This is going to be a short post. Mainly because, no matter how I feel about Norwich’s situation right now, it is going to keep changing until the end of the season.
Over the last few weeks, I have gone through the emotions. One week it’s ‘we are staying up’ then it’s ‘we’re doomed for League One. Now though, it seems fairly obvious that it is all going to come down to the last game of the season. Nothing we can do about that anymore, what happens – happens.
Saturday’s home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday was really hard to take. Had we won the game, or even got a draw, everything would be looking a lot better. It was a fantastic opportunity to kick on.
What we got though was an ‘end of season’ type game, where neither the fans nor the players really looked like they gave a damn. The atmosphere inside the ground was dire. Had you gone to the game not knowing what the situation was, you would have thought that Norwich had nothing to play for.
Jon Otsembor always epitomises this type of performance from the team. Even in injury time, he was just strolling around without a care in the world. Not once did he rush to take a thow-in. Even Lee Croft took an absolute age to get off the pitch once substituted.
So – where was the passion lads? Where was the sense of urgency? Yes, the referee contributed to us not getting a result, but this isn’t the main reason we lost. The players just didn’t seem up for it. It was so frustrating.
The crowd annoyed me as well. They were quiet and comfortably out-sung by the Sheffield Wednesday fans who must have thought we were all resigned to being relegated. From minute one, the fans were on the back of the players. It simply shouldn’t be this way, not now.
Overall, it was a very un-enjoyable afternoon and one which culminated with me looking at Forest’s run-in compared to ours. In short, theirs is much better. We need a surprise away victory at Swansea or Ipswich, two home wins and possibly a point at Charlton.
Too much to ask? Put it this way: don’t waste your next football bet backing such a thing to occur.