City closing on unwanted club record as draws continue
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Norwich City supporters have witnessed more draws at Carrow Road this season than in any of the last 18 – and there are still five home games left to play.
Drawing 0-0 with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night was an eighth home stalemate of the campaign for Daniel Farke’s team, the most a City side have managed on their own turf since 1998-99.
That season was the first of Bruce Rioch’s unsuccessful spell as manager, when 17 draws contributed to a ninth-placed finish in the second tier, despite Iwan Roberts scoring 19 goals and Craig Bellamy 17.
Of those 17 draws, 12 of them came at home – setting a club record. It seems unlikely but with five Carrow Road clashes still to come, the class of 2017-18 are still in with a chance of matching that unwanted record.
The most home draws managed by a Canaries squad since 98-99 was during Chris Hughton’s first season in charge, the 2012-13 Premier League season which finished in 11th place.
Another unwanted club record is also in reach for the current crop, that of consecutive draws.
The 0-0 result against Forest stretched Farke’s team’s unbeaten record to seven matches in the Championship but the last five of those have all been draws.
An impressive 1-1 at promotion hopefuls Derby was followed by Timm Klose’s dramatic late header snatching a derby day 1-1 against Ipswich.
Nelson Oliveira’s last-gasp strike grabbed a 2-2 at leaders Wolves next, before a disappointing 0-0 with lowly Bolton and then Tuesday’s Forest blank.
The club record stands at seven draws on the spin, managed during top flight seasons in both 1978-79 and 1993-94.
That 78-79 season also set a national record for draws which the Canaries still hold – thanks to a total of 23 from 42 games in the First Division for John Bond’s team, including Martin Peters and Kevin Reeves.
Ten of those came at home as City finished 16th to avoid relegation, with that 23 overall subsequently matches by Exeter in 1987 and both Hartlepool and Cardiff in 1998, all in the fourth tier but all from more games, 46.
Thankfully, the Canaries are not entering those stalemate realms this season but another draw at struggling Hull on Saturday would leave them on the verge of equalling that club record of seven on the spin.