By the left quick march Norwich City are heading onwards and upwards
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Well it was certainly a landmark day for the left. And I'm not referring to Jeremy Corbyn's victory in the Labour leadership contest and subsequent appointment of Norwich City supporting shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
The contribution to the Canaries' cause down the left flank and from left feet were key in securing a thoroughly satisfying victory over many people's darlings of the Premier League. Yes, Bournemouth were well below their best. And yes, I do believe Eddie Howe's men will struggle at this level.
Alex Neil certainly masterminded a very comprehensive job on the Cherries. City had tempo, creativity and guile which left the South Coast side unable to cope. There, I've used the word left again.
It has been some time since the Canaries looked so accomplished down that side – and if we can duplicate the solidity and offensive threat on the opposite flank, we really will be a force to be reckoned with.
Wessi (Wes Hoolahan) was at his mesmerising best. His performance led two big name national pundits to say his influence made City look like Barcelona at times and also that Neil should build the team around him. The wizardry of that little left foot in the assist for Cameron Jerome's goal and then his own strike were breathtaking. Wes has four assists and a goal this season and I think he's playing the best football of his City career.
I can't remember seeing a defender in a Norwich shirt who looks so comfortable on the ball as Robbie Brady.
He seems unflappable, makes space in the smallest of areas and has cemented himself as a key man for this season. Is he best at the back or going forward? He's great at both and what a 'dilemma' for the boss to have.
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- 2 Crumbling coast fear means Norfolk's 'golf ball' radar must be moved
- 3 Norwich street named one of the most beautiful in the world
- 4 Pub gets dozens of calls asking - 'Do you know there's a dog on your roof?'
- 5 City chip shop might be SINKING but refuses to close
- 6 DVLA issues urgent warning to drivers in UK
- 7 ‘Porn addict’ Norfolk doctor who secretly filmed women struck off
- 8 Seven people arrested after 50 vehicles stopped by police at Thickthorn
- 9 Enjoy afternoon tea onboard a steam train in Norfolk this summer
- 10 Restaurant with 'interactive dining experience' to open in Norwich
I said in my last column that I thought Matt Jarvis was a good scoop and he quickly showed on Saturday what he has to offer.
He's quick, tricky, direct and so obviously relishing the opportunity for action. The moment that strike left his left foot in front of the Barclay, his effort was only going to end up in one place.
Martin Olsson has played 29 games for Sweden for a reason and we all know how good he is.
I hope he does have a tough job in pinning down a regular spot as left back – because that would mean the team is continuing to perform well.
There's no need to go to Anfield with any fear
In the last 20 years Anfield hasn't been the happiest hunting ground for the Canaries.
The bleak record in the five games is lost four, drawn one, conceded 18 and scored just twice.
That brilliant Grant Holt header in front of the Kop three minute after coming on as a sub four years ago earned a valuable and unexpected point.
Otherwise trips to the red half of Merseyside have been bleak to say the least. Fortunately a certain Luis Suarez – who scored half of the 10 goals in the past two visits – has flown from these shores.
There haven't been many times when City have gone in to a leaguefixture against the Reds above them in the table. Obviously it's early days in this campaign and Brendan Rodgers' men will be desperate to kickstart their season. A tough game is certain.
However, the Canaries have no reason to travel north with any fear.
Clearly AN (Alex Neil) can't throw caution to the wind. I'd expect a more defensive line-up to start, but with the options to give it a good go as the match progresses.
PS – A quiz question to end this week. Who scored the other goal for City in the last five matches at Anfield? Tweet me or e-mail your answer.