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Norwich City must look to the future and build around young players like James Maddison, says Ian Clarke.

Can you believe that we are just days away from the first anniversary of the play-off final at Wembley?

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Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones have been superb for Norwich City, says Ian Clarke. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Among the countless topics of debate among City fans since relegation was confirmed has been the future of joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones.

Can City fans still dare to believe a great escape is possible?

So are you resigned to relegation? My head sadly says yes, the Canaries will slip through the trap door.

City players celebrate Nathan Redmonds goal at the Stadium of Light in August. Fans are hoping for more of the same on Saturday. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Huge, massive, ginormous, gigantic, humungous.

Plenty of adjectives are being thrown around to describe the enormity of Saturday’s battle between the Canaries and the Black Cats.

Norwich Citys players can defy the doubters in the relegation fight. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

The enforced break from league football for the international friendlies meant the TV, radio and national newspaper pundits had to fill the void with a flood of predictions about how the season would end.

The rollercoaster ride is continuing for Alex Neil's Norwich City team.

Two stories jumped out at me from the EDP as I started on this column.

Gary O'Neil was one of the heroes of the midweek defeat to Chelsea. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

What a difference a year makes. On March 1 – St David’s Day – in 2015, the Canaries stormed to a 2-0 victory over local rivals Ipswich.

We need more goals like this one from Robbie Brady.

Make no mistake about it. In quite a lot of ways things still look bleak for City.

The Norwich players are left dejected and complaining to Referee Kevin Friend after conceding their side’s 3rd goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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City are quickly heading towards the unwanted statistic of conceding an average of two goals a games.

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