Canos needs to up his game before he can be considered for Norwich first team
PUBLISHED: 06:47 09 December 2016
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It has been a while coming, but I think you'll all agree with me that Norwich City's first win since October 15 was certainly worth the wait with that comprehensive 5-0 demolition of Brentford.
Let’s all hope that the victory on Saturday can kick-start the Canaries’ faltering Championship promotion bid.
It’s okay beating the likes of Cardiff, Rotherham and Wigan, in fact Alex Neil’s men have beaten the bottom seven clubs. Now, they do need to start winning games and picking points up against the clubs in the top half of the table, something they’ve really struggled to do this season for one reason or another.
It’s not often you see a team score five with five different names on the scoresheet, but that’s what happened last Saturday and add in the fact that it was Norwich’s first clean sheet in their last 16 league games and things are looking better.
Not that any of us will get carried away – as I’m sure Alex Neil and his players won’t – but hopefully it’s a turning point and as the manager said in his post-match interview, “one swallow doesn’t make a summer”, a saying that I do like and use often.
I was at Norwich’s EFL Trophy tie against Swansea on Tuesday night and I thought Dmitri Halajko’s boys were unlucky on the night as two big decisions went against them which saw them bow out of the competition
I thought Ben Godfrey was very unlucky to receive a red card after pulling down Swansea striker Oliver McBurnie with just 25 minutes gone of the first half.
In my opinion I don’t think McBurnie would have gone through and scored as Timm Klose (yes – Timm Klose played on Tuesday night) was always getting back to cover his central defensive partner. Hence, a yellow card would have been the right decision.
In all fairness, the lads coped well with a man less and should have taken the lead after a lovely finish from Carlton Morris halfway through the second half – but for some bizarre reason the referee’s assistant had his flag up as Carlton turned away to celebrate. Swansea had at least four players in between the Norwich striker and their goal, so quite why the flag went up I do not know.
I saw the Norwich starting XI an hour before kick-off and thought ‘there’s only going to be one winner here tonight’ with the likes of Klose, Steven Whittaker, Matt Jarvis, Youssouf Mulumbu, Josh Murphy and Sergi Canos all starting for the Canaries’ Under-21s, but it goes to show you win nothing on paper.
Big Timm Klose cruised through the game wearing the captain’s armband, Whittaker struggled, especially in the second half against young Dan James – Swansea’s one to watch and a player who certainly looks to have a bright future in the game.
It was a much-needed 45 minutes for Matty Jarvis and although he spent 25 of those minutes as a makeshift right-back after Godfrey’s dismissal, those minutes are invaluable as he continues his recovery to full fitness.
I’ve heard people say that Canos should be in the first team, but I’m sorry, not on that performance.
He didn’t do nearly enough to give Alex Neil something to think about and can have no complaints if he’s not involved against Barnsley tomorrow – not that the manager is going to make changes to a team that’s just won 5-0, unless he has to.
On a brighter note, two young lads who caught my eye the other night were left-back Louis Ramsay, inset, and central defender Joe Crowe, after the young 18-year-old came on at half-time. They both showed a maturity in their performances and showed great defensive awareness at a very young age, which is fantastic for the future of the club if they can keep developing and improving.
I was shocked and saddened on Wednesday to read in this newspaper how my former team-mate Cedric Anselin has battled depression for the last 14 years.
Cedric is a smashing, kind man and I hate the thought of him struggling like this and just hope he can get the help he needs.
Cedric was a young 22-year-old when he signed for the club and it was a big step for him to move over from France on his own, with no family or friends over here to turn to.
It was a daunting task for an experienced player, let alone someone as young as Cedric was.
As you would expect, he was very quiet and didn’t speak much English, so it was hard for him to communicate, but he soon picked up the English language, with some help from his personal tutor Matt Jackson.
Jacko was probably the most intelligent person in the changing room, or so he kept telling us… so took Cedric under his wing.
It’s Oakwell tomorrow for the lads – it’s a ground where I scored one of my favourite Norwich goals – in one of my favourite Norwich away kits.
How many of you can remember the dark blue kit we had with luminous bright yellow on it?
I remember my goal as if it was yesterday. Lee Marshall played the ball in the air up to me and in one movement, I controlled the ball, turned and smashed a right-footed volley past former Norwich goalkeeping coach Dave Watson and ran to celebrate with the travelling yellow army who were behind the goal that I’d scored in.
Although Barnsley had a very good 3-0 win at Birmingham last weekend they’ve really struggled at home over the last couple of months and haven’t won at Oakwell in their last seven games. They conceded five against Nottingham Forest last time round so hopefully City can take full advantage.