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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.

What more incentive could the Norwich City players want for their FA Cup replay against Southampton than a plum home tie against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal?

The Boxing Day defeat against Reading saw us reach the halfway point of a very poor season so far for Norwich City.

The last time Huddersfield Town beat Norwich at Carrow Road I was only one years old, so I guess the Terriers were well overdue a win.

Tonight sees an end to a very busy week for Norwich City when another of my former clubs visit Carrow Road in what promises to be another tense evening in front of the floodlights.

It has been a while coming, but I think you’ll all agree with me that Norwich City’s first win since October 15 was certainly worth the wait with that comprehensive 5-0 demolition of Brentford.

What a sad day Tuesday was when the news broke that Brazilian League One club Chapecoense had lost nearly all their playing and coaching staff when their airplane crashed just before it landed at Medellin airport in Columbia.

England captain Wayne Rooney was hammered after pictures appeared of him, wearing his England tracksuit, drinking until 5am at a wedding party in the same hotel as he and his team-mates were staying after the Scotland game and before the Spain game on the Tuesday night.

Not many people know this, but I played my very last professional game down at Loftus Road, back in 2005.

The defeat at the hands of Leeds was Norwich City’s fourth in a row and I think it’s fair to say that it’s now a mini crisis – especially when you see that top-of-the-table Newcastle sit 10 points clear of the Canaries and second-placed Brighton are seven.

Embarrassing, humiliating, spineless – just a few of the words that can be used to describe Norwich City’s abject performance down at the Amex Stadium. And Alex Neil can ill afford too many more performances like that.

I only ever played at Elland Road twice and even though I didn’t lose there it was quite an intimidating place to play.

It’s Preston for the lads this weekend – they’re managed by a good friend of mine in Simon Grayson.

I really felt for Wayne Rooney when he was booed by sections of the English fans at Wembley.

Fair play to the lads last weekend up at Molineux – it was the perfect response everyone was looking for after the major disappointment of losing in the manner they did against Newcastle.

Last season’s two games against Newcastle yielded 13 goals and this week the two clubs served up a fascinating encounter at St James’s Park in what turned out to be a remarkable game.

It’s been a fantastic few days for Norwich City.

All in all not a bad few days from Alex Neil’s men. Two home wins, five goals scored and Norwich City are back up to fourth in the Championship just two points behind early pacesetters Huddersfield Town.

It was honours even down at Portman Road – and I have to be honest, neither team did enough to win the game.

We haven’t had to wait long for the first East Anglian derby of the new season have we, with the short trip down the A140 facing the lads and a couple of thousand Norwich fans on Sunday.

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