Vital Football

Latest Norwich City News

East is East

East is East

Having missed the chance to visit our friends in Suffolk last season, it was naturally one of the first fixtures most City fans looked for when the Football League announced them in June.

No doubt most Norwich fans would have hoped that by the time the fixture came, City would have been looking forward to another season in England's second tier, having avoided the drop - job done then in that respect!

Fast forward 10 months and we find ourselves in the shadows of a looming East Anglian derby, holding arguably more significance than the early Christmas present in December 2003. Other than a bad day at the office away to Swansea, Norwich has soaked up the promotion pressure like a sponge and will be hitting the A140 with the wind fully in their sails.

It all looks a little better for the boys in blue after several months of Roy Keane related anguish, with a new manager back from the football wilderness, who based on their results he seems to have had an impact.

This is a season of preparation for them obviously, with nothing more than a ridiculous outside chance/risk of anything other than Championship football next season - as a result they have already started blooding Paul's next jewels and some even seem to know where the goal is.

Our Norwich team is tried and tested, we know what to expect and to be honest if Ipswich don't then shame on them. We play for 95 minutes every game, Holt will score goals and Hoolahan will turn defenders inside out until their breakfast revisits them.

When the two teams met in November, the sending off changed the complexion of the game, but the opinion of most would suggest that it didn't alter the outcome. Norwich were already proving their worth and storming towards a points total which they felt would be sufficient to keep them safe.

For those who love their stats, after 19 games Norwich were averaging 1.58 points per game. 23 games later and the average has grown to 1.76, near enough guaranteeing a playoff place.

I'm not the sort of fan who claims we are not ready to be promoted, if you stay ready then you don't need to get ready. We took a winning habit from last season into this one and I don't see why it can't continue for 4 more games, regardless of the opposition.

So, where does this leave us? Ipswich are desperate to avenge a humiliating defeat, but ultimately do not have much else to play for. Norwich have only 2 defeats in the last 14 games, although both are away from home to teams in the top half of the table - a win will put them in second place, with Cardiff playing a QPR team on Saturday who know that a point could see them promoted.

Bookies have labelled Ipswich the favourites, so why not celebrate our victory with a few extra beers courtesy of Ladbrokes (other bookmakers are available).

You can follow Conker on Twitter via twitter.com/conkinho.

We want to know what YOU think. Have your say by leaving a comment below, or click here to discuss this article in the forum.

Join The Vital Debate



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Conker
Date:Tuesday April 19 2011
Time: 9:57AM

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Norwich City Articles

Webber Brings In Two Old Trusted Colleagues at Norwich

Getting recruitment right is crucial, so fingers crossed

Leeds 3 - 3 Norwich

A pulsating game with City dogged by defensive struggles again

Webber's Recruitment Team Assembles

The Pieces are falling into place as two appointments look imminent

Irvine Left Angry And Disappointed

City's interim manager on that dramatic draw with Leeds

Archived Vital Norwich Articles

Vital Norwich articles from

Site Journalists

The Tuckster
Editor email
Profile
Savvy_Monkey
no email
Profile
LeeBoz
no email
Profile
Tom McHugh
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Are You Optimistic About The Future At Norwich City?
Suggested By: Tuckster
Yes75%
No25%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
P Brighton 45 28 8 9 92 34
P Newcastle 45 28 7 10 91 42
3 Reading 45 25 7 13 82 2
4 Sheff Wed 45 24 9 12 81 16
5 Huddersfield 45 25 6 14 81 1
6 Fulham 45 21 14 10 77 27
7 Leeds Utd 45 22 8 15 74 14
8 Norwich 45 19 10 16 67 12
9 Derby County 45 18 12 15 66 4
10 Brentford 45 18 10 17 64 12
11 Preston 45 16 14 15 62 2
12 Aston Villa 45 16 13 16 61 -1
13 Cardiff 45 16 11 18 59 -4
14 Barnsley 45 15 13 17 58 0
15 Wolves 45 15 10 20 55 -5
16 Ipswich 45 13 16 16 55 -7
17 Bristol City 45 15 9 21 54 -5
18 Q.P.R. 45 15 8 22 53 -10
19 Burton 45 13 13 19 52 -12
20 Birmingham 45 12 14 19 50 -20
21 Forest 45 13 9 23 48 -13
22 Blackburn 45 11 15 19 48 -14
R Wigan 45 10 11 24 41 -17
R Rotherham 45 5 7 33 22 -58
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Norwich City Results (view all)

Norwich City Fixtures (view all)

May 7 2017 12:00PM : Queens Park Rangers (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Steve from Oz571
2.FCBEARS378
3.DRAYTON GREEN206
4.yellow belly120
5.fanforlife81
6.screaming canary80
7.Rex36
8.Nathan_NCFC29
9.suffolkcanary16
10.mooro14
Vital Football Comment