I have said it before and I will say it again that Norwich City will not be dragged into this relegation fight. There seems to be a state of paranoia that things are all going to go wrong in the last few games of the season. All of a sudden, QPR, Aston Villa, Wigan, Newcastle, Sunderland and friends will win every game and Norwich will hit a losing streak.
As I have said to many people, where exactly is the tangible evidence to back up this quite absurd prediction. And I am yet to hear anyone tell me why it might happen, therefore, I have to put it down to just plain old fear. Of course, it is also sprinkled in with a disdain for the defensive football that Chris Hughton likes to employ.
After all, we can’t quite possibly create a theory that says that containing the opposition and being hard to break down is a strategy that might actually work. If we do, then where does that leave the beautiful game and all those lovers of the free-flowing attacking stuff. I will join the majority in a wish to see some more attacking, expansive football over the next few weeks.
But I have full faith in what Chris Hughton is doing and will leave tactical matters up to him. Whatever you think about our attacking play this season, there is absolutely no doubt that Hughton has done a stellar job from a defensive point of view.
It’s easy to think that Norwich should have won those home games against the likes of Newcastle, Fulham and Southampton. But let’s remember that the opposition weren’t able to find that all-important breakthrough either, and this in my mind is the crucial factor.
The latest example came in the Sunderland game, where it was proved yet again that Norwich’s rivals simply can’t breakdown the Canaries. And this is the reason why the Norfolk side will not be pushed into the relegation dogfight. Some people seem to be fearing that Norwich won’t win another game this season. This is largely an irrational fear and I certainly believe that the side will record another one or two wins this season.
But even if they don’t, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be drafted into the relegation picture. After all, the club is still seven points clear of the drop zone with games running out. Unless teams suddenly workout how to breakthrough, then a considerable gap will remain.
There is, of course, always the threat of the Wigan run at this time of the year, especially after their dramatic 2-1 win against Newcastle. But that is only one team in the mix, and even if they successfully pull out, it is more than likely they will be replaced with an Aston Villa or Sunderland. There is certainly some winnable games to come and I’m sure Norwich will steer themselves clear of danger.