The Expert has been digesting the noises that have emanated from Carrow Road this week and is? cautiously impressed.
Because on top of the club's announcement of a new sponsorship deal with local insurance giants Aviva, City boss Glenn Roeder had been talking tough.
Talk of 'future heroes', only looking forward and not back, winning cultures and no-one at the club being allowed to play in a comfort zone next season paints a clear enough picture in that Roeder isn't intent on carrying any passengers on a journey that he intends will return the Canaries to the top-flight as soon as possible.
Roeder has also been banging his own drum, pointing out that if the season had started upon his arrival in Norfolk then Norwich would now be sitting pretty in the play-off pack. Really?
You know what they say about statistics, you can basically make of them whatever you like. And 'ifs', 'buts' and 'maybes' can be just as misleading.
For the record, the main fact of the matter is that City have accumulated 47 points in 32 league games under Roeder. That's 1.47 points per game.
Multiply that by 46 games and you roughly get 67 points ? ie certainly not enough for the play-offs in most seasons and not even enough in this unusually low totalling one either. So it still needs to be better next year as well we all know.
But I digress.
Because the manner in which the Canaries have ended this ghastly season ? the Ipswich game aside ? is precisely how they must start the next one in order to give themselves the best possible chance of realizing Roeder's objective.
And they'll only be able to do that if they continue to make themselves as tough on the field as Roeder is talking off it.
Norwich were tough against QPR last week, they were tough against West Brom the week before and they were tough in the games against Burnley, Bristol City and Colchester that preceded.
And were talking about a certain type of toughness that encapsulates much more than just the physical aspect here. There's mental toughness too, as well as the all-important satellite qualities like confidence and technical ability that are also required to generate a formidable playing outfit.
Granted, City didn't win all of those matches, but they gave themselves a pretty good chance of doing so.
Before that though in the matches against Sheffield United, Stoke, Coventry, and Blackpool, – the second-half at Watford excludes that match from this list – generally speaking they were weak ? just as they were annoyingly weak at Portman Road ? and on those occasions they basically got what they deserved, ie nothing at all.
So if it's the stick, rather than carrot approach that Roeder has opted for, all well and good, provided it continues to yield results and prevents the Canaries from being an inconsistent side that is highly effective in some games, but which can just as easily be a pushover on others.
Another performance and result similar to last Saturday against QPR at Hillsborough tomorrow would certainly end the season on a positive note and make for an enjoyable summer, and one in which we can eagerly anticipate seeing City have a crack at the top six or better next year.
Norwich basically crushed Luigi De Canio's men in to the ground at Carrow Road last week – toughness personified! – by producing a no-nonsense, disciplined and thoroughly professional display, but tomorrow they face a side that will be intent on doing the same to them.
With the threat of relegation still hovering over them Sheffield Wednesday know that they have to secure a victory tomorrow in order that results elsewhere are meaningless, and after defeating relegation rivals Leicester last week they will be in confident mood.
Whether or not they do manage to secure their own Championship status with a victory tomorrow will probably depend on the nature of the opposition facing them.
A half-hearted, nothing-to-play-for, totally unconvincing and feeble Canaries outfit? Or something resembling the A-Team!
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