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|Great fun last night, but mainly rubbish|
at 09:35 21 Aug 2019
Rubbish for 70m or so.
It's not the formation, just the style that was all wrong at the start. Plodding out from the back and keeping deep made it difficult for Kenlock and Jackson. Also wasted 3 central midfielders as we ended up having to bang it long anyway.
Chasing the game and getting it wide really quickly was far more effective. The Spurs guy is obviously very good. Kenlock benefited from that and playing another 15m forward. Felt like the Joe Royle era; would be far more effective in this league.
Still, shows we can do really well in this league. Lambert did his clever thing with the NS at the end, so we're all happy. Onwards to a 20 match unbeaten run.
|Thought we were good in bits yesterday|
at 08:06 11 Aug 2019
Probably deserved to shade it because, for all their second half possession, Sunderland didn't create much. Didn't think we created that much either, but we were more purposeful.
So, the good: Cole Skuse MOTM for me; calm, classy, didn't misplace a pass. Good partnership with Downes, who was snappy in the tackle. As we have 45 central midfielders, not sure how this will pan out, but that's a good partnership already.
Danny Rowe showed some tricky glimpses.
Jackson was dangerous, more effective than Norwood, who was a good targetman at least. Jackson is quick and makes some nice diagonal, slidey runs into the box. If we do use another midfielder Jackson probably deserves to keep his place, based on yesterday. But then Norwood can hold the ball up.
We defended well on the whole. Wolfenden lost his position a bit in the first half, but his tackling and distribution were really good. As for the goal, well that was bad from Chambers. I will add Holy seemed hesitant coming out for the ball on several occasions, and this seemed to confuse Chambers a bit. But still.
The season's boo boy will be Judge based on yesterday. We (quite rightly) have high expectations, and his delivery was poor. Although the bloke behind us was constantly calling Chambers a c*** after the mistake, so there may be some competition.
Great atmosphere. We've moved to the NS lower and it was fun (apart from said c*** bloke).
If Sunderland are one of the best teams in the league we'll easily make the play-offs, maybe better. We need some new fullbacks, although Mick Mills' suggestion on Radio Suffolk that Skuse move there was ridiculous. All in all a solid enough 7/10 performance.
|Just renewed season tickets|
at 15:20 23 Apr 2019
£432 for me and my son, SBR lower is pretty good value I reckon. My son liked the look of Section 6 from the SAR upper.
My daughter's far more sensible and decided not to renew.
at 12:26 13 Apr 2019
Won't happen, but should. No doubt we'll all be singing "Everything's going to be alright" and clapping along, and making a virtue of not being like all those other nasty clubs.
PL will say how wonderful we are and how we deserve more after the match.
I read on here there's no point in demonstrating because we're stuck with ME, or there's no real alternative. That's weird. The fact there is no alternative is just another symptom of our decline.
The club has been run into the ground over the last decade; that, in and of itself, is reason to demonstrate.
(I'm assuming we'll be relegated today, of course...)
|"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.
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