Alex Tettey welcomes his wonder goal and the return of Norwich City’s clap banners
18:34 23 March 2014
What price would you put on Alex Tettey’s incredible volley? It is certainly a goal competing with the very best to ever grace Carrow Road.
A thing of beauty, embellished by the fact it was the first time Norwich City had mustered the first two goals in a Premier League game at home this season.
Enhanced by coming with three Premier League points that, for the first time in a long time, feel like they have handed Chris Hughton’s men a bit of daylight to the relegation zone.
And for Tettey, he hopes his sublime goal is worth at least 20 strikes in training.
“I have a bet with some of the physios to score 30 goals in training before the end of the season – and hopefully with the one I scored today, they’re going to cancel the challenge,” smiled the midfielder.
“That must be worth 30 goals in training. I have nine or 10 at the moment – so only 20 more to go…
“I was telling the guys in the dressing room at half-time that we haven’t won yet – come and tell me it’s a good goal after 90 minutes, because I remember here against Sunderland last season we played very well in the first half and then in the second half they had a go at us and it almost finished 2-2. So that’s why I was telling some of the guys, let’s finish the game and then we can celebrate.”
Coincidentally, it was that game last season City racked up the passes for Anthony Pilkington to score for another eye-catching goal – although not a patch on Tettey’s effort. Sadly the Norwegian felt he had little time to revel in its glory – just don’t view it as a fluke.
“I’ve just seen Wayne (Rooney) has scored a goal at West Ham from the halfway line – so mine isn’t even the goal of the day,” he added. “But my favourite team is Man United and it’s Wayne, so he can have it. They can win, West Ham can lose points and we can catch them up.
“I scored one before in Rosenborg like that when I played in Norway, but this one was better because of the speed of the ball and it was a little bit further back. I had a similar one in training I think about two weeks ago – that was from about 20 yards, on the volley as well.”
Sadly for Tettey, Robert Snodgrass – scorer of the crucial, but arguably forgotten opening goal – wasn’t backing him up.
“I don’t think mine will get as many replays – but a goal’s a goal,” said the Scot. “It was a tremendous finish by Alex. It was one of those ones you just catch and I’m delighted for him, because he has worked really hard this season.
“I don’t think I’ve seen him do that before – sorry Alex, I’d love to say I have. But I’m delighted he did it and hopefully he can keep doing it.
“When you score goals like that, it just shows you’ve got it in you and gives him confidence to do it more.
“Everybody needs to score. I thought Johan Elmander’s work rate, and Ricky (van Wolfswinkel), it was different class. And that’s what it takes. Sometimes you’re not always the hero – but you’re the hero in the boys’ eyes, and that’s exactly what it was.”
The final word was saved for Tettey – scorer of the one of the best goals Carrow Road has ever seen.
“I don’t know where that came from,” he admitted. “It was a good strike and a good goal. I’ve been hoping to score in the Premier League and it came this way, it came in a 2-0 win, the team was playing well and everything at the end was good.
“I didn’t mean it for the top corner. I had a good strike – that’s all I can say. It was going beautifully inside the post so I’m very pleased.
“In all of the other leagues I’ve played in I have scored goals, so to get a Premier League goal here I’m very pleased.”
The atmosphere at Carrow Road lived up to the occasion too.
Tettey added: “Before the game I said we had to treat it like a cup final and when I came out to warm-up, I saw those clapping things – I don’t know what you call them in English.
“Then I knew, I had a feeling like last season when we had those few games left, and every home game we had the fans behind us and we had a good feeling. So that was nice.”