Jack Reeve: Norwich City need to look at Ipswich Town and how they’ve turned things round
PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 December 2017
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It’s hard to wrap your head around the drastic change in form over the past month or so.
From a point where it was hard to see where the next defeat was coming to a point where it’s tough to see where the next point is coming from, let alone three.
When you dig deeper though has that much actually changed? I don’t think so.
The manner of performances we were putting in over the period of success which saw us win away at the likes of Sheffield United and Middlesbrough just weren’t sustainable.
To use the cliché of ‘putting in 110pc’ was applicable of those showings, that may be sustainable if you have a squad as deep and as talented as Wolves’ but we don’t.
If we’re going to succeed this season it’s going to take huge amounts of team cohesion, adaption and evolution from Daniel Farke and a clinical nature in front of goal.
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I don’t think our performance levels have actually dropped that much over the past eight games but what has faltered is our conviction in front of goal, our ability to keep clean sheet after clean sheet and it doesn’t help when the core of your squad is ripped apart due to injuries.
Our hot patch was a lucky period, I’m a great believer in buying your own luck but it won’t last forever, you have to keep moving and keep changing to bring consistency in results.
I hate to say it but Norwich now have to look at Ipswich Town to see how they’ve turned things around.
They started the season winning game after game but doing it in an unsustainable manner. They were scoring pretty much every time they shot and coming up against poor opposition, that combination will only get you by for so long and it did. They soon came unstuck and Mick McCarthy was left wondering what to do.
Now they’re coming off the back of two very impressive victories against good opposition and scoring plenty of goals in the process. I hate to say it but McCarthy has built a highly effective Championship team and one which I’m sure will continue to pick up impressive results.
I’m a great believer in Farke and also the players we have at our disposal and I understand that things will take time to click but we don’t necessarily have that time.
Ed Balls was quite right in saying at the AGM last week that if promotion isn’t achieved this season then financially we will be in a tough situation, we’ll also lose the players that have given us results and hope this season. Wave goodbye to Alex Pritchard, James Maddison, Angus Gunn and Timm Klose if we fail to achieve promotion this year.
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It means we’re left in a situation where both the fans and the board desperately want instant success but understand that this is going to take time. That’s a very awkward situation to be in and one that leaves fans unsure where to place blame. I’m not sure if you can blame anyone in the current regime, just look back at certain members of previous regimes if you’re looking for a scapegoat.
I believe in what Farke and Stuart Webber are trying to do but I think we all underestimated the mess that was left behind when Webber picked things up.
We’re going to have to overachieve this season if we want to be in the mix for the play-offs but we’ve shown we can do that.
What we haven’t shown is if we can do it over a long period, that’s what it’s going to take if we are to go up this season.
We need to adapt and we need to do it on a regular basis, we’ve become too one dimensional. We all know this is going to take time but do we have that time? I’m not so sure. Strap in tight, it could be a bumpy second half of the season.