Norwich City’s Grant Holt and Steve Morison work in perfect harmony
Who said you couldn’t play Holty and big Steve Morison up front together then?
They were outstanding last Saturday and bullied Newcastle’s two makeshift centre-halves from the very first minute.
Danny Simpson and James Perch simply could not cope with the power and aerial threat that the Norwich boys threw at them.
Holty’s two goals took his league tally for the club to 51 goals in 98 appearances, a simply unbelievable record.
His goals to minutes ratio this season is up there with the very best in the Premier League.
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Steve gets better and better with every game he plays and is also finding the back of the net on a regular basis. His goal against the Magpies on Saturday was his fifth goal in six games, an outstanding contribution from the Wales international.
You have to give Paul Lambert so much credit for the three points. He knew Alan Pardew’s men were struggling defensively with the loss of Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini and, boy, didn’t he take advantage of that with his team selection. Newcastle had a severe lack of height at the back, and three goals from set pieces demonstrated the efficiency of the manager’s tactics.
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Next the lads have two games on the road. Tomorrow they face David Moyes’ Everton side, who have lost four of their seven games at home.
Norwich then travel to the West Midlands on Tuesday to face one of my former clubs, Wolves. The away form hasn’t been great up to now, with only one win, at Bolton. However, I think the two games coming up will give the lads a great opportunity to pick up some points on the road.
Goodison Park wasn’t one of my lucky grounds, never winning there in visits with Watford, Leicester and Norwich. I can remember an FA Cup tie there in January 2004 when we faced a young Wayne Rooney and company. It wasn’t my best afternoon as I conceded two penalties, having been adjudged to have brought down Alan Stubbs twice. I still argue today that there was no contact but big Duncan Ferguson made no mistake and tucked away both.
However, one of my proudest moments came in 2002 in the second leg of our play-off tie with Wolves at Molineux. We had won the first leg 3-1, but the tie was by no means over.
Having played for Wolves, I knew what an intimidating place Molineux could be, and the home supporters weren’t about to disappoint us.
I had been out injured for six weeks and was only fit enough for a place on the bench. But I got my chance at half-time when David Nielsen had to come off through injury.
With about 15 minutes left, winger Kevin Cooper fired an unstoppable shot that gave Robert Green no chance and I immediately thought “here we go”.
Fortunately, we managed to hang on and win the tie 3-2 on aggregate much to the delight of the players and the brilliant 4,000- plus Norwich fans who made the journey. It was one of the best nights I’ve experienced in my 20-year career.
It’s a massive week for the club. Let’s all hope it can be a very successful one.