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Robin Sainty

Another week and another four valuable points for City, although a realistic assessment would be that this is still a side capable of overwhelming the weaker teams on its day, but with fundamental defensive frailties which can be ruthlessly exposed by opponents with more quality.

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With a significant net profit over this transfer window the board will be pleased to see some relief for the club’s financial position, but what fans will want to know is whether January’s transactions have provided sufficient impetus to an underperforming squad.

Regardless of the current situation at Norwich City, last week’s victory over Wolves at least served to debunk the long-running myth of Paul Lambert.

As this train wreck of a season has lurched from one new low to another, I think that most of us had believed that the increasingly petulant interviews given by Alex Neil were a sign of a man under intense pressure.

As a kid in the 60s and 70s I grew up with the magic of the FA Cup. The titanic battles that might go to two or three replays, the giant-killing feats of non-league teams, often achieved on pitches with barely a blade of grass.

Most City fans will see 2016 as a year to forget. Following a tame relegation another underwhelming summer transfer window which failed to address chronic defensive issues led into a Championship season that started promisingly, at least in terms of results, but appeared to have slipped into terminal decline as the year petered out.

At the end of the Sex Pistols’ shambolic final concert Johnny Rotten’s parting shot to the disaffected crowd was “ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”. City fans will know exactly what he meant.

Huddersfield’s performance at Carrow Road was the ultimate indictment of Norwich City’s failure to get value for money from the financial benefits of four Premier League seasons and two funded by parachute payments since Paul Lambert took them up in 2011.

Sometimes it’s nice to be wrong. Like many fans I genuinely felt that Alex Neil was no longer capable of getting the best from his squad but against Brentford, City looked like a completely different team.

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