Belief and sinking ships

Belief has skyrocketed following the Elland Road victory. A tough batch of games has seen Norwich City draw with chasers Sheffield Utd, West Brom whilst dispatching Leeds United with arguably the best performance of the season.

What made the 3-1 victory even sweeter was the professional manner in how the second half was so controlled in nullifying any potential comeback. This performance followed another recent 3-1 victory played out in exactly the same style, this time against Birmingham City.

The Canaries appear to have stamped out the naivety of letting leads slip away. It is just one League defeat in thirteen now which is extremely promising. We now have senior players including Grant Hanley, Timm Klose and Ivo Pinto who can not get into the starting eleven.

On paper, the run in looks very achievable with only Middlesbrough to play from the current top six plus Bristol City who currently top the form table.

This is the without doubt the perfect time to play Ipswich.

Norwich City are scoring goals for fun whilst Ipswich Town are producing few chances, or results. They have made a number of new signings late on in the January window however there has been little time for them to bed in. The Tractor boys have achieved just one win in eight, a dubious 1-0 win against the run of play against fellow strugglers Rotherham.

I have no doubt that Daniel Farke will have the boys physically and mentally set up for the game.

The forums are split over concentrating on pushing Norwich City over the line on Sunday and focusing on Paul Lambert's team predicament. I believe that although he left under an unfortunate cloud, there is still far too much respect for what he achieved at Carrow Road following two memorable back to back promotions and a superb first season back in the Premier League.

His career after Norwich has failed to match the heady heights of managing the Canaries. If and when Town are relegated, no blame will lay at the feet of Lambert. He inherited a sinking ship with an awful, inadequate crew on board.

Tom Trybull is the biggest doubt with a cut ankle but appears to have recovered sufficiently to start. Ben Godfrey and sub Todd Cantwell are doubtful. If all are declared fit, I do not expect any tactical changes.

The form book as well as my heart says a convincing 4-1 victory.

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