June 18 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 5, 2012
I’m sure everybody’s hurting after that heavy defeat at the hands of Liverpool last Saturday.
Things just aren’t going for the Canaries at the minute. They scored two well-taken goals but conceded five for the second time this season.
It was that man Louis Suarez once again who caused the damage, grabbing his second hat-trick at Carrow Road in the space of five months. For all his troubles, he’s a top quality player, although he was helped on his way by some lacklustre defending on Saturday.
I read in the week that Chris Hughton, his staff, and the players all sat down together to watch the 90 minutes against Liverpool, analysing exactly what went wrong in the game. As a player I used to hate it as I and most of the lads used to think it was a form of punishment after a poor performance and result.
It was especially excruciating to watch if you knew deep down that you had had a nightmare!
The older I’ve got and the more I come to understand a manager’s ways, the more I can see why they do it. It gives players the opportunity to see things they won’t have seen in the heat of the battle, and it gives them a chance to see how their team-mates have played, in the process allowing one or two lessons to be learnt about one another.
I’ve been in a room when players have nearly come to blows after watching the replay. Players hate to be questioned, especially by other team-mates, and more often than not they will get very defensive. There’s nothing wrong with players falling out as long as they don’t take any criticism personally and realise that as soon as they cross that white line on match day they are all fighting for the same thing.
In fact, this open analysis of performance may help to relieve any tensions there might be, with any underlying thoughts or issues brought up instead of festering beneath the surface.
I suppose the last thing you need when you’ve not won in your first six games is a trip to the Champions League winners. However, this is what faces Chris and the lads tomorrow.
Chelsea have made a terrific start to the season. They’ve yet to taste defeat in the league and have won five of their opening six games, sitting proudly at the top of the Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo spent a fair amount of Roman Abramovich’s riches in the summer months, bringing in the likes of Eden Hazard and the young Brazilian Oscar, with both players showing their promise instantly after big money moves.
It’s going to be a huge task to go to Stamford Bridge and come back with any sort of a result as Chelsea don’t often lose or drop points at the Bridge, but the lads must be resilient and hard to beat. A point or more from the game would provide a major boost of confidence for the forthcoming fixture list.