It doesn’t sound many – but anyone can become a promotion hero in just eight games. Michael Bailey looks at what the Championship run-in has in store for Norwich City and their 10 fellow promotion condenters.
A lot of words have been used to describe City’s football this season; fluid, flowing, sexy, exhilarating to name but a few, but one which isn’t often mentioned is perhaps the most important; disciplined.
I’m sure many of the 2,200 Norwich fans travelling to Rotherham this morning will be hoping to get there nice and early to find a pub showing live football, so they can watch the Leeds United v Sheffield United game.
With a film about a Norwich wrestling family tearing up the box office, a Norwich actress ruling the roost at the Oscars and a Norfolk beach set to feature in a summer release, the eyes of the film world are very much honed in on our neck of the woods at the moment.
Daniel Farke joked he might put his feet up on the sofa on Saturday but only to watch Norwich City’s next opponents, not their title rivals, after Friday night’s 1-0 Championship win over Swansea City moved them five points clear.
Legendary winger Darren Huckerby has hailed the quality of Norwich City’s football under Daniel Farke this season – but still thinks the promotion winners of 2004 would have fancied their chances against the current Canaries.
Nelson Oliveira’s fist-pumping antics at Ipswich Town suggest Norwich City should turn the old maxim about keeping ‘friends close but enemies closer’ firmly on its head in the defining weeks of the Championship promotion race.
Daniel Farke is maintaining the rhetoric that City were touted for a mid-table finish, so everything thereafter is a bonus as part of his strategy to keep the players focused and the pressure off, and quite rightly so.