Norwich City Championship fixtures 2017-18: Fast start, strong finish is the ticket

PUBLISHED: 09:15 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:56 21 June 2017

Josh Murphy scored Norwich City's final goal of the last campaign in a 4-0 romp against QPR. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Josh Murphy scored Norwich City's final goal of the last campaign in a 4-0 romp against QPR. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Out with the old, in with the new but Norwich City will aim to carry on where they left off when they embark on their Championship promotion odyssey.

Daniel Farke is now calling the shots but City’s former interim boss Alan Irvine guided his troops to 10 points from the final 15 games of last season, culminating in a poignant 4-0 league win over QPR at Carrow Road that proved John Ruddy’s swansong. It also marked Irvine’s exit with the Scot declining the invitation to see if he could remain part of Farke’s backroom team.

City’s late surge merely ensured a respectable eighth-placed finish and checked a mid-table slump. But sights were set far higher after the emphatic 4-1 opening day win at Blackburn, lit up by Jacob Murphy announcing his arrival as a first team staple at Carrow Road with a vicious long range strike at Ewood Park.

City in fact were unbeaten in their first five league games, claiming 11 points from 15 in a run that laid the foundations to briefly head the Championship before the campaign unravelled.

Farke would settle for that as he embarks on his own English adventure. Fulham await. A ground that has thrown up few if any positive memories or results since Kevin Drinkell struck in the dim and distant.

City open their league campaign at home against relegated Sunderland before hosting QPR and then travelling to Aston Villa and Millwall.

The run-in looks no easier. Sunderland at the Stadium of the Light signals the business end of the campaign. Cardiff visit Carrow Road before a trip to Declan Rudd’s Preston.

Leeds are the final regular season visitors to Carrow Road before Farke’s men finish at Sheffield Wednesday. Few will forget the sting of the last painful visit to Hillsbrough and Cameron Jerome’s scathing post-match verdict.

• Tell us how many points you think Norwich can pick up from their opening five Championship fixtures and the same again over the run-in.

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