Dublin has to be offered a new contract

PUBLISHED: 14:38 10 February 2007 | UPDATED: 10:04 14 September 2010

Well I had forgotten just how good it feels to walk out of Carrow Road with that warm winning feeling, and then to enjoy a nice Saturday evening watching TV with a takeaway, not fearing any goal highlights, local news reports and the impending Sunday papers.

Well I had forgotten just how good it feels to walk out of Carrow Road with that warm winning feeling, and then to enjoy a nice Saturday evening watching TV with a takeaway, not fearing any goal highlights, local news reports and the impending Sunday papers.

The game against Leeds wasn't pretty at times and certainly not for the faint-hearted, but quality and stamina shone through in the end as we bagged the three points courtesy of some vintage Hucks magic and a bit of dazzle from Dion, not to mention more than encouraging debuts from new boys Simon Lappin and Mark Fotheringham.

Yes there are plenty of things to be worked upon in the coming weeks: our use of dead ball situations often leaves a lot to be desired, a couple of times we seemed to be almost too quick to take free kicks and some of the lads seemed tuned to Radio Broadland and some to Radio Norfolk such was the disarray. And our balls into the box are sometimes wayward (that's putting it politely!), but there are times when we play some lovely football that is a pleasure to watch.

But more of it is required and if we succeed in this and we might yet see ourselves launch an assault on the top half of the table.

Back to our new signings and the wife of a friend of a friend (who knows little about football I hasten to add) apparently told her husband last week her theory as to why Peter Grant has been looking north of the border for recruits recently.

“It's because no one else can understand him and they need players to act as translators,” she announced, making him fall about with laughter…until he thought about it and realised there might just be a grain of something in it.

Well I don't mind if they're fluent in Geordie, Scouse, Celtic or even Mandarin, so long as they work hard to improve further and take pride in playing for our club.

Another topic of conversation last Saturday, this time amongst the Carrow Road faithful, was the influence of Dion Dublin as captain. Certainly the pre-match huddle had less of the tactile about it and definitely more of the verbals, and it was noticeable that he often sprinted (I use the word not lightly) across to other players during the game to offer advice.

Now it doesn't take a genius to work out that the man has an excellent footballing brain. He can see things that others apparently do not, and from the back he has decent sight of the overall pattern of the game and who is (or should be) picking up whom, where, and so on.

Now this is perhaps not a nice thing to suggest, not least because it has happened to him before, but I would advocate that, given City's circumstances at this moment in time, we could do a lot worse than give DD Adam Drury's armband till the end of the season.

And while I'm at it, if we don't give the big man another year's contract then we might as well, to quote some of the words from a Leeds classic, “go and get my father's gun, and shoot….” ourselves in all our collective feet.

What there is to be learned by keeping him, especially by the youngsters at the club, has surely got to be worth another season hasn't it?

Finally this week it seems that the jury is still out amongst City fans as to whether Peter Grant's track suited impersonation of a whirling Dervish on heat from the technical area is actually what the players want and/or what the fans like to see and hear.

Well, some appear to like to witness what is perceived as more involvement and passion than during the Worthington era, whereas others are of the opinion that the eleven out there should know exactly what they are meant to be doing, being professionals and all that, and so be left to get on with it without having to run over from time-to-time pretending to be thirsty only to get their ears roasted.

As to the players' opinions, unless someone in the know gets in touch we'll remain in the dark. I just hope that any change in approach, if it does ever happen, does not mean I get to find out at last what a Scotsman (or a whirling Dervish) wears, or doesn't wear, under his kilt/skirt!

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