Drawing is boring if Norwich City aren’t scoring
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Norwich City drew 0-0 with Fulham at Carrow Road on Saturday.
City made two changes to the team which drew at Queen’s Park Rangers last week. New signing Becchio replaced skipper Grant Holt (injured back), and Elliott Bennett filled the void left by Pilkington’s withdrawal because of a hamstring injury.
Fulham’s star player Berbatov left the field after just one minute to have a stitch in his nose after allegedly being caught by Johnson’s boot. Five minutes later Becchio had his first chance in City colours but Schwarzer saved his shot. Bennett was booked for a challenge on Rodallega. Immediately prior to half time Becchio’s header was well wide.
The game had not really ignited in the first half. Three minutes into the second half Bunn saved well from Sidwell, and Snodgrass was booked for a foul on the same player. After 60 minutes’ play Bennett had a fierce shot blocked. Snodgrass also went close after a good run, but the game was still struggling to catch fire. With 15 minutes left Jackson replaced Bennett.
With five minutes left Johnson came the closest so far to opening City’s account. Debutant Kei Kamara replaced fellow new signing Becchio and both the game and the crowd suddenly burst into life for the first time. First the giant 6’3” Sierra Leonean flashed a header high over the Fulham goal, then his challenge on their keeper resulted in Schwarzer going down as though he had been pole axed. At least it warmed the cockles of the crowd on a cold day. Snodgrass won the man of the Match award.
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After the game, as the crowd drifted home, the Capital Canaries moved on to Delia’s restaurant for their annual ’Xmas’ dinner with members of the Norwich City board in attendance. The manager also managed to pop in for a chat before he and the players jetted off to Abu Dhabi for a warm weather training and bonding break. As I shivered through the snow and sleet on our return journey to London on Sunday I could not help thinking…Lucky manager and players!
Special K (Kamara) really did look both tasty and special. If only he had been given longer on the pitch….the game would certainly have been less boring. It is now nine games since Norwich City won a Premier League match, and they have scored only one goal in their last six games. It is clear where the weakness lies. To be fair to the management team this weekend there was no repeat of our opening day of the season thrashing by five goals to nil. City have now kept eight clean sheets this season, and become more difficult to beat. We have amassed 29 points and are holding 14th position in the table, a clear six points above the relegation dog fight. Every time we claw our way to a point we also claw a little closer to safety.
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But there are many fans who like me would prefer to see a more attacking approach to games where we stand a realistic chance of winning, be that at home or against the weaker teams in the league, or both. Now that we have more attacking options, I wonder if it is time to change to two up front in certain games. To do so would send the right message…just at the time when many fans have to decide whether or not to part with a large chunk of their hard earned cash to renew their season tickets.