Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says: Frustrating run is worse than our relegation year

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman

It is fair to say it has been another frustrating week for City as another home match fails to result in a win.

Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Brighton makes it just one home league win in seven matches, a run much worse than we saw last season when we were relegated.

What gets me is that City threw away a second-half lead for the second successive match.

At 2-1 we had a number of chances to kill off the game and, as a result of our failure to do so, we were punished.

Yet again, the persistence of Neil Adams to stick with some of his underperforming stars has just left me confused.

The prime example of which is Lewis Grabban.

With the greatest respect, he has been poor over recent weeks and with the likes of Gary Hooper on the bench it bemuses me as to how he continues to start.

We all know what Hooper is about, a natural goalscorer, and he showed that on Saturday as he came off the bench to score the equaliser.

At times last season, I accused Hooper of maybe not putting a shift in, but I think someone like Cameron Jerome, as opposed to van Wolfswinkel or Elmander last season, could work as the perfect strike partner.

The return from injury of two of City’s key players cannot come soon enough.

It is hard to downplay the importance of Wes Hoolahan in a City shirt and over the last few weeks he has been missed.

His technical ability is second to none in this division, let alone at the club – and we need that guile.

Another is Ryan Bennett, who alongside Michael Turner, is the best centre-half at the club.

His imminent return will be a welcome one for the club as we continue to leak goals, keeping one clean sheet from our last 11.

Mike Phelan will have 
had his first impact on the side in training this week and 
hopefully that can inspire City’s return to winning 
ways on Saturday against Reading.