Ian Clarke

Robbie Brady is congratulated after his early goal in Norwich City's 2-2 Premier League draw against West Ham. 
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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?

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

Norwich City's Jonathan Howson (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal with team mates Cameron Jerome (left) and Bradley Johnson (right) during the Sky Bet Championship, Play Off Semi Final, First Leg at Portman Road, Ipswich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday May 9, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Ipswich. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

What have these 31 names got in common?

Bradley Johnson has been a shining light for the Canaries this season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Several times during this season I have heard pundits say that on paper Norwich City have the best squad in the Championship.

The Norwich players celebrate victory at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Elland Road, Leeds. 
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Do you remember the days when Norwich were rubbish away from NR1? Yes, so do I.

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