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Norwich's Jonny Howson looks dejected as the Burton players celebrate their sides second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match at the Pirelli Stadium. Picture: PAUL CHESTERTON/FOCUS IMAGES

So that was Burton. Any excitement garnered from visiting a ground that Norwich City had never played at before quickly gave way to an all too familiar knot in the stomach.

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John Ruddy mops up after denying Ayoze Perez with a stunning save against Newcastle. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Another week and another four valuable points for City, although a realistic assessment would be that this is still a side capable of overwhelming the weaker teams on its day, but with fundamental defensive frailties which can be ruthlessly exposed by opponents with more quality.

The 1967 Canaries, back row, left to right: Dave Stringer, Gordon Bolland, Laurie Brown, Kevin Keelan, Terry Allcock, Joe Mullett, Hugh Curran. Front: Mal Lucas, Mike Kenning, Don Heath, Laurie Sheffield, Tommy Bryceland, Terry Anderson. Photo: Archant Library

Half a century ago today, what was then considered a minor miracle occurred at Old Trafford.

Cameron Jerome looked like a man on a mission after getting his chance against Newcastle United. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

It was a random fixture change. An exciting fixture too. The prospect of Norwich City taking on Huddersfield under floodlights and in front of the live Sky Sports cameras will be one of the key evenings this season.

Cameron Jerome has been back to his best for City.  Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

So have you got your breath back yet then?!

Jonny Howson scoring that incredible goal. Photo: Paul Chesterton

I’ve played over 750 games in my career and have watched hundreds of games over the years, but never in my life have I seen a team score five better goals in one game than Norwich did last weekend against Nottingham Forest.

Wes Hoolahan celebrates his superb strike, which made it 3-0 against Nottingham Forest. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

N orwich City’s thumping win over Nottingham Forest provided a particular problem for us commentators; how to find the right words to do justice to the spectacular goals which lit up Carrow Road at the weekend?

Norwich players look dejected after conceding their sides first goal at Wigan. Photo: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Regardless of the actual weather, Sunday morning dawned brightly for Norwich City fans everywhere, as if a large shadow had been lifted from them. But that’s enough about Jez Moxey.

Norwich City chief executive Jez Moxey laughs and waves to the home fans, as they give him abuse on his return to Wolves. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

“I want to be here for a significant time. Significant enough for it to be potentially my last club role in English football. I believe in staying in post for good periods of time and if I do that, then that will be a signal we’ve made good progress here at Norwich as well.”

Michael Jacobs of Wigan Athletic and Mitchell Dijks of Norwich in action during the Sky Bet Championship match at the DW Stadium, Wigan
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I can understand supporters’ frustrations after the 2-2 draw against Wigan.

Mitchell Dijks showed he was up for the physical side of English football as he gets to grips with Cardiff's Craig Noone. Picture: FOCUS IMAGES

Football is often dreamily described as being ‘The Beautiful Game’ but not by anybody who watches it regularly.

Chloe Smith enters the House of Commons in London, holding her baby to support the Government in a vote on the European Union Bill.  (Picture: PA)

The following is a line us journalists don’t get to write very often - so you might want to take a seat before you read it.

Timm Klose rises highest to head home Robbie Brady's cross against Birmingham - and he is still a City player post-January transfer window! Photo: Paul Chesterton

With a significant net profit over this transfer window the board will be pleased to see some relief for the club’s financial position, but what fans will want to know is whether January’s transactions have provided sufficient impetus to an underperforming squad.

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Alan Shearer was a proper number nine.

There are times when I wonder if being a megalomaniac is something I’d quite enjoy.

Raymond de Waard in Norwich City's colours.
 Photo: Bill Smith

If I’m honest I don’t know too much about the two new faces that arrived at Colney in the final hours of Tuesday’s transfer window deadline.

Robbie Brady shares a moment with his now-former Norwich City team-mates. From here on it, it will be about a Premier League return with Burnley. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

A lot has been written about last year already, but after the week just gone it deserves one more mention – for one more reason.

New signing Mitchell Dijks. Picture: Jasonpix/Norwich City

So was it a positive transfer window for Norwich?
Some City fans will say yes, others will certainly say no. I did a quick straw poll on Twitter and the result was pretty much split.

Timm Klose scores City's second in the 2-0 win over Birmingham at the weekend.

Timm Klose’s goal against Birmingham City on Saturday was a landmark moment in Norwich City’s season and not just because of the harrowing assault the big defender carried out on the corner flag by way of eccentric celebration.

Paul Lambert is all smiles before the game at Carrow Road - smiling wasn't something he did often here, but his success was fantastic. Photo: Paul Chesterton.

Desert Island Discs is 75 years old tomorrow and whilst I rarely listen in, I do appreciate the joy of picking out old favourites – and trying to show the world how surprisingly cool you are.

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Darren Huckerby in full flow against Birmingham back in March, 2007, when he scored the only goal of the game. Photo: Archant Library.

Regardless of the current situation at Norwich City, last week’s victory over Wolves at least served to debunk the long-running myth of Paul Lambert.

Iwan Roberts goes up for a ball with Burnley's Steve Davis. Photo: Archant Library

Ryan Mason suffered an horrendous fractured skull last Sunday after a shocking clash of heads with Gary Cahill – purely accidental on Gary’s part I hasten to add.

Steven Naismith has a quiet word with Josh Murphy during the game against Bristol City earlier in the season. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Maybe it’s the lukewarm atmosphere we’ve had at Carrow Road. Maybe it’s someone taking a bit of ownership, when others had previously read the body language as more damaging than productive.

Jonny Howson sealed Norwich City's 3-1 Championship win over Wolves. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Let’s start this column with a memory test.

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Alex Neil had little interest in the Paul Lambert sideshow on Saturday. 
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Being at Carrow Road on Saturday felt like tuning in for one of those special Eastenders episodes when Grant Mitchell or Dirty Den make a surprise return to Albert Square.

Chris Martin celebrates his goal against Brentford at Carrow Road.
Photo: Nick Butcher

There is a danger that today could be more about Paul Lambert than Alex Neil – depending on the time of day.

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Norwich City fans long for consistency in a tough season. 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

As this train wreck of a season has lurched from one new low to another, I think that most of us had believed that the increasingly petulant interviews given by Alex Neil were a sign of a man under intense pressure.

Pictures of 'Worthy out' protests outside Carrow Road after Norwich City lost 4-1 at home to  Burnley in the Championship in 2006. Picture: Archant library

I joined Norwich City way back in July 1997 and played for the club for seven years and apart from a brief spell away (five years to be exact) I’ve lived back in the city for the past seven years.

Cameron Jerome of Norwich is adjudged to have fouled Darnell Fisher of Rotherham United during the Sky Bet Championship match at the AESSEAL New York Stadium, Rotherham
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We thought Norwich City’s season had already reached a natural low point but the Canaries have an uncanny ability to limbo underneath any pole the Championship can put before them.

Roy Blower, seen here with his Norwich Sports Award 2011 for his lifetime commitment to sport. Pioto: ARCHANT

You can’t keep a good man down – and Roy Blower was quick to pick up the phone this week after memories were revived of Norwich City’s famous 1959 FA Cup win over Manchester United at Carrow Road.

Parts of Norfolk are still in the dark ages as far as broadband is concerned. Picture: PA Wire

I’m sat several thousand feet above sea level, surrounded by glorious snow capped mountains enjoying a coffee and having a catch up phone conversation with the wife and eldest son.

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