Paul Lambert has freedom to be flexible with formations
I feared the worst when I heard the news at 13 minutes past three on Saturday afternoon that Fulham were two up against the Canaries at Craven Cottage.
Surely it wasn’t going to be another 6-0 hammering, was it?
To be fair to the lads, they dug in and Fulham didn’t score another goal in the remaining 77 minutes. In fact the Canaries dominated the majority of possession but couldn’t quite claw back the two early goals which the hosts had scored.
The manager changed formation for the game, going with three centre-halves, one of which was January signing Ryan Bennett, making his debut for the club.
Paul Lambert decided to change formation for the second half going with the more traditional 4-4-2 in which the lads looked more accustomed to and comfortable with, and perhaps should have taken something from the game.
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However, you’re always going to be up against it when you concede two early goals.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing trying something different as you never know when you might have to change things on the pitch, and if you’re going to do it then there’s no better time than when the club’s safe from the drop.
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Finally, from Saturday’s game I’d like to congratulate Aaron Wilbraham on scoring his 100th career goal.
So it’s the busy Easter period with two games in three days, both difficult for different reasons.
Everton travel to Carrow Road today having won their last three games and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup.
Once again David Moyes and his players are having a great season.
After a faltering start – an occurrence they always seem to experience – they now sit seventh in the Premier League.
They are a very hard-working, physical team and the lads are going to have to match them in this aspect of the game if they are to get a result.
Then after just one day of rest it’s a trip to North London and White Hart Lane to face Spurs. I was there on Sunday when they beat Swansea 3-1. It’s a fantastic stadium and I loved playing there without much success in scoring or winning! It was their first win in six league games so they haven’t been in the best of form, but, like Everton, Spurs have also reached the semi-final stage of the FA Cup. Harry Redknapp’s side will cause the lads different problems with their quick passing and great movement, and then of course they have Gareth Bale with his pace, power, and strength on that left-hand side.
On Tuesday I was asked to judge the Aviva Norwich City Fan of the Year and Junior Fan of the Year competition.
There were five of us judging altogether, including my good friend Darren Eadie. It was extremely difficult to choose three candidates for both categories as there were so many worthy supporters who had been nominated, showing some unbelievable support, sacrifice, and dedication to their football club.
There were fans from all over the world who had entered the competition, which made our decision even harder, but after nearly three hours of deliberating we hope we made the right decisions.
I’ve always said a football club is only as good as its supporters and that’s what makes Norwich City a great club.