August 31 2015 Latest news:
Sunday, August 17, 2014
It’s fair to say Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes saw the ball float over his head a lot at Carrow Road on Saturday. And it wasn’t by accident either.
Lewis Grabban, City’s £3m-plus summer signing from Bournemouth, got his tally up and running with a delightful – if deflected – chip, Bradley Johnson having lobbed the opener.
“It’s a good moment for me, to get off the mark and also get our first win – it’s been a positive day,” said Grabban. “We’d done a little bit of work and Gomes likes to come out, so that was in my mind. And he was off his line again, so I just tried to go for it. We hadn’t really worked on it in the week, but it was something that was out there and something you can try to take advantage of. So we tried to do that.”
No doubt it worked too, as City recovered from their opening day defeat at Wolves. That result had stirred some painful memories of last season – especially of strikers. That’s part of the reason why Grabban is now at Carrow Road.
“I mean, last season is pretty irrelevant now – especially for me,” he added. “In terms of coming into the club and getting my first goal, it’s important and I’m happy to do that.
“But it’s a long season and I’ve got to get a lot more goals before it’s considered a success. There’s no target – it’s just trying to get as high a ratio of goals from the chances I get as I can, and go from there.
“When we get over the halfway line, the manager gives us the freedom to rotate. When we’re more defensive, we have the shape. But in terms of when we go attacking, you can go wherever.
“If Laffs (Kyle Lafferty) wants to come in the middle, he can and I’ll drift out wide. We just try to rotate and cause problems with our movement.
“The gaffer asked him to do a job today out there on the wing and I thought he did very well.
“He created some chances and played with high energy, and you need that in this league. He caused a lot of problems.”