Wednesday home game the last on a Saturday
Feature by John Maiden
Updated Friday, 3rd April 2009
John Maiden previews tomorrow's clash with Sheffield Wednesday in Canary Talk.With Mondays scheduled for the visits of Watford and Reading, the game against Sheffield Wednesday will be the last home game this season to be played on a Saturday. And taking on the Owls in front of a capacity crowd at Carrow Road should produce just the right atmosphere for the Canaries to climb closer to safety.
Judging from his performance at St Andrew's, Alan Lee would appear to be just the man for the battling performances the Canaries need to produce in each of their remaining six matches. Of course, it would be good to see the vital points being earned by virtue of skilful and entertaining football, but at the end of the day, or in this case, at the end of the season, it may boil down to physical and mental strength rather than pure talent.
Having stressed the need for players to be ready to give their all in the fight to avoid the drop; there will also be opportunities for the kind of flare shown by David Mooney and Cody McDonald in that scintillating win over the Bluebirds, not to mention Sammy Clingan's splendid free kick, which earned a well deserved point at St Andrew's.
Having watched numerous replays of the Birmingham goal, I still cannot understand why the referee did not see Cameron Jerome's challenge on David Marshall as a foul. There was even a suggestion of handball as the striker brought the ball under control.
However, that is now history and, if this season has proved anything at all about refereeing decisions, it has to be that we can forget the possibility of any doubtful decision ever going in favour of Norwich City. What is it with some of these officials? Have they got an aversion to yellow and green? Or is it because their faith in AVIVA has taken a bashing and they don't like to see the new name for Norwich Union flashed in their faces???