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What did we learn at the weekend?

What did we learn at the weekend?

So the first weekend of the season is now behind us and the Canaries sit sixth in the as-yet-completely-pointless-but-worth-mentioning-when-it-actually-makes-good-reading Premier League table.

It goes without saying that there is a heck of a long way to go yet and all that but we've still learnt a few things over the last few days:

Grant Holt and Steve Morison are going to give a lot of Premier League defenders headaches.
When Paul Lambert signed Steve Morison a doubt many of us expected him to be used as well as Holty - I certainly didn't. But at Wigan on Saturday not only was Morison rightly named Man of the Match but he and Holt showed signs of forming a pretty successful partnership.

In recent years the 'big and little' partnerships have been all the rage, but in Holt and Morison we've got two battering rams who can also play a bit. I can't wait to see them up against John Terry and co.

And we think we've got goalkeeping problems?
If you believe some supporters, we've got a goalkeeping problem. All summer long we've heard that John Ruddy should not be the man between the sticks and we've been linked with 'keeper after 'keeper including Fraser Forster, Scott Loach, Fraser Forster, Robert Green and, believe it or not, Fraser Forster.

Ruddy had a slight flapping problem against Zaragoza in pre-season but was solid enough on Saturday and looking at a couple of other incidents at the weekend suggest others have bigger problems than us.

Wigan fans were absolutely delighted when they finally signed Ali Al Habsi from Bolton during the summer but it was his mistake that allowed Wes Hoolahan to equalise for City at the DW on Saturday, and Manchester United didn't pay an awful lot of money to see David de Gea go down in instalments when Shane Long shot across him at the Hawthorns.

Match of the Day is still awful
I haven't watched Match of the Day properly for a number of years now, partly because we haven't been on it but mainly because of the mundane and utterly inept punditry of Hansen, Shearer and company.

This season I promised things would be different so after forgetting to put it on series link Saturday night I sat down on Sunday morning anxiously awaiting the insightful comments of the BBC's dynamic duo. I should have known better. In fact we all should, as elegantly explained here on Sing Up the River End.

QPR might struggle even with Tarrabt.
Queens Park Rangers may have won the Championship last season but they developed a bit of a reputation - at least in these parts - of being rubbish if Adel Taarabt wasn't playing, but boy did they prove that wrong on Saturday against Bolton.

Losing heavily at home on the opening day doesn't always mean you're going to have a bad season - we should know that more than most - but it definitely isn't a great sign especially when your one of your big-name signings breaks his foot after two minutes and the other scores an own goal.

Gary Neville might actually be alright on Monday Night Football.
It's not good to like Gary Neville, which is just one of the reasons why an awful lot of people don't. So when it was announced that he would be Sky's main pundit on MNF my heart sank.

However he wasn't that bad before and after the Manchester City/Swansea game - even if he did say 'no doubt about it' approximately 25 times - and he may defy us all by becoming a top, top pundit Jamie.

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Writer:Dill
Date:Tuesday August 16 2011
Time: 12:30PM

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. . . And with alphabetical order not a criteria of determining premiere league status you may wish to look again. Notice that we are in fact joint 5th. No more significant than 6th of course but it looks so much better on my positional wall chart.
Clwyd
16/08/2011 12:53:00
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. . . And with alphabetical order not a criteria of determining premiere league status you may wish to look again. Notice that we are in fact joint 5th. No more significant than 6th of course but it looks so much better on my positional wall chart.
Clwyd
16/08/2011 12:53:00
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We learnt on Saturday that weve got alot to learn, , and we learnt that weve got some magnificent fans ... all 4500 who went
yellow belly
16/08/2011 22:22:00
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We learnt on Saturday that weve got alot to learn, , and we learnt that weve got some magnificent fans ... all 4500 who went
yellow belly
16/08/2011 22:22:00
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