Saturday, September 30, 2023

Norwich relegation campaign off to a flyer

By Ray Keane

Norwich City’s Premiership relegation campaign got off to a dream start with a stunning home defeat to mighty Crystal Palace.

Being turned over 3-1 in the season curtain raiser shows the Canaries’ hopes of going down with a record low points total is highly achievable.


While defeats to the big guns like Chelsea, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal and Manchester City are being taken for granted, it’s losing to the smaller clubs that will secure Norwich relegation.

If they fail to pick up points against the likes of Palace, Bournemouth and Watford, then owner Delia Smith’s dream of dropping out of the top flight will be a nailed-on certainty.

So far, so good, then, with only Arsenal’s surprise home defeat to West Ham keeping Norwich off the bottom of the table.

Norwich league table

Norwich set about their task well at Carrow Road, gifting a two-goal lead to the London visitors before accidentally pulling a goal back.

They then had an equaliser disallowed before Palace went on to score a third.


And to add to the Canaries’ joy, former Ipswich star Damien Delaney scored for Palace, while another ex Tractor Boy, Connor Wickham, came off the bench to enjoy the Norfolk sunshine.

Next up is a tricky-looking trip to Sunderland on Saturday, where Norwich fans will be keeping all 12 fingers crossed that another spanking can be secured.

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