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  1. [quote user="blahblahblah"]"I bet if Lambert can still get one in he would sign them in a heartbeat, particually now Martin''s injured and his praise for wheeliebin ended up with him sat on the bench! " Ignoring all the silly name-calling, this is the crux of the matter. Who is available, who is capable of a goal in every 2 games at this level ? And if they are capable of this, why aren''t they already playing for their own team ?[/quote] Agreed, which is why I believe we really should have tried to sign a striker in Jan.  Its going to be tough now as you said, but at least we are still capable of playing some good stuff and more recently we seemed to have tighten up a bit at the back which can only be good.
  2. I was also at that game when Justin scored that goal against Liverpool and Crofts goal certainly was very reminiscent of it.  On a separate note I knew Justin personally and he really was a smashing bloke and after such dizzy heights it was so sad to see his life spiral downwards to such a tragic end. It was a shame to that his brother John disowned him at the time he came out just when he needed him most.  I know that something he regrets now.
  3. Aim for the stars and you might just reach the sky.
  4. [quote user="Alex"] [quote user="City1st"]"Of course with promotion comes the little matter of 90 million" That''s why Bolton are £80m in debt and many of the Premier League clubs are also carrying horredous debets. The problem is Mr Earnest chap is that as you haven''t really come up with a coherent argument you keep falling back on that old tried and tested trick of making up something that the other person hasn''t said then arguing against that instead. Having some obsessive fixation about us signing a striker does not mean that everyone else therefore has a small norwich mentality, nor that they don''t want success. I''m sure that a board and a management structure that has got us from a 7-1 home defeat in Division Three to a fairly likely playoff place into the Premier Laeague with a runaway title in between might just be aware of what players are needed in the squad, what players have been contacted, what funds are available etc I''m sure you mean well and nobody is doubting your support, but perhaps, just maybe, others also support the club and want success just as much as you do. That they are not throwing their toys out of the pram and having tears before bedtime because their comfort blanket of a ''proven striker'' is not been delivered doesn''t mean they are any the less passionate. Perhaps also consider why in all your 35 years of loyal support nobody from the club has actually asked you to help run things, why it''s not you sat on the board or organising things at the training ground. Maybe it''s because the club still thinks that ''Talking B*ll*x'' is some Red Indian porn star, not the apt description of a forum members constant posts.[/quote]   With respect to Earnie - I understand your passion for our club but not your argument. To answer your question, of course i''d like to see 90 million squid in the kitty (no brainer?!). A top post there City 1st [Y] [/quote]Completely understand your points here.  Buts lets be brutally honest, my so called obsession with signing a striker is based on the fact we have only have one who can score! I bet if Lambert can still get one in he would sign them in a heartbeat, particually now Martin''s injured and his praise for wheeliebin ended up with him sat on the bench!
  5. [quote user="Boyo''"] Untill today I was really, really hoping of getting in a striker but now I''m fine without getting one in.  The midfield we played today is going to produce goals because we have three attacking players who have a licensce to get forward because there are two behind them covering (even though one of those players scored twice today).  With Hoolahan playing of Holt like this I think he can get a few more goals, 4 more perhaps, Lansbury and Surman are going to get some from the wings, Fox is bound to put in a screamer and I''m sure Crofts will bring his tally up to 10 and then lets not forget Holt can get up to 20 goals again.   I''m fine with our squad now, lets bring it on!!!!! [/quote user= "Ernie"] Believe me I really do agree with alot of what is being said, but and I hate saying this, if we continue with playing with just one striker up front which clearly we can do we are banking everything on Holt not getting injured.  Added to that if its not working in a game how are we going to change it?
  6. [quote user="City1st"]"What if we signed another striker capable of scoring 15 goals a season, where would that leave us then? Automatic promotion?" If that person replaced to bring him in was Croft or Hoolahan ? As far as I know goals scored by ''non strikers'' still count the same. Maybe it is that we are attacking more ''en masse'' than previously and that means, on probability alone, the goals will be spread out amongst a greater number. Maybe we are shooting far more. Crofts goal todays was an example of that. As to the defence, that has been a bit of a let down. Accepting that Tuesday nights goal was an own goal we have now gone two games with letting the opposition score. Is that down to Barnett being out ? Whitbread being back ? The opposition being useless ? Ruddy making a few good saves. Or maybe a combination of all four .... which doesn''t really help the blame merchants does it ? They need certainly. McNally out then, for letting Lambert allow Cody to go out on a season long loan and so can''t be brought back.[/quote] Why does signing a striker mean leaving Hoolahan or Crofts out? If we lose Holt to injury/suspension what does that leave us with up top, not alot? Personally I think Lambert and McNally have done and are doing a brilliant job, but I still maintain we need another proven goal scorer to help us over the line and if we were to sign one how many people would honestly say oh no we shouldnt have done that.
  7. [quote user="Mister Chops"][quote user="Ernie"][quote user="paul moy"] [quote user="Smudger"][quote user="paul moy"]We definitely need to use some pace in our line-up and I''m hoping for Jackson and Daley to get an opportunity today.  McNamee has had many chances and unfortunately not taken them. Just a shame we don''t have Cody, who has pace and can score.[/quote] Yes in the 4th tier... whoopee even I would hit double figures if being played upfront in that league! [/quote] Indeed, but mark my words, Cody will be scoring at a much higher level next season even if it''s for another club. [;)] [/quote] Whatever anyones opinion on Cody is doesnt matter as he cant be recalled.  Personally hes doing well and I wish him all the best but I dont think he would be the answer even if we could recall him. [/quote] Agreed.  And "a much higher level" - no, maybe League One, but that''s his lot I reckon.  You could probably say the same about McNamee too - he''s not a Championship level game-changer, he''s too anonymous, lightweight and one-dimensional.  Plus his crossing is about as good as Lee Croft''s. [/quote] Agreed.  You know what makes a really good player? Simples really....consistency.
  8. [quote user="Mister Chops"][quote user="Ernie"]I know in some quarters I have got some stick for my views and thats fine I''m all for open and sensible dicussions, but todays excellent result proves how much reliance we have on the rest of the team to score goals apart from our strikers.  [/quote] But when have teams only ever expected strikers to score the goals?  I struggle with your opinion a bit, to be honest.  The fact that our midfield contribute so many goals to the cause is something to be valued and applauded, not a mitigant to any issues with strikers scoring. Look, we could have two strikers both on 20 goals each, and if opposition teams started playing 5 at the back to keep them quiet, we''d be screwed.  The fact we can score from anywhere, and our midfield chip in with large numbers of goals, surely makes us a more difficult team to play against than it would if we had two up front who were banging them in and little else? [/quote] I agree I believe its an added bonus that the rest of the team is chipping in with goals which is something we have missed in the past and long may it continue, but that doesn''t change the fact we have only one striker that can score.  Without Holt what do we have left?  What if we signed another striker capable of scoring 15 goals a season, where would that leave us then?  Automatic promotion?
  9. [quote user="paul moy"] [quote user="Smudger"][quote user="paul moy"]We definitely need to use some pace in our line-up and I''m hoping for Jackson and Daley to get an opportunity today.  McNamee has had many chances and unfortunately not taken them. Just a shame we don''t have Cody, who has pace and can score.[/quote] Yes in the 4th tier... whoopee even I would hit double figures if being played upfront in that league! [/quote] Indeed, but mark my words, Cody will be scoring at a much higher level next season even if it''s for another club. [;)] [/quote] Whatever anyones opinion on Cody is doesnt matter as he cant be recalled.  Personally hes doing well and I wish him all the best but I dont think he would be the answer even if we could recall him.
  10. [quote user="Robert N. LiM"]So that presumably means we have to sign a striker who''s so good that including him means dropping one of Lansbury, Wes or Surman. This is not meant as a dig at you - quite the reverse in fact. I''m sure all of us would like us to sign a top quality Championship striker. But there''s no point in us signing someone unless he demonstrably improves our squad.[/quote] That''s the rub, totally agree needs to be a quality signing.  If it did happen I would keep all 3 above put crofts back in the holding roll and drop Fox to make room, harsh I know, but it would still give us so many options to change things around if it wasn''t working out.
  11. [quote user="Paul Cluckbert "][quote user="Ernie"][quote user="Alex"][quote user="Ernie"] [quote user="Herb"]Seriously, some of you lot need to take a step back, look at what you''re posting and realise it''s actually b*ll*cks. Sorry to be so blunt, but some of the posts on here recently have been hilarious. Questioning Lambert''s transfer window activity (and it is Lambert you''re questioning, not the board, because we know cash was available) in particular really shows the ignorance of some people. Lambert spoke today about how important squad harmony is and how he looks to sign players who compliment the current squad''s togetherness and work ethic. Sadly, that isn''t every player who some of the armchair experts on here found were really good on Football Manager 20XX. If we don''t go up (and honestly I don''t expect us to this season) then the players aren''t suddenly going to become rubbish next season. While the manager maintains the togetherness we have, the team can only get stronger. He maintains that by signing the players he wants, not the ones you want. Sometimes the one you''re really after gets away, as with Bennett. The worst thing we could do in that situation is sign an also-ran of questionable ability/attitude, especially with a squad thats doing a pretty decent job already. Been down that road before and you end up with some of the performances served up under Roeder. I wouldn''t mind betting that these same people were the ones booing the team off on Tuesday. They didn''t manage to sing all game, yet they find the energy to boo Lambert''s team off. Pathetic. [/quote] I tell you what I think is bollocks this little old Norwich City mentality, which is just a nice little excuse for failure, I want success for my team do you not think we could and should be as successful as Blackpool, Blackburn, Bolton, WBA, Wolves, Birmingham, Fulham etc?  [/quote] Successful?! - You''re having a laugh aren''t you Ernie?. I can only think you measure success by simply having Premier League status, because a good half of the teams you mentioned there are cr@p . I''ll tell you now, if we got to where they are now (mid to bottom Premier League table) you''d not be calling our beloved NCFC ''successful'' believe me - No, you''d be moaning why we''re not winning the Premier League title and Champions League title every season back to back. Tell me, did you watch the recent West Brom v Wolves game? We''d have played those sides off the park on a normal days service - absolute dross. I sometimes think people are too busy looking a year ahead to what might be, rather than taking in what''s happening in the present - and in our case, that''s a wonderful attacking and continental passing style of play, with generally the right result to go with it. Enjoy for today ;) [/quote] You make no sense at all, of course those teams at present are more successful than us there in a higher league.  Is your ambition for Norwich to remain in the Championship?  Of course with promotion comes the little matter of 90 million but of course your not interested in that clearly.  Why would I believe we could win the Premier league or the Champions league? But how about a decent cup run or dare I say it European football, I mean its not that we have never done that before or been established in the top division for many many years have we?  I''ll say it again, small town little old Norwich mentality strikes again. [/quote] FFS. Someone''s been playing on his X-Box for too long. [/quote] X-Box, what''s that?
  12. I know in some quarters I have got some stick for my views and thats fine I''m all for open and sensible dicussions, but todays excellent result proves how much reliance we have on the rest of the team to score goals apart from our strikers.  Lambert''s team selection today was definately using our best players available and fitting them into a system thats works eg; Crofts and Fox in the same line up when you still want to be able to play Surman and Lansbury with Hoolahan just off Holt. We have done brilliantly to be where we are now and have been most of the season but fingers crossed I hope we can still get that proven goal scorer in because I really believe that would complete Norwich as a force for promotion.  I''ll get my coat........
  13. Seems to be working really well particually as mentioned the lack of strikers.  I think the best use of players we have available.
  14. [quote user="Alex"][quote user="Ernie"] [quote user="Herb"]Seriously, some of you lot need to take a step back, look at what you''re posting and realise it''s actually b*ll*cks. Sorry to be so blunt, but some of the posts on here recently have been hilarious. Questioning Lambert''s transfer window activity (and it is Lambert you''re questioning, not the board, because we know cash was available) in particular really shows the ignorance of some people. Lambert spoke today about how important squad harmony is and how he looks to sign players who compliment the current squad''s togetherness and work ethic. Sadly, that isn''t every player who some of the armchair experts on here found were really good on Football Manager 20XX. If we don''t go up (and honestly I don''t expect us to this season) then the players aren''t suddenly going to become rubbish next season. While the manager maintains the togetherness we have, the team can only get stronger. He maintains that by signing the players he wants, not the ones you want. Sometimes the one you''re really after gets away, as with Bennett. The worst thing we could do in that situation is sign an also-ran of questionable ability/attitude, especially with a squad thats doing a pretty decent job already. Been down that road before and you end up with some of the performances served up under Roeder. I wouldn''t mind betting that these same people were the ones booing the team off on Tuesday. They didn''t manage to sing all game, yet they find the energy to boo Lambert''s team off. Pathetic. [/quote] I tell you what I think is bollocks this little old Norwich City mentality, which is just a nice little excuse for failure, I want success for my team do you not think we could and should be as successful as Blackpool, Blackburn, Bolton, WBA, Wolves, Birmingham, Fulham etc?  [/quote] Successful?! - You''re having a laugh aren''t you Ernie?. I can only think you measure success by simply having Premier League status, because a good half of the teams you mentioned there are cr@p . I''ll tell you now, if we got to where they are now (mid to bottom Premier League table) you''d not be calling our beloved NCFC ''successful'' believe me - No, you''d be moaning why we''re not winning the Premier League title and Champions League title every season back to back. Tell me, did you watch the recent West Brom v Wolves game? We''d have played those sides off the park on a normal days service - absolute dross. I sometimes think people are too busy looking a year ahead to what might be, rather than taking in what''s happening in the present - and in our case, that''s a wonderful attacking and continental passing style of play, with generally the right result to go with it. Enjoy for today ;) [/quote] You make no sense at all, of course those teams at present are more successful than us there in a higher league.  Is your ambition for Norwich to remain in the Championship?  Of course with promotion comes the little matter of 90 million but of course your not interested in that clearly.  Why would I believe we could win the Premier league or the Champions league? But how about a decent cup run or dare I say it European football, I mean its not that we have never done that before or been established in the top division for many many years have we?  I''ll say it again, small town little old Norwich mentality strikes again.
  15. [quote user="Paul Cluckbert "][quote user="Herb"]Seriously, some of you lot need to take a step back, look at what you''re posting and realise it''s actually b*ll*cks. Sorry to be so blunt, but some of the posts on here recently have been hilarious. Questioning Lambert''s transfer window activity (and it is Lambert you''re questioning, not the board, because we know cash was available) in particular really shows the ignorance of some people. Lambert spoke today about how important squad harmony is and how he looks to sign players who compliment the current squad''s togetherness and work ethic. Sadly, that isn''t every player who some of the armchair experts on here found were really good on Football Manager 20XX. If we don''t go up (and honestly I don''t expect us to this season) then the players aren''t suddenly going to become rubbish next season. While the manager maintains the togetherness we have, the team can only get stronger. He maintains that by signing the players he wants, not the ones you want. Sometimes the one you''re really after gets away, as with Bennett. The worst thing we could do in that situation is sign an also-ran of questionable ability/attitude, especially with a squad thats doing a pretty decent job already. Been down that road before and you end up with some of the performances served up under Roeder. I wouldn''t mind betting that these same people were the ones booing the team off on Tuesday. They didn''t manage to sing all game, yet they find the energy to boo Lambert''s team off. Pathetic. [/quote] Only the second post worth commenting on here all week... Couldn''t agree more. [/quote] You have just confirmed exactly what I am talking about.
  16. [quote user="Herb"]Seriously, some of you lot need to take a step back, look at what you''re posting and realise it''s actually b*ll*cks. Sorry to be so blunt, but some of the posts on here recently have been hilarious. Questioning Lambert''s transfer window activity (and it is Lambert you''re questioning, not the board, because we know cash was available) in particular really shows the ignorance of some people. Lambert spoke today about how important squad harmony is and how he looks to sign players who compliment the current squad''s togetherness and work ethic. Sadly, that isn''t every player who some of the armchair experts on here found were really good on Football Manager 20XX. If we don''t go up (and honestly I don''t expect us to this season) then the players aren''t suddenly going to become rubbish next season. While the manager maintains the togetherness we have, the team can only get stronger. He maintains that by signing the players he wants, not the ones you want. Sometimes the one you''re really after gets away, as with Bennett. The worst thing we could do in that situation is sign an also-ran of questionable ability/attitude, especially with a squad thats doing a pretty decent job already. Been down that road before and you end up with some of the performances served up under Roeder. I wouldn''t mind betting that these same people were the ones booing the team off on Tuesday. They didn''t manage to sing all game, yet they find the energy to boo Lambert''s team off. Pathetic. [/quote] Why is it bollocks that we haven''t managed to sign a proven striker.  Lambert is far and away the best manger we have had for years and potentially as good as O''Neil but that doesnt make him perfect.  I tell you what I think is bollocks this little old Norwich City mentality, which is just a nice little excuse for failure, I want success for my team do you not think we could and should be as successful as Blackpool, Blackburn, Bolton, WBA, Wolves, Birmingham, Fulham etc?  I support Norwich and have done so home and away for 35 years through the good times and the bad and have never booed them even when they have been shit.  So I dont appreciate being told my opinion is not valid, you may disagree and I will happily enter into a grown up dicussion but dont tell me I''m talking bollocks.
  17. [quote user="Baracouda"]Maybe after all the disappointment when the transfer window closed and little bit of criticism from fans towards him for not signing someone (even though him and McNally tried) after they signed some quality players early in January like he did in the summer. Would he wait till 11.59 or 10.59 when loan window closes, so everyone is happy this time round.[/quote]   We need Lambert to pull a Rabbit out of the hat.....again (still think we should have sorted this in Jan tho).
  18. [quote user="Boyo''"] I dont actually think we need this Huckerby type player Bennett is supposed to be.  We were willing to spend millions on Bennett but I think spending millions on a striker would have been a much better option.  Our already very creative midfield have created plenty of chances all season we just need someone to put some more of those chances away and someone who can score the odd half chance.   I''m still hoping for a loan striker to be brought in. [/quote="Ernie"] Agreed.  Even against Doncaster which was a very poor performance we still created enough clear cut chances to have won the game comfortably if we had someone else other than Holt up top who could score.  If we are being honest here how many other games have we created plenty of chances but not converted them, particually when on top in games.  We have managed to get out of jail numerous times with last minute goals but we cant get away with it forever and nor will we, the fact that we didnt get a striker in Jan which is the most key position on the pitch, is, and I hate to say it but a crazy decision.  Good strikers get you promoted and can single handledly save you from relegation.  Strenghtening from a position of strenght is always the best way forward, now we are left fire fighting as we gambled that what we had would be good enough (and how many supporters really thought our strikers would be good enough, Holt excluded) without having to push the boat out.  Fingers crossed we can still get someone in who can do a job and with the grit and determination and no little ability of our players still push for auto and after the season we have had, at the very least stay in the top 6th.
  19. [quote user="thefutureisyellow"]Listen Ernie, I have been calling for investment and ambition for a long time on this board, pariculary when we had Dommcaster as CE who was blowing vast quantities of cash. But now we do have people runnihey are doingng the club who know what they are doing, we have board members like Foulger who are prepared to put some hard earned into the club. We have the best people at the top that we could reasonably expect as things stand so give them a break. Lambert knew that he had £2 or 3mil to spend in January and I believe he would have spent it if he could have got value for money. As it stands he still has the cash and we could well see more coming in, we have seen so many managers wasting money at this club, is that what you really want?[/quote]   I hear what you are saying and agree but I really believe we have missed a great chance of really pushing on that might not come round again for quite some time and if that happens will Lambert still be around? 
  20. [quote user="thefutureisyellow"]I didnt call you an arse Ernie, forgive me if that`s the way it came accross, what I was suggesting was that your head was up your arse, and all I was saying is that when you eventually exract it you should wipe behind your ears, as they can pick up fecal deposits on the way out![/quote] Charming and constructive.
  21. [quote user="thefutureisyellow"]The club is clearly being run by a bunch of w,nkers eh? They have no ambition and understanding, as you do, of football. When you eventually pull you head out of your ar.s dont forget to wipe behind your ears![/quote] I have followed Norwich for over 35 years home and away through thick and thin.  Just because you dont like a person opinion doesnt automatically make them an arse as you put.  I suspect most if not all supporters wanted to see at least a new striker, whats so wrong with that?  The club has been turned around in the last 2 years  and no one would argue that point but we are where we are now and should continue to strive for bigger and better things, if not whats the point?
  22. The thing is if we had splashed the cash in Jan on a proven goal scorer (remembering we did have at least 2 million to spend) we wouldnt even be having these discusions and if said striker hadn''t hit the ground running, well at the very least we couldnt have been accused of having no ambition and giving it a right go. Better to have tried and failed than failed to try (actually better to have tried and succeeded!)
  23. [quote user="Planet X"][quote user="Ernie"][quote user="I am a Banana"] We did sign a striker in January, in Wilbry. But his goals to games ratio is something like 1 in 4.3 which is poor. I think he was laywas brought ina a last 10 throw everything we have at them rather than score loads!   [/quote] I dont believe he was brought in for anything more than a Holt back up/ last 10 mins of a game.  What we really needed was a proven goal scorer to help us over the line. [/quote] We always seem to make the same mistake, most supporters would agree with the fact that we needed a decent striker and a Huckerby type player and I honestly thought we were going to get them, Okay we went for bennet and didn''t get him but we needed a striker and Wilbraham is all we got, well I think this decision will come home to roost.   Exactly my point, just look at what happened last time we went for it in the Jan window eg: Huckerby, Couch and Harper [/quote]
  24. [quote user="I am a Banana"] We did sign a striker in January, in Wilbry. But his goals to games ratio is something like 1 in 4.3 which is poor. I think he was laywas brought ina a last 10 throw everything we have at them rather than score loads!   [/quote] I dont believe he was brought in for anything more than a Holt back up/ last 10 mins of a game.  What we really needed was a proven goal scorer to help us over the line.
  25. [quote user="yoda"]Martin was coming in for a bit of stick by some but it''s noticable that we haven''t won either game since he''s been injured .[/quote] Better than what we  have got left and offers alot more, but still wasn''t scoring.
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