Norwich City's control of the promotion race makes this season feel very different
With only 11 games to play left, it’s usually at this stage of a promotion-chasing season when nerves start to kick in.
Media scrutiny steps up a notch with every other game seemingly moved for TV coverage, while the desire to fret over the plight of rival teams becomes borderline obsessive.
I remember two years ago, continually browsing through the upcoming fixtures plotting where the likes of Leeds and Sheffield United could potentially slip up. But this season feels different.
Of course a 10-point gap at the top of the table certainly helps – as does the confidence brought about by a run of seven straight wins – but there is a genuine sense that the situation is under control.
On the pitch, we are performing like a team with a champions’ mentality, as was the gauntlet thrown down by Daniel Farke.
The 3-0 win against Luton – courtesy of another brace from the red-hot Teemu Pukki – was as routine and professional as it comes.
As I wrote a few weeks back, with the Finn in this kind of form, we will take some stopping – and that continues to prove the case.
The victory means we find ourselves on 76 points from 35 games – seven more than at the same stage of the 2018/19 title-winning term.
Statistics that have been doing the rounds on social media this week also show that in the last 10 Championship seasons, the teams finishing in second have averaged 88 points.
Even those without a degree in mathematics can tell you we are only four wins away from reaching that total, although as I have previously stated I would like to see us hit 92 points, an average of two per game.
The next opportunity to put another win on the board is a trip to struggling Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday lunchtime.
For me, the only thing that can stop us now is ourselves, but I fully believe Farke’s boys have the mentality to see the job through.