Did Clark make all the subs?

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries Every time I go to Watford I seem to get depressed or angry about the game. There's always something that goes wrong, upsets me or winds me up. It's getting so bad I'm sure the local cat population look up the fixture months in advance and hide for an hour or so after the game to avoid being kicked as I walk back home from Kenton station.

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries

Every time I go to Watford I seem to get depressed or angry about the game. There's always something that goes wrong, upsets me or winds me up.

It's getting so bad I'm sure the local cat population look up the fixture months in advance and hide for an hour or so after the game to avoid being kicked as I walk back home from Kenton station.

There was the gutless 4-1 defeat a few years ago, and the 2-1 loss where I had tickets, but didn't go having been ill on the day. I saw Kevin Lisbie score his only goal for us, and last year we had to endure the hoofball-fest from Watford, but City somehow managed a draw.


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So this year could it get any worse? Oh yes it could. This year we had the "No-Subs" game, the first I can ever recall where we were losing and didn't make a change, although it was crying out for one.

Even more depressing was that Watford were comfortably the worst side we have played this season. In the first 15 minutes they looked like a Conference team, but we didn't score. Had City found the net first I am sure we would have won easily.

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Norwich, not wishing to be outdone in the "Conference Football Stakes", conceded the lead via a poor clearance and some half-asleep defending which gave the scoreline some depressing familiarity.

Despite playing well, the 4-4-1-1 formation was missing the spark that we've had in recent games, due to Hoolahan's absence. His replacement Darel Russell, despite all his effort, looked like a fish out of water. He wasn't sure where he was playing. Was he a midfielder, an attacker or an "in the hole" man? Who knows? Russell didn't, and poor old Leroy Lita who worked hard, ran the channels well, needed more support up there with him.

If someone told me that Crofty would score with his left foot I would have been amazed. If I had heard that he scored from 25 yards I would retreated to my darkened padded cell. But now I've seen him score with his head, so I know I wasn't dreaming about the other two goals.

He's been our most improved player this season and fully deserving of a new contract. Let's hope it's with Norwich.

Some more calamitous defending gave Watford the lead again, and despite Norwich's decent play, pretty build-up and huff and puff, their keeper didn't have to make that many saves of any difficulty. Time for a sub, we all thought. Get Lupoli on for either Russell, Pattison or Bell.

As the game passed 75 minutes, there were more and more shouts from the away fans for a change, for Lupoli, who by now had created a furrow up the sideline as a result of the number of times he had run up to the away fans and back. No subs were made.

My general feeling and those around me was that the more we yelled at Roeder the less likely he was to do anything.

The whole substitution farce was turning into a bizarre game of bluff and double bluff between Glenn "I have the only opinion that counts" Roeder and the 1,000-plus away fans who could all see we were playing well, but it needed a change. Even Kennedy up front for the last five minutes. But, as Roeder knows best, no subs came on.

Despite losing 2-1 we played well, but lost again, with a major contributing factor, the catastrophic error of judgement by Roeder by not making any substitutions.

If Lee Clark was at his side would the same mistakes have been made? An interesting question.

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