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Iwan Roberts: My Norwich City landmark is best forgotten!

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:50 23 March 2018

Iwan Roberts gets to make his 300th appearance
 for City after being named on the bench by then manager Nigel Worthington. Picture: Archant

Iwan Roberts gets to make his 300th appearance for City after being named on the bench by then manager Nigel Worthington. Picture: Archant

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Congratulations to Josh Murphy after he made his 100th appearance in that game – it’s a lovely personal landmark for Josh who quite clearly is enjoying his football at the minute and is loving life at the club this season.

If I’m totally honest I can’t remember my 100th appearance for Norwich, but I do remember my 300th, even if it was just about two minutes of a cameo appearance up at Turf Moor.

There had been a lot made of the game against Burnley as most people expected me to start, but Nigel Worthington had other ideas!

On the Friday before we travelled up to Burnley I was very kindly presented with a Norwich shirt with the number 300 on the back from the kind people at Archant.

I’ve still got it, along with all my other shirts – and that was probably the highlight of the weekend for me.

Iwan Roberts with his 300 shirt, courtesy of Archant. Picture: ArchantIwan Roberts with his 300 shirt, courtesy of Archant. Picture: Archant

When we were playing away from home we’d have our pre-match meal in our hotel at 12am and then we’d have a team meeting at 1pm, just before we got on our coach to make what was normally a 15-20 minute journey to the ground.

In the team meetings Nigel would name his starting XI, but would wait until he got to the ground to name the subs.

I still have no idea why he’d wait until we’d get to the changing rooms before naming who was on the bench.

Nigel, as you’d expect, always started by naming his keeper, then the back four and his midfield and finally the two lads up front.

I was gutted, after all the talk leading up to the game about me making my 300th appearance for the club, when he named Matty Svensson as the partner to Leon McKenzie up front instead of the me.

Needless to say I wasn’t a happy chappy and got onto the coach without muttering a word to anyone.

It was some game, with plenty of goals; we won 5-3, having been behind twice in the game, and typically like many of Nigel’s big controversial decisions that season, he was proved right in starting Matty as he bagged a brace, as did Hucks.

And just to rub salt into the wound, Leon got himself on the scoresheet too!

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I did get onto the field, but with only about two minutes of the game to go to make the briefest of appearances for my 300th for Norwich City. However, to make matters slightly worse, I don’t think I managed to touched the ball let alone get a chance to score which would have meant the world to me in such a landmark for me.

The win against Reading last weekend was Norwich’s first in their last eight games – just what they needed with just eight games to go in what’s been at times a frustrating season.

Last season at Carrow Road the lads put seven past Reading and, having scored three in the opening 37 minutes on Saturday, I bet many of you thought “here we go again”.

Sadly, after James Maddison slotted his third penalty in as many games, that was the end of the scoring as far as Norwich were concerned.

Reading had other ideas and made a valiant comeback but once again left Norwich empty-handed.

It’s a blank weekend for City with internationals taking centre stage, and I’m going to have a proper moan at Gareth Southgate about his omission of Angus Gunn from his England squad, especially when’s he picked four keepers for the games against Holland and Italy.

I’m staggered by the inclusion of Joe Hart, especially after the season he’s had at West Ham.

Even though he started the Hammers’ last game (the 3-h Home loss against Burnley) over the last three or four months he’s been the club’s number two behind Adrian.

Hart’s time has been and gone and it’s now time for younger, better keepers to be given an opportunity and after the season Angus has had he should have been in this England squad, especially after being called up for their last game against Brazil.

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