There is a headline somewhere about Norwich City having their local derby against Ipswich Town one week and a match against Derby County the next. Forgive me, but it is Friday afternoon and I can’t quite get there.
Regardless, it is an important fixture for Paul Lambert’s men. They had gone five games without a win before the 4-1 thumping of Ipswich last weekend and even though four of these these were draws, it was a victory they needed.
Now, it is time to push on from here. The players, management and fans will be in high spirits for the game at Pride Park and in a league as tight as the Championship, this is always something you want to make the most of.
When you put in a performance like Norwich did last weekend, you don’t want it to be a one off. Everyone at the club will want it to be the start of another unbeaten run – this time with a few more victories.
There is no reason why they can’t either. Past Norwich teams at this level wouldn’t go to somewhere like Derby County expecting to pick up three points. This team will go their demanding three points. That has been the attitude away from home this season and it has paid off with a decent away record.
Norwich have established the hard to beat tag already this season. Look at the game against Burnley last month for example. Trailing 2-0 with 20 minutes to go, the Canaries fought back for a point. It was the same against Leeds a couple of weeks later. 1-0 down, but never out as they salvaged a draw.
What the game against Ipswich did though, was suggest that Norwich are ready to move on from being just hard to beat. Don’t get me wrong, they have shown attacking flair plenty of times this season already, but there was something special about Lambert’s m en going forward last Sunday.
Arsenal youngster Henry Lansbury has no doubt influenced this as he adds to a team that already possesses the likes of Andrew Surman, Andrew Crofts, Wes Hoolahan (who came off the bench against Ipswich), Chris Martin and of course Grant Holt. There are several players here that many Championship managers would love to have in their team.
As things stand, Norwich sit 5th in the Championship and it is fully deserved. Three points against 4th placed Derby, something they are more than capable of achieving (consider the fact they would have beaten leaders QPR at Loftus Road had Hoolahan converted a penalty) and they could go third.
So, as good as the win against Ipswich would have been for Norwich fans, it might not even be the highlight of their season.
Onwards and upwards for Norwich City.