Thanks to Lincoln Canary of the Official Message Board (who I attended the match with and is graciously allowing me to nick his report)
Hello all! After a short break where I posted only a few times, I’m now returning with the advent of the pre-season friendlies with my report from Gorleston.
Those who read my reports regularly will know I usually do the good, the bad and the player ratings. I’m not going to bother doing this to that format as I don’t see much point in giving player ratings versus Gorleston.
The final score was 8-1 to City with an own goal opening the scoring, Chris Martin scoring with a superb finish for the second, (Gorleston then pulled one back), Pattison slotting the ball home from 25 yards for the third, Luke Daley making the most of some Gorleston defensive confusion for the fourth, Martin again slotting home for the fifth, Manny Richardson calmly sending the keeper the other way from the penalty spot for the 6th, Darrel Russell adding the 7th and Wes Hoolahan dribbling the ball around the gorleston keeper after a superb second half showing for the 8th and best goal of the night.
The first half team lined up as:
Smith Spillane Doc Lappin
Chadwick Lathrope Pattison Adeyemi
The second half team was:
Semi Spillane Shackell Sam?
??? Clingan Russell Hoolahan
A few things:
1. First half started poorly, but with a goal within 40-odd seconds. We were hoofing it forward with no real aim and Daley was tryng his best but is no target man.
2. A fantastic finish from Martin for the second goal, smashing it into the top corner. Martin looked thinner, but still could have got into the game more. I liked how he would drift out to the wing to get possession, though. Seemed effective.
3. The youngsters in the first half seemed ok – Adeyemi being the best of them. Tall, strong and reminded me a bit of an Etuhu on the wing. Lathorpe needs to work on his possession play a bit and Spillane needs to be a bit better in challenging in the air.
4. Of the more senior players, Lappin was poor – he didn’t look comfortable at all and it was his poor marking and tackling that lead to the goal. Also he didn’t take a single set piece. The impression I got was of a man on the move.
5. Second half was generally better – City imposed a better passing game that was quite good to watch. At the center of it was Wes Hoolahan, who if I was choosing MotMs, would be my MotM. He looks like a totally different player to Hucks – spraying balls long and short, taking on players and doing his bit defensively. I’m not saying better – I’ve not seen enough, definitely – but the signs are promising. His goal was comfortably the best, rounding the keeper to score his goal.
6. Clingan pretty much covered every blade of grass over on that right side – he worked hard, and worked well with Rusty, staying back every time he came forward and vica versa, covering his full backs when they moved forward.
7. No Curo, Croft, Fozzy or Drury in the squad, by the look of it. No idea why, either – probably injuries.
8. Second half youngsters looked ok too – Manny Richardson in particular. If that boy could find some composure in front of goal, I think he’d be a great little player. Plenty of hard work, plenty of opportunities and a lick of pace – a bit like Leon McKenzie, really. And he’s got McKenzie’s inability to finish too. Great. Some chav called him Obafemi Martins – and I think that’s his sort of game, just no where near as good. A quick mention about Jed Steer – the loudest, most commanding Norwich keeper I’ve ever seen. Very encouraging.
9. Seemed quite the trip out for Norwich staff! Neil Doncaster was there, as was Gunny, Clarky and Roeder. Seeing the new staff out warming up the side was very strange though, and will take time to get used to.
10. Last but by no means least – Gorleston. Not a bad little side, worked their socks off and deserved their goal. A well worked goal.
Hope that’s good enough for you all!