I still haven’t stopped smiling since Norwich City’s Old Tafford victory

Alexander Tettey of Norwich celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Barclays Premier Leagu

Alexander Tettey of Norwich celebrates scoring his side's 2nd goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

As long as I can remember, being a Norwich City supporter has provided me a lot of ups and downs.

Looking back as far back as March 1975, and to my first visit to Carrow Road, although it was amazing to see Martin Peters play, I can remember being disappointed when I left the ground after the match.

Not only because we lost 2-1 to Fulham, but also because Ted MacDougall missed a penalty. I can still hear my Dad saying to me 'you'll see a goal now' just before Ted stepped up to take that penalty.

Prior to the match on Saturday I thought the best result we could achieve at Old Trafford would be a goalless draw, as I have long learned from experience not to get my hopes up too early. How wrong I was.

I wrote last week that our first objective should be to keep a clean sheet. I certainly didn't expect that we would be coming back to Norfolk with three points.


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My husband and I were travelling over the Orwell Bridge on the A14 listening to match commentary from Radio Norfolk (if anyone has tried listening to Radio Norfolk whilst being in Suffolk, they will know that the signal comes and goes intermittently, so listening on Saturday wasn't easy).

At some point during the journey, Cameron Jerome scored that goal, and I think the whole of Suffolk must have heard me shout with excitement. 1-0 up at Old Trafford? Had I heard correctly? I wasn't sure, the signal wasn't great.

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I got home in time to be able to pop Soccer Saturday on the TV, and then Tettey scored.

I spent the next half hour switching between fidgeting nervously and pacing around the house, and it got even worse when Utd pulled a goal back.

But the team managed to dig deep, defend well and were able hang on for the win, even though for much of the second half Utd were camped in our half.

The performance on Saturday was what the fans have been looking for all season. Fantastic commitment from everyone and having that belief that, on our day, we can beat anyone.

I am always proud to be a Canary. Win, lose or draw, I will always wear my colours.

Following this weekend's win I haven't stopped smiling - at times like these it's great to be a Norwich City supporter and I am sure the whole of Norfolk (and some of Suffolk) feel the same.

It's now really important that we build with at least two wins at home against Villa and Southampton, especially as we are only four points off Southampton in 12th spot.

• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor

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