In Glenn Roeder’s last four games in charge, Norwich managed to find the net three times. Two of these were scored by Nottingham Forest. Now though, four games into Bryan Gunn’s reign and we have found the back of the net on ten occasions. If that isn’t a positive sign, I don’t know what is.
Whenever a new manager takes over, fans are on the look out for signs of change. We need something that might suggest Norwich are set to earn some better results under the new manager. Well, so far under Gunn, there have been many signs of this nature.
First up, there is the already stated improvement to the goals scored column. There is more confidence about Norwich going forward and this will be down in no small part to the renewed belief that Gunn has installed. It is no coincidence that we have scored just under a quarter of our season’s goals in the last four fixtures, after all.
Another positive sign of change occurred in each of the two away games that Gunn has been in charge of. Away to in-form Doncaster, Norwich went 1-0 down. This would normally signal defeat. We never come back from behind do we? However, big Jonny Grounds stepped up to earn us a valuable point.
Then, this change was exaggerated in the game at Wolves last night. We fell behind not once, but twice and still managed to grab ourselves a point. This would not have happened a few weeks ago. Especially after throwing away a 2-1 lead to trail 3-2. The fact that we didn’t give up and we believed was extremely encouraging.
So, overall there are signs that we could get out of the relegation mire. It is still going to be a scrap until the very end, but the fact we are unbeaten in four games is fantastic. I’m not sure it is simply down to the ‘honeymoon period’ either as the change in attitude of the players is so significant.
The signings look like they may add something to the cause as well. Loan signings have been criticised in the past, but ones until the end of the season are ok by me. Ryan Bertrand has been a Norwich player a lot longer than David Bell was for example! Gow, Killen and Carney will all be doing all they can to earn a full-time contract and that can only be a good thing.
Before this positivity all goes to my head though, let’s be realistic. Like I mentioned, we are still very much in trouble. The football odds still expect us to be one of the teams to go down. The nature in which we threw away the victory against Southampton was worrying and it may only take a defeat or two for the feel good factor to disappear.
However, the players are fighting for the cause more than they ever were under Roeder this season and we have to keep the momentum going. We will suffer a bad run of form under Gunn, but what we need to do is make the most out of this decent little spell. Starting with a win against Bristol City on Saturday.
City ‘Till I Die.
By Thomas Rooney – a sports writer for Betfair – check them out for Cheltenham betting.