City have plenty in reserve

Clare Williamson, NCISA The last time I wrote this column, I said that I was always a glass half full person and would try and find the positives out of our current situation.

Clare Williamson, NCISA

The last time I wrote this column, I said that I was always a glass half full person and would try and find the positives out of our current situation.

Last Sunday morning I had a telephone conversation with our chairman and towards the end of that conversation he said to me, "What's happened to your glass half full?" My reply was "It's nearly dry."

I, like everyone else, left Carrow Road last Saturday evening feeling thoroughly fed up and my lasting memory of the game was that crazy five minutes either side of half time.


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It didn't matter that we'd played well in the first half and scored a good goal. It was the fact that we went to pieces for that small period.

I thought, what could I do to cheer myself up? Last week, I'd sat in front of the telly watching the Arsenal "kids" destroy Wigan in the Carling Cup, so decided to go and watch them in the reserve game on Tuesday.

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I wasn't too hopeful, from our point of view, I have to admit. I thought if they can do that to a Premiership side, whatever will they do to our reserves?

The night didn't start off the best when we missed the first 30 minutes due to traffic congestion and then as we walked to the ground the cheer went up and I honestly thought Arsenal had scored.

But no, then came on the Carrow Road goal music. "It must just be a consolation," I said to my Dad, still feeling pessimistic. I was stunned when I saw the scoreboard and it read Norwich 2, Arsenal 1.

The next 60 minutes of football were probably the best I've seen at Carrow Road for ages.

Our reserves were excellent. They never let up on Arsenal the whole game. They chased and they tackled and they played some excellent football too. I have to say it made a refreshing change.

There were several good performances on the night, the obvious being Luke Daley who scored a hat-trick but there was one man who stood out, Simon Lappin.

He was excellent at centre back, but the reason he stood out was for his professionalism.

He's been frozen out of the first team and doesn't look like ever getting a game for us again, but the way he approached and played the game was to be admired. He doesn't look like he moans and sulks about it, he just gets on with it and that I think is to be admired.

It was the first time since the Wolves game that I've left Carrow Road actually feeling pleased with what I'd seen. Let's hope that same feeling isn't too far away again.

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