Fans have part to play in Norwich City’s Premier League survival battle

Norwich City's first team squad were among the crowd at Carrow Road for the FA Youth Cup semi-final

Norwich City's first team squad were among the crowd at Carrow Road for the FA Youth Cup semi-final second leg on Tuesday - and their support paid off as the young Canaries made it through to the final with a penalty shoot-out victory over Nottingham Forest. Picture: Aaron Murrell - Credit: Archant

Sometimes even those most equipped for a task need a little help.

When Norwich City run out against Reading on Saturday, Carrow Road needs to shake to its very foundations, from first whistle to last.

Because this is no ordinary football match. This is what all managers refuse to acknowledge exists – it is a must-win game in the fight against relegation.

Want to moan? Don't.

Want to boo? Don't.

Want to leave before the end? Don't.

Every man, woman and child of a Norwich City persuasion should put their energies into preserving something we cherish – the club's place in the Premier League.

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For anyone who doesn't believe they can make a difference, then witness the events of Tuesday night, when the club's Under-18s defied the odds to beat Nottingham Forest and reach the FA Youth Cup final.

Down to 10 men, with tired limbs searing with pain, the young Canaries were pushed all the way by a crowd of almost 10,000 magnificent supporters at Carrow Road.

Importantly, it included a huge clutch of first team players, alongside Chris Hughton and his management team and backroom staff, owners Delia Smith and Michael Wynn Jones and fellow directors.

It was a show of solidarity, of the heart and soul of Norwich City Football Club, a united front that needs repeating this weekend.

Remember the celebrations when City were promoted from League One and then from the Championship? Remember the noise? The hope? The joy?

If you do, bring them all along on Saturday.

We make no apologies for making these demands: Norwich deserves Premier League football. You deserve Premier League football.

Let's make it happen.