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For 36 minutes I was pleased that I was unable to travel up to Molineux.

We were dreadful, committing elementary mistakes and in danger of being overrun every time Norwich attacked.

I lost count of the number of times we gave away the ball and, moreover, the defence was being pulled all over the place.

Then, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake equalised and the players started to play with more conviction and purpose. It's amazing what a goal can do but, surely, Premier League players should perform to that level the whole time?

Thereafter, we were the better side: we ran into space, passed more slickly and accurately and closed the opposition down more vigorously.

We should have won the match but, as usual, we failed to convert some really good chances.

Moreover, the wingers still do not cross the ball consistently well. While Jarvis's corner-kick that led to Zubar's goal was perfectly placed, too many cross were over- or under-hit.

We could have won it at the death had Hammill headed the ball away from the goalie or had Fletcher not strayed offside before slotting the ball home. Don't forwards check where they are in relation to the offside rule when the ball is going to be played to them?

In defence, Zubar and Ward look our best pair of full backs, though Ronald does get lost at times.

Going forward, they add an extra option: the interplay between Jarvis and Ward that led to our first goal was particularly good.

Berra looked more solid than Johnson, though Norwich's goals came from sloppy marking.

Surman, of all people, was in acres of space when the ball was crossed to him.

How come he never displayed that form at Wolves?

For the second, Johnson was turned and there was no-one anywhere near Jackson when he tapped the ball home. If we play like we did in the first 35 minutes, we are doomed.

If we progress from the base of the performance over the rest of the match, we have a chance.

It would have been a travesty had we lost and the lads fought well to peg Norwich back on both occasions.

Even so, one point from the last two matches is not good enough and we are still in deep trouble.

If I am honest, I am reasonably pleased with our performance.

Having sunk into deep despair after half-an-hour, it is testament to the turn-round in the team's performance, that I ended up disappointed with the draw.

Now for the six-pointer against Bolton, which, unfortunately is sandwiched between games against Arsenal and Chelsea.

I hope to return to Molineux for the last named game: I trust I will not be disappointed!

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The Journalist

Writer: southbank60 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 21 2011

Time: 11:00AM

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I thought it would be nice to get southbank's views back up in the headlines. :)
akela
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21/12/2011 10:26:00

Thank you Akela. From the appearance of the text, I am clearly still feeling the effects of the operation: it seems that I only have the strength to write a sentence at a time without pausing. Incidentally, I think I should have given Milijas the credit for the corner kick that led to Zubar's goal. Even so, in the first half-hour he was one of the worst offenders for poor passing. I am pleased that you chose the Surman image because, as I have argued elsewhere, his performance for Norwich has relevance beyond the game itself.
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