From world beaters to rubbish in 45 minutes
Gary Doherty's future as a Norwich City player should be clear this week - but the central defender is giving away no clues. Manager Glenn Roeder has promised to reveal all and Doherty is one of the three senior players, along with Darren Huckerby and skipper Mark Fotheringham, who are out of contract come the summer.
Gary Doherty's future as a Norwich City player should be clear this week - but the central defender is giving away no clues
Manager Glenn Roeder has promised to reveal all and Doherty is one of the three senior players, along with Darren Huckerby and skipper Mark Fotheringham, who are out of contract come the summer.
"We have had a talk," said Doherty yesterday. "I have spoken to him and he has made his feelings clear to me.
"We will see. It is a big summer, he has a lot of players to come in and a lot to go out - it should be interesting."
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If yesterday's defeat at Sheffield Wednesday proves to be the Republic of Ireland international's final game for City, it would be a disappointing way to go out, with City losing a crucial early advantage before capitulating in the second half.
"First half I have never seen us play so well, to be honest," said Doherty.
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"We just created chance after chance but, unfortunately, we only took one.
"Second half we had another few chances, but we let in some silly goals - and that is what we have done this season, let in silly goals and we certainly haven't; scored as many as we should with the chances we have had.
"We should have taken our chances and the game should have been out of sight, but we let them back in and they took their chances.
"They scored four goals, but they only had five chances - that's still a lot, but it is just bitterly disappointing from back to front.
"We went from world beaters to utter rubbish in the second half and that's just disappointing."
Doherty has featured in 34 of City's 46 games this season - and says he's just happy to finish it in the relative comfort of 17th place.
"I'm glad the season is over and we're not relegated," he said. "Leicester have gone down and they have spent millions. Leeds went down not so long ago so it proves it can happen to anyone. There was a real threat until last week. We showed great bravery against Queens Park Rangers to win that game and I thought today we were really cruising."
Doherty had a bird's eye view of Jason Shackell's "foul" on Deon Burton which gave the Wednesday striker the equaliser from the penalty spot - and said referee Mark Clattenburg got it wrong.
"It wasn't a penalty at all," he said. "We have seen the replays and he got the ball cleanly. It is just one of those ridiculous decisions that changes the game and luckily enough for them it has helped keep them up."