A week is a long time in politics said Labour PM Harold Wilson famously in the late 1960s. And it is a bloody long time in Premier League football as well.
Most of the football nation outside 95 per cent of Suffolk have been in love with us since we triumphed over Manchester City. We deservedly got the plaudits, even from the unlikely quarter of the BBC’s Match of the Day team.
And now? Well, we crashed and burned at Burnley, no doubt about that.
Like Daniel Farke I am loath to criticise individuals and to “pick on” one of our finest young players and a new recruit who is playing out of his preferred position might seem more than a little churlish, but nevertheless:
Maybe the huge pressure on Ben Godfrey’s relatively inexperienced shoulders is starting to tell just a little. He got nowhere near Chris Wood for Burnley’s second and had a couple of other dodgy moments.
Burnley seized on the opportunity presented by Alex Tettey’s early exit to put an excellent cross into the box and there was the unmarked Wood to convert. It reminded me of Sebastien Haller’s goal at the London Stadium a few weeks ago to be honest.
But it was a terrible ball from Ibrahim Amadou in the first place to concede possession. A little more of him later.
As for the corner that led to the Burnley opener, it was a wicked delivery to the near post, Mayor McLean cannot get his nut to it and Wood opens his account for the season. With a free header.
I hate zonal marking and I like it even less now.
Farke rarely makes excuses but with both Tim Krul and Ralf Fahrman hardly one hundred per cent, let’s hope at least one of them is fully fit for Palace.
It could have been worse of course. Young Godfrey’s challenge on Ashley Barnes looked a nailed-on pen to me. Referee David Coote thought otherwise of course.
Equally, it could have been better had Teemu Pukki not been thwarted by Nick Pope in the very early stages. Pukki did everything right to set himself to shoot across the keeper, but hey ho, it wasn’t to be.
Neither was Mo Leitner’s arrow-like hit from well outside the area which smacked Pope’s right-hand upright.
To briefly return to Amadou I reckon he was lucky to stay on the pitch. To these eyes that late challenge deserved a second yellow.
Surely Farke must consider switching him into Tettey’s position and bring Hanley in for Palace?
As for the 89th-minute introduction of Paddy Roberts when we’re 2-0 down, I’m not going there. Too much on social media about that already.
One thing that might work in our favour at my least favourite ground Selhurst Park [I’ve only been there once and that was much more than enough] is that Wilfried Zaha has been in the media this week bleating “I can’t do it all on my own”.
I bet that’ll do shedloads for squad morale
To end on what I perceive as a positive note, just a word about Stuart Webber and that new contract.
Webber arrived on a raft of controlled energy and with a strategy that could not have been easy to implement.
From virtually day one he made it clear that at some point he would like to work elsewhere in Europe. Every interview he has given has been stamped with honesty and integrity and I am as grateful for that as I am appreciative of everything he and his colleagues Ben Kensell, Zoe Ward, Keiran Scott and so many others have achieved for all of us who support Norwich City.
When Webber says he will see out his contract with us but “probably” not renew it that’s good enough for me.
It’s fantastic to appreciate the aforementioned honesty and integrity.
And when he does leave us, as will surely happen, we will be able to look back on some truly great times.
Hopefully, he will also leave us with a succession plan. And I hope (no, I bet) we will follow it.