With City out of action last weekend, I promised myself I wouldn’t get too caught up in what our rivals from the North East were doing.
But that’s easier said than done and despite my best intentions, I found myself glued to the action hoping that results would fall favourably.
Both Sunderland and Newcastle picking up a point in games they’d probably have been expected to lose was disappointing, but it’s a sign that at this time of the season, desire and commitment can go a long way.
Reading social media, as I so often do, many would have you believe that Alex Neil’s men are as good as playing in the Championship next season, which is far from the truth.
There’s a fine line between realism and unnecessary negativity. I wrote last week that City had to accept that relegation was a real possibility, which it is, but to throw in the towel at this stage is inexcusable.
Of course it’s going to be tough, and by the time City face Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow evening, (taking goal difference into account) we could effectively be four points adrift. But I genuinely believe this side can still beat the drop.
I watched the Gunners at Sunderland last week and the way Sam Allardyce set his team out should be a blueprint for City. The Black Cats pressed high up the pitch and didn’t give Arsenal a second on the ball; a tactic which was highly impressive and equally effective.
I know Neil has had some joy on the road against the big teams this season setting up to defend deep, but I just feel if we can work harder, show greater desire and play with genuine belief, a positive result isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.
As is so often said at this time of the season, it’s a time for heroes, and boy do Norwich City need one tomorrow.