The spirit and tenacity that earned Norwich City a well-deserved point against Spurs has since evaded Chris Hughton’s side, with a goalless draw against West Ham in a game neither side set alight followed by a narrow defeat to Newcastle at the Sports Direct Arena, after a fine finish from the in-form Demba Ba.
A flicker of light in an otherwise miserable September saw the Canaries scrape through to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 1-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers on a night where players and fans alike paid tribute to the late John Bond, who managed Norwich between 1973 and 1980. Norwegian midfielder Alexander Tettey scored the only goal, his first for the Canaries since arriving from Rennes in the summer.
However this form would not continue and just a few days later Luis Suarez replicated last season’s mesmeric display at Carrow Road and put another hat-trick past John Ruddy, with the home team losing 5-2 on the day, with consolation goals from Steve Morison and Grant Holt.
Norwich fans will aim to keep calm and continue to enjoy life in the Premier League, but that will prove a difficult task in October, with Norwich facing away trips to league leaders Chelsea and also Aston Villa, perhaps a bitter fixture for City fans as the West Midlands side are now managed former boss Paul Lambert.
Arsenal visit Carrow Road in the Canaries’ only home game of the month. While any points won against Chelsea and Arsenal will be considered a bonus given the strong starts the London teams have made, few would disagree Norwich fans would relish besting Villa, particularly with anti-Lambert sentiment still ripe at Carrow Road.
One can only hope that Canary Corner tells a happier story to tell next time around, and although the games ahead are tough, there is no room for sympathy in the toughest league in the world. Norwich need to start picking up points soon, otherwise they will face being condemned to the relegation places for the remainder of the season.