Your Posts: Strength in numbers helps City make capital gains
PUBLISHED: 11:59 05 March 2020 | UPDATED: 12:47 05 March 2020
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Your Posts is a new project which allows you to voice your opinions on the big sporting stories – Joe Hinchliffe looks at City’s big night out in the capital
When Jan Vertonghen headed Spurs in front from a cheaply conceded free kick in just the 13th minute, it felt like City's 9000 strong travelling faithful could be in for a long night.
Had it not been for Josip Drmic's poachers instinct to level the game on 78 minutes and the heroics of penalty expert Tim Krul during the shoot-out. Perhaps I wouldn't be sat on the the train back to Norwich at 1.13am happily writing this on my phone!
Yet, here I am surrounded by Norwich fans - some of which are still in good voice - buoyed by the prospect of a home quarter-final against Manchester United or Derby County. We deserve nothing less.
In truth the first half was relatively poor from Norwich, Spurs were quite happy for City to have the ball, waiting patiently to break with pace. Something they didn't manage as often once Steven Bergwijn left the field.
The inclusion of Lukas Rupp behind Josip Drmic resulted in a lot of cautious passes back to the deeper midfielders and defenders. Not something you would associate with a number 10. Subsequently, Norwich failed to create anything more than speculative shots in the first half.
It wasn't solely Rupp's fault, far from it, but nonetheless it was fairly stagnant from City.
The second half was better, not sensational, but City dug deep, got their goal and did something they have failed to do all season, win from behind.
Once the game went to penalties you always fancied Norwich. Tim Krul's record in shootouts is sensational, so much so that in the Netherlands 2014 World Cup quarter final against Costa Rica, Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal chose to sub on Krul just for the shootout - they went on to win it.
Back to my original point, the Canary nation deserved this win. Taking 9000 fans to a midweek cup tie against a supposedly far superior opposition is applaudable as it is, let alone a set of fans in such fine voice despite finding themselves behind early on in the game.
We may be bottom of the league, it may all appear to be over, but, as we have seen in the past, it's dangerous to write off this team.
Take Jamal Lewis this evening, at fault for the goal, but sensational in the aftermath, constantly marauding down the left hand side, tracking back and generally doing everything in his power to avoid defeat.
It's a proud night to be a Yellow, one I won't forget in a hurry.
A final note on the new Spurs' stadium, what a place, a cathedral of football, a venue befitting of such a monumental result for City.