Norwich City midfield the key says Barham

Norwich City's former England winger Mark Barham scored four times during that 1985/86 club record run and senses the same kind of confidence and momentum building among the current squad.

Norwich City's former England winger Mark Barham scored four times during that 1985/86 club record run and senses the same kind of confidence and momentum building among the current squad.

"I would certainly think our record is under a little bit of a threat," said Barham. "They are going really well at the moment.

"They don't look like conceding goals and they're scoring freely, as we have seen in becoming amongst the top goalscorers in the country."

Barham believes City's midfield diamond - and the contribution of two players in particular - has been the key to a run that has taken them into third place, four points behind Charlton going into the Christmas programme.

"I think the fact that they've found a position that Wes Hoolahan can flourish in, and they can keep getting the ball to him, has been very important," he said.

"With Darel Russell at one end and Hoolahan at the other, it doesn't matter too much who plays left and right. The formation has been a big factor in their success over the past few weeks."

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Barham played in a period in the 1980s when City frequently employed two attacking wide players, sharing duties with men such as Dave Bennett, Louie Donowa and Dale Gordon, but the current system is still helping to deliver the goals.

He said: "It's not traditional width but with Simon Lappin out there on the left and Adam Drury bombing on, and a new lad on the right-hand side in Russell Martin, they have all the alternatives to be a very threatening side going forward."

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