Iwan Roberts - Norwich City should have had that penalty against West Ham

Should Andrew  Surman have won a penalty for Norwich City last weekend? Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images Should Andrew Surman have won a penalty for Norwich City last weekend? Picture: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images

Iwan Roberts
Friday, September 21, 2012
2:15 PM

The goalless draw against West Ham was the Canaries’ third consecutive stalemate, leaving them still searching for their first Premier League victory of the season. I think the lads did enough to win the game, but just couldn’t find the goal they needed.

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On another day they would have been awarded a couple of penalties, with Robert Snodgrass being brought down by Matt Taylor and Andrew Surman – who was excellent on Saturday – clumsily tackled by James Collins. Referee Chris Foy thought the Welshman’s challenge was inches outside the box, but after seeing the incident a few times it shows the first contact made was on the 18-yard line, which is part of the penalty area. Therefore, a penalty should have been awarded.

I said at the start of the season that scoring goals had been a bit of a problem in pre-season and it seems to have continued into the opening matches.

Only two goals have been scored in the opening four games, which isn’t a great return, especially when you think that last season only the top six clubs scored more goals than the Canaries. Chances were created on Saturday, but sadly they weren’t taken.

Holty is yet to find the goal scoring touch of last season. However, I’m sure the goals will soon come for Grant if he continues to work hard and get into the right areas of the penalty box.

I do think the team is slightly missing the creativity of Wes Hoolahan and David Fox in the centre of the park, both possessing the passing ability to thread a ball through a defence and open things up in the final third.

I’m sure that nobody is pressing the panic button yet, though, as it’s still very early days, and yes, while the lads are still to taste victory so far this season they haven’t tasted defeat since the opener against Fulham.

In the past three games the lads have been a very hard side to break down, and just to note they have more points at this stage of the season than they did in the last campaign.

The next few fixtures are going to be tough with away trips to Newcastle and Chelsea and home games against Liverpool and Arsenal. If the lads can extend their unbeaten run to seven games they are going to have to be at their very best.

The Canaries don’t play until Sunday afternoon this weekend as Newcastle were playing Maritimo of Portugal in the Europa League last night.

Alan Pardew’s men will have had two tough away games after Norwich’s goalless draw against West Ham last Saturday and this could provide the lads with a slight advantage.

Newcastle aren’t quite firing like they were at the beginning of last season and have won only one of their opening four games, although these fixtures have included trips to in-form Chelsea and Everton.

Let’s not forget, of course, that Chris Hughton is going back to the club where many believe he was treated unfairly, the club relinquishing him of his services only months after he guided them back into the Premier League.

So let’s all hope that the boys can go up to the Sports Direct Arena and get their first win of the campaign, getting a little bit of pay-back for their manager in the process.

10 comments

  • From http:www.canaries.co.uk "Five minutes before half-time there was more drama as Collins scythed Surman down right on the edge of the West Ham box. City felt it should have been a penalty, but Mr Foy awarded a free-kick right on the line, with replays suggesting he got it right."

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    Vinny Ryan

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • 'but after seeing the incident a few times it shows the first contact made was on the 18-yard line' -Incorrect

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    Max Richardson

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • It was a free kick , nothing else , move on people nothing to see here

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    John Lyall

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • Is this news? 6 days is a long time in football. On Sunday this may have some relevance, the following Friday, irrelevant.

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    norfolkngood

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • If you read it says that on the replays it was on the line therefore a penalty, to be honest, if you were watching too you must've thought it was a penalty, given where Surman landed, and obviously the landing isn't where the penalty is given but it's horribly unlucky for us not to get the decision. Considering last season against Stoke when Walters was challenged about 4 yards outside the penalty area, fell down once he got inside the box and the penalty was given. I think we were really unlucky.

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    Billy

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • Are you Kidding? Norwich manager Chris Hughton himself even said the referee got the decisions correct! ------------------------------------ “There were possibly two incidents in the first half in their box and having seen the second one again I do think that was very close, but on the line,” he said. “On another occasion and another ref then that is given. I think he had two penalty calls to make and he got both right in that period. “He booked the lad as well and my first thoughts now are he probably got it right. Surman had done well to go a touch wider, but my first impressions at the time were it was a yellow card and probably not a red one. I thought he had a very good game today. ---------- So what are you on about?

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    Vinny Ryan

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • The general concensus from everyone (press, pundits, Norwich managers) has been that the decision's were spot on. This is the first argument I have seen against it.

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    Vinny Ryan

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • And in other news: Iwan Says- "That rain we had on Wednesday? An absolute disgrace. Should've been sunny. Said so on the forecast...".

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    Timbo

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • Dean Ashton, who played for both Norwich and West Ham during his career, feels it's tough for referees to keep up with the pace of the modern game. And he says the officials should receive praise when they get the big decisions correct. He added: "We slate referees enough and I think we should praise them when they get decisions right. "He got two big decisions in West Ham's favour and he got them right. I think we should praise him for that because it's very difficult being a referee with the speed of the game. "The second one was inches away from the line and he made a great call. He can feel pleased with himself that he's had a good game."

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    Vinny Ryan

    Friday, September 21, 2012

  • What replays were you watching, Iwan?! On the line my arris! And where he fell is irrelevant. You can't complain about Stoke last year and then say we were unlucky not to get this one. Luck's got nothing to do with it. The ref got it right, end of!

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    Smudger75

    Saturday, September 22, 2012

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