Norwich City fan Edward Seaman: “Frustrating times at City”

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman
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I think it is fair to say frustration is the buzz word following another disappointing week for Norwich City.

More frustrating than the solitary point from the two fixtures is the nature of them.

It’s becoming all too familiar. City dominating games and possession, but somehow not finding a way through.

The fact of the matter is we have got to start scoring the first goal and being more clinical as, to use an old-fashioned cliché, goals change games.

If Lewis Grabban would have converted his penalty on Saturday and Kyle Lafferty would have scored in the first half against Leeds, we could be sitting here now feeling much more positive about the last seven days.

On Twitter following the Leeds game, for the first time I saw criticism of Neil Adams — and that, however, is something I would like to dispute.

The buck at the minute has to stop with the players.

Neil made changes, for me the right changes, ahead of Tuesday night’s game, bringing in Kyle Lafferty and Joshua Murphy, as I have called for in recent weeks.

The team need to show more quality in the final third, quality we know they possess, and to deliver a better cross or make a better pass for the forwards.

With Lafferty suspended for tomorrow’s trip to Sheffield Wednesday, I’d like to see Neil Adams change the shape a bit.

Wes is almost certainly likely to be absent following injury, but I’d like to see Bradley Johnson brought back in and Jonny Howson, or even Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe, given more freedom to attack in more of a 4-3-3 formation.

A more solid midfield three will give Murphy and Nathan Redmond more licence to commit themselves forward as, for me, those two are where the danger is going to come from.

The ability of both players to get past a player with the ease they do is absolutely vital in this league and something we really have to exploit — with both on the pitch.