Too early for Norwich City fans to panic

It's time to get behind whatever team Alex Neil picks.

It's time to get behind whatever team Alex Neil picks. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

As I sat down to write my thoughts on our loss at Aston Villa on Saturday, I was reminded that 36 years ago, Justin Fashanu scored one of the best goals we have ever seen, and maybe ever will see at Carrow Road.

Although the pitch had seen better days, Justin was able to control the ball effortlessly and volley the ball into the far left-hand corner of the goal, easily beating Ray Clemence in goal.

Although we lost the game, I can remember that we played some excellent football that day. Liverpool were arguably the best team in the country at that time, but on their day Norwich could match Liverpool in passing ability, playing really attractive football.

Maybe I have the luxury of remembering those days with rose-tinted glasses, but how I wish we could go back to those times.

Since then, like all clubs, players have come and gone, some good, some not so good and some that have not lived up to what was promised of them, but only a very few were as good as Justin.

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I believe that today we have the makings of a very good team, but I agree with Jon Rogers that our best players need to be allowed to play in the positions where they are most suited, i.e. Jonny Howson in the centre of midfield, not on the wing.

By far the biggest bone of contention seems to be the fact that we are not playing a settled team and therefore the players aren’t able to ‘gel’.

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It doesn’t help, however, when key players get themselves a ban for being sent off or for picking up too many yellow cards.

Villa was a game that, on paper, we should have won. However, I think it’s slightly too early to panic. Social media was awash with fans believing that we are all but relegated.

There is still a long way to go and we can turn it around. If we take Leicester’s example, this time last year they were languishing at the bottom of the Premier League but managed to finish 14th. I am therefore, trying not to get too downhearted.

I am going to take my seat in the Barclay on Saturday, get behind whatever team Alex Neil picks and hope for three points.

• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor

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