Norwich City fan Ed Seaman says: Little room for error if Canaries want to maintain promotion push

Columnist Edward Seaman

Columnist Edward Seaman

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While it was disappointing to concede a late equaliser against Newcastle, it shouldn’t take too much away from another encouraging week for Norwich City.

And it would simply be rude not to start with last Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest, in particular the stupendous goals scored by Jonny Howson and Wes Hoolahan.

It’s not often that a game is graced with a goal of that quality - let alone two. The technique shown by both was stunning, but if I had to stick my neck on the line, I would say Howson’s one slightly edged it.

And while the goals rightly stole the headlines, the performance of City’s front four shouldn’t be overlooked.

Conducted by the diminutive pairing of Hoolahan and Alex Pritchard, who can count himself hard done by in the goal stakes, City blew Forest away in the opening exchanges with a display of fluidity and ruthlessness.

Tuesday night was a different game entirely. While it was disappointing not to hold on, no-one should feel too disheartened after a battling performance.

That said, we needed to rely on John Ruddy to pull off some outstanding saves. John hasn’t had the best 12 months, but it is such a boost to have him back on form.

And the point will turn out to be a good one, should City manage to return with maximum points from Burton tomorrow - and then beat Ipswich next weekend.

After the abysmal run prior to Christmas, City have little margin for error between now and the end of the season.

If there is one area of doubt still hanging over Neil’s resurgent Canaries, then it is the away form. A win at Burton would go a long way to easing those concerns – and perhaps more importantly put pressure on the teams above us.