Melissa Rudd

If ever Daniel Farke’s charges needed to put in a shift for him it was during the second period against Sheffield Wednesday.

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There is an air of depressing predictability about Norwich City at the moment, both on and off the pitch.

It speaks volumes for the unforgiving nature of the Championship that confidence can flip 180 degrees in less than a fortnight.

A derby clash at Portman Road and a cup tie at Arsenal followed by two home games against tough opposition, all in the space of 10 days. This run of fixtures was always going to test both the depth and character of Norwich City’s squad.

After four consecutive Championship away wins and victory at Portman Road, it almost feels as though tonight’s Carabao Cup clash at Arsenal is something of a bonus fixture.

The last time Norwich City faced an international break, it felt like they may have been staring into the abyss.

In a season of transition, and a week where Norwich City made it past the third round of the League Cup for only the fourth time in 21 seasons, it only feels right to draw on the positives of a second successive Carrow Road stalemate.

The possibility of grinding out a 1-0 win away from home three weeks ago couldn’t have felt much more unlikely.

Whereas Wednesday night’s win against QPR felt like it could have been the start of the Daniel Farke revolution, Saturday’s performance at Villa Park was instead achingly similar to any number of away defeats suffered last season.

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