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Morale-boosting win for Norwich City on Merseyside helps to settle the nerves a bit ahead of Arsenal's visit to Carrow Road

One game will not define this season – but there is no downplaying the significance of last Saturday’s morale-boosting win at Goodison Park.

Daniel Farke rocked up on Merseyside with many pundits having already condemned his side to relegation – following a wretched run of form.

Belief may never have wavered inside the club, but there was a justifiable sense of concern growing among the yellow army, who had seen the confidence which flowed through the team last season decimated by injuries and defeats.

Edward Seaman Across the Border: Norwich columnist (6448623)
Edward Seaman Across the Border: Norwich columnist (6448623)

Farke often talks about the spirit and unity of his players, and while that must have been severely tested over the last few months, it came to the fore at Everton – enabling City to claim a priceless win.

For much of this season, I have felt like a broken record, bemoaning City’s defensive injury crisis – but the return of Christoph Zimmermann highlighted exactly what has been missing. It would be too simplistic to attribute the victory solely to the German’s return to action, but there is no understating the importance of City being able to name two natural centre backs for the first time since August.

In many ways he is the poster boy for the Farke era having followed his coach from Borussia Dortumnd’s B side in 2017. Not only does he lead by example, he has a positive effect on those around him, most notably Ben Godfrey, who produced his best performance of the season.

At the other end of the pitch, I must mention Dennis Srbeny, who secured the three points in stoppage time with his first Premier League goal. Having had limited chances over the last 18-months, Dennis has had to wait patiently for his chance to impress – and more than anyone deserves in moment in the spotlight.

As I said, one win will not define this season and there is a mountain of hard work ahead, starting with Sunday’s visit of Arsenal.

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