Q&A With Norwich City

  • October 31, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of the 47th meeting between Norwich City and Bolton, we have got the views of a Canaries supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 3-1 victory over Brentford last Saturday, while City claimed a goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday on the same afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to Matt Rivett (@NCFCMatt__) - a 22-year-old who first attended Carrow Road in 1997, when Norwich were 2-0 winners over Huddersfield Town. He lists Ryan Bennett and Bradley Johnson as his favourite players, while Dion Dublin, Darren Eadie, Gary Doherty and former Wanderers defender Simon Charlton head the list of former stars.

Ahead of Friday's game, Matt shares his views on Chris Hughton's recent link with Bolton, Neil Lennon's eventual appointment as Wanderers boss, as well as speculation that Norwich forward Gary Hooper could soon be set for a loan move to Macron Stadium.

Q: Norwich returned to the Championship this season, after a three-year spell in the Premier League. Are your sights set on an immediate return to the top flight and have expectations changed since the campaign began?

A: I think so - if they weren't set on an immediate return with the squad that we have then there is a serious lack of ambition and drive amongst the team.

I think if you ask any Norwich fan, all of them would tell you that we have one of the best squads in the league and have every chance of getting automatic promotion.

Our form has dipped recently but every team will have a phase like that. We will turn it on again soon and I feel sorry for the team that it will be against. As long as we finish above Derby, we will be promoted.

Q: Chris Hughton was recently linked with the managerial position at Bolton, before ultimately losing out to Neil Lennon. Hughton was sacked by Norwich towards the end of last season. After two mid-table finishes in the Premier League, what went wrong that ultimately led to relegation?

A: I bet all of you Bolton fans are happy with that decision!

Chris Hughton drained the team of everything that we had. The fans lost all of the passion and it felt like we were going to watch us play for a draw every week. The second mid-table finish could have been so different - if it wasn't for the last two games of the season, which made us finish where we did.

However, last season we just struggled to create chances and score goals. We broke our transfer record in signing Ricky Van Wolfswinkel, who scored one goal. What a great signing he was!

Q: Speaking of Lennon - he was linked with the vacant job at Carrow Road over the summer. What is your opinion on the controversial figure?

A: I personally would have liked to see him in charge of us. He did it at Celtic, albeit that league isn't the most challenging with the team he had.

He's a good manager and knows how to get results.

Q: Gary Hooper has been linked with a potential loan switch to Macron Stadium. Despite being an obvious goal threat, he's struggled to find a place in the Norwich team this season. With that said, which player should Wanderers be most fearful of on Friday night?

A: That's an interesting one. However, I don't think that has any go in it at all.

The press have clearly linked it because of the Lennon connection. Why would we loan out a striker who, when fit, will be one of the best in the league?

For Friday, I think our biggest threat, if he is fit, will be Wes Hoolahan.. He's a genius on the ball and can create something out of nothing! If he isn't fit, Nathan Redmond always poses a threat to opposing teams. He has pace, skill and, if he hits the target, a lethal shot.

Q: On the other hand, which Bolton player do you think has the potential to be our biggest threat?

A: Joe Mason has to be your biggest threat, being your top goalscorer.. Although it wouldnt surprise me if Jermaine Beckford bags one!

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Friday's Halloween fixture?

A: I think this is the week when we turn it on - 4-1 Norwich.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Matt for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @NCFCMatt__.

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