Have patience with Steve - his goals will keep us up
Well, what better time to get your second away win of the season than in the first game of the New Year. It had been a tough Christmas for the Canaries up until Monday afternoon, with just the one point from the two home games, and I can imagine there would have been many glum, disappointed faces after the draw with Martin Jol’s Fulham side on New Year’s Eve.
I have to admit that even I was a little bit surprised that the lads failed to take three points at home to the Cottagers, but that’s just how tough the Premier League is.
I don’t think you can ever go into a game thinking that three points are a certainty, as last weekend’s results proved.
It was great to see Simeon Jackson coming on to score that very important goal in injury time last Saturday. He hasn’t had many opportunities in the first 20 games of the season to show us the prolific form he found towards the end of last season. He’s had to be very patient over the last few months but all he can do is make sure that when he’s called upon that he’s ready to take his chance.
And so to Loftus Road on Monday, where I’m sure the pressure was on after failing to win in their last four games. It couldn’t have got off to a worse start when the villain of the day Joey Barton put QPR ahead after eleven minutes, not the only time Barton was going to be centre stage on Monday afternoon.
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For some reason Joey attracts confrontation and it’s a shame as I think he’s a decent player. If he was to cut out all the silly controversial events that have followed him wherever he’s played he could be a very good player. However, once again on Monday he let himself, as well as team mates and manager, down with his stupid behaviour.
I have to admit I don’t think there was much contact between his forehead and Bradley Johnson’s, but at the end of the day if you are going to stick your head into somebody else’s face on a football field there can only be one outcome and that’s exactly what Barton got and deserved.
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I was pleased for Steve Morison when he scored the winner with seven minutes remaining as I’ve heard a few people moaning about him over the last couple of weeks.
Some supporters think he’s a bit lazy and doesn’t work hard for the team. Granted, he doesn’t work as hard as Holty, who will chase every ball that’s put anywhere near him, but in his defence Steve will conserve his energy and might not run for a ball he knows he’s got little chance of getting near. All I will say is be patient with him as Steve is still relatively new to professional football (this is his third season in the professional game since playing for Northampton Town in 2004-5) and his goals are going to go a long way to ensuring Norwich City stay in the top flight of English football.
Tomorrow the lads can relax from the pressure of the Premier League as it’s the third round of the FA Cup, with Burnley the visitors to Carrow Road.
They are currently tenth in the Championship and having a very mixed season, winning more games on the road than they have at Turf Moor. I don’t think a long run in the cup will bother any City supporter too much this season as staying in the Premier League must take priority, and I think the team that Paul Lambert picks for tomorrow’s clash will demonstrate this. He’s not one to be afraid of ringing the changes and I expect he’ll be making a few again tomorrow.