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Michael Bailey

Jonny Howson (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal with Cameron Jerome (left) and Bradley Johnson in their Championship play-off semi-final, first leg in 2015.

It has always stuck in my mind – a first TV appearance (that I’m aware of) at Portman Road. It came on ITV Anglia’s Derby Day highlights show.

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Norwich City were too hot to handle for Blackburn on the opening weekend of the Championship season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

For a sport with such deeply entrenched emotions, reading its psychology can be harder than you imagine.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil during the pre-season match with Coventry at Carrow Road. Picture by Richard Blaxall/Focus Images

If you can’t be optimistic in the days before the season starts, then when can you be? It’s a great question – and one that has endured year after year, and despite Norwich City’s horrendous opening day record.

Jamie Vardy probably wont get the space he wants and needs when England try to unpick Iceland on Monday.

Euro 2016 caught light as a tournament on Wednesday night, just in time for the knockout stages. And it was glorious.

Sebastien Bassong of Norwich looks dejected after his side concedes their 1st goal at Crystal Palace. Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It was supposed to be different this time following those joyous scenes at Wembley last May, but it never really happened for Norwich City. Michael Bailey picks out six lessons from another Premier League relegation.

Leicester City's Wes Morgan (centre) celebrates scoring against Southampton. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

It was October that Leicester rocked up at Carrow Road. The Foxes sat eighth in the fledgling Premier League, seven games into the campaign – with Norwich City 12th, three points behind and a goal-difference worse off by just two.

Palace boss Alan Pardew - more fingers than Palace have won points in 2016.

This season has been about as unpredictable as they come – but surely for no club more than Crystal Palace.

The Norwich City expressions tell a story that now needs to end. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during the past four weeks, it’s that there is nothing more useful than adapting to survive – as the saying suggests, if you can’t manage it you’re not going to last long.

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