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Winning is the only way to silence the doubters for Alex Neil at Norwich City

08:00 25 February 2016

Norwich City manager Alex Neil takes the Canaries to Leicester City this weekend. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil takes the Canaries to Leicester City this weekend. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

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Alex Neil expects stick until Norwich City find the winning habit again in the Premier League.

The Canaries head to table-topping Leicester City this weekend without a league victory since January 2 to sink firmly into the relegation mix.

Neil can count on fresh backing from chief executive David McNally and captain Russell Martin ahead of this weekend’s latest Foxes’ trip, but the Scot knows the only way to silence the critics is to perform where it matters over the run-in.

“My responsibility is to win games and at the moment we are not doing that,” he said. “Whatever way you want to cut it, people want to win. You can play the worst game ever but if you find a way to win they are quite happy. They might still moan about the performance but that is the nature of football. If you lose when you might play really, really well it makes no difference.

“The one thing about football is a manager will always get criticised at every club, it doesn’t matter whether you are doing well or not. Someone is always not going to be happy and people are entitled to their opinion. We know this is a new level from last season but there is no reason we as a group can not continue to progress. I have to fix it and so do the players because if they want to be seen as Premier League players they have to win games at this level.”

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62 comments

  • Like it, Wac. Very naughty, though. Apologies for my earlier seméntics. I'm sure the Banished One's time will come again. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Like it, Wac. Very naughty, though. Apologies for my earlier sementics. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

  • Assuming we need 40 points to be safe that breaks down as 4 wins, 4 draws, 4 losses required. But looking at the fixtures left at home there are a lot against top teams.. HOME ties in CAPS... my hopeful predictions for survival Losses: Arsenal, MAN CITY, CHELSEA, MAN UTD... Draws: Leicester, Everton, Palace, West Brom... Wins: NEWCASTLE, SUNDERLAND, WATFORD, Swansea.... in short if we can't start to pick up points away we are doomed.

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    jops

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • Bru we should not talk of supercede, supersede or superseed. Apparently it can get you banished from the squad.

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    waclor

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • "The ides of March", Cutty could this be code for "The idleness of (Norwich) markers"?

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    waclor

    Friday, February 26, 2016

  • NMTD..don't lose the faith..plenty more points to play for. I must admit, our task is difficult. Those 5pts we "lost" against Liverpool and West Ham could (hopefully not) look massive at the end of the season. On the flip side, we got a point against both Arsenal and Everton in games where (to be honest) we should have been down and out at half time. I'm going we may have 1 or 2 strokes of luck between now and May. In any event, we're still in there fighting..and I still believe! COYY ..3 pts on Saturday and all the negativity will disappear (at least for a day or two)

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    Irish canary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • MB - to their eternal credit, DS & MWJ stood up with funding support when nobody else did but the new heir hardly inspires me & as for the Chairman, he's already proven many people's thoughts during his time in politics The recent £200m investment injection at Palace is the sort of deal we should have been looking for so we could eat somewhere on the top table rather than where we'll be at...would love to know why the old Chairman went without even retaining a Director role Add that to the frustrations on the pitch & that wonderful day at Wembley seems a long while ago You only have to look at the money being spent by those at the top end of the Championship to see how many are keen to get their share of that new TV money

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    never mind the danger

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • NMTD, it's the comfy complacency. It oozes from every orifice of the club. And from some of the lickspittles. The recent Boardroom changes say it all. Succession is essential. Success is not.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • It might be a good idea to get AN to take a tip from the former tinker man while he's at Leicester so he can realise a settled team may stand more of a chance. I fear it's too late, the butchered points against Liverpool, Man City & both West Ham games together with the shocking non performances against Newcastle, Villa & Watford will leave us short in May I'd chop AN for Gary Rowett, the best £ for £ manager in the Championship in the past 2 seasons..sadly, that looks like the division we'll be in So frustrating, this of all years with that TV money pot of gold....the gap between us & the likes of Palace etc will only increase

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    never mind the danger

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Marvellous load of old twaddle, keep it up .

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • El dingo Brew youve hit the ding on the dong..cheats ultimately cannot prosper . So mr Vardy you have been cautioned!

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Has he dyed his head?Ah well we can do Leicester they are all front ..no Varney no good. We have better playerssquad etc.

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • 61 can, maybe you should go out and get a life and not waste your time reading all the posts on here.

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    cutty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • For away travel Tommy rides shotgun to Ged Steroo's driving.

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    Steely Dan

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Rick I'm being blocked a lot today so I'll just say beggared if I know but it was a fun read. Dorrans? He's barely played!

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Rick: I've no idea but they've managed! The Dorrans bit is funny as he's barely played but it's quite an endorsement of our season so far. I guess one of our three will still be in the XI at the end of the season? If I get the time I like to look at other sites - NewsNow NCFC is full of them.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Dingo, I'd fully support your plan to lighten the mood, and don't wish to be picky about this, but how can these Football 365 chappies reveal their 'worst PL X1 of the season' when last time I looked there is best part of a quarter of said season left to play ?

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • You are too kind, 61canarie. I'll not respond in kind, though.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Mad Brewer, go out and get a life beyond these stupid posts of yours. You are turning into the biggest bore on here.

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    61canarie

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Russell Martin might prefer the backing vocals provided for Tom Petty by "The Trembling Blenders". "They" were really a multi-tracked Roy Orbison. A spin-off from The Traveling (US spelling) Wilburys, aka Trembling Wilburys. I had to get a 'Big O' reference in. Did my Latin homework on another thread, cutty. On topic; @johnty, we should unleash an unshackled Tettey on Vardy - well outside our penalty area, of course. In the olden days we could've used Mal Lucas or, more recently, Bradley Johnson. Vardy's a form player but he cheats like f**k to get penalties. As they all do - he's just the best at it these days! I wonder what odds I can get from Betfred on Bassong conceding a penalty for a "foul" on young Jamie?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Waclor, picking up on Brew's Shakespearian soliloquy on another page, if Mack the Knife is involved in the new backing, then beware the Ides of March.

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    cutty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Just to lighten the mood, Football 365 has released it's "worst PL XI of the season" and great news! We've got three of them! Martin. Olsson and Dorrans. So obviously they've not seen Whittaker then.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • johnty: it was Bassong actually, but it doesn't change your point.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Funny word, "supercede". Strictly speaking, being derived from the Latin "supersedere" (be superior to), it should be spelled (or spelt) "supersede". Though the "C" version has been around for a long time, it is sort of wrong! @Wac; not "having a go". I have difficulty with "Z" and "S" in words like "civilised". My only certainty is that "televised" is correcter (sic). I only raise the point because goldie has cruelly accused me of being up my own A**e and delighting in criticizing\criticising spelling. I didn't want to let him down. Btw; I agree 110% with what you say. On The Ball Sity!!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • We could maybe freshen it up even more by giving RM a pencil and a calculator and Mr McN a pair of size 43 Predators - if they still wear them - shows my age:-)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Waclor, vigilant as ever. The old backing was a bit showaddywaddy.

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    cutty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • You have all completely missed the point. Now the backing from McNally and Martin is FRESH. Not stale, not past it's sell-by date, not frozen, dried or canned but fresh. Next week we may even hear that it has become organic or in teh other extreme GM (not RM or DM) modified. My question is, what happened to the old backing? Did it fall off? Was it cancelled or superceded? We never get teh whole picture do we?

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    waclor

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Personally I think we can do this Leicester lot...just kick Vardy where it matters most and ...job done. If i remember correctly at Carrow Road he ran across the full back and drew a foul, ref being a t**t gave a penalty no way Ref you are having a laugh. This time they wont be getting away wuth that trick.

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    johnty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • You were my candy girl... and now you got me wanting you. Who sung that? Oh yeah - The Archies. I bet Tommy knows ALL the words:-)

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Btw; thanks for fixing that ethering glitch, Tommy. I knew I could rely on you. My Hero. At last I have a friend in high places.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • "Silence the doubters". What a delightful phrase. Eliminate the detractors! Exterminate the dissenters! Marginalise those on the periphery! Poor young Paddy.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Bru, I'll just pop across the hallway and have a word with the IT chaps. I'll fix your "ethering issue", no worries mate. Get my fill of a Costa while I'm there. Fingers crossed there's some biccies going. There was at Timbo's

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Bru, I'll just pop across the hallway and have a word with the IT chaps. I'll fix your "ethering issue", no worries mate. Get my fill of a Costa while I'm there. Fingers crossed there's some biccies going. There was at Timbo's

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Maybe, Brewer. But could be a bit tricky if you want to post complimenting Robbie Brady on the succession of superb through balls he made for Jerome to run onto. And, perhaps more pertinently, who actually does the deciding as to whether a word or phrase constitutes 'offensive' ?

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • ... Though he's quite fond of Ed Balls. Was Balls a forbidden word prior to Big Ed's Accession?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Attempt to converse with dingo repeatedly ethered. (x6). No "cached" profanities or anything remotely "offensive". Unless Archie's banned Shakespeare... I know he doesn't approve of Charles D!ckens.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • sorry Tommy..no pound from me!

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    Irish canary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Of course it's stating the obvious..but it's also correct..this football lark ain't rocket science! I, for one, am glad that both our captain and ceo are fully behind our manager...better that than rumors of discontent behind the scenes. With all staff and supporters united, we will come through our sticky patch..starting on Saturday! COYY

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    Irish canary

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • TK agree with your comments, I will be there week in and week out supporting my team not necessarily overly vocally but I'm there, not totally happy as I want my team to play with that never say die attitude giving their all for the club and its supporters which I feel in some games this season has not been the case. It's alright putting out these fighting articles but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, carry out these proclamations of intent on the pitch then I will cheer them to the rafters. Off to Leicester this week where I hope the words will be put in to actions and deeds on the pitch. Familiarity can cause contempt in a marriage but in a football team can only bring cohesion and like mindedness, a winning formula so don't keep tinkering with the selection. COYY.

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    Gibbo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • @el dingo; you were starting to wax a tad Shakespearian there! .. 1st MOG: When shall we MOGs meet again? In thunder lightning or in rain? .. 2nd MOG: When the hurly-burly's done, When the battle's lost and won .. All MOGs in unison: Fair is foul and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air .. Where's that ole thespian, Igno Rance, when he's needed? Anon! I bet there's no fog or filthy air in the Corporate Entertainment Suites... just the appetising aroma of haute cuisine, creme anglaise and Chablis. No cheapo cheesy chips for the likes of the Custard Tartuffe. No sirree!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Know what you mean Brewer. Poor old Tom. He's so desperately short of stuff to be uber positive about and proof of this alleged rosy life that he's reduced to posting things twice .

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Yes the above does state the obvious and the thing that worries me most is the statement that AN has the backing of Russell Martin! Thank goodness there is a game on Saturday, then we can have some proper news rather than all this rehashed garbage. The thing that concerns me most is the fact that the manager confirmed that he started off with an attacking mindset (which failed), then switched to a defensive mindset (which also failed) and has now decided to switch back to the former. Using this analysis, we failed against WHU because we were not capable of changing the tactic part way through the game when we needed to, if only AN could find that halfway house between plan A and plan B then we may actually gain enough points to stay up. I have to agree I am like Tommy in that I will be there next season whatever the outcome of this and I too enjoyed our time in Division one. That does not mean I am not bothered, I certainly want us to do better and firmly believe the crowd can play a part by getting behind the team on match days. I leave my complaining until I comment on this site or in the Street to others who care about our team.

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    TrevorKeith

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Congenial congrats to you Brew.

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    cutty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • So on the basis of quid pro quo I shall now play the quidnunc and quibble over AN's quiddity. Quintessentially his final quixotic quip is a definitely a quantic quote, He and the players deserve our querulous quotations.

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    cutty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Corporate Custard's not saying much today. Complementary compliments to the ole Guru.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • dingo pays the extra £19 Academy 'donation' Rick. He's the real superfan . . . and did he used to box ╚(•⌂•)╝ ? Wasn't happy about the FA Cup loss to Luton tho'. Expletive after expletive, retro deleted of course, but cached and visible for some still to see. Any hoo, match day approaches. What's to be negative about? Life's rosy.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • dingo pays the extra £19 Academy 'donation' Rick. He's the real superfan . . . and did he used to box ╚(•⌂•)╝ ? Wasn't happy about the FA Cup loss to Luton tho'. Expletive after expletive, retro deleted of course, but cached and visible for some still to see. Any hoo, atch day approaches. What's to be negative about? Life's rosy.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I'll stump up the rest of the dosh if it'll keep custard quiet, look forward to receiving his quietus.

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    cutty

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Oh, to hell with it.....I think we're going to win all our remaining games due to our watertight defence, and do a Leicester and storm the Prem next season. Sorry Tom, I can't afford to give you more than a quid. Some of us have season tickets and travel to pay for, you know.........

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Of course not el dingo, I'm in it for the long haul. League 1 was great. What's not is 14 years and counting in the Championship with a £90 million debt with SO little ambition and expectation and dwindling crowds. Lovely little ole Norwich full to the rafters, debt free (ish), iconic team strip, well known owners, honest CEO, genuine captain with great hair and teeth. All round fantastic club. Where will you be in 14 years? Be part of it. Live it while you can. Last trip to Ar$enal ever? Think about it? Potentially your last ever league game you'll witness v a Champions League contender . . . .

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Will someone explain to Quitefrank . . . . I don't have the cojones ’’›(Ͼ˳Ͽ)‹’’

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Oh the piratical thing. That picture that time. Haven't really felt the need to make any comments since. Not the first comment about an Archant journalist I've made that you've reminded me of. Strange, that:-) Your cred's not really up there at the moment is it, and as we're getting to the nitty-gritty (or even the hurly-burly) end of the season I am expecting your usual one-man assault on the realists - sorry negative MOGs - on the site. Go for it. After all, as you don't care TOO much if we're relegated, you won't be half as frustrated and angry as the rest of us, will you?

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • I also agree with Rick, £17 and counting. Tommy if you're ok with paying £45 odd to watch that garbage! Or do you??

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    Quitefrank

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • dingo, why no more Mr Pickover references? Old hat? Too 2012 . . . . or just not amoozing. Jus sayin'.

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • You don't need the money Tommy. Not with the corporate tickets, free travel and don't forget that all those email addresses you were talking about last week are free to run too. To keep it simple I'll just say "I agree with Rick", which I do. And that means £2 down, £18 to go.

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    el dingo

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Cheers Rick . . . . now now, naughty !【ツ】

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • There we are Thomas. I'll start you off with your first quid....only nineteen to go now.

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • To paraphrase what Basil Fawlty said to Sybil, this is all a case of 'stating the bleedin' obvious' . A few of us get criticised on here because of our perceived "negativity", but I've been saying for weeks now that the sure-fire way to do put a stop to this once and for all is to stop making the same silly errors in team selection and for that team to stop making the same silly errors in giving sloppy goals away. If that is achieved, it gives us a half-decent chance of actually winning some football matches. As AN says, we've got past the stage of needing to win pretty or 'play the Norwich way' (whatever that is). Cold hard 3 point hauls from our matches, however they are gained, is all that matters now.

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    Rick

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

  • Pound to me for every negative comment . . . . £20 by lunchtime I reckon. There we are then (sic)

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    Ole Tommy Buster Custard

    Thursday, February 25, 2016

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