Change of attitude needed by some Norwich City fans at Carrow Road
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A major attitude switch at Carrow Road is required, especially if we're to bounce straight back up to the Premier League again.
Our home ground needs to be a fortress that Norwich City players enjoy performing at – not feel nervous and afraid to fail in front of the boo-boys.
Ask yourself, is it a coincidence our team play with more freedom and confidence away from home?
Anyone who regularly attends both home and away fixtures will quickly be able to notice the difference in support. I think the fans can play a larger part than most believe. During the course of an away game it's more than the match; it's the hope, the long journey, the tension before the game... the tireless chanting is no doubt extremely motivating for those blessed to represent us on the pitch.
On the other hand, some supporters at home games just turn up, sit in silence, sipping on their hot drinks with almost an arrogant expectancy that our players will win with ease for them. When has our club ever succeeded without sheer grit, determination and, most importantly, loud and proud supporters?
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The atmosphere during the Sheffield Wednesday game was embarrassing. Not just the booing, but not providing anything apart from needless negativity and constant moaning. When attacking players get the ball, it's their job to make things happen. They have to run at players and try different ways of unlocking defences. It's not going to work every single time.
Not that the previous atmosphere was hard to beat, but thankfully the fixture against a Bristol City was much better. Back under the floodlights at Carrow Road. But why should it take some floodlights to wake everyone up? Despite the hype around the first Tuesday night fixture of the season, the Saturday-sleepers were still dotted all over Carrow Road, still determined to keep up their lack of noise midweek as well.
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Now that a new chief executive is sorted, hopefully some action will be taken to improve the atmosphere at home – that doesn't involve those dodgy clappers! Safe standing in the Lower Barclay and Snake Pit would be an awesome start. Over to you, Mr Moxey.
Thankfully, there wasn't any booing at the end on Tuesday night. After all, it makes absolutely no difference whatsoever, apart from dampening the spirits of our players, giving everything they can to get us back up to where our great football club belongs.
Now, just the small matter of turning over the Tractor Boys.
They do say that form goes out of the window for derby clashes. So, despite our professional win last time out, it won't be easy breaking down Ipswich. I'd expect Mick McCarthy to compact his players very deep, then try to hit us on the counter. However, they haven't really got any standout players to execute this kind of game plan.
I am filled with confidence that we'll get a good result in the first Easy Anglian derby of the season. The Timm Klose and Ryan Bennett centre-back combination looks like it's going to take something special to cause trouble. On top of that, the likes of Robbie Brady and Ivo Pinto will be applying plenty of pressure going forward as well as their defensive duties. Despite the fact we still don't have that elusive striker driving through the Colney gates, I really wouldn't want to be an Ipswich defender tomorrow.
So 'let's be havin' you' and remember, support and motivate your team to promotion this season, please.
On The Ball, City!