Melissa Rudd

When Jack Grealish slotted home Aston Villa's third goal less than five minutes into the second half on Saturday, it laid bare Norwich City's shortcomings more than any other.

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A ridiculous injury crisis, two and a half hours without scoring an away goal and back-to-back 2-0 defeats.

If you'd have told any Norwich fan their team would win three points from games against Manchester City and Burnley, the majority of us would have imagined an impressive win at Turf Moor.

West Ham winger Felipe Anderson's man of the match performance at the London Stadium on Saturday served as a painful reminder of what this Norwich squad lacks.

A narrow 3-2 defeat to the Europa League champions only to fail to score at the home of League Two opposition three days later.

Afternoons like Saturday's don't come along often. In 23 years watching City I can count on one hand the number of times I have seen them dominate Premier League opposition from start to finish.

In many ways, Friday night's defeat at Anfield reinforced everything we know about this Norwich City side and the Premier League.

There seems to be two types of football fans. Those who feel lost on a Saturday afternoon without it by the first weekend of June and others who enjoy a well-earned break after a season of highs, lows, tension and drama.

After a season of late drama for Norwich City, it felt as though most in the stadium were anticipating a late Blackburn flourish on Saturday night.

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