Iwan Roberts: Norwich City did Pete Oldfield proud with a performance full of Flair
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If ever there was a week to sum up Norwich City's season it has to be the last seven days!
The team went from shocking on Wednesday night up at Huddersfield to the sublime Saturday at Carrow Road against Reading, scoring seven goals against a very generous Royals defence.
We've all known that the team has the capabilities of giving someone a proper hiding, especially at home.
It was unfortunate for play-off chasing Reading that it came against them.
I don't think I've ever been involved in a game where we scored seven goals, in fact I know I haven't as that isn't something I'd ever forget, especially if I'd scored a few.
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It was the perfect send-off for Peter Oldfield who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago and whose funeral service I attended last Monday.
Pedro, as I used to call him, was a gem of a man and was always pleased to see you and always welcomed you with that big smile of his.
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Pete was part of the furniture at Carrow Road and his presence around the place on match days will be sorely missed.
He took care of the man of the match sponsors and came on to the pitch after every game with the sponsors so they could present the award and have their photo taken with their chosen player. Sadly for me I didn't get to meet Pete on the pitch on too many occasions after the game.
Clint Easton used to call him Rick Flair after the famous American wrestler because Pete had identical white hair as Flair and every time he saw Pete, Clint would give it a big Whooo at the top of his voice.
Clint was well into his WWE and knew all the characters and if anyone knows Rick Flair you will know that after every sentence he finishes off with a big loud Whooo, that's why Clint did it.
I thought it was a great gesture from the club to invite Pete's family to the game against Reading and it was an even better gesture from Russell Martin to go into the crowd after the game and hand over his match worn shirt to Pete's lovely wife Carolyn.
There's been a lot of criticism aimed at Russell this past season especially the last few weeks, and whatever you think of him as a player, good or bad one, I think we'd all agree that he cares passionately about Norwich City and the people who have worked and still do work there.
As good as the win against Reading was it's a bit too late now with only five games remaining. It would have to be the miracle of footballing miracles if Norwich were to gatecrash the top six.
Norwich are nine points adrift of sixth place Sheffield Wednesday and there is no way that Wednesday are going to lose three of the five games they've got left with the likes of Cardiff, Ipswich and QPR to play.
For the club's last few games I'd like to see some of the youngsters given an opportunity to show what they are made of and show that they are more than capable of handling Championship football.
I would like to think that with nothing to play for it would be the ideal chance to throw these youngsters in as if you're not going to do it now with five games to go then when are they going to be given that chance to shine?
Fulham are the visitors this afternoon to Carrow Road and then it's a quick turnaround for the lads as they make the long journey up north to play Preston on Easter Monday.
I've said it before, the Easter period is an important one in football, as it can make or break your season with only a handful of games left.
However, sadly there's not as much at stake for Norwich as we'd hoped there would be at the start of the season, but let's hope the lads can go out and perform as they did last week in their remaining five games and finish the season with a bang.