Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says: One loss should not ruin Neil’s promotion charge
It’s not difficult to guess that I would have rather been writing this week’s column on the back of Sunday’s win over Ipswich rather than Wednesday night’s defeat by Wigan.
Simply put, City need to learn from their mistakes and remember that they need to be on the ball from the first minute of every match.
I wouldn’t go as far as saying City underestimated Wigan, but there really was something missing, we never looked like scoring.
However, in saying that, one defeat doesn’t ruin the good work done by Alex Neil and his team.
City have shown more consistency, claiming five clean sheets in seven before Wigan – compared to only six previously across the season.
To me, this is down to Neil selecting a consistent back four, who have now started eight games in a row, coinciding with the return of Sebastien Bassong.
I’d argue Neil Adams was guilty of changing individuals each game, meaning we failed to find a consistent centre-half pairing, which had an effect on the defensive unit.
Sunday’s win over Ipswich put us within striking distance of the top of the table and more importantly above them in the league.
On the day, City showed more than enough quality and fighting spirit to beat Mick McCarthy’s men, whose one-dimensional tactics disappointed me.
I gave special credit to Bradley Johnson a few weeks back and he was again fantastic combining a typically combative display with another net-buster of a goal.
The real difference between the two sides on the day was that extra bit of quality in midfield, with the likes of Wes and Jonny Howson being able find space, as was seen with both goals.
And completing the double over Ipswich is good omen. The previous two times we have done so, 2003/04 and 2010/11, we have gone on to win promotion.
So let’s kick-start that ambition with a win at Millwall tomorrow, making sure we ‘mind that gap’ to a certain team down the road.