Norwich City’s story is what interests Martin Olsson following Manchester City point

David Silva finds his way blocked by Bradley Johnson, Sebastien Bassong and Martin Olsson at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images David Silva finds his way blocked by Bradley Johnson, Sebastien Bassong and Martin Olsson at Carrow Road on Saturday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Sunday, February 9, 2014
5:53 PM

Manchester City have regularly provided a useful comparison during Norwich City’s history – and even since the Citizens went stratospheric, the two clubs’ meetings continue to hold sway.

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Saturday’s visitors were the only side to dish out drubbings on Norwich’s Premier League return, while last season’s encounters were both thrillers. And this term, Manchester City have played their part in what was Norwich’s low point – and now, arguably its peak.

Only Real Madrid’s squad cost more money to assemble in world football than the group that Manchester City took to Carrow Road on Saturday.

Yet it was the Canaries who brought the guile, heart and discipline that money can’t always buy – and at a level that, if consistently repeated, will ensure past defeats to Fulham and Cardiff are missed opportunities rather than fatal blows come May.

The visitors’ failings were always likely to dominate the national conversation but for Norwich, there should be great satisfaction in following Chelsea’s lead and delivering a stirring performance that finally had Carrow Road bouncing.

“I understand about their defeat on Monday but they played a strong team as well in Chelsea,” said Martin Olsson. “We thought they were going to come out flying because of the loss. Chelsea showed us. They sat back and the back four was good that game, and we were thinking the same – that we could all sit back and go for the counter attack. We didn’t have that many chances but I think as a whole team we played well.

“We had a game plan and it worked – to sit back with the back four and midifled, similar to Chelsea you could say. And then when we got the ball, to try to get some corners or free-kicks and try to score those set pieces.

“You could see they were getting frustrated and a bit annoyed at each other as well. That was good for us when we see that, and it makes us work even harder. We really frustrated them.”

Of course, things could have been even better had the Canaries’ late flurry proved fruitful. The lack of goals is a point not lost on Olsson, with a vital trip to West Ham on the horizon tomorrow night.

“It’s crucial of course to keep a clean sheet but I think we need to start scoring as well – and if we score and keep a clean sheet, then we are definitely going to win,” added Olsson.

“We could’ve won it in the end, but we should be happy with the point and not be too greedy. We worked hard and it feels good right now – but we’ve got a tough game coming up at West Ham so hopefully then we can get the three points.

“The fans were behind us and hopefully they’ll be with us for the next games too. The atmosphere here was great, we will take the positives and bring them into that next game.”

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6 comments

  • If only the team could play with that much fight for ninely minutes against the lower teams, we would be safe by now. Is the difference that on those occasions Hughton makes the players terrified to lose?

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • I think u make a good point waclor. The fear factor and the pressure of not losing must play a part. Anything we get against city, arsenal and liverpool is a bonus so there's less fear. if u set the team up with the desperate message 'do not lose' then that mentality probably does filter through a touch. That said we've gotta be a bit more positive after that display. plenty of heart

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    bonesy

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • The best way to keep a clean sheet is to stay up. What I mean is keep play up the field and not try to defend on your 18 yard line.

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    waclor

    Monday, February 10, 2014

  • Why have all these plus points on Saturday been missing from most of our other twenty-odd leagues games this season? Don't tell me that after six months Hughton has suddenly realised that, for instance, playing a left footed player on the right wing doesn't work!

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    malaga flier

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • The back four were solid crew. The fab four, wrote 'money can't buy me love.' And I wrote 'Oh for the wings, for the wings of a canary.'

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    Bill Punton's bald patch

    Sunday, February 9, 2014

  • I think there are 5 stand-out games which underline your point, waclor. Hull (A). Villa (H). Cardiff (H). Fulham (H). Cardiff (A). A litany of missed opportunities and timid play. Hull had 10 men. Versus Villa we missed a penalty (Snodgate). We artlessly battered Cardiff but no finishing finesse. Fulham were awful; even Partridge commentators were laughing at their defensive ineptitude. We led, then fizzled out. Cardiff again, took the lead, went negative, schoolboy errors, subs too late. 14 extra Points we should have had! We`d be up there with Toon & Soton. The Happy Clappers would be lobbying for Hoots` deification. A similar, but unrelated, word is more appropriate just now. Spot on malaga.

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, February 10, 2014

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