Norwich City draw level with Barnsley at the top of Championship entertainment table
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The current season may have been tumultuous for Norwich City but supporters have certainly seen plenty of entertainment on the pitch.
Following last night's 2-2 draw at Wigan, which saw City miss the chance to move into the Championship play-off positions, games involving Alex Neil's team have involved a joint league high of 92 goals.
That is a combination of the 50 goals scored and 42 conceded by the Canaries in their 30 league matches so far this season, an average of just over three goals per game.
Tuesday night's four goals at the DW Stadium drew City level with Barnsley at the top of the division's entertainment charts, with the ninth-placed Tykes having scored 48 and conceded 44.
Although those statistics show that it's been far from dull for Canaries fans this season, it is not a table that Neil will relish his team topping.
It emphasises once again that defensive problems are the biggest threat to his team bouncing straight back to the Premier League, even if there has been improvement in the back line recently.
Five clean sheets in the past 10 league games, conceding nine on the way to winning five of those, have revived hopes of a place in the play-offs.
Centre-back Timm Klose was also nominated for the Sky Bet PFA Championship Player of the Month award for his upturn in form and deadline day signing Mitchell Dijks is already impressing at left-back but some frailties were back on show against Wigan.
Only five teams have conceded more goals in the division so far this season, a statistic which surely must improve for promotion to remain a realistic proposition.
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Fourth on the entertainment list is Nottingham Forest, the team heading for Carrow Road on Saturday. A glut of goals looks certain, doesn't it? Probably best to put your money on a 0-0 draw then...
1 Norwich & Barnsley – 92 goals scored (30 games)
3 Rotherham – 91 (30)
4 Nottingham Forest – 89 (30)
5 Reading 82 (30)
6 Newcastle & Blackburn – 80 (29)