‘West Ham result feels like yet another wasted opportunity for Norwich City’
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Canaries columnist Matt Howman believes City let two points slip from their grasp against West Ham and hopes Alex Neil has all the support he needs.
Here we are again, another fixture in the calendar ticked off and I still can't quite believe we aren't celebrating a much needed three points.
At 2-0 I remember looking up at the scoreboard as the 70th minute ticked by thinking, 'there's no way we can throw this away from here'.
But how wrong I was.
A point gained? The debate continues. For me, it's yet another wasted opportunity brought on by a very nervous and shaky defence.
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What I did notice is that our approach to the game was very much like the Alex Neil branding from early on in the season, albeit with a touch of edge and anxiety from players who were desperate not to go a goal down.
I would also like to add, for the pockets of 'Neil Out' advocates who have begun to form in recent weeks, his approach reaped its rewards.
- 1 Travellers camped at garden centre car park
- 2 Ex-head charged with sex attacks on boys at Norfolk school
- 3 'An insult to the city': Couple ditch 'hellhole' hotel after 45 minutes
- 4 Long delays due to overturned lorry on A47/A11 Thickthorn roundabout
- 5 'It's not even that short' - schoolboy, 14, put in isolation due to haircut
- 6 Tattoo studio owner fined after refusing to close in lockdown
- 7 James Bond themed windmill owned by 007 star for rent
- 8 Elton John to kick off UK leg of farewell tour at Carrow Road
- 9 Norwich City drop huge hint of global star gig at Carrow Road
- 10 RSPCA shop loses more than £1,000 after 'slamming scam'
But then it all changed. Two quick-fire goals from West Ham and if it wasn't for a dose of good luck we could have thrown the game away in the same manner as we did against Liverpool; our position in the table shows it's just not good enough.
Looking at the bigger picture and after dwelling on the numerous fans calling for Neil to be sacked, my concerns lie with the other backroom staff that make up the coaching team.
Does Neil have a backroom team around him that will help him take a squad, made up of several previously relegated players, and develop them into a team capable of staying in the Premier League?
Nathan Redmond, inset, is a good example of this.
A player with a huge amount of talent and potential, but questioned time and time again for not having that end product and fulfilling his promise.
I think when the next transfer window comes around it shouldn't be about what players we can get in.
Our aim should be to look at who we can bring in to get the best out of who we have got in the squad already.
Our squad, on paper, should be doing better than they currently are.
Does that responsibility fall on Neil? Of course.
He himself will own up to that. But I think it's about time it's not just the manager who has to take the blame for our shortcomings.