In Lambert we trust

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries It's been a poor start to the season for the armchair managers and all the Monday morning message board quarterbacks. This season, due to an influx of new players and a different league to play in, we have more than ever suffered with a mass of easy to form instant opinions on NCFC.

Tim Allman, Capital Canaries

It's been a poor start to the season for the armchair managers and all the Monday morning message board quarterbacks. This season, due to an influx of new players and a different league to play in, we have more than ever suffered with a mass of easy to form instant opinions on NCFC. Just add half a pint of boiling water to a packet of stale post match analysis soup, mix them together and we get the following gems.

After game one our centre backs were a liability, our right back is suspect, the diamond formation isn't working, and we've not got enough pace in the team. Plus who on earth scouted that keeper?

After the second game we were only playing lower league opposition and if we had performed like that in a league match City would have been stuffed. Surman is out for three months and why was Jackson dropped?


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After winning at Scunthorpe, our centre backs are now as solid as a rock, but our left back is too old, the diamond formation is the cornerstone of how we should play and our forwards can now score for fun. But we still rely too much on Wes. And that keeper is settling in well. And how about benching Surman for Lappin?

There's only one opinion that ultimately counts at Norwich City and luckily it's not mine or any of the other views I have heard or read after our first three matches.

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I was at Scunthorpe on Saturday, despite my resolution that this season I would try and save my pennies and visit a few new grounds. Why not travel to pastures new as opposed to an afternoon out at same 'ole same hole?

But I didn't take a great deal of persuading after finding out that the choice was either a trip to the athletics at Crystal Palace with the family or a day out at sunny Scunny. As most City fans, myself included are of the ABS variety, “Anywhere but Selhurst”, I arranged to meet at a railway station near the M25 early in the morning for a day out at Glanford Park.

I was last at Glanford Park just before Christmas 2007 in a state that could best be described as less than sober. That day I saw an epic central defensive performance from the Doc, a good piece of play from Jimmy Smith that led to our winning goal, a shot that hit the target from our Jamie and an all too rare away win. It really was one of those days.

Back to this season and after a cardboard lunch at a cardboard pub that served hooligan juiced in plastic glasses we decamped to the ground. I was pleasantly surprised to be charged a full 40 percent less for a cup of coffee than I would have been charged at Carrow Road. The staff seemed to be coping admirably with the un-rounded price for the simple reason that the refreshment kiosk was adequately staffed and all the boiling water taps worked. It was a refreshing change from the previous Friday.

I watched the warm up in excellent company observing our keeper, who played a blinder during the 90 minutes, struggling to keep hold of a shot in the twenty minutes we watched him. I saw Grant Holt attempt some headers, none of which remotely troubled anyone. Of his two headed chances during the game he scored from both, but unfortunately one was disallowed. We also saw the players fire almost all of their warm up shots high over the bar into the watching crowd, but come the match our goal attempts were mostly on target.

As regards the game we played decently in the first half as did Scunthorpe. I was impressed again with Chris Dagnall who I last saw in the flesh playing for Rochdale; he looked lively that evening as well.

In the second half City were different class, dominated Scunthorpe and could have won by more than the odd goal. The game reminded me a little of our trip to Wycombe where City were much the better side, but we scored late on just after a scare at the other end.

I've no idea what Paul Lambert did or said at half time but I'm sure that there would have been no hairdryer treatment as City had played quite well. He must have re-organised the team, got a couple players playing slightly differently and worked out the danger men in the Scunthorpe team. The end result was a win that could well have been more convincing, but I'll never tire of seeing City win a football match in the last minute.

And I'll finish with the only opinion that really counts at Carrow Road. The Manager's one.

In Lambert we trust.

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