Victory at Newcastle United would get the Norwich City faithful believing in Premier League survival
Recent trips to St James’ Park have turned out to be season defining moments for Norwich City.
From the 6-2 defeat during the club’s last Premier League foray, to the stoppage time capitulation nearly 12 months later, Tyneside has been anything but a happy hunting ground.
Those two defeats marked key points of then manager Alex Neil’s tenure, derailing both attempts to stay in the Premier League – and to bounce back at the first time of asking.
The latter particularly stays in my mind, when the table-topping Canaries – leading 3-2 heading into stoppage time – conceded twice to allow Newcastle to turn the game on its head.
Shortly after, City lost five games on the spin, and after falling out of promotion contention, Neil was sacked.
While both of those occasions are remembered for all the wrong reasons, Daniel Farke will be hoping a win tomorrow can provide the catalyst for the most unlikely of survival bids.
Despite their league position, City will head to North East in good spirits, on the back of a strong performance and victory at Burnley in the FA Cup.
It was an afternoon that saw City’s fringe players grab their opportunity – especially in midfield, where Tom Trybull and Mario Vrancic ran the show.
I talk a lot about midfield pairings, and the Trybull-Vrancic axis is something I’d like to see more of in the Premier League.
Both players are extremely comfortable on the ball, an ability which is paramount when you look to build out from the back.
But they also provide that bite in the tackle, as we saw at Leeds United almost a year ago today – perhaps the most impressive performance of the title-winning campaign.
That was the night City fans truly started to feel that promotion was possible.
A similar result tomorrow and Farke will have the Carrow Road faithful believing in miracles again.