruit in the summer and less tinkering from AN we could of been further up the table. If we battled like we have done the last 2 games and went down I dont thing many would be moaning, but poor selections and signings have cost us, we all knew AN was inexperienced but at times he doesnt show anything to suggest he is learning at all.

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Canterbury, some of us talk to each other face to face. We only come on here to impart our collective pearls of wisdom to the wider public and to advise the Carra rud management. We devote our time free of charge and without any thought of self aggrandizement. Tis a thankless task but someone has to do it.

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    cutty

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • He flippin' nearly did! Now let's stop and get you off to Wales:-)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I DO mind because with a bit more gumption from the Board, a little bit of luck and having bought two CBs in the Summer we'd be sitting where WBA are now, having a laugh at those beneath us. End of really - it wouldn't have taken much more - the January money spent in August would probably have sorted it really. As for who can go furthest up the wall with their personal experiences I won't get involved but believe you me I've had some good times too. And I've played at a current Football League ground (not professionally) in front of a reasonably sized crowd and THAT beat going to the Olympic Stadium for me:-) I'll look up the Cymru stuff later.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • ☆ º ♥ `•. Dear dingo. 2 minute search. You predicted Tettey would leave after the last relegation. He didn't. Your cred has taken a huge tumble .•´ ♥ º ☆ (◔‸◔ )

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Dear dingo, you are factually incorrect again when assuming my stance on being in the Championship (so glad you're not calling it Chump) is acceptable. I thought you for one would recall this. My stance is 'I don't mind' as I'll support Norwich wherever they travel, whatever division they're in, which is what us hardy, faithful, away day supporters are going through just now. Are the away allocations dropping off? Of course not? Away fans are much more pragmatic than the River End Sleepers, the Jarrold Family and the City Pensioners. I've had my great days out at all of fantastic stadiums in the Premier League. My experiences realistically dwarf most of the posters on here. Some are no doubt jealous, of course they won't admit that, and I expect some MOG comments to follow. Fact is my dear, I'm incredibly honoured to follow NCFC and am lucky enough to afford to, financially and emotionally. Please tell the class what other monikers I post under. They'd be intrigued to know. As I said before, ask and I'll tell you. The predictions will pop up tho', I haven't looked yet, burgers don't flip themselves ᴹᵃᵉ ᶠʸ ʰᵒᶠʳᵉᶰᶠᵃᵈ ʸᶰ ˡˡᵃʷᶰ ˡˡʸˢʷᵉᶰᶰᵒᵈ

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Dear Tommy I thought you'd fail on the prediction front. Never been flirtatious on a website in my life (except with Brewer and Cutty, of course) and I have never ever posted under a different moniker on this or any other site. Unlike somebody who has actually openly admitted to owning 12 separate identities, five or six of which even an idiot like me can work out. As the season draws to its close your views will come under even more pressure as you are one of the few who freely admits that Championship status is acceptable. Which it is in a kind of way, but not from the opportunity we had earned at the start of this season. And it's a little late to renege on the freebie thing I'm afraid. You go show the Welsh lads how to sing:-)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Kyle Lafferty has a wooden leg with a squirrel in it and Bamford turned out to be 3 young kids on each others shoulders in a trenchcoat. Can't believe the medical staff didn't pick up on it

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Some of us thought Alex Neil was the real deal. How wrong we were. We do not have the most gifted players technically, but as I am sure some of you agree we have been toothless in attack and spineless in defence. Where is the grit and determination - did this go when we sold Bradley Johnson? Why dont we have leaders on the field and players in the dressing room with a bit more fire in their bellies. Our club captain hardly fuels belief and for Naismith its hard coming into a new dressing room to then read the riot act. Just need some of the players to stand up and be counted and show a little extra desire. We are becoming accustomed to losing and nobody is pointing the finger, when actually what we need is a Roy Keane-esque player giving out some advice.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • dingo,1291 days and counting. Fascinating stuff. Quite flirtatious with canarygirl . . . . way back when. What was your moniker before that? I'll find out. The buzz words will always crop up when repeated SO many times. I will have fun in Swansea. Wind up Street and all that ♬♪♫ ٩(^‿^)۶ ♬♪♫

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • dingo,1291 days and counting. Fascinating stuff. Quite flirtatious with canarygirl . . . . way back when. What was your moniker before that? I'll find out. The buzz words will always crop up when repeated SO many times. I will have fun in Swansea. Wind up Street and all that ♬♪♫ ٩(^‿^)۶ ♬♪♫

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Good posts Malaga except that the common view that we are too good for the Championship may be a complete myth. I know that Norwich is at the back end of nowhere but does nobody keep an eye on what goes on elsewhere? Many of the Championship clubs show more ambition and spend cash in greater amounts and more wisely than we have recently. This season was doomed on 1st September 2015. The performance of the Norwich management in that transfer window was embarrassing, small-minded, penny pinching and sub standard. Our relegation rivals were strengthening the squad while we signed one regular first team player who Alex has decided to play out of position anyway. Every fan could see that we were not just weak but woefully inadequate in the centre of our defence but nothing was done about it. Please do not use the excuse that the playoff final was so late that we missed out. Did the management not see that playing one match at Wembley may just give us the opportunity to be promoted? There should have been lists of players to be signed for each of the two possibilities instead we got managerial inertia. Looking forward, if you were Delia, would you give this lot a few more millio to waste on the likes of (thanks Paddy) Arfa Pinto or Klose (to conceding another goal)? Expanding Carrow Road? If we are no higher than mid table in the Championship by the end of November, we will not be getting full houses anyway. The future looks to be: "Not good enough for the Premier League and not good enough to get to the Premier League".

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    waclor

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • @TrevorKeith, I believe you're a big ol' boi. Though vertically challenged, my width is much the same as my height so I'd struggle with the Turnstile Girthometer (Patents Pending). Though maybe I could walk in under it... The main beneficiaries of my proposal would be these two groups: A) Whippet-thin OAP\MOGs the likes of cutty and B) Large lumps on flexible facultative Feebies. Sadly your Group, the decent Big Ol' Boys, will pay both for the likes of cutty's disgraceful geriatric concessions and the Corpulent largesse afforded to Creme de la Creme Anglaise insiders. It's all in the small print. Cache you later. Bru. Btw TK; that 22" waist - is that the diameter or the circumference? The Waistline Factor is appx 3.14159 - known affectionately as Delia's Pi.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • @TrevorKeith, I believe you're a big ol' boi. Though vertically challenged, my width is much the same as my height so I'd struggle with the Turnstile Girthometer (Patents Pending). Though maybe I could walk in under it... The main beneficiaries of my proposal would be these two groups: A) Whippet-thin OAP\MOGs the likes of cutty and B) Large lumps on flexible facultative Feebies. Sadly your Group, the decent Big Ol' Boys, will pay both for the likes of cutty's disgraceful geriatric concessions and the Corpulent largesse afforded to Creme de la Creme Anglaise insiders. It's all in the small print. Cache you later. Bru. Btw TK; that 22" waist - is that the diameter or the circumference? The Waistline Factor is appx 3.14159 - known affectionately as Delia's Pi.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Being in drop zone pressure wont get to the players.....ermmm, so what has been getting to them the last few months then ??

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    Jimhow

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Well said OTFBC. Deja vu indeed and so avoidable.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • If ever we needed a result it is on Saturday. 1 point from 8 games is a shocking return and most managers would have been sacked by now on that form. This season is just like 2 years ago all over again, which I think makes it that much harder to take! Surely the taste of relegation is still sour when we got relegated last time - I just wonder why we haven't learnt any lessons on how to beat the drop. Our only hope is that something changes. We play Man City at a good time - before their Champions League game so hopefully they will rest some players and no reason why we cannot beat them.

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    OTFBC

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Good luck with that one Tommy I rarely make match predictions. Don't have a crystal ball see. Do you have a life beyond this website? Going through cached stuff is creepy imo. I couldn't do it even if I wanted to. Have fun in Swansea.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Cαɴтerвυry, мαĸe тнαт 25 . . . αcтυαlly ;-)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • ''take any notice'

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    Canterbury Tales

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I reckon there are only about 30 people who contribute to debates on these boards. There are 27,000 fans on a Saturday. So no one is going to take any news. In any case why bother to go thro the gleaning eyes of Archant? Why not just chat amongst yourselves on Facebook ?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I reckon there are only about 30 people who contribute to debates on these boards. There are 27,000 fans on a Saturday. So no one is going to take any news. In any case why bother to go thro the gleaning eyes of Archant? Why not just chat amongst yourselves on Facebook ?

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    Canterbury Tales

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • p.s. Redmond wouldn't have to hide under his shirt next time he scored.

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    cutty

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Brew, you're onto something there, or is it on something? Smaller turnstiles coupled with custard's proposed cull of season ticket holders and the club could pay even higher wages\transfers\benefits to our heroes. All players could then afford nice teeth and hair just like our captain.

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    cutty

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Back to the more serious side of supporting our club, it really does seem as though our luck ran out last night with Swansea producing what we have failed to do of late, a surprise result. Although this does not actually give then enough points to be sure of avoiding relegation, it surely is a massive step in the right direction and no points for guessing who will be full of confidence come Saturday. Right now it seems like any three for four, so we have no room to spare in our plight. I am sure many of their fans will now settle for a draw but only a win will do us, that in turn will leave us prone to being caught out with counter attacks. I for one would stick with the three centre back system, especially now Tettey is likely to be missing, as he often dropped back into the back line to defend and is very good with his head. I really hope that Klose is also fit enough to play as he too looked in some discomfort on Tuesday. I can only assume that Bassong will be available if Klose cannot make it, but injuries are now starting to get serious.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • They say there is no fool like an old fool and just to prove it I've put money on a Norwich victory over Swansea. How's that for optimism?

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    Cornwall Canary

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • By the way Brew, if you are anything over 5ft 6inches tall and have a waist measurement over 22 inches, then the seats are already like being a sardine in a tin, being stuck right at the back in one of those corners, I can fully appreciate that my ticket is well under priced. My little seat must be worth nearly a million per game.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Totally agree with old Tommy, ticket prices are far too low and it would be far better if we could ban season ticket holders, then up entry prices to circa £500 per game, then Tommy and his dad can have the stadium to themselves. Meanwhile, the rest of us can gather around at Stew's place for a free view on his TV.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Alex Neil's continued dismissive attitude over the importance of the mental game is alarming. I fail to understand how the board can continue to back someone who is so destructively naive.

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    Honest John

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • ScotCan is spot on. Swansea's win at Arsenal puts them six points clear of Norwich, Newcastle and Sunderland. Defeat at Swansea will almost confine Norwich to the Championship. I'm tempted to attribute Norwich's poor season to the lack of signings last summer. However, since signing Pinto et al we haven't won a game.

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    Suffolk Exile

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • OR fans should have to pass through Royal Mail-esque width-gauge turnstiles and then be charged in accordance with the space they occupy. Scrawny OAPs will then score a natural concession anyway. XXXXXL folk currently getting Freebies will also benefit, as they will be getting bigger Freebies than wiry little MOGs surviving from the post-war austerity era.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • If City played CJ, Mbok, Bam and Laff they may get a couple of goals, in the meantime, 3 or 4 would be conceded at the other end. Sadly, the whole set up is simply not good enough. It pains me to say, Championship here we come, again.

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    Sanjeev

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • @Malaga - it's not that bad. It's 1 point out of the last 24. The 1st defeat (of 8) was that FA Cup no-show vs Man. C. In order to conserve our energies for the real fight ahead, that game was "conceded" with nary a whimper. (Like Swansea, we have no chance against The Big Boys...). It was then we went on that mighty run of 1 point from 8 games! BTW; I really DO get treated to an All-Day Tiffin by Blowers at his private Club, The Whiffler. And I get picked up and taken home again in his stretch Sigorski Helilimo. And it really is free. I do stump for a token pint of Henry's favourite ale, Ice-Cold John Smith's Super-Smooth, though. It's good form, don't y' know, my dear old things. Btw, @el dingo. Young TommyC has issued a retraction about that "Freebie" claim. It's in the small print... Can't beat a good bit of old fashioned, duplicitous revisionism. Or revisionist duplicity. Cutty; ref ground capacity, my original proposal for the compulsory downsizing of footy fans, from the current average of XXXXXL to a scrawny XXL, will enable narrower seats to be installed, increasing ground capacity to 44,013 - all seated.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Need to start Saturday's match with Kyle Lafferty upfront any one of the other strikers doesn't matter there all same. And my masterplan come on Alex put the boots and take control out there you talk the game let's see if you can play the game you couldn't do any worse than that no idea defence that you play dropped Russell Martin and you take his spot

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    net

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • As Tommy said last week it's just a matter of how many Ar $ enal will score. Cred takes another huge tumble. Banging on about the concessions is becoming a little boring too from someone who gets most stuff for free by his own admission.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Yes a little copy and paste there that's why I put agree with you

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    net

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Sunderland Newcastle have spent even more money than Norwich to avoid relegation the final battle is between those three clubs as far as I can see everybody else is safe I don't fancy our chances as we never respond against lower teams we go out thinking expecting to win but never do with the players we have and the manager not sticking to any sort of system we have absolutely no chance of avoiding relegation he needs to start Saturday with Lafferty and Smith upfront we couldstart with an eight man defenders we still wouldn't prevent conceding a goal as our defence has no idea of organisational skills why doesn't the manager put his boots on and take control of the defence couldn't do any worse Alex

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    net

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Malaga, I've just posted a long piece along similar lines but Archie says no. So I'll try a brief comment. The big five Prem clubs are likely to join an elite Euro super league. Less dosh for everyone else, so take out the seats, get a 35,000 crowd without a big investment.

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    cutty

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Copy and pasting other people's comments net ?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Alex Neil, Listen, Kyle Lafferty, Kyle Lafferty, Kyle Lafferty, Kyle Lafferty. Got It. Add your comment | Report this comment Agree with you

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    net

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I see a European super league is back on the agenda. The big five, Man U, Man C, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal, were invited to talks with an American sports billionaire. It is rumoured that there will be no annual relegation\promotion with this select league, and these elite clubs will not participate in any 'domestic' competitions. The financial gains to those on this gravy train are enormous, for everyone else it will be back to flat caps and bikes. I suppose clubs like City could make up some of the lost revenue by taking out the seats and get more people into Carra rud, and if we leave the EU it could be back to Yarmouth for the summer hols. The ole days are returning, mushy peas with the tripe anyone?

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    cutty

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • As you mentioned concessions . . . . is it right that a Swansea concession ticket is just £5? I know the adult ticket was £35 but we've only been charged £10 (well done NCFC, I'm impressed), but subsidising concessions to £5 . . . . what's that all about ? ◖|◔◡◉|◗

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Malaga, are you suggesting the income from turnstiles should be increased by reducing the percentage we give away to concessions? I've recently "contacted" the club and they "confirmed" to me that 42% of our season tickets are from concession groups - kids, U-21's, over 65's and over 75's.That's a heck of a lot of money lost on match days. Equal the ST's all round at a flat £500. That should generate an extra £2 million I reckon [♥]]] [♦]]] [♣]]] [♠]]]

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • OTBC - exactly. January is panic buying time for those desperate to lever themselves out of the relegation places while ignoring the fact that they are there because they are not good enough! Time to get your squad together is the summer. End of....

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Unfortunately our form has slumped again at exactly the wrong time. In that respect it has all the hallmarks of our last PL exit under Hughton. We are in a trough, having won only one point out of the last 27. Much as I want to believe, logic tells me we are now favourites to go down with the Villa and one other. I am now looking with optimism to next season because we should be competitive in the Championship and I am hoping we will take the opportunity to have a good clear out and bring in some of our key youngsters: time to be bold. The likes of Klose, Brady, Jarvis, Pinto and Naismith are likely to want away which we will just have to accept and get on with it. In some respects I am not that much in love with the PL anyway. It is a monster, driven by money, greed and for many clubs fear. Looking at it another way: to stay in the PL clubs have to spend very heavily and no doubt many simply live up to their income. So while big bucks come in, equally big bucks go out. One other thing about relegation - without the vast treasure chest of PL cash we will have to go back to looking at generating money elsewhere and that in good part means income from the turnstiles will assume far greater importance. In turn this ought to provide the Board with a wake-up call and expand the stadium. That would provide addition income while also giving the next generation of fans a chance to attend and develop the "Canary habit." I know it will cost but the club is a business and like any other the mantra of speculate to accumulate remains a sound truism. As I have said before expansion and upgrading the stadium is long, long, overdue and has been the subject of no end of excuses over the years. Oh, and another bonus? There should be more room in the training ground car park!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • It's now down to three out of four for relegation. I stick to my prediction of last November - Norwich Sunderland AV. Btw why does a manager get a striker on loan because the existing guy is not performing and then not play him? Also any team that is two goals up in two games with twenty minutes to go and then not win does not deserve to be in the Premier. Middlesbrough taught us at CR last year how to do it. Shows the manager is not tactically up to it.

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    Canterbury Tales

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Dubai, I agree with some of your comments, but as for money spent, in my opinion, we have been wasteful. Look at Leicester, Watford, Palace etc. They have spent far less than us and are in a far healthier league position. Just remind yourself how much was spent in January, and how many points we have achieved in 2016.

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    OTBC

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Hear Hear Dubai ’’›(Ͼ˳Ͽ)‹’’, a sense of perspective. I've said all along it's not about the Premier League. I'll be here come what may whatever league we're in, travelling the length and breadth of the country to follow my team ᴵ ᵈᵒᶰ'ᵗ ʳᵉᵃˡˡʸ ᵍᵉᵗ ᶠʳᵉᵉ ᵗᶤᶜᵏᵉᵗˢ ᴮᵀᵂ ˑ ˑ ˑ ˑ ᵎ ﴾͡๏̯͡๏﴿ O'RLY?

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I admire our Manager's complete disregard of the results which have brought this Club to the brink of relegation under his guidance. However, no amount of delusional enthusiasm will save us now. Mission impossible from this position after one point from a possible twenty four. Well done Alex!

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I'd say our chances at this stage of staying up now are probably about 25% to 30%. We know we are too good for the Championship - can you imagine sitting through games again where City smash 5+ goals against the likes of 1p5wich and similar riff-raff every single week ? It becomes boring, but, to some extent, so is the PL. It has become a elitist league, where billionaire foreign owners are playing 'keeping up with the Mohammed's' by spending more and more on players in an attempt to buy success. This started with the top teams and now this trend is working it's way down through the whole league. Never mind if we cannot compete against teams that have a bench full of £30M+ subs. At least we haven't gone down the slippery slope into obscurity ! Let us enjoy giving everyone a good thrashing again next season !! OTBC

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    Dubai Canary

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • Alex Neil, Listen, Kyle Lafferty, Kyle Lafferty, Kyle Lafferty, Kyle Lafferty. Got It.

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    Paul Mark

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

  • I am afraid that Alex is a lot more optimistic than I am after last night's Swansea win. We're doomed!

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    ScotCan

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

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