Lee Payne: Lack of a plan B is a serious concern for Norwich City fans in new era

Norwich City head coach has got some serious thinking to do before the Canaries' next Championship c

Norwich City head coach has got some serious thinking to do before the Canaries' next Championship clash at home to Birmingham on Saturday, September 9. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Of all the opinion pieces written about Norwich City so far this season, I reckon the word 'patience' has been used the most.

This Webber and Farke era is a work in progress and the fans have got to stay patient, we are told.

There was something grimly inevitable about the appalling defending on display against Millwall, though, that caused my own patience to be tested for the first time.

I like to think I am able to take the time to think about City matters before making comments in the heat of the moment.

I give Farke's reluctance to play Nelson Oliveira from the start a chance, as if it is part of some clever plan.

I refuse to blame Russell Martin for everything.

I won't cry that we are heading for relegation after a defeat.

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Having heard that Norwich had started well, however, but then gone to pieces and conceded soft goals yet again I have to wonder how long this can be allowed to go on for.

This is definitely not a call to sack Farke. That would be ridiculous. He needs more than a season to get his ideas in place.

I like the man – he says all the right things, he seems to know what he needs to see, but I think he's mostly been let down by his players.

It doesn't matter what tactics you employ or which players you pick if the ones who are out there on the pitch don't do the basics.

I have my reservations about Farke's team selections and the lack of an obvious plan B to rescue the situation if the initial idea fails.

This, for me, was very noticeable in the Sunderland match.

Norwich were well behind in the game but there was nothing obvious done to try and change it.

The defence continued to pass the ball between them. For all Alex Neil's faults, you knew he would switch things up to try and turn it around.

The Sunderland match was so early on in the season that it would have been foolish to criticise too harshly.

The fact that the same mistakes were being made at Millwall, the last game before the international break, is worrying.

We were told that we had to stick with the players because they were going to get it wrong sometimes this season, but when it is the same errors every game it is difficult. There's no sign of improvement. Are the players we have brought in from below the German top flight still learning about the Championship, or are they just not good enough for it?

The two weeks before the Birmingham game need to be used to ask serious questions.

Farke claims he is happy with his squad, but maybe recent results made him think that an addition or two is what is needed.

Deadline day is at the end of this week. Is he going to be putting Oliveira in his XI more often? He might also wish to consider bringing in Alex Tettey to make the midfield more solid. The Norwegian hasn't been seen much this season but he performed well against Charlton in the cup and I feel he had a role to play at The Den.

I was not expecting City to achieve much this season. I always had this down as, if you excuse the cliché, a transitional season. You can't expect to get a group of people who have never worked together before to be at their best from the start.

If they made the play-offs, I would say they have overachieved.

I am not going to lose sight of that but I have to see signs of improvement soon or watching Norwich will be as much of a chore as it was last season.

I go to Carrow Road to be entertained, but I've never been a fan of horror.