Monday 21st November 2011
From speaking to the many Gooners I have got to know down the seasons, I very much got the impression many were thoroughly looking forward to our first trip to Norwich for seven years. The change of routine this kind of destination gives you certainly increases the anticipation but many took the opportunity to enjoy the city's night time hospitality too!
For our large following in this part of the country, the fixture is simply huge, the chance to avoid any 'grief' from their Canaries-supporting friends and work colleagues adding considerable spice and significance to the game.
For our particular travelling party it meant an extremely early start on Saturday morning but with Norfolk Gooner Roy being the landlord of a Norwich pub, pre-match activities were always going to prove highly entertaining.
Our journey successfully undertaken we settled down to some late morning and lunchtime refreshment with thoughts turning to the game ahead.
Going into the international break things were certainly looking more positive so it was crucial to make sure we continued our good run. The opening stages suggested we were still looking sharp and eager post-break, with numerous chances coming and going.
Without taking them however, it nearly proved costly, our hosts taking advantage of some defensive hesitancy to take the lead with pretty much their first foray into our box. Very frustrating but with plenty of time left on the clock I was definitely confident we could turn it around if we continued to dominate the game.
Going in at half-time on level pegging was crucial for me and with Theo and Gerv both terrorising the Canaries' defence time and time again it was one such run from the former that led to RVP's thoroughly deserved equaliser.
The red and white corner of Carrow Road went slightly mad and we were on our way.
The second period once again saw chances come and go until RVP's simply exquisite finish saw us take that all-important lead, something that was not threatened as we saw the game out.
Another good away day in the sunshine and three more big points to take out with us for that night in our host city.
These kind of situations can get a bit 'messy' at times, in the nicest possible way of course and the party we all enjoyed was no exception on this occasion.
One of our group, Dale, waking up with a cheese and onion sandwich stuck to his back, however, is almost beyond explanation! Something that might well have been all the harder to deal with had we not got the result we all wanted a few hours earlier I feel!
The long journey back saw our thoughts turn to taking on Dortmund on Wednesday night.
Another massive and completely different game, both teams will be very much looking to take maximum points from the fixture.
As always we can do our bit to try and help the team achieve just that.
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