Norwich City fan Edward Seaman says: Canaries must scrap for their league status

Columnist Edward Seaman

Columnist Edward Seaman

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As a line from the old song goes: ‘On the ball, City! Never mind the danger’.

And despite putting the brakes on the recent free-fall, the danger of relegation is still a cloud that hangs over Norwich City.

To use a few cliches, the Canaries have seven ‘cup finals’ remaining, starting with a proverbial ‘six-pointer’ against Newcastle at Carrow Road tomorrow.

Without adding pressure, the stakes couldn’t be any higher, with Alex Neil knowing a win could almost turn the battle for 17th into a two-horse race.

With City three points ahead of Rafa Benitez’s men, a six point gap - effectively seven with goal difference - could prove too much for the Toon with just seven to play.

A defeat however, isn’t even worth contemplating.

City need to be strong, committed and most importantly, brave. Often in games of this magnitude, quality is forgotten and it becomes a good old fashioned scrap. And that’s where our visitors are there to be beaten.

Despite their position, there’s quality in this Newcastle side, as we were comprehensively shown on our trip to the North East in October.

However, if the Toon scored six goals on that day, they’ve only managed seven in 15 away games this season. A weak core made even more vulnerable by their current crisis in goal.

I wouldn’t wish injuries on any team, but long-term problems for Tim Krul and now Rob Elliott mean Karl Darlow is likely to start.

Darlow made his only appearance this season back in December, and in that he dropped a clanger. Returning for the biggest game of the season he’ll be under immense pressure, something City must exploit.

And he won’t be the only one feeling the pressure, so I hope you’ve all got nails to bite, because over the next few months we might just need them.