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Derby's Jeff Hendrick A Cheat ...

John Ruddy has taken nearly all the blame and given one of the worst things a player can be given, an Own Goal. Yet  the Go Pro camera behind the goal clearly shows  Jeff Hendrick  pulling Ruddy's arm over his shoulder, hampering Ruddy and leaving him in the split second to try and use one hand.

No small wonder he flicked the ball into his own net,   that goal should not have stood  surprising it was all just about all Derby really offered  the whole game.  

See For Yourself...    Hope the FA see it and act accordingly and ban the cheat

https://youtu.be/5oJF75mTzoo

 

 

Only One John Ruddy One John Ruddy

Turner to Fulham while Jacob Murphy Could Join Colchester

With the Surprise of Michael Turner joining Fulham on loan,  we have heard that Jacob Murphy could be joining Colchester on loan as well.

Turner's move was a big surprise, as I and many others thought he was next in line if injury struck , but that was not the case last Saturday as Cuéllar came straight in while Turner was left to wrm the bench.  Personally I prefer Turner to Cuéllar who does have this knack of giving penalties or free kicks in the most dangerous places.

Heating Up The Rumour Pan

A little further heat has been cranked up on the Jordan Rhodes story/rumour, yesterday Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer played down the speculation that the striker would be leaving, saying he would not be going anywhere. 

It seems as if the the Blackburn owners have different views, with fresh stories emerging that Rhodes could be joining new favorites Middlesbrough.  While is it suggested that City have made a another inquiry,  Derby, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest are also said to be showing more than a passing interest.

It is understood that Blackburn are only willing to agree to a loan deal if terms for a permanent transfer in the summer are also agreed.  Cash-strapped Blackburn have struggled with the Football League financial fair play criteria [FFP]  ending with a  transfer ban which restricted them from signing players in January. Forest also came under the same ban.

 Also  reported is that  Derby, Norwich and Middlesbrough  also made renewed enquiries for Fulham forward Ross McCormack.  Like Rhodes, McCormack is Fulham's big earner and  said to be considering whether to let him leave Craven Cottage again with a very similar deal wanted....

 

Impressive Win and Rhodes Rumour

To be honest I was a little apprehensive over Saturday's encounter at The New Den, just wondering how we wwould cope after missing Grabban,  and then to find Bassong was also missing  just added to the hang wringing. I should not have worried one little atom.

An excellent professional display lead surpremely by Howson and Hoolahan  that is not saying the other players didn't play their part,  I just selected those two as they stood out a tiny bit more at the end.  Was pleased to see Hooper get on the sheet  no matter it was from the spot, it still had to be scored and did anyone miss the excelent dummy he sold to leave Howson with a simple tap in..  

It keeps being said that this must carry on into the next game and none more than Saturday's Oppenents Derby County,  they may be finding life a little tougher right now so let's make it even harder by sending them home with nowt but long faces.

We mentioned missing Grabban  there appears a little rumour doing the rounds that City and Derby County are lining up to take Blackburn's goal Machine  Jordan Rhodes on loan , or so the Telegraph  will have us believe.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/blackburn-rovers/11459779/Jordan-Rhodes-could-leave-Blackburn-Rovers-for-Derby-County-or-Norwich-City-in-shock-loan-deal.html

I honestly do not know,  I would not imagine for one second David McNally and Alex Neil would have let one word of this slip out anywhere.  With the prospect of Grabban being out for the rest of the season  it may well have some milage in it

Step Up and Respond

Today is all about response,  a step up and show we have that bouncebackability  (yea I know)  njot only to manager the fans, but the rest of the league.  Bournemouth bounced back in style hammering Fulham at their Cottage a place where City have always failed to deliver.  The Den old or new is not high up on City happy grounds, but today any thoughts of that type of thing are to be laid to rest.

Another defeat and all the hard work and excellent results of late,  may just to loose their edge in the hopes of an Automatic spot, yea play-offs would be acceptable but I am sure that nobody at the club or following them would really want that lottery. We do not need the extra games and Fans do not need the extra expense.

Whatever reason was behind Wednesday's reverse is gone and history now, the next is to make sure it does not happen today. 

It was a big blow to lose Grabban, it could not have comee at a worse time,  but the boast has been the quaility and size of the squad, now is the time for those in that squad,  to show that quaility.   The home side are desperate for the points for another reason..safety..  Expect a battle royal and those who want it the most will no doubt emerge as victors, we really should have enough about us the come away with the points.

Over to the players, they know exactly what is at stake.. Do not be the next meal for the Lions ,

Manager Of the Month Alex Neil

Norwich fans are hardly surprised that manager Alex Neil has landed manager of the month award for February,

George Burley, who chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel, said: “This is a fantastic start to his managerial career with Norwich City.

“With five wins out of five and a 100 per cent record for the month, he has taken the club from outside the play-off positions to be in contention for an automatic promotion.”

Sky Sports’ Football League pundit Don Goodman was also keen to praise the 33-year-old, who only became Canaries’ boss in January.

“Before Alex Neil took the hotseat at Norwich, the squad were struggling to get into gear, following their relegation from the Premier League,” said Goodman.

“However, since he took over, they have started to show the undoubted quality they have within the squad and are knocking on the door of an automatic promotion place.”

Not wanting to pour water on any parade,  I would have rather the award and any joined curse of losing, gone  to Watford.

But I am sure Alex Neil and his players knew he was going to win the award and lost their first game for several weeks  against Wigan. (hahaha)

Congratulations go from all of us at carrowroad.net

 

Grabban To Have Surgery

Shock news concerning Lewis Grabban facing surgery after suffering an ankle injury and will be having an operation tomorrow Thursday.   No length of time out known at the moment   Alex Neil confirmed tonight after the game

 

Disappointing But not The End of The Season

They say all good things come to an end, the unbeaten run ends in a frustrating game,  No matter what City tried nothing worked, City laboured for much of the game.  

You just knew that Wigan would park a Double Decker bus across the line, getting all 10 men behind the ball at all times.  What made it worse was Wigan scored early and then spent the rest defending and holding on to that lead. Had we scored first it would have been a totally different story.

City did not trouble Carson all night, which is a liitle disappointing, Wigan defended for their lives.   It is simply a case of not being City's night, there is still a long way to go, we are really no worse off.  Much better, to lose points to a side at the bottom of the league  also better to get this out of the way now than later when there is less time to recover.

 

A case of after the Lord Mayor's.....  Let's make Millwall Pay

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