What a great weekend for the yellow army! After last weeks heavy defeat to league leaders Manchester City, Norwich bounced back brilliantly to win 4-2 against a Newcastle side that were playing well.
The game started with the announcement of the Anglian Home Improvements Player of the Month award, which went to on-form striker Steve Morison.
Newcastle went into the game without 3 of their first team centre backs, pushing right back Danny Simpson into the void alongside James Perch, but the determination and size of Steve Morison and Grant Holt proved too much for the replacements.
Norwich enjoyed long spells of possession in the first half, but Newcastle came closest to opening the scoring through Gutierrez and Cabaye, both denied by John Ruddy. Two penalty shouts were turned down when Andrew Surman went down easily under pressure from Obertan, then Naughton’s cross appeared to be handled by David Santon in the area.
Controversy struck with 5 minutes of the first half left when the linesman awarded Norwich with a corner, despite Krul appearing to keep the ball in play. The resulting corner ended with the ball in the net, when Crofts’ header was denied, but hit Hoolahan and went in. 1-0
The lead only lasted 6 minutes as prolific striker Demba Ba equalised, latching onto a great through ball from Cabaye and slotting it under an outstretched Ruddy.
Grant Holt put Norwich back in the lead on about 60 minutes when Krul saved Holt’s initial header from the corner, but the rebound landed straight on the head of the influential captain, who made no mistake finishing it off.
4 minutes later the Canaries made it 3-1, when Gosling dithered with the ball on the edge of his own box. Crofts stole it and darted down the flank and crossed for Morison who smashed the ball into the back of the net with a powerful header. Gosling was having a nightmare day as he was shown a straight red for a late lunge on Russell Martin.
Despite being down to 10 men, Demba Ba managed to make it 3-2 after Whitbread failed to pick out a pass and lost possession, letting Ameobi put in Ba who casually finished with his left foot with 20 minutes left.
However, the game was dead and buried with 8 minutes left when captain Grant Holt created space and nodded away Bradley Johnson’s cross, 4-2.
All in all a great game and the win puts City 9th in the Premiership. The Anglian Home Improvements man of the match was captain fantastic, Grant Holt.