View From The Town End: Norwich

Richard Heathcote

So here we go, this is the first weekend that Reading could have their relegation confirmed.. sigh. Still, while there's hope there's hope and step one of the greatest of great escapes takes us to Carrow Road to play Norwich. Little Norwich blogger Sam fills us in our the Canaries ahead our trip to East Anglia.

How have you viewed the season so far?

Far too often with my hand under my chin and my eyelids drooping. There was always likely to be a hangover from the rollercoaster ride that was three seasons under Paul Lambert. Hughton's style has come in for a lot of criticism in comparison to his predecessor, but he is clearly working to a brief that keeping us up is the only objective. Hughton is as resolute as Lambert was dynamic which has meant this season has had a fraction of the entertainment of last year. Without our ten game unbeaten run before Christmas we would be in serious trouble.

Hughton or Lambert?

I'm holding off on this question until at least the end of the season. If Hughton can eventually improve our attacking in the same way he has done our defence then he will have the makings of a very good Premier League team. Right now though he is on a knife-edge with the canary faithful as the majority are not accustomed to his current approach. The longer this goes on, the more canary fans will look at Lambert as the deceitful ex you would still take back in a heartbeat.

Reading and Norwich ground out a dull 0-0 earlier this season. What do you remember of that game and what did you think of Reading?

Very very little. It was part of our season saving 10 game unbeaten run, and at the time it looked like a decent point for us, and probably two points dropped for you guys.

Any Reading player you're worried about on Saturday?

I've always been a fan of Noel Hunt, though I'm not really sure why. I'm hoping Alex McCarthy's stormer last week was a one off, and despite leaving you nearly two years ago I'm still convinced Shane Long will pop up and score.

Any Norwich player we should be particularly concerned about?

Kei Kamara is still somewhat unknown to most the Premier League and is the definition of a handful. Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington are both likely to be involved after sitting out the trip to Arsenal and should be chomping at the bit.

Score prediction?

A laborious, frustrating 2-1 victory for Norwich.

Where do you think both sides will end up?

I have us to stay up by a couple of points in 16th. Sadly for Reading I only see a couple more points this season. Despite this I don't think you have anything to be ashamed of his year apart from the decision to sack McDermott, and it shouldn't be long before you're back in the Premier League for a better prepared crack at it.

Who's your three to go down and who do you want to join Cardiff in the Premier League next season?

At this point I have Reading, QPR and Wigan to drop, to be replaced by Cardiff, Hull and Brighton.

Finally, any tips for travelling Royals?

Try and take in some of the city's sights as the football could be a bit uninspiring.

Thanks again to Sam and you can follow him on twitter @littlenorwich

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