Sunday, 15 April 2007

Leicester City 1 Norwich City 2

It's difficult to get too excited about these end of season games but they are still important as they set a tone for next season's preparations.

There were several important pointers there for next year.
  1. They still have the ability to come from behind to win games. I remember an extended period in Norwich's past, it may have gone on for a season or two, when we never won after going behind in a game. We've now achieved wins like this several times recently.
  2. Robert Earnshaw is back. I was surprised to see that not only did he make the bench, but he came on and played.
  3. The youth policy at the club is looking as strong as it has for many years - Jason Shackell, Chris Martin, Michael Spillane, Robert Eagle and now Kris Renton, aged 16 who came on at the end to become the youngest player ever to represent Norwich City. In addition, we also have youth products Ian Henderson, Ryan and Rossi Jarvis and Joe Lewis out gaining experience at other clubs.
  4. We're winning away games - at last!
It makes you think, as most other clubs must be doing, of what might have been. Another four wins, and it's easy to think of at least twelve points thrown away, and we'd still have been right in the thick of play-off contention.

Good luck to Nigel Worthington and Doug Livermore at Leicester. It mustn't be forgotten that he rescued Norwich from a terrible fate at the hands of double-agent Hamilton a few years back. It was a bit ironic though that he threw on a 16-year old for his debut for Leicester given his reluctance to play the youngsters at Norwich. That would probably have been my biggest criticism of his time at Norwich.

Post match interviews with Leicester City's caretaker manager Nigel Worthington, Norwich manager, Peter Grant and goalscorer Robert Earnshaw (Realplayer required)

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