Arsenal loanee Lansbury steals the show for Norwich City
Norwich City match winner Henri Lansbury was the coolest person in Carrow Road last night after his stoppage time volley sealed a breathless Championship comeback win over Millwall.
The Arsenal loanee emerged from the home dressing room with the air of a man who wondered what all the fuss was about following his pivotal role in the dramatic last-gasp victory.
Lansbury slammed home his first goal for the Canaries to cement Norwich’s grip on second place and spark wild scenes of celebration among team-mates, fans and Paul Lambert’s coaching staff. The 20-year-old was also instrumental in Norwich’s second half leveller when Elliott Ward reacted quickest to despatch the rebound after his initial free kick had cannoned back off a post.
Lansbury said: “I don’t think I have ever been involved in a game like that. It was a great feeling to score in the last minute and I think the celebrations at the end showed just what it means to us. It’s great for me to score, but it’s about the team and this was a good win. It was a just a gamble on my part for the goal. I sort of lost my runner and I saw Holty had managed to hold off his marker well, flick it around the corner and I just saw it go past the keeper and kept on running. I thought the free kick was in before as well because I saw the keeper step the other way and I was already off celebrating, but it just hit the post and Wardy was there to tap it in.”
Lansbury admitted City had been far from their fluid best against a dogged Lions’ outfit who looked set for victory when Theo Robinson’s close range strike broke the deadlock.
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He said: “The boys have shown what we are all about because we haven’t played well tonight but we have got three points and if you can win ugly, then that is why you do. Millwall are a good team. No doubt about that. They came and tried to stop us playing and when they get the goal it put a little bit on us, but we managed to grind it out and do well.
“It’s always nice to score in the last minute of the game and, to be fair, I think we should have been ahead after dominating the early part of it, but three points is three points at the end of the day. With the other results we needed that second goal and it didn’t look like it was coming.”
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Lansbury had already started looking ahead to Saturday’s tough trip to Burnley in the afterglow of his starring role in another late, late City show.
He said: “It’s hard to explain why. There is such a good drive in the team and we’ve shown again that when it matters we can dig out a result. There’s a great buzz and a good vibe around the changing room and to be up near the top of the league gives you a freedom to go out and play. But its only three points and we have to look to the next game and we have to do the same on Saturday.
“For me, I’ve jut come in and now I want to keep playing well and keep enjoying my football. I want to develop as a footballer and the gaffer has given me a chance to do that here. I just can’t wait for the rest of the season now.”