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Norwood: Two Goals at Bolton But Very Frustrated
Wednesday, 28th Aug 2019 18:27

You could be forgiven for thinking James Norwood was totally satisfied as he made way for Danny Rowe towards the end of Town’s 5-0 romp at Bolton last weekend, having scored two goals and twice given one of his now cult wrestling celebration GIFs an airing.

But you’d be wrong because new boy Norwood, who had a part in all his side’s goals and whose double took his season’s tally to four, was instead reflecting on what might have been after he saw several scoring chances squandered.

Norwood admitted: “I was very frustrated. Obviously, it was great to get the three points but I looked at that game as a chance to score goals with a 99 per cent chance that we would win it.

“To come off having missed a couple of chances that I’m not used to missing was very frustrating, but after a 5-0 win with a clean sheet and three points we just move on to the next game.

“The missed chances were the type I would expect to put away and I did it regularly for Tranmere last season. But as a striker you can have off days and if my off day is scoring two then I’ll take that every day of the week.”

Norwood looks to be well on course to finish the current campaign the same way he did the last two, with 20-plus goals to his credit, but he smiled: “If Bolton stay in the league – and I hope they do – then, yes, but if they don’t I’m only on two goals.

“I’m a little bit ahead of schedule but the important thing is that we keep that number one spot in the league.

“I don’t think anyone takes a league position too seriously at this stage of the season. There are another four teams alongside us on 11 points so it’s a bit bunched up at the moment.

“It’s our goal difference that puts us top but we’re not getting ahead of ourselves, although it’s nice to be the side that the others are chasing.”

The more goals he scores, the more you can expect to see Norwood on social media with his wrestling-themed GIF celebrations. He caused quite a stir this week, with both the BBC Match of the Day team and wrestler-turned-Hollywood-movie-star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson also responding.

Asked if he was surprised by the reaction, Norwood laughed: “The first one got 1.3 million views and I never saw that coming in a million years.

“I had a little idea that it might take off again with The Rock but I had no idea it would go the levels it went to, with Match of the Day and Dwayne Johnson tweeting me.

“It was a bit of a crazy day for me but I like to have a bit of fun and show that the lads have a personality.

“I know the fans who come to our games see us as footballers but away from football we all have our own lives and our own personalities.

“We were all invited to do a GIF and basically do what we wanted. I’m a bit of a loud character and I thought I’d do something a little bit different. If it brings a few more people to Portman Road, all the better for us and the club.”

Norwood is a big wrestling fan and added: “I always have been and everyone our age sort of grew up on it. It was Kane, The Undertaker, Triple H and The Rock – they were the big guys – and it wasn’t what it’s like now when there’s a lot of different variations of it.

“We grew up watching it week in, week out, and a lot of my friends still watch it. I just thought I’d have a little bit of fun and it’s taken off, so now I’m under pressure to keep them going.

“I’ve got a couple more up my sleeve but it’s going to be difficult to reach the levels of the first couple of weeks, although I don’t want to disappoint either.

“You could say it’s a problem because I score a few but scoring too many goals is not a bad problem to have, although it might mean I have to re-use a couple of the celebrations. The more GIFs I can do, the more they will get shown and it means I’m scoring goals, so I’ll be happy.”

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BlueandTruesince82 added 18:41 - Aug 28
Bolton, sold!

Norwoods brace will remain in the record books as do our 3 points

We are top of the league we are top of the league

ChateauWines added 19:00 - Aug 28
this guy is such a breath of fresh air

Tellitasitis added 19:01 - Aug 28
Norwood is something this football has missed for years still gives away silly free kicks in the opponents half in my opinion but looks like a player that loves being out there.
Not convinced by Jackson yet have not seen this pace he is meant to have hopefully he will prove me wrong.
Slide is underrated he does his job with no fuss people that have played the game will know what I'm talking about.
Like the look of Rowe just need to play with no fear and keep putting crosses in Norwood will do the rest.
Also not sure about the keeper look too big if anything abit robotic, and for me needs to not sure to when he disappointed in mistakes he makes needs to give off an air confidence.

Tellitasitis added 19:03 - Aug 28
** skuse**

runningout added 19:37 - Aug 28
Good professional footballers and sportsmen and sportswomen should never stop improving. The likes of Messi etc l etc know it. It’s a bit odd that this is news to people.

ArnieM added 22:44 - Aug 28
Norwood needs to be “ kind” to himself and give himself a chance to adapt to the higher league football he’s now playing.

He’ll adjust to it and bang them in in increasing rates over second half of the season I think.... then next season he will need to be even more patient as he tries to outwit Championship defenders , who will be an even bigger challenge to him than this season.

KiwiBlue2 added 23:11 - Aug 28
A bit of practice 1 on 1 with our keepers during training would help him really get his eye in as he could have scored 4 or 5 on Saturday. Nonetheless a great start to the season for him and also great to see Jackson tucking them away. So far so good key thing is consistency and keeping it going..... coyb

stewartm added 13:34 - Aug 29
Top Striker for this level and even the Championship, if his finishing gets sharper then there could be no stopping Norwood!

scottrock added 14:09 - Aug 29
Does anyone have the video of them talking about the Norwood GIF on MOTD? Or know when in the programme it was? Thanks,

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