Point was the least Norwich City deserved in draw against Arsenal
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We all have our own opinion after any game, but it still amazes me that two people can leave the same ground having watched two completely different matches.
I am fascinated by other fans dissecting the game on the train home, although I don’t know how I manage to hold my tongue and not put my two-penneth in.
Whether it is a particular bias to one player or another, I often am left open-mouthed at some fans’ reluctance to admit certain players have had a good game. Following our point against Arsenal on Sunday, almost everyone was in agreement for a change and the mood was very positive. The consensus was that the whole team played well and a point, although unexpected, was the least we deserved from the game.
There were the few moans about John Ruddy, which seems to be the norm for this season. The focus was on the couple of mistakes that he made and especially his kicking, but failed to mention his saves.
Unfortunately, Ruddy seems to be the whipping boy this season and I am sure that the fans moaning doesn’t go unnoticed by him and it cannot help his confidence.
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Since the game, the focus has been on Lewis Grabban (probably much to John Ruddy’s delight). Yes, Grabban made a mistake in judgement earlier in the season and he was disciplined by the club for that and publicly apologised, so why do we need to focus on the past and not on his performance on Sunday?
He put in a solid performance and topped it off with a great goal. In an interview after the match Grabban said that he hoped that the fans were “over the issue” – I think that we had forgotten that a while ago. We are just happy that he hadn’t forgotten where the goal was in his absence.
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• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor