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Fans realising Norwich City are now just an average team

PUBLISHED: 14:56 24 January 2017 | UPDATED: 17:55 24 January 2017

Fellow goal-scorers Robbie Brady and Steven Naismith are all smiles after the formers penalty. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Fellow goal-scorers Robbie Brady and Steven Naismith are all smiles after the formers penalty. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Norwich City got back to winning ways in their entertaining 3-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road on Saturday – but lee payne is far from convinced...

Don’t get me wrong, Norwich City are in a bad way. Beating Wolves has only brought faint relief to a miserable season. The board remains at odds with the fans, we can’t afford to pursue transfer targets without selling players first, and Carrow Road still feels like an unhappy place.

As far as I’m concerned, both sets of supporters on Saturday demonstrated all anyone needs to know about Jez Moxey. The Wolves fans had a banner saying he had been ‘presiding over failure’ in his 16 years at Molineux. In just six months at Norwich City, he has already attracted plenty of doubters. He’s not going anywhere any time soon though.

The state of the finances is frustrating, but I would much rather we cut our cloth accordingly than put ourselves in debt again.

What I wish to focus on is the team itself, the players that go out onto the pitch for a game.

In recent years, Norwich fans have been so used to something happening in each and every season that now we are mid-table fodder they’ve found it hard to accept it.

After a defeat I often hear people say that we are headed for League One; after a win we are on a march to the play-offs. This is not going to be a season of such extremes. The fact is we are bang average.

It’s been a while since Norwich have been average. Every year we have either been fighting for automatic promotion, trying to get into the Championship play-offs or trying to stave off relegation from the Premier League. This season our results suggest we are just going to sit somewhere in the middle – probably the top 10. We are not a great side; we are not an awful one.

Our friends from Ipswich have made being bang average their specialty. They are never so poor as to be noteworthy, nor good enough to make anyone take notice. They resemble a supermarket own brand biscuit being dunked into a disappointing cup of tea. They’ve had to put up with that for over a decade now – here at Norwich, we’ve only had to deal with it for five months.

Make your protests against the board, but get behind the players during the game. They are trying their best. It’s just; unfortunately, their best isn’t getting us promoted this time.

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