Early doors, but Neil Adams has put Norwich City into a good position
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With 10 games gone it's a good time to reflect and take stock of the start your team has made to the season. I think the table starts to take shape and you get a good idea of where you will finish the season – well there or thereabouts anyway.
After 10 games Norwich City have 20 points and have scored on average two goals a game, conceding less than a goal a game. I think it's fair to say it's been a very encouraging start to the season.
If the Canaries carry on in this mode they could end up with 90-plus points, which would guarantee promotion back into the Premier League.
We all know there's going to be the odd hiccup along the way, Tuesday night against Charlton being a case in point.
It was only the club's second defeat of the season in the league and if the lads can respond like they did after their opening day defeat against Wolves then everyone will be delighted. Having lost to Wolves the lads stayed unbeaten in their next eight Championship games.
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One thing that's going to have to improve is the team's home form, having picked up just two points from their last three games at Carrow Road. There is nothing wrong with the away form, with the lads winning their last four games on the road, but for one reason or another they've found it difficult at home.
Teams are going to come to Norwich and really raise their game because Norwich are a very big fish in the Championship. They are going to come to Carrow Road and be ultra defensive, especially after the goals Norwich have scored this season already. There will be games where everyone will have to be patient and stick together.
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When Neil takes the lads away from home, opponents have to be far more attacking as they are the home side and the onus is on them to attack. This is where Norwich have been at their best this season because they can break and counter-attack quickly with the pace that Neil has at his disposal.
This was proved once again last weekend when the lads went up to Blackpool and came away winning the game. It was the late show again with two goals in the 80th and 81st minutes securing the three points which meant it was a happy long journey back to Norfolk for the Canary faithful.
Tuesday was always going to be tough as Charlton have made a very good start to the season under new manager Bobby Peeters. They have still to taste defeat in the league this season. Let's be honest it really was smash and grab and Charlton really hadn't done nearly enough to win the game, but for once the lads failed to take any of the chances that came their way.
Sometimes you have to stick with what you've got, especially when you have thrown everything at the opposition and failed to break them down. With minutes remaining maybe settle for the point you have rather than throw caution to the wind trying to get all three. Norwich were hit with a right sucker punch when Johnnie Jackson won the game with four minutes remaining. At times if you can't win a game you make sure you don't lose it and I think this was the case on Tuesday night.
However, the lads have another opportunity today when Steve Evans brings his Rotherham side down to Carrow Road. They won their first game in seven outings on Tuesday, lifting them to fifth from bottom in the league, but I expect the lads to go out and win the game.
• HANDSHAKE GESTURE IS PREMATURE
I did enjoy the footage of both Paul Lambert and Roy Keane refusing to shake Jose Mourhino's hand before the game between Aston Villa and Chelsea had finished.
I think it's really disrespectful of Jose when he does this – and he does it all the time when his team is winning, which has been quite a lot this season.
But I loved Lambert's and Keane's reactions when the 'Special One' went to shake their hands with his team 3-0 ahead with minutes remaining. Paul pointed at his watch and told him the game hadn't finished.
Keane's reaction was even better – well, he just didn't react.
When Jose tapped him on the shoulder he didn't flinch; he simply ignored Mourinho and carried on watching the game.
I don't know what the big hurry is from the Portuguese manager. Maybe he wants to beat the heavy traffic around Stamford Bridge on a match day or he needs to pop to the Sainsbury's that's at Fulham Broadway tube station before it closes.
Whatever his excuse is, he needs to stop and show other managers a bit more respect. After all I don't think he'd like it being done to him.
• TEED OOF WITH GARY HOOPER
I, like many others of you I'm sure, was a bit surprised when Gary Hooper tweeted on Saturday morning that instead of being with his team-mates up at Blackpool he was at Gleneagles watching The Ryder Cup.
He hasn't featured much this season for one reason or another, but did play in the Capital One Cup at Shrewsbury last week.
For me he doesn't look fit and to be honest the last place he should have been last weekend was on a golf course.
If he's injured then he should have been in receiving treatment. If he's not and was simply left out of the squad then I think his time would have been better spent up at Colney getting some extra training in and trying to improve his fitness.