Liverpool game was a thriller for the neutrals, but a horror story for Norwich City fans

The Norwich City players look devastated after conceding a fifth goal deep in added time. Picture: P

The Norwich City players look devastated after conceding a fifth goal deep in added time. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It’s taken me until Wednesday to be able to put into words what I saw on Saturday.

For neutrals, I guess they would call the game a thriller, but as a Norwich City fan it was more like a horror story.

I left the ground stunned, shocked and a little bit angry. I walked back to the train station, hands in pockets, feet dragging, head down and noticed that there was none of the usual post-match chatter.

Once on the train it was eerily quiet. Normally there are quite a few conversations about the game, some strong opinions voiced and a bit of laughter whether we have won or lost, but Saturday all that anyone could manage was a shake of the head.

Before the game, when we found out what the starting line-up would be, two questions were raised. First, why on earth wasn’t Ryan Bennett playing – he had been our best central defender in recent weeks? And second, why on earth was Russell Martin playing instead?

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This game may signal the beginning of the end for Russell Martin’s career. He has been a fantastic servant to the club and a great captain, but he’s just not up to the challenge of the Premier League this year. It’s time for the new boys to show us what they are made of.

Naismith commented after the game that there was a lack of communication among the team. If Martin is left out of the team, then we need a captain who can galvanise the team and get them talking and performing as a unit, especially the defence.

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To be fair both teams’ defence were woeful at times on Saturday – Liverpool looked decidedly shaky at times. It’s refreshing to know that we are not the only team that seemingly goes to sleep during the game, although Liverpool tend not to concede the amount of goals we do.

A couple of positives from the game however. We did manage to put the ball in the back of the net four times, plus Naismith looks comfortable in the team already, linking up well with both Mbokani and Hoolahan.

We now have more than a week to prepare for the next game. Hopefully Klose will be ready to start and the team will have worked on their communication before we take on a very good Tottenham side.

• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor

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