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Late goal was a priceless prize for plucky Canaries, writes Edward Seaman

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman

If last Saturday was a precursor to the final six games of the season then I’m not sure I’m prepared for the rollercoaster ride ahead.

There is no better feeling than scoring a stoppage time goal to win a football match, but if we have to go through that every week, it will soon become unbearable.

And the victory was as dramatic as it was important, with Martin Olsson crashing home a six point gap between us and our deflated visitors.

Couple that with Sunderland’s draw at home to West Brom, a game they’d have penciled in three points, and the complexion of the relegation battleground has changed.

From dead certs for relegation, well that’s if you’d listened to the national press, City are now leading the fight against the drop - a fight that could soon include tomorrow’s opponents; Crystal Palace.

Alan Pardew’s men are winless in 14 matches, a free-fall not too dissimilar to the one we faced just a few short weeks back.

And that’s something City and Alex Neil must exploit. Palace will be nervous and if we can frustrate them early on, the crowd at Selhurst Park will soon become restless.

Assuming fitness, I think anyone from last weekend’s starting XI would be unlucky to be left out.

I was impressed by Steven Naismith and the way he managed to link up with Dieumerci Mbokani.

I’m sure the Scot would have liked to have made more of an impact since his arrival, but against the Toon he was excellent.

Clever movement and quality in possession, bar a good save by Karl Darlow from Mbokani, Naismith would have had an assist to his name.

Recent results have relieved some of the pressure but three points tomorrow would once again be massive.

On the ball City.

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