Chance for Norwich City to show what they are about
It seems longer than two weeks since the lads went down to White Hart Lane and came back with a deserved point.
After such a top-class performance against Spurs a break of a fortnight would have been the last thing Chris Hughton and his players would have wanted. I’m certain they would have wanted to build on that result as soon as they could have, but unfortunately this opportunity has been delayed until lunchtime tomorrow.
As a player, when you and the team are playing well you want the games to come thick and fast as confidence is high and you have momentum going into every game.
It’s the club’s first live game of the season on TV tomorrow and gives Chris and the players a chance to show everyone that Norwich City have moved on in a positive manner after the departure of Paul Lambert.
It promises to be a tough game for the Canaries as big Sam Allardyce’s side have made a terrific start to life back in the big league after winning promotion via a tight play-off final victory against Blackpool back in May.
They have won their opening two games at Upton Park, last time out beating the side that hammered Norwich on the opening game of the season.
They resoundingly beat Fulham 3-0 two weeks ago in a thoroughly dominant display. The scoreline was 3-0 at half-time and I can’t help but feel that had the Hammers not taken their foot off the pedal it could have been quite a few more by the time 90 minutes were up.
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I like Big Sam. He’s a proper footballing man and deserves the chance once again to manage at the top flight after being harshly treated by both Newcastle and Blackburn.
I remember bumping into him at Heathrow airport about five or six years ago.
I was working with the BBC, off to cover Wales versus the Basque Country in Bilbao, and he was off on a well-deserved holiday after yet another long, gruelling season as manager of Bolton.
We talked for about an hour, sharing a couple of pints and a few stories before going our separate ways. He’s as genuine and honest as they come and his knowledge of the game is unbelievable.
Some people might question the style of football his teams play, but if they bring him success, which they have done for many a season now, then why would he change?
In my opinion, he did great business on the last day of the transfer window, bringing Andy Carroll in on a season-long loan deal from Liverpool.
Carroll was outstanding against Fulham, wreaking havoc for the defenders up until he went off injured with a slight tear in his hamstring.
He missed both of England’s World Cup qualifying games and will not be fit for the game at Carrow Road.
That news will be a massive bonus for the lads, especially for the two starting centre-halves, as Carroll can be almost unplayable on his day.