Last week’s FA Cup tie was an enjoyable distraction from the rigours of Premier League football. The game seemed to follow a very similar pattern to the previous tie with Preston North End.
The changed line up in both games produced extremely open games with plenty of chances for both sides plus plenty of goals. I always look forward to watching the fringe players turnout and hopefully producing hard-working performances in the hope of influencing the manager's decision for the next fixture.
It was good to see Lukas Rupp continue to bed in to the team, Mario Vrancic was able to display his class with his vision and passing. Josip Drmic got into some great positions and could have scored more than his single contribution. Some fans were maybe a little shortsighted in not taking account of his overall movement and link play which played a vital part in gaining the victory on the day.
In my view a win is a win, it breeds positivity and must help with preparations for the Newcastle United game.
The appointment of Steve Bruce was a late call in preparation for the start of the season and could account for the slow start to Newcastle's season. Their start provided the bonus of beating them convincingly at the start of the season.
They do have the benefit of always commanding a much stronger playing budget but then that applies to all the opposition this season. In addition to this, the squad and club mentality of being reasonably well established in the Premier League must help.
I believe the current difference between Norwich City and Newcastle United is much closer than the current 13 point gap. Hopefully, it will be only 10 points on Saturday evening as City have every chance to gain their second league away win of the season.
Any Norwich City victory against the serial Cinderella of modern football is an enjoyable affair. Their last major domestic success was way back in 1955 winning the FA Cup beating Manchester City 3-1.
The last time the Canaries won away was nine visits ago back in September 1988 with a 2-0 win in front of over 22,000 fans. Towards the end of the previous season, another victory was achieved, a 3-1 result with the Magpies including a goal-scoring Paul Gascoigne.
The Barcodes are unlikely to remind the footballing world about their relegation season back in 1977/78 and an old Division One encounter with Norwich on 25th April 1978. The 2-2 draw was witnessed by a poultry 7,986 fans "where were you when you were..." springs to mind.
It would be nice for the Canaries to chalk up their first double of the season following our 3-1 success and the Teemu Pukki treble.
Players to have worn both shirts include a mixed bag of individuals including Jonas Gutierrez, Sebastian Bassong, Ruel Fox, Craig Bellamy, the jet-heeled Darren Huckerby, Antoine Sbierski, Matt Pattison whilst Chris Houghton has managed both clubs.
The odds are well stacked against avoiding the drop this season, however where there is hope anything is possible.
Daniel Farke has plenty of options available to him following the competition created by the cup-winning game, especially in midfield. I'm going with a 2-1 victory.
A clean sheet is of course out of question but City have plenty going forward providing the team that turns up has no fear.