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  1. Yes I agree that some people will never be satisfied but after 4 years of downward spiral and near constant struggle its understandable that some people are questioning this years team which if we''re being honest doesn''t look convincing although I admit its still early days!


    From what I''ve seen of the team so far and I''ve only missed two games - Norwich are not far of having a side capable of seriously challenging the top of the table but at the moment we are powderpuff attack wise and unless this gets sorted we will struggle and Roeder will come under pressure.


    We get to edge of the 18 yeard box and just stop. We haven''t got consistent wingers, Hoolahans not a wide player which means not much is being produced down the left and Croft rarely produces instead trying to run to the corner flag instead of simply crossing the ball in to the box. We''ve now got our strong targetman in Sibierski who Lupoli and Cureton can feed on in the box if planks like Croft can start putting more crosses in. We do not put enough pressure on the oppositions 6 yard box which is where most goals are scored. The release of Hucks who was still by far our best attacking player despite a below par season by his standards was ridiculous and no doubt flamed by Roeders personal feelings rather than a football move. Hucks would of made a big improvement to our attack this year.

  2. Lets hope all these rumours about Cullum are true cause its quite obvious that Delia and her husband have taken us as far as they can although I''m grateful for what they''ve done I think they need to get out sooner rather than later!


    In this day and age Delia and Michael are poor millionaires in terms of the finance needed to run football clubs!


    Theres something going on, what with all the speculation, Doncaster admitting that talks are in place, the deafly silence from Delia and Michael and the Turners departure for reasons that we have not been told about!


    As for Roeder well we''ve been through too much upheavel in the past few years so I think we need to give him time but he won''t get time unless the team improves I''m afraid to say.


    - As much as what we''ve improved the defence and the midfield the team are still very poor in the final 3rd of the pitch and seem obsessed with trying to overpass and run the ball into the net. If this doesn''t improve we''ll be nearer the bottom than the top!


    The lack of attacking impetus gets fans immediately thinking of one of our best ever attacking players who Roeder thought good to let go - Releasing Darren Huckerby was a terrible misjudgement on Roeders part. We could of done without Eagle whos never going to play and the very raw Koroma whos not good enough and kept Hucks.


    I fear this massive error from Roeder will comeback to haunt him!

  3. Yes we should!


    16 and a half years since standing areas were made all seater at Carrow Road and fans in the Barclay would rather stand and that includes fans who were too young to remember terraces at Carrow Road!


    The Taylor report was neccessary cause ground safety and quality have improved but this could still been achieved with standing areas. The Hillsborough disaster was caused by a number of factors of which terraces wern''t one of them!


    With the huge amounts of money be flung at the game now particularly the top flight, clubs should be looking to give some things back to the fans!


    I don''t think that in standard areas noone should be paying more than £20 a game to watch and standing areas should be brought back for home fans only!


    Terracing works in the German Bundesliga which is a better supported league than our Premiership!

  4. Croft can produce some great play but very rarely does that.


    Last night he put in 2 or 3 good crosses then otherwise he played his usual game of either passing back or trying to run to the corner flag!


    He has to be told to be more direct and put in crosses when theres yellow shirts waiting in the box.


    All in all we are a very poor attacking side. Yes we are better in defence and spray the ball around good a lot of the time but until we get more direct in the final 3rd we won''t do anything. Sibierski made a differencde but we were still not getting the to him in the box.


    Glen made a massive decision in letting Hucks go who would of still been our best wide player by some distance. Hucks would of improved our display last night. Roeder got this big decision massively wrong!

  5. Yeah team not quite right which the crowd can sense which produces the poor atmosphere we had at the Blackpool game, the poorest atmosphere at the opening home game at Carrow road I''ve heard for a long time. Blackpool were a very poor team and nearly came away with 3 pts which says it all really!


    The crowds reaction at the Blackpool game to me is the biggest indicator of what the fans are thinking about the team. There were some who were trying to be positive but we all know somethings not right!

  6. End of the day who is there out there who we can sign and the sort of player who most fans would like to see come in probably isn''t going to come looking at our recent transfer activity and the fact we won''t spend any money!


    The legend that is Iwan Roberts was an excellent header of the ball, could hold it up, could pass the ball and scored goals. - Thats exactly what we need now a player of Iwan ilk but I''d say a player of the similar ability level now would be out of our reach financially unless we can unearth a gem somewhere!

  7. Scowcroft or Alan Lee although binners would improve our forward line end of as they can hold the ball up and compete for high balls with big tall defenders, something we are lacking at present!


    But like some have said this is just a journalist speculating, nowt more!

  8. I think QPR would go for a bigger name and younger one at that than Roeder!


    I think this is probably the last or one of Roeders last managerial jobs. This is why I think hes knows about our financial situation and hes prepared to tolerate it cause afterall hes not going to go to a bigger and better club at his age having been around for a long time already!


    Yes we are weak going forward, not just a centre forward but consistent winger and we have a good attacking midfielder in Russell who Roeder doesn''t want to play instead preferring to play 2 defensive midfielders in Fotheringham and Clingan who don''t push forward enough!


    Brown was not a success while with us but hes the sort of player who''d improve us at the moment as he can compete in the air, hold the ball up and is strong!


    I think we are stronger at the back, have more options in midfield if Roeder used them, but are weaker in attack which makes the release of Hucks look more ridiculous every game we play!



  9. Here, Here my thoughts exactly!                              Board are past their sell by date and Roeders decisions like crap loanees, getting rid of one of our best attackers ever when we still need him and not playing Russell who should be an automatic choice make things at Carrow Rd very very tiring at present!

  10. Part of our problem this season has been that Clingan and Fotheringham are both holding midfielders and both haven''t got the running in them to be attacking midfielders!


    This is why I find it crazy that the one such midfielder we have who can do this hasn''t been starting in midfield, Russell!


    Fotheringham would be OK alongside Russell in midfield but not with Clingan as tyhey are too similar!

  11. Lineker was very correct, afterall he was one hell of a striker and not the tallest!


    I''ve said all along although a big player with good aeriel ability would be advantagious, we are lacking wingers who come up with the goods consistently and our general attitiude to attacking is not direct enough. Croft on Saturday actually produced the goods for a change and put in some decent crosses which led to Lupolis great 2nd goal but he doesn''t do that enough. Also we are playing nice football in front of the opposition but aren''t putting them under pressure by getting behind them. We need more consistancy from croft and hope that Bells as good as what some are saying but we still miss that winger who can regularly run at defenses and put in good crosses, assists and score goals!


    Ah but I remember we released one such player at the end of last season whos now plying his trade for the Earthquakes in the USA!

  12. I undersatnd peoples apprehension about Howard and I think he''d only be OK for 2 seasons at the very most but he would improve our attack in the present time!


    Then again that donkey up front for Blackpool at Carrow Road the other week Ben Burgess would improve our attack at the moment cause he''d compete in the air with central defenders and would hold the ball up!

  13. [quote user="the duke of norfolk"]

    [quote user="Disco Dale"]All this talk about needing a"big target man" is like being stuck in a football time warp 20 years ago.First of all it suggests a long ball game, nothing wrong with that but its easier to create chances if you can pass well.I prefere a second striker who plays between the lines.He does not have to be big , but  have a high level of awareness and creativity.A role I think is ideally suited to Hoolahan.Plus you want players like him  close to the oppenents goal.A big striker is handy if we are chasing a game but in the team full time it will encourage our full backs to lump it forward even more often.   [/quote]

    This is balls.

    What some people don''t seem to realise is that when they here the word target man they automatically think of a big, immobile lump who has little skill and pace and who can only out muscle defenders and win headers. These people conjure up images of Iwan Roberts, Steve Howard, Dele Adebola, Mamidy Sadibe etc.

    We don''t want one of those types of players.

    What Roeder wants is a forward who can win balls in the air, put pressure on the centre backs and be a threat from set pieces. This player can have skill as well and play football on the ground and that is why Roeder is chasing Iversen.

    Just because you play with a striker who has a bit of a prescence doesn''t mean that you are going to play hoof ball (which is what you are fearing) it just means that you have added an extra dimension to your play. Every team in English football needs this type of player or else you are too one dimensional and by that i mean that all you play is pretty, passing football which isn''t always enough.

    Get over your irrational fears about hoof ball, as i guarantee you even when we do sign our big striker we will still play the majority of our football  on the deck.

    [/quote] The sort of player you suggested Norwich don''t want are exactly who we do need although I agree with the rest of your post.


    Iwan Roberts is one of the most successfull strikers we''ve ever had at the club. He could hold the ball up, great aeriel ability, physical presense and could play nice passing football as well - How I wish we had a similar player at the club now!


    Dele Adebola or Sidibe would of done a terrific job for Norwich although not pretty their physical play would of been more successfull than much of what we''ve seen in recent times!


    Without a physical presense, its rare that a player will make the grade at Champinoship level. We''ve seen that recently with the Jarvis bros and other lightweight out of our academy. Loanee Ched Evans was successful largely because of his physical presense and likewise fellow loanee Gibbs was poor cause he was so weak. Obviously more than physical atributes are needed as well but we already have plenty of finnesse within our 1st team squad, just need more height and physical presense in the final 3rd.


    I get sick and tired of hearing about "I couldn''t watch Stoke every week with their long ball stuff" particularly from a so called expert like Neil Adams. If you looked at it realisticly Stoke play more effective football than us and are only direct in the final 3rd which is the very area where being direct is neccessary. We aren''t direct enough and don''t get the ball into the opposing penalty box enough which is where most goals are scored from. For instance having a player with a long throw is a great asset to have and a long throw into the box is as good as a corner and is more effective than short throws near the corner flag. They don''t play any less football than us in midfield and out of defense.


    This notion about Norwich playing such wonderful football is garbage. I didn''t see much last season and this season we have played some neat passing football - albeit sideways and backwards with no  penetration and mostly poor attacking play which means its been largely ineffective.


    If we can get Norwich playing effective football, which is neat keep pocession play in defense and midfield with a direct approach up front with an end product which is high league placings with more wins than defeats, I''ll be happy!

  14. I''ll admit he hasn''t looked that great but also not that bad although the rash not needed tackle cost us a point against probably one of the worst Championship teams I''ve ever seen in Blackpool!


    I do fear after hearing Fulham say he''ll play 30+ games this season for Norwich that we''ll have similar situation to last season where Roeder is seemingly obliged to play loan players even if they aren''t good enough to be in the team and theres better players behind them!


    Otsemobor hasn''t done much wrong in his time with us so in my opinion has been unlucky!



  15. Still early days but its obvious from our 1st 3 games (and yes I''ve been at all of them but not going today cause my finances don''t stretch that far) that unless we improve the attacking part of our team we will struggle!


    Roeder has had plenty of time to get more attacking options in but for some reason hasn''t. I feel hes having to operate with his hands tied behind his back cause the board either haven''t got or won''t slpash the cash.


    But all this talk about a targetman is correct in one sense in that we need one but it isn''t all about getting that elusive one player and everything will be OK.


    The wing play has not been penetrating at all, Croft will always flatter to deceive all of which makes the release of Hucks look so ridiculous!


    Our best attacking midfielder (indeed one of the clubs best players who should be an automatic choice) Russell isn''t getting played, I think because Roeder deosn''t like him and/or cause he didn''t sign him. Fotheringham and Clingan are solid midfielders, good at sideways passing but neither are very attack minded and haven''t got the running in them that Russell has which can push the team up the field and make things happen!


    Roeder made me laugh when he said in the EDP the other week that "I don''t do favourites" cause his release of Hucks and reluctance to start Russell  suggests otherwise!


    Roeder has to be given time but hes not helping himself and the board aren''t helping either.


    I respect the board for what they have done in the past but I feel now the club will only move forward when a new board is in place!

  16. Not signing Martin Taylor earlier this year was a terrible mistake on a par with the release of our most potent penetrating winger Huckerby!


    I''m sure that maybe Kenedy wouldn''t of been signed or we''d of accepted the bid from Wolves for Shacks! - All ifs and maybes which is how our ''staying way past there sell by date'' board seem to be operating!

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