Iwan Roberts: How many points I think City need for the great escape

PUBLISHED: 12:51 20 February 2020 | UPDATED: 14:11 20 February 2020

Tim Krul was well protected against Liverpool but the Norwich City number one will need to be resolute at Wolves 
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Tim Krul was well protected against Liverpool but the Norwich City number one will need to be resolute at Wolves Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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I thought the Norwich City lads were magnificent on Saturday against the runaway leaders, their application to a man was top class, their work rate and organisation was as good as I’ve seen this season and it had to be to limit Liverpool to just five shots on Tim Krul’s goal.

Apart from that remarkable double save Tim did in the second half he didn't have much to do.

Every single one of the players gave it their all, but sadly once again just fell short in an attacking sense, which has so often been the case this season. At the start of the season I think we all thought that the way this Norwich team play they would score goals in this league, however sadly after an initial burst of goals at the beginning of the season hitting the back of the net has become harder and harder to do.

Since the three goals against Manchester City on September 14, Norwich have scored two or more goals in just three of their last 21 games and after drawing another blank last Saturday have failed to score in nine of those 21.

With 12 games to go the lads need a miracle to stay up, although still not impossible it will take one almighty effort but they still have to believe that they can.

Tim Krul denied Naby Keita with a smart stop in Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdTim Krul denied Naby Keita with a smart stop in Norwich City's 1-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich have won four of their 26 games, they've got 18 points from those 26 and possibly need another 18 from their remaining 12 to have any chance of staying up.

The toughness of the fixtures is relentless with five of the next six games against teams in the top eight, all of whom are chasing a Champions League place especially now with Manchester City being banned from the competition for the next two seasons after being punished for failing to comply with financial fair play (FFP) rules.

I've looked at the remaining fixtures and to have any realistic chance of staying up the lads simply have to beat the likes of Southampton, Brighton, West Ham and Burnley all at Carrow Road - mind you after their win at St Mary's at the weekend Burnley are all of a sudden just six points from Spurs sitting in fifth.

Norwich have some proper tough away games in their run and with just one away win all season in the Premier League they are going to have to muster up a couple of wins on the road - Watford being one away fixture they simply have to win.

The lads have an extra day's preparation this weekend as the game has been put back to Sunday, because of Wolves' Europa League tie with Spanish outfit Espanyol on Thursday night.

Wolves haven't been brilliant after they've played on a Thursday night and have won only twice out of the ten games they've played in the Premier League after an Europa League Thursday night fixture, so Daniel and the boys really need to try and take full advantage of this.

I remember a cracking game up at Molineux between Wolves and Norwich in April 1997 when I was wearing the old gold and black kit before moving to Norfolk three months later.

With six games remaining we were chasing automatic promotion and so were desperate for the three points against Mike Walker's men, three points which would eventually come our way thanks to yours truly.

We went 2-0 up on 35 minutes but then Drew Broughton pulled one back on 43 minutes, then the Molineux crowd was silenced when I was adjudged to have pulled down big Rob Newman in our penalty box and Neil Adams levelled things up right on the stoke of half-time.

However, I did have the last laugh by making amends for my earlier error when I powered in a trademark header past the helpless Gunny (Bryan Gunn) to win us the game and a valuable three points.

Sadly automatic promotion wasn't to be as we only won two of our last three games and finished third and then went on to lose to Crystal Palace in the play-off semi-final.

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