Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says: Battered City need to show fighting spirit

Columnist Edward Seaman

Columnist Edward Seaman

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For even the most optimistic Norwich City fan, it really would be a case of scraping the barrel to find any encouragement from this increasingly fatal-looking predicament.

Last weekend’s defeat at Swansea made it eight league defeats from nine, a run which has yielded just a single point in nearly a quarter of a season.

Unfortunately, it was an all too familiar story as City again folded at a relegation rival with unnerving ease.

While the performance was by no means as spineless as Newcastle, Bournemouth and Aston Villa, a real impotency in the final third meant Alex Neil’s side never looked like taking the spoils in a must-win game.

In fact, Jonny Howson’s wonder strike at Stoke is the only away goal we have scored since Alex Tettey toe-punted us into a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford on December 19 - doesn’t that feel like a lifetime ago?

So perhaps it’s comforting to know that City are back on home soil tomorrow, welcoming Manchester City to Carrow Road.

Somewhat fittingly, it was Manuel Pellegrini’s side who condemned City to their first defeat of this woeful run - a 3-0 reverse in the FA Cup on January 9. Ten games on (in all competitions) and we are still looking for that elusive win.

The only comfort we can take is that despite our wretched form we haven’t been cut adrift and a win against City would - at least temporarily - lift us out of the bottom three.

The way I look at it is with nine games left, there is no need to throw in the towel. Yes, City have been left on the ropes in recent weeks, but all we can do is dust ourselves down, and go again.

The festive purple patch came after a run of one win in 11 and I still have faith this side can put together a similar run of results. Here’s to hoping that starts tomorrow.