David Powles

If ever there was a moment for coaches throughout the land to play back to their players as proof they should never give in, it came during the second half of Norwich City’s victory against West Bromwich Albion last night.

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Bradley Johnson of Norwich in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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This international break always comes too soon doesn’t it?

Cameron Jerome puts the ball in the net but the goal is disallowed for a high foot by referee Simon Hooper. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

I am tempted to start this column in hushed tones...

Ian Clarke

So would you have taken a point before Saturday’s away trip to the team which was in third place and had already beaten Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City season?

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Matt Jarvis of Norwich and Robbie Brady of Norwich applaud the fans at the end of the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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Well it was certainly a landmark day for the left. And I’m not referring to Jeremy Corbyn’s victory in the Labour leadership contest and subsequent appointment of Norwich City supporting shadow chancellor John McDonnell.

The injured Youssouf Mulumbu is already missed  which proves how vital he will be to the Canaries this season. Photo: PAUL CHESTERTON

Fifteen players out, seven players in. A total of £10m spent and £6m put in the coffers – if you count every single deal done, from senior to younger, fringe players.

Steve Plunkett

Look, I know that the cynics in you will say that what happened at Wembley in May 2015 is now done and dusted and that we should all move on and confine it to the history books, that we should concentrate on the future and forget the past and all its glory.

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Robin Sainty

The exuberance of the West Ham players’ celebrations at salvaging a point and the level of disappointment felt by City fans as we left Upton Park tell you all you need to know about how far the club has progressed under Alex Neil, writes Robin Sainty.

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Russell Martin of Norwich directs the defence during Norwich City's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

One of the pitfalls of being a regular columnist is that when you’re wrong it’s there for all to see and with that in mind I’m holding my hands up this week.

Alex Neil insists Norwich City's start to the new Premier League could be even better. 
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Perhaps I should go on holiday more often. When I left the UK the day after the transfer window shut there were dark mutterings about the failure to strengthen the club’s defensive options, the man management test facing Alex Neil after the Lewis Grabban incident and the surprise sale of Bradley Johnson, a player seen by many fans as a key character in the dressing room.

Melissa Rudd

Fixtures involving Liverpool and Norwich have centred around one man in recent years.

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Joy for Matt Jarvis after his debut goal. 
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Given that barely a week goes by where a Premier League footballer doesn’t land himself in hot water over comments made on social media, the well-worn cliche of it being best for players to ‘do all their talking on the pitch’ seems more relevant than ever.

Steven Whittaker picked up two quick yellow cards in the first half of Norwich City's 3-0 Premier League defeat at Southampton  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

For all the talk of a winless Southampton being weary after their Thursday jaunt to Denmark, it was Norwich City who looked like they’d been clocking up the air miles at St Mary’s.

Duncan Edwards

Sometimes, one particular footballer is worth paying the ticket money just to see. Cliched, but right now, Wes Hoolahan is pretty close to earning that kind of superlative. He has been in mesmerising form this season and that continued in the bubble-bursting beating of media mistresses Bournemouth.

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That Bradley Johnson's departure has been met with such anger is testament to the attitude, desire and passion he demonstrated on the field. Its all the more remarkable because at one point the general assertion was that hed struggle to pass water; he overcame that and turned the crowd around, plenty fail to manage that.

Well that didn’t take long.

Cameron Jerome misses a great chance against Southampton. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Liverpool thrashed at home by West Ham, Chelsea defeated at the Bridge for only the second time under Mourinho, the unpredictability that makes the Premier League so exciting was once again to the fore this weekend.

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