Norwich fans comments give great insight ahead of Newcastle United match
Norwich fans are looking forward to their first home game in the Premier League since 2016.
That 2015/16 season seeing both Canaries and Magpies relegated.
Rafa Benitez of course expertly guided Newcastle straight back as champions but for Norwich it has been a more tortuous route.
In the final year of parachute payments and finances dictating a large transfer profit had to be made with a reliance on free transfers, Daniel Farke worked wonders.
Two of the key players were free transfers, former Newcastle keeper Tim Krul playing all 46 matches in goal, whilst Teemu Pukki was the Championship’s top scorer.
No hiding where the strengths and weaknesses were, with most goals (93) in the Championship but only eighth best defence (57 conceded).
Away at Anfield last weekend, Norwich and Farke showed they had no interest in changing, trying to attack Liverpool as much as possible and worth a lot more than their single goal, whilst defensive mistakes were a big factor in the 4-1 scoreline to the scousers.
Interesting to read below what Norwich fans are saying about the Newcastle game today.
There is a very clear message as to what Steve Bruce and his team have to do in terms of getting a positive result, Newcastle have to attack and especially so with Norwich having a lot of defenders injured. One of the Norwich fans perfectly summing up their biggest weakness ‘More chance of a clean sheet in a tramp’s hostel…..’
Steve Bruce has talked about his Newcastle team will be playing on the front foot. Very little sign of that against Arsenal last weekend but it is essential this happens today.
Norwich fans commenting via their ‘Pink Un’ message board:
‘The Newcastle game is one we must win or at the very least not lose.’
‘I get what people are saying in regard to avoid the noise or it isn’t a must win, in the long term. However with the starting fixtures and mini leagues in this league it is an important game.
We need to show we have learnt from a few mistakes from Liverpool and we need a few areas of the pitch to perform better. In fact a really good performance is needed to beat Newcastle.
Newcastle have had the usual turmoil from Mike Ashley and although 2 new signings performed well they are considered a team who could struggle. Bruce is unpopular with the fans and the togetherness, that we have, is not there at the moment.’
‘Newcastle played 352 in their last match. They will have watched us play Liverpool and will see that we are unbelievably weak in the air at the back even off corners and more so if they can drag our fullbacks into defending aerially in front of goal.
With two central strikers and our zonal system they will be looking to set up this mismatch all game long. Presumably Farke is well aware of this issue.
Although they are not the greatest side in the division Newcastle offer the types of goal threats that we are particularly susceptible to.
If we keep a clean sheet we’ll win. But my guess is that a clean sheet is unlikely given Newcastle’s aerial abilities.’
‘On another more controversial point I’m sure will be an unpopular opinion, I’m dissapointed Krul had a decent game. I think the sooner we get Fahrmann into the team the better we will be across the season. Krul always worries me for mistakes and fear he will cost us points in close games.’
‘I think Hanley and Krul will be well up for the Barcodes, if it doesn’t work out, it won’t be for the want of trying.’
‘Our defending was poor (at Liverpool), so cant really escape criticism on that point.
Hopefully Hanley comes out and put on a good display, or otherwise I doubt we’ll be seeing him much in the first team this year.’
‘Really don’t think Almiron will be the star.
Happy to be quoted come 5pm Saturday. From what I saw against Arsenal he looked lively and a willing runner but didn’t cause massive problems.
Can’t pick a pass like Buendia can. I’m backing Buendia to be the star.’
‘With all the injuries, I will take a draw atm…’
‘In Farke’s first season we conceded 60 goals, more than last season so we weren’t better defensively even then. It’s a recurring problem and needs to be sorted, starting with a clean sheet tomorrow.’
‘More chance of a clean sheet in a tramp’s hostel…..’
‘Not a surprise we get underated….we are the easy targets.
If we can get a few types of results like last season – I mean the 3-2’s, 4-3’s, last minute equalisers/winners etc – against teams supposed to beat us, we will start to be taken a little more seriously as a team that can do things – and in a much more entertaining way than most of the bottom half of the PL.
As for the many lazy and stale pundits who are somehow still being asked their opinions, they will hopefully have to backtrack as the season moves on.’
‘Our defending is fine for the lower half of this league, our set piece defence is pretty poor, not League One standard though and it can be fixed if players follow instruction instead of instinct. If we do that and our players stay focused for the full 90 we won’t concede all that many against teams outside the top 2 who can tear any team in the world apart if they feel like it.
I’m going for a 3-1 win tomorrow, that’ll hopefully shut the ignorant doubters up.’
‘The absence of Klose from the defence is a major concern, maybe fit next week sounds like comments from last week.
The injuries will not help but Vrancic should feature at some point and Leitner will play as Kenny is out not a problem.
But cannot see Hanley seeking revenge on the Magpies being able to stem the goals.
Fear a loss here again and that will be the case until Zimm or Timm return even then struggles are expected. Any optimism is on hold until the fitness situation improves.’
‘To be honest without Klose and Amadou only just getting used to our side, relying on Hanley, then I think 2-1 to Newcastle isn’t out of the way for pundits.
I’d be delighted to win, but we might have to score three to win!’
‘Can see Newcastle’s front line causing us problems with their movement.
Hopefully we’ll play some good football and get them on the back foot early.’
‘Our defending wasn’t great last season either! In some games we conceded quite a few, but it always looked as though our attacking intent would get us back in the game. Clearest example of this being against Forest at home.
In the Prem, we are certainly going to have to wise up defensively as we will struggle to outscore most teams. But Farke hasn’t always found the balance between attacking and defending… if you remember his first season with us we tried to be more defensive but couldn’t score many goals.
I love the way we play, though, and I prefer us to be on the front foot and attacking. But sometimes this approach will have to change and I personally can’t wait for Zimbo and Klose to be fit, along with getting Amadou in the side as soon as possible.’
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