After Southampton eight days earlier, it didn’t look like Norwich City’s failure to capitalise on their late good fortune would prove too costly.

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Grant Holt’s last-minute penalty being saved may have been the difference between the top half and a more nervy look to the Premier League table, but all seemed well enough. However as yesterday’s encounter reached the halfway mark and Sunderland threatened to take full advantage of the decisions coming their way, you wondered if the previous weekend’s squandered spot kick would haunt them.

So the fact the Canaries held out for a point and even threatened to take all three on Wearside proved as valuable as a win – owing everything to their determination and desire, and it will leave the City support feeling a lot happier about how the remaining eight matches of the campaign will pan out.

Be it Mark Bunn’s collision with the ball outside his area, Sebastien Bassong’s miscalculation in front of an offside Black Cats striker or Danny Rose being airborne as his arm blocked Russell Martin’s cross – City kept it together when others around them were booing in frustration.

The final whistle was greeted by chants and cheers from City’s impressive following. The Stadium of Light was half empty – those who had stayed, clearly did so make their displeasure at the hosts’ plight audible at referee Chris Foy’s last duty on the pitch.

“I think to be honest, if we stay 11 v 11 we go and win the game; absolutely no doubt,” smiled Martin. “I think we were well on top. The crowd had maybe turned a little bit against them. They were a little bit nervous and the sending off has given them a little bit of a leg up.

“But after that you have still seen we have given them a right good go and probably created the better chances.

“To say that we could get a point before the game we would have taken it, but in the circumstances we got it, to play 60-odd minutes with 10 men, it’s a massive point, because they could have caught up with us.

“In the grand scheme of things, for us it could be one of biggest points we got yet.”

So what of the big moments? Martin was close to most of the action, and does not feel City got the rub of the green – even if they did cope with what was thrown at them so well.

“At the time I thought maybe it’s not deliberate (by Mark Bunn) but the letter of the law says if he handles it outside his area then as the last man, he has got to go,” Martin added.

“And that’s just unfortunate for Mark. He has been brilliant for us and it’s just a tough decision that’s gone against us.

“But for me the other two could have gone our way. Danny Rose is inside the area when he handballs it. And the Seb one, for me I could see across the whole line and (Steven) Fletcher is a good couple of yards offside and he’s come back into play.

“I had a chat with the linesman at half-time and he said he wasn’t sure how much he was interfering with play but for me he’s affected how Seb has had to deal with the ball.

“I’m still not sure if it’s hit his arm or not – he doesn’t seem to think it has – but they’ve gone against us and we’ve dealt with it. You have that in football. Hopefully it evens itself out over the course of a season, and it’s really tough for the officials. They only have a split second to make a big decision and it didn’t go our way.

“But like I said, the reaction from the boys was immense.”

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  • SO many people DO agree with those sentiments, S\O. SO why create unnecessary conflict? I agree with your last posting, but I already had. I don`t see much "grudge holding" going on, only concern that SuperHolt isn`t quite at his best. We still FLGH, anyway! bluelight, I believe you are a tad older than I, so you have probably seen some pre-Ron Davies No.9s. Of course, we`ve had prolific goalscorers of a different style to Holty & Davies, like SuperMac & Flecky, but of his "type" I rate Holty tops for his overall contribution to the team effort. Who did you have in mind?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Watched the game live on TV. Ironically I thought it was one of our best recent performances. By necessity we needed to hold on to the ball and we did that well. Our passing was better than for quite a while and the spirit and determination of the players has to be commended. But what has happened to Grant Holt? He was never a greyhound! But he seems to have lost pace and his touch on the ball. His stellar performance the past 23 seasons rightly gave him iconic status at Carrow Road. But that level of play seems to have suddenly been lost. It can be argued the system we play does not match his capabilities. But even allowing for that he does seem to be struggling this season and his all-round game is not what it was. Interested to hear what others think and what they might attribute this to?

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • best number 9 including ron davis brew?mmm dont think so.but we all have our opinions dont we.

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    bluelight

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Where`s The Crab gone? I, for one, miss the wit and wisdom of his comments. Has he been driven away by the recent outbreak of invective?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I think we all agree what Holt has done for OUR club. So will leave it at that.

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    sharky

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • How did they compare with that brave ball wizard Antoine Sibierski?

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    DocOhNo

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Tom Johnson, Ralph Hunt.....Jimmy Allen ;-)

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    sharky

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Well done mate you were a gaint today. OTBC

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    sharky

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • On THIS particular occasion I sort of agree with Victo re Holtr. The occasion when he was one on one, he would have scored last year.Don't know re the Whittaker cross at the end, was it a bad cross or was he flat footed? I DO NOT think he should be written off (as Victor has hinted on previous posts) just because he hasn't scored as many goals as Van Persie.

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    DocOhNo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I dont want to enter into the Holt debate but would like to say that I thought KK played very well up front and probably was unlucky to be taken off. Another excellent leap to create our goal. Nail biting stuff - both watching yesterday and seeing the other results. A point at Wigan will give them a chance to grow!! Great game lads. You made me proud.

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    zebbee

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • sewwwwwrve ; where did that come from should read serve !

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • That first floodlit game at Carrow Road I believe was in 1956. I have tried to confirm this but have drawn a blank. Is there anybody who can confirm this for me as I was only nine at the time and my memory of that time is vague. I do remember the Man U cup game though, I was at the back of the Riverend terraces with my father and together with other young supporters I was shoved up on the advertising boards so I could see the game played on the snow covered pitch.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Hugely disrespectful of Holt. Go away and have a think about what you are saying about him. You just want someone to have a go at. Always has to be a whipping boy for you guys, doesn't there? Why don't you go and have a go at Andrew Surman like you usually do or something?

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • A massive point given the circumstances and totally agree with his closing comment ....“But like I said, the reaction from the boys was immense.”.....OTBC

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    Jakarta Canary

    Sunday, March 17, 2013

  • Holt has been a good servant over the past few years but it seems his days are now numbered. He failed to capitalise on two gilt edged chances yesterday and his whole attitude and performance left a lot to be desired. He looked like someone who has had his toys taken away. Why did CH leave him on the bench in the first place? Even his keenest supporters are beginning to see the light. Last season PL left him out of the team during September. He came back into the side then, thinner and fitter and a different player.Is this the problem again or is there something going on behind the scenes. Anyway City no longer need someone to play with Holt - they need a new strike force altogether.

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • hi brew.i would put ted macdougall 1st purely on finishing.then roy hollis and kevin drinkell on allround abillity,with holy 4th.showing my age now am i not?

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    bluelight

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • You guys have always got to have something to worry about, havent you? Pant wetters, relax and leave Holt alone. He's gping to prove you wrong again so just sit back and accept it. I think this result is what we needed to galvanise. Backs against the wall and the defensive security payed off. Under Lambert we would have lost that game 10-1

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • malaga flier - "forwardslash" doesn`t work on these message boards, "back\slash" does! 1) The Bunn decision was technically correct but seems very harsh. 2)Seb took the ball on his chest at first and it seemed to roll on to his arm - but there was that ignored off-side so should have been irrelevant. 3)The Danny Rose decision was a travesty. Even neutrals watching in the pub could not believe it - including Victor Meldrew ;-). Is that the sort of `brew` you were looking for, Lobbo? Btw, went into North Wal`sham on Sat and that "Grammer School Road" sign is still there, on the footpath that passe`s the Black Swan pub. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • No problem Brew. I appreciate that if I criticise Mr Holt I will subject of criticism myself - but it doesn't alter the fact that for whatever reason Holt is not doing the business at the moment. CH obviously dropped him for some reason and I agree Hughton has to adopt a satisfactory man management approach to sort it out. I'm sorry if I have upset anybody for stating what many others are thinking or talking about.

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    VictorM

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Talking of class footballers gracing Carrow Road, I remember the first game I was taken to was a friendly exhibition match to christen the newly installed floodlights against Sunderland. It didn't mean much to me at the time but I was told that the great Len Shackleton played for the visitors that day. Other memories include seeing Stan Matthews at fifty and Dennis Violet playing for Stoke at CR. there was of course the great Man U team that we beat in the famous cup run in 1959. Great memories.

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    VictorM

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

  • Ron Davies, Grant Holt or Ewan Roberts, so difficult to compare these three from different times. All three were\are brilliant and sevvvvvvvvvvrve\served NCFC brilliantly.Having said that both Ron and Ewan had spells when they were a tad off form and Holty seems to be having a little dip in performance at the moment, but form is temporary and class is permanent and like the other two Holt is class.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I saw them all. Also showing my age now.Johnny Gavin was my chilhood fav.Not a center forward but oh the goals

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    sharky

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Well no one on this sight can argue that I am Holt’s biggest fan, but their does seem to be something playing out behind the scenes at the moment. A wife and kids miles from home doesn’t probably help. And he is certainly above his playing weight at the moment. Mr Lambert handled him like a man last year and Mr Hughton needs to do the same. I think he has put a magnificent shift in for the team this season, to the detriment of personal glory. He never has been a greyhound, but I have not seen one defender catch him when he spins away from that last defender, whatever division he has been playing. Yesterday a heavy touch cost him the chance of a goal. At the death, if he had guessed right, there was a simple tap-in from Whittaker’s brilliant run and cross. Oh yes, and isn’t he still our top goalcorer. Get behind the man who has given so much.

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    Erpingham Tractor

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • That should of course be 23 seasons!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • That should of course be 23 seasons!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • No, 2 to three seasons!!!

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    malaga flier

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • I think a big part of the problem is that some fans havent "forgiven" him for the contract situation. Some fans really do know how to hold a grudge. To them I'd say let it go and back the best forward we've ever had that scored a hattrick against Ipswich.He hasn't been at his best, but he's still our top goalscorer and talisman. Have a little faith for once in your lives.

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    Steady On

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • testing testing. \ (\) ()

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    Lobbo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Sorry Victor - just realised that could be construed as a dig at you (it can get very sensitive on these boards, nowadays!). No dig intended - or IS your posting alias a reference to that Great Disbeliever? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Erps, I don`t think there are that many folk who truly "knock" Holty. Like you, some admit to a bit of considered concern over his form and fitness, me included. But I`m on record as saying he`s the best "No. 9" I`ve ever seen at the club, including the likes of Ron Davies. So I might pick a fight with you over who is Holty`s biggest fan! If Hoots feels Holty needs a rest, then the process has started in that KK started the game, and we still have Becchio. I think the opposition are always unhappy to see Holty on the teamsheet, even if only as sub. He`s a terrific team player, a great leader. Not everything has to be rendered down to who is "right" and who is "wrong", S\O. This is conversation, not conflict - or should be. Pax Canaria?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • sharky

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Oi caarnt remember Sibierski at Carra Rud. Did he sell oice creams?? I somehow forgot to mention Iwan. Probably closest to Holty in style. There are other memorable characters; Jimmy Bone, David Cross, John "Horse" Manning, Laurie Sheffield, Terry Bly. And others like David Strihavka and Jim Blair. Terry Allc**k wasn`t a bad ol` boy. Even "Ginger Pelé" Doherty was pressed into service as a striker, in the Worthington era. Bless.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

  • Standing Orders comments are so outlandish and designed to wind posters up that it makes me smile. I think a total non responsive approach of all his \ her postings is the order of the day, no week, no month, no year, oh for ever. Stew, DON'T bite, I know it's difficult but don't. Had me brew, thank you brew. & the point is S\O that when you say, " He's gping to prove you wrong again so just sit back and accept", that's exactly what we all want !!!. We are just saying he is not as good as he was or can be and it could cost us points. Simple.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • Could do with a 'brew'.

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    Lobbo

    Monday, March 18, 2013

  • And Supermac`s sidekick, Phil "Charlie" Boyer.

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    Mad Brewer

    Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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