Norwich City fans earn plaudits for show of support at Anfield
I received a text on Saturday night after I got home from working at the Wolves v Swansea game.
It was from a good friend of mine, from north Wales, who is a massive Liverpool supporter. He is a season ticket holder at Anfield and never misses a home game. He was in his seat at The Kop end on Saturday evening and wanted to tell me how fantastic the 3,000 Norwich fans who had made the journey up to Anfield were throughout the game.
But the real reason for his text was to thank all the Yellow Army for their tremendous support for the 96 Liverpool supporters who sadly lost their lives in the semi-final of the FA Cup at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989. Norwich fans will never forget this day; as we all know the Canaries were in the other semi-final at Villa Park where they faced the blue half of Merseyside.
Points away from home are precious in the Premier League, and the point the lads came away with on Saturday was a huge one for the club. Granted, Liverpool hit the bar and the post in the first half and it took an incredible save from John Ruddy to stop Luis Suarez from winning the game for Liverpool in the dying seconds. But having had no luck at Stamford Bridge or Old Trafford this season I think the lads deserved the little bit they got on Saturday.
About a month ago I stated that after being left out of the team at Bolton, Grant Holt would still have a massive part to play for the club this season. I’m so glad it didn’t take long for him to prove me right. Managers talk about desire, hunger, bravery, and putting your head in where it hurts to score a goal. Grant showed all four of those and more to meet Anthony Pilkington’s peach of a cross. He wanted to get to the ball before Carragher, Skrtel, and Pepe Reina – and boy didn’t he do just that? It is one of the best headed goals I’ve ever seen and proves if you put the ball in the right areas Holty will score. In fact, it was only a great save from Reina that stopped Grant from giving the Canaries the lead.
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Tomorrow afternoon gives the lads a good opportunity to win their third consecutive game at Carrow Road. Blackburn are in a real mess at the foot of the Premier League with only one win in their opening nine games.
Their manager, Steve Kean, is under huge pressure from his own fans, who simply don’t want him running their club, and their negativity could have an adverse effect on the team. I think Norwich will take full advantage of this.
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It was in a home game against Blackburn in the early 2000s that I witnessed the worst injury I’ve ever seen on a football pitch. I was the first player to the scene after Christian Dailly had put in a strong challenge on Phil Mulryne as he broke from midfield. I heard a crack, but thought it was Dailly’s studs on Muller’s shin pads, but when Phil did not move I knew it was something a bit more serious.
As I got to him the first thing I saw was a bone sticking through his yellow sock; it was horrendous. I quickly waved to Tim Sheppard to get on as soon as he could. Phil did recover from that horrendous injury, but I don’t think he was the same player after that tackle. Phil is now training to be a priest and let’s hope that God will be looking down on the lads tomorrow.