Hello, Canaries Supporters!
It's been a while since I've written about Norwich City. After losing back-to-back, hard-fought matches to Aston Villa and Arsenal, the Canaries were finally able to end their two-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Queens Park Rangers.
Thanks to the combination of Wes Hoolahan and Grant Holt, the Canaries were able to break the deadlock 1-1 tie in the 73rd minute of the match. After coming in the 70th minute, the dynamic duo immediately validated NCFC manager Paul Lambert's substitution change as super-sub Holt headed home his header after accepting Hoolahan's cross.
Earning three additional points on Saturday could not have come at a better time. The Canaries' next three matches against Manchester City, Newcastle United, and Everton are against clubs in the top 10 of the Premier League table.
With Norwich City currently in 10th place, the Canaries will have the opportunity to earn a maximum of nine additional points should they win all three matches, or fail to earn a point should they lose all three matches. Considering the caliber of their upcoming opponents, three to five points would be considered a success.
Here in New York City, I watch the majority of Norwich City matches with the NY Canaries at either George Keeley or the Football Factory at Legends. With the Supporters Club culture strong in NYC, I've interacted with many different supporters who respectfully follow their club faithfully.
The consensus comments I've repeatedly heard from other members is that Norwich City is the one club they know who's going to give their team a hard-fought match. There's been numerous occasions where following a Norwich loss, supporters from the opposing club have approached me to commend the Canaries' "never-say-die" attitude and the effort the club puts forth in every match.
While I would rather watch the Canaries win more matches, I can honestly say that I go into every match filled with optimism. For the time being, it's not about the wins. It's about the team's effort in playing strong for 90 minutes.
When it's all said and done, there's no one that I know who supports another club who believes a match against Norwich City would be a walk in the park. Of course, I'm fully aware that there has to be supporters who think little of the Canaries, but I've yet to meet them. Along with the joy and groans that go with every match, I've enjoyed watching rival supporters become agitated because their club isn't able to put the Canaries to rest in convincing fashion.
While some clubs may have the statistical edge, I believe if the Canaries continue to play well and improve, they're going to ruin the title hopes of some of the Premier League's finest. While they may not possess the talent of many of the Premier League elite, Norwich has demonstrated that with solid goalkeeping, defense and ball movement, they're capable of disrupting their opponents' style of play.
Along with other Supporters Clubs giving Norwich City their due, I love the fact that more and more NCFC supporters who are on holiday are joining us. Hearing them describe the atmosphere at Carrow Road is always enjoyable, and it's definitely a motivating factor to go in 2012. You're a fantastic bunch and I look forward to meeting many of you.
Have a pleasant week and thank you for reading.
Other Premier League Results from the Weekend
Everton won 2-0 over Bolton Wanderers.
Newcastle United battled Manchester United to a 1-1 draw.
Arsenal and Fulham battled to a 1-1 draw.
Swansea City and Aston Villa played to a scoreless draw.
Manchester City and Liverpool played to a 1-1 draw.
Premier League Standings as of Monday, November 28, 2011
1. Manchester City (11-2-0, 35 pts)
2. Manchester United (9-3-1, 30 pts)
3. Tottenham Hotspur (9-1-2, 28 pts)
4. Newcastle United (7-5-1, 26 pts)
5. Chelsea (8-1-4, 25 pts)
6. Liverpool (6-5-2, 23 pts)
7. Arsenal (7-2-4, 23 pts)
8. Aston Villa (3-7-3, 16 pts)
9. Everton (5-1-6, 16 pts)
10. Norwich City (4-4-5, 16 pts)
11. Queens Park Rangers (4-3-6, 15 pts)
12. Stoke City (4-3-6, 15 pts)
13. Swansea City (3-5-5, 14 pts)
14. West Bromwich Albion (4-2-7, 14 pts)
15. Fulham (2-6-5, 12 pts)
16. Sunderland (2-5-6, 11 pts)
17. Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-2-8, 11 pts)
18. Bolton Wanderers (3-0-10, 9 pts)
19. Wigan Athletic (2-3-8, 9 pts)
20. Blackburn Rovers (1-4-8, 7 pts)
Cesar Diaz is a freelance copywriter and journalist who specializes in soccer coverage. 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 at CoveringSoccer@gmail.com and @CoveringSoccer.