Of all the team’s in the Championship there are a significant number whose fans will be less than pleased with their form at the moment. Blackpool, for instance, are odds on favourites in the Championship betting to be relegated and currently sit 10 points from safety. Wigan Athletic may have made a controversial choice to replace Uwe Rosler as manager but they have seen little improvement on the field, and Brighton look to be in freefall.
All is not Well
Given the sheer number of poor teams in the Championship it would be easy to ignore the plight of Norwich City who, with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Reading, have now lost three of their last four games. Indeed the Canaries have only picked up one win in their last 10 games- a 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Bolton Wanderers back in October- and the response at Carrow Road to Saturday’s performance suggests that all is not well at the club.
Goalkeeper John Ruddy, once an England squad man, was reportedly the target of abuse from the Norwich City boo boys following a blunder which led to Reading’s second goal, and a risky drop which almost sneaked into the net. This verbal battering was then followed up with a barrage on Twitter after he had expressed his disappointment at the sarcastic nature of some of the second half cheers from the home fans. Chief Executive David McNally was also said to have been subject to abuse from a section of the home support following the final whistle.
Having been relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season hopes would have been high of a quick return to the top flight and, having kept hold of a number of their key assets, it is understandable that the Carrow Road faithful might be getting a little restless. This restlessness has no doubt been added to by the fact that the Canaries went on an eight game unbeaten run in the league earlier in the season and they were looking like a great bet for promotion. After the dip in form since September Neil Adams’ men now look unlikely to finish anywhere above mid-table.
Football fans are not generally known for their pragmatism and gracious acceptance of being second best- particularly not when their team was only narrowly relegated from the Premier League the previous season. Whilst a little dose of realism might not do the Norwich supporters any harm they have every right to expect better from their team and they know that, just as easily as City have fallen down the table, they could climb back up it. The next chance for Norwich to end their poor run of form comes on Saturday when they travel to Wigan Athletic.