I feel much more confident

Daphne Griffith, NCISA I may be really sticking my neck out, but I'm quietly confident that Norwich City has turned a corner. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying “a top six finish” on the strength of a couple of home wins and an away win against another struggling team.

Daphne Griffith, NCISA

I may be really sticking my neck out, but I'm quietly confident that Norwich City has turned a corner.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying “a top six finish” on the strength of a couple of home wins and an away win against another struggling team. But I am saying that there seems to be a new spirit about the team, and a much more positive feel from the supporters.

Yes, we fans did get niggly on Tuesday evening when - against Plymouth - most of our team seemed unable to either keep or pass the ball, but in the end that didn't matter. Although far too many mistakes were made, there was also 100% effort - and that is what has made the difference over the past month.


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The first thing Glenn Roeder did was to get some loan players in - and his choices are all proving their worth. I think Martin Taylor has been superb, and I would love to see him back here for longer. It isn't just that he has great defensive skills, his value is also in his ability to instil a sense of capable calm along the back line - and then pop up the other end and score! The other three loanees have also added lots of zip to the team, Ched Evans' goal on Tuesday showing real class.

Next, Roeder put together his own team, bringing in Lee Clarke and Paul Stephenson who are obviously hard at work. So far, so good. The players actually seem to be enjoying themselves again.

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The new manager himself has won me over - he actually seems to understand how to manage. I cannot fault any of his public statements so far - he has praised when praise is due, and if players do not perform they disappear, as happened after the away game at Plymouth. Our performance was undeniably dire, the manager said as much: he didn't single out anyone for blame, but a few players haven't been seen since. Some were playing for the reserves this week - being dropped from the squad doesn't seem to have harmed anyone.

We have been hopelessly underachieving for a couple of seasons. The road back is not going to be easy, but I really do feel a load more confident about staying up. Perhaps 17th or 18th at the end of the season?

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