The pieces are falling into place as Norwich City’s rollercoaster ride speeds up

The rollercoaster ride is continuing for Alex Neil's Norwich City team.

The rollercoaster ride is continuing for Alex Neil's Norwich City team. - Credit: Archant

Two stories jumped out at me from the EDP as I started on this column.

One was about a new attraction at Great Yarmouth's Pleasure Beach and the other was about a chap from Reepham who wants to build the world's biggest jigsaw.

Puzzled about the relevance to Norwich City? Bear with me.

We've got eight cup finals which hopefully will give lots of ups and probably involve plenty of downs.

There will be the hours and days poring over the fixtures and the league table and sweating over the results of our relegation rivals.


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Yes fellow fans – it's going to be a rollercoaster ride over the next two months, make no mistake about it.

Whenever I go on fairgrounds or pleasure parks, part of me enjoys the experience and part of me endures it. I sense that's what supporting Norwich will be like leading up to mid-May.

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The giant jigsaw I mentioned earlier will have more than 33,000 pieces. Quite a challenge for the man behind the venture.

I guess that's how Alex Neil feels as he tries to get all his pieces in the right places in the desperate battle to avoid the drop.

The boss has come in for a fair bit of criticism – some of which I have agreed with – for too much tinkering and not having a settled approach.

On Saturday I really felt like key parts of the Canary jigsaw were in exactly the right places and if we can see eight more performances like that, we have a chance.

Jonny Howson is my player of the season and looks real Premier League quality – and has to be in centre midfield. Gary O'Neil is just the never-say-die battler we need in the engine room. I hope he never takes that bandage off his head.

Timm Klose is getting better with every match and I think he and Ryan Bennett are definitely the best centre back pairing.

Russell Martin has been one of the most talked about players this year and personally I'd pick him at right back with Robbie Brady (when fit) on the left.

John Ruddy is returning to his best and that save from Sergio Aguero in the first half was superb.

I like two wide men, Wes Hoolahan in his slot (Steven Naismith is a good option when available) and I saw enough of Bamford to be impressed. Bringing on Jerome and Mbokani together was a very positive approach.

OTBC.

Canary Call is a must listen after the match

There can't be any fan who hasn't listened to the hilarious contribution from City-mad Pam Sadler to Canary Call on Radio Norfolk on Saturday after the draw with Man City.

If you've somehow missed it you must catch up via the BBC website (and you can read about her too on EDP24). But in summary she lives at Roughton near Cromer and always waves to the City supporters' coach as it goes past before matches.

We were driving down Hall Road on the way home from Carrow Road when Pam – who has a fabulous broad Norfolk accent – came on and started sharing her story with Rob Butler and Mark Rivers.

She got funnier and funnier as she gave more details on what she wears and as Rob tried to explain how to send a picture of herself (including knocking on near neighbour Chris Sutton's front door to get some help).

We couldn't stop laughing and from the reaction on social media, we were far from alone.

Canary Call has become a real institution among fans and sometimes is more entertaining than the match itself.

There are clearly some supporters who enjoy winding us all up with their views. There are many with opinions that exactly match what we are thinking and plenty of characters who remind us why we love Norfolk and love Norwich City.

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