I heard the line ‘it’s another point towards safety’ a lot after last week’s stalemate with Fulham and it’s a sentiment I agreed with following the previous two draws against Spurs and QPR.
But a home draw with Fulham was, for me, disappointing.
Two distinctly average sides served up another wretched game at Carrow Road and, although we have no right to expect wins over any opponents, this was a game that I feel we should have gained three points from.
I’m not the only City fan who is beginning to get a little frustrated with Chris Hughton’s conservative approach to games that we could be winning.
It was another uninspiring performance against a team that were there for the taking and part of the problem is the industrious central midfield paring of Alexander Tettey and Bradley Johnson.
Away from home, this partnership is reasonably effective with their combative style, but I’d like to see a more adventurous approach at home games.
While Robert Snodgrass and Wes Hoolahan look to make things happen in the final third, Johnson and Tettey sit back and plod along, having little impact in the opposition penalty area.
Chris Hughton appears to be unable to change games too — his Plan B to throw the ineffective Simeon Jackson on with 20 minutes to go will get us nowhere.
We should have seen it coming (legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan did, predicting 0-0 during the BBC’s Football Focus on Saturday) given how dull many of our performances have been this season.
Stoke City are the masters of success with boring football and that’s what it’s all about — winning.
Entertainment is winning football matches and that’s what we need to be doing.
We are due a win and I’m sure one is around the corner, but I do hope Hughton takes a more positive approach to the next home game and takes the game to Everton next week.