Iwan Roberts: Swansea match is Norwich’s biggest game of season so far
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It's desperate times for Norwich City, who have now taken just one point from a possible 24 in their last eight games and dropped back into the bottom three after Tuesday night's defeat against a rejuvenated Chelsea.
To be fair, they've shown plenty of spirit and character in the last two games and probably should have come away with some points, but with a combination of some poor officiating against Chelsea and a lack of luck against Leicester, the lads have come away empty-handed.
The result at the King Power last weekend would have been a massive body blow for everyone after the lads had done so well for 89 minutes, but the lack of concentration in the final minutes cost them what could have been a vital point come the end of the season.
Looking back on Tuesday night, had it not been for a very poor offside decision from the referee's assistant which led to Chelsea's second and crucial goal, they would have finished that game with another excellent point towards Premier League survival. Instead, on both occasions, they came away with nothing and a feeling of 'where do we go from here?'
It's simple: they have to make the long journey from the east to the west to face Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium in what must be the biggest game of the season to date for Alex Neil and the players.
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Lose tomorrow and even with nine games to go it could well be curtains for Norwich as it's Manchester City the following weekend followed by what now looks like a tough trip to The Hawthorns, where Tony Pulis has once again weaved his magic and kept the Baggies in the Premier League after a couple of very good results in their last two games.
To be fair to Alex, he has tried something different in the last two games and there has been a better and more solid look about the team.
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I said a few weeks ago that if I was the manager I would try three central defenders as I thought it would make the team that much harder to beat and to score against, and even though results have been cruel in the last two games I believe this to be the case. I personally would stick with this system for the remainder of the season. Mind you, I'd love to see another centre forward introduced to give the team more of a goal threat. They have failed to score in three of their last five games and this really needs addressing.
Cameron Jerome and Dieumerci Mbokani have scored just seven goals between them in 46 appearances and that simply isn't good enough.
I've stated in the past that I like both of them. But they should have hit the back of the net more often than just the seven times.
Cameron missed a couple of very good chances against Leicester and again on Tuesday night and the team have had to pay for those misses.
Whoever starts in the next few games needs to show what he is made of and it has to start tomorrow down at The Liberty.