Iwan Roberts: Norwich City can’t afford another Friday night horror show

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 February 2020 | UPDATED: 12:37 28 February 2020

Daniel Farke and his Norwich City players suffered a bad day at the office last weekend when they lost to Wolves Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke and his Norwich City players suffered a bad day at the office last weekend when they lost to Wolves Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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It was yet another case of deja vu for Norwich City at Molineux last Sunday where, once again, they made a bright start, dominated the early exchanges but failed to take the couple of chances that came their way.

Sitting pretty - Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, centre Picture: PASitting pretty - Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers, centre Picture: PA

Then, like so many times this season, they conceded a sloppy goal - and it was game over.

Belief and confidence are huge in football and the lads seem to have very little at the minute.

They go a goal down and they seem to lack the self-belief that they've got what it takes to get back into the game. Not once this season in the Premier League have the lads gone behind to then come back and go on to win the game.

Just like last Sunday, tonight sees two of my former clubs face each other when Brendan Rodgers brings his high-flying Leicester City side to Carrow Road.

Even though Leicester have won only one of their last six league games they've had a fantastic season and barring an absolute disaster they should finish in the top four, which was their target at the beginning of the season.

With their next four games against teams in the bottom six, I'm sure they will believe that they can win a healthy tally of points from the 12 available, which will go a long way to ensuring a place in next season's Champions League.

Leicester have been very good on their travels, winning seven of their 13 games, and have conceded less than a goal a game away from home, so you can see the size of the task in hand for Norwich!

And Norwich will most definitely have to play better than they did the last time they played on a Friday night at Carrow Road, when they were convincingly beaten by another former team of mine, Watford, back in November.

I don't know what it was with me when I was playing for my former clubs against Norwich. In last week's column I reminisced about a terrific game we had when Wolves faced Norwich back in 1997. Well, I remember just as well a really exciting encounter between the two clubs at Filbert Street in December, 1995.

The day had started badly for Norwich when Martin O'Neill resigned as manager, but the game couldn't have started better as goals from the speedy Darren Eadie and my best mate at the club when I first moved to Norwich, Robert Fleck, meant the Canaries were 2-0 up and cruising.

However, the Foxes weren't beaten just yet and pulled a goal back just before half time when Mike Whitlow smashed a left-footed thunderbolt of a free-kick past Gunny, who was left clutching at thin air.

Yet again, yours truly scored against Norwich when I levelled things with about 20 minutes left, smashing one in at the back post having left Carl Bradshaw in my wake - and we weren't finished just yet!

We had a young lad on our bench that day who went by the name of Emile Heskey, who had only just signed his first professional contract with the club. He was unleashed on the Norwich defence to try and win us the game, as he'd done back on September 30 that year, scoring the only goal of the game.

Emi didn't disappoint - it didn't take him long to once again show what he was all about with his pace, strength and clinical finishing when he raced on to an under-hit back pass by Robert Ullathorne to take the ball around Gunny and coolly pass it from a tight angle into an empty net - and that was that comeback complete.

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