There was an air of excitement in the first home match of the season at Carrow Road.
They welcomed visitors West Brom who were relegated from the Premier League last season. It was going to be interesting to see how West Brom bounce back after a disappointing start to a new season. It was going to be exciting to see new players such as Jordan Rhodes, Teemu Pukki , Ben Marshall , Tim Krul , Kenny Mcclean and Felix Passlack. I was a bit wary of what the score would be as I predicted West Brom scoring lots of goals.
The First half was quite electric with good play from Norwich what impressed me in particular were the tackles and passing accuracy between them. West Brom looked very disorganised in defence and lackadaisical in midfield and this made me feel hopeful for Norwich’s chances. The West Brom penalty was very soft from where I was standing it just looked like the West Brom player tripped over Krul not the worst crime ever.
Norwich were awarded a penalty for a West Brom player tripping Hernandez in the box and Jordan Rhodes almost put one past the keeper but it wasn’t to be second goal for Norwich this season. the teams went in to the dressing rooms at half time with the score line at 1-1.
I noticed that the atmosphere for some of the game was flat and there wasn’t much singing going on apart from “On the ball city!” at the start of the game and it was a shame that they couldn’t keep the singing going. I wonder if this is a reflection of the fans lack of confidence after 2 relegations in recent history.
When the whistle blew for the start of the Second half none of us could have guessed the dramatic events that were about to unfold. West Brom scored from a shot by Jay Rodriguez in the 47th minute and it got the second half off to an interesting start. This was followed by a goal from Harvey Barnes in the 65th minute. Norwich took a while to respond up until the 70th minute when Teemu Pukki scored from a great shot on target that Sam Johnstone was unable to get power to stop. It was 3-2 to West Brom and I felt that Norwich would score again because they were energetic and didn’t look like giving up easily. Hal Robson-Kanu scored from a Chris Brunt corner on the 79th minute to make it 4-2 and this wasn’t how I predicted this score line was going to be. At one point some Norwich fans left their seats early and didn’t stay to see the dramatic finish.
I don’t understand why people leave so early especially as Norwich have a habit of scoring late goals in the Second half ( we all remember fabulous late goal against Ipswich last season). Grant Hanley scored to make it 3-4 from a cross by Onel Hernandez and it felt like Norwich should have won the game 5-4.
There were lots of positives from the lads in this game that the home fans would do well to take note of. I thought Jordan Rhodes was a handful for the visiting teams defence and it will be interesting to see how his career develops at Norwich. Tim Krul made some strong saves despite the score line. Teemu Pukki was quite sharp on the ball and looked quite threatening. Ben Marshall was accomplished and he looked quick on the left wing and produced great corners and free kicks.
I feel Norwich play well together they will pick up some wins and do our fans proud.