Yellow fever should have been avoided

Steve GedgeMr Eddie Ilderton - an apology. In common with other Norwich City fans I may have recently given the impression that your performance was, shall we say, somewhat substandard, and that as a result our chances of getting anything from a game of which you were in charge were significantly reduced.Steve Gedge

Mr Eddie Ilderton - an apology. In common with other Norwich City fans I may have recently given the impression that your performance was, shall we say, somewhat substandard, and that as a result our chances of getting anything from a game of which you were in charge were significantly reduced.

I now realise the error of my ways and fully appreciate that you didn't let players get away with any kind of indiscretion and never had the slightest hesitation in awarding a penalty.

In other words... to think we thought the refereeing at Prenton Park on Good Friday was poor!

Where do you begin with Saturday's efforts from Mr Friend?

There was the disallowed goal, the lack of advantages being played, the general loss of authority and perplexing decisions, but, most of all, the penalty that never was.

How could that handball not have been a spot-kick? I sit at the other end of the ground and you could see it from there. Absolutely astonishing.

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If we'd got a penalty then, with a few extra minutes to get a second goal we might have won against a side who had little to offer up front.

That said, however, the way the day was going the ball would probably have ended up in the top tier of the River End rather than the net.

Frankly, having been behind for so long I'm glad to have come away with a point, even though we had enough chances to have put the game totally out of MK Dons' reach, so ultimately we have no-one to blame but ourselves. We have to put openings like these away against a poor side such as Leyton Orient tomorrow night. But dropping two points on Saturday was nothing compared with the Grant Holt booking. I'm sorry, but there were no excuses.

Player of the season-elect he might be, but he knew what he had to do, or rather not do - stay out of trouble - and he failed. You could see it coming for some time, and I think the City bench have to take some responsibility here for a very rare error of maybe not sacrificing him early.

We might be six or seven points away from promotion but we could have done without a week of two away games when we could be without both Holt and Wes Hoolahan.

Will we have to wait now for the Gillingham game? The sooner we get presented with that 'We're going up' banner on the pitch the better. You don't want to get into a situation where the sponsors take it along to every game and then take it away again, unused and still in its wrapping because it isn't needed. If so, with each passing week the nerve count is going to rise even more than the odds of Southampton making a late push for the play-offs.

As much as I might have enjoyed going to some different away games in 2009/10, I just want this season to be successfully completed as soon as possible now.

But who knows? On Saturday morning we couldn't have predicted such an inept display of officiating, so maybe Leeds might suffer an unexpected defeat at Carlisle tomorrow, Swindon drop points against Exeter tonight or Millwall fail to win at Huddersfield on Friday.

Any of these outcomes could make Saturday's trip to Charlton a whole lot more interesting.


Two different teams visiting Carrow Road in the space of six days, but what a contrast in their approaches.

Stockport were doomed on the field - and their future off it remains almost as uncertain - but they came here on Monday and gave it a real good go when they could have left eight or nine behind the ball all afternoon.

(And a word about the visiting support - 205 may well have been the lowest figure seen at Carrow Road for a league fixture since the last time 'Wimbledon' came here, but they did their best to create some sort of atmosphere.)

But Saturday was a rather different matter, and after this game you'd hope we'll never again hear of Paul Ince being talked about as a possible City manager of the future.

Timewasting as soon as they went ahead, plus a string of petty, niggling, cynical fouls which carried on unchecked once MK Dons realised that the referee was going to let things go and the Canaries weren't going to respond in kind.

Maybe that's what Paul Lambert was getting at in his programme notes when he noted: 'We had a really tough match at their (MK Dons') place earlier in the season and I am anticipating another keenly-contested affair today.'

Having been kicked off the park by them twice now, somehow you can't imagine that City are going to be on the phone to MK Dons any time soon to arrange a pre-season friendly. There's probably far more chance of them visiting Colchester, frankly.


Neil Lennon blasted his Celtic charges for showing no 'hunger' or 'desire' when they lost to Ross County on Saturday.

There's no getting away from events at Hampden Park as far as we're concerned: this speculation is just going to run and run and run.

Since beating Leeds - and how ironic is it that we took seven points from that so-called difficult trio of fixtures, but only managed four from three supposedly easy Easier games? - we haven't exactly been great.

True, we beat Stockport, but in the other two matches despite the odds being seemingly stacked against us we kept going to the final whistle. It might not have been pretty, and there were more than a few mistakes, but the hunger and desire for points could not be questioned in these parts.

Doubtless Celtic will be down on bended knees over the summer trying to attract someone like Paul Lambert - and you can't underestimate the impact that a chance to be an east Glasgow messiah will have - but you still think that being in the Championship will offer far more of a challenge than a near-bankrupt Scottish Premier League.