Iwan Roberts: Canaries had the WOW factor against Pep’s champions!
PUBLISHED: 06:00 20 September 2019 | UPDATED: 09:08 20 September 2019
There’s just one word to describe last Saturday’s unbelievable win over champions Manchester City – WOW!
I've gone on record to suggest it's one of, if not THE best, wins in Norwich City's history - it was that good and that big a result.
The club has had some great days over the years - the Milk Cup final victory over Sunderland in 1985 and the 2-0 win semi-final second leg win over Ipswich which earned them that place at Wembley.
We'll never forget that amazing performance in 1993 in Munich, when Norwich became the only British team ever to beat Bayern at their Olympic Stadium home.
And let's not forget the play-off final in 2015 when the club once again reached the Premier League, beating Middlesbrough in one of the most one-sided finals I've ever seen.
The four games mentioned will live in our memories for years to come, as will last Saturday's which, for me, because of the manner of the victory against probably the best Premier League side in history, just goes to the top of the tree.
You couldn't single one player out, they were all magnificent and they beat Manchester City at their own game. And to think after the Liverpool game people suggested that Daniel Farke might have to change his philosophy of playing!
I shouldn't, but I'm going to single one player out for special praise - after a slow start to the season, Emi Buendia really showed what he was about and terrorised Pep's men.
It wasn't just that he had a hand in all three goals but his work rate, just like all the other lads, was phenomenal - and it had to be to beat Manchester City.
In my seven years playing for Norwich and in the many times I've been back to watch a game at Carrow Road, I've never heard the place so loud! It was the best atmosphere I've witnessed and it really galvanised the players.
Before the game, because of all the injury problems Norwich had and who their opponents were, people were talking about how many Manchester City would put past Tim Krul as they are so ruthless and don't take their foot off the gas. But that didn't happen thanks to an incredible work ethic, bravery from the players and an amazing set of supporters.
It was just what was needed after the West Ham game and now the players can go into the next four games full of confidence - four games that I'm sure they will be looking at for a healthy points tally.
Turf Moor is never an easy place to visit and Sean Dyche has done a remarkable job there. He is a no-nonsense manager and says it as it is - and believe you me, he was exactly the same as a player.
I played against Shaun on a few occasions and it was always a battle, but one thing I knew when I faced him was that it was always going to be a fair one. I wouldn't have minded him talking to me throughout the game as I think he's got the best voice in football.
One game that stands out in my memory at Turf Moor was that eight-goal thriller we had there in April 2004 when we would eventually come away winning by 5-3 - and, no, I didn't get on the scoresheet, which I was gutted about.
I was on the bench that afternoon and was itching to get on as I could see that there were goals to be had. Sadly for me Matty (Svensson), Leon McKenzie and Hucks caused havoc that day and I only got about a minute coming on for Svenny who'd bagged himself a brace. It's a strange feeling when you've won and scored five but there's an element of disappointment in you - I guess that's how strikers are... we are quite selfish really.