Let's consider the views from each of what is fast appearing to be two camps concerning all things City at the moment.
The pessimists, or should that be realists? ? And please don't shoot the messenger! All I refer to is the supporters that are predicting a gloomy outlook… – will indicate that these are nervy times at Norwich, mainly because a degree of uncertainty and uneasiness has hung in the air as a result of the events during the close season.
Sweeping changes and a power-struggle/proposed takeover – call it whatever you like – has caused ructions at the club, and the unhealthy situation has been compounded with the team promptly going out and losing its opening two matches of the season.
Other reasons offered?
No money to spend big, no target-man in yet, no improvement, no leadership, no hope, and scoreless and winless to date.
Almost teetering on the edge of an abyss, so to speak.
You don't have to be blessed with the problem-solving mental capacity a NASA technician therefore to deduce that fans adopting this particular viewpoint might suggest that a sterling performance and more importantly three points against Blackpool tomorrow can't really come quickly enough.
Now the alternative view.
We are only one league game and one cup game into the 2008-09 season. Two matches that's all, and still a far cry from heading into the month of November with just eight points on the board, as was the case last season.
True, severely miffed fans can rightly point to the fact that Norwich did only stay in the Championship last season by the small margin of just three points, and that it hasn't exactly been a bundle of fun following the Canaries for the last four seasons when all is said and done.
Full houses at Carrow Road, record season-ticket sales and an away support that still beggars belief does deserve a little something in return by way of an opportunity for fans to get excited at the prospect that their team just might give them something to shout about every now and then.
And despite the impressive manner in which City might have manoeuvred the ball about the pitch and created more reasonable goalscoring chances in these opening two games than they did in the virtually the first dozen games of last season combined, yes, both games have resulted in that defeats, and there's no denying that the general standard of City's performance at MK Dons in midweek was undoubtedly far removed from that at Coventry three days earlier.
Now if this initial trend of results was to show no sign of changing course and continue not just for a couple of months but even just a couple more games, then it will indeed be quite difficult to continue to bang on about how it'll all be alright soon enough.
But based on what we've seen so far, it will get better and City will soon start winning.
So, there's the two schools of thought.
We all have an opinion, but from my viewpoint as far as tomorrow is concerned, and based purely and simply and the way things stand at present, I have to say that City need to win the game at any cost tomorrow.
Doesn't matter how it arrives.
Slick, sublime football in the process would be a welcome bonus ? (and then we can start talking tactics, etc…) ? but they just need to win the game tomorrow as a priority.
End of story.
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