Norwich City’s wonder goals were the best I’ve seen at Carrow Road and why I’m against youngsters heading
11:44 16 February 2017
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I’ve played over 750 games in my career and have watched hundreds of games over the years, but never in my life have I seen a team score five better goals in one game than Norwich did last weekend against Nottingham Forest.
All five were excellent – but two stood out for me, as, I am sure, they did for everyone else.
I must say I really enjoyed Wes Hoolahan’s wonder goal. He showed all his technical ability and magnificent vision in the way he controlled the ball, adjusted his body, looked up to see the Stephen Henderson outside his six-yard box and his left-footed strike was inch perfect to beat the Forest keeper.
It’s okay seeing that opportunity, but you have to be a special player to execute and finish like Wes did. However, I think we all would agree that Wes is a very special player.
On any other day Wes’ goal would have been the best of the game, but in all the games I’ve played at Carrow Road and the games I’ve seen from there on television, I have never seen a better goal than Jonny Howson’s unbelievable volley.
I’ve watched that strike over and over again – and I didn’t do that with my goals!
I remember a magnificent goal Youseff Safri scored against Newcastle in April 2005 which was a bit special, but Jonny’s was better – much better.
I love watching Justin Fashanu’ goal of the season winning goal against Liverpool back in 1980 (and I’m a Liverpool fan) – but it wasn’t as good as Howson’s.
Jonny’s got a great strike on him, we all know that, but I don’t think he’ll strike a sweeter ball or score a better goal in his career. Mind you, I’d loved to be proved wrong!
It was the way he watched that ball fall from a good height on to his right foot, got his body position perfect to smash a controlled volley into the top corner – right in front of the Barclay End.
There’s been a lot of talk over the last week about kids heading a ball and should they really be doing this at a young age, as the University Of Stirling has proved that heading the ball can have an adverse effect on a child’s brain.
The Welsh FA are contemplating banning kids from the age of 10 and under from heading a ball and this is something I fully back and support.
Some people might be slightly shocked by me supporting this. After all, I was quite handy in the air and scored nearly 100 goals with my head, but I didn’t learn how to head properly until I joined Watford when I was 17.
I didn’t become good in the air because I started heading the ball from a young age – it’s something I worked on with Tom Walley (youth team manager at Watford) on a daily basis. After we had finished training, Tom would take me aside with Dean Holdsworth and we would practice for nearly an hour heading the ball into the back of the net, and believe you me our heads were banging after.
If you ban children from 10 years and under from heading the ball it will give them an opportunity to work on other skills which will no doubt help them develop and improve as footballers.
After a good point on Tuesday night against league leaders Newcastle the lads travel up to face struggling Burton Albion for only the second time in the club’s history.
Norwich won the only previous meeting between the two clubs 3-1 back in September last year. Burton, like Rotherham and Wigan, are fighting for their Championship lives so the lads can’t take anything for granted.
Norwich are on a good run, having not lost in their last six games, but with all four clubs in the play-off positions winning in midweek, Alex Neil and his players know that they cannot afford to slip up at the Pirelli Stadium tomorrow afternoon.