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Ian Clarke

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.

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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.

The Norwich players are left dejected and complaining to Referee Kevin Friend. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Let’s get two things out of the way before I come on to talking about City.

New Norwich City signing Timm Klose in action for Switzerland, battling with England's James Milner (right) during a UEFA European Qualifying match at Wembley Stadium, London in  September 2015. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Football is a funny old game, a certain television pundit once said. Saturday was one of the most depressing days I remember as a City fan for some time.

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