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Norwich City fan Edward Seaman: Home games leave top-two target still on

Columnist Edward Seaman
Columnist Edward Seaman

After 60 minutes of Saturday’s victory against Cardiff you would have been forgiven for thinking City were cruising to a routine victory.

However, the final 30 minutes served as a reminder as to how quickly things can change in football and just how unpredictable the Championship can be.

That was reaffirmed on Tuesday night as leaders Bournemouth were beaten at Leeds, a side without victory in eight games.

What all that means for Alex Neil is that victory over Brentford tomorrow would not only see his new Norwich side leapfrog the visitors, but close the gap on Eddie Howe’s men to five points.

Of course, that is presuming City will beat a good Brentford side, but if they can reproduce some of the football played in the first half, I see no reason why they cannot do so.

One beneficiary of Neil’s first-team selection was Kyle Lafferty, and I was delighted for him to mark the start with his first goal for the club.

However, the one selection I will heap the most praise on is the decision to move Russell Martin to right-back.

Martin has been a mainstay at the heart of the City defence all season — a decision which I have criticised on numerous occasions.

At right-back we saw the kind of form Martin produced the last time we were promoted, getting forward as often as possible and providing two assists following surging runs.

I wrote last week about how now would be the ideal time for City to put a run together, and 16 points from the last possible 21 is a promising sign.

When Neil took over, he spoke of reaching the play-offs as a target, but with four of the top five still to play at Carrow Road, there is no reason why we shouldn’t be aiming for the automatic positions.

That adds pressure to tomorrow’s match, but with 20 games still to go, I am sure the top two remains the aim of the club, and so it should with the talent we possess.

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