Tony has eye for quality ...he did try to sign me!
After all the build-up, excitement and anticipation the Premier League is up and running, and what a positive start it was for the Canaries.
I managed to watch the game with little Alex Notman and we were both very impressed by what we saw.
I thought Norwich were the better side and thoroughly deserved at the very least the point they came away with.
Every point is going to be vital this season especially the points picked up away from home.
Norwich passed the ball really well and were positive from start to finish and even though they suffered an early set-back when Ritchie De Laet conceded that early penalty they came back to show the character, fight and determination we know they have to score the equaliser just before the break.
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What a big difference going in at half-time on level terms is mentally rather than being behind.
Wes took his chance really well after a great run and cross by big Steve Morison who I thought had an outstanding afternoon on his debut for the club. He carried on playing even though he had a nasty bang on his cheekbone which needed stitches. I’ve always said a big centre forward needs a few battle wounds around his head!
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I’ve had a busy week with quite a bit of traveling. Monday it was up to the Etihad stadium where Manchester City entertained Swansea. It was a good game, but the blue half of Manchester flexed their muscles in the second half by scoring four goals two of which came from their �38 million pound man Sergio Aguero. What a player he is by the way. Tuesday it was down to Bath to work at the Bath City v Wrexham game at Twerton Park. Saturday I’ll be at the Liberty Stadium for Swansea v Wigan then back to Norwich Saturday night to get myself ready for Norwich versus Stoke.
I’ve known Tony Pulis since about 1991 when he tried to sign me for Bournemouth from Huddersfield and even though I turned him down we’ve remained good friends.
I’ve got huge respect for him as a man and a manager. He’s done an unbelievable job at Stoke.
They are now an established Premier League side.
This is their fourth season in the top flight and to cap everything off last season they reached the FA Cup Final.
Tony has assembled a very good squad of players who are very competitive.
Some of the purists wouldn’t agree with the type of football they play saying it’s too direct, but to be fair to Stoke last season they did try and play and didn’t always depend on the long ball to be successful.
True they do score a lot of goals from set pieces, especially Rory Delap’s ridiculously long throw, however if these are your strengths why not use them!
Delap might not be available having picked up an injury in their opening game of the season, a credible goalless draw against Chelsea, but Norwich are going to have to scrap and fight for every ball and every challenge if they are to get their first three points of the new season.
Two things that we know for sure is they will and we also know there is going to be a red hot atmosphere at Carrow Road come 1.30pm Sunday lunch-time and I for one cannot wait! Come On You Yellows!