When it comes to atmosphere at Carrow Road, Norwich City fans won’t let the team down

The Norwich City fans get behind their side before the 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Carrow Road.

The Norwich City fans get behind their side before the 3-2 win over Newcastle United at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Last week, like me, many people were waxing lyrical about Norwich City’s win over Newcastle United and how we would stay up. What a difference a week makes.

From the reaction of some, after a less-than-convincing performance at Crystal Palace, we were all but down. I have read some fans’ reactions on social media saying that Bamford should never put on a Norwich shirt again and how we are definitely down now Klose is injured.

This is not a reaction that is unique to Norwich. Similar words will have been uttered by despondent fans who support other teams that have not performed as well as expected. Let’s just be thankful that we are not Aston Villa supporters, at least we are still fighting to stay in the Premier League.

Klose’s injury isn’t the end of the world, but it is a big blow. The defence has looked more settled in recent weeks with his assured presence in the back four. But, we can win without Klose, we have won without Klose. One man does not a team make.

It was a game where we created little and Palace managed to deal with every cross or long ball we sent into their area. I never had the feeling that we would actually get the ball in the back of the net, however, it would have been a different story if we had been awarded the penalty in the first half.

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But then we could say ‘what if’ on several occasions this season where refereeing decisions have not been favourable to us.

I was expecting to walk into a wall of noise when we arrived at Selhurst Park as Alan Pardew had promised that it’s not an easy place for away teams to visit due to it being so intimidating. In fact, for over an hour, we didn’t hear a peep from the Palace fans. They did wake up when Bamford was brought on to replace Naismith and then, of course, when they scored.

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I am sure that Carrow Road on Saturday will have much more atmosphere and will be much more intimidating. We have done the bags and the clappers, although I think our fans do a fantastic job on their own, without the props.

• Blog post written by Lorraine Taylor

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