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Iwan Roberts

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.

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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.

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.

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