White Hart pain
Matt Murray told Soccer Special that Tottenham's late-season dip in form is a real concern.
Last Updated: 10/04/12 9:12am
Norwich produced their most impressive performance of the season to record a momentous 2-1 victory over stuttering Spurs at White Hart Lane.
The home fans fell silent when Anthony Pilkington broke the deadlock early on and although Jermain Defoe levelled with a slick finish, Elliott Bennett connected sweetly to lift the Canaries to ninth in an excellent Premier League season with victory.
Matt Murray told Soccer Special afterwards: "Norwich were absolutely brilliant. They really deserved it. They had three good penalty claims turned down too.
"We talked about Grant Holt maybe getting a shout for England. He didn't score today but his work-rate was excellent and he's massive for them."
"Tottenham were really disappointing. Gareth Bale hit the bar and John Ruddy made a top save from Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the first half. Harry Redknapp made the changes bringing Rafa van der Vaart on and Emmanuel Adebayor at half-time, but they didn't really create that much.
"Spurs looked lethargic. Their energy levels weren't up there and Norwich definitely beat them on that front. The visitors closed down well and were first to all the second balls. It's a real concern for Redknapp.
"The home wingers, Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale - the Norwich boys doubled on them and they didn't have much of an effect. Lennon was really quiet. Defoe got his goal but other than that didn't look like scoring, and at the back they were all over the place.
"I know Ledley King hasn't played much and Younes Kaboul went off injured, but they really got given the run-around. Scott Parker's going to be a big miss for any time and that bite is what they needed. He takes a game by the scruff of the neck."
With Spurs due to meet Chelsea in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, Murphy believes the north Londoners must regroup quickly if they are to save a season that promised so much.
Murray added: "If Redknapp thought: 'I'll rest Scott Parker for the FA Cup semi-final,' he may end up regretting it because Spurs need to be in that top four. Norwich have come here and dominated the game for long spells.
"If they don't finish in the top four, Spurs will be ever so disappointed but they'll also be focusing on their Cup tradition and thinking: 'We can turn Chelsea over.' If they can do so, then that may give them the confidence to kick on in the league."