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Thursday, September 15, 2011
After missing the Stoke game due to other commitments I was eagerly anticipating my first home game of the season.
I have been to Wigan and Chelsea this year, but nothing compares to sitting in your seat at Carrow Road and looking at the yellow and green that surrounds you.
I arrived at the ground at around 12.15 after a short drive from Lowestoft and my Canary withdrawal symptoms immediately vanished as after crossing the train bridge I was greeted with a sea of yellow and green. I decided the first thing I’d like was get a nice cold beer and headed straight for the Coors Light stand outside the Jarrold.
Whilst enjoying my first and only beer of the day a friend arrived and we got talking about what we both expected to happen during the game.
After watching Shane Long last year at Carrow Road for Reading we both agreed that he was going to be their main threat and we should concentrate more on keeping him quiet than Peter Odemwingie. How wrong we were!
I made my way to my seat in the Upper Barclay to soak up the pre match atmosphere only to find that West Brom had only managed to bring a few hundred fans and there wasn’t one.
Fifteen minutes later the players left the tunnel and walked on the pitch, “This is it” I thought “the first three points of the season”.
That thought went out of the window inside three minutes as Peter Odemwingie managed to get goal side of Ritchie De Laet and after a weak header from the on loan Manchester United defender, poke home to give West Brom the lead.
For me this was De Laet’s third mistake in four games, The other two being the penalty against Wigan and the back pass versus Chelsea. If we are going to survive in this league our defenders have got to learn fast and although we are only four games in I don’t believe De Laet is learning anything.
Odemwingie was constantly playing on the defenders’ shoulders and always looked like he was going to get a second goal.
This nearly happened midway through the half as a fantastic through ball from Mulumbu found Odemwingie who again managed to pull away from De Laet and found himself clean through on goal.
However on this occasion an understandably nervous looking Declan Rudd managed to brilliantly save with his legs which would have given the youngster a big confidence boost.
The half time whistle went which came as a great relief to me let alone the Norwich players as it felt a second goal was coming for West Brom.
Norwich came out second half and played with a lot more tempo and constantly kept WBA in their half.
Although we were having a lot of the ball we were not creating any clear-cut chances which resulted in Lambert firstly swapping Surman for the once again impressive Hoolahan and then 10 minutes later Martin and Holt for Morison and Vaughan.
A deep free kick fell to Steven Reid at the back post who fell softly after a challenge from Steve Morison and won his side a penalty. This was a very hash penalty to give away but there was no need for the big Welshman to make the challenge in the first place as Reid was going away from goal. Fortunately Rudd made a superb save, which lifted the Norwich crowd. Morison then had a half chance and by this time the atmosphere was immense and I was hoping for another brilliant last minute goal moment, sadly it wasn’t to be.
City should have had a penalty when Tamas deliberately elbowed James Vaughan in the face only for Mark Halsey to wave play on.
The full time whistle was blown and greeted by a chorus of boos aimed at Mark Halsey. The referee had an awful game and I can’t imagine he will be welcomed back to Carrow Road anytime soon, Andy D’urso next game anyone?
My Norwich MOM: Marc Tierney - Solid in defence and offered a great attacking threat down the left hand side.
Overall MOM: Peter Odemwingie - Always a threat and could have had a hat-trick.
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