Iwan Roberts

If ever there was a game that summed up the Canaries’ season, it was Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City.

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After six years in charge at Portman Road, Mick McCarthy parted company with Ipswich Town.

With two defeats in the space of four days for Norwich City, I think it’s fair to say it’s been anything but a Happy Easter for the Canaries.

Even though it’s been international week in the football world, the last few days’ sport news has been dominated by the cheating Australian team’s ball tampering incident against South Africa.

Congratulations to Josh Murphy after he made his 100th appearance in that game – it’s a lovely personal landmark for Josh who quite clearly is enjoying his football at the minute and is loving life at the club this season.

I have never been involved in a game where there have been four penalties awarded – and off the top of my head I can’t even think of a game where it has happened either!

I’m going to start this week’s column on a positive note, by congratulating both Ben Godfrey and Carlton Morris on reaching the EFL Trophy final after Shrewsbury Town beat Yeovil on Tuesday night – thanks to Morris’ goal after 63 minutes.

Norwich have lost just one league game in their last 11, but have drawn their last four and sit 14th in the Championship, just one point and one place below Ipswich Town, who had that tremendous win away to Preston on the weekend.

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James Maddison has taken quite a bit of abuse this week after the penalty incident at Pride Park on Saturday and I, like many of you, think it’s totally unjust.

With three 1-0 league wins in their last four games could Norwich City’s fortunes be on the turn?

Tony Pulis brings his Middlesbrough side down to Carrow Road on Saturday and, having won their last three away games, they will be travelling down full of confidence.

I was asked the question by a friend of mine ‘did I think the lads would be physically okay to face Sheffield United just two days after their heroic efforts at Stamford Bridge?’

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

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.

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