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Norfolk Mustard

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  1. Oli Johnson should start & get 60 mins - to be replaced by Chris Martin.

    If Holt is carrying an injury then he shouldn''t be out there - he''s not doing anyone any favours like that! He''s been great for us, but at the very least he needs be fit to get the shirt...

    To be honest several of them looked a bit tired last night.

  2. Holt barely got off the deck last night? He was tentative in his tackling (we can understand why with red card fever abounding Carrow Road lately) - he really looked out of sorts.

    Players will occasionally have an off day, but Chris Martin''s first touch and lack of ball control meant we had two strikers lacking against Southend.

    The game demanded someone hungry for the ball - thankfully Oli Johnson had some ''oomph''!

    Still can''t believe we won - brilliant stuff!

  3. Sky have a great mix of pundits! I love watching most of them - in small doses mind you!

    To provide a panel of experts hat everyone adores = Mission Impossible - it just can''t happen can it?

    Matt Holland is pretty good in my opinion - certainly better than Gary Lineker when he first started on BBC when he was nowhere near ready to do the job.

    Dion Dublin has a head start in the popularity stakes because he''s connected to so many previous clubs - and he''s a true gent too.

    Ed Chamberlain is quality - but Jeff Stelling is the real McCoy...

    Compared to John Barnes on Channel 5 most sport channels in the UK are pretty good!


  4. Not a case of ''getting away'' with anything in my opinion!

    We have successfully played 3 at the back with 10 men and today with 11 men. Both times we had winning outcomes.

    That''s the objective of playing games of football isn''t it? - to win.

    Lambert''s a genius - he doesn''t think like most other managers - that''s why he''s a ''balls-out'' winner.

    Let''s embrace what we have and enjoy it!


  5. Paul Lambert''s decision making today was a true example of ''making something happen'' as opposed to ''hoping something might happen'' - a vast difference! It shows leadership and inner belief; Lambert calmly EXPECTS to win and successfully transfers this to a capable group of players.

    Thank goodness we have him!


  6. We''ve barely seen McNamee, so how can anyone assess him yet?

    He was quiet playing against us for Swindon - Lambert however thinks he''s quality and a different option.

    Playing 4-1-2-1-2 we could accomodate both McNamee and Hoolahan (McNamee in for Lappin wide left) - I''d welcome 60 mins of that as a trial!

  7. Anyone else in this situation?

    My 12 year old has played for NCFC Academy (against Arsenal, Spurs and Fulham last season) but not given a place in the Academy set-up. He''s had 2 more trial games in the dome in January this year - scoring a hat-trick in one session and an excellent header in the second game. He gets glowing reports from the PDC where he plays every week - yet nothing from NCFC...

    He even played in an u-16 trial game during the summer and scored the opening goal at Carrow Rd with a run into the area and a rising shot into the roof of the net at the Barclay End. Not bad considering most players that day were at least 3 years older...

    A scout from Ipswich has just called to ask where my son is playing this Sunday because they want to watch him.

    He dreams of getting some Academy training to make progress - but only ever wanted to wear yellow & green.

    After the dithering at Colney I suppose ITFC is the next best option if they offer him a place?

    We''re both NCFC season ticket holders and know nothing else. Hell this is a tricky one!


  8. Human psychology says if you aim for the minimum your focus is in the wrong place! (e.g. Delia saying 17th place in the Prem would be good - relegation followed - need I say more?).

    Aim high - that''s what Paul Lambert is doing. Look to win every game folks; 100 points and 100 goals is very much achievable this season!


  9. ''We should let this go now, its giving him the oxygen he craves''.

    Hear Hear! Can we just let this Cowling thing go? He has more ''Hot Buttons'' to press than most of us will ever have! - if we keep pressing them he wil keep coming to life.

    Like a demented toy, let''s leave him in a darkened cupboard until his batteries fade and those who currently play with him will eventually throw him out...

    Apologies for the clichés - I''m a tad excited about the prospect of going top of the league!

  10. I agree; a bottom 6 Prem job is unlikely to be tempting to PL. Eradicate the Championship clubs too because PL is likely to be one of those anyway in just 4 months time. That leaves 14 Prem teams + Celtic - and maybe one or two European clubs perhaps? No so bad then is it?

    Let''s hope the NCFC ''adulation'' (that PL has already recognised) really does mean something to this very talented manager!

  11. Law of averages says Norwich will slip up somewhere, but right now we have 3 personnel scoring for fun and topping the ratings. Providing we successfully retain all key players during this window we will gain automatic promotion.

    I believe we are better geared to do it than Leeds who clearly have an unsettled player amongst them. We have additional firepower too; McNamee, Johnson & McDonald. (not counting Cureton & McVeigh who are likely to be shipped out?).

    With Beckford the damage is done - he can''t simply erase his actions and pretend nothing happened can he?

    The balance of power is shifting to us in the ''Far East'' methinks?

  12. I organise training and development programmes for a living; just before Xmas I was in the Midlands and ‘sitting in’ on one of our courses.

    I sat next to a 25 year old delegate called Joe who told me the reason he was working for a service company these days was because his Pro Football career (at Blackburn) was ended by a violent tackle during an Academy game against Liverpool. He told me “during that rather spicy game me and a Liverpool player had a few words & I do admit I provoked him a bit; a few minutes later he came for me with a high two-footed tackle that shattered my lower leg in two places & dislocated my ankle - which had to be pinned” (he showed me the scar). “It was a wicked tackle – the player got banned by the FA for 6 months”.

    I naturally asked; who was he?

    “You’ve probably never heard of him – he’s called Zak Whitbread and I think he plays for Millwall”…

    Now he’s joined Norwich I hope he’s learned his lesson – or should we expect a few red cards and a few more careers to be ended?

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