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Melissa Rudd

When the dust has settled and this season is consigned to the history books, there will be a generation of Norwich City fans who will remember Alex Neil as the man who took us to Wembley.

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It says a lot about this torrid season that Norwich reserved one of their worst performances for a game they had to win to have maintained any realistic hopes of salvaging a top-six finish.

It would have taken 90 extraordinary minutes for Sunday’s derby clash to come anywhere close to what we were able to enjoy almost two years ago.

After a Herculean effort against Newcastle on Tuesday night, there were a few fans around me celebrating the draw like they would a goal when the final whistle sounded.

Last week the video clip of Justin Fashanu’s famous strike against Liverpool was doing the rounds online.

A departing chief executive, the completion of transfers on deadline day and a win away from home. Even by Norwich City’s standards this season that’s a lot to digest in the space of five days.

Back-to-back wins, a clean sheet and now just two points from the playoff places. If it wasn’t for players rejecting moves to East Anglia the past week would have been a near perfect one.

At times this season it has felt like the scale of Norwich City’s problems has been contained within the borders of East Anglia.

There was a certain irony that the most positive week Norwich City have enjoyed in several months was cemented by a stoppage-time equaliser in front of the lowest FA Cup crowd at Carrow Road in 20 years.

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