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Everything posted by Grif

  1. Got to be Snodgrass for me. When he''s fully fit he''s the most creative player we have and his assists/set pieces are invaluable.
  2. Makes more sense for them I think - experienced back up that will cost them nothing. Glad we rejected their advances (if this proves to be true). Ruddy needs to stay and continue to excel for us.
  3. De Laet has been brought in as the 4th DC. Lambert has stated this point several times. Try and keep up people.
  4. Come back Good News Gordon, all is forgiven.
  5. Doug Livermore has to have an opinion on how well we''re going to cope in the Prem?! I would love to hear it if he has.
  6. I think we have greater priorities than Lansbury at the moment. As much as I like him and think he has potential, we need players who are ready to step up now. He couldn''t really hold down a place when we were in the Championship and we have better current options already at the club in his position in my opinion. Defence is the bigger priority.
  7. I seriously doubt that Cody would sign a new deal now - unless he was given firm assurances about his chances of playing regular football at Norwich (which isn''t going to happen). He will know that he is in a position of strength at the moment and can walk for nothing in a years time, meaning that the club will be under pressure to get what they can for him now. I can''t see the lad staying really, he is potentially behind 6 other strikers at the moment (although whether he should be 7th choice or not is another matter!). Sell for 400K+ with good add-ons and hope he can do well for himself. Personally I would like to see him played ahead of Wilbraham and Martin but even then he has Holt, Jackson, Morison and Vaughan in front of him. It''s just unfortunate for him really in that sense.
  8. Love, love, love the banner idea. Genius. I think it would really show Lambo how much he is appreciated in the stands (as if he doesn''t know already; there''s only one Paul Lambert!) and would certainly get some coverage from the press/TV if it was done properly. It''s a class idea, hope I can see it being unfurled at the first home game of the season. How can we make it happen? I think it needs to be a pretty decent size. We want it to be easily recognisable.
  9. As the article on the Pink''un suggested this morning, it''s all about options. Sometimes the best form of defence is attack. Lambert is not naive enough (a la Holloway at Blackpool) to think that we can outscore everyone in the league as we have done for the past two seasons and just paper over the defensive cracks. However, I would guess that Lambert is broadening his options and allowing himself the most amount of room to manoeuvre during matches. In the past he has made positive, attacking substitutions and by bringing in more wing talent, he will only increase the strength of his bench/options. We were fortunate last season in that Hoolahan stayed fit (until the very end) and was able to pull the strings from midfield and when he wasn''t, a Crofts or a Surman would step up. If we look back, there wasn''t really the option to play with more width - McNamee wasn''t/isn''t pulling up many trees. I''m glad that we now have some real pace/skill in the wide areas and it allows us to be much less predictable in terms of tactics/formation.
  10. I don''t mean to be harsh to the bloke (he seems like a lovely chap) but does anyone else find the guy that seems to do all the Canaries World interviews with new players a bit annoying? I can''t think of his name but I just dread the rest of the interview when I hear him ask the first question. He has a drippy, awkward voice and seems to get a bit lost/muddled with his words when asking certain questions. Why can''t we have someone decent to interview the newbies/players?!
  11. Sorry to hear about this. Hope Paul can use football and Norwich''s Premier League campaign as a way of taking his mind off things.
  12. Good player and I''ll always have tremendous respect for what he had to go through and how he conducted himself at the time. Brilliant professional. However, when the club was at one of its'' lowest ebbs, we needed Bryan to swallow his pride and let someone who had the ability/experience to take us forward take the job on. He didn''t, he took the job and in doing so, put his personal pride before the interests of the club. I''m afraid this took the shine off any of his achievements for me - big time. Never blamed him for taking the job initially but after he had failed to save us from relegation, he should have had the guts to move aside. We were very lucky that McNally and Lambert and co arrived to save the day. Laters Bryan.
  13. The ratings are based solely on the context of the actual game itself. As the saying goes, you can only beat what is in front of you. Granted Preston were poor at times, but in my opinion, those scores are deserved given the overall standard of play from our boys. If a striker scores 12 goals against a sunday league team, it stands to reason that he would get a high match rating because within that game scenario, he has excelled, irrespective of who he happens to be playing against. Or would you still only award a 5/6 because of the standard of the opposition?! I can see what you''re saying, but to my mind, your argument isn''t really a valid one. I suppose I''m just happy to see the boys playing with some real drive and passion. I was at Bloomfield Road in the pouring rain in the uncovered temporary away seating in the season we went down to League 1. I have never seen such a limp, lifeless performance from a Norwich team. So it was genuinely pleasing to see such a difference yesterday. The scores are representative of the fact that we are a completely different and much-improved team now and the lads played well I felt. The great thing is, everyone has the right to their own opinion, but in my mind, Hoolahan''s display was worth more than a 7. It is however just my opinion.
  14. Ah cheers for the positive replies guys, nice to know I was able to provide a good bit of feedback on the game. It was great to watch them play so well and with such determination. I''ve never seen a Norwich team chase the ball down quite as much. Lambert has certainly got them playing for each other it seems. Ha, I''d love to make it a permanent project, however I''m currently exiled oop north so can only really make a few away games at the moment. Appreciate the nice comments though, thanks. OTBC!  
  15. Thank you for passing that on, much appreciated. Always takes me forever to find it and my internet is too slow at times. Now I can skip the other insignifiant teams ha. Cheers mate.
  16. Class performance from the King today, my Man of the Match.
  17. Ruddy - 8 - Great save early in the first half to deny Parkin and rescued Ward when a back-header went wrong, also tipped a useful looking shot over the bar in the second half. Superb on corners and crosses all game, distribution first class, got a couple of attacks going with quick long throws out to the wide areas. One slight fumble when under pressure but recovered that well too. Great game. Fraser who?! R. Martin - 8 - Thought he had a very good game, very solid and never let his winger get past him. A couple of useful forays forward, one of which resulted in a superb cross that could easily have been converted. Quick to clear his lines when needed and on this performance a good Championship performer. Barnett - 9 - Immense. I don''t think he missed a header or a tackle all afternoon. Cleared his lines brilliantly, covered for others when needed and was generally a calm presence at the back. Has a bit of pace about him too. Very impressed, hope we can sign him up permanently. Ward - 8 - Again very solid, had a tough customer to deal with in Parkin but generally handled him very well. One sloppy back-header had Ruddy in trouble but that aside, a confident display. Sometimes he played it short and nicely out from the back, other times it was rather lumped forward (though in fairness this was sometimes the best course of action). Drury - 8 - Good performance from Mr. Reliable. Got up and down well and combined nicely with Lappin at times. Seems more confident with the King of Spain in front of him. A couple of good crosses. Smith - 7.5 - Solid if unspectacular performance from young Korey. Impressive energy levels and never gave his man much time on the ball. Did brilliantly to set up Holt for his goal and showed good awareness at times to play the simple pass back to Russell Martin and retain possession of the ball. Looks more than comfortable at this level. Crofts - 8 - Like this guy, always a thorn in the side of the opposition. Hassles and harries constantly, but can also play the ball out from defensive positions. Looked like he might have had a couple of chances to shoot when the ball came back to him on the edge of the area, but he was crowded out or his first touch let him down slightly. Made the spine of the team very hard to break down. Lappin - 9.5 (MOM) - Classy, battling, gritty, brilliant performance from the likeable Scotsman. Delivery from wide areas and set-pieces was first-class all afternoon. Just put in an unbelievable shift down that left side. One tackle in our penalty area in the first half was quite superb and he injured himself in the process too, which underlines his committment to the cause. Just kept running and running and running all day long. Best I''ve seen him play for NCFC, seems to have bulked up a bit and I don''t think the worries about him being too lightweight to compete can be justified any longer. Keep it up Simon! Hoolahan - 9 - Great performance from a quality little player. I was struck by how much he tracked back and hassled the opposition to get the ball back. A few trademark runs and he can be so difficult to get the ball off at times. Put the ball over for Korey to knock down for Holt''s goal and was a creative spark/outlet all afternoon. Wears the shirt with pride and tried his hardest for his team-mates. C. Martin - 8.5 - Good performance again from Super Chrissy. Deserved his standing ovation when he was replaced. Such an intelligent footballer but also has the physicality to back it up at this level. Had a couple of direct runs at their defense and also held up the ball very well at times. A good passer and clearly likes playing with Wes and Holty. Holt - 8.5 - Another 100% effort performance from the skipper. Had a tough time against St.Ledger but always gave his all and chased lost causes at times. Hit the post and bar in the first half when her perhaps could have hit the target (especially with the header from the corner). Always gives his all and took his goal really well. Went close with a glancing header that he needed to make more contact with. Well played Captain. SUBS Jackson - 7 - Not given too much time but made some promising direct runs and alleviated some of the pressure towards the end. Seems keen and certainly has a bit of pace about him. Unfortunate in that Grant Holt and Chris Martin are playing so well at the moment. His time will come. Gill - N/a - Not on long enough to be given a score. MANAGER Lambert - 10 - Did well to see that Lappin offers more solidarity than Macca, which is especially important away from home at times. Gave the crowd a wave when asked and was quick to come marching across to celebrate with the fans at the end. Cheers Lambo!  
  18. Fantastic stuff, I didn''t think I could respect the man anymore. Proud to have him associated with my club. Loves the canaries and the county of Norfolk as much as me and that is all too rare in this day and age. Brill Hucks.
  19. Norwich 1-3 Watford. Initial positivity undone as we are given a harsh lesson in Championship football. We''ll pick ourselves up though. Tough introduction in front on the cameras too. Chrissy Martin with the goal.
  20. Quite right, I''ll always thank Roedent for bringing Wes Hoolahan to the club, the guy is class. I agree with other posters, he sent Martin/Spillane out on loan with a view to getting rid and had he not have been sacked just in time, I feel sure they would both have been sold for small fees. Disastrous manager.
  21. Embarrassing. Needs to be cut out, because it just makes us look loutish and disrespectful. Doesn''t help the team and if anything, is more likely to galvanise the opposition.
  22. Why does everyone get so uptight/worried about being offended or offending someone? Is it that bad to be offended? I mean what actually happens to someone when they''re offended? As far as I know, no one has died from being offended. Time to get a grip Gregory.
  23. [quote user="Harry"][quote user="gregstero"][quote user="WeAreYellows49"] [quote user="gregstero"][quote user="Rupethebear"]Heres one for you....anybody know who the Norwich girls are who travel away in an Audi TT. They followed me to the game, down the M4!! Good to see them make a night of it in Bristol......hope they scored too!!![/quote] That is disgusting. Commens like that are egrading towards women.[/quote]   Ok what''s the deal?  Who are you really?  Reveal yourself [/quote] Sorry? I do not believe there is a "deal". If you do not like me please message me. I wouldn''t like us to fall out over something so small! [/quote] Are you talking about a certain part of your body?You do come over as having small penis syndrome and that being the reason for the chip on your shoulder. [/quote] Haha one of my fave posts of the year. Quality Harry lad!
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