How bad has this season been folks? The rollercoaster ride is over and we no longer need anything at Villa, even though a draw to secure us the title and medals for the players would be the mutt’s nuts.
I guess we’ll see two teams who won’t be trying too hard on Sunday – cos they don’t need to.
We showed all the cheeky flicks, biting tackles and high pressing we have exhibited all season and, with no disrespect to them, Blackburn could not live with us at times.
At 2-0 up we could have gone on to five or six, we were that good. I thought Marco Stiepermann’s strike was great until I witnessed the Exocet from Mario Vrancic.
But being Norwich we had to throw the oppo some kind of lifeline and when Lewis Travis hit a shot that took a slight but significant deflection that deceived Tim Krul (am I being generous to everyone’s favourite Dutchman there?) the cushion was temporarily deflated.
However we were never really in danger and but for the combination of keeper Jayson Leutweiler, the woodwork and some errant finishing, Blackburn could have been on the end of a real spanking.
When you’ve just enjoyed promotion and are feeling emotional – in a positive sense – it seems a little churlish to criticise the officials, so I won’t. I’ll simply pose a question instead.
Why was Darragh Lenihan allowed to stay on the pitch after hauling down Teemu Pukki in the manner he did?
So off we go to the land of Klopp and Pep, Salah and several Silvas. A world in which Gabriel Jesus cannot get a regular game and one from which Alex Pritchard has been evacuated and one Murphy (J) will soon join him. The other Murphy (J) doesn’t seem to be in Rafa’s thoughts just now.
Yes I know it’s scary and some of us (a minority but a significant one) don’t truly want it.
But I do. I want to mix it with the best even if we come up short. Which on more than one occasion we most certainly will.
If I had the choice of watching Rotherham, Bolton and QPR or Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs it would be a no-brainer for me.
And now our magnificent management team and playing squad have delivered the goods, quite probably against the odds, I can watch some of the best sides in the world next season. Not on the TV – at Carrow Road.
Plus that relentless 46-match Saturday-Tuesday slog is over for at least a season. 38 this time. Yes, I know the kick off-times will all be subject to Sky or whoever, but the second half of this season has been no different so I’ve become quite accustomed to it.
We’re not going to spend (waste) any silly money next season and I’m glad of that.
Let’s give this group a fair crack at it – Sunday morning’s Match of the Day featured a few sides I reckon we could live with as we are but I’m sure the admirable Mr Webber has a couple of worthy additions up his sleeve.
I’ll end with giving respect to Blackburn Rovers’ official site, who posted this at the end of their match summary:
Whilst good defending (from Blackburn) kept the score down, Norwich deserved the victory and we congratulate everyone at the Norfolk club following promotion and wish them luck next season in the Premier League.
They didn’t have to do that: the very best of fair play to them.
Now we’re up I’ll leave you good readers with this which sums up my season: Had Me a Real Good Time.