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Sunday, April 15, 2012
I said in my column last week that the two games in three days against Everton and Tottenham would test Paul Lambert’s squad, but boy didn’t they show once again how good they can be.
It also demonstrated that the manager has assembled a top-class squad of players at the football club.
Last Saturday was once again evidence of the character and desire flowing through the team, coming back not once, but twice, against Everton.
Holty once again proved why he deserves a chance at international level with a cool as you like finish after some great work by Aaron Wilbraham, who deservedly started his first Premier League game of the season on Monday at White Hart Lane.
It’s always important when you sign for a new club that you hit the ground running and that’s exactly what Jonny Howson has done after overcoming his injury problems, and he will be delighted to have scored his first goal for the club, against Everton, which helped earn another valuable point.
Spurs had lost only twice at home all season, to both Manchester clubs, before the Canaries travelled to North London on Bank Holiday Monday. However, it was soon to be three as the lads proved that they are more than capable of going to a top four club and coming away with all three points.
It was just rewards as they harassed and outplayed Harry Redknapp’s men from the very first minute until the last.
I have said since the very first game of the season that it’s vital that all players chip in with goals if the Canaries were to avoid relegation and no one has done this better than Anthony Pilkington.
His opening goal on Monday was the eighth of a terrific season for the former Terrier.
Last Saturday we saw Howson get his first goal for the club and the winner against Spurs from Elliott Bennett was his first. The latter was a goal of real quality, worthy of winning any game. It’s a moment he will remember for a very long time, and rightly so as his stunning right-foot strike was of the highest order; it had to be to beat one of the best goalkeepers the Premier League has seen in Brad Friedel.
I scored on a couple of occasions for Norwich against Manchester City, a header at Maine Road standing out in my mind. However, the best goal scored against them in my time at the club was by ‘Viva’ Marc Libbra back in the 2001-02 season at Carrow Road. He had just come on to the pitch for yours truly with about 15 minutes to go, and within seconds he had scored the winning goal after some great skill to lift the ball over the defender and to calmly place the volley past Nicky Weaver.