Norwich City were back to winning ways on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 success against Wolves. Two goals from Grant Holt proved to be crucial, lifting the team up to 11th in the Premier League table.
The Canaries have now secured 39 points and can start planning towards next season. As ever, there are a number of things to highlight from the game.
Grant Holt may have seen red on Saturday, however, I remain confused for what exactly he received the first yellow card for. In my eyes, Holt was fouled by Roger Johnson and was rightly awarded a free kick. Johnson then turned to the referee and suggested that Holt had elbowed him. It was only after these complaints that the Norwich City striker was given a yellow card.
However, bizarrely, Norwich still received the free kick. All that matters is that the team won, and Grant Holt put on a superb performance. His first goal was a real work of genius, showing a deft touch to chip the ball over the keeper, and then nodding the ball home. The striker scored his 11th and 12th Premier League goals of the season on Saturday. Not bad for a player that has spent most of his career in the lower leagues.
It was a shame that Simeon Jackson did not find himself on the score sheet on Saturday. It was another superb performance from the Canadian international. One of his main highlights was a chance that he perhaps could have worked the keeper with.
However, let us not forget the superb pass through to set-up the first goal for Grant Holt. It was superb technique by Holt, but had Jackson not been on the pitch that goal may never have happened.
Matt Jarvis had been a constant threat for Wolves and scored the opening goal. Therefore, it was vital that Norwich had a similar threat of their own. The news that Anthony Pilkington was ruled out of the game was a worry.
However, that only served to give Elliott Bennett some time in the limelight. Bennett is fast proving that he can cut it at Premier League level, hopefully his first Norwich goal will soon arrive.
This may have been a fairly comfortable win for Norwich, but it still was not nice to concede the first goal yet again. The previous week at Newcastle, the first goal proved to be crucial. This was not the case against Wolves. However, it does, at least, show that there is plenty of room for improvement in the defense.
As Norwich prepare for their second season at this level, this is one area they simply must improve. It was vital that Norwich responded quickly to falling behind, however they can not always rely on doing that.
It was interesting to see that the Simon Lappin experiment only lasted for 45 minutes. It was not long before Lambert felt the need to introduce Kyle Naughton. It is clear that the Norwich City manager sees him as too valuable of a player to leave on the bench.
He has been one of the few players that has played consistently throughout Lambert's rotation policy. Opportunities at Spurs would appear to be limited, so why not have a go to get him on a permanent basis?
Some people may have felt that we paid over the odds for Jonny Howson. However, from what I have seen, it looks like a bargain at £2million. Certainly looks at home in the Premier League, and when he starts scoring some goals as well, Norwich City will have quite a player.
It was interesting to see him on the pitch as the same time as Wes Hoolahan on Saturday, which may mean that he is not a complete replacement for Wes. The biggest challenge for accommodating Howson will be to find the right balance in midfield to allow him to attack.