Elliott Bennett’s winner at Spurs pips Grant Holt’s Liverpool equaliser to most memorable moment of Norwich City’s Premier League campaign in poll

There will be plenty for Norwich City supporters to celebrate this weekend but Canaries fans are keen to see their team finish a remarkable season on a high note.

Aston Villa are the final opponents of the campaign for Paul Lambert's side, with both teams doing battle at Carrow Road on having secured Premier League survival.

That was the main aim for Lambert and his players, and supporters are keen to show their gratitude for accomplishing what many promoted teams have failed to do before them, including the Canaries class of 2004-05.

Penalty saves, late goals, vital tackles and heroic defending have all once again been in the mix for City, continuing the team spirit that had seen them secure back-to-back promotions in the previous two seasons.

It seems there were two moments in particular that will live long in the memory however.

In a poll on www.eveningnews24.co.uk it was a fight to the finish between Grant Holt's thumping headed equaliser at Liverpool in October and Elliott Bennett's long-range winner in a shock 2-1 win at Champions League hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur in early April.

As of 5pm Tuesday night, Bennett's strike was winning with 32pc, just ahead of Holt's header at Liverpool with 31pc.

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The City skipper was also in third place, with his goal and subsequent unveiling of his physique to the home fans at Swansea City receiving 15pc of the votes.

While in fourth place was Steve Morison's strike at Arsenal to secure a memorable 3-3 draw and John Ruddy's stunning save from Luis Suarez at Liverpool in fifth with 5pc.

It was Holt's that was number one for Robin Sainty, chairman of the Norwich City Independent Supporters Club, who said: 'It's tricky because we have had so many, it's just been one after another, but for me I think I'll have to say the draw at Liverpool.

'That was the first time we proved we could go up against one of the really top sides and produce a result. That was a huge result and it was when Grant Holt started to show what he could do.

'Up to then he had been second to [Steve] Morison and had started the season quite sluggishly, but that goal was what kick-started his season and, to some extent, our whole season.

'In terms of the belief that gave us, it was massive. To be 1-0 down and under the sort of pressure we were in the first half at Liverpool and to turn it all around was really great.'

Holt has gone on to score 14 league goals and is pushing for England's Euro 2012 squad as the second-highest English scorer in the Premier League, and eighth overall.

Ben East, chairman of the Northern Canaries supporters' club, agreed with Robin's choice, saying: 'It's got to be Grant Holt's equaliser against Liverpool. It kind of summed up everything that he and the club are about, our desire not to be defeated and to keep going.

'He had no right to beat the keeper and defender to the ball but just his desire to make it was fantastic.

'It was a magic moment and everyone in the away end went absolutely mad.'

On Sunday supporters will be able to thank the players for their hard work to create those memories but Mr Sainty also sounded a word of caution.

He said: 'I'm sure it will be a good atmosphere but, personally, I hope it doesn't get silly because it is a very big game and could make a big difference.

'It could be worth �1.5m to us if things go well. People are going to have a good time and that's great but if you remember Coventry last year [drawing 2-2 in the last home game, when promotion was already secured] the referee had to keep stopping the game to get beach balls off the pitch and things like that. So we can have fun but we have to make sure the team get the job done and get the points, and money, in the bag and not get too silly.'

Mr East does not think Northern Canaries will be keen to dress up either.

'The last time we did that was when we lost 6-0 to Fulham [last day of the 2004-05 season) and we all went down fully kitted-out in Norwich strips, right down to the shin pads and socks, so we probably won't be doing that again!

'It was a lovely sunny day but at the services on the way home it didn't seem like such a good idea, so I think the Northern Canaries have been kind of scarred by that. But I'm sure it will be a great occasion.'

- Would you like to pay tribute to Norwich City's success? Send a message with your name, age and location to david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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