Norwich City’s lack of momentum is a concern

Canaries boss Neil Adams, and Fulham counterpart Felix Magath. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Canaries boss Neil Adams, and Fulham counterpart Felix Magath. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

When the fixtures first came out in mid-June last year many Norwich City supporters asserted that the club needed to be safe from relegation before entering into their final four games.

I think it's safe to say that the Canaries are up to their necks in the battle for survival and are now many people's favourites to drop into the Championship because of their very difficult run-in.

To come away from Craven Cottage with nothing was a big body blow for Neil Adams and the lads, as it was a much-improved performance. However, in the cold light of day the fact remains that the club has lost its last three games while failing to find the back of the net.

We all know the size of the task that the lads face in their next four games but it's not beyond them to win one of those four. Mind you I did say a couple of months ago that the club would get a maximum 45 points come the end of the season – heart ruling head, perhaps.

The thing that concerns me is that the players have no momentum whatsoever going into these remaining games, unlike some of the clubs in and around them.


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Fulham have now won consecutive games, something Norwich have failed to do all season in the league. West Brom are unbeaten in three and scoring goals, although they are conceding plenty at the same time.

Cardiff gave themselves a lifeline with their superb win at St Mary's and have very winnable games coming up against Stoke, Newcastle and Sunderland. Aston Villa and Swansea are in free-fall with all sorts happening at their respective clubs.

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Down in South Wales players have once again been fighting down at the training ground, a sure sign of an unhappy camp, and with Aston Villa suspending both Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa this week, all isn't well at Villa Park either.

One thing you can't accuse tomorrow's opponents Liverpool of is a lack of momentum, having set a Premier League record last weekend when they beat Manchester City to make it an incredible 10 consecutive victories, and as we all heard their captain say straight after the victory against City, 'forget about this one now we move on to Norwich!'

Daunting words for everyone connected with Norwich City, and let's be honest the Canaries have had a shocking time against Liverpool in the last couple of seasons. Liverpool have won their last four games against Norwich, scoring 18 goals in the process.

This has mainly been down to Luis Suarez scoring hat-tricks in three of his last four appearances against the Canaries, with a tally of four in the game back in December.

Liverpool know that the Premier League title is within their grasp and they know that if they win their remaining four games they will be crowned champions for the first time since 1990 so there is no way Brendan Rodgers or his players will be taking their foot off the pedal come Sunday lunch ime.

Neil will have the players focused and up for the game, and like Fulham last Saturday, I'm sure the players will give him everything and with a little bit of luck in front of goal the lads might just get something.

Nothing will be decided on Sunday, and whatever happens, there's going to be a few twists and turns left in the last few weeks of the season.

It's been a good week for two of my former clubs with Leicester winning promotion back into the Premier League after an absence of 10 years, and Wolves returning to the Championship at the first time of asking after two very disappointing relegations.

After what happened to Nigel Pearson's men in their play-off semi final against Watford last season they have done magnificently to get that disappointment out of their systems to become the best side in that league.

I'm delighted for Wolves manager Kenny Jackett as he's a good friend of mine. He had a huge task in front of him when he took over at Molineux last summer.

He had to get rid of some bad apples in and around the dressing room before building a squad that was capable of dragging the club out of League One.

That's exactly what Kenny has done, and I wouldn't be surprised if Wolves are up there again come the end of next season, challenging to win promotion back into the top flight of English football.

Finally, I'd like to congratulate Cameron McGeehan and Luton Town on winning promotion back into the Football League after an absence of five years.

For me it's the hardest division to get out of as there's only the one automatic promotion place, which the Hatters have claimed this season after spending the majority of it in that top spot.

Cameron has played 15 games on loan for Luton Town, scoring two goals, and has been an important part of their push to win the league. This loan spell will have done the young midfielder the world of good with his development and will now also provide him with a league winner's medal to go alongside his FA Youth Cup win.

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