Rose blooms early for Norwich City

Jonathan RedheadMichael Rose admitted his Norwich City debut had gone like a dream after scoring the goal which helped re-write the record books. Rose, brought in on loan from Stockport County, struck the first half winner which secured a history-making Canaries 11th consecutive home win.Jonathan Redhead

Michael Rose admitted his Norwich City debut had gone like a dream after scoring the goal which helped re-write the record books.

Rose, brought in on loan from Stockport County, struck the first half winner which secured a history-making Canaries 11th consecutive home win.

He was helped by some less than impressive goalkeeping by Hartlepool stopper Scott Flinders as his left-foot blast from inside the area flew in at the near post, while Flinders went to his left expecting a cross.

But Rose was just happy to get his first City game under his belt after a whirlwind 48 hours which saw him swap the bottom of the pile Hatters for the league leaders.


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'I don't think it could have gone any better really,' he said.

'We got the three points and I effectively scored the winner.

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'I came down Thursday and got my medical all done on Thursday and everything was ok.

'I trained with the lads on Friday and now I've got my first game out of the way.

'I think that was the hardest part really, not knowing the lads too well and not knowing how they play but I couldn't have wished for it to go any better really.

'It's very strange. I couldn't be happier at this moment. I always said this sort of stuff never happens to me.

'But I think I've worked hard this season. Gary Ablett (Stockport boss) has helped me a lot and I think I've been playing well and maybe attracted a bit of attention.

'But as soon as I knew about the Norwich interest, I had to do everything I could to get myself down here.

'Hopefully, if we carry on playing the way we have been doing today, and the way the lads have been doing over the last couple of weeks, I think we've got a really good chance of promotion.'

Rose may not have been making his debut had Adam Drury not been injured at Walsall last Tuesday and maintained his record of appearing in every league game this season.

But now the 27-year-old is hoping to take his chance and make his loan move into a permanent one at the end of the season.

'I'm hoping for a permanent deal,' he said.

'I think it was the best way, to get me down here on loan until the end of the season, obviously with Adam's injury on Tuesday. If he wasn't injured, I could have been on the bench.

'It's unfortunate for him and I'm sure we can learn a lot from each other and help each other until the end of the season.

'I think the enquiry went in and with everything going on at Stockport with the knew owners in charge and the way they see Stockport's future, I think there might have been a bit of difficulty, but luckily enough I got down here.

'I'm hoping they get back on their feet and find winning ways again. I've got a lot of friends there, the staff have been brilliant with me and I'm disappointed to leave, but to come to a club like this, I couldn't really say no.'

With the game poised at 1-1, Rose's goal instantly endeared him to the Carrow Road faithful must also have pleased his family who had made the trip down from the north west.

'It was a great pass from Chris (Martin) really.

'I think I must have run 60 or 70 yards to get up there and by the time I got there I thought 'I'd better shoot here as I've done all the running to get there'.

'Luckily I've hit it really well and it's gone in. I think he (the keeper) has dived before the ball has come in but that's all the better for me I suppose. Luckily, my wife and my little boy come down with my mum and dad and my wife's mum and dad so luckily they've been able to watch.

'I was ringing Val (Lemmon, Paul Lambert's secretary), she's been brilliant for me so far, and panicking yesterday afternoon about tickets.

'Six tickets I think it was in the end.'

As well as scoring an unlikely goal, Rose had another surprise up his sleeve for the fans and his team-mates in the form of long throw.

Every in the ground was caught unawares when Rose launched a throw deep into the Hartlepool penalty area in the first half, to show off a new weapon in City's armoury.

And he reagards his talent as a bit of a speciality.

'I like to think so,' he said.

'I think a few of the lads were a bit surprised to be honest. I've got a long throw and maybe we'll work on in training.

'I've never really worked on it in training, it's just something I've got and I suppose it's a good as a corner really. I think Nelse (Michael Nelson) was a bit surprised I could throw it that far in the first half.

'The first one caught him out a bit I think, but we'll see what happens.'

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