Fans and players showing real commitment
Feature by John Maiden
Updated Friday, 6th March 2009
The latest from John Maiden in Canary Talk.Nearly 17,000 fans have shown their commitment to the future of Norwich City by renewing their season tickets at a time of economic recession and when there is real uncertainty about Championship survival.
The excellent result at QPR and the fighting spirit of the players in achieving that 1-0 victory, must have given even the most pessimistic fan renewed hope ahead of the trip to Blackpool and the visit of Cardiff City next Tuesday.
By bringing in David Mooney on a month's loan from Reading, Bryan Gunn is making it clear that he is determined to see chances and half chances turned into match-winning goals and, although we have witnessed several false dawns in the course of this disappointing season, this could prove to be the master stroke that goes a long way towards lifting the Canaries out of the drop zone.
Of course, the Canaries could also do with a 'stroke of luck' and much better refereeing than they have had in recent weeks. Against Coventry, for example, Norwich were denied two second half penalties for fairly obvious handball offences. The second of these was a block on the goal line, which prevented the ball from entering the net. Had this one been spotted by the officials, it would also have led to a red card.
It is sometimes suggested that these dodgy decisions balance themselves out over the course of a season. This is probably a rumour promoted by dodgy referees; but if there is any truth in the proposition, it is to be hoped that Sammy Clingan is wearing his shooting boots when there is a penalty kick to be put away in every other match between now and the end of the season...