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|"What's he [ME] got for his investment?" asks PL|
at 09:48 8 Mar 2019
Exactly what you'd expect if you just cover running costs and pay the 18th highest wage budget in the league. Drift and the risk of relegation.
PL's right in the breadth of his vision, but I just don't see the money behind it. Or the ownership's vision or will, for that matter, and PL can't do it on his own. Worried the most likely outcome is mid-table in league one.
|[shrugs] we weren't any worse than normal today|
at 18:14 2 Mar 2019
Thought the Stoke perfomance was actually worse than that. We made a fair few chances in the second half and probably deserved a draw.
We are poor though. Just fail to build attacks too often and are still making crazy mistakes. Nsiala's messing around for Reading's winner was criminal.
Today's scapegoat was Quaner, who was actually, IMO, quite dangerous in the second half. The old moaning dudes behind me blamed him for absolutely anything that went wrong.
Bishop was playing as a striker in the first half. That was a mistake, although I don't get the moaning about the formation not being attacking enough: Bree and Kenlock were really pushing forward and Judge was up near Quaner and Bishop.
I can't understand why Kayden Jackson didn't get on at all.
I think the crowd finally came to terms with our getting relegated this season. 10 years of utter mismanagement and 23,000 turn up. I have mixed feelings about this: we're too accepting of our position.
|Inspired move putting Nsiala on|
at 17:41 16 Feb 2019
Caused havoc, (very indirectly) resulting in the goal. Extra comedy value seeing him play the remaining minute with no idea what position he should take, then opting for right midfield.
In truth we were poor today, much like earlier in the season. I thought Stoke were good, a lot more solid than Derby. But I will take a draw.
Bishop good, Keane and Judge OK (and captain materia,l I think; literally shoves our players into position). The rest a bit meh. Typical mixup for Stoke goal. Stoke fans vocal.
We were discussing how good we'll be in League One after the match. Feeling is if we keep Keane and Judge and get a couple of fullbacks we'll be pretty good (would like to keep Bree).
|Norwich provide football coaching in the town's schools|
at 18:08 12 Feb 2019
There was an interesting bit on Life's a Pitch at the weekend where one of the folks pointed out that Norwich City run the football coaching at one of the town centre schools (it's St Helen's, incidentally).
Jason Dozzell was lightly quizzed on this, and he had no idea it was the case. He expressed some amazement the club wasn't involved in any of the town's schools' coaching (I don't think he picked up on the fact it was a bit odd he was unaware despite coaching kids at the club...)
St Helen's is a big school and can boast Liam Trotter among its alumni. Is there any reason why Town aren't doing this but Norwich are?
|Oddly, that reaffirmed my faith in Lambert|
at 16:38 10 Feb 2019
I'd been unsure recently.
Firstly, great to see a derby with some bite for a change. We fought every minute.
Thought we actually played really well, especially the midfield. In the second half Chalobah was fantastic. Teddy dangerous when he came on, drawing 40 or 50 fouls a la Johnny Williams.
Normal defensive problems. For all his stamina and last minute clearances I think Pennington gets caught out too often. It's partly why he always looks like he's stretching for the ball. Chambers a bit flatfooted.
Full backs good. Even Nolan had his moments. Judge has some quality. Will Keane dropped deep and held up the ball well. Harrison waspish and dangerous.
Thought we deserved a goal. Match could have gone a lot differently.
I was uhming and ahing over renewing out season tickets next year, but the passion and quality gave me something to look forward to. And I like Lambert taking on all the Norwich coaching staff and refusing to regret it after the match.
|So we get used to playing the Lambert way|
at 08:10 3 Feb 2019
(which is a variant of The Ipswich Way™) and he gets a chance to clear everything out.
We storm league one playing attractive football.
Is that the plan?
Apart from the fact this has resulted in us resigning our Championship status with barely a whimper, it's reliant on us shifting a ton of players and getting good replacements in. Which in turn means the owner spending big.
Also assumes The Lambert Way works. I get the argument the players aren't good, but tactically we've been inflexible and yesterday, for example, it was just a mess. If Wednesday had cottoned on to the fact that pressing us sends us into a blind panic they'd have got their 3 or 4 goals.
In possession, Skuse picked the ball up but the other midfielders were pushed right up near the forwards. Skuse would therefore go back to the defenders who'd prod it around for a bit before Nsiala or Bary pumped it forward to a Wednesday defender.
I normally prefix posts with "I like Lambert and hope he's here next year..." but I am worried we simply get relegated and end up a mid-table Legaue One team. I don't see much in the squad or the tactics to suggest anything better.
|That was rubbish, really boring and fricking freezing.|
at 18:13 2 Feb 2019
Worst season ever, worst Town side ever and Lambert making little difference now at all. Tactically all over the place. Regardless of how crap Hurst was we're no better now. Wednesday should have scored four.
Nsiala was alright.
|James Collins = Matt Elliot|
at 18:45 11 Jan 2019
and Collin Quaner = Shefki Kuqi
All going to be fine, 4-0 Town tomorrow.
(Not 2-1 Rotherham)
|Thought Hurst came across quite well|
at 18:42 11 Jan 2019
in the Sky interview. The "no dickheads" thing is a bit Bielsa like; you can see why we were enthusiastic in those early days. The thing about sports science is a bit odd, though; we were quite unscientific in that regard as we looked slow and unfit.
All very clear that the problem *is* Evans: poor choices, poor contract management, lack of funds and leaving a void around the club.
at 17:29 5 Jan 2019
Sounding a lot more fraught in his Radio Suffolk interview than normal... Unsurprising, obviously, but the positivity has disappeared completely.
|Agree with Alex Mathie on that|
at 17:00 5 Jan 2019
Like Lambert and all that, definitely not a "Lambert Out"er, but...
Mathie made two points which I think were right:
- Pointless playing 4-5-1/4-3-3 for so long after we went behind
- We should be looking to win second balls. Which is basically the same as saying this possession based football isn't really right for our situation. It's too brittle, as we've seen countless times this season; we can't force a win and are too easily bullied.
I was thinking: How low can we go after that?.. but there's worse to come, isn't there?
|Scraped a draw today|
at 19:50 22 Dec 2018
Thought we were OK. Sheff U probably the best team I've seen at PR this season; passed it round *lovely*.
The good: defence solid enough. Harrison's goal was great. Chalobah ended up playing well. Spirit strong. Knudsen. Atmosphere good. 1300 SU fans, about half them in Santa costumes. Beer (Fireside) OK, the crisps and coca-cola cost too much. We nabbed a draw.
The bad: as ever, our players aren't as good as the other team's. For too long the midfield either refused to take the ball or released it way too early. Lambert obviously wants to pass it out from the back, but the team can't do it and ends up punting it downfield. I'm not sure we're approaching our situation the right way.
Chalobah did end up accepting the ball and driving it forward. We miss Cole Skuse a lot.
Still, we're in touching distance. Some good loan signings and we *might* have a chance. But I think we're going down.
at 13:56 24 Nov 2018
At the risk of getting overexcited at the sight of one of our players actually scoring, I kind of think we should be starting Jackson. I do get why Roberts starts, but his hold up play isn't *that* good.
Actually, I'd maybe swap Jackson for Sears. Again, I get that Sears adds energy and attitude, but he doesn't score or set up much. Jackson does at least have some pace and movement, and seems to be able to find the net.
|That was mainly good|
at 18:23 3 Nov 2018
Jordan Roberts made a difference: it was good to have a long ball option. And we pressed a lot, at least in the first half.
Lambert has also found the best role for Freddie Sears, which is no small feat. He was our best player, shifting all around the front line and linking play well. Jordan Spence played well too, and Pennington made the best tackle I've seen at PR for a long time.
We looked a proper team at last.
The bad: well, we panicked. PNE were threatning a bit before the goal, and there was an odd gap left in the wall for the free kick. When they lost their keeper, everyone thought we'd just start shooting at will and pumping crosses at Paul Gallagher; we just sort of assumed it would happen. The crowd got restless, and the players rushed things too much. PNE finished stronger than us because we were panicking.
Still, I'm optimistic. Oh, and from the SAR stand, the NS sounded in very good voice, which was great to hear. Good work getting a Paul Lambert song going early doors, even it doesn't scan :-)
|The more I read about Lambert, the more I like|
at 11:04 27 Oct 2018
Smart, good guy, a proper manager. Liked him as a player too, admire any British player that tries their luck abroad.
Really pleased with this appointment, feeling positive about the season again.
Folks, 2 MM threads are top of this board; should be looking forward
|Lambert's a prickly, unsentimental character|
at 18:44 25 Oct 2018
Not a million miles from Mick in that respect.
I'm thinking this is probably as good as we can get at the moment. I reckon he works best grabbing smaller clubs and building them into some sort of unit. That's what I hope, looking at his record.
Plus, I think he'll love the thought of taking Norwich on.
|Roy Hodgson was out of management for a long time|
at 14:26 25 Oct 2018
Seem to remember he was dismissed on here as a possible GB replacement back in the day (I am that old. There was a very funny poster called bigearedboysonfarms, what became of him?..but I digress). Obviously still a good manager.
So GB. Maybe. But maybe it'll be Hogg on a temp basis, supported by Klug. It's a mess whatever.
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