Grant Holt admitted it will take some time for him to realise exactly what he has achieved at Carrow Road, as Norwich City’s talisman enjoyed a memorable finalé to the Premier League campaign.

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Grant Holt admitted it will take some time for him to realise exactly what he has achieved at Carrow Road, as Norwich City’s talisman enjoyed a memorable finalé to the Premier League campaign.

First the Canaries’ skipper gave the hosts a deserved ninth-minute lead by using his shoulder to convert Bradley Johnson’s free-kick.

And long after Simeon Jackson made a City win inevitable, the post-match celebrations saw Holt awarded the Barry Bulter Memorial Trophy as player of the season for the third successive time – no player has ever won the title more than twice.

It was a bouncing day at Carrow Road and Holt admitted his three seasons, 70 goals and 130 appearances are still some way from sinking in.

“I don’t think I can take that in at the moment,” said the City number nine.

“It’s a weird one. Someone said to me on Saturday if I won it I’ll be the first one ever to do it three times, and when you look at the names on the trophy and you look at the people that have been here and through this club as players, it’s ridiculous.

“I’m sure it will sink in at some point. Maybe not now. Maybe in a while when I’m not playing. I think at some point when I walk away from this football club it might hit me a little bit more and I’ll realise what I’ve achieved here.”

City’s victory over a poor Aston Villa side ensured a 12th place finish on their Premier League return, when at the start of the season 17th would have been deemed a success. Goalkeeper John Ruddy, who kept his third clean sheet of the season on Sunday was voted second in the fans’ gong, with soon to be out of contract midfielder David Fox third.

“It’s a great achievement for me and lovely to be thought of in that way and get it again – I think big John should have got it, but my opinion doesn’t count. Hopefully he’ll scoop the players’ player (award).”

Holt’s 15th Premier League strike of the season now sees him joint seventh in City’s all-time scoring list alongside John Deehan.

Meanwhile Villa looked a desperate outfit with an impressive away following making it abundantly clear they do not want Alex McLeish in charge by the time next season comes around.

And having been excellent in their draw at Arsenal last weekend, Holt admitted City had the bit between their teeth to finish out the season in style – especially given the last two end-of-season celebrations had more than outshone the 90 minutes on the pitch.

“You could see there was a confidence out there today – maybe a little bit of an arrogance,” added Holt. “We knew the way we performed last week, we had to step it up and do it again. The way we moved the ball around was great and it was just an enjoyable game to be involved in.

“We talked before about coming out and enjoying the game and doing it in the right manner, in the right way. In the last two years we didn’t really do that – I think we enjoyed the party too much.

“We came out today and I thought from start to finish we were excellent.”

Holt was ignoring any suggestions his opening goal came off his arm –but did admitted City’s set-piece work at Colney was once again paying dividends.

“I shouldered it; it’s a tough skill – I was saying to the lads in there, it’s a tough skill to get across your man and shoulder it in,” said Holt.

“But I was just happy to see it go in. I’ve had a few messages to say a lot of people bet on me to score 15 league goals, so they will have won a bit of money which is good.

“We work on those set pieces – and that’s why we work on them on a Thursday. Benno (Ryan Bennett) has got a good block on my man and I’ve managed to nip around the back and get my shoulder on it.

“It’s great and I think that took the pressure off a little bit. We were dominated but hadn’t got the goal to see them off. Once we got that and then Simeon did what he does best – sniffs around the box and finishes it off – I think that was the end of them really.”

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18 comments

  • After yesterdays game I propose to change my suggestion of 're-naming' Carra Rud from Theatre of Aspirations to Veunue of Legends! I for one fell Holty deserves a good rest, and a chance to watch the Euros and not play, so he hits the ground 'galloping' at the start of next season.

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    Soglio Star

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Holty has done a fantastic job for us, but comparing him to Shearer is a bit of a stretch I think. The heart says take him, but the logical part of my brain says that England will in all probability take only 4 strikers, Rooney being one of them, and if you are looking at a target man then Crouch has scored roughly a goal a game at international level. Sorry boys, much as I like him I think that there are others ahead of him despite the goals he has scored. I think a stronger case could be made for Ruddy, especially given the number of keepers who don't want to play for their country. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Well said, atlanta. I think there`s a chance for Roy Hodgson to create a career here - for himself! A brave, yet ironically "no-brainer", selection of Holt could be a career boosting event for both of them. Rooney does not like playing as a lone-striker. He often gets very frustrated and irate, then gets into bother with the referee. The Red Mist descends! I bet he`d relish playing alongside a big, robust and above all CLEVER, unselfish player like Holty. I believe they`d get on brilliantly; Rooney is a much cleverer man than people credit. Go on, Mr. Hodgson, you think outside the box and Holty will use his brain inside it for you & Roo! You just cannot lose. Also remember Rooney is not eligible to play in the first two matches out there. It could all be over by the time he appears. Cometh the hour, cometh the Man - Superholt! Ball`s in your half, Roy. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Hear, hear Algarve!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • No I'm not a closet vulcan Brewer, though the size of my ears has been pointed out to me on occasions before. Truly, I would love to see Holt go, as much as anything for the heart that he would give England, but I just don't see it happening for the reasons I mentioned. He is one very big reason to be proud of being a City fan. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • If Holt was 24, or 25, then I think he would be a shoo in for the England squad. sadly, at 31, he is at the wrong end of his career. He really is a late discovered, "Autumnflower".....but non the less amazing for that. At 24, he could have become the new Shearer!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Age should not come into it this is potentially a 6 game tournament and that is all RoyH has to focus on. Holt would be perfect for Rooney laying and holding the ball up for him to run onto, a partnership made in heaven. Grant Holt is not just a big bundling stiker he is clever he reads the game he lays off and runs into space, look at the recent deflected goal against Arsenal, he puts himself in where it hurts and he would wear the England shirt with pride like he does the City shirt. Roy get him on that plane he will not let you down and I will be out there for Euros to see him also see him in Oslo in 2wks time come on you know it makes sense. Ruddy is also a must now that Foster has said know cannot see whoelse he can pick and Clemence at Villa game says it all think he has booked his place defo.

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    The General

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Ethered. Why?? atlanta, I agree. It`s a brave yet, ironically obvious choice for Hodgson to make. Demonstrate to his critics that he`s not just a grey placeman for the Blazerboys at the FA. Could be the making of him. Rooney hates playing as lone striker; I bet he`d relish having a big, brave, clever and unselfish man like Grant alongside. Remember, Roo is ineligible for the first two games. It could all be over before he even appears. Cometh the hour, cometh the Man - Superholt! The ball is in your half, Roy. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Hodgson should organise a phone-in ballot. And only ask Rooney to vote. This really should be a no-brainer. England`s loss could be our gain, but Holt DESERVES the chance. He`s simply the best. The opposition would not have a clue how to deal with him. A true phenomenon.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • I agree Preston but it was interesting that a "pundit" said recently that foreign defenders wouldn't like playing against him. Perhaps the old guard send a limousine to take me to the airport brigade have been sussed out and it is time for something unpredictable I don't think Roy will try anythiong too adventurous though so expect another Engalnd not playing to their potential tournament,

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    Pondlife

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Only two reasons against Holt going to the Euros are that (1) continental refs might penalise his robust style and (2) he might become England’s scapegoat if they go out early. I’ll take a chance on the first, and Grant’s tough enough to handle the second. Then there are the 15 good reasons why he should go….but, silly me, he plays for Norwich.

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    atlanta canary

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • That IS logical, Preston. You`re not a closet Vulcan are you? :-). Anyway, I suppose we`d like our show horse to be rested and fettled over the Summer, ready to ride roughshod over a few defenders next season. But what a crowning moment for Holty`s career if he could get a few England Caps. Roy of the Rovers on speed. Better not tell Hodgson of that Roy of the Rovers tag.......

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Listening to the 'pundits' once again claiming that we have other options for England, tried and tested variants or building for the future, is rather sad really. The tried and tested options have won sod all. The future is a couple of weeks away, it's this Euro that we need to do well in for now. The players in form, regardless of age, are the ones who should be considered for a tournament, not some old guard who consistently win nothing. So what if Holty is 31, he was 31 when he stuck 15 goals past Premiership keepers this season. England needs a player who can hold the ball up, score goals, torment defences and create opportunities for other players, now. Alas, i can forsee the same group of non performers being picked again, to fail, once again.

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    Bootneck R.M.

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • The only reason they couldn`t take Holt after this season is because they are blinkered. As for his age, I`ve pointed out so very many times Holty`s "Dorian Gray" attributes. Not only does he not get older, he`s getting younger! Come on you Blazerboys at the FA. DO something. It`s not all about long lunch times and Study Trips to exotic places....or is it?

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Precis done, then original re-emerges! If only contributors could trust that ""delay-no need to resubmit stuff"!

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Believe it Atlanta! The only reason that the Horse will not be on the plane for the Euros will be because he has the misfortune to play for an "unfashionable" club. Well, that's England's loss. However - let's just give Woy a chance - he may yet have the sense to see who is among the top 3 English goalscoring forwards in the country!

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    The Crab

    Monday, May 14, 2012

  • Obviously did not take that long to sink in

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, May 19, 2012

  • Nicely summed up, atlanta...

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    Mel Lacey

    Monday, May 14, 2012

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