Norwich City have promotion destiny in their own hands following come-from-behind victory over Bristol City
Top of the league with just 12 games remaining – there is a growing feeling that this Norwich City side is on the verge of achieving something special.
Victory against in-form Bristol City last weekend was a massive hurdle overcome in the promotion race, and the celebrations which greeted the final whistle showed the players, Daniel Farke and the Carrow Road crowd were acutely aware of that fact.
It goes without saying that everyone understands the size of the task that still lies ahead over the next few months, and that every game will require City to be at their very best.
But we should embrace the fact City are in a strong position, with statistically the most ‘favourable’ run-in of those around them.
While City only have one of the division’s current top 10 sides left to play (Middlesbrough away), five of Leeds’ next seven games are against teams in that cohort and Sheffield United come up against Leeds and Bristol City in the next month.
Next up for City is a trip to Millwall tomorrow, with 4,000 members of the yellow army set to defy the engineering works being carried out by Greater Anglia and make the journey to south London.
What will be waiting at The Den is a stern physical examination from Neil Harris’ side, who will look to launch long balls into the box at any given opportunity.
The best way for City to counteract this threat is to control the midfield battle – and that leads me nicely on to Farke’s biggest selection headache.
Kenny McLean wrote the headlines against Bristol City with a brace and I couldn’t be more pleased for the Scot, who has had to wait patiently for his opportunity following a long injury lay-off.
But with Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner now fit and ready for action, even Kenny is not guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.
Whoever gets the nod, they will have to play out of their skin to have a chance of retaining the jersey.