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Reading's late equaliser means Premier League-hunting Norwich City cannot put the champagne on ice just yet




Given how agonisingly close Norwich City were to securing a ninth straight Championship win, Wednesday night’s draw against Reading feels like a missed opportunity in the quest for promotion.

On a night where City fans were forced to endure a rollercoaster of emotions, Andy Rinomhota’s last-gasp leveller was enough to ensure the Royals left Carrow Road with a 2-2 draw – that after Daniel Farke’s side had staged a stirring late comeback.

Had City held on for all three points – in turn opening up a nine-point gap to third place Sheffield United with just five games to play – I would have been sitting here praising the patience, resilience and never say die attitude of this young squad.

THE NORWICH VIEW Columnist Ed Seaman (8456892)
THE NORWICH VIEW Columnist Ed Seaman (8456892)

In fact, I would have been confident enough to call for the champagne to be put on ice, with a place in the top flight all but assured.

Now of course, one late goal does little to change the belief I have in this Norwich side – and with a seven-point gap to third, the Promised Land remains very much within City’s grasp – but there is still work to do.

That starts with a trip to Wigan on Sunday lunchtime, where Farke will be expecting a reaction from his side.

The big call will be how to replace the influential Emi Buendia, who sits out the second match of a three-game ban.

City failed to get that balance right on Wednesday and I would be surprised not to see Mario Vrancic or Moritz Leitner recalled to the starting line-up, with Kenny McLean pushed into a more advanced role.

To end on a positive, I want to congratulate Teemu Pukki and Max Aarons for being named Championship Player and Young Player of the year respectively.

Both have been exceptional this year – in very different ways – and fully deserve their personal accolades.

But for now, all eyes are firmly fixed on the collective prize – promotion. Let’s go out and get it.



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