Buying a striker shouldn't be top priority, grown adults will boo absolutely anything and some others things that Jon Rogers and Dan Brigham sort of learned from watching Norwich draw with Stoke
A new striker shouldn’t be the priority
When Norwich were relegated two years ago, they only once managed to score five goals in a three-game period under Chris Hughton. Alex Neil has managed it in his first three Premier League games.
While the hunt for a new striker is reaching the stage where we should be expecting to see posters pinned to lampposts, the first three games have shown that goalscoring may not be the problem everyone’s expecting it to be.
Sure, a clinical finisher would’ve been rather handy against Palace and Stoke – Cameron Jerome looked like he was poking a cat to see if it was still alive rather than trying to score when clean through – but while Norwich are cutting teams open as easily as they've done so far, and while they're averaging more than a goal a game, it’s still the back that looks in need of more repair than the front. DB
Football fans boo anything
Apparently the moronic football fan wants the average footballer to suffer for his art. They want them to force as much blood, sweat and tears out of their body as humanly possible… just as long as they don’t spend 30 seconds replacing those lost fluids during a drinks break when it’s 30 degrees.
The fans have paid their money for a fluid (ahem) 45 minutes, with no pointless interruptions like actual medical welfare to ensure they get to watch a football match that doesn’t look like 22 sunburnt tortoises trying to fuck each other. No, instead they boo the crap out of them for needing to rehydrate.
They are also the people who turn off during the sad bits on Comic Relief. JR
Robbie Brady is good at football
Some people thought Brady had Xherdan Shaqiri in his pocket. He didn’t. Shaqiri played well, often luring defenders into places they didn't want to be and making it uncomfortable for them, like accidentally wandering into Amsterdam’s red-light district with your parents.
Brady was solid enough at the back, though, and further forward he was mightily effective. He created six goalscoring opportunities, moved the ball quickly and was happy to take players on. While some fans thought we’d spent too much on him, other than Wes Hoolahan he’s been Norwich’s best player in the first three games.
He has created a bit of a dilemma though. When Martin Olsson returns, what does Alex Neil do with Brady? Does he keep Olsson out of the side and remain at left-back or, if pushed into left midfield, who makes way for him? Whatever happens, he’s already made Norwich a stronger side. DB
Shots, shots, everywhere
With a glint in his eye, after the match Alex Neil mentioned that we’d had an average of 18 shots per game so far in the Premier League. Awesome stuff.
We do like a shot at Carrow Road. During the Chris Hughton years we would have given anything for just one shot. Didn’t even have to be on target. Or at the right goal. Just something to lift our heart-rate above 50.
Now, there are more balls flying about than a hotel room filled with Leicester City players. Whether that’s Alex Tettey potshots that make the Snake Pit shelter their faces or the glaring shanks from two yards that Lewis Grabban and Bradley Johnson have been guilty of, it’s certainly great fun at Carrow Road again.
The crowd don’t even have to honk shooooooooooot when someone gets the ball now. We know it’s on its way. JR
You can’t keep everyone happy
People say stupid things at football matches. They say stupid things before and after them. They say stupid things in articles about what we’ve sort of learned from football matches.
It’s part of the football landscape, and so ubiquitous that you can turn it down and tune out. But then, just occasionally, someone says something so special that it turns that background noise up to 11. On Saturday, halfway through the second half, a chap in the crowd turned to his pal and said, with the tone of a man declaring something of enormous profundity, that “We’re just not creating enough chances.”
At this stage Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan had both missed sitters, Graham Dorrans had had a shot brilliantly pushed onto the post and Nathan Redmond had seen his effort snuffed out by one of the finest saves seen at Carrow Road in recent times. There’d been more chances created in that 25-minute period than in the entirety of the 2013-14 season.
People pay a lot of money to go to football matches and have those sort of opinions. DB