Important City fans keep faith

PUBLISHED: 15:12 06 October 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 10 September 2010

John Wilkinson, NCISA

LAST Saturday there was a mixture of emotions as Canary fans left Carrow Road at the end of the Sky televised match against Sheffield Wednesday. There was considerable anger.

LAST Saturday there was a mixture of emotions as Canary fans left Carrow Road at the end of the Sky televised match against Sheffield Wednesday.

There was considerable anger. Anger as yet again supporters saw an unconvincing, inconsistent performance. Where were Norwich City in the second half?

Disappointment came from an inability to beat a team that was holding up the rest of the Championship table and the missed opportunity to start the push towards the top six positions. It was confusing to say the least, to see a team formation that left the small Jamie Cureton up front alone having the ball repeatedly arriving high in the air to the joy and delight of the two Sheffield central defenders. Why did the team set up not play to Cureton's strengths?

As we trudged home Saturday evening many of us feared the coming Tuesday home game against high-flying Scunthorpe while the message boards were almost red hot with gloom, despondency and the pointing of the finger of blame.

The goal famine continued on Tuesday but the applause at the end of the game and continuous vocal support from the crowd during the match showed a recognition of a better and more consistent overall team performance.

However at the end of the night the club found themselves in the drop zone. What should happen now?

The next six matches up to playing Watford, the current league leaders, on November 6, will be a strong indicator not only as to the future of manager Peter Grant but of the true potential of the team this season.

In that time we will have played four of the teams currently in the top six places.

Such is the Coca-Cola Championship League this season that with nine games played, and at the time of writing, the gap for the Canaries to the playoff positions is only six points.

There is no certainty in football but there may be no better time than now to keep the faith. On the ball City.

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