Never stop believing that Canaries can do it
Ian Russell, Capital Canaries We all have our own ways of relaxing. One of mine is to stick on an Only Fools and Horses DVD - so much so that I seem to know almost every line from every episode.
Ian Russell, Capital Canaries
We all have our own ways of relaxing. One of mine is to stick on an Only Fools and Horses DVD - so much so that I seem to know almost every line from every episode.
I know that relaxing is something very important for the players to do leading up to any big game - Monday night will certainly be no exception - the lads need to be focussed, prepared and 'up for it'.
We all know the maths. When there are only two games left, the margin of error is so small it's not funny. No 'ifs', 'buts' or 'what might have beens' will give us points; this is about 'win or bust'.
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What happened today is important but there are six points still to play for and we need them like nothing else.
It's not as though we haven't been here before, but somehow this time round feels gut wrenchingly tough.
- 1 MATCHDAY RECAP: Canaries beaten by Barnsley in FA Cup
- 2 Paddy's Pointers: Five observations from the Canaries' 1-0 FA Cup defeat against Barnsley
- 3 Farke's injury fears for Hugill after Barnsley FA Cup loss
- 4 Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries interested in Luton midfielder
- 5 Paddy Davitt: Player ratings after Canaries' 1-0 Barnsley defeat
- 6 STARTING XIs: Hernandez starts as City make five changes for FA Cup tie
- 7 Energetic Barnsley dump disjointed Norwich side out of the FA Cup
- 8 Rupp set for FA Cup recall
- 9 'Concentrate on the league klaxon' - City fans express disappointment at FA Cup exit
- 10 Barnsley v Norwich City in the FA Cup - all you need to know
I sense that emotions are going to run high on Monday evening, so I suggest an early night Sunday, save your voice box as much as is possible during the day and try any remedy you know to resist biting your nails down to quick come 7:45pm.
I fancy that everyone connected with the club is, almost subconsciously, holding any season analysis and post-mortem until after the final whistle blows at the Valley in eight days time.
For me it's very very simple: we will deserve to finish where we finish. No arguments, no complaints. For the moment though, we remain united and as one behind the players and management. We're the twelfth man and can still play our part in the final push away from the drop zone.
From the chairman down, our football club is currently being shrouded with a blanket of optimism and belief.
All very necessary in this predicament I grant you, but we must be mindful not to overdose as we did 'down the road' last week when it appeared almost everyone connected with Norwich City (the press included) felt we only had to turn up to win the derby game.
Yes, we can sit down tonight with our calculators and prediction sheets (trust me, that's very possibly what I'll be doing) but when all is said and done six points for Norwich City is what we all hope for. Call it two cup finals or whatever you wish, when the eleven picked step over the white line they must be prepared and strong enough to sweat some blood for this football club. If they do that they can be assured of the support from thousands clad in yellow and green.
Let's continue to do our part. “Never stop believing, Rodney. Never stop believing”. On the Ball City, Never mind the danger!