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Nathan Redmond puts his penalty over the bar and Everton celebrate victory at the end of the Capital One Cup match at Goodison Park. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

I love cup football. The Milk Cup final victory, those FA Cup runs in 1989 and 1992 and the European adventure are among my real highlights in nearly four decades of supporting the Canaries.

NCFC training ground at Trowse. Pictured: Manager Dave Stringer leads his players away for training a Trowse. Date: Unkown. Picture: EN Library

One of my highlights as a fresh-faced and excited young Norwich City fan was seeing my heroes being put through their paces at the old Trowse training ground.

Robbie Brady is congratulated after his early goal in Norwich City's 2-2 Premier League draw against West Ham. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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?

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
. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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.

Wes Hoolahan has been one of the cornerstones of Norwich Citys Premier League campaign so far.

Regular readers of this column will know that I like the odd random fact about the Canaries.

Alex Neil has the full confidence of Norwich Citys supporters having led them to promotion last season.

Excited? Yes, me too. And a bit more than a man of 45 should be. Worried? Yes, a tiny bit. Up for it? Absolutely.

NCFC v Middlesbrough play off at Wembley.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

So who still thinks the play-offs are a bad idea? Without checking on Wiki, pause now and guess when they were first introduced.

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