Brilliant from Bart, but not so much from the ref!
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My dear old granny used to love to hate Mick McManus.
Every Saturday afternoon, she would settle down for a good boo as McManus did his dastardly thing on ITV’s World of Sport.
I’m sure she would be delighted to know that his skills are still being used in the world of professional football, no less.
I could have sworn it was nasty Mick who hauled David McGoldrick to the ground in the Norwich penalty area early in yesterday’s derby game.
But apparently – according to the ref, anyway – that’s perfectly OK. In fact, so ok that he gave a free kick against McGoldrick!
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That was the big talking point of a first-half in which we were under the cosh pretty much throughout.
The second half was more even, but Norwich had all the chances. We did the Mick McCarthy thing - gritted our teeth, defended bravely, frustrated our hosts - and scored with our only clear-cut chance. Classic McCarthy.
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Bart was absolutely brilliant, yet again, and he will be gutted that he let Murphy’s shot sneak in at the near post. He deserved his Sky man of the match award.
Bizarre how Knudsen has become a derby legend, scoring in both games this season. They are his only goals for Town - but how important have they been!
So, honours even for the season. I guess we will be more pleased about that than our friends in yellow and green. Their play-off hopes are looking rather dodgy at the moment.
For us, supposedly fearsome February has ended with us unbeaten in the month. Who saw that coming?
There are two months left in the season, and we need to make the most of what will be, in the main, meaningless games for us.
McCarthy should play the youngsters to work out who can become a regular next season.
Finally, it was really good to see Tommy Smith back on the pitch again. Welcome back, Tommy. I’m sure he will have a big part to play next season, alongside Adam Webster.