Tottenham Hotspur 1 Norwich City 1 (Norwich win 3-2 on penalties), FA Cup 5th.
Well, what can one say? We were awful, totally awful. After we scored first, you just knew that they would equalise. And as for the penalty shoot out, your gut also said they would win it on penalties (if it went that far). Just as in the Colchester game, we weren’t up to the job.
As for our league position, we are there purely because United, Arsenal, Chelsea keep either losing or drawing. If they had been on form we would be at the wrong end of the table by now.
Tim Krul was the hero by saving two penalties as Norwich beat Tottenham in a shootout after a 1-1 draw to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals for the first time in 28 years.
Norwich were on the back foot in the penalty shootout when Kenny McLean’s first kick was saved by Michel Vorm, but Erik Lamela hit the crossbar for Spurs with Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes seeing their efforts pushed away by Krul. The Dutch goalkeeper, who took his time to set himself before each kick, sprinted to the opposite end of the ground to celebrate with the 9,000 joyous travelling supporters in the away end. That is basically it, the end of any chance of any silverware.
The most exciting bit of the night was when Eric Dier was involved in a confrontation in the stands after being “insulted” by a fan. The only time any real fighting spirit was shown. I wasn’t there, but I was behind the scenes when he was brought through, surrounded by security guards (he was shouting at somebody).
We had actually taken the lead early on through Jan Vertonghen, as the Belgium defender rose highest to powerfully head in from Giovani lo Celso’s superb cross. After that we were forced back by Norwich as the visitors caused plenty of problems – Emiliano Buendia and Lukas Rupp both forcing stand-in goalkeeper Vorm into making sharp saves.
The Canaries eventually got a deserved equaliser on 78 minutes as Josip Drmic bundled in from close range after Vorm spilled Kenny McLean’s drive.
At the other end, we could have won it with five minutes of normal time remaining but Serge Aurier saw his low shot cleared off the line by the retreating Ben Godfrey. With no further goals in extra time, Norwich made it a night to remember. We also made it a night to remember, but for different reasons. Next up is Burnley away and then a trip to Leipzig, I am not holding out any hope for both. COYS!