JAMES SHIPLEE on the end of the transfer window, and cheering on the opposition at Wembley.
It`s been a couple of weeks since my last article so I`ve taken the time to round up a few of the things that`s happened since, starting with 27th August at Stamford Bridge.
A brave display from City against Chelsea meant that a 3-1 result was possibly one of the most unjust in recent seasons. We battled for the majority of the match except for maybe the first 10 minutes where they looked a little star struck.
Poor defending was the fault of the first goal but it is part of the learning curve of the Premier League. The equaliser just after the hour mark sent everyone at the ground, myself included, mental! A fantastic finish from Grant Holt – his first of the season – which would`ve been shown time and time again had it been Wayne Rooney.
There is only one goal I`ve seen more celebrated than that, and that came last season as Simeon Jackson completed his hat-trick against Derby. Of course, we all know the drama that happened afterwards but we can`t blame the referee, it comes from our own doing and putting ourselves in that situation. Players go down from the slightest touch more so in this league and we have to adapt; fast.
The third goal, a simple mistake from a player who has been brilliant otherwise this season so the less said there the better! If they keep that standard up we will have no problem surviving!
Last Wednesday saw the end of the transfer window and a low key day in Norwich. With the business done early on in the transfer window there were no panic buys, over-inflated fees or emergency loans brought into Carrow Road. The exit door was in full swing though with Stephen Hughes, Anthony McNamee and Cody McDonald leaving. No fee received for the first two which is a bit disappointing but at least they`re off the wage bill!
Hughes was unlucky at the club, he always looked a decent choice when called upon and will be most fondly remember for the assist that helped us beat Leeds on the way to the League One title.
McNamee, an impact player for the majority but didn`t show any more when he started. For me, he`ll be remembered mostly for his display against Swansea last season where he got the “assist” for the own goal and helped to push for the second that secured the three points.
Cody McDonald; the player that divided Norwich fans everywhere. I wanted him to stay but he`s gone onto Coventry and I think he`ll do well there. A club that seems to be failing, but a club that can turn it around with a few changes. Cody could end up being one of these.
This is his chance to go and play week in, week out and get goals. I`m certain he`ll do just that in the Championship. His high point; his debut against Cardiff. He was on the pitch only a matter of minutes, latched onto a through ball, rounded the keeper and slotted home.
I got the chance to go to Wembley on Tuesday night to watch England v Wales. Being English I had to decide who to support and ended up going with the “Norwich players before England” ruling… with tickets in the England end!
I never thought I`d see a Norwich player play against England at Wembley so to see two was great! I thought both Steve Morison and Andrew Crofts played well. Crofts in a holding midfield role broke down his fair share of moves and helped to play forward just as he does at Norwich. Morison did what he does best, he hustled and bustled and won the ball in some great positions.
The only thing he didn`t do was get a decent attempt at goal, which following the appalling miss from ex-canary Rob Earnshaw, he`s probably regretting a bit! The best bit of the night was that they didn`t get injured.
The next couple of weeks see games at Home against West Brom and away to Bolton; possible 6 points, but a minimum target of 4. The team seems to be coming together and looking like they belong here. All we need is that first win and the rest will fall into place. In Lambert We Trust! OTBC!
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