December 20, 2011
I feel jovial. This season of giving seems to have been a rich one thus far in Norfolk. Last weekend, Everton generously allotted us a single shot on target, which yielded a single goal and ultimately one single point. John Ruddy gifted us his best performance in a Norwich shirt and was thoughtful enough to save it for his former employers.
Paul Lambert gave us the most lavish gift of all; a diamond! The midfield four of Andrew Crofts, Andrew Surman, David Fox and Wes Hoolahan that were so consistent in midfield last season have been reunited for the last two matches and to strong effect.
So naturally, all eyes tonight will be focused on Molineux for what we hope will be Norwich’s next present opening ceremony. The Wolves defense were particularly kind in giving ex-Norwich forward Peter Crouch a late winner on Saturday. With that fresh in his mind, Mick McCarthy will be carrying an additional dose of frustration along with his typical misery as he plans to unleash his inner Scrooge and postpone this Canary Christmas.
December 13, 2011
When your team is busy tearing their way up through the football leagues you come to expect one or two familiarities. You expect your team to dominate against a bottom half team, you expect them to compete and win against most top half teams and you expect them to battle bravely for at least a point against other teams pushing for promotion. For the last two years, these have been safe assumptions for Norwich fans.
The Premier League offers little reliability in the way of results. For example, drawing away at Liverpool was an unlikely warm-up to a 3-3 home tie with struggling Blackburn. Nevertheless, the consistency of Norwich’s performances this season has been reassuringly predictable in a positive way.
With the exception of the 5-1 defeat away at Manchester City last weekend, it would not be flattery to say that Norwich have competed in every league game this season and could have taken more from one or two of their closer defeats. After the severe loss in Manchester, getting back to these consistencies was imperative and was achieved emphatically at home to Newcastle on Saturday.