No need to panic, Norwich City fans – we can put things right at Wolves
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Healed from the Newcastle game yet?
Thought not. I'll try and help you get over it. But first, a brief post mortem.
I'll get this over and done with as quickly as possible.
For me, Ryan Bennett not playing from the start as centre back over Russell Martin or Sebastien Bassong is criminal. Those two as a partnership brought back so many (not so pleasant) memories of our relegation last season.
With Newcastle's pace going forward, it was a nightmare waiting to unfold. As a consequence, our defence was mauled to pieces in that first half and in the final minutes of the game.
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The highlights revealed the pure truth too. Bassong was a passenger for Newcastle's last three goals. It just shows how important the presence of Timm Klose is at the back for us.
In contrast to our defensive displays, going forward we look half decent, once again.
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Often criticised, Norwich City fans simply cannot falter Cameron Jerome's last few performances – he is working harder than ever and scored a very smart goal, which he deserved, against Newcastle.
We cause teams lots of problems, but then get undone far too easily at the back. Midweek was embarrassing. It's a loss that everyone associated with the club must now put behind us.
However, as much as it hurt, it is just one game in the long old Championship season.
It's wasn't the play-off final. We will recover, we will return and get back to winning ways. Grab the bull by the horns and attack. Starting with today's game at Wolves.
On a very positive note, the rise of the Murphys this season is something of which every Norwich City fan can be proud.
They're one of our own and tearing this league apart. I really believe that the performances both Jacob and Josh are putting in right now provide a watershed moment for a new Norwich City era that will pride itself on our homegrown talent.
And if those two aren't enough, our young Canary, James Maddison, currently on loan at Aberdeen, is creating headlines of his own. His postage stamp free-kick finish was simply stunning for Aberdeen against Rangers last Saturday. It is well worth a watch on YouTube. Perhaps it's all in Alex Neil's plan to bring him back in January. This wonder kid and future Wes Hoolahan replacement really does ooze class.
Wolves are up next for Norwich City this evening and my prediction is a very tight affair. Keep everything crossed that Klose comes back into the fold from his injury to steady the ship at the back.
The first half could well see a scrappy goal either way. Wolves will definitely go out there to kick us while we're down.
Norwich City need to show their confidence in the early stages, assert their own style of play on them and make it our game (this time not to lose).
'The Messiah' Hoolahan will be back pulling the strings in midfield. One thing for certain about today's game – we will surely see a big reaction from the boys in yellow.
The reality is, regardless of any opinion, Norwich City are still riding high, second in the league and looking down on Ipswich Town.
We're still on track for promotion. There's no need to go anywhere near the panic alarm just yet.
On The Ball, City!