Norwich City’s three points against Swansea never in doubt
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Life as a Norwich City fan is full of ups and downs. We have been privileged to see such amazing performances and results – Milk Cup Final 1985, Munich 1993, and the play-off semi-finals and final more recently.
We have also faced many disappointments - League Cup defeats in 1973 and 1975, Fulham in 2005 and relegation to the second tier of English football in 2009. I won’t go on.
At half-time on Saturday, I didn’t know how I felt. I wasn’t sure whether I was disappointed or pleased with the performance. The atmosphere in the Barclay was very much like the weather... damp! I am not complaining about the team’s performance, they came out and did what they had to do, and what the manager wanted - a clean sheet.
During half-time, the clouds lifted and there were blue skies over Norwich. It must have lifted the crowd because after a couple of good attacking moves, the Barclay found their singing voice and a positive mood was in the air again.
The introduction of Mbokani to the game seemed like an inspired decision by Alex Neil, and only two minutes later we got that all important goal. Howson managed to be in the right place at the right time when he got on the end of Mbokani’s header.
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Although hearts were in mouths for the last 20 minutes, praying we wouldn’t give away a silly goal, I never felt in doubt that the three points would be ours. The defence did an effective job, limiting Swansea to only eight shots with none on target, and the midfield appeared to be in control.
I find it quite ironic looking back, that Swansea had the lion’s share of the play and they conceded to a set-piece. It wasn’t the prettiest of performances I have seen at Carrow Road during my 40-plus years supporting the Canaries, but it certainly wasn’t the worst.
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It seems a shame that we now have an international break just when we have found our winning ways. Up next are Chelsea - I don’t think we could have picked a better time to play them. With their confidence low and our belief that on the day we can beat anyone, I am looking forward to November 21.
• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor