Spud Thornhill: Why I never want to leave Carrow Road

PUBLISHED: 06:00 08 September 2019

Some Norwich City fans weren't impressed upon their first visit to the London Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Some Norwich City fans weren't impressed upon their first visit to the London Stadium. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

The first international break is here already and like the two other first international breaks of the season in previous years under Daniel Farke, I am sure it is very welcome.

The previous two first international breaks of the season, were a 4-0 thrashing against Millwall two years ago and a year ago we had a 3-0 home defeat to Leeds which led to a poor 1-1 draw with a club who ended up bottom of the league last season. Ipswich Town.

This time, we had a miserable 2-0 defeat at West Ham United's home the London Stadium. It was the football fan experience of London Stadium that made me more miserable than the football.

I've always said this, but hope it never happens in my life time, but I really hope we never leave Carrow Road and last Saturday just justified why we should never ever leave.

I have made many regular visits with Norwich to West Ham's previous home Upton Park and apart from never seeing us win there, I always enjoyed my trips there. There was an excellent atmosphere with plenty of noise from West Ham fans and us. You were so close to the pitch and on top of the action which helped you enjoy the game.

But last Saturday, I've never heard West Ham fans so quiet. At least for most of the game us Norwich fans kept our side of the bargain by being noisy. One West Ham fan I spoke to after the game said he was very impressed by our support.

Then there was the very frustrating treatment of being sent the long way to get into Stratford Shopping Centre. I spoke to many Hammers fans who were saying 'lucky you, don't have to do this week in week out' and 'just hope Norwich never leave Carrow Road'.

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After last week I hope we never do.

Maybe, I can blame the stadium for our abject performance. Then again it was not helped by yet more injury woes, especially in central defence. We just need to wrap Ben Godfrey in cotton wool whilst he is away on international duty.

I just hope I'm not giving the kiss of death and we suffer another injury from last night's England U21 game in Turkey with our Three Lions Ben Godfrey, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell being called up. It's a great reward for all three players and another sign what great strengths these three have become mainly in the last 12 months.

Whilst last season Godfrey and Aarons got plenty of praise, locally and nationally, I felt a bit sorry for Cantwell. Well he's definitely making up for lost time. You would think he had been playing in the Premier League for a long time after the performances he put in for the first three games.

I remember last season when Todd was getting a few unwarranted comments on social media. Former Canary Darren Huckerby came to his defence and was confident that we would see the best of Todd in the Premier League. Hucks believed he would be more suitable for the Premier League than the Championship. Unsurprisingly Hucks has been proven right.

I really hope Todd's form continues and he gets his chance to show the great talent we have in him.

After Turkey, our Three Lions will face Kosovo U21 at Hull City's ground. Surprisingly the Kosovans have made a good start by winning their first two games. But hopefully all three will play their part, get a result for England and most importantly they all stay injury free for the return back.

Maybe we can return back to domestic football like we did on the last two first returns of the season and record a 1-0 win at home like we have done previously.

Who cares if they maybe Premier League champions? Why cant we beat them? I'm sure Daniel Farke won't let the players think negatively about the tie. But before then enjoy the international break and keep everything crossed that there won't be any more injuries for club or country.

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