Team spirit will see City through

Last week saw NCISA hold its annual meeting at Carrow Road in a new venue for us - The Business in the Jarrold Stand.

Last week saw NCISA hold its annual meeting at Carrow Road in a new venue for us - The Business in the Jarrold Stand.

Following the formalities of the meeting, a forum was held with Jason Shackell, Darren Huckerby and Lee Croft. Croft was a late substitute for Drury who was unwell.

Thanks must go to the three players for giving up their time and answering questions ranging from “Who's the hardest Norwich player in training?” to “Should Emile Heskey play up front for England?”

They amused the audience with some of the answers and with the banter between them.

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One thing that stood out for me was the team spirit amongst the players.

They are desperate to do well for each other, the manager and the fans.

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As usual, though, things don't run smoothly for us folk associated with Norwich, and with the injuries hitting us again we haven't been able to produce the consistency needed to get us to the top of the table.

For me, though, the signs are encouraging.

Peter Grant has bought well in the summer and continues to look to strengthen the squad further.

With a bit of time the team will gel, but it won't happen overnight.

Jon Otsemobor has been a revelation at right back and his pace is phenomenal.

One hot topic discussed at the forum was reserve team football.

There was another win for the reserves on Monday night at MK Dons and it seems a good display from Bally Smart has earnt him a loan spell at our opponents from that game.

I read with interest last week that Grant has indicated he may pull the reserve team out of the league.

You can understand his frustrations with the lack of games and sub-standard teams in it, but what happens to the fringe players or injured players coming back from injury?

When do they get to play if they're not involved in the first team.

With the lack of matches and opportunities to play competitive football at a decent standard, Grant has sent some of our younger players out on loan.

From reading the match reports and watching highlights, it seems that has been a great experience and learning curve for Joe Lewis. He must be full of confidence after his England Under 21 call-up and glowing reports from Sammy McIlroy.

Keep the dream alive!

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