While any point against Arsenal is valuable, it was a measure of Norwich City’s second-half performance that I came away from Sunday’s game disappointed that we didn’t pick up all three.
I must admit when Mesut Ozil slotted Arsenal into a first-half lead, having dominated the early proceedings, I thought City were in for a very long and painful afternoon.
City showed Arsenal too much respect early on but credit has to go to Alex Neil’s side for showing a resilience to get back into the game.
At the forefront of the comeback was Lewis Grabban and his very own return from the wilderness, marked with an important goal – one which I hope will finally see some fans get off his back.
While what happened in August was unacceptable, the level of pure hate – and that’s what it is – towards Grabban by some was quite frankly a disgrace.
But that’s what I like about our manager, he’s not afraid to make the unpopular decisions and, fortunately for both, the decision paid off.
I understand that some people are never going to ‘forgive’ Lewis but he is still a City player and as long as he gives 100 per cent, he’ll get my support.
And 100 per cent is what we will need as we travel to Watford tomorrow – a team who have impressed on their return to the top flight.
I’m done trying to predict Neil’s team selection but what I will say is that he got his tactics spot on when we visited Vicarage Road last season - and that gives me confidence.
What also gives me belief is City’s improved defensive record, conceding less in the last five games (including facing Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal) than they did in the Newcastle debacle.
Ryan Bennett deserves serious credit for that and I will give him the final word after his ‘game changing’ push on Alexis Sanchez which caused so much outrage among the Arsenal fans, including a certain Piers Morgan.
Here’s to three points and a clean sheet on the road.