The Second Debut of Andriy Shevchenko
The Premier League. My 'official' debut. It's here.
I watched as the Carrow Road crowd roared Norwich-related chants I haven't really heard of. I hardly came face-to-face with Norwich while playing for Chelsea.
My Norwich counterpart, Chris Houghton, emerged from the tunnel, and gave me a firm handshake, and also a warm smile. "Welcome to Premier League management, Andriy," he chuckled.
We took our respective positions on the touchline, and watched the two teams' handshaking commence.
: Cesar; Bosingwa, Mbia, Onuoha, Fabio; Granero, Faurlin; Park, Nem, Hoilett; Cisse
Norwich XI: Ruddy; Martin, Turner, Bassong, Garrido; Bennett, Johnson, Tettey, Surman; Holt, Morrison
1' - And we kick off here at Carrow Road!
- Martin hits the ball up long to Holt... it's going to cross the line... a goal kick....? NO! Holt has got to it! He's got a header! It goes past the unsuspecting Julio Cesar, and it's a goal! Norwich take the lead! Not the kind of start Andriy Shevchenko must be hoping for!
- QPR equalise after Djibril Cisse runs in through the box, evading defenders and scoring a classy goal from a tight angle.
33' - Grant Holt is injured, and he has to come off for Jackson.
45' - HT: Norwich 1-1 QPR
45' - It seems Andriy Shevchenko has made two substitutions, Bobby Zamora coming on for Djibril Cisse, who scored the vital goal to keep QPR in the game. Hogan Ephraim will come on for Junior Hoilett, who hasn't looked to be playing well today.
- Ephraim has the ball and he plays Zamora through with a superb pass... and Zamora hits it! GOAL! QPR take the lead! Shevchenko's substitutions have given QPR the lead!
55' - Jose Bosingwa comes off for Wallace to make his QPR debut.
- Morrison and Jackson combine and a wonderful pass from Morrison sees Jackson being the last man. He's too fast for the QPR defenders... they catch up to him... but he's already hit it! GOAL! What a goal! Superb combination from Morrison and Jackson!
- Andrew Surman takes his throw-in, and his long throw finds Jackson in the box. Onuoha gets in the way but his interception goes to Sebastian Bassong, who is left horribly unmarked and swings the ball past Julio Cesar... AND NORWICH TAKE THE LEAD!
89' - GOAL
- Johnson's cross finds Jackson and he heads it accurately into the box, past Julio Cesar! What a terrible day this is turning out for Queens Park Rangers! 4-2 to Norwich! Their fans are evidently delighted!
90' - FT: Norwich 4-2 QPR. And with that loss, Queens Park Rangers drop to 16th in the Premier League after their first league game of the season. Not the debut Andriy Shevchenko had in mind, but very certainly a wonderful debut for Chris Hughton. If I was Shevchenko, I would be giving Julio Cesar the harshest lecture of his life.