Filed: Sunday, 16th September 2012
By: Staff Writer
A home banker, some said - hence why most Canaries fans appeared to be relatively disappointed with only a point against Sam Allardyce's side. Join us as we take a look at the opposition view following yesterday's goalless draw at Carrow Road...
"It's never going to be an easy game to win against a Sam Allardyce team; I wonder what the West Ham stalwarts think of the brand of football they are witnessing, when they have such a great history of playing the beautiful game as it should be? In the circumstances a point is not a disaster, but we cannot keep on being unlucky, we have to make our own luck. Harry Kane showed promise but not the good finishing we are told he has, please let him have his shooting boots on next time he plays. "
- There's only one Martin Peters!
"Technically, by the letter of the law, the referee got the penalty decision correct by a matter of two or three inches. On the line is in, by the way. However there are many penalties given where contact is in fact just outside the box, so we could have got a pen on another day had the luck been with us. Chris Foy wil be feeling smug this evening, and rightly so to be fair, but I believe his decision involved some guess work. No way was he 100 per cent sure, but pens will be given for incidents where contact is further outside the box than Surman's was today. "
"Snodgrass' 'penalty' was in front of where I sit and to be honest, if it had been a West Ham player being 'fouled' and winning a spot kick we would have been baying for him to be sent off. He needs to learn from lessons from Holty on how to win a penalty and look convincing!"
"West Ham came here with their tails up and played with Allardyce physicality which we dealt with really well. After an early flourish we were by far the best side. We are a work in progress still, and while Holt looks short of confidence and in need of a run of games as I believe he gains his best fitness this way. I don't know if it was the heat but the crowd nodded off second half as the game went turgid but, our players kept their concentration well."
- Rudolph Hucker
"I doubt there is a Norwich City fan who thinks 1-1 v QPR and 0-0 v West Ham at home are two decent results - both of these games are the nearest we'll get to 'home bankers' and we've taken two points from six. The Sky Sports report has it as an "end-to-end game full of goalmouth action" - but they probably watched the highlights before writing that."
- Mister Chops
"The only positive I can draw is that at least we kept a clean sheet. Some will say it looked like two relegation candidates scrapping for points and at this stage it would be hard to put up a good argument to refute it. I'm putting it down to just one of those days and hoping it will get better but any analysis of this game certainly leaves food for thought."
"There just didn't seem enough desire to win the game outright. The game was crying out for more creativity in the latter stages.Snodgrass wasn't creating too much from the right, but Surman, oh dear, best described as lightweight at best, I couldn't believe Hughton kept him on till the very end.......Hoolahan surely deserved half an hour to try and create some better opportunities?"
"I didn't think we were that bad. Yes we didn't play the sort of football we usually play but that's quite hard when you play against a Sam Allardyce team who stop you from playing so effectively. We created enough chances to win the game and kept a clean sheet. Yes we should have scored but I think the overall performance was quite good, I wouldn't say we played badly like some people seem to be suggesting."
"As the game progressed, I did get frustrated at the way it was becoming a stale-mate situation and thus playing into Alladyce's plans. We had worn down West Ham's early guile and threat, but could not find the killer punch. Whether this indicates a more negative approach than Paul Lambert's more cavalier style is open to debate. The next four games, which are tougher, might well tell us more than the last four about the nature of the beast in charge."
"When Holt put in a transfer request he crossed a line. If you're not 100 per cent committed to the cause you should go. We should have taken the West Ham cash. Now we're stuck with a disinterested player on top dollar who we can't offload. Hero to zero ina few short weeks."
- Mungo Bumpkin
*Comments first posted on www.pinkun.com.
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