Norwich City Rallies in Dramatic Fashion to Tie Struggling Blackburn Rovers

Cesar DiazCorrespondent IIOctober 30, 2011

NORWICH, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 29:  Grant Holt of Norwich City celebrates his goal during the Barlclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road on October 29, 2011 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Hello fellow Canaries Supporters!

What an amazing comeback on Saturday! After being down 3-1 with eight minutes remaining in the match, Norwich City made an improbable comeback as they rallied for a 3-3 draw against struggling Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. 

Despite the snow and sleet we faced here in New York City, a couple of us from the NY Canaries made our way to the Football Factory at Legends in New York City to watch the Canaries-Rovers match. 

Watching the match side by side with the New York Blackburn Rovers Supporters Club, the NYC Rovers, both sides were joined by tourists. Norwich season-ticket holder Steve was on hand because he was with his wife on holiday for a week in NYC.

For the Rovers, lifetime supporter Stu and his wife were in town celebrating their honeymoon. 

Sitting together at the same table, it was pleasant to hear the passion and love both men had for their respective clubs. I must admit that it was humorous to see the Rovers supporters watch the match uncomfortably as they sensed their club would find a way to lose their two-goal lead on Saturday. 

From talking with Rovers member Neil, he expressed the frustration of seeing his club sabotage themselves a victory. He echoed the same sentiment of hoping for the sacking of Rovers manager Steve Kean.  

For much of their season, the Rovers have resembled Charlie Brown trying to kick the football. After appearing to be in position to win, the Rovers appear to have a football-esque Lucy remove the football at the last possible second as they suffer another setback. 

The Rovers struck first after the first half.

With less than a minute remaining in stoppage time, Blackburn David Hoilett, who despite being covered by Kyle Naughton, fired a fantastic laser shot from the edge of the box, beating out Norwich City's goalkeeper John Ruddy.

In the second half, Steve Morison leveled the match at 1-1 in the 53rd minute. Morison accepted a pass from Leon Barnett, tapped the ball and as it rebounded down and blasted it as it ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar for Morison's marvelous goal. 

Just as it appeared that Norwich was gaining momentum, Blackburn produced two goals in a matter of minutes. Goals from Yakubu Aiyegbeni and Christopher Samba in the 62nd and 64th minute gave the Rovers a 3-1 lead. 

While being two goals down is a difficult obstacle to overcome, the Canaries demonstrated why they're one of the toughest team to beat in the Premier League.

Bradley Johnson's goal in the 82nd minute made it 3-2, and set up the another Canaries comeback which is sure to have Canaries supporters talking about for this season.

In the second minute of stoppage time, a deep free-kick into the box from Marc Tierney touched Steven Nzonzi's arm, and Nzonzi was called for it by the official.

For the second consecutive week, Grant Holt helped Norwich City escape a loss when he successfully converted his penalty kick in stoppage time to make it 3-3. 

Escaping the jaws of defeat, Norwich was able to walk away with a point against a tough-but-Charlie Brown-esque Blackburn Rovers. Following the tie, the Canaries are currently in eighth place in the Premier League. 

The Canaries will now travel to Witton, Birmingham to face Aston Villa at Villa Park on Saturday, November 5.

Having lost only once in their past five matches, the Canaries have continued to demonstrate that why they're one of the toughest clubs to beat in the Premier League. 


Other Premier League Results from Saturday

Manchester United won 1-0 over Everton

Arsenal won 5-3 over Chelsea

Manchester City won 3-1 over Wolverhampton Wanderers

Sunderland rallied to tie Aston Villa 2-2.

Swansea City won 3-1 over Bolton Wanderers

Fulham won 2-0 over Wigan Athletic

Liverpool won 2-0 over West Bromwich Albion


Premier League Standings as of Saturday,October 29, 2011

1. Manchester City (9-1-0, 28 pts); 2. Manchester United (7-2-1, 23 pts); 3. Chelsea (6-1-3, 19 pts); 4. Newcastle United (5-4-0, 19 pts); 5. Liverpool (5-3-2, 18 pts); 6. Tottenham Hotspur (5-1-2, 16 pts); 7. Arsenal (5-1-4, 16 pts); 8. Norwich City (3-4-3, 13 pts); 9. Aston Villa (2-6-2, 12 pts); 10. Swansea City (3-3-4, 12 pts); 11. Stoke City (3-3-3, 12 pts); 12. Queens Park Rangers (3-3-3, 12 pts); 13. West Bromwich Albion (3-2-5, 11 pts); 14. Sunderland (2-4-4, 10 pts); 15. Fulham (2-4-4, 10 pts); 16. Everton (3-1-5, 10 pts); 17. Wolverhampton Wanderers (2-2-6, 8 pts); 18. Blackburn Rovers (1-3-6, 6 pts); 19. Bolton Wanderers (2-0-8, 6 pts); 20. Wigan Athletic (1-2-7, 5 pts)



Cesar Diaz is a mild-mannered reporter who writes for several online publications. If there's a soccer topic you believe that needs to be written about, please feel free to contact him. Easily accessible, you may contact him and at @Covering Soccer