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

Recent Norwich City Articles

Norwich Look At Turkish Striker

Sounds decent

Norwich v Ipswich - The Vital Preview

Norwich are drinking in the Last Chance Saloon as an old gunslinger rides into the fair City

U23s: Norwich Rout Wolves 5-0

Young Canaries qualify for the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup

Is Derby Game The Last Thing City Have To Play For?

Meanwhile, the Tractor Boys are still revelling in a tap-in equaliser from two years ago

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)

What Will City Do Against Ipswich?
Suggested By: Tuckster
Win48%
Draw46%
Lose6%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Brighton 33 21 8 4 71 31
2 Newcastle 33 22 4 7 70 37
3 Huddersfield 33 20 5 8 65 8
4 Leeds Utd 34 19 4 11 61 12
5 Reading 34 18 6 10 60 2
6 Sheff Wed 34 17 7 10 58 9
7 Fulham 33 14 11 8 53 17
8 Preston 34 14 10 10 52 5
9 Norwich 33 15 6 12 51 11
10 Barnsley 34 14 8 12 50 4
11 Derby County 33 13 9 11 48 6
12 Cardiff 34 13 7 14 46 -2
13 Brentford 33 12 7 14 43 2
14 Birmingham 34 11 10 13 43 -13
15 Ipswich 33 10 11 12 41 -7
16 Q.P.R. 34 11 7 16 40 -11
17 Aston Villa 33 9 12 12 39 -7
18 Forest 34 10 7 17 37 -12
19 Burton 34 9 9 16 36 -13
20 Wolves 32 9 8 15 35 -5
21 Bristol City 33 9 6 18 33 -6
22 Wigan 34 7 10 17 31 -10
23 Blackburn 32 7 9 16 30 -13
24 Rotherham 34 4 5 25 17 -45
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Norwich City Results (view all)

Norwich City Fixtures (view all)

Feb 26 2017 12:00PM : Ipswich Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 4 2017 3:00PM : Sheffield Wednesday (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 7 2017 7:45PM : Bristol City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 11 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Mar 18 2017 3:00PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Steve from Oz753
2.DRAYTON GREEN305
3.yellow belly265
4.FCBEARS223
5.screaming canary110
6.suffolkcanary38
7.sminky27
8.HerefordCanary16
9.fanforlife16
10.Tuckster13
Write for Vital Football