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Friday, September 30, 2011
After consecutive victories the Canaries sit very comfortably in ninth position in the Premier League.
The performance on Monday night against Sunderland was top class. Paul Lambert kept faith with the eleven that beat Bolton, and rightly so.
The lads looked full of confidence and controlled the game for the majority of the 95 minutes but endured a spell of pressure after Kieran Richardson pulled a goal back for the visitors six minutes from the end.
However, the lads stayed strong to take the three points they fully deserved.
I thought both goals were top class. If Barcelona or Manchester United had scored them people would have been going on about them for weeks to come.
The passing and movement for both goals was outstanding. Elliott Bennett, who looks a real find since joining from Brighton in the summer, was particularly impressive. No wonder Paul persevered in bringing him to the club when he missed out on securing his signature back in January.
His run and one-two with David Fox was superb and his ball into the six-yard box to find Leon Barnett was just as good. Barnett finished like a seasoned striker.
The only question I would ask is “What was he doing up that far?” but I’m certainly not complaining.
The second was equally as good and as a centre-forward I enjoyed watching it time and time again. It was a tremendous header, one that I would have been very proud of.
Marc Tierney, who is improving with every game, made a great run into the penalty box and his ball to Steve Morison was excellent. He picked Morison out with a peach of a cross that any striker would appreciate as he saw it coming straight for his forehead.
Is it just me or does anyone else think that Tierney can’t be far off being called into an international squad?
I would like to congratulate Steve on his first goal for the club. Let’s all hope he can go on and bag a few more in the yellow shirt!
Well, what a game tomorrow. Talk about going into the lion’s den. I don’t think games come any harder than this.
I was brought up with a big dislike for United, being a massive Liverpool supporter as a boy. I actually turned down an apprenticeship from them when I was 16 in favour of going to learn my trade with Watford.
I scored 239 goals in my career and my first will be up there as one of the most important. It was a cold night in the 1986-87 season at Vicarage Road and the visitors were big Ron Atkinson and his Red Devils. It was 0-0 at half-time and I got the shout from Graham Taylor to get myself ready as I was going on for the second half.
It was a game of very few chances but with about 20 minutes remaining I received a pass from Luther Blissett just inside the penalty box. I had two touches, the second to smash the ball past Chris Turner, who was in goal for United that evening.
It was one of the best moments of my 20-year career as we went on to win the game 1-0. It’s a massive test for the lads tomorrow but with the confidence they’ve got from the last two games let’s hope they can come away from Old Trafford with a good result.