by Thomas Rooney
Football is the most popular game in the world for nights like last night. Yes, it was only a League One game against Leyton Orient. Yes, they went down to ten men. Despite this though, I was delighted with the win and loved every single second of it.
It was my first trip to Carrow Road since the 7-1 drubbing at home to Colchester and what a contrast last night’s game was. We were solid throughout, looked threatening going forward and played some excellent passing football.
I know it was against rather weak opposition – who were relying on one-time Canary Ryan Jarvis to create their chances – but it was refreshing to see us play so well. We have been through some bad times in recent years and these type of displays have been few and far between.
Fair enough we left it late before we got our first goal but I always felt that it was going to come, especially after they were reduced to ten men. Once Chris Martin grabbed the first goal, we relaxed and ran riot.
Had the first goal been in the first few minutes of the game, it would have been a ridiculously comfortable 80-odd minutes instead of a ridiculously comfortable 15 minutes at the end.
The atmosphere was good as well. I think the crowd sense that Paul Lambert is doing a good job and I think they sense that the players are giving their all for Norwich City. This hasn’t been the case in recent years and it is highly appreciated I assure you.
The only downside of our support last night was the moaning at West Hoolahan in the first half. He is quite clearly our best player with an abundance of talent. Fair enough, he should have shot earlier in the first half when he broke into the penalty area, but he was causing havoc for the Orient defence and deserved to get a goal really.
All in all though, it was one of the better nights at Carrow Road in recent years. Hopefully, under a manager who is having a positive effect on this group of players, there will be plenty more where that came from as we continue to upset the League One football odds and climb the table.