Let’s have a go at teams to stop this relegation form

Columnist Edward Seaman

Columnist Edward Seaman

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There’s no way to dress it up, one win in 10 Premier League matches is relegation form.

I don’t think anyone anticipated an easy ride this season, but it is a concern at the manner in which City slumped to defeat at Watford on Saturday afternoon.

That said, there’s no reason to push the panic button just yet and, if anything, Alex Neil’s side need to learn the lessons handed out by the Hornets (and by Bournemouth at Chelsea) on how to approach this league.

Danny Murphy hit the nail on the head on Match of the Day when he said we can’t score goals and we can’t stop conceding goals.

We know from our last spell in the top flight, and the start of this season, that the defenders we have are never going to be solid enough to see out games and keep clean sheets - especially on the road.

For that reason, I want to see Norwich City get back to basics and have a proper go at teams, utilising our strengths by playing positive, attacking possession football - as we so expertly demonstrated at Wembley in May, and in the opening weeks of this season.

If we concede a goal, why not score two?

There’s no hiding the correlation between City’s move to a more defensive unit and the dipping in form of both Nathan Redmond and Wes Hoolahan – the two players in this City side capable of winning a match almost on their own.

Everton visit Carrow Road tomorrow, and while they are a very good side, we showed in the cup game in November that we have what it takes to beat them.

Diss’ own Declan Rudd looks set to keep goal again after replacing John Ruddy for the trip to Watford.

I rate Ruddy as a goalkeeper, but it doesn’t take an expert to see he’s not been at his best recently.

Hopefully, Declan, who deserves this chance after a long wait, will be given a long enough run to settle in and impress.

Here’s to three points against Everton.