Among the carnage, would you believe there are still positives for Norwich City?

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Robert Snodgrass celebrates after his goal secured a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Ho

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Robert Snodgrass celebrates after his goal secured a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road during the 2013/14 Premier League season. Picture: Stephen Pond/PA - Credit: PA

The eerie silence as my wife and I trudged back over the railway bridge told its own story.

Every City fan around us was rendered virtually mute as we all tried to work out how City had contrived to lose a game that at 3-1 they had appeared to have total control of.

Inevitably, as the shock receded the recriminations started, with Russell Martin's awful back pass giving his critics another stick to beat him with – and the decision to play it did indeed suggest a mind scrambled by a season in which the player's form has dipped to a point where he has become the number one scapegoat for disgruntled fans.

Whilst I wouldn't suggest that Martin was frequently at fault last week it is also worth pointing out that he was hardly alone, and that singling one man out after such a shoddy team defensive performance is neither fair nor helpful. As Gary O'Neil pointed out on Twitter after the match, 'We win and lose together'.

The loss of Alex Tettey to illness and Alex Neil's decision not to go for a like-for-like replacement in Youssouf Mulumbu was always likely to prove a gamble against a side without an out-and-out striker, but with the power of James Milner, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and Lucas in midfield, and ultimately it didn't come off as City consistently failed to pick up late runners into their box.

Even so, the collapse after Wes Hoolahan's penalty was shocking. With Liverpool on the ropes, City needed to keep things tight for 10 minutes or so, yet virtually from the kick-off they allowed Alberto Moreno to waltz unchallenged into their box and, despite clearing that attack, Henderson was then afforded the freedom of their penalty area seconds later. It was schoolboy stuff.

Inevitably the prophets of doom were out in force post-game and in all fairness, unless Neil can finally sort out a defence that has been suspect all season, it is becoming harder to gainsay them. It really is vital that Timm Klose turns out to be the player that we all hope he is and that he is partnered correctly.

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But for all the obvious negatives it's important to keep a sense of perspective. Ivo Pinto did reasonably well on debut and should only get better, while Steven Naismith could hardly have made a bigger impact. His movement in and around the box is on a different level to anything we've seen from a City striker this season and his partnership with Dieumerci Mbokani could well be pivotal in keeping City up as long as the leakage at the other end of the pitch can be stemmed.

It was also good to see him barking out instructions, and it was noticeable that in the mayhem around the City bench after the late equaliser it was him who was telling his team-mates to concentrate for the remaining seconds. It's a shame they didn't take notice.

When all's said and done City are on 23 points from 23 games and have scarcely deviated from that point-a-game ratio all season, so there is no reason to believe that they cannot replicate that over the remaining 15 fixtures.

I'm as concerned as everyone else about the defensive issues and the continuing propensity for individual errors at crucial times, but those problems have existed all season, and yet City are currently out of the bottom three and spent one week there all season.

If Klose, Pinto, Naismith and any other additions can raise the overall quality and consistency of performance there is no reason at all why they shouldn't remain so at the end of the season.

Let's keep the faith.

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