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The Norwich think tank

By Lee Ryder on Jul 26, 10 01:38 PM

I don't usually wake up on a Sunday morning, open the curtains and look out to the scene of the crime - but when it comes to the friendly with Norwich residing at the Carrow Road hotel overlooking the pitch, you don't really have much choice!

The pre-season friendly argument certainly came into play once again after Norwich but what are you expectations of such a contest?

At this stage of the season, expecting players to be at full throttle and a perfect performance is asking a bit much amidst an environment of multiple substitutions, water breaks and younger players coming through ranks is unrealistic.

The overwhelming call from the United camp at Carrow Road was that fitness was the primary concern at this stage.

The friendly if anything underlined that United still lack strength in depth and with Fabricio Coloccini, Mike Williamson and James Perch the only available senior defenders going into the weekends game against PSV, the case for the defence raised its ugly head again in the afternath of Norwich.

There's plenty of options in midfield, but at the back and in attack there remains gaps that may well need to be filled before the season gets under way for real.

With Steven Taylor struggling to make the big kick off, perhaps the best result of the day at Norwich was the fact that Hughton had no fresh injury problems.

2 Comments

toonagain said:

everyone wants to win everything and that should never ever change. i hope that mentallity continues till the end of the season. reality is we won't win everything, so this is a good wake up call and a good chance to get a few people on the field. If our last couple of seasons in the PL were anything to go by we're going to need a strong squad. if that means employing a lot of the younger lads because we can't buy in additional numbers well its best to try these guys out before the season starts proper... we can overlook this small crime but they might get bigger and everyone will be watching!

CanaryFan said:

Hi. I was present for the Norwich game on Saturday and wondered if it might help to hear the thoughts of someone who wasn't a Newcastle fan.

First of all, I thought Newcastle were clearly a team in the early stages of pre-season and were clearly a team not used to playing together. I think if you were at the same stage of pre-season as us and played your strongest eleven available, as we did yourself, the result would have been different.

I don't think you need worry about the result, what it says or what it means for your year ahead. Although, if I were you, I'd be wanting Chris Hughton to sign a goal scoring striker.

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Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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