Iwan Roberts - Norwich City fans can play a part in securing elusive victory
I think that these are testing times for everyone at Norwich City.
Everyone, from Chris Hughton and the players to you the supporters, will be slightly disappointed with the start to the season.
It’s been a frustrating opening few weeks with no victories in the first five league games, but I do hope that nobody is pressing the panic button.
It’s a time for everyone to be patient and stick together, ensuring that you show solidarity and get right behind Chris and his squad of players.
It’s a given that when players win matches and are playing well it’s easy for fans to show their support and get behind the team. However, when things are going the opposite way it’s very easy to lose faith in next to no time.
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From when I was at the club, I remember these are the crucial times when players and managers need your support the most. You can be a huge influence on match days and if the players go out knowing they’ve got your full support it will only fill them with the confidence to go on and win games.
I, like many of you, have heard some people questioning Chris Hughton after only five league games in charge of the football club, which is quite ridiculous. I get frustrated overhearing comments such as “he’s no Paul Lambert”. The comparison is redundant with the club in a completely different position and situation now. Chris Hughton will have his own ways of doing things, and given time I’m sure he will bring more success to Norwich City.
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I’ve also heard people criticising Grant Holt as he’s yet to get off the mark this season, reasoning that his hunger has gone since he signed his new contract.
Okay, he’s not found the back of the net this season but his work ethic is still second to none, and he’s shown the same desire to score goals as he has done in previous years. After what he’s done in the last three seasons (scoring 70 goals in 130 games, winning player of the year for three consecutive years) I think he deserves a break.
Brendan Rodgers brings his Liverpool side to Carrow Road tomorrow afternoon. I got to know Brendan quite well over the last couple of seasons while he was in charge at Swansea. You can’t but like the man. He’s very down to earth, always ready to talk to the Press and making time to stop and chat with you, whoever you are.
He hasn’t had the best of starts to life as manager of Liverpool. The five-times European champions also looking for their first three points of the season.
However, Brendan would have been delighted with the way his players performed against Manchester United last Sunday, dominating the game for long periods, even with 10 men.
In his two seasons at the Liberty Stadium he didn’t have the best of luck against Norwich, losing three and winning only once in four games.
Norwich seemed to have the measure of the way to beat Swansea when he was in charge, pressing high up the pitch and closing down in packs of three.
Rodgers has taken his philosophy and style of play to Anfield, but as of yet they haven’t fully grasped the way he wants them to play. Nonetheless, he still has some quality players at his disposal. We all remember Luis Suarez’s hat-trick in the corresponding fixture last season. Let’s get behind the boys and drive them on to their first victory.
Finally I would like to pay my respects to John Bond who, sadly, died this week. He was a real character in the game and a fantastic manager.
He guided Norwich City back into the old Division One and to the League Cup final in the mid-1970s and was a very popular figure wherever he went.