Little Victories and Regretful Sayings
So it was back to Carrow Road this week for the first 3pm kickoff at home in the Premier League - a rarity now! Two promoted sides who have been credited by pundits for playing "attractive football", and they didn`t disappoint!
I, like many, couldn`t believe what happened in the first minute on Saturday when Anthony Pilkington put City in front on just 49 seconds. When the second went in a few minutes later through Russell Martin it was reminiscent of being back in League One; such ease, such domination.
Swansea fought back and in their usual style of pass and move made it 2-1. It promised then to be full of goals though only one more from Pilkington was seen. The fourth goal was the all important one; if Norwich got it as they did I was confident we`d go onto win. If Swansea had got it I think they could`ve had gone on to snatch a late winner but thankfully the points ended up in Norfolk.
As I said earlier pundits have always said that Norwich and Swansea "play attractive football", "like to pass the ball", etc. One thing that has surprised me throughout the close season and the first few games is that despite scoring hardly any goals, shipping a few and having the lesser of the two managers, they all predicted Swansea to stay up ahead of "Little Old Norwich".
Now we`ve beat them and, let`s be honest, apart from 15-20 minutes where they had the upper hand, dominated them let's hope that we start to get the praise we deserve. Although we`ve been overshadowed by the "Mighty" Leeds in the last two seasons and done better than them so maybe it`s a good thing they don`t fancy us...again!
Saturday`s win put City on 11 points in the Premier League this season which means that there is one record we can`t beat. As I posted on Twitter the other day, Norwich fans can breathe easy in the knowledge that whatever happens now they can`t finish with a worse points total than that of Derby County.
The record is 11 points exactly so we need at least one more to banish it forever!
Even when things are said as a joke, something occasionally happens to make you think "What was I thinking by saying that!?" Well that happened on Saturday. After we went 2-0 up I turned next to the guy I`ve sat next to at Carrow Road for years and uttered these exact words:
"Is it too early to start shouting "We Want 7!"?" It was a joke, but when Swansea scored, I couldn`t help but feeling partly responsible. So, just to see if it really is famous last words; is it too soon to be thinking about away trips in Europe?
So it`s off to Liverpool next Saturday followed by Blackburn back at Fortress Carrow Road - have to be looking at three points at least!
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