Writer: OyVeh Maria
Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
27th December 2011; "Third-placed Tottenham Hotspur closed the gap on the top two to seven points, with a rousing 2-0 win against Norwich City at Carrow Road with two Gareth Bale goals"
April 9, 2012; Norwich get a famous 1-2 win at White Hart Lane, and it is fully deserved too. Elliott Bennett with a brilliant winner on an afternoon when Norwich could have had three penalties!
"October 31st 2012; Two late strikes and a penalty save from Mark Bunn ensured Norwich's passage through to the quarter-finals of the Capital One Cup after a thrilling 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Carrow Road".
"September1st2012; "Tottenham Hotspur put together yet another disappointing 1-1 performance and are now winless through their first three Premier League matches."
The Norwich game at WHL was really the worst we had looked. There was no inventiveness, no creativity, and seemingly no desire to win from the players. Norwich City, meanwhile, seemed raring to go and forced the action right from the off.
Our recent track record against Norwich has not been good and they are fast becoming a bogey team for us. In our September fixture this season at the Lane it took us 30 minutes before we even got a shot on goal and, despite Mousa Dembele making his debut at half time, Thudd still managed to undermine Mousa`s arrival by getting a straight red, which was then compounded by a scrambled goal by Robert Snodgrass right at the end of the game to give Norwich a deserved draw.
I`m glad to say we have grown as a team since our winless start to this season and we are starting to look more a cohesive unit, at least in the Premiership games, Cup Games? maybe not! We go to Carrow Road to face a team whose Premiership form has not been good recently, 6 Premiership Games without a win, which even if the opposition, that includes Chelsea and Man United, the humiliating 5-0 hammering at the hands of Liverpool in their last league outing, will be hugely worrying, especially after also going out of the FA Cup in such embarrassing circumstances
That result was the weekends biggest FA Cup shocker against Blue Square Premier side Luton, 85 places lower in the football pyramid than Norwich. Norwich City became the first Premier League team to be knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league opposition. Saturdays result will definitely not have helped Norwich`s confidence and you have to be wondering if Chrissie may be facing the same fate he suffered at Newcastle, so this match with Spurs takes on greater significance for him personally.
Meanwhile we arrive at Carrow Road on the back of yet another frustrating FA Cup result as well. However, with possibly a stronger side than the one that faced Norwich at the Lane, we need to pick ourselves up from the Leeds result. Everyone will be expecting us to win, especially in light of Norwich`s recent form, which also adds pressure on to us to get a result.
If we are to maintain our 4th place though, and put pressure on a dysfunctional (kick his ball! ......NO! The one in his hand) Chelsea! We really need to walk away with all 3 points. Although the draw against Manure felt like a win the reality is we have picked up just 2 points from 6 in our last two games.
A draw at Carrow Road would probably see The Arse closing our lead down to 2 points, provided they beat Liverpool at the Emirates, and Chelski have an away match at Reading that has the potential to be yet another "Hazard" for them, but, if Injuries 4 U Chelski win, it would allow them to open up a big gap between us. If we fail to get a result at Norwich its West Brom away next, another match that, in the first fixture this season at the Lane, made everyone wonder just where AVB was coming from.
There is no doubt that we have struggled recently against Norwich and their recent 3-4 performance against Manchester City shows the character their side has at home, although to be fair to Citeh, they did have Sami Nasri sent off, opening the door for Norwich to come back from a 2 -0 deficit.
We will also have to be mindful that Chrissy Houghton will be hurting, a 5-0 drubbing at Anfield last time out, and "that" FA Cup result to Luton must feel like a personal all time low for him as a manager. So, should we expect a reaction? Can we deal with Snodgrass and Holt? Where are our goals going to come from? Suddenly, this match has taken on a whole new dimension.
Written by OyVeh Maria
Date:Wednesday January 30 2013
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