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  1. lake district canary

    Maddison is great, but.....

    .....he plays for Leicester now - the opposition - so can we save the love in until after the match, please?
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    Parma’s Tactics Masterclass 19

    No, this is Boris Johnson....
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    I think I've had enough.

    Can understand this up to a point, I lost interest in the general game of football quite a long time ago - when the silly money started coming in and the Premier League gravy train set off, with greed at the heart of it. I only take any kind of interest now because of NCFC and games/teams we are playing. If Norwich had sold out to some big time money merchant, I think I would have long ago lost interest in us too and it is only the family nature of the club that has kept me on board. I think that if I lived in Norwich still, I would want to be involved though and I think you are lucky if you have the chance to go and see us every week. Even at a distance I can see how good our club is run and how it is so immersed in the community - and that counts for a huge amount in the scheme of things. Just think of it as us against the world - the club that is bucking the trend by going down the sustainable route - we can be - and probably are - an inspiration to other clubs who likewise don't have vast amounts of money. There is a lot more to the game of football than just money and NCFC is a breath of fresh air in the cynical world of "money, must have more money". I don't really care about the top clubs, who plays for them, how much they pay for their players etc etc.....it is just a numbers game. The real football happens lower down the game, where money is not such an issue. Well run clubs living within their means is the real world and we are at the forefront of that....long may it continue. Salah, Rashford etc etc... yeah they score some class goals to be admired....but then we have seen some incredible goals too, over the years, all the better because they are scored by our players....Howson's volley, Holt's goals, Vrancic's free kicks, Pukki's goals etc etc. So just think what you might be missing if you give your season tickets up......you're lucky, you have the choice to go or not, when many of us don't. Don't give it up lightly.
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    Parma’s Tactics Masterclass 19

    Thanks for your reply, Parma - and I appreciate your stance on the above - I just got side tracked on this thread by those that prefer to run your input down. Personally I find your writing both informative and thought provoking, so look forward to your posts, whoever you are and wherever you are from - indeed, if you are from this country, which Tilly suggested, then it is a compliment to your command and use of the language which is rare these days.
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    Parma’s Tactics Masterclass 19

    Lakey, I have no idea what that means. My post which you are replying to is my POV. Yeah, sorry, I was being a bit obtuse, just wanted to know if the way Parma uses language on here is put on or genuine.
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    Self-sustaining model

    But then we have been in the Premier League five years in the last ten, a record of success that is something most of the clubs in your list could not get anywhere near matching. Three great promotion years, rebuilds, exciting football, five years at the top level with days like beating Man Utd, Arsenal, Tottenham, Man City at CR as well as sometimes away....... It makes for a roller coaster existence and while it would be good to stay around in the PL sometimes - we were there for three years in a row.
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    Parma’s Tactics Masterclass 19

    I assume you know him then? Are you saying he is just playing with us? Just another bor style character? So is his use of language just airy persiflage?
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    Parma’s Tactics Masterclass 19

    I actually really like his style. For someone who obviously does not have English as his first language, to be able to express himself with such creativity in his use of vocabulary and grammar, is a joy to see. The fact that it takes a little effort to read is worth it - it is not just a simple message that he gives, it is full of nuances and detail that are worth thinking about and taking time to digest. English people are often quite careless about the way they use the language and people from other countries who take time to lerarn the language well, often put us to shame. I think of Daniel Farke and Zimbo in this regard too. Using the language well, is a work of art and Parma is as elequent a user of the English language in written word, that I have seen.
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    Can Norwich keep Leicester down to 5 goals next Saturday

    And how is that saying we are better than Man City at keeping the ball? And at that stage of the season there was still a capability of finishing in the top six. That has gone, I'll grant you,
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    Parma’s Tactics Masterclass 19

    So you would have used different tactics last season? In the PL we were too open under Neil for a couple of months - and he lost his nerve with that after the Newcastle result and we tried to be more defensive, that didn't work either. Under Hughton we were not open - we were just poor at executing what was required, in his second season. As for Farke and Webber, just as well they bought in such good midfielders, they all contributed to a fantastic season last time. The only addition there this season has been Roberts.
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    Can Norwich keep Leicester down to 5 goals next Saturday

    As regards Leicester - and if "we'll be back" can learn to understand plain English - I would say that their threat is pace on the break. Vardy is not the ony issue as they have other pacy players - and like I said against Man City (even though our tactics against them were different to what I said they should be) our best bet is to keep the ball as well as possible, not try anything rash, not allow them to exploit their pace, frustrate them as much as possible and then hope to nick a ball off them and score on the break ourselves perhaps later in the game. We also have to be very careful not to give silly free kicks away with the quality they have there and would be hoping for a 1-0 away win, like we had several times last season. It will be tough, Leicester are one of the best sides in the country, but it can be done.
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    Can Norwich keep Leicester down to 5 goals next Saturday

    You keep saying it over the weeks on different threads, but can you stop writing that I said we were better than Man City at keeping the ball. It was not what was said. If you cannot understand what is written, then best you don't say anything at all. You can even quote the sentences I talked about possession if you like and it will show that I said that to beat Man City we would have to keep the ball off them and that at our best we might be able to do well, but I did not ever say we were better than them.
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    Parma’s Tactics Masterclass 19

    Seconded. We are doing the best we can. At the moment it is not happening that we are playing well enough - in spells and in some matches yes, but if we are not totally "on it" we look quite ineffective. It is to be hoped that we can get to that stage where we play at our best every week and for 90 minutes - if we do, results will improve - I suppose that is the 64 million dollar question - can we raise our game enough? I think we can, but we will only know that as the season progresses. That is the beauty of the game, the future is where it will be decided and the future has not happened yet.
  14. Beat Everton, the world is as it should be, draw with Arsenal close to winning and the world is as it should be. Lose to Sheff Utd, the bottom drops out of the world.......or does it.......still one good result from getting back in touch with the pack. I'm looking forwards to Leicester and seeing if we can give them a bit of a surprise. The PL this season is proving unpredictable for many clubs . Take us - Beat Man City, then lose to Watford.....but the reality is we are trying to find a consistent level like everyone else - and not many teams will be able to do that. No-one likes losing to Sheff Utd/Wilder, but get over it, they have made a good start but will start to struggle as the season goes on - but our season goes on, our challenges lie ahead, not behind. We can and will improve. All to play for!
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    Just a thought.

    It's a good thought, the season is not done and dusted like some would have you believe. The media love to pigeon hole a club and have earmarked us as down - and a lot of people get taken in by the media, but it was only the other week that even Shearer was saying how good we were against Everton - so all we have to do is put in the good performances like that and they will have to change their tune. It's going to be a roller coaster all season, some don't appear to have the stomach for the ups and downs, but I guess they will soon change their tune if we can start putting more results together. If we are close with a few games to go, it will make for a very exciting end to the season as the pressure mounts on the clubs near the bottom. I think we can do better than that and get ourselves up into the pack and get away from the drop zone, but we'll see. Long way to go yet.
  16. For me the PL is a conglomeration of people with obscene amounts of money paying ridiculous amounts for players that are not worth it. Some of you want to try and buy success by finding someone with oodles of money to do the same, I am quite content to see how far we can go with the policy we have now - pitting our wits against that and seeing how far we can go with a sustainable policy.....in fact I wouldn't want it any other way. We are ahead of ourselves as it is, getting promoted within two years - and that is great and even if we go down now, we have money in the form of parachute payments to keep us going with upward momentum in the long term. I still don't think we will go down, there is a long way to go yet, but the club policy is clear, we build from within, youth policy key to it and see how things develop over three/four/five years. I love the club and the way it has evolved and moved on from different CEO's and policies over the years to where we are now. Best ever (imo) season last season, almost total security financially (as near as any football club can be) and still all to play for this. What's not to like, apart from some temporary setbacks while we adjust to this league? We need to improve of course - and improve we can.
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    The end is nigh....or is it.......

    Ah, that old one...............yep, but I've attended 3, around 20% of the matches, so I guess in your world that gives me around 20% credit for any views I might have. Nevertheless I have seen every minute of all our matches this season and can see for myself what is happening, win lose or draw. If people that go every week can't take the challenges we face and the situation the club is in without throwing tantrums and getting "uppity" about owners/players etc, then maybe they should not go. We all know the situation, the youth policy, the financial model, the injury problems we had which were a major setback, just when we didn't need them, so maybe people could just hold back a bit. Football is an emotional sport and losing the way we did against Sheff Utd was very disappointing, but the margins are still small. It only takes a slight switching off, or a slight lack in concentration and you are punished in this league. So losses do not need wholescale dismantling of everything at Carrow Road which is what some advocate, get a grip, appreciate the difficulties and just try and understand!
  18. Not treason, but it's border line delusional. As a fan who has been going to matches since the late 60's, I have noted time and time again over the years that we are not the kind of club that attracts big investors. If we were it would have happened by now and we are frankly very lucky to have what we do have in place now, given the way football is these days. If we descend into L1 or do a Southampton, get miles into debt, go into administration etc, then yes, an investor might come forwards to grab a bargain, but we are at present in the top league, have no debt and a very healthy club overall, not something that would attract investment because the price to buy it would be too high. Long may that continue. Even if we are relegated we will be in a good position to go again, unlike many other clubs who get relegated and struggle. Big investment?? Just pie in the sky.
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    Tin hat on .......

    I actually despair sometimes at the lack of ability that some people show to accept that footballers can change position. Footballers are often good enough to change and play in different roles throughout their career and Godfrey could still do a good job at DM without a doubt - but he is specialising as a CB now and it's about time people accepted that. He was brilliant in that position last season, has been brilliant at times this season. He has not made many mistakes and yes, he's learning and gaining experience in that role and he will get better at it - but harping back to "ooh but he would be better as a DM" is frankly a bit tiresome. His career has developed and we should go along with that.....he is a brilliant player and could probably play anywhere on the pitch, but he now is a CB ! Get used to it!
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    The end is nigh....or is it.......

    Not negative, but that's just fatalism.
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    The end is nigh....or is it.......

    Yes I am. My instincts. Might be right, might be wrong, but I'll be amazed if Sheff Utd can sustain what they have been doing so far for the whole season. Equally I'll be amazed if we don't start showing signs of improvement. Seeing Vrancic come in to the team was a step forwards in that process and he was hugely influential last season - he has the coolness under pressure that we need. Amadou will imo prove himself along the way and the young players are on a huge learning curve and if Farke manages them well, as I am sure he will, they will prove themselves more as time goes on.
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    Tin hat on .......

    I don't get this. As a young player learning to play in the most difficult league to defend in, probably in the world Godfrey, has only had four games (I think) with an experienced and strong leader beside him in Zimmermann. He has been fantastic in a lot of his defensive play all season and clearly yesterday's goals were not his fault. Yes, he has a lot to learn, but he is captain material and is for me one of our best players. I love watching him play, his speed is brilliant for a defender and you just know attacking players don't get much from him. The set piece goals are something the whole team needs to work on and singling out Godfrey is just plain wrong.
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    Pace and fitness in the attacking area

    Max and Jamal have had some very good games for us this season. Max got caught out for the first goal yesterday, but really he was the wrong person to be in that position, in the middle of the goal, defending a cross. That needs to be addressed, but he has been brilliant at times this season, as has Jamal. As you say they are young and are learning. Give them time - and yes, there is time this season for them to grow into their roles.
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    The end is nigh....or is it.......

    There is more to it than "Man City". Everton and Arsenal to start with. My belief is that we can and will improve. Several clubs in the bottom half of the league at the moment are good clubs, but are struggling. We simply have to find points where we can and it can be against any opponent in any week. No shame to lose to Sheff Utd, they are just another PL side who have been on a good run and such is the quality of the opponents each week, they will have a downturn at some stage, as much as we will have an upsurge - we simply have to look at the next game positively. Leicester is a huge challenge, but one we should relish. The alternative to believing we will improve is believing we won't improve and that just does not make sense to me - it could happen, but I can't "believe" it will happen. My faith is that we will get better as the season progresses into the second half where the experience we have had in the first half of the season will have taught us some valuable lessons.
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    The end is nigh....or is it.......

    Belief has an awful lot to do with it. Players have to have it of course, but it helps if fans have it too. Negativity, once set in, is hard to displace - so we have to keep optimistic that things will improve. We've seen seeds of that against Everton and Arsenal. Just need to keep believing!
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