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Mid-table mediocrity? Nah!
Member Name: blink me
Date: 01/09/01, updated on 01/09/01 (23 review reads)
Advantages: great players
I am a beloved Norwich City Supporter, as are my father and my brother. I would watch The Canaries through rain and sun, snow and....well any other bad weather!! Last season i didn't miss a home match, and i thought we were mightily unlucky not to beat the likes of Fulham at Carrow Road. (we lost one-nil, they scored in teh 85th minute, but we were all over them). Our playing wasn't that good last season, as was witnessed at Wolves (4-0) and Derby (3-0). (i only managed the Derby game last season, but as i said, i got all the home matches in!!). The noise at Derby was amazing, and i couldn't believe that the fans stuck through all that! And more of the same was to come. All through the season cries of "you don't know what your doing" could be heard echoing from the Barclay Upper (where i sit, by the way!!). Manager Bryan Hamilton could do nothing right, and the players were arguing, on and off the pitch. Things could not be any worse. But then Nigel Worthington came in. He jad the sort of no nonsense approach to teh game that could be admired, and he lifted the players spirits. Players like Paul McVeigh, who couldn't get a game under Hamilton, scored 1 goal, and helped the team constantly, and deadweights like Fernando Derveld and Raymond De Waard were let go. but along with them, the manager let Cedric Anselin go. Why? i have no idea, but he was a class player!! Nigel Worthington helped the club escape relegation and we finally finished 15th.
This season there was an air of optimism floating around the terraces of Carrow Road. But this time, the optimism, was there for a reason. last season Bryan Hamilton had promised much, bought crap players, and delivered nothing. This season Nigel Worthington had promised nothing, bought some class players (well by Divison 1 standards) and the squad looked like that of premiership class. Marc Libbra, who's transfer was wrought with twists and turns, finally went through, but he couldn
't play against Millwall. Niel Emblem got injured at Milwall and Clint Easton, Paul Crichton and Mark Rivers respectively haven't had the chance to prove themselves, the latter because of injury. Of course, the other 2 haven't had the chance to get into the squad becuase of the form of the team that has taken to the field in the last three matches. 3 wins, 3 clean sheets, 2 goals from Libbra (the first after just 11 seconds of his debut!!) 2 goals from Paul McVeigh and 1 from Iwan Roberts have proved that our strikeforce is one to be reckoned with this season. of course the opening day 4-0 defeat at Milwall cannot be fully blamed on teh gaolkeeper alone. The defence played just as much a part in the defeat as Robert Green. But of course the team redeemed themselves with the three wins, and now things are looking up.
As soon as Marc Libbra is settled in to the pace of English football, he will be starting every week, and hopefully scoring more goals. This will take some of the pressure off of Big Iwan Roberts, and hopefully he will keep up the goal scoring!! And I Robert Green keeps up the fine goalkeeping, to keep Paul Chrichton on the bench, so that we keep some consistency. And the defence line of Adam Drury, Craig Fleming, Malky Mackay and Darren Kenton, and the midfield of Steen Nedergard, Gary Holt, Phil Mulryne and Paul McVeigh just need to keep up the amazing strength they have shown, to keep the engine room running smoothly....and if the ydo, i think Norwich City will be honest contenders for the Premiership place this season!!