Listening on the radio, fed up with Gunn already!
I can't speak for anyone else, just my own personal ramblings.Right, am home now, with a glass of wine, and have things to say.
We'll deal with the game first. We got beaten by likely the best club side in the world. The Premier league champions, playing their first game of the season, with a full stadium. With a shiny new 100m pound player in Jack Grealish. We were literally playing 1970's Brazil, but better. Away from home.
I have seen a lot of "Oh we didn't try" and "They looked like they couldn't be bothered" and "They looked beaten before they even started" but sorry, what a load of bollocks. No player, especially at this level crosses the white line and can't be bothered, how long do you think Farke would put up with that, or any manager, for that matter? The fact is they are, man for man, way better than us, and you can throw the accusation of "Oh Norwich didn't work hard enough" around all you like, but it really isn't about that, we could have gone there and played the game of our lives, and still get tonked 5 nil. And every single time they made a sub, on came another 50m player. The fact is that good players make average ones look bad. And the best manager in the world probably doesn't have to try too hard to work Norwich out tactically. So lets all have a bit of context.
Also, obviously, been on Twitter and seen quite a few fans opinions, and some have literally run the white flag up the flagpole already, it really is going to be a very, very long season for them. We have been beaten by the last two winners of the Premier league, in our first two games, honestly what expectations did some of these people have? I have also seen the phrase "little old Norwich" wheeled out already. Well I'm sorry, as much as people may not like it, we are little old Norwich. We're a small club massively punching above our weight, that is the fact of the matter. And also they like little old Norwich when it suits them, like when we get a sponsor they don't like, and they can go crying to Delia about it. Newcastle have a similar sponsor, how much of a shit would Mike Ashley give if fans didn't like theirs?
You can also throw in losing our best player (Would today have been any different with Emi in the team? ) three new players in the starting lineup, all playing at a higher level than they have played at, subs in Sargent the same, and was that Mumba's Premier league debut? Add into the mix the fact our pre season has been ridiculous too. I have seen enough from the last two games to be reasonably happy with the players we have bought, Rashica looks up to the level already, I think Lees Melou looks like a very good buy, and we still have to see Tzolis. Yes, we still need a DM, but Webber said he wouldn't be rushed, and there are 10 days of the window left, obviously if one is not forthcoming by then, I'll be on the phone to him
I am genuinely, genuinely astounded at the state of some of our fans tonight! Of course it is fine to be annoyed we lost, but ideally temper it with a bit of context!
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So what would you do to improve our results?Again though, perspective. I mean, what do you actually mean by "lessons from the past"? The reality, again, is that we are a small club punching above our weight, a lot of things have to go very, very right for us to be even close to competing. So if a lesson from the past is we don't defend well, do we have 100m to buy a new defence? Of course we don't.
And all this time we are desperately treading water, just about getting by, every single other team is progressing, every season. Man City aren't even the side we beat a few seasons ago, they are much, much better.
And if it was as easy as tactics and training then how much you spend on players would never matter.
I just think people need a bit of balance and perspective.
Well for a start not shit my pants after losing to two of the biggest clubs in world football.So what would you do to improve our results?
Very selective though, Covid really screwed us that season, we need our away support more than a lot of other sides do. And you have to ask why has the guy that put that stat together got for 12 games? Why not 10, or 20?Our last 12 Premier League games: W: 0 D: 0 L: 12 Scored: 1 Conceded: 32 Kinda speaks for itself in my book. Not all against top sides. Not all current squad I admit, but it doesn't make pleasant reading whatever way you look at it. Like everyone on here I have pride in NCFC, and I do not like the contempt that some journalists, pundits and other fans are beginning to regard our club.
It's twelve consecutive Premier League losses, that's why its that stat.Very selective though, Covid really screwed us that season, we need our away support more than a lot of other sides do. And you have to ask why has the guy that put that stat together got for 12 games? Why not 10, or 20?
There was nonsense on Twitter last night because Talkshit were spouting absolute rubbish about us.
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