David Powles

Norwich City fans watch it all unravel in that extraordinary match against Liverpool. Photo: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES LTD

My dear old late Nanny always provided the best post-match analysis on Norwich City – I’m afraid to say neither I nor our full-time sports writers even come close.

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Norwich Citys players have been pleased as punch by their festive haul. Picture: Paul Chesterton

That was Christmas we just had wasn’t it? It’s just that being a Norwich City fan, as much as I love Santa’s arrival, it’s normally a guarantee Norwich’s results will be as welcome as the extra portion of sprouts your Mum unveils on Boxing Day.

Russell Martin of Norwich lifts the Trophy at the end of the Sky Bet Championship Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium, London
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Christmas, it’s a time for giving, receiving and lists.

Andy Townsend in the yellow and green of the Canaries. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

Do you remember the first time? For me the love affair began on Valentine’s Day. How apt.

Ryan Bennett  if he stays fit he can be a major player for the Canaries. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON

The statistics show Norwich City have won in the league just once in the past nine games. Just six points since the 3-1 victory against Bournemouth on September 12 and a record of nine goals scored and 16 conceded.

Norwich City's Gary O'Neil battles for the ball with Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire.

Asked to name a player who has appeared in every one of the last 26 first-team squads of 18 put out by Alex Neil what would your answer be? John Ruddy? Sebastien Bassong? Wes Hoolahan?

John Ruddy is unable to prevent Wilfried Zahas effort for Palace on the opening day of the season. Picture: 

“Why have you not looked at our goal-keeper?” That was the question posed to me this week by reader Peter Barrows who thinks it’s time John Ruddy was given a spell on the bench - and has clearly felt that way for some time.

Norwich City boss Alex Neil. 
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The wise words of football’s Mr Marmite, aka Neil Warnock, have carried a particular resonance since Sunday’s day of doom at the Toon.

Jeff Schlupp of Leicester City celebrates scoring his sides 2nd goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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There are many flaws in the sport, but nobody could deny its ability to throw up plot lines to make even the most talented scriptwriter envious.

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