Iwan Roberts

It’s been a very eventful few days for Norwich City, and it all started with that brilliant 1-0 win at Ashton Gate.

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Big respect and fair play to Daniel Farke for his team selection against Chelsea – it was a strong starting XI and I’m so pleased he gave the FA Cup the respect the competition deserves... unlike many other managers last weekend.

Having had the disappointing performance and result against Brentford just before Christmas the lads certainly bounced back winning seven points from a possible nine on offer from the three games over the festive period.

Two games played over the busy Christmas and New Year period and two to go, starting tomorrow with Burton at The Pirelli Stadium and then Millwall at home on New Year’s Day.

One thing I simple can’t stand in the game is a player going down holding his face as if he’s been given an uppercut from Iron Mike Tyson when he was in his prime!

I have to say what an eventful last weekend it was in the Premier League!

I’ve seen the majority of Cardiff City’s home games this season and I have to say I’ve not seen a team cause them as much trouble as Norwich did in those opening 45 minutes – just how they didn’t go in at half-time winning the game by 3-0 goodness knows.

Tonight promises to be as tough a test for Daniel Farke and his players as they will probably face this season when they travel to the Welsh capital to face high-flying Cardiff City.

After that win at Portman Road on October 22, Norwich City were sitting in sixth position in the Championship, confidence was sky high within the squad, supporters were starting to think of the play-offs and all was rosy in the Canaries garden.

We now know England will be our sole representatives in the World Cup in Russia next summer after both Northern Ireland and their neighbours the Republic of Ireland both suffered heartache in their respective play-offs.

Like many of you after the team’s very impressive eight-game unbeaten run in the Championship, I got a little bit carried away as Norwich sat in a credible sixth position, thinking that the play-offs were a real possibility this season.

Like all good things in life, everything has to come to an end and, sadly, Norwich City’s fine run of form in the Championship came to a thundering stop with two home defeats in the space of four days at the hands of Derby County and Championship favourites and big-spending Wolves.

Football can be a very cruel game at times and there was no better example of this than what happened at The Emirates on Tuesday night.

As a player or a supporter you can’t beat a local derby, whether it’s the build up in the week or the game itself it’s what we all love.

Robbie Savage must have been eating a big old slice of humble pie at breakfast on Tuesday morning after the Republic Of Ireland beat Wales in the winner takes all game at the Cardiff City Stadium to win their place in next month’s play-offs.

I don’t think there’s any doubt where September’s Championship Manager of the Month award should have gone – step forward Daniel Farke after what has been a tremendous four weeks for him and his squad of players.

A few weeks ago I was deeply concerned about Norwich City, as I could see a very long, hard, struggling season ahead.

Chris Wilder’s post-match interview after the Bramall Lane game was one of the worst cases of sour grapes I have ever witnessed. He blamed everyone and everything – apart from himself and his players for their loss against a rejuvenated Norwich City.

City head to Bramall Lane, the scene of the one and only own goal of my career, tomorrow.

Birmingham City – a team I managed to score a few goals past – are tomorrow’s visitors to Carrow Road in a bottom-of-the-table clash, with both clubs on four points, having won just one league game this season and losing their last two.

I mentioned in my very first column of the season that one key word for the season ahead would be patience.

A good cup win in midweek was just what was needed after losing at Villa Park last weekend.

With just three games played in the Championship there are three clubs left with a 100pc record, one of which doesn’t surprise – and that’s Wolves.

Here we are, on the eve of another season for Norwich City and if I’m totally honest I’m not too sure what to expect.

At the end of one of the most frustrating seasons that I can remember at Norwich City in recent years the lads put on a performance that all concerned could be proud of against QPR, which meant three wins in their final four games for Alex Irvine’s men.

There’s been a softness about this Norwich team away from home this season that even though they did so many good things at Elland Road was all undone once again by poor defending.

It’s not every day you win a game when you haven’t managed an effort on target, but that’s exactly what Norwich did last Friday when they beat title hopefuls Brighton 2-0 at Carrow Road.

In his very first interview after being appointed Norwich City sporting director, Stuart Webber was asked what he thought was the main reason for the club’s struggles and failings over the last couple of seasons.

If ever there was a week to sum up Norwich City’s season it has to be the last seven days!

Two Premier League managers have once again found themselves in hot water after comments they made during or after their press conferences after their team’s performances last weekend.

First and foremost I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Seamus Coleman a full and speedy recovery.

I said a couple of weeks ago after two very poor performances and results away at Sheffield Wednesday and Bristol City that the play-off position was now beyond Norwich City.

As I’ve said many times over these past few years in my column nothing really surprises me in football, but I have to say I was shocked when the news broke that Norwich City had sacked Alex Neil with immediate effect and that Alan Irvine would be for the in charge upcoming games.

In August I never thought that Norwich’s season would be over by the beginning of March.

I thoroughly enjoyed the derby game at Carrow Road game – it’s just a real shame that Norwich didn’t win.

A lot of wrongs can be put right come Sunday lunchtime if Norwich beat their old enemies Ipswich Town after they’ve made the short journey up the A140 to Carrow Road.

I’ve played over 750 games in my career and have watched hundreds of games over the years, but never in my life have I seen a team score five better goals in one game than Norwich did last weekend against Nottingham Forest.

I can understand supporters’ frustrations after the 2-2 draw against Wigan.

If I’m honest I don’t know too much about the two new faces that arrived at Colney in the final hours of Tuesday’s transfer window deadline.

Ryan Mason suffered an horrendous fractured skull last Sunday after a shocking clash of heads with Gary Cahill – purely accidental on Gary’s part I hasten to add.

I joined Norwich City way back in July 1997 and played for the club for seven years and apart from a brief spell away (five years to be exact) I’ve lived back in the city for the past seven years.

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