With around eight teams in contention of relegation, any point in the Premier League is a good point. Especially at the business end of the season. The AMEX hosted Brighton v Huddersfield in a potential ‘do or die’ game for both sides. With their previous meeting resulting in a 2-0 win for Huddersfield back in December, the Seagulls were hungry for revenge but also for three points to lift them away from any danger of relegation. Huddersfield on the other hand were desperate for points being only three clear of the relegation zone at the time.
Spurs have had a better European season than last season by far, they pathetically crashed out of the champions league group stages without a whimper.
This season they finished top of their group, while also beating Dortmund and Real Madrid. So it seemed promising when they fought back to a 2-2 draw with Juventus.
I was invited out by a mate of mine who had a spare ticket to watch Norwich vs Hull, and it sounded like a good match, two teams pushing for promotion. I saw Norwich play before earlier in the season when I was in the away end when Sunderland won 1-3 and I thought they played quite poorly, so was interested to see if they’ve improved.
Well from the first ten to twenty minutes, Norwich were all over Hull, a better final third and they would have been winning by one or two goals, for some reason Norwich throughout the game up until the final minutes seemed afraid to go for it, which frustrated the crowd at times.
Hull started coming into the game however, and they took advantage of Pinto going missing several times during the first half, which led to them taking the lead, with Dicko scoring the opener.
We went downstairs to get a drink at half time and discussed with other Norwich fans who felt similar to us. No changes for the teams when they came out for the 2nd half and it started the same how the first half ended, with hull being the more aggressive team.
The match however was about to change in the favour for Norwich , David Myler was rightfully sent off after a second bookable offence, Norwich then brought on Nelson Oliveira Ira, who is probably their best player, Norwich grew more and more confident as the 2nd half went on, hull meanwhile were playing for time and knew as the clock was ticking down all they had to do was defend. Norwich were getting closer and closer each time. Then the official announced 5 extra minutes, which encouraged the crowd to really get behind the team, Norwich were giving everything they had pushing for that important goal.Norwich and hull fans were both waiting for the whistle to go, both for different reasons. Corner after corner Norwich kept getting, Then they got one final chance, a long throw to Jerome, who flicked it in for Oliveira, who then slid it into the goal. Cue bedlam, fans jumping up and down, hugging their mates or family, limbs everywhere as they say.
In the end I think Norwich were the better team and with better finishing and confidence would have won easily. The red card did change the game however and I feel that hull would have been happy to sit back and come out winners if that was the case
Norwich fans I will say are still the best fans I’ve seen this season, loud and proud and still fairly noisy when they were losing.
Hull city fans I felt disappointed me, hardly heard a peep from them no proper celebrations when they scored which I felt strange , and the chants I had heard were stolen off other clubs, so no originality there.
Overall it was a really good match and I do think Norwich have a very good chance of getting promoted this season.
On a lovely evening at the home of the Red Bulls, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, at around 7pm local time (00:00 GMT), it was time for the Red Bulls and the Impact to go head to head for the 3rd time this season. The Red Bulls won the last meeting 3-1, with a hat trick from Bradley Wright Phillips. A win for the New York Red Bulls would guarantee the hosts a play off spot, and move them up to first place in the conference.
New York Red Bulls went looking to win against rivals, DC United, having given up a 2 goal lead last time they met in the MLS. On the pitch before kick off, the US national anthem was sung in memory of the September 11th attacks and the US flag was held out over the pitch, and the South Ward held up a wonderful tifo remembering the attacks. We shall never forget.
New York’s push to avoid the knockout stage of the play offs continued to blossom as New York beat Montreal Impact, by the scoreline of three goals to one.