If alarm bells weren’t ringing before Norwich City’s woeful 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa last Saturday, then it’s safe to say they are now.
It was frightening how easily City capitulated in such a key match at Villa Park and for the first time this season, I find myself questioning whether we have what it takes to survive.
It’s not the fact that City have now lost five league matches on the bounce, but the manner in which they have done so.
Alex Neil’s side look bereft of confidence, void of ideas and quite simply lacking in any sort of fight. Couple that with an inability to cut out defensive errors and you have a recipe for disaster.
To concede 16 goals in five matches is embarrassing. And while the players have to shoulder the responsibility, I don’t think this constant chopping and changing from their manager has helped the cause.
It’s no secret that City have struggled defensively all season but especially now with the arrival of the impressive Timm Klose, Neil needs to strive for consistency in a bid to improve his defensive unit.
It’s also vital for Neil to set up City to play to their strengths. I just feel like the tactics have been overly cautious, with too many players playing out of position.
Anyone who reads my column knows my love for Wes Hoolahan, but a wide player he is not - the same applies for Jonny Howson.
I must reiterate that I am 100 per cent behind Neil and firmly believe he is the man to take this club forward, but he must learn from his mistakes, and fast, if City are going to avoid the drop.
If this bizarre season has taught us anything, it’s that fortune favours the brave and that’s what I urge of Norwich City ahead of tomorrow’s match against West Ham.
It’s time to dig in, stand up and be counted for and break out of this rut.