Fantastic First (Part I)
I have completed the first season of my Amazing Norwich story and I will be breaking this down to two posts.
The month kicked off with a Home defeat to Tottenham (1-0). Even though they were down to ten men after about 75 minutes we could not equalize since they were too strong on that day. Next match was a comeback draw against Aston Villa (2-2) which we came back strongly after being 2 goals down. A home win against Fulham (2-0) was followed by an impressive 4-0 victory over Blackpool in the FA Cup. Then we were defeated by Sunderland (3-2) who was facing their own relegation battle, and the last match of the month was a win over Blackburn (3-2) at home.
Match of the month was the Blackburn game where we ended up winning the game even with 10 men.
April was a month where we had to get our results right. The month didn’t kick off very well after a home draw to Wigan (2-2). It was a match that we should have won, but our performance was not that good on the day. Then we faced Manchester United away and it ended as a 2-1 defeat which was expected. But we turned it out on style against Chelsea in the FA Cup. A surprising 3-1 win saw us through to the Final!! Q.P.R who was on the brink of relegation was our next opponents. I honestly expected a win, but it ended as a disappointing 1-1 draw, which was dominated by them surprisingly. We had to get our good result against Stoke at the Brittania which we did, a nervy 3-2 win. The month ended with another home draw, this time against Carling Cup winners Everton (1-1).
The Chelsea game was a Cup tie by all means. Extra time was needed to sort the tie out. We scored a goal around 89 minutes which I thought as the winner, but Ivanovic scored by a strong header by a corner. With Holt out injured and Vaughan too tired there was no option other than playing Hoolahan as a forward. It worked out as a charm since he banged in both the goals which resulted the victory.
The first match of the month was away to Arsenal in the league. Even though I expected a draw in maximum we won that match 3-1. Most of the game was dominated by them, but two unexpected goals by Morison, who was poor throughout the season, gave us the win. Next up was the FA Cup Final against Liverpool. To be honest, I was pretty nervous since I knew even though we have a chance of winning it, one small mistake in the beginning would ruin the whole game. But we were solid throughout the game and won it 2-0. The last game of the 11-12 season was against West Brom, which ended 1-1 after another disappointing home draw .
The Arsenal win was somewhat crucial for us since a Draw or a Defeat would have sent Manchester City above us where it would have been doubtful for Europa League qualification.
Await for Part II…