Writer: Mike Field
Date:Monday January 13 2014
The last name is fitting, but if the reaction is anything to go off yet, this was not one of the things the majority of fans wanted to hear out of manager Paul Lambert's mouth following the shambolic, lethargic, clueless, and hoofing loss to Arsenal tonight.
Minus that 15 or so minute spell at the end where we did actually look very dangerous because shock horror, we remembered possession is useful, and that we can be quite exciting when the ball isn't predictably travelling 60 foot in the air.
It would've been a travesty on Arsenal had we equalised, there's no denying that, but until we went back to hoofing it from the halfway line as regulation time came to a close, we actually looked like we might just pull of the theft of the season when you consider how we'd played for the 70 minutes previous.
Anyway, I'm not dealing with the match tonight.
Speaking to the press following the game it appears a question was asked about former Norwich striker and current our of favour Wigan striker Grant Holt, as rumours have circulated - I believe from Sky Sports referencing speculation that he will be at the club tomorrow for a medical ahead of a loan spell.
'There's things going on with a few and we'll try to get people in. I know Grant from my Norwich days, he was absolutely brilliant for us. It's a couple of years later down the line, so we'll see.'
After previously ignoring most elements of experience in our new 'project' he was pressed further and added.
'There is that (experience), plus he's a proper man.'
I'm sure he is a proper man, I'm no expert on him, but surely the first port of call is to recognise that this team look dangerous and quite good (albeit not even maybe top 6 good), and do get the fans going in the brief moments they actually play the game of football, remember to be played in their correct positions, and try and break teams down the old fashioned way - down the wings and through the middle with quick pacey football.
Letting the opponent have the possession because it's irrelevant doesn't actually work for us.
Maybe we do need another option owing to the injury of Kozak, but why is there a tendency to not try something new? A player we've signed and ignored. A player already here who has experience. A different style or play that suit the strengths of the team because there is no way that group are polemically only capable of counter attacking.
That tactic works less often than it does and even if you look at last season, the counter attacking element - when we were at our best - was married with playing the ball on the ground, keeping possession and setting and dictating the pace to the opposition.
The forum is certainly torn, as it just seems like we are out of ideas and unwilling to try something bold. Hell it might not even work, trying to play a game of football for 90 minutes in the right way, but what we're doing at the moment certainly isn't bloody working either.
At least with the latter suggestion, the crowd have something to cheer - just as they did again tonight when we started playing like that and some belief came back.
Holt could well do a job for us, I'm not knocking him. A loan spell, cover for Kozak, but doesn't that just mean really that neither Gabby or Weimann will get to play in their proper positions for longer? whatever fans might think, nor that Helenius and even Bowery won't be given a proper run in the side to see what they are capable of.
And despite all the young, hungry mantra...that those from our U21 set up will be further away from even the tastes of football they should be getting in the first team this season to bring them on that touch more, so if for no other reason, they at least see clearly the improvements they need to make if they want to step up to the first team during the rest of the season?
Maybe it's just me. But we can all name strikers in the lower leagues who could be worthy of a shot because their record gives them that right and we aren't going for them are we? But two seasons in practically, where experience wasn't necessary, and Holt wasn't an option for us when he left Norwich, he's now potentially a fall back position?
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Date:Monday January 13 2014
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