Iwan Roberts: If Carlton Morris can add a few more goals he could solve a big problem for Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 10:42 08 March 2018
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I'm going to start this week's column on a positive note, by congratulating both Ben Godfrey and Carlton Morris on reaching the EFL Trophy final after Shrewsbury Town beat Yeovil on Tuesday night - thanks to Morris' goal after 63 minutes.
They have both really embraced the opportunity they’ve been given by Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst after he took them on loan for the season. Neither was going to be given much of a chance at Norwich under the new regime and playing League One football will benefit both far better than playing in the U23s team.
I haven’t seen much of Ben play, however, since seeing Carlton in the club’s magnificent FA Youth Cup winning season he’s impressed me.
He’s a powerful lad and works his socks off for his team-mates, he’s comfortable with his back to goal and he’s also got a yard of pace about him. He’s got a physique I would have died for at his age, and he knows how to use it.
The one aspect of his game he needs to improve on is his goal scoring record. He’s scored 19 goals in his 103 career appearances so he’ll know that he needs to start hitting the net more regularly, and if he can improve in front of goal then just maybe he could be the answer to Daniel Farke’s striking problem.
One thing is for sure, the head coach wouldn’t have to leave Carlton out of a match day squad because he’d shown a bad attitude in training!
What an occasion they both have coming up on Sunday, April 8 when Shrewsbury take on Lincoln City at Wembley.
It’s a day that will live with them for a very long time and I for one hope they can both play a big part in winning the EFL Trophy – but, more importantly, win promotion to the Championship for the first time in a very long time for The Shrews.
I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for them as along with Wrexham they were the closest club to where my mum and dad lived in north Wales and because it was nearly impossible for us as a family to get tickets for our beloved Liverpool, my dad used to take my brother and I down to Gay Meadow (their old ground) a few times a season.
After drawing yet another blank at Carrow Road on Tuesday night, Norwich have now scored just 17 home goals this season in their 18 league games – less than one goal a game.
They’ve scored two or more goals in just three of those 18 games and quite clearly something has to change at home. I don’t mind keeping the ball, but at the end of the day you have to have a purpose and an end product, otherwise what’s the point?
We used to do a keep-ball session in training where the two teams would play against each other, but there were no goals. I can see many of you saying, ‘what’s the point if there’s no goals’, but the point of the exercise was that your team would score a goal if you kept the ball for 10 consecutive passes and once you’d done that you would start all over again. The game was played on half a pitch and it definitely made us better in possession of the ball and improved our awareness. My point is that Norwich would win every game if they scored for every 10 consecutive passes they had – in fact, they’d be clear of Wolves at the top.
In the club’s remaining five home league games I’d like to see more urgency with putting the ball into the opposition penalty box, and no, I don’t mean being direct; keep the possession game going but, like I said last week, when the chance comes for the ball to be put in please don’t ignore it.