Next season will be a firecracker

PUBLISHED: 17:44 14 April 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 14 September 2010

I woke up on Easter Monday with a headache but without a ticket to the West Brom game.

This was down to some spectacular incompetence on my part but I had faith in getting a ticket.

I woke up on Easter Monday with a headache but without a ticket to the West Brom game.

This was down to some spectacular incompetence on my part but I had faith in getting a ticket.

Joining an impressive amount of Capital Canaries on the train to Norwich, albeit a different CC crowd to a few seasons ago when I travelled regularly, I was sat on the same table as an elderly couple returning from their son's wedding in Argentina.

The gentleman from Woodbridge explained how he was amazed by the passion of the River Plate fans over there when he went to see a game.

He explained they had firecrackers, banners and ticker tape, he said is it like that at Norwich? I explained it wasn't but said I bet they don't have Splat The Cat, I don't think he got it.

I collected my ticket from Norwich City Centre after a tip off from a poster on Wrath Of The Barclay and headed to meet some exiled and current Capitals in the Red Lion pub where we chatted about why everyone was on soft drinks, classic CC trips, how bad the defence is and the qualities of Peter Grant.

I haven't really warmed to our new manager yet but appreciate he has inherited a very average squad and can't really be judged yet. He deserves praise on how he's handled our potential young first team players and has been unlucky to have Robert Earnshaw out for so long.

My ticket was in the Thorpe corner or the ridiculously named 'Snakepit' if you will and found myself a bit bored by the 'entertainment' on the pitch so decided to concentrate on watching individual players to see if they do anything useful off the ball, the answer was no.

On the ball (city) however the 'Doherty Shuffle' was in full swing as he fooled Kamara time after time by passing the ball back to the keeper after a little deception that he might actually take Kamara on.

Hughes who somehow still plays for our great club had a far better game than the last time I saw him against Luton where, I'll choose my words carefully here, was out of his depth.

However, nobody in our defence looks convincing and this still remains our biggest problem for me. We put a decent move together to take the lead but we never looked liked adding to it and invited West Brom and particularly Koumas to run rings round us until they eventually got the win they deserved.

It was all so predictable and was the fourth time this season I'd seen us lose points in the last minute.

Anyway best not end this column on a bad or sad note.

So let's hope Grant can bring in the players he wants, improves the defence and centre midfield and we can make a real go of it next season.

We need to get back to winning our home games, so hopefully next season people will find their voices again in a positive fashion, get the banners out and we'll create an atmosphere to rival that of River Plate - never mind the danger!

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