River End fans hungry for a Norwich City goal
PUBLISHED: 22:45 14 December 2012 | UPDATED: 09:51 15 December 2012
Goal-starved fans at one end of Carrow Road will be hoping Norwich City can give them a rare close-up view of their finishing prowess today.
Not one of the eight goals the Canaries have netted at home in the Premier League this season has been scored at the River End of the ground.
Supporters in the Norwich & Peterborough Stand have had only a long-distance view of more dramatic developments in the Barclay Stand goalmouth, including Grant Holt’s winner against Arsenal, the Anthony Pilkington header that sank Manchester United and both goals in the last home victory over Sunderland.
In fact, City have not scored a league goal in front of River End fans for eight months – since midfielder Andrew Surman struck in the 6-1 home defeat by Manchester City on April 14, hardly an afternoon that will live in the memory.
They have scored 10 times in nine home league games since that crushing defeat by the champions – all those goals coming at the Barclay end.
True, City have given the River End regulars some joy in the Capital One Cup this season, with a Wes Hoolahan penalty against Scunthorpe and the two late goals that knocked out Tottenham.
But as the Canaries look for their fifth successive Premier League home win against Wigan Athletic this afternoon (3pm), midfielder Bradley Johnson, left, is at a loss to explain why it appears to be almost one-way traffic.
“Maybe it’s the way we start games,” he said, a reference to the fact that City normally kick towards the Barclay first and have scored most of their goals in the first half.
“We start games well and we’ve got to put things right in the second half. I don’t know why – maybe it’s a coincidence.
“We’ve been winning so I hope we can carry on and do the same.”