Whatever happens on Saturday, there will be Norwich City supporters who will be disappointed whatever the outcome
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Passion and commitment is what every fan wants to see from the team they support.
On Saturday the whole Norwich City team showed just what it meant to them when Tettey “did a YaYa”. Celebrating the goal, just in front of where I sit in the Barclay, passion was evident from all.
No longer were the fans around me tense, we knew even with a quarter of an hour to go, that we had the game won.
Before the game I was happy to read on Twitter that Alex Neil had made only one change from the team that started against Villa and that Gary O’Neil would be starting the game.
I have nothing against Graham Dorrans - I think he is an excellent player - but on recent form O’Neil has deserved his place in the starting eleven.
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Redmond looked poor on Saturday, and hasn’t looked his usual confident self for a few games this season. Replacing him with the very popular Odjidja was a great move by the manager.
Right from his introduction he made an impact on the game and it was his pass that gave Tettey the ball for his goal.
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In contrast to Redmond’s performance, the defence is looking much more confident of late. My view is that they have more confidence in the man behind them and this then allows them to play with more ease.
It’s two wins back-to-back for us now, so I am hoping we can make it three on Saturday against Man City in the FA Cup. The third round is always a big day for English football, where dreams are realised or crushed and some giant-killing is always in the offing.
I am not saying that Norwich beating Man City would be a ‘giant-killing’ but it would be an upset.
Whatever happens on Saturday, there will be supporters who will be disappointed whatever the outcome. Some will prefer that we don’t have the distraction of the FA Cup while we fight to remain in one of the most competitive leagues in world football.
However, some are in the camp that believes a good cup run can boost players’ confidence, which can in turn only help league form.
I used to be in the ‘let’s get rid of distractions’ camp – you only have to look at Wigan and Portsmouth to see that an FA Cup final appearance doesn’t stop relegation. Recently I have changed that view as it’s always harder to beat a team that is brimming with confidence whilst on a great winning run.
• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor