Poll: Grant Holt was our Norwich City Man of the Match v Chelsea - who was yours?

Grant Holt has the nous and the intelligence to trouble opposition defences in that tough lone frontman role. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Grant Holt has the nous and the intelligence to trouble opposition defences in that tough lone frontman role. Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Monday, October 8, 2012
11:31 AM

Grant Holt certainly likes his trips to this part of London. Last season at Stamford Bridge he opened his Premier League goal account with a hooked finish back over his head to draw City level. Here his first away league goal of the fresh campaign briefly put the Canaries in front.

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On both occasions, Chelsea ran out comfortable winners, but Holt’s shift ensured John Terry and David Luiz had to remain vigilant when City did sporadically counter. Terry looked to dominate aerially but Holt’s movement in the opposition penalty area still carved out two clear-cut headed chances either side of the interval.

Opportunities that a man reknown for his own aerial abillity may feel should have added to his own personal tally. Holt has the nous and the intelligence to trouble opposition defences in that tough lone frontman role. His finishing remains as sharp as ever; witness the way he created space to rifle past Petr Cech.

For those questioning his appetite, it may also be worth noting Holt was the nearest man to Eden Hazard deep inside his own penalty area in a valiant effort to try and prevent Chelsea’s sweeping third goal.

Holt lost marker Terry but could not direct Bradley Johnson’s deep cross on target before a glancing effort from the same provider dropped a yard wide after the interval.

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6 comments

  • Tosh Tash, The Horse stays in the barn. He got his bigger nose-bag and so he's fine.

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    Swiss Canary

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Ethered twice on seperate boards! mmust consider changing my name to "The Johnny from Leeds"

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Whatever happens we won`t be playing 1p5wich next season, unless the powers that be find a way of relegating us two divisions at a time. Y`know, I`ve never had any inclination to post trollery on the green `Un board. Anyway, shouldn`t that be Blue` Un? Or are you all colourblind as well as daft in the Estuary?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • I tried to postthe following on another board without success. Tonyb...Hoolahan is not on the pitch to tackle and win possession. That is left to the hard nuts in the side. He is on that pitch to create ,which he does to a high standard, I suggest you rewind the tape and have another look. The Mail on Sundays' Rob Draper said that for most of the game he seemed to be playing Chelsea on his own. Who's word do I take? I saw the game from the comfort of an internet streaming, good view. I tend to agree with the MoS reporter. Holt is enjoying his new lease of life, now that Hoolahan is feeding him, but then the wisest amongst us new that would happen from the word go.

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    Pa Snipps

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • 'Holtie' was a handful all game, well taken goal. He will probably be asking for a transfer soon as he will no doubt feel he is too good to be at City and won't want to be playing in the Championship next season.

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    Warkys_Tash

    Monday, October 8, 2012

  • Yes, Pa, the ethering thing is now finely tuned to p**s off Norwich fans and encourage trolls to come in and take said p**s out of us. There just must be some anti-Norwich nerds in the Ar-chant "organisation" somewhere. My theory is that they wait for Senior Management to go for 4-hour meetings @ Head Office (The Woolpack), then play silly b****rs with the message boards.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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