Elliott Bennett’s first goal for Norwich City gave them a magnificent victory over Champions League hopefuls Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

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Bennett struck a 66th-minute winner to give the Canaries their first win at Spurs since 1993, and it was thoroughly well deserved success, without doubt the outstanding result of a remarkable season.

Anthony Pilkington celebrated his recall after injury by giving the Canaries a 13th-minute lead with a cool finish after an attempted clearance by Kyle Walker rebounded into his path.

Jermain Defoe levelled for Spurs on 33 minutes with a cool finish from Jake Livermore’s pass, though City felt they should have had a penalty just moments earlier for a foul on Grant Holt.

In a thrilling second half, goalkeeper John Ruddy denied Benoit Assou-Ekotto with a brilliant one-handed save and Bradley Johnson missed a golden chance to make it 2-1 before winger Bennett struck the winner after 66 minutes, rifling a stunning shot past Brad Friedel.

After that, City lost striker Aaron Wilbraham to a nasty cut on the side of the head, but looked more likely to extend their lead than Spurs were to get on terms - and were well worth their victory.

The result was greeted with joyful celebrations in front of some 3,000 travelling fans as the rest of the stadium rapidly emptied.

City boss Paul Lambert made three changes after the 2-2 draw against Everton with Bradley Johnson recalled in midfield, Anthony Pilkington returning after missing three games with a hamstring injury and Aaron Wilbraham given his first Premier League start.

Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Surman reverted to the substitutes’ bench, while David Fox was left out of the 18.

For Spurs, Wales international Gareth Bale recovered from an ankle knock in time to play, Ledley King returned as captain, and there were recalls for Aaron Lennon, Jake Livermore, Louis Saha and Jermain Defoe.

Ruddy was the first goalkeeper forced into action in the fourth minute, saving from Saha after a tricky run by Defoe.

Tottenham forced the first corner, Ward heading clear from Modric’s kick.

There was a scent of a chance for City when Elliott Bennett played Holt into a potential shooting position but he was quickly closed down, and minutes later, Holt got on the end of Pilkington’s cross but headed well wide.

The Canaries’ bright opening produced a goal to stun the home crowd in the 13th minute when Pilkington scored his eighth of the season.

It was Pilkington who caused the problem for Spurs by robbing Kaboul and pushing the ball in Wilbraham’s direction but Walker’s attempted clearance took a ricochet off King and the ball dropped perfectly for Pilkington to sidefoot past Friedel.

A break by Bale looked threatening for Spurs as he shoved Howson out of his way but Russell Martin got back to divert his shot for a corner, a poor one from Modric that was easily cleared.

A foul by Livermore on Elliott Bennett gave City a free-kick on the left and Pilkington’s delivery forced Friedel to tip the ball away for a corner.

The home crowd were getting frustrated and City won another free-kick just outside the Spurs area, Johnson firing it into the wall. As Spurs broke quickly, Bale sent a low cross skidding across the six-yard box where Defoe just failed to connect.

There were appeals for a penalty when Holt appeared to be shoved over by King, but referee Oliver was unmoved and while City boss Lambert was protesting to the fourth official, Spurs broke swiftly and Livermore sent Defoe racing away on the right where he coolly beat Ruddy for the equaliser.

The Canaries were almost ahead again within a minute, though, as Elliott Bennett swung in a free-kick from the left and Ward’s powerful volley was beaten away by Friedel.

Another Pilkington free-kick almost caught Friedel by surprise at the far post but this time the flag was up for an infringement.

In first half stoppage time, Kaboul hobbled off to be replaced by Nelsen.

• Half-time: Tottenham Hotspur 1, Norwich City 1

Spurs made another change at the restart when Saha made was for Adebayor.

Russell Martin made a vital block one minute into the half by getting in the way of Bale’s shot after a determined run by Lennon.

Wilbraham forced a corner as City hit back and Holt got his head to Pilkington’s kick but could only send it across the area.

Walker was booked for bringing down Pilkington as City pressed again, but Pilkington sent the resulting free-kick flying over the top.

Eight minutes into the half, Ruddy kept the Canaries on terms when he made a tremendous one-handed save from Assou-Ekotto after the defender played a one-two with Adebayor and looked certain to score.

Johnson missed a golden opportunity to restore City’s lead on 58 minutes when Elliott Bennett’s ball sent Holt away on the right and he floated a cross perfectly for Johnson, but the midfielder sliced high over the top as he hit it on the bounce.

Johnson was booked a minute later for a foul on Lennon, but City had further penalty claims when Wilbraham looked to have been fouled.

Elliott Bennett was next in the book for a foul and then there was a real escape for City when Lennon sent Bale away and his curling effort struck the bar and rebounded to safety.

Instead it was City who gained the lead again in the 66th minute with a superb goal by Elliott Bennett, his first for the club.

Taking possession on the right side of the area from Russell Martin’s pass, he beat Friedel by rifling in a powerful right-foot shot that gave the keeper no chance.

With just over 20 minutes to go, Lambert made the first change by sending on Morison for Holt.

Spurs then made their final change when Van der Vaart was sent on for Livermore, and Pilkington made way for Surman with City’s next change.

Bale flashed a header wide from Assou-Ekotto’s cross as Tottenham looked to get back on terms.

Both sets of physios were rushing on to the field with 13 minutes to go when there was a nasty collision between Wilbraham and Van der Vaart.

Wilbraham suffered a cut to the left side of his head and had to be helped off to be replaced by Jackson.

Morison headed just wide from a Ward free-kick as City continued to look enterprising.

A Johnson volley flew wide with six minutes left as Spurs struggled to find a way back into the contest.

As the game entered five minutes of stoppage time, Johnson had a curling effort blocked by Nelsen, then put the follow-up just wide.

• Result: Tottenham Hotspur 1, Norwich City 2

• Tottenham Hotspur: Friedel; Walker, Kaboul (Nelsen 45), King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Livermore (Van der Vaart, 71), Modric, Bale; Defoe, Saha (Adebayor, 45). Subs (not used): Cudicini, Rose, Kranjcar, Sandro.

• Norwich City: Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Ward, Drury; Elliott Bennett, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington (Surman, 73); Holt (Morison, 69), Wilbraham (Jackson, 80). Subs (not used): Steer, Barnett, Crofts, Hoolahan.

• Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

• Attendance: 36,126

• Goals: Tottenham: Defoe (33). Norwich: Pilkington (13), Elliott Bennett (66)

• Bookings: Tottenham: Walker (50). Norwich: Johnson (59), Elliott Bennett (62)

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59 comments

  • Probably trying to get over the home defeat at Portman Road.

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    andy

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • I don't really care when we're on MOTD or what anyone says. We've had a brilliant season, don't need fools to tell us that. MB: Correct Lawro is a clown, love to finish above his beloved Liverpool.

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • The lads were up for it today! I am lost for superlatives. What a goal from Benny, I am so pleased for him. Special mention must also go the back four, especially the centre two. What a great signing Ryan Bennett is - and Howson too - a PL master stroke to steal him from Master Bates!

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    canarydownunder

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Arrgghh - ethered. Tried to respond to Brewer and Swiss. Suffice to say I agree.

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Stick that in your Ged and smoke it!!

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Lambert should be so very ashamed of his under performing prima donnas today. All that money spent-just to scrape a lucky victory against a bargain-basement Spurs team that lost out on so many crucial decisions, due to refereeing heavily biased toward the established club, Norwich. PS, PLife, Ged has a night-shift. Wears it regularly, I`m told.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • As much as I sympathise, Sian, you are still a bigger twister than Fagin himself. But your good fight against 1p5wich trollery covers a multitude of sins. Learned that at my local Synagogue. We`re into Multitudes and stuff like that. :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • I found this posting wrapped in a 20 quid note + left on my doormat from someone too embarrassed to post it..."Very lucky win today for a below par City against an out of form Spurs. Lambert clearly run out of ideas. Our first goal was offside. And so was our second. And they were both meant to be crosses as well, not shots. And we cheated by wearing a kit that was the same colour as the grass, so Spurs couldn't see us- GS- Legendary voice of the fans". There you go lads. Message delivered....Can't imagine who it came from....A-hem...

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    Timbo

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Algarve - MoD: Spurs had a tough game on Saturday Gareth Bale was not fit Aaron Lennon was not fit Spurs only have a small squad Harry for England is a distraction Harry could not spell Pilkington or Wilbraham so forgot to mention them in the team talk. Norwich had nothing to play for so went for it and got lucky

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    Pondlife

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Proud to be a NCFC fan..the work rate and spirit from the lads was second to none.

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    Norfolk'n'good

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • I'm sorry Brewer, Obviously I meant MB. Typical that that one didn't go to ether land isn't it?

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    baguio

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • A brilliant performance all round. Particularly Ward, Howson and Bennett but it is probably wrong to single out individuals in what was a great team effort. Hopefully the likes of Bennett and Howson will go on to even better things in the next couple of years as they seem to have the quality.

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    Cap Canary

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Yes Ged, we know you're friend of all the high and mighty within NCFC as you are paid by Archant to write about them for this very paper.

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    robotsthatcare

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • "Please Sir, can I have some more?" I think little Oliver's sentiments are being echoed by most in yellow and green re the Spurs performance;)

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    Preston Canary

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Holt has been accused of bullying Spurs today by Harry. Perhaps there are a few Euro sides that would not like a bit of bullying by Holt!

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    Pondlife

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • He IS confined to a special colony Brewer. "1p5wich" it's called ...

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • I agree Preston, if Michael Oliver had given the penalty when King pulled down Holt in the first half, King would have to have gone, he was the last man. But how much better it was that we won anyway against 11 men and a referee who was not going to give us a penalty. It really is Roy of the Rovers stuff.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • BTW "Bullseye" a bit problematic, too. May have to bring in a "Guest Star" to play the mad dog. Any ideas........ Stereo Dog? The whole Cast could go on tour as "The Mad Dog and (mostly) Englishmen" . :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Yes good point Gedward. So you actually told one of the hardest working centre forwards in the premireship that he needed to up his work rate. I should think that he wondered who let you out of the mental hospital didn't he? Did you mistake him for Morison having read the comments on your computer in your padded cell? Pathetic!

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    baguio

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Is it just me or is this Ged guy really getting boring now? Kudos to him for not having a life and keeping this act up for a long time, but I think it's about time he goes out into the real world.

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Brilliant, Tmbo - don't ever retire! What did you do with the £20? I hope you put it to some good use!

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    The Crab

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Great result and the lads did it in style. Maybe they'll get some due credit on MOTD. Please please lets do it to Liverpool and shut Lawro up.

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    cutty

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • And it is mathematically impossible to finish bottom! And by 3 O'clock next saturday we could be mathematicaly safe.with a win against Man City. Something to play for lad ! Fantastci performance today

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    Pondlife

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Lawro predicted we'd lose 3 - 0 and we're running out of steam and can't wait for this season to end... Well actually I'll be sad to see this season to end as it's been fantastic. Great performance yet again from the lads, a very proud to support our great club.

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    ImDrunky

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Lambert's team changes worked fantastically this time. What a win and what a performance from Bennett, not just the goal. I really don't think we have seen the best of him and some of the others yet. The only thing I'd add to your comment about the two pens swiss is that for the 1st one King would have had to go and they wouldn't have gone down the other end and scored. You know we have played well when even the pundits on MOTD put us on first and praise us unreservedly. The only thing I would say is that while Lawrenson's comments were pretty accurate, Hansen resorted to just a sweeping statement about us being more direct and having tons of pace. I think most City fans would agree that we don't have tons of pace, but play a high, pressing game. OTBC ILWT. Bring on Man City next week

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • How good do I feel. Now that's obviously what Elliott Bennett does in training, can't wait for more of the same. Oh.... I'm so happy !!!!

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    Lobbo

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Red Stooge - Your comments seem to become more implausible each time they appear. I don't care what you say about 'Shambert', but he got the tactics and team selection spot on today. Also, FANTASTIC save from Ruddy to keep the score at 1-1, so I'd like to keep him as our first choice GK. Keep up the good work though Red.

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    Mr Ed

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • What a performance the work rate was awesome and the passing at times spot on. Over the 90 minutes well deserved - we had Dean Ashoton and Graig Burley in studio team for the live broadcast here and they were singing the team's praise to the roof and did agree about the penalty shouts - how i wonder what the MOTD "expert" make of it, glad not there to hear it. Only marred by ref who should take up the fine art of bottling as he would become a grand master but in spite of or maybe despite of the poor showing we had a master class in football from a side written off at the start of the season. Bring on Man City! OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • First on MOTD!! What's the world coming to?! OTBC

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    chirpy

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Just got back, had a few drinks with some of the lads in the players lounge at WHL (connections eh?) I congratulated the boys on the result, I told Holty that I thought he needed to up his work rate if he was gonna ever play for a big club. I think he appreciated the constructive criticism. I told him I was the fans spokesman and he showed me the respect I was due. I picked up some really interesting news about Shambert too, it's good news. Cheers fans! Ged - Voice of the Fans and Friend of the Players.

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    Ged Steroo

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • We played with pace, flair and excitement. A team with nothing to lose going at a big team, playing them at their own game, and beating them at their own style of play. The widemen were incredible. Always been a fan of E.Bennett as I knew how good he was at Brighton, and his game was unbelievable, his touch, movement and passing was just on another level. This match also highlighted the importance of Bradley Johnson, who is so important against the big teams, hence why he's played, he covers no end of ground and really silences the threats, allowing us to be more expressive higher up the pitch. Great stuff and the team is starting to look unbelievably strong.

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    Billy

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • there probably are a few Euro sides that wouldn't want to be bullied by Holt, PL, but the foreign refs would send him off so I don't think the future England manager, whoever it turns out to be, would have the bottle to select him. ps some of the Spurs fans walking disconsolately down the Seven Sisters Road were saying they were surprised at how physical we were. They think we're still the 'nice' team but we're not.

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    Mikado Kember

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Once again Oliver has bottled it in front of a "big club" home crowd. Once again the gutless FA & Premier league will do nothing to deal with prima donna refs who can not apply laws consistently. It could be worse we could be QPR or Wigan getting the raw deal instead of being the team in 9th

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    Pondlife

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • I don't understand it MD? Surely someone who is the voice of the NCFC fans would want a word after such a great win. I'm begining to think he's not one of us after all?? I know it's not because he's still travelling home because he's got faster transport than any of us. He got back from Sunderland in under an hour! Nice to see the ex Leeds midfield cut it at the top level too don't you think? There's someone else out there who's keeping quiet too isn't there? Infact quite a few!

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    baguio

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Saw my 1st match Boxing day 1945 and this is the best one touch pass and move City side I've seen. We win most of the second balls and the fitness and commitment of the whole squad is first class.Also, apart from a couple of players this is the only British team in the Premiership. All credit to the brilliant manager and his staff.

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    irongloves

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Yes I have to agree absolutely brilliant performance and it's certainly hard to detract from this but on a minus point it probably has spelt the beginning of the end of the relationship between Lambert and Norwich, do you realise this?

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    Cuthbert J. Twillie

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Where's Jed?

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    Pondlife

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • The Lord looks after them that looks after themselves, as they told me in Chapel Mr Brewer. I am a poor waif cast upon a sea of uncertainty and indifference with only some cheeky tatts, wikid piercings and a phat attititude to ward off the forces of dark-blue-ness and their trolls.

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    Sian

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • We had the match live on TV in Portugal. after a typically nervy first 5 minutes, we were treated to the best Norwich display I have seen this season. Wilbraham may not have scored....but he worried the hell out of the spurs defence, opening it up for his team mates. That was a deserved win....cant wait to hear the excuses on match of the day tonight!!! My only worry??? When we brought Morrison on. I know Holt was knackered....but even so!!!

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    Algarve Canary

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Sian, you`re always on the make! Not only did you nick my depilatory dosh, you never paid me for the ingredients I sourced; 2 bowsers of farm slurry & half-hundredweight of samphire. Now you try to get your talons on Timbo`s windfall. Good that you decided not to retire Timbo. Swiss & I were referring to Happy Hansen, but your comments ref the troll`s colony quite apposite! "Repel" is a word that comes to mind when thinking of the troll. Spelt backwards........

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • What's occuring? That £20 is mine, he never paid me. Claimed he was skint, he did. Sort it out Gedward!

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    Sian

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • I 'eard 'Arry's interview and I have to say, when he said we bullied his team, I don't think he was complaining. He was just saying we were dominant physically, giving his defenders a hard time. I think if he thought we had played it dirty he would have said so. Those defenders knew they had been in one hell of a game. Let's hope Mancini is uttering similar sentiments next week!

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    Tom Jeffries

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • At last!! Lobbo loves little Elliott!! Gordon Bennett. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • OTBC. Amazing performance, Quality passing game and bags of energy, That's how we beat Spurs. Bet Singapore Canary will be sitting on top of the Merlion or drunk having brunch at the Fullerton!!!!

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    Matt fidler

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

  • Preston, if Happy Hansen were a regular in your local pub, he would be the boring boor that everybody avoided eye-contact with. He speaks, if you can call that slovenly drawl speech, in cliches and formulaic generalisations. Bad habits probably gained through mixing too much with journos. He is being paid lots of good money for talking the sort of bad tosh you can hear from any blinkered bar-room braggart. Nice work if you can get it. I SO much crave for City to finish above Liverpool. With that level of performance and the luxury of an unbiased referee, we can beat them @ Carra Rud! OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • How good do I feel. Now that's obviously what Elliott Bennett does in training, can't wait for more of the same. Oh.... I'm so happy !!!!

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    Lobbo

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • baguio, surely Ged is only Divott in disguise......? With Diamonds.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Ok I'll stop moaning about the tough run in and look forward to playing (and hopefully winning against) the teams we have earned the right to play. Great that EB scored - what a cracker! - Now i really feel that we are safe - would love to finish above LFC - Thought we were very good against everton as well - one criticism (2nd Everton goal) we NEED to learn to play to the whistle! OTBC!!!

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    JMH

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Michael Oliver....now there`s a proper twister. Not all at sea like that Marriner chap, but we don`t want any more of him! We could cast the entire City squad; O`Twist- Wessi. Bill Sykes- G. Holt. Artful Dodger-E Bennett. Fagin-Wilbraham or Voldemort, etc. Nancy would be difficult to cast....... unless Delia fancied having a go? :-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Now, if you'd have said to me at the start of the season that we would be level on points with Liverpool with 5 games to go....hmm, please pinch me, I must be dreaming. What a performance today. Only one word for it, absolutely outstanding!

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    zebbee

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • It seems like Hansen is suffering from Hansen's Disease as far as we are concerned but what does it matter what he and all the other pundits think. Let the results speak for themselves and the level of entertainment that the team gives.

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    Swiss Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • Superb goal from Elliott Bennett deserved to win any game.Elliott has always just needed that goal for his confidence.One or two of the EEN knockers might get off his back soon.I believe he will come on a ton for that.Superb,OTBC

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    Peter Watson

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Spot on, Swiss. In the "old days" he`d be confined to a special colony.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

  • It's also lovely for Adam Drury, who played fantastically again, to play and experience this season, which he really deserves after a brilliant Norwich career and a disappointing season of 2004-2005 in the top flight. He's done amazingly well, considering he barely played last season.

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    Billy

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Absolutely brilliant performance. They challenged for everything and ran their socks off. Fantastic to see Elliot Bennett so controling, jinking and firing a fantastic shot into the far corner but still fighting back to the end, blocking despite being cramped up. Ruddy's incredible left-handed save from Asso-Akotto, it just goes on. A win despite two cast-iron penalty decisions not given to us. We have beaten top quality opposition away. We have done it all now. No excuses from Spurs, we desrved the win.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • Come on Gedward, has the cat got your tongue? Get in there my son! OTBC Can't wait to see this on MOTD ans hear what the 'twins' have to say about it!

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    baguio

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • PS. ImDrunky. You are so right. Lawro is a clown. Highly paid, but still a clown. We are a long time dead. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, April 9, 2012

  • My thoughts exactly Swiss re winning against 11 men. However I am just basking in the fact that we have the luxury of being able to think like that because we won and we are not threatened by relegation. MB, I'd love it too if we finished above Liverpool. I can't see Lambert thinking like that though. He'll just be focused on getting a good performance out of the team on Saturday and hopefully picking up another point or three against Man City. It is unbelievable the way he gives the players belief and confidence to go out and perform. Wilbrahimovich (As Brewer calls him) being the prime example as I'm not sure he could have performed like that for any other manager. He really did defy the doubters, and that does (or did) include me. OTBC

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    Preston Canary

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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