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Robin Sainty

Isn’t it just typical of City’s frustrating season that we’ve seen such a belated upturn in form?

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I suspect that many of us had to pinch ourselves when the final whistle blew at Deepdale after such a lacklustre showing against Fulham – but nevertheless it was good to see City record an away win, even if they suffered the customary wobble after Preston pulled a goal back, predictably enough from a free header at a set-piece.

In the last six days we’ve seen the best and worst of Norwich City. An apparently irresistible force against Reading somehow transmuted into a side devoid of inspiration and riddled with errors against 10-man Fulham as the Carrow Road crowd got a taste of the sort of performance that has been all too familiar to City’s travelling fans.

I suspect that I’m not alone in experiencing a feeling of numbness on matchdays at the moment.

It’s been a funny old week for Norwich City fans, with no club football to distract us from the apparently interminable saga of Stuart Webber’s move from Huddersfield and little to get excited about on the international front as England’s relentlessly lateral passing made hard work of breaking down an almost totally passive Lithuania.

If the atmosphere at the start of the Blackburn game had been decidedly low key, last week’s was positively funereal and was hardly lifted by a game that generated very little in the way of highlights.

In this turbulent Carrow Road season other things have increasingly tended to get in the way of the football for those of us writing about the club.

On January 21 I wrote in this column that “ultimately the decision to stick with Alex Neil may prove inspired, but currently it simply looks desperate”.

When the post mortems start at the end of a season that now seems almost certain to end in a failure to make the play-offs despite a City squad that, on paper at least, would be the envy of most Championship managers, the recurring theme will be missed opportunities.

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