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Melissa Rudd

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

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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.

There’s nothing quite like the first home league game of the season.

The fact that an overzealous goal celebration has formed a large part of what is usually a depressing post-mortem from Craven Cottage is a rather apt continuation of what has been a summer of transformation at Norwich City.

It may have been a truly forgettable season, but Sunday’s SkyBet Championship finale felt as though it was the closing chapter of a rollercoaster era in Norwich City’s history.

Back in June, after Garry Monk had just been announced the new head coach of Leeds, I took on a bet offered by an overexcited colleague from Yorkshire.

It was supposed to be Brighton’s Championship title winning party procession. It turned into the Alex Pritchard show.

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