Please, please find a cure for Norwich City’s worrying travel sickness

Russell Martin and John Ruddy look dejected after Norwich City concede their third at Swansea City.

Russell Martin and John Ruddy look dejected after Norwich City concede their third at Swansea City. Photo: Paul Chesterton / Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

For as long as I have been a City fan (it's getting towards four decades now), travel sickness has been an underlying problem for the Canaries.

I am in no way a prolific away supporter, but I can count on one hand the number of victories I have witnessed on the road compared with many pointless journeys to far flung parts of the country.

Yes home is where the heart is certainly remains a phrase which resonates with Norwich City.

I did a quick bit of maths after the latest mauling at Swansea.

If our season so far was based on our home form, we would be eighth in the league and level with the hugely impressive Southampton.


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We would be relaxed now and enjoying the last few games of the campaign and relishing the challenge of putting one over the big four opponents we have in April and May.

However, base the campaign on Norwich's away form and Hughton's men would be languishing six points adrift at the foot of the table.

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Relegation would be a virtual certainty and even the clappers wouldn't be able to save us.

Of course, football is all about home and away and despite the pitiful surrender in South Wales, City ought to survive.

The ability to win those crunch games at Carrow Road has proved crucial and it has to be said we have been fortunate that teams like Fulham, Cardiff and Sunderland have generally been poor.

But it is imperative that no-one papers over the cracks of this worrying malaise as soon as Norwich journey down the A11 or along the A47.

The phenomenon is not new. However, if we are to become anything like an established top flight team it has to be halted.

No-one would be massively surprised if the Canaries fail to get any more points away from home in the final three games. Fulham is a should win or at least should draw match. We all know, though, the track record at Craven Cottage,

And visits to Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford? Recent history hardly points to a happy trip back for the travelling faithful.

If that is the case, it would mean a meagre eight points from 19 away matches.

When Nigel Worthington's team fell through the trap door in 2005, there wasn't a single away win in the whole campaign. There were seven draws, though, so the current haul is only one better.

Currently in the whole top four divisions only Notts County and Torquay have lost more away games (and they have played a lot more matches).

So why are City so dreadful on the road? It's one the question no-one seems to be able to answer. It certainly isn't the size or vocal nature of the support. The travelling army is as fantastic as ever.

Perhaps it is the way Hughton sets the team up. Okay he basically picked the same team that beat Sunderland to play Swansea. But surely it was wrong to leave the midfield so light there?

The lack of leadership I have moaned so much about this year appears to be more acute at away grounds. The trend has been for goals to be shipped in batches and to me that is symptomatic of this problem.

Is there another answer? Could it be in the preparation or the travel arrangements? Are the players not taking their travel sickness pills? Or perhaps it is something I have missed.

Answers on a postcard if you have the magic solution.

Meanwhile, I must say well done to the players for deciding to refund the 900 or so loyal supporters who paid to go to Swansea.

I know the highly rewarded Premier League stars can easily afford it but it is a gesture which should be applauded. OTBC.

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