On Saturday, Norwich City head to Deepdale for the penultimate away game of the season and a chance to minimise the chances of former manager Alex Neil from taking Preston North End in to the playoffs.
We have been victorious on our previous two league visits to Deepdale in the Championship however sandwiched in-between those games was a awful, weak (am still fuming) disgrace of a defeat in the FA Cup and a total no show and a 2-0 loss.
On leaving the ground it motivated me to make my one and only call to Radio Norfolk for the phone in. My rant that day had the unfortunate Bryan Gunn as the summariser. I questioned why the club our size was prepared to experiment with managers, Neil Adams on the day and also the likes of Gunny, a Commercial Manger with no aspirations to manage but instead organise golf days and sponsorship.
Prior to those games our record was nothing special in the Championship. The most memorable game was back in 1984 when we met Preston over two legs in the Milk Cup with 59 Norwich supporters in attendance at Deepdale with a fairly even split between seats and terrace.
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We go into Saturday with a worse overall record. Having lost the first confrontation in 1961, we have 16 victories, 15 draws and 19 defeats.
Following a Preston wobble of losing three in a row, they have won the last two and are currently three points off the play-offs with three games to go. There is no reason to see why North End can not get another three points at the weekend to keep their hopes alive, I am struggling to know how Norwich City will perform following two wins, a draw and three loses from our last six. My heart says a 2-1 win, my head goes with another 2-0 defeat.
Saturday is about beating Preston North End in our quest to finish above the unmentionables.