How a 7-1 win was a bizarre source of utter frustration

PUBLISHED: 19:00 12 April 2017

The scoreboard tells the story at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich
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08/04/2017

The scoreboard tells the story at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at Carrow Road, Norwich Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd +44 7904 640267 08/04/2017

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There are so many damning statistics that have been flying around to illustrate the horrific home-away divide in form this season.

I keep reading about how only relegated Rotherham have conceded more on the road, or how if our home form reflected our away we would be staring down the barrel of League One.

However, one dawned on me this week that is more damning than these to put together – or at least from my perspective.

I have missed more goals at Carrow Road this season than City have scored away from it. How’s that for a stat?

Admittedly, due to a variety of reasons, I have been absent from eight home ties this season – six in the league and two cup ties.

In these eight games, City scored a whopping 30 goals; six more than the meek 24 plundered on the road in the Championship.

Which brings me on to the bizarre game on Saturday – which is doubly strange for me, as I never in a million years thought I would feel so frustrated at a 7-1 win.

This is mainly down to foolishness on my part. After two drab away performances, a run of nice weather and the fact my partner was on her first Saturday off in quite some time, I decided to give the game a miss.

This was a first for me – usually if I miss a game it’s due to something out of my power. A wedding, work commitments and the like. This time, it was simply that I decided a day out at the seaside was the more appealing option.

This speaks volumes for how disillusioned this season has left me, even with City’s decent home form. That said, this wasn’t a decision that I made easily, there was lots of umming and ahhing, toing and froing. You can imagine how I’m feeling now.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing – but all too often proves an awful thing as well, but that is neither here nor there.

We ran a poll on our websites asking the same question I mulled over, and more than half of those who voted made the same decision as me, and how silly we must all feel.

However, missing out on a little piece of history is far from the only reasons Saturday’s romp was as frustrating as it was spectacular.

Like other routs this season – Nottingham Forest for example, which I also was absent from – they are just proof of what that talented bunch are capable.

When they are motivated, in the mood, and on the same page, it’s far from an exaggeration to say at this level they are irresistible.

So how can a team that can brush aside a top-six side like they’re school boys one week, crumble the moment they fall behind another?

Okay, I’m not deluded enough to think City should be winning 7-1 every week, or any other comprehensive scoreline for that matter, but the sheer disparity between performances boggles the mind. Frustrating doesn’t even begin to cut it.

It’s almost as though the whole squad have doppelgängers who they decide to send along when they don’t fancy it, and who sadly, don’t really fancy it either.

I, like any City fan I’m sure, could rant and rant and rant about the Jekyll and Hyde act City have been putting on this season, but it doesn’t change anything. What more needs to be said about a season in which a 7-1 triumph can be a source of frustration?

One thing this season has done though, is pose an intriguing question that I’m now going to put to you all:

What is more preferable – a Jekyll and Hyde act with moments of sheer brilliance? Or consistent mediocrity - never outstanding, never completely, just chugging along with no real aspirations for maybe, 15 years.

Obviously, neither are particularly desirable, but if this season has given us nothing as, at least there were a few days of excellence – even if I wasn’t there.

And days like this give us something to aspire to. And who knows, maybe Stuart Webber is some kind of sorcerer who strolled into Colney, waved a wand and turned City into Barcelona...

One thing that has definitely come from this season though, is I will never, ever, consciously make the decision to miss a game again.

And for those wondering, by the way, here are the games I missed and excuses for my absence.

• City 3 Cardiff 2 - wedding

• City 6 Coventry 1 - work

• City 3 Rotherham 1 - work

• City 2 Southampton 2 - finance

• City 2 Birmingham 0 - holiday

• City 5 Forest 1 - holiday

• City 2 Newcastle 2 - holiday

• City 7 Reading 1 - foolishness

Have you ever missed a game and lived to regret it? I want to hear your stories. Contact 
david.hannant@archant.co.uk

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