Chances are running out for Norwich’s nearly men, writes Edward Seaman
When this season is consigned to the record books in a few weeks time, it won’t be a narrow defeat at Arsenal that pinpoints where Norwich City were potentially relegated.
Now that’s not to say anyone at Carrow Road, including myself, is ready to give up the ghost but in falling short at the Emirates, it was once again evident as to why City find themselves in such a precarious predicament.
For the most part this season, you can’t fault the effort and desire but all too often City have been too easy to beat, especially away.
I think back to the trips to Leicester, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Chelsea, nothing games where the script has been so predictable - City succumbing to a narrow, yet inevitable, 1-0 defeat having looked reasonably comfortable throughout.
And Arsenal fell right into that category; an honest display which ultimately counted for nothing as one momentary lack of concentration - a failure to get bodies around Olivier Giroud as he knocked it down to Danny Welbeck - took a deserved point away from City.
Of course there has been a number of unforgivable no-shows (Watford, Bournemouth and Villa) which have more than played their part, but it’s games where City have managed to get a foot in that even just a couple of points could have made all the difference.
But it’s not over yet, and with back-to-back home games against Man Utd and Watford this week, City have one final opportunity to get themselves out of trouble. But there is no more second chances.
I’m not a fan of these early kick-offs but in playing before Sunderland and Newcastle tomorrow, we’ve got to make that advantage count.
I wouldn’t quite call it great escape time, but it’s going to have to be a ruddy good one from here.