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Robin Sainty

This Norwich City season should really have come with a health warning for those of a delicate disposition, because I’m sure that we can expect more of the peaks and troughs of this week as the new players and Daniel Farke’s systems continue to gel.

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One week into the season and we’ve already seen the promise and potential pitfalls of this rebuilt Norwich City squad, an impressive league point at Fulham being followed by a Carabao Cup display that included some sumptuous creativity but also some horribly familiar defensive lapses.

The successes or failures of pre-season are generally about as good an indicator of what to expect once the serious stuff starts as picking through chicken entrails or studying the stars.

Despite the last meeting between Norwich City and Brighton having taken place just three months ago, an awful lot of water has flowed under the bridge, particularly as far as the hosts are concerned.

There is a real feeling of starting with a clean slate around Norwich City at present and that was further evidenced by the recent Fan Focus Group meeting arranged by the club to discuss ways of improving the atmosphere at Carrow Road.

The final game of the season is always something of a bittersweet affair because that cosily familiar weekend routine of the last nine months is about to be replaced by wondering what to do on a Saturday afternoon – and August seems such a long way away.

The fact that City can be irresistible going forward when the mood takes them but show less backbone than an amoeba when the going gets tough defensively is hardly news, so the loss of a three-goal lead at Elland Road will surprise nobody.

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

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.

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