Malcolm Dawson writes…..
with the club urging supporters to renew their season cards before April 4th, the team is doing little to persuade us that will be a wise move – unless of course you see the extra games that Championship football brings as added value – because make no mistake there was little on show today to convince the faithful that relegation is anything other than a distinct possibility. With no real goal threat from open play, even with a man advantage for a full hour, and a poor decision from the ref who denied The Canaries a clear penalty we were fortunate to come away with a point. At this stage of the season it is probably not a good time to consider replacing the manager, but in his post match e-mail to M Salut Mr O’Neil admits that defending set pieces and creating chances are things that the team should be doing better. So whose responsibility is that then? We had the better of the officials’ decisions this afternoon and I’d be surprised if the manager doesn’t agree once he’s seen the replays. Anyway, this is what he has to say.
It was a very frustrating game, particularly in the second-half.
We should have created more, but we were unable to and we’ve suffered the consequences.
I’ve not had chance to watch any of the replays back of the penalty and sending off, but the referee had a job to do and he’s made those decisions.
[On Wes Hoolahan’s goal] We’ve really got to improve on our set-pieces, I’ve said that before. They are a vitally important part of the game.
Craig [Gardner] did very well with the spot-kick – he was also very good getting forward in the game – I thought the delay in taking the penalty might have been disturbing but he stuck it away brilliantly.
We frustratingly gave the ball away when we were in decent positions, we were left trying to force issues that just didn’t exist and suffered the consequences.
You can find it to be difficult playing against teams with 10-men when they’ve got something to hold onto, but we should have done better.
We’ve got a fortnight before our next game with a number of players going away on international duty. We’ll regroup when they get back and focus on our last eight games..
All the best,