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Tuesday, November 22, 2011
With the international break and the reality of the first visit of the so called ‘big boys’ to Carrow Road looming, there seemed a sense of excitement around Norwich and, in particular, the ‘Brett’ household.
We have been a family of season ticket holders for over 12 years and love matchdays at the home of football. Watching such attractive footballing teams like Arsenal pit their wits against our boys makes it all the more enjoyable.
Our pre-match ritual involves a packed seven-seater Ford Galaxy with BBC Radio Norfolk and the odd muttering of tactics and strategies to beat the opposition.
The general consensus in the car this time, probably shared by all City fans also, was that a certain Robin van Persie needed to pick up a niggling injury or illness for us to get another crucial three points.
That or we would have to defend so superbly to deny the flying Dutchman any glimpse of John Ruddy’s goal.
After again placing our ever optimistic football bets on City – my youngest brother predicting a 2-1 City win with Russell Martin scoring the winner – we took our seats in the Jarrold Stand and awaited the kick-off.
Arsenal started brightly and the home fans seemed anxious, van Persie twice going close and City struggling to adapt to a new formation deployed to try to halt the Gunners in their tracks.
At this point I was hopeful, rather than expectant, that we would start to test our opponents more, getting Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington to test Arsenal’s shaky defence.
After Steve Morison had made Per Mertesacker look foolish to give us the lead, I did not for a second believe that was that.
My favourite player in the Premiership over the years would then have his say, van Persie scoring twice – and what a finish for his second. If only he had a NCFC shirt on instead.
Walking past the delirious Arsenal fans on the way back to the car you would have thought they had just won the FA Cup, although the groups of home and away fans mixing together was nice to see.
The post-match discussion involved the notion that City need to cut out defensive errors to help them in this league – there have been too many so far. Do that and more points will follow.
I would like to see a commanding and assured centre back with an attacking wide player in the mould of Snodgrass from Leeds in January, but money will be an issue. City fans like myself will still keep believing as long as Mr Lambert remains at the helm and the ‘Brett’ family will always follow the boys in yellow, whatever division.
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