Delia and Michael made it a special day - but players couldn’t follow suit
PUBLISHED: 09:23 25 February 2017 | UPDATED: 14:52 25 February 2017
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First of all, a brief post mortem of Burton Albion away – I never expected to watch our boys play there, let alone lose.
Before the game, there was a sense that the fan spirit was up once again. Kudos to Delia and Michael, who had bought a round for a group of City fans.
Fans who have spent a lot of their money for disappointment on the road this season were treated to one-to-one conversations with City’s top brass. It’s those small gestures that go a long way and are the reason why we have built up a reputation as a family club.
Despite the result, I’m sure regaining the love and trust from us fans will be top of Delia’s ‘to do’ list for next season.
As for the game, it opened up our Championship wound which has been bleeding for quite some time this season. Any team that sets up to be physical, bullies us off the ball and plays it in the air will do well against us.
As much as I like Timm Klose, the very basics of being a defender are “If in doubt, kick it out” - Everyone was told this at youth football level. Sorry Timm. So overall Burton was actually a good day, minus the 90 minutes of football...
Also, I find it both fascinating and extremely frustrating that if City’s fixtures had finished with 80 minutes on the clock, we’d be third in the table. Our inability to hold on to a lead has driven many Norwich City supporters over the edge many times this season.
However, we can scrutinise and moan all we want but we have to put Burton behind us now, because those blue and white neighbours are coming to town. Let’s be honest, we don’t want to give them another excuse to put a star on their shirt...
The pressure is all on us tomorrow. Ipswich will be fuelled by a desire for revenge following their catastrophic defeat in the play-offs the season before last. It’s worth bearing in mind too that if Ipswich lose it is kind of what is expected, given the contrast in the calibre of squads taking to the field.
It’s true, Ipswich are due a win. They’ve not managed to beat us at Carrow Road since February 6, 2006. That was when Danny Haynes infamously scored a rather controversial goal, helping it in with his hand which meant we lost 1-2. That’s a whole decade of hurt for Ipswich on the road against their rivals though, haha!
Of course, I wouldn’t admit it to an Ipswich fan, but I have a bad feeling I won’t be the one laughing at the end of those inevitably extremely long 90 minutes on Sunday. I hope I’m wrong. Although we’ve somehow managed to create ‘Fortress Carrow Road’ once more, we’re so defensively fragile against these types of teams it’s scary. If I was Alex Neil, I’d have got our lads defending set-pieces all week long in preparation for this clash.
On the other hand, I’d like to believe that the players new to our squad now fully understand just how fierce this rivalry is and just how much it would mean to all of us supporters if we win on Sunday. Earlier on this season City’s nerves far out-weighed passion and determination to go for it and steal a win at Portaloo road.
I ran a Twitter poll earlier this week asking City fans about their nerves for tomorrow’s derby. Clearly fans are more edgy about this East Anglian derby than ever before. Could this mean a tense atmosphere at Carrow Road tomorrow?
A little nervous 29%;Very worried 24%;
It’s only Ipswich! 47%.
If Ipswich actually win -which they won’t, of course - just be thankful we didn’t lose the play-off semi-final to them. A game that meant so much more and will forever show a massive scar on their sacred history books...
They do however have the opportunity to de-rail our final (and I mean final) last gasp promotion push.
Good luck to the boys in yellow, we’ll be there singing our hearts out. If there is a single game you have to win this season, it’s this one.
On The Ball, City!