The term ‘must-win’ is often overused in football, but if Norwich City are clinging on to the feint hope that this season can end in promotion, tomorrow’s game falls into that category.
City travel to sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday knowing that with the gap between the two sides standing at six points, defeat would all but consign the club to another season in the Championship.
And in part, that gap is down to City’s inability to see off Ipswich Town last Sunday in what was by all accounts a tame East Anglian derby.
With the two clubs stranded in mid-table mediocrity this season, it would have perhaps been naive to expect the same levels of intensity as two years ago, but in truth the game was largely forgettable.
Of course it’s nice to stretch our unbeaten run to eight games, but from a City perspective the point means very little, especially as it was a game that was there for the taking — and looking at the league table.
Credit where it’s due to Ipswich ‘keeper Bartosz Bialkowski who pulled off a string of fine saves, but City only have themselves to blame for failing to win.
I do however want to praise goalscorer Jacob Murphy, despite the fact his poor defending led to Town’s opener.
Yes Murphy needs to improve that side of his game, but having now scored eight goals and registered five assists in the league this season, it’s something that must be persevered with.
In truth the result doesn’t actually change much for City. Whatever the outcome was, we were always going to have to head to Sheffield this weekend and pick up three points.
That said, I’m hardly confident, especially considering our recent away form. Fingers crossed Neil’s side can prove me wrong and keep this season alive.