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Expect the unexpected

Mandie Thorpe
Saturday, November 5, 2011
12.46 AM

Well as the title of this article suggests, looking at some of the recent results and current positions in the Premier League, this 2011-2012 season isn’t exactly going to form. And I, for one, absolutely love the fact that, perhaps this season won’t be quite as predictable as previous ones!

The recent goal-fests at Old Trafford, where Man City beat their local rivals resoundingly, and also at Stamford Bridge last weekend, let alone Newcastle United currently sitting in third place and Arsenal having a slow start, suggest that its likely to be a rollercoaster season in the Premier League.

Personally, I see no reason why Norwich cannot also upset the form books by holding their own at this level. Nothing I’ve seen so far this season has had me unduly worried and Paul Lambert has amassed something that most managers would love to be able to bottle – togetherness, team spirit and a belief that never seems to recede. How many occasions in the recent past would we have battled back from two goals down to grind out a draw, albeit with a huge helping of luck giving us a hand?

The fact that the tide has turned slightly on the weekend editions of both MOTD and MOTD2 seems to bear our unexpected start to the season out. Kevin Day spent a few hours before our match against Blackburn, cruising on the River Wensum with a number of my INCSC colleagues, discussing the fantastic start to our season. Throw back to the studio with Colin Murray and Lee Dixon giving a fair amount of praise to us and, despite Mark Lawrenson’s reference to “sleepy Norfolk”, all in all it is starting to sound like elements of the national media are sitting up and taking notice.

Yes, there were the usual references to Delia, however, they did show the shot of her celebrating our equaliser against Liverpool, and there she was, in all likelihood doing exactly what all Norwich City fans the world over were doing – whether they were there at Anfield, watching on TV, or listening to the radio. Absolutely glorious and unadulterated glee!! As Colin Murray stated, just like a true fan should be.

Instead of Norwich, QPR and Swansea being seen as the whipping boys, the talk is that we all have enough about us to create other teams problems and that we have as much chance of survival as any of the other perennial flirters with relegation.

One things for sure – we all need to hang on tight and get ready for a fantastic ride!!!

In mentioning my colleagues from INCSC, it seems a good time to advertise our evening with Craig Fleming. Being held at the Lansdowne Hotel, Thorpe Road, Norwich on Friday November 18, at 7.30 pm. Spaces are limited, guarantee your place by emailing INCSCevents@gmail.com