It was vital that Norwich City got their first win on the board for 2012/13 last night, with a 2-1 Capital One Cup victory over Scunthorpe at Carrow Road.
After that 5-0 horror show at Fulham on the opening day, the Canaries put in a much better showing against QPR in the Premier League on Saturday and will feel aggrieved they didn’t claim all three points.
A dubious penalty and some even more dubious refereeing decisions denied Chris Hughton’s men at the weekend. But they will have been delighted to get that first success in the League Cup yesterday, even if it was done with a reserve side of sorts.
Cup clashes against lower league opposition are always tough, anyone interested in online novelty bets will tell you that. At the end of the day, you have a lot to lose and not much to gain. If the team win, well that’s what is expected. If you lose, well…. you know the rest.
But it was a thoroughly professional performance and it was great to see Simon Lappin finally getting on the scoreboard in the yellow and green. It’s been a long time coming and the delight on his face was plain to see.
But thoughts now quickly turn back to the Premier League and a tough-looking encounter at Tottenham this weekend. On paper, it is one of the most difficult trips in the top flight. But it’s a good time to play Spurs in my opinion.
The White Hart Lane club are in the middle of a transition period, with Andre Villas-Boas trying to put his own stamp on things. And after only picking up one point from their first two games, the Spurs faithful will be nervy going into this one.
An early goal for Norwich – who should go there and play with the freedom and panache that served them so well last season under Paul Lambert – and the natives will start to get restless.
But before that trip to North London, we should also see some movement on the transfer front, with the window slamming shut on Friday. The defence and midfield now look sorted, with the summer additions of Jacob Butterfield, Robert Snodgrass, Alexander Tettey, Michael Turner and Sebastien Bassong.
There is, however, a need to bring in a top class striker and I’m sure the Canaries boss will be working hard between now and the deadline. Interesting times, as always, at Carrow Road. There is rarely a dull moment.