Date: 1st April 2018 at 9:51am
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I`ve no idea what it`s like where you sit at Carrow Road, so I can only speak for the upper tier of the River End but boy, is there some moaning going on.

I know that we all pay our money and we can all say and do what we like, within reason about any subject at anytime. As long as it isn`t abusive, racial, homophobic, breaking the law etc, we all have a right to an opinion.

However, the level of moaning is starting to affect my own match days and I don`t like it.

Recently I`ve noticed it more than I did before. Was it always happening and I just didn`t notice or is it a new thing? I can`t say exactly.

However, let me explain what`s happening. I sit where I do because it`s the “Family Area” and we`ve had season tickets there specifically since we moved from the South Stand in 2010 when our lad was five and we got him a season ticket for the first time. He`s been going ever since and he`s now 12 and like any good parent, we wanted to try to protect him from the “industrial” language of football.

The Family Area seemed like the ideal solution and I quite like the view that the upper tiers give you of the game. Yes, you`re a bit high up but you do see a unique bird`s eye view of the play.

However, the Family Area has a much higher percentage of older people than it does kids, I`d say.

That`s not a criticism and I`m no spring chicken myself.

Some of the stuff I hear around me has me biting my lip and struggling to not say something. I can see how fans who`ve had a few beers fall out with each other, as I`ve heard happening in the Snake Pit this season.

I know of some actually coming to blows, which is insane.

Anyway, an example of the last couple of games for you.

Against Reading, I heard a constant loud male voice from behind me, looking round I could see a man in his 60`s. He was providing a loud commentary (it`s not too noisy up there) about individual players.

For example, he moaned about Reed, Vrancic (despite a MOTM performance in my opinion), Lewis, Srbeny, pretty much everyone and then continued on to the (late as usual) subs. “Hoolahan?! What`s he going to do?”

He continued on about the general play and style and moaned about the taking of short goal kicks, corners and the possession based game etc.

He kept it up the entire game and it was a tough watch with that commentary.

I didn`t hear him say a single positive thing throughout. Nothing when Vrancic made those defence splitting passes, nothing when we scored from a Maddison corner and were 3-1 up at the break and so it went on.

This guy is about five rows behind me and it seems as though he just wants to make his points so loudly as to court a confrontation. That`s highly unlikely in the Family Area, so he needs to go to the Snake Pit if he wants a fight.

Then we move on to Fulham.

I thought Norwich played okay but were beaten by a very good team, who are currently better at the possession based game than we are. They came down with us in 2014 and haven`t been close to automatic promotion since. It`s taken four years to get to this point.

The “older chap” in front of me is also a moaner and can`t stand or understand the possession based game.

He hates a short goal kick, corner or a sideways pass.

If City aren`t always on the attack, even at the expense of losing the ball with a long hopeful ball he`s not happy. He can`t bear it and just wants to see us kick it long all the time, if his comments are anything to go by.

He would rather we hoof it forward (which turns into a 50/50 ball) than look for a pass that we can keep it. The basics are that if your opponent doesn`t have the ball, he can`t score and this is what the football style of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City is all about.

Pep Guardiola is a young coach and has revolutionised football in the last decade. It`s modern, fresh and exciting to watch. It`s the exact thing that Fulham are doing and that Reading did so well last season. It is however a work in progress at Norwich.

The old boy in front is moaning one minute because we`re moving the ball around midfield without a killer pass and then saying “We should play like Fulham” the next.

It drives me crazy. As I wrote yesterday, Fulham are a good template for how Norwich should be playing completely and we`re not quite there yet. We need the final ball, the incisive pass and clinical finishing that they have and we don`t – yet.

The drive home had me hear “Mervyn” on Canary Call who said we should sack Daniel Farke and employ Mick McCarthy. I suspect the chap in front might like that, as he seems to advocate hoof ball, in fact, thinking about it, maybe he is “Mervyn.”



3 Replies to “The Moaning Is Doing My Head In”

  • A lot of people don’t like the moaning because they now can’t simply label them a moaning old git and move on.

    The non moaners now have no defence because it is warranted and have nothing but irritation to fall back on.

    In essence, its really your misplaced positivity that now has no substance that’s the problem and you want to take it out on others 🙂

  • This is an age old issue with supporters.
    Until Friday I thought I would be classified as a moaner but as I was at game
    with Mrs and Miss Junior DG and slightly less pre match pub time , was on best behaviour
    so listened more than speaking.
    A chap behind me ( not a regular ST holder ) talked through entire game as a commentary
    of his opinions. Not all bad but still extremely annoying.
    It made me realise that my usual comments are not so long and as I see the game so appreciating the good things and getting frustrated with the bad. Sadly the latter are more frequent these days.

    As long as it is accurate and not continuous I would be happy with fans voicing an opinion
    especially if part of a conversation with adjacent fans.

    My opinion as often expressed to fellow fans in pub and at game is one of sympathy for the old boy in front of you. I may not understand the modern game and as I have watched Norwich frequently for 50 years and played to a decent standard in my younger days , it is probably understandable
    that I am frustrated with the sideways / backwards game when not played by a team of terrific footballers under a world class manager.
    We currently have a team of average players coached by a novice manager who does not appear to have learned anything between the 2 games against Fulham this season.
    It is for this reason that I need someone to explain to me the benefit of short corners ( ending up with Gunn or as an opposition break away ), short kicks out by Gunn who eventually ends up with the ball back closed down by opposition strikers and hits it long with less control and time and the sideways / backwards passing game leading to a nearly completed season with a goal per game
    for us and minus 5 goal difference.

    I lived in Wimbledon a long time ago and departed Plough Lane on several occasions having watched a defeat for us and although not an advocate of the long ball game would be very interested in putting the Wimbledon team of the 1990’s in current premier league and seeing how the clubs except top 4 / 5 coped with their style.
    I recall going to Craphurst park to play Wimbledon when we were playing great football under
    Walker and in top 3 vying for a place in Europe and lost 3 0.
    It was one of many times I trudged back home with Wimbledon fans having suffered a defeat.

    As I said I do not want to watch hoofball but am awaiting a Manager who bucks the trend and stops playing the same tactics as superior teams with superior players where there is only one winner
    and does something to surprise them.
    We are a long way off promotion from Championship and behind Binners, Millwall, Brenford, Sheffield United and Bristol City. Is that good enough ? After Saturdays efforts we are now 20 points behind Fulham. Is our squad 20 points worse than theirs ? No. Its all about playing the wrong tactics to suit the standard of player we do have.

    I watch MOTD last night as always and despite getting bored with the media brown tongueing
    Manchester City have to admit they are superb at what they do. We cannot do it and the way the Smiffs are going we will never even play them but if we do , playing same formation and tactics
    would end in destruction as much better teams than us have experienced.

    Fans of Norwich City have much to moan about and as such although I did not like the chap behind me on Friday maybe he is a lot better informed than the deluded fans who actually think we will be better next season with a manager who has not learned anything in 9 months in charge of a much weaker squad.

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