Norwich City’s cup dream is over – but fans should look at bigger picture
There will be no Wembley appearance in the FA Cup this season for the Canaries after losing to Leicester City last Saturday.
I was surprised with the result as I thought Paul Lambert’s men would have been too good for the Foxes. Shocks have characterised this great competition so maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised by the final outcome.
I’ve heard people all week go on about if the manager had picked his strongest team then Norwich would have gone through to the quarter-finals. However, I still think the team Paul put out last Saturday was a strong eleven, and undoubtedly good enough to win the game.
Granted there was no Grant Holt or John Ruddy in the side, but when you look at every other player in that team they’ve all got quality and have performed well on a regular basis in the Premier League this season. So while I can understand and sympathise with the supporters’ disappointment after Saturday, I think it’s important for people to look at the wider picture with the boys eighth in the league and essentially one victory away from guaranteeing Premier League status for another season. At the end of the day that has to be the priority for everybody, from the board of directors to the Norwich City supporter.
No game tomorrow, but what a game lies in store on Sunday lunchtime! I don’t think they come any bigger than the current champions; the club that has won the title more times than any other club in history (19).
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I think this is the game that every Norwich fan looked for when the fixtures came out in June. Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world, and Sir Alex Ferguson is the best manager this country has ever seen.
I don’t think it’s the best side he’s ever assembled at Old Trafford, but they will still push Manchester City all the way in an attempt to retain their title this season.
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They played last night in their Europa League second leg, a tie in which Sir Alex was able to rest a couple of tired legs due to their 2-0 win away at Ajax.
I’m certain everyone will remember the last time the two clubs faced each other at Carrow Road. It was a fantastic afternoon for Nigel Worthington’s team of the 2004-05 season. The side may have been relegated that season but there were a few highlights along the way, the pinnacle of which would have been the 2-0 victory over the Red Devils on April 9, the goals coming from Dean Ashton and Leon McKenzie.
Sadly I won’t be at the game on Sunday as I’ll be at Wembley Stadium working on the Carling Cup final between Cardiff City and Liverpool.
It’s going to be a massive occasion for both clubs and two men who we are very familiar with in this part of the country. Both Malky Mackay and Craig Bellamy, pictured, were terrific players for the club and it’s going to be great to see these two pit their wits against each other one more time. They used to have some right battles in training back in the day.
Finally, if you see some people at the game on Sunday holding buckets please put whatever small change you have into them as they are collecting for the Community Sports Foundation, of which I am a proud ambassador. Thank you.