There will, of course, be those that will point to this victory and declare that it was against the worst team in the division, one that leaks goals for fun and one that will be playing in the third division next season when all is said and done.
And under normal circumstances it would be difficult to offer up any sort of argument to that.
Except this was anything but normal circumstances – as well we know it.
Now just consider the irreparable damage that could have been inflicted had City blown it again yesterday. They'd have had to travel to Bristol City on Saturday with their confidence at rock bottom against a team still pushing for automatic promotion.
And in all likelihood they'd have probably been stuffed.
And from thereon in it could easily have been a downward spiral to League One by way of further drubbings and unthinkable ramifications for the very future of the club. Hardly rendered yesterday's clash as a pleasant end of season kickabout, eh?
Yet City promptly went out and delivered their best attacking performance of the campaign by a country mile.
Now you could argue till the cows came home about City having fluffed a few decent chances in recent matches and the points that had accordingly gone begging with them, but I'll tell you something, and that is that if Norwich had performed with only half the desire, determination, quality and conviction that was evident at Carrow Road yesterday in those other matches it wouldn't have mattered.
Because City would have won those games in much the same manner as they won this one.
Norwich scored five and they could have scored five more, and sidestepping the euphoria that a goal-fest like this naturally produces and adopting a more rational viewpoint for a moment, it would probably be practical to suggest that as well as the Canaries undoubtedly acquitted themselves under testing circumstances yesterday, they ultimately played to their potential.
Because at last we witnessed the players delivering their true capabilities.
Those that fundamentally base their games on strength were strong; those that have made the grade in the professional ranks as a result of their ability to attack and beat their opponents did attack and beat their opponents; those that are paid to create and score goals did create and score goals.
And it's saved Norwich's bacon to all extents and purposes, because it would have all pointed to there only being one outcome this season had it not been the case.
Individually every player put in a shift. Collectively the City players complemented each other.
We had urgency and a healthy tempo to the game and both sides deserve credit for basing their approach on attacking football.
For their part Colchester did produce moments of play that belied their league position, but they ultimately couldn't match the Canaries in any department over course of the game.
City had pace and creativity in wide areas, strength and passion in midfield and craft and guile up front. And aside from an occasional lapse, resoluteness at the back.
No, forget the calibre of the opposition, because it wasn't solely accountable for this 5-1 romp. It was the Canaries' ability to perform under pressure and realise their true potential that was.
Another win -and maybe a draw – from these last six games and then we should be able to write this season off and start looking ahead to the Canaries having a 'proper' crack at business next term. But if this is how the Canaries respond to playing when there really is no margin for error, then let's hope that Glenn Roeder can find a way to keep the pressure cranked up indefinitely.
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