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  1. TheCardinal

    Seaborne to Saints

    I was impressed by Seaborne. Tall, strong, touch of pace, decent control and willing to play the ball rather than just get rid at first opportunity (a la Nelaon). Reminded me a bit of Spillane actually.

    Think Southampton have got themselves a potential gem there.
  2. As has already been said, he''d give us pace and width which we don''t have. League titles and promotions are won on the strength of the squad, not just the team. He would improve the strength of our squad.
  3. Very, very, very poor.

    Goalkeeper very poor, doc seemingly unable to pass, semi woeful and at fault for 3 of 5 goals. Offensively poor, midfield static, holt trying hard and martin useless.

    Only players to come out with credit are hoolahan and holt. Rest are very very poor indeed
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    Norwich City a true football club

    All the best.
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    Amazing Swings and Round-abouts..

    Chuck Norris doesn''t push himself up. He pushes the world down.
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    The official media predictions thread

    Always good to see what people think. Here''s the Time''s predictions for our upcoming season1. Leeds2. NORWICH3. MK Dons4. Huddesfield5. Brentford6. Charlton7. Millwall8. Tranmere9. Swindon10. Oldham11. Bristol Rovers12. Leyton Orient13. Walsall14. Southend Utd15. Southampton16. Wycombe17. Hartlepool18. Yeovil19. Gillingham20. Carlisle21. Colchester22. Brighton23. Exeter24. StockportAbout us:"Norwich City

    Crowds of 20,000-plus at Carrow Road will demand that Norwich quickly

    establish themselves among the promotion front-runners. Bryan Gunn, who

    failed to keep the club up last season, is yet to convince he can make the

    grade as a manager, but has been given financial backing to bolster the

    squad with excellent signings such as Simon Whaley, the midfield player, and

    Grant Holt, the experienced forward."

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    Serious question now.

    It''s a bit of an odd question as I assume none of us are wealthy people and I assume none of us are either Delia or Michael.
  8. It''s a nice choice to have. Both Spillane and Otsemobor have impressed pre-season. For me, it''s Spillane, though. Defensively stronger, and offensively still able (if not as able as Otsemobor).Either way, though, these are the sort of problems you want as a fan of a football club.
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    Todays game - much better.

    Some interesting comments but wouldn''t agree with them all. Otsemobor twice the player from last season? Hardly. Offensively good, defensively poor. I think with Nelson, Askou and Stefanovic coming back, Spillane will be utilised as a right back over Otsemobor because he is defensively stronger. But I agree that he had a good game at center half, and good to know we have options. Martin on the left didn''t do it for me, and only when he was pushed further up and encouraged to push forward did he start coming into it. Whale I agree, Gill I agree - but I felt Hughes was decent enough and would put him on a par with Gill. Was more impressed with Tudur Jones than both Gill and Hughes. 
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    Hughes

    I think the comments he has received are a little unfair. I don''t think any of the new signings can really be judged quite so decisively as some have above quite yet. We have to remember Hughes was playing for the first time today and against Premiership opposition. And in my opinion he looked handy.
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    Hughes

    Looked decent. His passes were generally accurate and positive, his movement good and occasionally showed ability dribbling. He looked like he had a bit of intelligence about him as well - played some clever passes, straight out of the Ian Crook book of how to pass a ball! On the negative side does not take a good free kick or corner (based on the two or three occasions he attempted today) and did not get forward as much as I''d have liked him to.
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    No sign of Matty P

    He''s on paternity leave. Entitled to it by law.
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    Full Time Report

    So, after my hastily written report on my phone at half time, I can give you the more in depth full time report.Second half was as encouraging as the first, some good play from a good overall team performance. Defensively, we looked solid. Doherty and Spillane performed admirably as a central defensive unit, and really marked their men well. Otsemobor was at fault for their first goal, leaving the man unmarked on the set piece. However, offensively he was very good, providing a real threat down the right a longside Whaley. Drury looked really solid and was, IMO, one of two picks for MotM. He was strong, good offensively and excellent defensively. Wigan''s wingers had real trouble getting by him. All four who started the match finished it.In midfield, we started with a midfield five of Martin on left, Whaley on right, Tudur Jones and Hughes in middle with Hoolahan roaming. Martin on left doesn''t really work for me. He doesn''t have the control skills to really work as a winger. He needs to be up front getting himself in dangerous positions to score goals. With Holt alongside him, I think that would work well. When he was pushed a bit further forward, he did very well indeed. A very encouraging performance from him. Whaley on the right drifted in and out of the game a bit, but when in the game looked really quite dangerous. He proved he could really trouble his full back and produced some neat passes. The midfield two I felt looked solid and very good. Hughes was a bit less static in the second half and showed some good running, but much more impressive was his excellent passing. Some very neat, encouraging stuff. Tudur Jones who was also excellent. Solid as a rock, sharp tackles and constantly pressing the opposition. I like that in a player and I think I''ll like Tudur Jones the more I see him. Finally, Hoolahan. What a player - the pass for Whaley''s winner was simply sublime. He was a constant thorn in Wigan''s side, and Wigan ended up just fouling him constantly. I think Hoolahan will be a big player for us - and he was my other choice for MotM. Gill came on for Tudur Jones and did well; reminded me a bit of Clingan with his tracking back, tackling and passing game. Adeyemi looked solid when he came on as well, using his strength against some accomplished opposition. But he does need to learn where to stand to win headers.Up front, Holt ran his heart out, but looked isolated and a little unfit. Some very nice touches, and his ability to pick a pass was also encouraging. Cody came on for Martin and looked sharp, some good running and challenged the Wigan defence well. Cureton came on for Holt later on, and didn''t really have much impact for me.So, next week will be Colchester and the start of our season in League One. It''ll be interesting to see what happens next week, and what team he plays. Gunny now has a squad with a number of good options and I personally don''t think eleven players stand out above anyone else. I think the squad we have here is good enough to get us back into the Championship - but we must get off to a good start next week.
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    half time report

    Some thoughts at half time.

    1. Some good play as a unit. When on the ball we do knock it around very well and look very composed. We are looking to play from the back out as well which is good to see.

    2. Of the new players, tudur jones looks very combative and capable of picking out a good pass. Theo looking ok in goal and is very vocal. Hughes looks a little static on occasion but does use the ball well.

    3. Of the old players, doc doing very well. Semi good going forward but failed to pick up the man he should be marking for their goal. Drury looks sharp as I''ve seen him as well.

    4. 4-5-1 at the minute with hoolahan wandering and martin on left. Holt been isolated but worked hard. Hoolahan needs to shoot more - 1 on 1 with keeper and looked for pass. Would have preferred a 4-4-2 as we should not need 4-5-1 a lot next season.

    More at full time
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    442 Magazines prediction

    Good. The seasons we''ve been predicted to do well we''ve always done naff! But even so, a bit surprised that they''ve put us that low.
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