Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says: City must show fight in battle against the drop

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman
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Against a quality side like Spurs, I can accept it when Norwich City are outclassed - but when we are both outworked and outfought, we as fans have every right to express discontent.

That was the case on Tuesday as Pochettino’s men cantered to a 3-0 win against a lacklustre City.

Last week I mentioned our woeful record when falling behind (now 33 winless) and as soon as Dele Alli fired in in the second minute, it was game over.

Yes, it’s fair to say City didn’t get the rub of the green with key decisions, but that can’t mask a tepid, spineless performance.

I thought Alex Neil got it tactically wrong, firstly dropping Wes Hoolahan to the bench (sorry for sounding like a broken record), and then failing to bring on the Irishman or Nathan Redmond, our two most creative players, when City were crying out for any sort of flair.

My other issue is square pegs in round holes. I rate Jonny Howson, but a right midfielder he is not. As he naturally drifted inside, it left City, especially poor Ivo Pinto, exposed - something Spurs exploited with ease.

Tomorrow, the Canaries travel to bottom club Aston Villa in desperate need of three points to end a run of four straight defeats.

It’s a run that coincides with the dismissal of Gary O’Neil at Stoke, and the stats since make for grim reading. In 330 minutes, City have conceded 14 goals at an average of 23 minutes per goal.

Now while the two aren’t directly related, I welcome his return to give not only the midfield, but the whole team added leadership and organisation which has been missing.

I’m also hoping to see Patrick Bamford feature, a player I’m glad to have on board.

Although it’s only February, I don’t think it’s too soon to call tomorrow a ‘must win game’. It’s time for City to deliver.