City life looks good but we must maintain play-off push

PUBLISHED: 10:00 07 February 2017

Jonny Howson is a vital cog in Norwich City's push for the Championship play-offs. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

Jonny Howson is a vital cog in Norwich City's push for the Championship play-offs. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

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Jez Moxey gone, Robbie Brady sold, an away win, a clean sheet! Quiet week, really.

Cameron Jerome has reset his boots back to the factory default and is finding the net again, it’s all looking on the up.

Pundits taking a swift glance at our form will hastily scribble on their matchday notes that fans have no right to be calling for Alex Neil to be sacked. However the narrow defeat to Rotherham still leaves a sour taste in the mouth and there’s still more that needs to be done to appease most fans.

Anyone who is still calling for his dismissal will be thoroughly disappointed though.

Even with a new CEO coming in, Neil looks to be safe in his role and, when you assess our current position, it looks to be a sensible move from the board.

It’s entirely understandable to want to see change given the past few months but when Norwich sit just three points from the play-offs, it will seem an unnecessary cost to the board to change the manager at this time.

Everyone has their own opinion in football and that’s what makes the game the most loved sport around the world. Anyone with an emotionally vested interest in a specific team will lay claim to the solution that will turn its fortunes but none of us are privy to the inner workings of the club or the dynamic within the dressing room.

If Neil is to drive the team on to the play-offs it will be clean sheets and consistency that become the priority for the remaining fixtures in the season.

Conceding the number of goals we have this season is unsustainable in any division and while we have had no trouble scoring, it’s the defence which has let us down for so many seasons now.

Yes, Martin Olsson leaving is a blow. Yes, Brady too. But don’t forget, they’ve both been part of that defence.

A squad refresh has been a long time coming and as long as key players like Jonny Howson stay fit, we’ve got every chance of landing a play-off spot.

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