One record City must avoid

PUBLISHED: 13:16 15 October 2007 | UPDATED: 10:38 14 September 2010

Norwich City are in danger of setting an unenviable club record - if they fail to score in their next match.

The Canaries' current run of six matches without a goal equals their longest previous run of blank games, dating back nearly a century.

Norwich City are in danger of setting an unenviable club record - if they fail to score in their next match.

The Canaries' current run of six matches without a goal equals their longest previous run of blank games, dating back nearly a century.

And, whoever is manager on Saturday, following Peter Grant's departure, if they fail to find the net against Bristol City in their next Coca-Cola Championship game at Carrow Road, seven scoreless matches in a row will be a new record.

City's current goal drought has covered the last five Championship games plus the Carling Cup defeat at Manchester City. Their last goal came 555 minutes ago from David Strihavka in the 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace.

It was way back in their Southern League days in 1912-13 that Norwich last went six successive games without a goal. Coincidentally, five of their opponents in that run were clubs currently in the Championship - Coventry, Watford, Palace, Plymouth and Southampton. All five of them beat City, while Merthyr Town were the only side that failed to do so, the game finishing in a goalless draw.

The last time City failed to score in five successive league games was during the first FA Premier League season of 1992-93, when they had two goalless draws and three defeats. The blank run in December and January was ended by Chris Sutton's goal in a 1-1 draw at home to Coventry.

City's current tally of eight points is also their lowest from their first 10 league games for 20 seasons, with one exception - the start of the Premiership campaign three years ago, when they had six points from 10 matches.

Eight points out of a possible 30 is also their poorest start in the second tier of English football since the system of three points for a win was introduced in 1981-82.

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