Norwich Will Go For The Win – But Have Some Injuries

35 year-old Norwich manager Alex Neil has said his team can give Newcastle a good game tomorrow night and they want to win the game.

We’re sure that’s true, but we still hope our lads can get all 3 points, but we know it will be another difficult game at Carrow Road.

The good news for Newcastle is that Dwight Gayle is fit again and he could go straight into the team for tomorrow night – Dwight can score goals from anywhere and as long as he’s ready mentally Rafa could start the 20 goal striker.

Alex Neil – Norwich manager

He will need playing time to get sharp at this very important part of the season, so maybe starting him would be a good decision?

Norwich do have some injuries although manager Neil would not reveal which players they are but we know Portuguese right-back Ivo Pinto had to be taken off with a knee injury during Saturday’s great 5-1 win at home to Nottingham Forest.

Alex Neil gave his press conference for the game today and this is some of what he had to say:

“It’s been about hard work to get ourselves back into it. We’ve got talented players. That’s how we’ve picked points up.”

“I don’t think anything is impossible if we go on a run. Fans just want to see the team play well and win.”

“We treat every game in isolation. We’re in good form and go into the Newcastle match with belief.”

“We won 5-1 on Saturday, but that game is gone and we move onto the next one, which is going to be tough, but we want to win.”

“We’ve got a couple of bumps and bruises.” “We’ll have a few late calls, because there’s been a high volume of games.”

“We’ll go to try and win the game. We want to impose our style of play upon them. A win would grow the players’ confidence more.”

In the last three games with Norwich (6-2, 2-3, 4-3) there have been 20 goals scored, but somehow we don’t think this well be a high scoring affair.

But we’ve been wrong before.


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14 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Two goals for Vuckic today.

  • BeeGuy

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Forest defense was a shambles Saturday. The back 4 just kept backing in on the goalie and the central midfielders were nowhere to be seen. This left the Canaries lots of time to tee up screaming shots from 18 yards out, or play balls in on the edges. NUFC should offer a better defense than that on Tuesday.

  • mad-serb

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #3


    Do we – No

    Could we – I believe there it is possible, with Shelvey Atsu and Richie in the side you have enough quality delivery, Richie seems content to cut in or rather pass to Shelvey on the outside of the box and try and pick a pass than to get it into the box.

    Would we want to – Open for debate although I would say we play to the strengths of Gayle when he plays. But then again the way we play at the moment although not the best to watch at times but it is very effective. A little like Mourinho´s tatics at Chelsea, where they could grind out 1 – 0 results.

  • mad-serb

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone seen Fernandez play as yet? Saw he scored the other and created 2. Seems to have settled in nicely.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Vuckic will never make it at top level! Too slow!

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #6


    It sounds like Victor Fernandez had a good game, according to

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #7

    I like mitro I think there’s enormous potential.

    Me I wouldn’t sell but the blog fans it seems would.

    Come on Ed. Next poll

  • cyprus

    Feb 13, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d play him with Gayle. big guy little guy, shearer Bellamy, good cop bad cop, you know 🙂

  • giimps

    Feb 13, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Playing Mitro and Gayle together would leave us weak in midfield, it might work vs poorerteams but Rafa likes the protection of 5 midfielders and at least one holding dm, i ont think he will ever play them both together unless were 2 or 3 down in an important game and we get an injury to either perez or diame or both.

  • posada

    Feb 13, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Mad serb
    Your right it is difficult to watch at times.
    But, I think it is a tactical thing. We go a goal up and we take on a particular shape making us hard to score against.
    It says to the other side, if you want to score you have to commit bodies forward and then we will pick you off. Invariably they don’t. They keep grinding away, hoping for a free kick or a corner.
    We often oblige them with daft free kicks by the way.
    It can make for a long match.
    I was at Wigan away. We invited them to attack for much of the second half. How they did not score I don’t know before we got the second.
    However, it has us top so the end as they say.

  • mad-serb

    Feb 13, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #11


    Guess it will be close. He splits opinion but I have not seen anything that says he wants to leave. He seems ok fighting for his place where others would have packed up and left.

    Was enough interested there for him to get a move to a higher league.

    The better question would be who would people want as replacement seeing that we will probably be in the market for 1 striker and then if he goes a second.

    Wilson’s 2nd seriius knee injury makes him unattractive to me now the same can be said about Ings.

    2 back knees so quick after playing only a handful of games puts them with Carroll as unreliable when needed in a long season.

    The two questions go hand in hand. Who 2 buy and secondly being 2nd or 3Rd choice

  • AncientC

    Feb 13, 2017 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #12

    mad-serb, I agree that Mitrovic would be difficult to replace. There isn’t an abundance of strikers for sale right now. The summer is going to be a difficult time to get forwards, especially now that Chinese football clubs are throwing money around.

    If the club can replace Mitrovic with better, then why not, but it would be foolish to sell Mitrovic before signing a replacement first.

  • toon kk

    Feb 13, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #13

    I know there’s a lot of mixed feelings about Mitro, personally I think he’d be easily replaced and it’s surprising how many say he has great potential.

    Err still waiting,
    One thing that certainly isn’t improving is his temperament, I aways expect us to be down to ten men every time he plays.

  • mad-serb

    Feb 13, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #14

    toon kk

    replacements? Like Ancient says if better players are available by all means but who are they? Patrick Bamford 12 million, that’s what we paid for Mitro and I know who I would pick. Maybe Benteke but they would want close to 30 million for him in the current market.

    Then there is the case of we probably need about 6 or 7 new additional additional to strikers and lets say Mike is generous and gives us a budget of 100 Mil.

    So McCarthy type midfielder cost 20 million. Strikers over 20 together some decent one and ask Leicester how their 30 Mil striker is doing. buy outside of the league is always a risk. start adding this up. Can we really afford to buy 2 new strikers next season?


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