Q&A With Norwich City

Stuart Roberts answers our questions ahead of the 48th meeting between Bolton and Norwich City at Macron Stadium.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 3-0 victory at Cardiff City on Easter Monday, while the Canaries were 2-0 winners at home to Sheffield Wednesday on the same afternoon.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Stuart (@Wakefieldcanary) shares his views on Alex Neil's impact at Carrow Road, why Bradley Johnson's absence could provide Wanderers with a boost, as well as who stood out from Bolton's recent victory at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Q: Alex Neil has had an amazing impact at Carrow Road. Can you explain what he has done to turn things around?

A: A few things - round pegs in round holes. I felt the previous management tended to play players out of position all too frequently, whereas Alex has tinkered with the team but got them playing in positions they feel comfortable in.

Secondly, he has given us consistency - not game to game but within games. At the start of the season we would play well in a game for twenty minutes then go off the boil for 30 and never seemed to achieve a consistent performance.

Finally, he is getting the best out of players - bringing Sebastien Bassong back from the cold was a masterstroke. I admit I thought Bassong had had his day at Norwich, but thank God he hadn't.

Alex has commanded respect. There are a lot of comparisons to Paul Lambert, but Alex is his own man. To come to a club like Norwich halfway through a season with all the expectation from the fans and do what he has done is amazing.

Q: If it's the play-offs for Norwich, who do you want to avoid and why?

A: Obviously, people will expect me to say Derby County or Middlesborough but I would not want to play Brentford over two legs.

I've been really impressed with them and their manager. I think he is Manager of the Season given the resources he has worked with and everything going on behind the scenes.

Q: Apart from added finance, do you think Norwich are better positioned to be in the Premier League than last time?

A: Are you ever ready for the Premier League and all its riches? Let's not forget, we had three seasons and pretty much held our own last time.

I believe we have the right manager and our finances are solid, so, yes, we probably are in a better position.

I think it has been a poor Premier League this season and see no reason why we couldn't give it a good go, but let's get there first.

Q: Who has been your star player this season and why?

A: Bradley Johnson is a shoe-in for Player of the Season.

He's hard working, tenacious and has scored some worldies this season. 13 goals from midfield is not to be sniffed at.

Unfortunately he is suspended for next 2 games!

Q: Are there any dangerous players on the Bolton teamsheet?

A: Well Eidur Gudjohnsen seems to be having a renaissance, but, watching you against Cardiff, the boy Craig Davies did very well.

Q: Finally, what is your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: We are unbeaten away from home in the league this year and I expect that to continue.

However, I am expecting a tough game as you played very well at Carrow Road and were unlucky not to get a point.

I'm going for a narrow 1-0 to Norwich, with Cameron Jerome to score the winner in the 62nd minute!

Burnden Aces would like to thank Stuart for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him on Twitter - @Wakefieldcanary.

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