Norwich City fan Craig Daniels urges fans to get off the back of a ‘key player’ coming in for stick
Steve Morison signed for Norwich City in June last year for a fee of £2.8m and has scored eight league goals this season, more than Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch and of course, the much publicised £50 million Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. Those goals include vital late winners against QPR and West Brom and valuable strikes in other victories.
And yet it seems the ex-Millwall man can do no right at the moment, becoming the fans’ new scapegoat (there always has to be one, no matter how well we’re doing) and if you believe some, Morison was single-handily at fault for last week’s defeat at Newcastle.
Over the past couple of months I have been critical of Morison’s work-rate against Leicester and general hold-up play but the vitriol that was directed at him on message boards, phone-ins and social media last weekend was a massive over-reaction. He has now become the proverbial marmite player.
Playing up front on your own is a hard slog and Morison is being criticised because he doesn’t chase every lost cause like fans’ favourite Grant Holt does.
The former non-League player was isolated for large parts of the game but he covered a lot of ground off the ball that went unnoticed.
Morison isn’t helped by his body language, which doesn’t give the impression of a man willing to die for the cause, and often has a touch of arrogance about it.
He lacked composure and conviction when through on goal towards the end but Canary fans should remember that like him or not, Morison has been a key player for us this season and will continue to be so.
Despite a decent if ultimately fruitless performance, I hope Paul Lambert has realised that the 4-5-1 system does not suit us.
If we are to play with just one forward, a Hoolahan or Howson needs to be playing off the lone striker to add some creativity and penetration in the final third of the pitch.
Regular readers will know that tomorrow’s home game with bottom-of-the-table Wolves is the sort I worry about — a beleaguered side with an unproven manager thrust into the hotseat,
Wolves are absolutely woeful at the moment. But they need the points more than we do and will be wounded after last week’s 5-0 defeat to Man United.
A patient and noisy home crowd and rediscovery of our early 2012 form will hopefully ensure the three points.
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