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The best of 100… Alex Tettey’s top five Premier League games

1 August 2020

As Alex Tettey hit his 100th Premier League appearances milestone against Chelsea a few weeks back, we thought we’d take a look at his top five games in the topflight.

From the occasional stunner of a goal to the consistency in his box-to-box duties, here are Tettey’s top five performances in the Premier League.

Norwich City 1-2 Sheffield United – 8 December 2019

It may have been a loss, but this game was one of Tettey’s best in recent history irrespectively.

Hosting Chris Wilder’s Blades side for the first time in the topflight of the 2019-20 campaign, it was the Canaries who dominated the first-half, continually knocking on the door in search of a goal.

It was Tettey who found that goal, and what a goal it was. A corner was delivered to the Blades box, the midfielder heading it straight in the air and moving around the collecting mass of players looking to catch its freefall.

As the ball came off Christoph Zimmermann, Tettey put his boot through it on the volley, threading the needle through the players into the bottom corner.

His only goal of the recent Premier League campaign, but one of many consistent showings of both attacking and defensive prowess, this game finds its way into the top five of the Norwegian’s performances.

Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City – 14 September 2019

We just had to throw this one in. You don't need reminding that this game was something special, not just for Tettey, but the entire Canaries squad on that day in September.

Coming up against the previous season’s league champions as Daniel Farke’s side were just settling into the topflight, this game was a big test as to how the Canaries’ philosophy would fair against the dominant teams.

Over the course of 90 minutes, Canaries fans minds were blown. The seemingly impossible had just been done, Farke had led his side to a win over Pep Guardiola’s league winning team.

Tettey was involved in the full 90 minutes of this game, captaining his side with a consistency and composure we’ve all grown to love over his seven years at the club, this surely one of his highs in the yellow and green.

Norwich City 1-0 Southampton – 2 January 2016

Whilst this goal is one of Tettey’s finer finishes, it may be more memorable for some as it was the only goal in this fixture against Southampton.

On the end of a poorly-timed tackle from Victor Wanyama in the 73rd minute, which saw the Kenyan get a second booking and subsequent red card, Tettey was the one to put the final nail in the coffin for the Saints.

Making a 27-minute appearance, Vadis Odjidja was the playmaker setting this goal in motion, when he found Tettey in open space of the 18-yard box. The Norwegian caught it sweetly first time, finessing his finish into the top corner to seal a three-point victory for the Canaries.

Speaking after the game, the midfielder said: “I said before, if I score a goal it’ll be talked about, but today it was nice to do a Yaya Toure!

“I was really happy when I made contact with the ball and saw it go in, it was a great goal.”

Manchester United 1-2 Norwich City – 19 December 2015

This is where things get a bit more memorable. As Alex Neil’s Canaries walked onto the pitch of Old Trafford, they were coming into the game the underdogs by a large margin.

City hadn’t won a game at the Theatre of Dreams since 1989. Little did they know, Tettey would play a hand in changing that.

Already setting one up, thanks to Cameron Jerome blazing one past David De Gea in the 38th minute, City were holding on as tightly as they could to their lead.

That pressure eased when Jerome played Tettey one-on-one with De Gea, the Norwegian lacing it past him to double the lead. Going on to win the game, Tettey’s cushion came into action when it helped the Canaries concede one to Anthony Martial.

It wasn’t likely to be the way self-confessed United fan Tettey would want to score at Old Trafford, but that surely could be ticked off the bucket list after that game, as well as updating the history books.

Norwich City 2-0 Sunderland – 22 March 2014

This just had to be in the list, didn’t it? An all-important fixture for both Sunderland and City, three points was worth it’s weight in gold for this clash.

A win for Sunderland could’ve proven crucial to escape the dreaded drop, whilst a win for City would just boost them further away as they entered the last eight fixtures.

After Robert Snodgrass had already put City 1-0 up by the 20th minute, hopes were high for the Canaries to maintain their lead for the final dash of the league.

You can guarantee every hope was exceeded by an incredible margin when Tettey stepped up, catching a headed clearance sweetly first time, his shot blitzing straight into the top corner. It was nothing but jubilation at Carrow Road when that one went in, and for good reason!

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