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Draw with Leicester City showed Norwich City belong in the Premier League but they must find some consistency

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If you still need evidence to suggest this Norwich City side can defy the odds and avoid relegation, look no further than the performance at Leicester City.

Much of the talk heading into the game was whether the Foxes should be viewed as genuine title challengers – having accumulated eight wins on the bounce.

Spearheaded by the clinical Jamie Vardy – arguably Europe’s in-form striker – many expected a routine victory for the home side.

Edward Seaman Across the Border: Norwich columnist (24658923)
Edward Seaman Across the Border: Norwich columnist (24658923)

But Norwich clearly hadn’t read the script and fully deserved to come away from the King Power with a point following a performance which demonstrates – once more – that they can compete with the very best the Premier League has to offer.

Of course, there were times when Daniel Farke’s side had to dig in and defend, but make no mistake, this wasn’t a smash and grab effort – with City spending large spells on the front foot.

This included during the first half, when an inch-perfect through ball from Emi Buendia allowed Teemu Pukki to race clear and break the deadlock.

It would be fair to say Buendia has not had it all his own way this season, but after a spell out of the team he was back to best, proving a constant thorn in the side of one of the league’s most water-tight defences.

There is no doubting Buendia’s importance to City’s survival prospects. Only four players (Kevin De Bruyne, Son Heung-Min, Trent Alexander-Arnold and David Silva) have registered more than the Argentine’s five Premier League assists. Esteemed company.

But the key for Buendia – as it is for City – is to produce this level of performance on a more consistent basis, especially with the games coming thick and fast over the festive period.

Up next is a visit from Wolves, City’s first Saturday 3pm kick off at Carrow Road since early October. Three points would be a massive boost heading into the crunch Boxing Day fixture at Aston Villa.

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