Norwich City have been virtually assured of promotion to the Premier League after a dramatic Easter Monday of Championship football.
The Canaries were at Stoke in a 3pm kick off, while Sheffield United were kicking off at the KC Stadium against Hull. Leeds United meanwhile, wouldn’t be kicking off until 5.15pm with their game to be shown live on Sky Sports.
I was at the Carrow Road beam back in the sunshine to see City play out a nervy 2-2 draw with Stoke, having twice taken the lead but twice pegged back in another fairly average, by our recent standards, performance.
The beam back had a great atmosphere and there was the very unusual scenario of being able to sit in the South Stand and drink beer, something that several people decided was more important than watching the football.
The number of times I got up to allow people to get up and go down to the concourse, only for them to return a few minutes later with a couple of beers was incredible and not a little annoying.
This sort of thing always staggers me, it’s a constant theme at both sporting events and the music concerts that I go to. You’ve paid money to see your team/favourite band in one of the most important games of the season or a gig that you’ve been desperate to get tickets for but you’re more interested in getting ale’d up.
Must be that famous British drinking culture, I suppose.
With Sheffield United being 3 nil up at half time against Hull, there was no hope of promotion for City while I was watching the beam back, so it would be down to Brentford to turn Leeds over in the tea-time kick off.
Incredibly, that’s exactly what happened. I say incredibly but Brentford are a very good side and were, for my money, one of the best teams to come to Carrow Road this season. You will remember that it was a very tight game that was settled only by Emi Buendia’s brilliant volley.
Brentford’s 2-0 win over third placed Leeds United means that City are now six points ahead of them with just two games to play. Crucially, Norwich have a +10 goal difference advantage, so unless there’s a dramatic turn around, Norwich will be playing Premier League football next season.
One more point will confirm it for definite and hopefully we can get at least that at home to Blackburn on Saturday night.
Sheffield United will play Ipswich at Bramall Lane on Saturday teatime, which is basically a bye, meaning that the Blades will probably be level on points and ahead of us on goal difference by the time we kick off at 7.30pm.
Leeds meanwhile, will play in-form Aston Villa at Elland Road on Sunday lunchtime.
All in all, despite the disappointment of the draw with Stoke, it’s not been a bad day and thank you Sergi Canos 😉