Swansea test is a ‘must win’ for Norwich City

Lee Camp came under fire after being beaten by Arouna Kone's late strike at Wigan.

Lee Camp came under fire after being beaten by Arouna Kone's late strike at Wigan. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

If last week’s game against Wigan was a “must not lose” game then tomorrow’s encounter with Swansea City is a “must win” game for the Canaries.

Having lost at the DW Stadium, it is vital that the lads take maximum points in order to lift the pressure that’s been intensifying around Norwich City Football Club in the past few weeks.

It wasn’t great at Wigan, and once again the lads failed to score.

In fact they didn’t muster one single shot on Wigan’s goal, which will be a concern for all, especially when you consider that Wigan had conceded more home goals than any other side in the Premier League.

Norwich had more possession than the Latics on the day, but if you can’t turn that possession into goals then you’re always going to risk losing the game.

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The game was heading for a drab 0-0 scoreline. However, with nine minutes left Arouna Koné picked the ball up about 10 yards outside the Norwich penalty box and headed goalwards.

By the time he’d reached the box he was being well marshalled by Sébastien Bassong, and the angle wasn’t brilliant for Kone. But he decided to shoot with little other support around him, and he was rewarded for his efforts.

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He struck the ball with great power, but I’m certain most people in the stadium were surprised to see the ball hit the back of the net.

I’m sure Lee Camp will be very disappointed to have conceded on his near post. It’s a rule that goalkeepers and their coaches live by: “You should never get beat at your near post.”

He got his hands to the ball but could only parry it into his own net. His wrists were not strong enough, and a keeper of his high quality shouldn’t be getting beaten like that.

Michael Laudrup brings his Capital One Cup winners to Carrow Road tomorrow afternoon having lost their last three games in the league.

They have had a tremendous season again, and with already 40 points on the board they are safe from relegation, barring a minor miracle.

Having lost those three games, some people are levelling the accusation that the Swans are already on the beach ready to enjoy their summer holidays.

Personally, I can’t see that being the case as they are a very honest bunch of lads.

If you look at the games they’ve lost then you might concur.

They have lost to Arsenal and Spurs at home, and can count themselves unfortunate not to have come away with points from both.

The other defeat came at The Hawthorns in a game they really didn’t deserve to lose, with some shocking decisions from the officials preventing the Swans picking up points.

With only one win in the last 14 games in the league for the Canaries, Swansea are probably the team that the lads would want to face next. Why? Well, Swansea don’t seem to enjoy playing against the Canaries.

Norwich are the only club the Swans are yet to pick up a Premier League point from. Norwich have taken nine points in the previous three encounters with Swansea in the top flight, and have scored a very impressive 10 goals in the process. I think everyone would settle for just one goal and a 10th clean sheet of the season tomorrow come 4.50pm.

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