Let’s put our differences aside for sake of our beloved Norwich City
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Over the summer I became a proud father for the first time. People said to me having a child is life changing and the biggest change I would find would be how football would now play second fiddle – especially away days watching Norwich.
I don’t think too much in my life will change football-wise in general but, yes, my away days will be put on hold – for a few years at least.
Consequently, last week I was feeling a little bit envious of supporters travelling to The New Den. For me it would be an afternoon with the radio and Chris Goreham... and come 5pm I was glad to be home changing nappies instead of being in south London.
It’s difficult to put across any valid opinion after not witnessing the shocking 4-0 defeat, but there are a few things which I do think are valid.
First is the vile abuse some of the players, especially Russell Martin, receives, while certain other players are exempt. I know we all have our favourites and least favourites at the club, but I just don’t get some of the abuse. For example, watching some fans who were dishing it out to Martin last season who were the ones who worshipped certain players like Kyle Lafferty, week in and week out.
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The abuse Martin received abuse was nothing but disgusting. Whatever people’s opinions, no one deserve that, let alone someone who has given so much to our beloved club - a lot more than certain other players – and a man who has never hidden when there have been bad results.
Whilst many think Martin shouldn’t be playing, Daniel Farke must feel he is right for his squad, the same as the previous five managers he’s played under at Carrow Road and Gordon Strachan, who picked him for the Scotland squad for their World Cup qualifiers.
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I wonder if Stuart Webber spoke to Martin regarding Grant Hanley before we signed him? Knowing Martin, he probably gave his honest opinion for the benefit of the club before himself.
After the team was announced last weekend, my Twitter timeline was full of praise for Farke’s attacking line-up, although I was slightly cautious, fearing we might play into Millwall’s hands.
Come 5pm, my fears were proved right, despite us having nine shots, with five on target. Suddenly, my Twitter timeline was highly active – some fans said Farke hadn’t got a clue, others that it was the worst away performance they had ever seen.
Obviously some of them didn’t go to away matches whilst previous managers such as Bryan Hamilton and Glenn Roeder were at the helm. I can think of many away games under their management where, once we’d seen the team, we didn’t expect much from the game.
Farke has had a lot of praise since his appointment in May but suddenly people have concerns. If we are going to follow the Huddersfield way under David Wagner, then remember – in his first five league games after taking over he lost four – three at home. Huddersfield finished 19th that season, just three places above the relegation zone.
I’m confident Farke’s revolution is going to work – it’s not going to be easy, but following Norwich City never is.
In sport, they say you learn more in defeat than in winning and with two poor away games at Villa and Millwall it is handy that we are in the middle of a two-week break before we welcome Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham. Hopefully, Farke and, most importantly, the team have learned from those two games.
Maybe it’s a blessing we’re not playing this week, but come next Saturday we start again. Let’s put all our differences to one side and support this fine football club.
Never mind the danger.