Vital Football

Latest Norwich City News

City Play Out Tough Draw With Stoke

City Play Out Tough Draw With Stoke


With Leroy Fer`s absence confirmed for a "number of weeks" and Wes Hoolahan seemingly back in favour, the only change to the side that was thumped at Aston Villa last week, was Ricky van Wolfswinkel in for Hooper who dropped down to the bench.

Prior to kick off, a number of City legends were brought onto the field in support of ex-City Captain, Duncan Forbes who has been struck down by Alzheimer`s disease. Particularly loud cheers and rounds of applause were reserved for Martin Peters, Ken Brown and Dave Stringer.

It`s no exaggeration to say that City could`ve been 2 or 3 nil down at half time - they were that poor. Only weak finishing by Crouch and Walters as well as good goal keeping from John Ruddy kept things level at half time as the home side clearly struggled with the low sun at the Barclay End.

City spent the first 25 minutes or so, being cut open by the visitors without really mounting much of an offensive threat. Redmond danced about a bit, Snodgrass fluffed a couple of decent crossing opportunities and RvW glanced a header wide.

City`s best chance of the half came when Wes Hoolahan bamboozled the Stoke defence on the edge of the area and slid Snodgrass in and his first time shot was parried by Begovic.

0-0 at half time though, and we were lucky to have that!

City started the second half with a lot more purpose and took just eleven minutes to open the scoring when Bradley Johnson headed in a Snodgrass free kick.

After that, City kept things reasonably tight and frustrated a Stoke side that huffed and puffed with Crouch and Walters but never really threatened. That was until the 73rd minute, when Bassong challenged substitute Guidetti in the area and fouled him.

It was quite soft but still looked a penalty, another example of Bassong being a shadow of the player he was last season. Guidetti was facing away from goal and I`m not sure that he really needed to make the challenge but it happened and the ref pointed to the spot.

Home fan favourite, Jonathan Walters scored from the spot to level thing s up but lasted just five minutes longer before lunging at Tettey with a knee high challenge, showing his studs.

Andre Marriner reached for his back pocket and showed Walters a red card, who then left the field to a merry song from the City fans.

Ten minutes to go and RvW was replaced by Hooper, and Tettey, who was unable to continue, was replaced by Elmander.

The final ten minutes was a nail biting but dull affair as Stoke shut up shop and City found it impossible to break them down. Bradley Johnson`s late shot went wide and that was it.

Two points dropped, I feel.

A lot of the talk on Canary Call after the game was about RvW and whether or not he is a waste of money.

Darren Eadie said that he feels he can`t really judge Ricky as he is an eighteen yard box player who never gets given a chance. This is all very well but if that is the case, why can`t that be altered?

The wingers don`t ever seem to supply him with a chance and both struggled at times today as the age old problem of right and left sided players on the wrong wing cost us crossing opportunities. It`s not just Ricky - Hooper hasn`t exactly been given loads of chances either so it is clearly a problem with either personnel or tactics.

Redmond had a patchy game. He promises so much but was not consistent enough in his end product today. I think I would be inclined to give Pilkington a go as his delivery and ball choice are more dependable but he is a little more predictable. He does however hit the target more regularly when he shoots.

The bottom line in all this is that we just can`t score enough goals, and as Eadie pointed out - if you are only able to score one goal, then any mistake by a defender that leads to a goal against you is amplified.

We will obviously have to go with what we have until the end of the season but this worrying goal drought has been ongoing ever since Chris Hughton took over. No coincidence, surely?

OTBC








Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:The Tuckster
Date:Saturday March 8 2014
Time: 9:37PM

Comments

0
My thoughts from the Jarrold today are mostly that our positional play and team work are very poor. For example Redmond and Olsson down the left, the stoke defence played quite high, leaving the obvious ball of Olsson just clipping it over the full back with Redmond chasing on. It never happened even once. The two players seemed to have very poor communication and as the game progressed Redmond ended up just coming deeper to collect it. Then his starting position is poor and the Stoke defence had time to recover, closing the space previously there. Now this was clear as it was happening right in front of me, but all over the pitch similar stories were evident. We simply don't get simple things right often enough, it's not just that we are too pedestrian but we don't use players strengths well enough. Like Eadie says about RvW, like Redmond here, like the wingers always on the 'wrong side'. It's a coaching and management issue for me, but it's too late to change the personnel now. We are very sadly getting to the stage where we are going to need one or two outstanding results to stay up, it's possible, it just looks very unlikely. Today summed up the season for me, at times promising but the overwhelming feeling is disappointment. OTBC
NCFCpaul
08/03/2014 22:35:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Norwich City Articles

'No Deal' For Brady - Yet

Alex Neil talks Brady and we have gossip for a possible new left back.

Neil On Lansbury Talk

Praises player but declines to say too much

Olsson Signs For Swansea

Swedish full back returns to the Premier League but for how long?

Riley Explains Postponements

It doesn't happen often in the Premier League or Championship thesedays, but League's 1 & 2 still suffer the odd postponement owing to the weather and Mike Riley...

Archived Vital Norwich Articles

Vital Norwich articles from

Site Journalists

The Tuckster
Editor email
Profile
Savvy_Monkey
no email
Profile
LeeBoz
no email
Profile
Tom McHugh
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Should Alex Neil Go?
Suggested By: Canary Kevin
Yes92%
No8%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 26 18 1 7 55 29
2 Brighton 25 16 6 3 54 23
3 Leeds Utd 26 15 3 8 48 11
4 Reading 25 14 4 7 46 3
5 Huddersfield 26 14 4 8 46 0
6 Sheff Wed 26 13 6 7 45 6
7 Derby County 26 11 7 8 40 5
8 Fulham 25 10 9 6 39 13
9 Preston 26 11 6 9 39 3
10 Barnsley 26 11 5 10 38 4
11 Norwich 26 11 4 11 37 3
12 Birmingham 26 9 9 8 36 -5
13 Aston Villa 26 8 11 7 35 1
14 Ipswich 26 9 7 10 34 -3
15 Brentford 26 9 6 11 33 0
16 Wolves 26 8 8 10 32 -1
17 Q.P.R. 26 9 5 12 32 -11
18 Cardiff 25 8 6 11 30 -10
19 Bristol City 26 8 3 15 27 -3
20 Forest 26 7 6 13 27 -8
21 Burton 26 6 7 13 25 -10
22 Blackburn 26 6 6 14 24 -12
23 Wigan 26 5 7 14 22 -9
24 Rotherham 26 4 4 18 16 -29
Vital Football Comment
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Write for Vital Football

Recent Norwich City Results (view all)

Norwich City Fixtures (view all)

Jan 21 2017 3:00PM : Wolverhampton Wanderers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 7 2017 7:45PM : Wigan Athletic (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Nottingham Forest (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 14 2017 7:45PM : Newcastle United (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.DRAYTON GREEN388
2.FCBEARS385
3.yellow belly203
4.Steve from Oz128
5.screaming canary73
6.HerefordCanary41
7.sminky28
8.Nathan_NCFC26
9.northern yellow19
10.suffolkcanary17
The Vital Football Members League