Title chase, blips, strength in depth and the run in

Title chase, blips, strength in depth and the run in

Norwich City sit proudly at the top of the Championship table two points ahead of Leeds United, four in front of the Blades and having created a whooping nine point gap against the early season much fancied and star-studded Baggies. If another three can be achieved after Friday's visit of Swansea, life will be looking extremely good for the Canaries. 

To make matters more interesting, City only have Middlesbrough away to play amongst the sides in the top six while Leeds have 'six pointers' against Bristol City and Sheffield United plus a tasty Yorkshire tussle with Wednesday.

The Blades have another derby with relegation fighters Rotherham plus Bristol City. Both challengers to City have however 'walkovers' in the their diaries against poorly Ipswich with Leeds having the honour to say a final goodbye to the Tractor boys on 5th May.

The current six game form table also shows the Canaries on top with 15 points, followed by the Blades 14 and the Peacocks sitting in seventh on 10 points.

Points in the bag are always cherished and three at Carrow Road will make another huge statement the the opposition.

The last defeat which was against Preston was a strange game and thankfully a blip. Slow to start from City, a late first half missed penalty which arguably may have changed the game and a relentless attacking second half barrage in North Ends half producing 22 goal scoring attempts, which usually wins football matches.

Fair play to Preston, clinical finishing and solid defending won the day. Runs inevitably come to and end and it's all about the response.

The current squad have the mentality to come back within games and following games. Created chances are currently being taken either in counterattacks following loads of opposition pressure or as a result of intensive defence splitting front play by almost forcing the defenders into submission. Fighting spirit is in abundance at present.

Key players have returned at a great time in the season and I pleased to see that good play and dedication to the cause supplied by the less experienced players has been rewarded with the retention of their starting shirt. The bench at present is the strongest for years and bodes well for the run in. In addition to Klose, Hanley, Vrancic, Leitner and Rhodes being ready to enter the fray, Cantwell and Pinto are available again whilst Louis Thompson is training on grass again. 

Swansea currently sit 16th in the form table with two wins, a draw and three defeats which makes them seven points off the playoffs.

Their recent mixed bag of results does not suggest a late serge up the table. They have actually conceded three less goals this season compared to Norwich although goal scoring is left behind by a massive 26 finishes. A mid table outfit with little to play and being at home will 'on paper' suggest little to worry about other than the dreaded complacency button being pressed in the player's heads.

A win by the odd goal will do the job be it 1-0, 2-1 or 3-2 but then again based on recent performances, the least we can expect is three sublime finishes from the boys in yellow and green.

You might get the feeling, I'm feeling quite confident at present!

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