Losing to Wigan Was Not Part of Norwich City’s Survival Plan

By James Kent
Norwich City
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I think it’s fair to say that the majority of Norwich City fans are now a little scared following a defeat to Wigan Athletic that wasn’t part of the plan. The most significant piece of damage from the 1-0 defeat was seeing the Canaries moved to within four points of the relegation zone.

It’s a gap that is a little bit uncomfortable, especially given that fans feel we could be as much as 10 points clear. But it’s important to remember that the second season in the Premier League is always a very difficult one. It was never going to be an easy survival job.

Of course, Chris Hughton’s tactics of playing for a draw look bad now, but everyone would have thought a point at Wigan would have been a perfectly decent result. After all, this is the part in the season where the 17th place side play their best football.

Hughton went on with a game plan and on this occasion, it didn’t quite come off. But that will happen occasionally over the course of the season. The important thing to remember is that it’s the exception rather than the rule.

Whatever you think of Hughton’s tactics, nullifying the opposition has been something that has worked reasonably well. Therefore, there is little reason to worry about the possibility of Aston Villa and Reading coming to Carrow Road to grab all three points. Clearly, if that was to happen, then Norwich would be in big trouble, but that is a big if.


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