Two difficult fixtures, two spirited performances but ultimately no points, it’s been a frustrating week for Norwich City.
Despite that frustration, it would be incredibly harsh of me to criticise the lads after the effort and commitment they have shown.
As I’ve said all season, in the Premier League, as long as the players leave nothing on the pitch (except two teeth in Robbie Brady’s case) I can accept a lack of quality.
On that front, there’s been a lot of criticism aimed at Cameron Jerome, and I want to use this week’s column to defend him.
Now that’s not to say his finishing, or lack of it, hasn’t cost us, but it would be both naive and unfair to look past what he brings to the side.
Jerome’s work rate is second to none. With the quality we find ourselves up against, it’s imperative to have a striker who hassles defenders and runs the channels with impetus.
Not only that, his hold up play is excellent and especially on Tuesday night against Chelsea, he was able to bring Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond, who were both excellent, into the game.
In Redmond’s case particularly, it was a joy to see him back on form, taking on defenders and providing a constant threat - something he’ll need to carry forward into tomorrow’s trip to Swansea.
The term must-win is thrown around too easily in football, but with the Swans now six points clear, a defeat would leave City with an increasingly large mountain to climb.
That said, I’ve seen enough from the last week to believe we have what it takes to survive but starting tomorrow, we simply must pick up points.
With a reduction in ticket and travel cost, thousands are making the long trip to Wales. Stand tall, sing loud and back the boys. The fightback must start here.