Mark Robson demands Norwich City get down to serious business

Norwich City's first team coach Mark Robson had a hands on role at the club's open training session on Wednesday. 
Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City's first team coach Mark Robson had a hands on role at the club's open training session on Wednesday. Picture by Stefano Gnech/Focus Images Ltd

Thursday, July 24, 2014
7:00 AM

Norwich City first team coach Mark Robson insists there is a positive upside to the Canaries’ lack of match action on their Italian tour.

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Robson was a key figure in Wednesday night’s open training session at the club’s Chatillon Saint Vincent training base, which replaced a scheduled game against Serie B side Livorno.

City hammered a regional select squad 13-0 in their tour opener after the part-time opponents stepped in at late notice for Serie C club Novara but Robson believes Norwich can hone their competitive edge in the final tour match on Friday against French top flight side SC Bastia before two Carrow Road home dates next week.

“You only have to look at Bastia’s pedigree to know they will be decent and that will be a really good test for us, as will the two games at Carrow Road,” he said. “Those three will be as tough as we could get in terms of the quality. Without being disrespectful we might not have the same quality in the league against us but we know there will be a big physical challenge.

“For me, actually not having a game is better in some respects because it gives me more time to work with them on the training pitch.

“We can do a little bit more tactical stuff, which we are drip feeding into them now, so that come the start of the season it is ingrained. We could take a lot of positives out of the first game, because we scored plenty of goals and from the physicality aspect and in terms of how hard the lads all worked and the amount of running they put in, that was first class.

“Of course we have missed out on a second but I see it as an opportunity to put more information into the players and make no mistake we have some tough friendlies coming up which will get us ready for Wolves.”

Robson is adamant this week’s training trip to northern Italy, following on from the earlier fitness camp at St George’s Park, will equip Neil Adams’ squad for the serious business to come, starting at Molineux on August 10.

“It is all about preparing them for Wolves. We need to be ready from day one,” he said. “The lads have been very good all week. Some of the work we’ve done in training has been excellent and the attitude has been great so we are really pleased with them. The boys’ work ethic has been outstanding. They have got through a lot of graft and they are in a good position physically; that is the main thing about pre-season.

“The lads are also in really good spirits. There are a few pranksters around who are up to their little tricks and they can have a good laugh but at the same time they are working. They do not need to be told why we are out here and the importance of it.”

26 comments

  • But you never see a Bookie on a Bike, Crabster! I suppose there is `logical`, `illogical` and, best of all `contralogical`. Then there`s lateral thinking, Crab-style. Keep the quality up, Crab! ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • If I were you ken, I'd have a tenner on Wolves NOT overturning us at Carrow Road three nil. That way one of you has to win, and you could share the profits. Or just keep your winnings ;-)

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    The Crab

    Friday, July 25, 2014

  • My mate, what is a Wolves supporter, reckons that Norwich will be the softest touch of the season and has a tenner on them overturning us at Carrow Road three nil. I must say that our pre season preparation does appear to be a tad lightweight.

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    kenfoggo

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • thats if Bastia FC dont pull out, who organised this jaunt ?

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I must apologise to Divot for failing to divine that he had desisted from insisting, instead inserting "demand". Entelechy is ensuing? Potentially. GCSE English beckons for the young tyro, perchance. Breath-holding not advised...

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • waclor, where I live in Norf Norfaak, I am surraanded by vose kahsuns. All got loadsa maany, tats, wearing sunglasses indoors, usually on top of their shaven, tattooed heads. Loudsa Loorgah. Belch a lot. Make Alf Garnett look like a "New Man". Gercha, kahsun. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • …..You could be right Mr Ed!.... all pulling together.....All except for one 'who's not going anywhere'!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Have just checked out SC Bastia on wiki and if we win there I will allow myself a happy clappy night in with a bottle of French wine..

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I was going to give my views on the Bradley Johnson comment but oddly GossVolley has summed up my thoughts almost word for word! Well said Goss. Most already know he isnt my favourite player. Do think he will do well in the championship though. At PL level though he literally gave the ball away virtually everytime he had the ball. That isnt me picking on him, its just a fact sadly. Problem was his rival in the DMC department (Tettey, who I Personally Prefer) was rather prone to a mistake that will lead to a goal (as good as he is) or was injured.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Brew, if you are quoting the recently, belatedly and unlamented former manager, quality is spelt "K W O L L I ' E E". You got "final furd" perfectly though. I wonder who will explain to us every Firsday (stop it sorry, Thursday) that the weekends opposition have "Kwolli'ee players who can 'urt us"? Perhaps that will not be the preoccupation of the new management. Let's see who we can play to hurt the opposition for a change. Go for it Neyull.

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    waclor

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • We got one one those 8 "birth" caravans a few years back. Wife's not stopped having kids since.....

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    Timbo

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Don't worry Norman the French teams we are playing at home will give us a stern test

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • The pre-season preparation has been a joke. How can playing part time Italian teams be seen as anything else. If this is indicative of how the new management of City see the way forward , it will be an " interesting " season. I doubt if any of our future opponents are preparing in the same manner. City might as well have camped on Yarmouth beach and invited allcomers to play.

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    norman hall

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I managed to avoid saying that, Crab, but you couldn`t resist could you? You crusty old crustacean ;-) What next? A natural burf in ver final furd? Quality. I agree that Bradders has his faults (ie cannot pass) but he does have a feisty approach. Perhaps it`s not too late to teach him the art of ball transference? Coach! Perhaps we can hire David Fox as a consultant?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • I just cracked up at the vision painted by mikeskisandflies of Olsson being given a natural birth 10 yards higher up the pitch! I'll be pmsl for the rest of the day! :-D :-D .

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    The Crab

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • mikeskisandflies, Johnson is the only certainty in midfield because he's the only one that no other club is likely to come in for! Yes he has passion and commitment but I can't see how you rate him over the other names you mention. He's a decent tackler but he has to be because it's usually him that gives it away in the first place. I don't dislike the player I think he'll be good in the Champ but Im just surprised you rate him above the others, his passes usually go out of touch or awkwardly hit a team mates knee or something...

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    GossVolley

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • We can only dream ALL the fans will behind the team .......... but we just know there's the group who'll trot out the 'NA never had the experience' as soon as the first defeat is registered .......... just have to go unbeaten throughout the season .......... c'mon you yellow Invincibles ! OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • ALL of them? Crikey there has to be a first time. Agree with the rest of your comments Mr Ed.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • A man defence is a must for me, allowing Wes to play or a third striker etc. You only get out of this division by scoring and winning at a ridiculous rate. Besides, no 2 men in our defensive ranks are good enough together, solidity from a third is key. Besides, it gives Olsson a natural birth 10 yards higher up the pitch and E Bennett should be considered on the other side. In centre mid Johnson is the only certainty for me... Fer, Tettey, Surman and the overrated Howson all lack something but Johnson has developed into a bit of a role model and is what NCFC is all about in terms of attitude, commitment and effort. As for the front 3? We are rich! Although Hooper looks well overweight.... But RVW now has the foil in the strength of Laffs and Grabban coupled with the supply that Neil Adams will look to introduce from Wes, Pilks and Redmons, as well as the delivery from WBs and FBs.... And from Fer and Surman creating from midfield. Just for the record.... howson.... NIL assists last season! Matthias333: regarding your centre back leader and your thoughts on Turner: spot on. Hangelaad is still the player for me. But I disagree on Whits, a very good attacking option but not so good in the tackle. Having said that, I see a hypercritical case for playing Garido on the left side of a 3 and Whits on the right side! (Strength in numbers)!

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    mikeskisandflies

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Exactly my hope as well Surrey! I know its big headed but at the end of the day ourselves, Fulham and Cardiff are the big bad Premier League sides dropping down to the championship. Teams 'should' (atleast to start with) be looking at us and saying "lets park the bus"...."hopefully we can nick a draw".....in similar ways to how we did when visiting premier league sides for last few seasons. The shoes on the other foot as we are now expected to play our game and take it to others rather than sitting back trying to work out how to stop them. Obviously if we start badly teams will try exploit us while we are having a wobble and we could spiral downwards from there but thats waaaay to negative for a lovely thursday morning so lets not focus on that!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • @ Surrey Canary - I like your comments. I agree that I'm certain we won't be going into games 'not to lose', but rather do our darndest 'to win' every game - which can only be good for the team and the fans. Crikey, we could even have the majority of NCFC fans united again and ALL of them supporting our team!!!!

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    Mr Ed

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Encouragingly I think there is going to be no more managerial harping on about the oppositions quality and how they can hurt you in the final third. Seems this seasons NCFC will set out its stall, go out to win every game and it is for other managers to worry about how NCFC are going to hurt them in the final third. Big breath of fresh air...

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    Surrey Canary

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Well, there`s 17 days to go and we`ve yet to see a serious pre-season ball kicked. All is not lost, still SC Bastia + the 2 home friendlies. The players shouldn`t be over-tired when the season starts. I wish we heard a bit more from Ol` Three Lungs. I like the cut of his jib. I sometimes sense micro-management and control-freakery around The Carra. Who sees the `Big Picture`? May we all have a peep?

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Hopefully last nights open training session was as helpful as playing Livorno would have been. Saying that we'd have likely lost the open training session under Chris Hughton 1-0, but of course 'open training session is a very good side who can cause us problems'.

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Puts the pre season preparations into perspective, PPPP.

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    cutty

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

  • Good to hear the discipline to being drilled into the players from MR too .......... I guess we can be sure the players will be super fit by the Wolves game ..........keep up the hard work boys, OTBC

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    nevermindthedanger

    Thursday, July 24, 2014

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