Nobody rates us, but we don't care. Against Sunderland, Anthony Pilkington scored a goal of real quality. It was the end of a long passing move and was finished emphatically after a clever turn having got on the end of an excellent through ball, so it's nice that some media outlets still occasionally refer to him as Kevin Pilkington.
He's one of many good players currently at Norwich City, but you wouldn't know that if you only paid attention to some newspapers, who continue to label Norwich as a team of 'Championship' players with a couple of standout players.
Of course the players highlighted are usually Sebastian Bassong and Javier Garrido. They have both played for 'big' clubs, so it's fine to say that they are good players, because that won't offend anyone. But woe betide you should you suggest that one of our so-called Championship players might actually have some talent!
There is rarely media speculation linking Norwich players with moves to other clubs, except for the massive kerfuffle around Grant Holt last summer. You might think he was the only player that other clubs were interested in, but you would be wrong as various clubs made various offers for various members of our squad.
Most people seem to have caught on to the idea that Wes Hoolahan should be playing for Ireland. After a couple of years of being excellent in the Premier League it finally seems to have sunk in that although he plays for Norwich he is actually really good.
I get the feeling that sooner or later, one of our younger lads is going to get a big move. Someone will make an offer to Norwich which is simply too good to turn down, they'll pay the money, he'll go on to do well with a bigger and more fashionable team and everyone will turn round and tell us
what we've known for ages, that said player is really good.
It could be Pilkington, it could be Elliott Bennett, and it could be Bradley Johnson or Jonny Howson, all of whom the club brought in cheaply from clubs further down the ladder who knew exactly how good they were but weren't able to give them a chance in the Premier League that we could offer and so were forced to let go of their promising young starlet.
The exception to this is John Ruddy, who has been excellent this year but who has now suffered unfortunately from a serious injury. On the back of clean-sheets against Arsenal and Manchester United in games that Norwich won it would be hard not to compliment the goalkeeper but we signed Ruddy from Everton, he's not a Championship player so it's fine for him to get recognition and even an England cap.
I take you back to Pilkington's goal against Sunderland. The 29 passes in the build up to that goal were the most by a team in the Premier League for a goal this season. But you don't hear anything about our passing football, you might hear the odd mention about Chris Hughton having us well organised, but everyone is careful not to talk about our quality.
Norwich keep getting good results and any manager will tell you, there's no real secret to it, what you need is good players. Norwich has good players, it's just that for the most part nobody seems to realise this or is reluctant to say so. I'm sick of hearing that we don't look good on paper when we keep getting good results. Opinions are blinded by reputation, rather than opening your eyes and seeing what is actually happening on the pitch, this needs to change.