It`s been a pretty good week in the Canary nation.
The only real downside was having to play 120 minutes on Tuesday night at the Emirates. If I`m honest, I`d probably have rather we lose inside 90 minutes than have to go the distance and then still lose.
The manner of the defeat to Arsenal and importantly, the performance, showed how far Norwich City have come since that dismal day they were stuffed out of sight 4-0 at Millwall.
They were five minutes away from beating the mighty Gunners in their own backyard and would`ve done if it hadn`t been for that pesky referee. I hope that Mr Madely will review his own performance and realise just what a shocker he had, I hope.
That all sounds a bit downbeat but it shouldn`t be taken as such. City have struggled with injuries of late but will hopefully welcome back Marley Watkins for the visit of Derby County on Saturday. Fingers crossed that Nelson Oliveira has put his own mystery injury behind him too.
The best thing about this last week though was the victory at Portman Road over the old enemy.
In the build up, there were plenty of Blues` fans who felt that this was their best chance of beating us for many a year. As it turned out, “it happened again.”
James Maddison it was, this time, who wrote his name into Canary folklore with a super winning goal that dispatched the ponies once more. This young lad was signed as “the next big thing” but as a football fan, I`ve heard and seen plenty of those sort of signings over the years who haven`t lived up to the hype.
Maddison is living up to the hype and getting better and better. In the prolonged absence of Alex Pritchard, he has stepped up and is more than delivering the goods. He is ritually kicked from pillar to post by less talented players on a weekly basis but still delivers. He truly seems to be Wes Hoolahan`s successor in waiting.
This next week will go some way to giving us an idea of the future. Derby on Saturday are followed by a visit from table topping Wolves. The games keep on coming thick and fast and that does worry me a little, because there is a feeling that the squad is a little thin at the moment.
I remember in Paul Lambert`s Championship promotion season that I developed a feeling that we could win automatic promotion after we beat Ipswich 4-1 in the November of that season. Well, we`ve just beaten them in October and I`m starting to feel the same thing.
The malaise of the final days under Alex Neil has well and truly gone and the level of togetherness is blindingly obvious.
Team spirit goes a long way, a bit like personality. Sheffield United don`t have parachute payments or superstars and yet they are a real prospect at the top of the league. Norwich City also have that team spirit going on and it really helps you out. Coupled with the emergence of a Head Coach who is getting the best from his squad, it could be a winning formula.
Saturday can`t come quick enough because I can hardly wait to get to Carrow Road again and cheer on the lads, 1, 2, 3, 4 Woah oh, Super Tommy Trybull…