Iwan Roberts: When in doubt, kick everything that moves!

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 March 2020 | UPDATED: 13:19 12 March 2020

Dean Henderson makes an amazing double save to deny Mario Vrancic and Josip Drmic at Bramall Lane 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Dean Henderson makes an amazing double save to deny Mario Vrancic and Josip Drmic at Bramall Lane Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

I personally don’t think Norwich score enough scruffy goals!

The long and the short of it - Oli McBurnie celebrates with Sheffield United scorer Billy Sharp 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdThe long and the short of it - Oli McBurnie celebrates with Sheffield United scorer Billy Sharp Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

There's nothing wrong with tapping one in from a yard out - they count as much as smashing one in from 30 yards, not that I ever did that! But believe you me, I scored my fair share of scruffy ones.

I still can't quite get my head around how Norwich didn't score at Sheffield United last weekend in that second-half goalmouth scramble when they were denied by a combination of Dean Henderson's brilliance and quite a bit of luck in the Blades six-yard box.

Had I have been on the pitch I would have been kicking at everything, I would have taken everyone out to make sure I got the last touch to put the ball in the back of the net to score a goal.

Norwich have lost nine of their last 15 league games and have scored 11 goals. They've scored just one goal in their last five games and conceded five, three of which came at Molineux.

The point I'm trying to make is that the lads aren't far away from digging themselves out of trouble, it's simply that they need goals. In those nine defeats the lads have lost by the odd goal in seven of those games - it's not as if they've been getting embarrassed and hammered week in and week out.

After a terrific few days when they beat Leicester in the Premier League and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, it was a case of crashing back down to earth at Bramall Lane with an 18th from their 29 league games.

It was a case of the same old Norwich - they had good spells in the game, but once again failed to take any of the chances they created and conceded a sloppy headed goal to a striker who is only 5ft 9in tall!

It was a poor goal to concede, especially when you think they'd had a warning earlier in the half when John Lundstram crossed from the right only for Oli McBurnie to head straight at Tim Krul. Sadly the lads hadn't heeded the warning and a few minutes later it was Lundstram yet again - with no Norwich player close to him - he then had the freedom of Bramall Lane to take his time and pinpoint a great cross on to the head of Billy Sharp - and he did the rest.

If you stand off players and don't get their heads down earlier, don't get close to the man on the ball so you make them hurry with their delivery into the penalty box, then they will hurt you and sadly this season this has happened too many times. And Norwich have been punished accordingly. Luckily, unlike the previous weekend, the other games went Norwich's way with Watford, West Ham and Villa losing and Brighton and Bournemouth drawing.

I look at the next five league fixtures and, putting Arsenal to one side, the lads play Southampton tomorrow also have home games against Brighton and West Ham while they travel to Vicarage Road. If the lads can take 10 points from these next five games they will give themselves a real chance of avoiding the dreaded drop. It's a big 'if', I know, seeing as they've won only five games all season, but it's not impossible and everyone has to keep believing that they can produce the miracle that's needed to survive.

I can't be there tomorrow afternoon, but it will be great to see Craig Fleming back at Carrow Road and I hope he receives the welcome he deserves - I'm sure he will.

Flem was a great servant to the club, spending over 10 years there. He played 382 games for Norwich placing him 11th in the club's list of most appearances and that deserves respect.

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