A superb Norwich performance gave them relief at the bottom of the table but it looks as if Tottenham’s push for the top four is over.
Spurs have slipped well behind Liverpool, who won today, and so it seems the Europa League is beckoning once again.
The win sees Norwich pull clear of the relegation zone and with that here are the three things we learned from the game.
Chris Hughton’s side produced an excellent display that saw them push their way clear of the relegation zone and relieve the obvious pressure.
Fighting spirit had been lacking lately but it returned in front of their home crowd who got behind their team from the kick off.
The quality of the goal along with forward play of Ricky van Wolfswinkel will make the headline but defensively they were sound too and don’t look like a team on the verge of relegation.
— Jason Sparkes (@elsparkez) February 23, 2014
— Taylor Eadie (@eadie11jr) February 23, 2014
When did Norwich turn into Man City? #ncfc
— Graeme Cole (@Percycola) February 23, 2014
Hindsight is a great thing, especially in football, but surely most people could see at the time that Tim Sherwood should have made additions to his squad in January?
A number of positions need quality additions and they are suffering now with Liverpool looking like a shoe-in to finish in the top four.
The chance of Champions League football is all but over for Sherwood’s side and failing to add a defender and striker in January is playing a huge part in that.
Why didn’t Spurs sign a left back in January?! Always getting caught out down that flank.
— Steven Hillhouse (@splrangers) February 23, 2014
Talk of Hughton having to win this game in order to keep his job may have been true, but we will never find out.
What we do know is that Norwich were excellent and much of that has to be down to the manager.
His decision to play Van Wolfswinkel on his own up front was justified and his fellow new signing Gary Hooper looked equally effective when he came on.
The system to nullify Spurs worked wonders and so Hughton will now surely be given time to continue their revival and look to pull clear of the drop zone.
— Mark Bright (@Mark__Bright) February 23, 2014
Very happy for Chris Hughton tonight. One of the nicest guys in football. Always comes across with real class and dignity. #NCFC
— juliette ferrington (@juliette_grace) February 23, 2014