Iwan Roberts: ‘The way they are playing I just can’t see them dropping another point at the minute’
PUBLISHED: 23:30 04 April 2019 | UPDATED: 23:30 04 April 2019
Seven wins on the spin, nine wins in their last 10 games, seven points in front of Sheffield United in third position – I think it’s fair to say Norwich City can smell the Premier League.
It was a great result at The Riverside, where Tim Krul made it 11 clean sheets season – six behind Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson. But let’s be honest, when you score as many goals as Norwich City do, not being top of the clean sheet table isn’t the end of the world.
It was Norwich’s fifth consecutive win against Middlesbrough, with three of those five wins by the same score-line. In fact, Norwich now haven’t conceded in their last five games against Boro, a record my good friend Tony Pulis would love to have as he watched his team lose again on Tuesday night at home to Bristol City – who had beaten the Blades 3-2 last weekend after coming from 2-1 down with just 13 minutes remaining.
The Canaries are showing nerves of steel, and that doesn’t look like changing any time soon – the way they are playing I just can’t see them dropping another point at the minute.
It doesn’t seem to faze them if they go a goal behind; they are so confident that they will keep their focus, keep playing the way they have been for the majority of the season and they will go on to win the game.
After two away games, the lads have now got two very winnable games at Carrow Road. It’s QPR tomorrow and then Reading on Wednesday night, with Wigan away to come after these two home games – the next three games against teams in the bottom eight. I can see City making it 10 wins on the spin, I really can, and that would put the Canaries on 90 points with just four games to go, virtually guaranteeing them promotion!
To be honest, I am 100pc convinced they will be playing Premier League football next season already, I can’t see anybody stopping them.
QPR got rid of their manager Steve McClaren earlier in the week after a very poor run of just one win in their last 11 games, eight of which they’ve lost, and they are just eight points above the bottom three. Believe you me, the pressure when you’re fighting relegation is far greater than the pressure when you’re going for promotion.
It’s a 12.30pm kick-off tomorrow, something I used to hate as a player. It used to cause havoc with my routine and if you messed about with my match day routine it would create chaos with my head. Well, that’s the excuse I used to use when I’d play poorly in these early starts.
As a player you have to get up a couple of hours earlier, you’re eating your pre-match meal at about eight in the morning, which is something I used to hate – I just found it hard eating that early in the day. It is not easy eating boiled chicken and pasta at the best of times, but try eating it first thing in the morning!
For a 12.30pm kick-off I’d like to be at the ground by 10.30am. I always liked to be there nice and early. Home games I was always one of the first players to arrive at Carrow Road – the way I looked at it I’d rather be an hour early than a minute late.
QPR haven’t won at Carrow Road since their 1-0 win back on September 17, 2007, their only win away to Norwich in 15 attempts, and that statistic isn’t changing tomorrow.
Come 2.30pm, Norwich will be three points closer to promotion and then it will be over to Sheffield United, who have a very tricky hurdle to overcome away to in-form Preston, who have lost just the one game in their last 13.