Time is still on our side
PUBLISHED: 15:27 06 October 2007 | UPDATED: 15:19 10 September 2010
What's the first thing I want to do when we win a game? Find a TV, switch to BBC1, hit the teletext button and go directly to page 325 - the Championship League Table.
What's the first thing I want to do when we win a game? Find a TV, switch to BBC1, hit the teletext button and go directly to page 325 - the Championship League Table. I've hardly done that for weeks and, when I have, it's made pretty painful reading.
These tables don't lie and it's distressing, depressing and concerning to see Norwich City under that dreaded dotted relegation line.
I'm not yet sure if the fact we deserve to be there makes things better or worse. Guess we can scarcely feel hard done by. A fortnight ago I witnessed firsthand the real low point, at Molineux, which had the dreaded 'R' word written all over the performance. I'm just grateful perhaps our one saving grace is that Wolves was only game seven and not game 37 of the season; we at least have time on our side.
This time last year Sunderland were in a similar place. I think it was about now that Roy Keane, pictured, was given the manager's job, his old mate Niall Quinn gave him a sack full of money and you know the rest. This weekend our old pals from Wearside entertain Arsenal; a far cry from looking down through the Championship trap door at the likes of Cheltenham and Northampton twelve short months ago.
In stark contrast though, our outlook is not one of new players and added strength; quite the opposite in fact. The manager has a squad depleted by injury and suspension and starved of confidence. The reality of five games without a goal would weigh heavy on any team and the quicker we can contrive a win the better.
It doesn't matter whether you're at the top or the bottom, the old adage of 'take one game at a time' is always the only way forward and the players and management must do everything they can to get something out of Monday night's game at fellow strugglers QPR. Football people talk about platforms to build on; that's what we're going need in West London.
It's tough being a Norwich City fan at the moment. The board and management are the ones that potentially have big decisions to make though and they will be as desperate as any of us that fortunes turn round and quick. For now, it's all about 11 players crossing a white line and performing for their manager and the supporters.